Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Planes, Trains and Automobiles and the Places They Take Us

This week John has given us a challenge involving modes of transportation and the places they take us.

I found this 1931 Ford Model A at a local festival a couple of years ago. It was being displayed by the son of the original owner.

Anyone for a guided tour of Charleston?

Bikes are for rent to get around the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston.

It’s a steep trip on the Incline on the way up and down Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Hot air balloon rides were available at a festival outside Ravenell, South Carolina. The lines were very long so we didn’t wait around.

Windsurfing isn’t a typical way to get around but it looks like a cool way to spend a day at the beach.

My grandson is a huge fan of anything with wheels. I designed and made this blanket for him for Christmas and it’s the only blanket he’ll sleep with now. It’s available for sale at

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Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Frame the Shot

This week Amy has asked that we show how we frame a shot.  Framing is oh, so important since it leads the viewer’s eyes to the spot you want them to look.

Recently I visited family in Chattanooga, Tennessee and revisited some of the tourist sites I had not seen since I was a child.  These included The Incline, Rock City and Ruby Falls.  This time we also rode the Missionary Ridge Local train, inspected the Coke Ovens in Dunlap, Tennessee and visited the Chattanooga Zoo and the Tennessee Aquarium.


I had to wait quite a while until these little fishies would cooperate and swim to an open spot in the coral. 


The Tennessee Aquarium is one of the best that I have visited.  There are two buildings – one is devoted to ocean life and the other is limited to inland rivers.

Because of age and condition, the Walnut Street Bridge is now open to pedestrian traffic only.  It crosses the Tennessee River and has helped to revitalize the downtown area with shops, restaurants and residential buildings.  It was also the perfect spot to take sunrise and sunset photos.


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Battle of Chattanooga and Chickamauga – Part 5

This is the last post on the Battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga.   Below is a photo of the Wilder Brigade Monument in honor of Colonel John T. Wilder and his “Lightning Brigade”.

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This building was used to treat injured soldiers from both sides of the battle.

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Monuments Along the Road

Memorials and monuments line all seven miles of the park.

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Battle of Chattanooga and Chickamauga – Part 4

Memorials in honor of both the Union and Confederate troops line the seven mile tour throughout the park.

Georgia Monuments



Ohio Monument

The battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga were the costliest battles in terms of lives lost during the Civil War.  Almost 50,000 soldiers sacrificed their lives during these battles.

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Battle of Chattanooga and Chickamauga Part 3


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Cannon 3

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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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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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