Diving Into The Archives

Recently, and by recently I mean within the past 72 hours, I have been exposed to a vast array of historic aerial photography archives from my home town that are readily (with a fee) available to the public from as far back as 1952. The first that I decided to purchase is this shot:
1952 Aerial View of Where I live. For comparison as to what you are looking at here is the same image marked with where my house is now. 1952
For even further reference for anyone familiar (IE family) Here is notations of what each building was that showed up on the land in 1952.
1952 None of these structures are still around today. Its really neat to see a visual representation, especially from the air to show what I have heard my grandmother and my parents and aunts and uncles talk about for years and years. For a representation of how things have changed in this little community I took a screen shot of the most recent google earth image (fall 2016) from the same exact location 2015 Aerial View of my Neighborhood
If you notice in the 1952 photos the road has clearly just been constructed as the banks where they blasted the mountain off hasnt grown back at all. You can also make out the old road if you look close enough. According to my dad the old road crossed the river right across from my house and went across and around the other side of the river. You can see that the culvert right by my house has clearly not even been installed yet. Its amazing to me that you can find things such as this on the internet. A lot has changed in 65 years. If you would like more information about these aerial photography archives visit the site by clicking HERE

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Fuji Instax Wide Meets The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway A couple of weeks ago my best friend and I took a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Town Mountain Road in Asheville up to Little Switzerland.  I took my Fuji Instax Wide along for the trip and got some pretty good results. The Blue Ridge Parkway
Mount Mitchell, North Carolina The Fuji Instax film definitely loves to bring out the blues and greens. The Blue Ridge Parkway

Flag Pond School — Unicoi County,Tennessee

Flag Pond Elementary School was located in the Unicoi County community of Flag Pond, high up in the deep mountains of extreme eastern Tennessee bordering North Carolina.
Former Flag Pond Elementary School The current Flag Pond School was created when Rocky Fork School and Sweetwater School were consolidated. Former Flag Pond Elementary School
Interestingly enough, another earlier school was located in the community called “Hog Skin”.
Former Flag Pond Elementary School Today the Flag Pond School sits empty and although has been that way for around 20 years, it still seems to be secured and maintained. The grounds of this school is home to the annual ramp festival which is held on the second Saturday of May each year. Information about this past years festival can be found by clicking HERE Former Flag Pond Elementary School
Former Flag Pond Elementary School

Welch, West Virginia

Welch is the county seat of McDowell County, the southern most of the West Virginia counties.
Experimenting With Leaks The city was incorporated in 1893. Welch was made the county seat of McDowell County by the voters in 1892. Until that point the county seat was Perryville which was located on present day West Virginia Route 83 along the Dry Fork. Results of the election were contested so to avoid violence county records were secretly moved from Perryville to Welch at night in two wagons by James A. Strother and Trigg Tabor. Flat Iron Pharmacy -- Welch, West Virginia
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Kmart — Boone, North Carolina

Kmart -- Boone, North Carolina The Kmart in Boone, North Carolina was located at 1620 Blowing Rock Road. The store first opened its doors on March 14, 1979. Kmart -- Boone, North Carolina
On June 16, 2014 it was announced that the Kmart in Boone would close its doors in mid-September.
Kmart Closing Sign The store closed for good on Sunday September 7, 2014. Kmart -- Boone, NC
Former Kmart -- Boone, NC Former Kmart -- Boone, NC
Demolition began in March 2016 and construction has began on a new Publix store that will open on the site in 2017.
Kmart -- Boone, NC Kmart -- Boone, NC

ZTE ZMax Photography

One of the most important specs I look for when I buy a phone is a good camera. The ZTE Max was one of the best over all android phones as far as cameras that I could find at 8MP. I have been using the HDR editing with the standard android lollipop editing software and the effects have been very easy to achieve with very little work. Enjoy.
Harlan, Kentucky

Harlan, Kentucky
Martin's Fork Lake -- Harlan County Kentucky
US421 -- South of Harlan, Kentucky
Fall is on its way.

Harvest Moon 2016

The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal Equinox. The This particular full moon is called the harvest moon because farmers can continue their harvest late into the night by the light of the full moon. There is also data that shows some birds rely on the Harvest moon to migrate from one area to another. They have also proven that the birds wait for this moon to begin their migration.
Harvest Moon 2016 These particular photos were taken from my front porch tonight. Enjoy. Harvest Moon 2016