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Monday, December 11, 2017

Late Afternoon Hike And Sunset At Kings Pinnacle

The peak of King's Pinnacle as seen from the parking lot of
Crowders Mountain State Park near Kings Mountain, NC.

On Friday, December 1st my travels once again took me across the border into North Carolina to Crowders Mountain State Park

In a previous blog post last year, I made a fall visit to Crowders Mountain to take pictures of the surrounding countryside from atop the mountain. Those pictures can be seen HERE

I arrived late in the afternoon intending to take some great sunset photos from the top of King's Pinnacle, the larger of the two mountains that make up Crowders Mountain State Park. 

At 1,705 feet in elevation King's Pinnacle is named for the unique formation at the summit resembling a king's crown. It towars more than 800 feet above the surrounding landscape.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, King's Pinnacle and Crowders Mountain are the remains of a much larger mountain range that once existed millions of years ago, and both peaks once marked the boundary between the lands of the Cherokee and Catawba Indians centuries ago. 

In 1917 during World War I, there was an artillery training range near King's Pinnacle called Camp Chronicle, named for Revolutionary War hero Major William Chronicle who died in the battle at nearby Kings Mountain in 1780. The mountain was used as a backdrop for artillery practice. 

I arrived just after three-thirty in the afternoon and checked in at the visitor's center -- which has gone through a few renovations since my last visit.

Artillery shells and relics from the former site of
Camp Chronicle 1917.

Then I began my 2.2 mile hike to the top of the mountain, opting for the less strenuous Turnback Trail. It would be getting dark on the way back down and I wasn't about to try crawling over rocks on the more strenuous trail in low visibility. Even so, the trail to the top is pretty challenging in places. I was covered in swear by the time I reached the top -- it was in the mid-60s but getting cooler as the sun began to set. 

At the top I got some really good shots of the mountain, the surrounding countryside, the sun beginning to set, and a close-up of Charlotte, North Carolina in the distance.

A little bit of a climb at the top.
1,700 feet (900 feet above sea level) at the top of King's
Pinnacle. What a view!
Charlotte, North Carolina through the fog and smog
in the distance.
Got this beautiful shot of the sun beginning to set.

On my way back down the mountain to my car, I got a clear view of the risen Luna in the east. The moon was a couple of days away from becoming the largest Supermoon of the year. I managed to get two really good shots of Luna in the dusk. They came out pretty good I think.

Well folks, I hope y'all enjoyed my travel photos. Sorry about the delay in posting them, I have been dealing with recent losses in my life and those have affected my mood. I plan to catch up on several posts over the next few days. 

Until next time, Have a Wonderful Dixie Day, ya hear?  

This blogger is a proud contributor to the Friends of Crowders Mountain. For more information about Crowders Mountain State Park and how you can help contribute to maintaining the natural beauty of this Appalachian heritage site, please visit the Friends of Crowders Mountain website in the link provided on this blog page.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Planetary Photography -- 11-23-2017 -- Mercury & Saturn At Dusk

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!  

This evening while many folks were just finishing their turkey supper with family and friends, I was outside having recently finished my own Thanksgiving Day celebrations, and looked west after sunset waiting to see the two smallest of the Wanderers toward the western horizon. 

The giant planet Saturn only appears dim in the night sky because of it's great distance from the Earth -- a whopping 792 million miles at the planets closest orbital approach! Despite being the second largest planet in the solar system, from Earth it is the farthest planet that can be seen with the human eye without the aid of a telescope, and appears to be small and dim.

By contrast little Mercury often appears as a small white star low on the horizon just before sunrise and after sunset. Much of the time, this world is lost in the sun’s glare. Right now is good time to catch Mercury, though, because this planet is swinging to its greatest evening elongation, or its greatest angular distance from the setting sun.

Also managed to get a great shot of the waxing crescent moon just before the two planets became visible. A few good sized craters can be seen along the line of the Earth's shadow on Luna's surface. 

Well folks, I hope y'all enjoyed these Thanksgiving Day planetary photographs. Have a wonderful Dixie Day and keep looking to the night skies, y'all! 

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

Thanksgiving Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks—for His kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

~George Washington

From Southern Fried Common Sense & Stuff, this blogger would like to wish each and every one of y'all a Happy Thanksgiving Day! God Bless Y'all! 
Source for this post: https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-04-02-0091

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Planetary Photography -- 11-03-2017 -- Late Full Hunter's Moon

Good evening fellow travelers and sky watchers! 

Earlier yesterday evening I caught the November full moon rising over the trees behind my house. 

In the Northern Hemisphere, people call this full moon the Hunter's Full Moon, the name given to the first full moon that follows the Harvest Moon, which if y'all will recall from a previous blog post is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. This year the Northern Hemisphere's Harvest Moon fell on October 5th, almost 13 days following the September 22 fall equinox, making this a late Hunter's Moon. Incidentally, November 4th is about the latest possible date for a full Hunter's Moon. 

In the Northern Hemisphere, y'all will be able to see the full Hunter's Moon till at least Saturday, November 4th. This year's late Hunter's Moon is the 2nd largest full moon of 2017. The brightness of the full moon however might interfere with those anticipating the South Taurid Meteor Shower -- but don't worry, the official peak of the meteor shower in North America is in late evening on Friday, November 10th this year.

If you are waiting to see the Full Hunter's Moon tonight, be sure to remember that full moons rise in the east at or near the time of sunset. After that the moon rises about 50 minutes later each following day. For those of us in North America, be sure to remember that late evening of Nov 4-5th at 2 AM is the end of Daylight Savings Time, and take that into account. 

Once again I hope y'all enjoyed my photo of the late Full Hunter's Moon of 2017. I will be back soon with more photos of our wandering stars. Till then, keep your eyes to the night skies, y'all. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Lando-Manetta Mills History Center

The Lando-Manetta Mills History Center.
3801 Lando Road, Lando, SC 29729.

The Lando-Manetta Mills History Center museum is located in eastern Chester County in the small village of Lando.  

The mill village of Lando has experienced over 245 years of history. During the American Revolutionary War it was known as Walker's Mill. At the time it was a grist mill that was often visited by British and Loyalist troops, as well as Patriot militia partisans during the summer and fall of 1780. 

Later known as White's Mill in the early 1800's, Lando was one of the first fulling mills in the American Southland. Manetta Mills was build in 1896 and for close to 100 years made blankets that were sold all over the world. Today the mill serves as a small but outstanding history museum. 

The Lando Manetta Mills History Center Museum is located in what used to be the mill office, the old company store and the Post Office. There are a dozen rooms in the history center all set up to house different collections detailing life in Lando over the last 120 years. These include the following:

The Collections Room in the history center is filled with little knick knacks found around Lando by various people or donated by individuals for use in the museum. It also contains sections devoted to the 4 local churches, local high school sports, Lando Boy Scout Troop 68, the fire department, and Edgemoor and Manetta Railway.

The Mill Room has artifacts and pictures from those who worked in the mill. It also has a loom similar to those used in the mill.

The Company Store is laid out as it was back in back when it was in the front of the building. There are many items on display that would have been sold in the store during the mill era.

The Living Bedroom is set up to transport the visitor to a time when families were in one area of a home and had everything they needed, including one of the first televisions.

The Schoolhouse Room has the old wooden one piece desks, books, and pictures from when children went to school at the Lando School. The walls in this room are arranged with pieces from the original school.

The Kitchen Room has many items donated to the museum that were used in houses in Lando including an old Maytag washing machine, a refrigerator and stove.

The Barber Shop looks like you walked into a distant time with a shoe shining station and retro barber chairs. There is even an old checkerboard used by customers while they were waiting.

The Doctors Office has a lot of personal items from when Dr. Gaston was practicing in Lando. 

The Lando Days Room is lined with t-shirts from past Lando Days celebrations, trophies and pictures from days gone by.

The Military Room is a room to honor those who lived in Lando and served our country. Pictures line the walls, there are uniforms and artifacts from those who served.

The Vault Room is the actual vault used by the mill. 

The Office Room has and old desk and books that have information on those that worked in the mill on a daily basis.

The following are the photos I took of the museum and the artifacts inside.

Marker honoring the veterans of three American Wars from
Lando, SC, who gave their lives in service.
Marker honoring Dr. John Newton Gaston Sr.
Artifacts from his practice can be found inside the museum.
Lovely Lando "Beach" behind the History Center.

Once again, I hope that y'all enjoyed my photos, and as always, Have A Wonderful Dixie Day, Y'all Hear?