Sunday Trees – 275 – Shady Rest

Here is my entry to Becca’s Sunday Trees – 275 Tree challenge. Thanks to Cee’s Photography for leading me to this challenge. An image from a recent trip to New Orleans. The live oaks throughout the area are simply stunning.

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Shady Rest

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Perspective

Here are several photos taken on a recent trip to southern Louisiana for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Perspective

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New Orleans Streetcar on Canal Street

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Wooden Barrels of Tabasco Sauce Aging (for up to three years)

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Giant Tabasco sauce bottles seen along the factory tour.

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National Ferris Wheel Day

Today, February 14, is not only Valentine’s Day, it is also National Ferris Wheel Day. The first Ferris wheel, designed by Pennsylvania bridge builder George W. Ferris, was the centerpiece for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) in Chicago.It was 264 feet tall.

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The first Ferris Wheel at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

In recognition of Ferris Wheel Day, here are photos of the Sky Wheel, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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The Sky Wheel was erected in 2011 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At the top, it is 187 feet above the beach (Photo Clair P., Virginia)

The Sky Wheel offers excellent views of stretches of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. The ride is very smooth in the roomy enclosed gondola. My ride was at least five completed revolutions of the wheel, providing an opportunity to experience the wheel, the views, and the geometry of the entire structure.

A ride on the Sky Wheel is a great thing to do on Valentine’s Day (or any other day) with someone special.

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Photos: Jeff Richmond, December 2015

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The National WWII Museum – Why New Orleans?

…A Wooden boat!

The World War II (WWII) Museum was founded in New Orleans in 2000, and, in 2003, designated the official national museum of WWII by the U.S. Congress. Major expansions were completed in 2013 and 2014 that helped bring the museum to national attention. In 2016, my friend and I, both veterans, began planning a visit to the museum—that visit was just completed this February (2017).

The first question that came to mind, “Why New Orleans?”

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The Higgins Boat was tested and demonstrated along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain and served in every theater of WWII where amphibious landings were required.

The answer is the “Higgins Boat,” or “landing craft, vehicle, personnel” (LCVP). Based on a flat-bottomed boat designed by Andrew Higgins that was used in the swamps and marshes of coastal Louisiana, the LCVP could pull up to a beach in shallow water—two feet at the bow—and deliver 36 combat-equipped soldiers onto a beach, back away and return to the troop carrier for more troops. During WWII, more than 20,000 LCVPs were built by Higgins Industries and other builders licensed by Higgins.

Allied Supreme Commander, General Dwight Eisenhower, later President Eisenhower, explained southern Louisiana’s contribution to the successful war effort: “Andrew Higgins … is the man who won the war for us. … If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different

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Sign describing the importance o the Higgins Boat during WWII

Constructed largely of plywood, the shallow-draft, barge-like boat could ferry a platoon of 36 men to shore at 10-12 knots (11-13 mph). The troops exited by charging down the boat’s bow ramp. The boat was more than 36 feet long and 10 feet wide. It was powered by a 225 hp diesel engine or 250 hp gasoline engine. Each boat had a crew of four including the pilot or Coxswain, an engineer, and two gunners. It could be armed with two Browning 30 caliber machine guns mounted in the aft of the boat.

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A Higgins Boat is prominently displayed in the WWII museum lobby where visitors purchase tickets.

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The Higgins Boat is on display in the lobby of the WWII Museum.

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The Higgins Boat can be seen from the upper level of the lobby of the WWII Museum. The C-47 Skytrain is hanging above the lobby.

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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Big and Small

Took my “little” 1953 Farmall Cub to a local dealer for some minor work. At least I don’t need a stairway to get into my seat!

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Cub meets Case 2166 Harvester.

Posted in response to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Big and Small.

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Paths – We Follow Many Paths

There are many kinds of paths; woodland, winding, historical, paved, and virtual–We all follow many paths throughout life.

Here are some of my favorite types of paths for this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge with the topic of Path.

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Path through history – Yorktown National Park, Virginia

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Path of Exploration – Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Tennessee

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Dune Path to the Unknown – Fort Pickens, Florida

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Path of Decision – Port St. Joe, Florida

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A Profound, Frightening, and All Too True Quote

I am not going to start a “Quote of the Day” site, but every now and then, I see a quote that bears repeating, spreading, learning, …

“What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (c. 1800)

My thanks to Random Philosopher for bringing it to my attention.

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