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Study Snowflakes....
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WallSal55    Posted 12-29-2002 at 13:29:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
This was in our local Sunday paper: www.snowcrystals.net
Where I live we have missed the snow! Seven miles away they had a White Christmas, but not at our house--so I just might check out how those flakes come into being for fun!


Les...fortunate    Posted 12-29-2002 at 13:44:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you're so inclined, you might want to do a search for "Snowflake Bentley". He was from Jericho, Vermont and was well know as a photographer of snowflakes in the earliest days of photography. Very interesting.


Salmoneye    Posted 12-29-2002 at 17:16:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The 'Vermont Historic Monument' for Snowflake Bentley is on the right hand corner of RT 15 in Jericho, VT. (when headed East)...There is also one on the Green in Jericho Center...He actually lived up the hill a piece...

Photos were done in the cold on a piece of black velvet with lots of flash powder, and/or natural light...He utilized, what at that time were, state of the art lenses and medium format plate cameras...To this day they are some of the most incredibley detailed pics of snowflakes ever done...Ansel Adams could have learned a thing or two from Mr. Bentley...and in all probability did study his techniques...These are two of my 'Idols' in the world of B&W photography, (along with a couple other notables)...and I do not admit to idols in many endeavors of life...

I want to thank you WallSal55 for starting this thread and making me remember one of my lifelong passions...B&W Photography...One that in recent years has fallen by the wayside...

Sometimes...Family...Life...Seem to get in the way of art...

This leads me to the next person I want to thank...

The Right Honourable, Mr. Les-Fortunate...Who not only has one of the best Nicks I have ever seen in 10 years on the NET...But continues to share his wealth of Yankee wisdom, and all-around common sense with us all...

Thirdly...I want to collectively thank my Daughter Lillian, and my Father In Law Al Freyer...They have both in the last 5 years shown me that Art...for Arts' sake...Is no vice...

DISCLAIMER:

My thoughts, and published words are my own...Unsullied by Political Bent, Religious Belief, Or Gender Biased Decisions...I just call em as I see em...Butt-Kissing is no vice if done with sincerity...

;-)


Les    Posted 12-29-2002 at 18:27:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jeesh, Salmoneye. Whatever I done to deserve this, I don't really know.
I do know that I have been by the historical marker in Jericho Center many times when I was in the National Guard and used to go to Camp Ethan Allen Training Site a couple times a year.
My neighbor is from that town and his mother, uncles and cousins are still there and trying to make a living farming. Greatest kind of people you'd ever want to meet. His mother built a stone house all by herself just to prove she could do it. I've been in it and it's beautiful.


Salmoneye    Posted 12-30-2002 at 01:53:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What you, and precious few others, (including myself at times) have done is to maintain a measure of dignity and decorum even when personally attacked.

I thank you again, Sir...

decorum:

\De*cor"um\, n. [L. dec[=o]rum, fr. dec[=o]rus. See Decorous.] Propriety of manner or conduct; grace arising from suitableness of speech and behavior to one's own character, or to the place and occasion; decency of conduct; seemliness; that which is seemly or suitable.


Cur Mudgeon... Dang !!    Posted 12-29-2002 at 17:44:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hate it when I fall off my chair laughing. Spose you could be held liable for broken bones ??


Dunno...    Posted 12-30-2002 at 01:45:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Spose you could try and sue me, but I'll warn ya...I aint got no money in the bank...I drive a 1985 Dodge truck I paid $300 for...and the town here is trying to declare my place a wetland...so if you are into owning a pretty piece of VT that you won't even be able to cut a stick of wood off of, please feel free...I am seriously thinking of napalming it myself, and this would save me the effort...

Salmoneye

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DeadCarp - wetland ay?    Posted 12-30-2002 at 04:10:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like my dilemna - we are selling a motel, apartments and cafe right on a clean lake - i think we have buyers now (i hope) but my buddies told me all year it'd bring more if i bulldozed all those silly buildings and sold the lot!

Your wetlands deal reminds me of my buddy who struck oil once. They were all ready to retire and had done pretty good, so they had 5 acres out North of LA and built a new Spanish-style retirement house on it. A beauty with smoked glass, arched windows, big vereanda, the works. They were at the point of drilling a well and were ready to go the 2000 feet if necessary. The guy started drilling and finally hit water at about a quarter-mile or so. They bulldozed a pond for pumping it out, lowered the pump and everything, and came up with about 10% oil! The water wasn't fit to drink, not enough oil to pay gathering, but he can always say he hit oil! BTW, they DID find clean water, way the heck down and out somewere else :)
So hang in there, forget the term wetlands,(that gives nature the credit) plug the culvert and start thinking "water impoundment". (they get legislators re-elected) And besides, gubmints like big words! heh heh


Salmoneye    Posted 12-30-2002 at 04:58:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You're Hired...

I need a mouthpiece...All I see is red so far...


Hogman***SOUNDS GOOD TA ME**********    Posted 12-29-2002 at 17:39:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Leastways I think I thunked it out tha way You thought You thunked it:>)


Ayuh...    Posted 12-30-2002 at 01:46:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You thunked currectly, I think...

Salmoneye

;-)


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