Day Trip (with a camera)

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I used to drive a lot on business, generally before the age of digital cameras.  It was a peaceful time, a private time even, to enjoy the simple pleasures of driving.  Music CDs, books on tape, AM or FM radio… or silence to accompany me.  I might be thinking about my next appointment, or my thoughts my drift elsewhere. 

In either case, there were frequently things that I would see off to the side of the road that made me wish I had a camera.  Some were scenic, some were funny, some I just thought might be interesting to share with my wife.  But I didn’t have a camera, and I often didn’t have time to stop anyway.

Times have changed.  Digital pictures cost nothing, and leaving an hour early left ample time to stop and take a picture whenever I wanted.  Why not?

The following pictures were taken on a Canon G-11, processed in Adobe Camera RAW, cropped and altered in Photoshop, and exported to my iPhone to be toyed with using the Camera+ App.  Photoshop was used as I might for any photo, short of putting in a fake blue sky.   Camera+ was used for effect, evidenced largely by increased color saturation and the rather simple addition of picture “frames.”  Pairings include both versions, and any picture can be enlarged by double-clicking. 


“Alabama Welcomes You” along a rural road.  The only welcome center facilities are scattered pines.




Almost all fireworks are illegal in Georgia.  Therefore, they’re sold just across the State line in neighboring States.  This road was no different.




Careful as you drive as you never know when the trees will ambush you.




Remains of houses, barns, and mobile homes are plentiful for photo ops.  I prefer brick.  This home site is apparently used by youth for camp fires and who knows what.  It’s not exactly a hidden location, being adjacent to a State road.  When I see these, I can’t help but wonder who livered there and how the property came to be in the condition that it is in.




There’s nothing like adding a little country quaintness than a paddle wheel.  They’re frequently added to all sorts of buildings, like apartment complex clubhouses, for visual appeal, I would surmise.  Well, it worked on me.  The wheel might actually turn, but it’s decorative only.




We don’t see much of Quonset huts any more.  I’m sure some enterprising person can find someone in China to make them and export them here.




Speaking of cheap metal, I happened upon this exclusive opportunity for a prototype Toyota.  You can tell it’s a prototype because, uh, there’s no license plate, the spoiler is handcrafted of metal of barely sturdier stuff than aluminum foil, and there’s Bondo aplenty.  Like the alteration to the car, there’s just no way to make this picture look better.  But I couldn’t help but share.




Along this route, or most every route in the South, there are frequently churches.  The below humored me.




Nearby, there was another building whose styling is no longer made.  Watch your step leaving the 2nd floor door, by the way.




The drive was obviously rural, with occasional scenic vistas of valleys, streams, lakes, and such as this.




One road side resident has a woodworking hobby, selling birdhouses, chairs, tables, bird feeders, etc. These are displayed alongside the road to bait passing photographers.




Some observations come as no surprise, namely the allegiance that many Southrons have for certain 19th century flags.   The below picture is a trifecta of a peculiar sort, with the concrete filled tires as make-do bases, a symbolically divisive flag, and another lawn ornament in the background just as likely to offend, never mind the cardboard “curtains.”



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