Harper’s Ferry

I did a walkabout in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, yesterday. I am not happy with most of the photos I took but this one of pocket watches taken through the front window of the clock store is sort of okay.

I guess the time was good to visit the historic site of John Brown’s abolitionist uprising. Brown attacked the armory on October 16, 1859, he captured the it with 18 men, took hostages and began the occupation of a building that was from then on called John Brown’s fort. The John Brown militia was mostly killed and they killed several during the two day clash. US Colonel Robert E. Lee was in the force that attacked the militia stronghold. John Brown was a militant who said that action, forceful action, was required to rid the country of slavery. He had a history in Kansas where he led a fatal raid on a pro-slavery community. Some historians have vilified Brown for “starting” the civil war, and in fact, until the last 30 years or so, most historians thought he was self-centered, egotistical, and in it for his own glory. Recently, historians are re-evaluating that conclusion and are saying maybe he was right, violence was required.

A friend reminded me yesterday that blame for the terror of Charlottesville is “sideless,” that is all sides are to blame. The lesson of John Brown’s history demonstrates that pro-freedom people can be every bit as unpredictable and violent as their counterparts on the other side of the issue. Of real interest to me in reading about the aftermath of John Brown’s “revolution” was the anger and violence against one another throughout the country, including when a US Senator from Mississippi attacked a US Senator from Pennsylvania with a bowie knife on the floor of the Senate!!

My friend is right that violence on any side should not be tolerated. But echoes of voices from 1859 are reverberating when I hear, “Take America Back!” That represents a “side” that is not just historically despicable and shameful but a narrow vision of humanity that must be acknowledged and protected by our system of freedom of speech but must never be empowered or enabled by turning a blind eye.

 

Clock Store in Harper

Clock Store in Harper’s Ferry, WV

Maybe my last post–well, here anyway.

I’ve decided to change a couple of things. I have started a new site at Lee Halvorsen Photography where all my photographs will be located. My blog is moving to Things I Notice. I have also started a Facebook page for Lee Halvorsen Photography Come to Facebook and “Like” me!!! If you actually want to buy something of mine, you can visit me on SmugMug. I am not sure what I am going to do with this site. But, come to some or all of the others. Visit, leave a comment, or…just lurk and look.  Thanks for visiting me over the years!!!!!

Younger Raccoons Visiting

Apparently the adults have moved on or been kicked out or something. We don’t see them anymore. We do see the young ones, or at least one of the  young ones. The one pictured here is (we think) the same one we see every night just after dusk. These are both shot at ISO6400, 200mm, f4.5 at 1/125.  The kids think he’s cute. I think he is a wild animal and should stay out of our yard lest he become a hat.

 

Wondering Why I Am Making Clicking Noises

Wondering Why I Am Making Clicking Noises

Looking For Pooled Water On Deck

Looking For Pooled Water On Deck

Chris - June 5, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Ha! The parents ran away from the kids!! Four rowdy little coons would send me scurrying for the woods!

Racoons! Again.

We have a family now. There are 6 of them. Four young’uns and two adults. The little ones come out to look at us but they don’t last long. The adults are sort of brazen but really not interested in coming face-to-face with us. This one came out (we think) to get a drink of water out of the tarp and to see what’s in the garbage can. This shot is from behind the glass window as he is escaping from our yard back into the woods. Next time, I will wait outside and try to be very, very quiet.

Racoon

Racoon

Cat Portraits

Our animals started having health problems and one of the things that made them better was better quality food. Our vet suggested we check out Felix & Oscar and that’s where I discovered these two felines. I never asked whether they are the Felix and Oscar that the store is named for…maybe I’ll ask the next time we’re in. Anyway, they “guard”  the store and are always about. Some folks bring in their dogs while shopping and then you don’t see the cats too much. But, when all is quiet, these two are out. I took a couple of snaps and thought you might enjoy them.

Grey Cat Being Patient With Me

Grey Cat Being Patient With Me

Black Cat - Not Quite So Patient

Black Cat - Not Quite So Patient

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