Battle of Chattanooga and Chickamauga – Part 2

 

The US Congress authorized the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 1890. 

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Flags from each state involved in the battle hang in the Visitor Center…

 

…along with portraits of the Union and Confederate generals.

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Photo Challenge – Silence

This week we are asked to show “silence”.

 

The waves at low tide whisper and the clouds silently pass by.

Empty Beach

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Photo Challenge – Weathered

This week we are asked to show the effects of time and the elements.

A Weathered Home

A Weathered Home

A Weathered Church

A Weathered Church

Photos taken in McClellanville, South Carolina

 

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Battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga – Part 1

My mother’s family is from Chattanooga, Tennessee.  My father was in the Air Force stationed at the top of nearby Lookout Mountain and he and my mother met at the local drive-in restaurant.  We moved a lot but we would visit my grandparents every so often.  These trips usually included seeing Rock City, Ruby Falls, Lookout Mountain, riding the Incline (not for the faint hearted) and a journey to the Civil War battlefields of Chattanooga and Chickamauga.  

I haven’t been to Chattanooga in years but we spent a few days at my aunt’s over Christmas and the battlefield was one of the places I wanted to see again. 

The National Park Service maintains the battlefields which includes a museum with photos, artifacts as well as the Fuller Gun Collection.  Both Confederate and Union soldiers returned for the dedication of the park in 1895.  Monuments recognizing each state and its regiments are found throughout the battlefield. 

It was cold and windy the day we visited and the starkness of winter emphasized the sacrifice made by these soldiers.  I’d like to share some of the photos from my visit with you.

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10th Wisconsin Monument 2

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Regular Random – Five Minutes with Yellow

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The idea of this challenge is to pick a subject and spend five minutes photographing it using different angles and lighting without moving the subject.  The center of this flower is so beautiful that I decided to concentrate just on it.

Desley Jane hosts this challenge and you can find her here:  https://musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com/2018/01/07/five-minutes-with-a-peony-in-decay-regularrandom/

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Photo Challenge – Growth

This week we are asked to evoke the excitement of entering a new year with a photo that shows “growth”.

We’ve had rare bone chilling weather this week along with the first snow in many years.  I braved the cold (in ten minute intervals) and captured some beautiful images of the snow and ice.

Blowin' in the Snow

The pond had frozen over but I was surprised to find these wildflowers along the edge had survived the wind and cold.

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Here’s to 2018!

So 2017 was a ” challenging” year (to put it nicely) and I have to admit, I’ll glad to see it over.  Looking back, there were two constants over the last year that helped me keep things in prospective.  

One, of course, is family.  I have logged countless miles on the road this year and have loved every minute of it.  The drive allows time to reflect and I can sing along to the radio without fear of being overheard.  (No, I can’t carry a tune.)  And there is also the anticipation of seeing those faces with eyes lit up and mouths smiling at you at the end of each trip.

The second constant is my camera.  It goes everywhere with me and while I end up deleting more photos than I keep, I so enjoy seeing an image in my mind becoming reality through my view finder and ultimately in print or on the web.  And while I have so much still to learn, I am also very proud seeing how my skills have grown over the past year.  

To end the year, we spent the Christmas holidays traveling to three states (Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida) to visit family and I took countless photos – including from a moving car!  

For this first post of 2018, I’d like to start with a symbolic capture of the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge which was final leg of our trip home.  It’s the final hurdle of 2017 and the road to 2018 is clear and open.

Crossing Ravenel Bridge

 

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Photo Challenge – 2017 Favorite

To celebrate the end of the year, this week we are asked to share the most meaningful photo(s) we’ve taken in 2017.

Heron in Pastel

This photo was taken at sunset last month at Huntington Beach State Park.  It was a cool evening and while the colors in the sky were gorgeous, the colors reflected in the water outshone those in the sky.  

As the sun continued to set, the water turned a beautiful gold.  And all too soon, it was time to go home.

Heron in Gold

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Photo Challenge – Ascending

This week we are asked to show our interpretation of upward movement.

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Photos taken at the Riverwalk in Augusta, Georgia.

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