Thursday, March 31, 2016

Boots Off the Ground

"Since you mean to hang me, I'd like to atone to my maker."
"You got one minute, make your peace"
"Where do I begin? I regret trifling with married women. I'm fairly ashamed of cheating at cards. I deplore my occasional departures from the truth. Forgive me for taking your name in vain, Saturday drunkenness, Sunday sloth. Above all, forgive me for the men I've killed in anger (looks over at Asa Watts) and those I am about to."

Jebediah Nightlinger (Roscoe Lee Browne) praying to God before he's about to be hanged by Asa Watts (Bruce Dern) and his gang.
The Cowboys - 1972 - Starring John Wayne

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Backyard

The feeders continue to do well as winter turns to spring. Still have some Dark-Eyed Juncos hanging out. The House Sparrows are everywhere and the Northern Cardinals are frequent visitors. Also seeing Mourning Doves, House Finches and the darned Grackles.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Mid-Point of the Appalachian Trail

So I spent Easter morning hiking to the mid-point of the Appalachian Trail. That's right the point that is 1090.5 miles from the start in Springer Mountain , Georgia, 1090.5 mile from the end in Mt. Katahdin, Maine and 1.25 mile from the truck. Not a bad hike in, but some steep sections and a switchback were a warning for the hike out. Just a quick breather at the Tom's Run Shelter and the signpost was just ahead. The hike out was uphill. And that's all I have to say about that.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Miscellaneous Apparatus - Tankers and Utilities

Calhan Fire Protection District
Calhan, Colorado
Tender 1461
1985 Ford 9000

Cortez Fire Protection District
Cortez, Colorado
Ford Aeromax L9000
Tanker 4

Paxtang Fire Company
Harrisburg, Pa
2001 Ford F-350
Utility 40

Maryland Line Fire Department
Maryland Line, Maryland
International Bus
(Unit is out of service)

Western Emergency Management Association
Western Cumberland County, Oakville, Pa.
1981 Ford beverage truck
x Haz-Mat 52 Support Unit

Good Will Fire Company #1 (photo 9/12/2009)
(merged with Northeast Fire and Rescue 1/1/2016)
West Fairview, Pa
1994 Chevrolet Blazer
Car 3-20
x Utility 1-16, x Chief 52, x Fame EMS

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Miscellaneous Apparatus - Engines

Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Engine 1
1997 Becker HME pumper

District of Columbia Fire and EMS
Engine 2 - Chinatown
2014 Pierce Arrow XT pumper

Front Royal Volunteer Fire -Rescue
Front Royal, Virginia
Engine 12
2003 Smeal pumper

Fruitland Area Fire Department
Fruitland, Missouri
Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri
1964 Chevrolet - Towers Apparatus, retired

Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department
Ridgway, Colorado
1950 Chevrolet pumper, retired

Washington Fire Company #1
Mechanicsburg Fire Department
Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Engine 1-28
1996 Spartan Diamond pumper

Washington Fire Company #1
Mechanicsburg Fire Department
Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Engine 2-28
1985 Ford - Darley
(Unit has since been placed out of service)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Causeway Sunset

Sunset over the Chincoteague Causeway.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


A walk in the woods.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Canada Malting Co. Ltd. (PG 208)

Along the Toronto Harbourfront at
Bathurst Street and Bathurst Quay
Toronto, Ontario
Built in 1928

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Whale Rider

20 Portage Drive
Haines, Alaska

Monday, March 21, 2016

Traders Rendezvous

516 West Tomichi Avenue
Gunnison, Colorado

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Miscellaneous Apparatus - Ambulances

 Camp Hill Fire Department
Ambulance 1-14

 District of Columbia Fire & EMS
Medic 1

 Newberry Township Fire Department
Service 31

 Baltimore City Fire Department
Ambulance 56

Hereford Volunteer EMS Rescue
Ambulance 53

Shippensburg Area EMS
QRS 73, x Utility 52, x Special Unit 52

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Painter Volunteer Fire Company

Painter Volunteer Fire Company, Crosby Street, Painter, Virginia. Accomack County Station 12. Organized in 1949 and incorporated July 12, 1950. The original firehouse was an old broom shop located where the post office now is. This building was moved to where the present station now sits at 17116 Wayside Drive. It was demolished in 1976 and a new three bay metal station was built. A bingo hall was added in 1989. A new station was constructed recently behind the old. Painter VFC covers the communities of Painter, Keller, Boston, Craddockville, Puncoteague, Harborton and Hack's Neck.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Cylindropuntia Imbricata (Tree Cholla)

This desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume has ever tortured me more than this.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Go Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day, make it memorable.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial

Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial, 101 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland. Anne Arundel County. Dedicated June 11, 2006, annual ceremonies are held the first Sunday in June. the statue, Between Morning and Midnight, by Baltimore artist Rodney Carroll show a firefighter and EMS provider looking back a a group of people, an elderly man, a mother and a child. Past, present and future.