Low Tide On Ponds?

November 19th, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

On a few of our ponds the water level has been low recently. The ponds were put in by the developer and are not tidal. That being said, it still looks like low tide around here. The one above is near the front entrance by the guard shack.

What Was I Thinking?

November 14th, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

What was I thinking?

I wasn’t thinking when I didn’t turn off the irrigation system from inside my home before it got to be a chilly 22 degrees later that night. The main shutoff valve is on the second floor of the house. The irrigation people are due to come next Monday to winterize the system. That still has to be done to keep underground pipes from bursting.

Since I have some type of short circuit in one of the zones which needs repair I’ll just wait until Spring to fix all of this.

Those Were The Days

November 12th, 2019
A spectator at a water volleyball match in Heritage Shores during one summer.
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The first day we saw snow flurries in 2019 was today, November 11th. This picture reminded me of warmer days when one could watch a water volleyball game in the warmth of the sun.

Ah, those were the days.

Veterans Day

November 9th, 2019
H.S. Military Club out in force this morning for Veterans Day 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

H.S. Military Club out in force this morning for Veterans Day.

100 years ago On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:

ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN

The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.

With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.

Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.

To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.

[Source: Wikipedia.com]

Your Speed Is …

November 8th, 2019
Electronic speed sign seen in Heritage Shores.
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Heritage Shores now has another electronic speed monitoring sign to help drivers stay 25 MPH and below. This one is on Heritage Shores Drive near Harlequin and Canvasback.

Fall Back Spring Forward

November 3rd, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

It may be time to set your clocks once again. If your clocks don’t adjust themselves to Daylight Savings Time and such, it’s time to reset them. Most cellphones, tablets and desktop computers usually sync automatically. I’m thinking you’ll need to check the clocks on kitchen oven, microwave, automobile, ones on the wall and etc.

Such A Haunting Face

November 1st, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

This young woman had such haunting face made up for a Halloween party.

I didn’t wear a costume to party and went as myself. That must have been scary.

A Little Fog This Morning

October 30th, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

It was a little foggy this morning, a good time to view it with a drone.

You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby

October 28th, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

My granddaughter when she was just a baby. circa 2012

F/8 And Be There!

October 27th, 2019
Bikini and Monk
From the archives of E.W. Faircloth

If I remember correctly, news photographers once used the term “f/8 and be there.” That combination provided worthy news images. The f/8, pronounced F -eight, meant the camera aperture needed for correct exposure to get the picture. The “an be there’ meant to be in the right place at the right time.

The above image taken so long ago, I don’t remember when it was taken. It was taken in Philadelphia while working and trying to find a weather shot. These were pictures like kids playing in the park, snow scenes, flooding and such. On this day, the cardboard promotional material of the Xerox company was outside a copy store. I was taking pictures of just the monk when I noticed the bikini-clad woman coming down the street.

My exposure was good for the monk so I lowered my camera and waited “to be there” until the young lady passed. She never knew I took her picture and I don’t remember if I told her.

Spending years as a photojournalist teaches one to capture what one expects to happen without staging “fake news” photographs.