Foto Friday: Veteran’s Day

For this week’s Foto Friday, in honor of Veteran’s Day, I decided use old photographs to pay tribute to veterans in my family. 

My “doughboy” great-grandfather, Jim Tanksley, served in the Army during World War I, if only briefly. He registered for the draft in June 1917 and was called into military service in August 1918, three months prior to the Armistice. He served overseas, most likely in France, and a year later he was discharged from the Army. This image of him is from a postcard.

Jim in his Army uniform, circa 1918.

Jim in his Army uniform, circa 1918

Like father, like son. Jim’s son and my great uncle, James Earl Tanksley, was a World War II veteran. Uncle James is pictured here with his mother, my great grandmother, Della. The clarity is not great, but I really love this picture because of the way she is looking at her son with such love and pride.

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Uncle James and Grandma Della, circa 1942

 

Foto Friday: Fall Colors

If you’ve followed 2 Dope Sistahs for a while, you know that I take a lot of pictures while I am out walking. This photo is from a couple of weeks ago. I was struck by the colors and just had to stop and admire them for a moment.

It looks a little crooked, but that is because it’s on a hill.

Fall colors are so beautiful, but they only last such a short time. If you haven’t had a chance, go out and enjoy the leaves changing colors before it’s too late!

Foto Friday: Flowers

I love flowers. I don’t know how to keep them alive or the proper names for most of them, but I love them. In summer there are beautiful flowers everywhere. Case and point. I found these beautiful flowers growing behind my local bike shop. I stopped to admire them and decided to photograph them as well.

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I’m so glad there are people who have green thumbs.

Foto Friday: Special Effects

I was walking on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University when I came across this scene. Steam was billowing from a pipe on one of the campus buildings and surrounding a nearby tree.

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It seemed eerie to me, like special effects you might see in a horror movie, so I added some special effects of my own.

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Readers, I’d love to know what you think. 🙂

Foto Friday: Presidential Inquiry

Scheels

Scheels

By nature, I’m a curious person. Maybe it’s the historian in me. I want to know the reasons why things are the way are. Since I moved to Iowa, I have wondered about the statues outside the Scheels sporting goods store at the local mall.

Outside the entryway are sculptures–on the left, one of George Washington holding the Preamble to the Constitution. . .

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George Washington

and, on the right, one of Thomas Jefferson holding the Bill of Rights.

Thomas Jefferson holding the Bill of Rights

Thomas Jefferson

Is it just me, or does a mall in Iowa seem like a strange place to see bronze sculptures of Washington and Jefferson? I wanted to know why they had sculptures. And also why they chose these particular sculptures. I went inside Scheels to ask and was directed to an assistant manager (the cashier didn’t know) who told me that the president of the company is a “history buff,” and he chooses presidents to sit outside each store. That was all the manager knew. Upon further investigation, I learned that Scheels also has bronze sculptures of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan outside other locations.

Statue signature showing it was produced by the Lundeen Brothers.

Statue signature showing it was produced by the Lundeen Brothers.

The bronze sculptures are the work of Mark and George Lundeen, who have a studio in Loveland, Colorado.

Foto Friday: Isis in Iowa

Last Saturday I visited the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, located in West Branch, Iowa, President Hoover’s birthplace.

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In addition to the museum, the grounds also contains the the cottage where Hoover was born, a Society of Friends Meetinghouse, and the gravesite of Pres. Hoover and his wife Lou Henry. I also found something unexpected, a statue of the goddess Isis.

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Bronze statue of Isis, the Egyptian goddess of life

Before being elected president in 1928, Herbert Hoover was known as a great humanitarian. In 1914, during World War I, he became the chairman of the Commission for Relief of Belgium. The “children and citizens of Belgium” gave Hoover this bronze statue of Isis, sculpted by Auguste Puttmans, in appreciation of his service. Between 1921 and 1939, the statue resided on the campus of Stanford University, Hoover’s alma mater. But in 1939 Hoover had the statue moved to West Branch.

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English translation of the French inscription on the statue.

 

Foto Friday: On Frozen Pond

Sun setting over our frozen pond

Sun setting over our frozen pond

I took this picture when I was out for a walk yesterday, the first time it’s been “warm” enough for this Southern girl in months. Our local meteorologists say that spring is just around the corner. I hope so, but I’ll believe it when the ice on this frozen pond in my neighborhood finally melts. Come on, spring! 🙂

Foto Friday: Close-up

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 26: Close-up

Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

I have wondered about this strange fruit since I moved to Iowa. In the fall, these grapefruit or softball sized, greenish-yellow, rough-textured fruits were all over the ground, but I had no idea what they were. Finally, out of curiosity, I took these pictures and did a little research. This is the fruit of the Osage orange tree. Am I the only one who thinks it’s funny looking?

Osage orange tree (Scientific name: Maclura pomifera)

Osage orange tree (Scientific name: Maclura pomifera)

Almost all of the fruit had fallen from this tree by mid-November. The fruit is non-poisonous and edible, although apparently not consumed because of its unpleasant taste. However, the fruit is used as a decoration and touted by some as an effective, natural insect repellant.

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Depending on the region, the Osage orange is called by different names, including hedge apple, horse apple, and bois d’arc.


Foto Friday: Animal

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 24: Animal

Polar Bear and Penguins

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my neighborhood. We have snow on the ground and it’s wicked cold (9 degrees as I write this post). So, it’s not a surprise that the only animals I could find outside were actually lawn decorations.