Monday, January 30, 2012

John Amos Power Plant

Burnin' good ole West Virginia coal to make fuel for wimpy coal powered (electric) cars.

There was a scene in an Andy Griffith episode where Barney bought a new car and he was gonna take everybody for a ride.  They were all ready to go and sitting in the car and somebody said, I smell gas.  Then somebody else said they smelled gas.  Then Barney said, "Alright, alright, alright, you smell gas!  Of course you smell gas, what do you think this car runs on, coal?"

Now Barney could actually have a coal powered car!  ;-)  Check out the video.  Skip to the 11 minute mark to see the scene.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Teays Valley Christian High Flyer

I almost forgot about these pictures of my baby girl, she's the one up high.  This was at Calvary Baptist Academy last Tuesday evening.  They've got a real nice, brand new gym that's actually bright enough to get some decent photos in.

I think these would have been better if I had been paying attention to the cheerleaders.  She was already up when I noticed them, then I was fumblin' around trying to get my camera turned on before they were finished with their stunt.

Teays Valley beat Calvary that evening 68 to 47.  Teays Valley's record so far this season is 15 wins and 6 losses.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pentax K1000

My very first SLR.  I bought mine around 1977 or '78 and used it for a few years.  They were great cameras. Well, this isn't the one I originally owned.  I either sold or traded mine years ago, but my friend Brandon who owns AAA Mini-Storage in Cross Lanes, WV (see him for all your storage needs) found this one in one of his delinquent mini-storage units and was nice enough to give it to me.  Who knows, this could be mine, but I doubt it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gauley River

Here's a few more from our hiking trip Monday.  There was a tiny bit of snow and ice left form a small snowfall we had on Friday.

The tunnel is about 3/4 of a mile long and even though we had a light with us we walked through the first time without using it.  That was cool.  On our way back we used it a little bit to look around in the tunnel.

Monday, January 16, 2012

"Winter" Kayakers

I put winter in quotations because we haven't had very much winter at all this year.  Last year and the year before were like the winters in WV should be (lots of snow and cold).  I guess we're due for a mild winter.

We were all off today so we thought we'd take advantage of the good weather and go on a short road trip.  Luckily we live only about an hour and a half from two of the prettiest rivers anywhere (IMO).

These kayakers are on the lower Gauley River where Peters Creek flows into it.  Click here to see a map of the rapids on the Gauley.

We were on an old railroad bridge that the National Park Service has converted to a pedestrian bridge.  It's not easy to get to but it's pretty cool once you get there.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Probably just about every photographer in Charleston has made a photo similar to this one .  I've taken a bunch  myself.  It's just one of those scenes that never gets tired of getting it's picture taken.  :-)  I think this is my favorite of the ones I've taken.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

First Snow

The snow was Tuesday.  Yesterday it was about 65 degrees.  I love WV weather.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Mary M. Watkins

The top picture was taken through one of the small crosses in the door.