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A Walk In Darkness

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Pennhurst Insane Asylum in Spring City, PA is one of those places that I have wanted to visit and photograph. It was a 1,400 acre campus built in 1903 and originally known as the Eastern State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic.  In 1986, local CBS10 correspondent Bill Baldini reported about the deplorable conditions in a 5 part series called “Suffer the Little Children“.  The allegations of abuse led to the first lawsuit of its kind in the United States, a federal class action, Halderman v. Pennhurst State School & Hospital.  Terry Lee Halderman had been a resident of Pennhurst, and upon release she filed suit in the federal district court on behalf of herself and other residents of Pennhurst. Pennhurst was finally closed on December 9, 1987.

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Sometimes You Just Get Lucky…

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Aging Gracefully

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Dublin, Georgia likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! One of the festivities was a small car show. David and I decided to check it out.

I got a little excited when I saw a couple of gems that I thought I might enjoy photographing and that’s when the problems or should I say challenge began…
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Patience: Do I Have Enough?

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Another Trip to Old Car City

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A Walk Through History With a Good Friend

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Well here we are at the end of another year and I have been lax at writing about the last couple of trips and what they brought as far as photography.

These last few months have seemed like a whirlwind of the ups and downs of life personally and photography wise. I’ve taken some great short trips that have yielded some not so great photography but hopefully some valuable lessons in technique as well as patience and lots of fun.
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One For The Bucket List

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Saturday September 8th…that’s one for the bucket list. I spent the day shooting at the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. As I walked up to this most imposing rock fortress, I was amazed at the size and architecture of this facility. It was built in 1829 by the passive Quakers, who believed that solitary confinement was the best way to serve penance. Charles Dickens on his first visit to the United States only wanted to see two things…Niagara Falls and Eastern State Penitentiary.
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Seeing a Forest in the Sand

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A Love Defined

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Ok, how do I start this? I’ve been reluctant to write a blog post about our Florida vacation that was a total photography bust because some of you have already heard enough. I keep wishing we could have a “do-over”, but that’s not going to happen. However, I’ve had time to digest it all, and there are some things I learned, and that’s always a good thing.We had 11 nights, starting in Savannah, GA. From there we were heading south to several destinations in Florida. I had a new camera, new territories to explore, and I could already see all the great photographs I would have when we returned home.
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A Weekend Living Murphy’s Law

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In 1949,Capt. Edward A. Murphy declared after a frustrating day, “If there is any way to do it wrong, he’ll find it”. The law later became known as “Murphy’s Law – If anything can go wrong, it will”.

Well, this past weekend I experienced Murphy’s Law on a level I never want to experience again! This post is longer than usual but I think you will understand once you get started (be sure you read until the end). Grab a cuppa and see how many times I run into Murphy!

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