Frontier Former Editor

July 7, 2010

Explosives and pyrotechnics

Filed under: art or something like it, artistic license, fun stuff, photography — Frontier Former Editor @ 9:51 pm

When one sterilizes a photo with PhotoShop, the result doesn’t have to be sterile . . . .

May 28, 2006

Another photo exhibit, with a theme even!

Filed under: domestic livestock, old times, photography, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 9:15 pm

Sundays seem to be rather productive, blog wise. Go figure.

Anyway, another quick photographic exhibition for your viewing pleasure . . .


The family’s favorite piece of livestock, Copper, doing a little Hugh Masekela this weekend before I decided to take a little road trip to engage in some marginal remembrance . . . .


This was nice to see. As a high schooler I used to bicycle a lot – partially as exercize when I ran track (supressing sniggers here) and because I liked to get out and enjoy some of the less touristy places in Southwest Virginia. This 1944-period United Mine Workers union hall was an abandoned dump then (circa 1980). Now it’s a church.


This little piece of ironwork was highly valued in Norton, Va. as a real-live piece of ordinance from the USS Constitution. Its real story is far more interesting. It’s actually a fake, non-fireable iron casting done when the Constitution was restored in 1907. If you visit several towns across the US, they have some of this piece’s sisters. Others are set in concrete along the seawall at the Boston Navy Yard for use as bollards (not bollocks).


And another story. Thirty-six years ago, the location depicted above was a pleasant, sloped, grassy corner lot where many of us kids played touch football, frisbee or otherwise did the normal things that kids do. At least it was that way when I walked to school that morning. The return trip revealed a significant excavation on that site, and over the next thirty years, the town’s dominant robber-baron family erected the steel skeleton you see. The running joke was that it had one floor for each time th ebuilding permit was renewed, and that was in 1994. The family sold it and a significant chunk of real estate holdings this year, and hopefully this monstrosity will be dismantled. I call it the ‘pagoda from hell.’

Never be nostalgic – only remember.

April 13, 2006

A great photo album

Filed under: cool stuff, history, old times, photography, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 6:19 pm

The U.S. Naval Historical Center’s Photographic Section is one of the best kept non-secrets when it comes to historical photographic archives online.

Where else can you browse and see stuff like this?

The Photographic Section has several ways in which photographs are catalogued for access, but browsing the Numerical List of Posted Images can be very rewarding, even with the extra effort of clicking on serial numbers.

Once, I found a photo of a young Gerald Ford playing basketball on an aircraft carrier’s hangar deck.

April 2, 2006

Lazy Sunday, so it’s time for a . . . . photo exhibit!

Filed under: art or something like it, photography — Frontier Former Editor @ 9:09 am

Welcome back to whatever time it is today on the Eastern Seaboard.

I was reading one of our Commonwealth’s political bloggers this morning as he bemoaned how blogs were becoming too centered on their creators’ opinions and sense of self-importance.

The very fact that someone would create a blog immediately brings that person’s sense of self-imprtance along as carry-on baggage, so why worry about it?

Anyway, I was looking through my own archive of unpublished, non-corporate photography and figured why not have a little Sunday morning art show.

Here’s a quick exhibit of Southwest Virginia images for your viewing pleasure . . . .

U.S. Route 23 above Powell Valley, Wise County, Va. 2002

The former Robert E. Lee Motel, U.S. Highway 11W, Washington County, Va., 2003

Doe and fawn, Breaks Interstate Park, Dickenson County, Va., 2003

A Pitts S-2 in a hammerhead stall over Tazewell County Airport, Tazewell County, Va., 2005

Town of Coeburn after March flooding, Wise County, Va., 2002

Big Cherry Mountain reservoir spillway, Big Stone Gap, Va. 2002

Big Stone Gap, from Wallens Ridge, Wise County, Va., 2003

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