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Mabry Mill - Helpfordyllon

August 18, 2014  •  1 Comment

I'm offering a special offer for #helpfordyllon   

The 8X10 BW print above is specially priced at $10 (regularly $25) and I'll donate the proceeds directly to his family.  

The offer will end on 9/1/2014.

Just visit the website at
and purchase a copy of this print and have it shipped directly to your house or office from our printers at+MpixPro 

You can add optional mounting and framing to your print if you desire while you are there.

About Dyllon

Dyllon is a 4 year old budding photographer fighting leukemia, and his family can use a bit of assistance with the expenses related to his fight. 100% of the price of this item will go directly to the family.

Or would just like to assist Dyllon and his family financially with the costs associated with his treatments, you may donate via PayPal directly to the family at or at their Go Fund Me page

Both his mom Jamie White and his dad, Adam are posting updates on his treatments and condition. Jamie posts on G+ and Adam on Go Fund Me

Also, if you are an artist, crafts person or photographer who wishes to contribute an item for auction or sale to assist Dyllon, please check out the #helpfordyllon hashtag and the community,


NS 8014 Tifton

August 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment



As a railfan, I might be one of the few people who don't mind being caught by a train at a crossing. The gates were just going down as I pulled up to this crossing in Tifton, Georgia last week, so I rolled down the window and grabbed my trusty #Canon #G1X to get a snapshot of the passing train.

NS 8014 leads her train through the crossing blowing the horn in the familiar long-long-short-long pattern. A friendly wave from the crew made the moment complete.


Dark Fog

August 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


On a dark foggy morning in November 2010, CSX 496 leads an empty coal train north from Florida through Folkston, Georgia.

On a morning like this.. you feel the train before you can see it appear slowly from the shadows. You hear the horn blowing for the crossings and feel the ground shake as the engines pass.

Unit coal trains move tons of "black diamonds" from the fields of the Applachians to the Power Plants which provide energy to millions of customers.


Down on the Farm

August 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


The Norfolk Southern railroad painted 20 of their new locomotives in historical paint schemes as part of their 30th Anniversary celebration in 2012.

My favorite of them is the Southern scheme which I photographed in May 2012 at Farm, West Virginia.

The locomotive was working in helper service, pushing loaded coal trains over the Pocahontas Division deep in coal country.

The coaling tower dates the days of steam. The Norfolk & Western's steam engines would be replenished here while working on the mountain. The concrete tower still stands as a reminder of when this area was part of the Billion Dollar Coalfield

Hemingway and Sun Valley - Review

August 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I've always been a Hemingway fan and enjoy reading different takes on his life and times.  While enjoying my Kindle Unlimited trial I found Hemingway and Sun Valley in the search of books which I can now read for free. 

The book is about more than just his final years in Sun Valley and covers a lot of ground which have been covered by numerous other Hemingway biographies.

The most interesting part of the book to me was how his life and his desire to "live on the edge" lead him to the new resort in Idaho where he ended up ending his life.

It was a quick short read (50 pages or so) and worth the time to any Hemingway fan. - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

I read the book on the free Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader.  Yes, you can read Kindle books even without a Kindle.  I have also have the free APP on my Samsung S3 which is handy when I want to read while waiting for an appointment or anytime I have a moment.  

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