Meet Margaret and Vera… librarians across the globe.

Cullen-1100775rA community library serves as a resource for people of all ages and interests. Meet Margaret, the friendly and helpful librarian in Cullen, Scotland. If traveling in a region, the librarian can provide a wealth of local information for its residents and visitors.

Cullen-1100776rMargaret is a caring, conscientious person having a wonderful rapport with people of all ages and we notice a good mix of personalities and ages utilizing the facilities.

Cullen-1100777crSince Cullen, Scotland is located right on the coast of the North Sea along the Firth of Moray, it is appropriate to have a historical display of fishing equipment and coordinating books.

Cullen-1100778Visiting a community library provides a fantastic opportunity to explore things to see and do in the area, current local affairs/concerns with a local historical perspective.  Thank you, Librarian Margaret of Cullen, Scotland, for your helpfulness and we appreciated your helpful advice and services.

{CF645042-DE84-457D-8EE8-34FFEF2C11ED}We’d like to extend an invitation to check out the following link and visit the Gary, South Dakota City Library. Interested in area history? Genealogy research? Want to curl up by the fire with a good book? Librarian, Vera Meyer, will go out of her way to help you feel welcome, answer any questions you may have with a variety of resources at her fingertips.  While you are at it, you may as well get to know some members of the community by working on a puzzle or play a round or two of Marbles (a popular card game)!

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A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. ~ Moslih Eddin

There is more to Minnesota than just the Mall of America and more to South Dakota than just Mount Rushmore.  Likewise, there’s more to Jamaica than just white sand and coastal resorts.

To each their own and there are benefits to both.

Holiday life in Jamaica:
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2014Jamaica-1060133kpcrMy ultimate achievement:  Finding clotheslines to photograph in Jamaica

The Chicken House

Blind School Chicken House

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Former South Dakota School for the Blind:  The Chicken House

The South Dakota School for the Blind was officially opened in Gary, South Dakota on March 1, 1900, under the Board of Charities and Corrections. The citizens of Gary were instrumental in pursuing the location of a state “Blind Asylum” in their community and offered the former Court House as a facility.

The Deuel County Court House building was torn down and this chicken house was made from the wood, thus, putting into practice the old saying, “Waste not, want not.”   I’m guessing it would have been built sometime in the 1920’s since they moved the Court House building to just east of the administration building in 1903 and a photo taken in 1930 appears to have the chicken house in the background.  The history hounds in Gary, SD may have a more accurate date.

~ Gary, South Dakota History Book  1872-1997

~ History of SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Campfire Cooking ~ Corn on the cob

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. ~ Anne Bronte

Corn is a type of grass and every row has an even number of kernels.  There is one strand of silk for each kernel on a cob.

Campfire cooking has never been my area of expertise, but our son-in-law cooked delicious, tender sweet corn for us while on a recent camping excursion.

Oakwood2013-1050329Soak the corn in a salt water brine for a half hour to hour.

Oakwood2013-1050333The firewood has burned down to a white ash appearance so the corn can be put on the grate.

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Cook another 5 minutes. Total cooking time about 20 minutes with turning every 5 minutes.
Oakwood2013-1050342Husks are removed and the corn is ready to eat.

It’s Photo Friday ~ A girl remembers Grandma’s place.

Photography is more than just documenting a time in one’s life.  It also captures the emotion of the subject and its background.

This young lady is a senior in high school and chose her grandmother’s childhood home as a location for some of her senior portraits.  The old farmyard is now beyond repair but still holds memories.  I’m sure we can all think of a time and place in our lives that we would like to go back and revisit.

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Grandma’s Place

Two images blended together. All available light

Background ~ 2.8 aperture ~  1/200 shutter  ~ ISO 400

Girl blended ~ 2.8 aperture ~ 1/1000 shutter ~ ISO 100

When past and present collide…

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The above image is a blend of images taken before renovation of the former South Dakota School for the Blind located in Gary, South Dakota and a wedding dance scene in the same room upon completion. Buffalo Ridge Resort has done an amazing job restoring the facility for modern purposes while maintaining the historic architecture and  feel of the former campus.  It is now used for wedding receptions/dances, conferences, family reunions, retreats, etc. and has lodging on site in the form of hotel rooms and camping.  The Rock Room Bar & Grill, located on site, is a unique dining experience with occasional local entertainment. In the summer the entertainment moves outside to the patio for a low-key, summer fun experience.  For more information about Buffalo Ridge Resort you can check out their website:  http://buffaloridgeresort.com

Make some noise ~ it’s Photo Friday!

If a picture is so boring that you notice the noise, it’s a boring picture. ~ Rick Sammon

Noise can be present in images. Electronic noise will be present in camera sensors, and the physical size of the grains of film emulsion creates visual noise. This kind of noise is referred to as “grain.” ~Wikipedia

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I occasionally check out Rick Sammon’s photography blog and noticed this leading quote.  It stimulated some thinking about my own images and noise. I guess I’d say an image is a keeper if the noise does not detract from the impact of the image.  I’ve had some horribly noisy images especially with older digital cameras that did not perform well at higher ISO’s  but still had some keepers due to the strength of other elements of the image.  Or, sometimes it was just the best I could do under circumstances which deemed a photo “good enough.”

The image above is a blend of  6 images plus a very faded texture layer.  The image of the bar crowd is very noisy – shot at 6400 ISO. With all of the other activity within this piece the noise doesn’t jump out but I’m not sure if I’d enlarge this to a huge size.