Thursday, October 16, 2008

French Lick Trip

Here's a house we saw while in Spencer Indiana on our way to French Lick Casino. We were eating at a fine place off the square in Spencer called Chambers. It's a nice home cooked buffet. While eating there I noticed this house across the street. After lunch I had to go across the street and look at it. There is a feature in this picture that caught my eye. Can you pick it out? It's not something you see every day. Do you see it?
This a picture from the concert we were attending at the Casino. He's the legendary Country and Western singer Charlie Pride. My wife just loves his music, and we go to see him whenever he's in the state somewhere. He was entertainer of the year in 1971.
This was a picture froma display in one of the halls of the hotel showing some of the products from the French Lick Springs Spa. Back in the 1920's, this hotel was noted for it's mineral waters and people from across the country would come here for the soothing waters. Mainly, it was hard mineral waters filled with sulphur. Boy, does it smell, but people used to bathe in it for medicinal purposes.
On our way back from the Hotel, we saw a large bell tower along US-50 in Shoals and stopped to see what the inspiring building was. It was the historic society building for Martin County. Unfortunately it was Sunday and the museum was closed. Maybe we'll make another trip there to see what's inside.
Here's a picture of the gardens behind the hotel at French Lick. It was very nice and in the gazabo behind the fountains was what was left of one of the springs. The closer you got to it the more it smelled of sulphur. It sure was a nice and quiet Sunday morning.
This is a picture of one of the spiral stair cases in the parking garages next to the casino. It was very decorative and really stood out in the bright sunlight.
This was a part of the old stairs and garden wall in the gardens area. It was much nicer that the picture describes.
I just threw this one in as it added to the fall season. Enjoy.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Tonight's item is touch, or feel. I've provided two pictures for tonight, and they deal with texture. One I took while sitting at my desk, the other is from a vacation I took last summer. I'll let you decide which is which.

Thank you for deciding on senses week. You all continue to amaze me at how your requests expand my thinking about my world. I hope we can do more soon.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Today is Sound day...
Aaaah.. the pictures of sound. What a concept. I had several ideas for this day, but not enough hours to produce what I wanted. I had envisioned a man hard at work wearing a helmet and ear plugs working with a chain saw. Unfortunately by the time I got home, it was after dark. I also saw with my minds eye a pair of lips whispering into an ear. But I believe that both my ears and lips were camera shy. I had to think more along maybe less artistic lines.
So without further due I give you pictures of sound....

This is the old Regulator that is in our dining room. It chimes the half and the hour. On most quiet nights, you can become quite mesmerized by the constant tick, tick, tick of this wind up giant. As a side note, I traded a fellow several Civil War Tokens for this beauty. I've received far more enjoyment from this clock than I ever would have from those tokens. A very good trade indeed.

Also another item that reminds me of sound is the radio. Not a new CD playing micro stereo, but an old AM, wood cabinet, tube radio. The one that my grandparents gathered around to listen to the radio programs like Amos and Andy, or the Lone Ranger, or FRD's fireside chats about WWII. The star of every Americans living room long before the invention of the television.

These are the things that I think of when I think of sound...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I went off in another direction as most would have thought of food.
My idea of taste, is also referred to as style.
Originally I thought of taste as the catch slogan for so many Smoking ads back in the 1960's.
When I went back to find one to add to my pics, I found many cool fashions or "tastes" of the day. Perhaps I haven't put forth my best photographic effort, but I thought you might get a kick out of what was thought of a cool back in 1969.
Enjoy the ads...

Monday, October 6, 2008

This week is senses week.

The first entry is Sight. One can never underestimate the sense of sight. It's probably the first sense we use to take in our surrounds. We rely upon it to make sense of our world. Without it the internet is nothing. Our favorite TV shows are transformed back into radio shows, like the good-old-days. The Grand Canyon is nothing but a long uphill hike without sight. And photography is; you guessed it; senseless without sight.

But we all to often take our sense of sight for granted. But take it from me, one who was blessed with less than perfect sight for most of my life, sight is a precious thing. Luckily two weeks ago, I was given a new lease on life with eye surgery. Now I share the same vision as most people do. It's like an almost-new world. So if my blogg seems a little emotional and "preachy" tonight, it's because I have something to sing about.

So tonight, I dedicate my picture to the organ that grants me sight; my eye.