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The overall mission statement of this blog is to share many unique topics of this blogger's interest; promoting though education the uniquely positive values of Southern history, heritage, and cultural identity. Topics include (but are not limited to):
Southern Cultural History & Confederate Heritage Awareness, Symbols Of Southern-American Identity & Their Moral Defense, Nature & Wildlife Preservation, Science & Science Fiction, Astronomy & Planetary Photography, Literacy & Writing, Travel & Local Places Of Interest, Southern Cuisine, South Carolina Upstate History, Popular Culture & Philosophy, Local History of the South Carolina Upstate ....as well as various other topics explained from the blogger's point of view. The following website contains the UNCENSORED thoughts and opinions of a Southern-born country writer from upstate South Carolina - the living, beating heart of the great American Southland! Please enjoy and feel free to post comments, or contribute to this blog in any meaningful way.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

RIP Carrie Fisher (1956 - 2016)

In loving memory of American actress 
October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016. 

She helped take us on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away, 
and gave us a new hope through her most memorable role as "her worshipfulness" the snarky, but courageous  Princess Leia Organa of the planet Alderaan and a leader of the Rebel Alliance to Restore the Galactic Republic. 

This blogger thanks you for all the memories growing up in your role as Princess Leia, as well as your many other film characters over the years. 

Rest in Peace, and please tell Kenny we miss him too.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas Candlelight Tour At Historic Brattonsville 2016

Greetings and Salutations Y'all!

On Saturday, December 10th, my travels once again took me back to Historic Brattonsville for the annual Christmas Candlelight Tours. This time I traveled with my sister's family -- including my two favorite nephews: Jacob Tyler (J.T.) and Caleab. 

You might remember from last year that I attended the 2015 Christmas Candlelight Tour, the blog post can be seen HERE

The annual evening event draws close to 15,000 people a year to Historic Brattonsville over two weekends in early December. It includes food, bonfires, and traditional Christmas music. 

The highlight of course is the candlelight tour itself, an educational recreation by several groups of living history reenactors depicting how Christmas was (and in some cases, was not) kept by pre-Colonial Scots-Irish Presbyterians that settled in the South Carolina Upcountry in the 1700s, then how the practice progressed among area residents on till the mid-1800s and modern-day. 

Here are the photos that I took from the event. Also included in this blog post is a planetary photograph I got of Venus in the early evening sky.

My brother-in-law David, sister Olivia, & nephew Caleab.
Historic Brattonsville Gift Shop.
Props from the film The Patriot (2000) filmed at Historic Brattonsville.
Venus in the early evening sky over Historic Brattonsville's Christmas Candlelight Tours.
Yours truly with Tyler & Caleab Morris.
Tyler looks like he is soooo evil here. LOL!
My sister Olivia & Caleab.

As with the previous year, I would like to thanks those volunteers and reenactors who again helped make the 2016 Christmas Candlelight Tours an overwhelming success. I know my nephews loved it, as did my sister and brother-in-law. Tyler especially enjoys learning new things whenever he can, as do I. 

As always, I hope y'all enjoyed this post.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Planetary Photography - 12-01-2016 - All Of The Inner Planets In Western Sky!

Folks, this evening as the sun set and night began to fall, I managed to get a couple of really great shots, and a really great wide shot of the Waxing Crescent Moon and all of the inner planets in the western sky in the same photo!

The first photo shows Luna in her waxing crescent phase after sunset between Venus above in the evening sky and Mercury below on the horizon chasing the sunset. 

The second photo is a closeup of Mercury on the horizon with Luna overhead. I was most fortunate to capture Mercury while it was still above the trees. It would set entirely twenty minutes later following the sunset. 

Finally the best shot of all -- a great wide-shot of the other three inner planets of the solar system in the western sky over South Carolina, USA on Earth (Terra). Mars is the highest overhead and the farthest from the sun, with Venus above Luna and Mercury on the horizon closest to the sun.

The Waxing Crescent Moon will continue to climb higher in the evening twilight -- moving farther each evening from the sunset in its orbit around the Earth. Luna will sweep close to Venus on Friday, December 2nd. By the evening of Sunday, December 4th, Luna will sweep close to Mars. Good weather and planetary viewing conditions permitting, this blogger will endeavor to capture both events over the next few nights.