Posted in Photography, History

Just A Siegfried Pillbox!

Across the Nims River…

Blue Battalion, Company A…

A pillbox, a bunker in the woods…

Heavy fire…

No time to think…

Taken…

But at great cost!

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The 304th Infantry, Forward

In honor of Frank E Knapp, Regimental Chaplain’s Assistant

Father-in-Law

“To all those and to scores of others, who are, unfortunately, too numerous to mention!”

Posted in Photography, Prose

Oh Those Puppy Dog Eyes

Dogs seem to make those puppy dog eyes for the benefit of us humans. Yes! They rarely use that entreating facial expression when on their own, a recent study has shown.

It has long been assumed that animal facial expressions are involuntary and dependent on emotional state rather than a means to communicate.

But scientists at the Portsmouth University Dog Cognition Centre of all places have found that dogs mostly use facial expressions for the benefit of us humans, like to get our attention.

Puppy dog eyes, in which the brow is raised to make the eyes appear wider and sadder, was found to be the most commonly used dog expression in this study. Researchers do not know whether the dogs are aware they look sadder, or have just learned that widening their eyes elicits sympathy and affection from us humans.

Men!? Take notice of this on your next date. If it works for animal ‘dogs’ it could surely work for you!

Posted in Art, History, Photography

An Andrew Wyeth Honeymoon

This photo was taken July 1971 on the east coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. For me, it invokes the feeling of a nostalgic Andrew Wyeth painting.

Andrew Wyeth is considered one of the greatest and best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.

He was a ‘realist’ regionalist style painter of rural landscapes and people. And for me, his paintings invoke romantic notions and strong family feelings.

He was aptly dubbed “painter of the people.”

Am I right, completely bonkers, or is it just little old blurry-eyed me?

“Breezy in Nova Scotia”

Posted in Art, Photography, Prose

The All-2-Hootie ‘Rough and Tumble’ Ruff!

Just a posh high-fashion wetlands prowler seen across Eurasia. A marsh wader loyal to his lek. Or is it, he likes to take a leak?

Yes! It’s really ‘independents day’ for this dandy male fellow all fluffed-ruffed and lekking a frightful mock fight.

Yes!

Trying as he might to entice a visiting softer female type on the down-low prowl for a prospective partner and some feather-dusting copulation.

Or is it wader-pulation?

But this gumboot is not looking for a ‘ruff and tumble, tootie-fruitie’ wife.

No!

Actually, he’s prefers ‘one-night-stand-just-looking-for-a-hottie’ wader types!

Posted in God, Family, Friends, Photography, true life

The Two Great Sicilian Earthquakes?

Santo and Catherine Merlino Barbera’s wedding photograph. Ah the joy and bliss of that wedding day is truly overwhelming as can be seen in this photo!

This photograph was taken shortly before the 1908 Great Messina Earthquake which occurred on 28 December. It had a 7.1 moment magnitude.

Messina and Reggio Calabria, Southern Italy were almost completely destroyed and an estimated 75,000 to 200,000 lives were lost.

My grandparents then migrated to America shortly after the earthquake.

I’ve always had one question in my mind about the wedding.

Did the earth also shake on their wedding night?

Well, it must have cause I’m here!

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