Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations

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I spotted this creative piece of art on an exterior wall at the Riedel Glass Factory in Kufstein, Austria. It represents variations on the use of color and pattern in the production of a wine glass. A tour of this factory is fascinating; and it ends in a showroom with some of the most beautiful glass (artwork, drink-ware and jewelry) you’ll ever see.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme  (Show us the same thing — an object, place, or person — presented in several different ways.)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

IMG_2209 (2)There is silence today at Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia, but that wasn’t always the case. During the Civil War, Harper’s Ferry was a key supply base for Union troops and an important transportation corridor.

In 1862, Major General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and his Confederate troops surrounded and captured a much larger Union garrison near this once tranquil little town. The Confederates methodically positioned cannons along the three separate ridges that overlook Harper’s Ferry, where Union Colonel Dixon Miles had neglected to post men or artillery. Bombarded without means to escape or retaliate, Union officers unanimously agreed to surrender here on the morning of September 15.

Jackson captured over 12,700 Union troops at Harper’s Ferry – the largest surrender of United States soldiers during the Civil War. The Confederates also seized 13,000 arms and 47 pieces of artillery.

It may be silent now along the paths that wind through Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, but if you stand on the ridge where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, you just might hear the cannons roar.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

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Warm Springs Ranch, an impressive 300 acre state-of-the-art breeding facility for beautiful Budweiser Clydesdales, is located amid lush, rolling hills in the heart of central Missouri. It is home to more than 70 Clydesdale horses ranging from foals to stallions.

In order to join the World-Famous Budweiser hitch team, a Clydesdale must grow to meet certain requirements. They must stand at least 18 hands high (or 6 feet tall). They must be geldings and at least 4 years old.

They must have a bay coat, four white stockings, a blaze of white on the face, a black mane and black tail… and they must weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds. Talk about growth!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

PS – Tours are available by reservation only, and include a photo op with one of the horsesDSC02873 (2) and a nice cold glass of beer!