Rosie (two photos) by Dave Hileman

This is one of the life-size dioramas found at the Rosie the Riveter /World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA. While this was once a huge site with ships rolling off the line day and night, the park is a tiny sliver of that space. I felt it deserved a more complete story than the space allowed. Several of the old buildings still stand but they are now used in modern settings. You drive past thousands of cars - waiting to be loaded on to trains just to get to the site. Still worthwhile for an afternoon.

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Flow by Dave Hileman

Another place in the Smoky Mountains. This was just along a stream - not named on a map, on the way to Cades Cove. I walked up the stream about 1/2 mile and took several shots. 

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Cacti Canyon by Dave Hileman

Some of the trails at Joshua Tree National Park lead up and over rock formations into small canyons full of various cacti and Joshua Trees. Made for interesting contrasts on the hike. The canyons were full of wild life. 

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Shattered Calm by Dave Hileman

December 7, 1941 was a Sunday morning like most until the radio's began to crackle with the news of Pearl Harbor. There are pockets of these National Cemeteries across the country. I recommend you visit one this month and just read the names of people who allowed you to live in an era of peace. It should be required reading for any American History class. 

This small National Cemetery is in Greenville, TN along with the grave of the 17th President, Andrew Johnson.

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Climb by Dave Hileman

People climbing the rock face at Pinnacles National Park. Pinnacles is a remote park - at least if you access from the west side, and it is hot. 

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Girth by Dave Hileman

The Sequoia is not the tallest of the trees, that honor is the coastal Redwoods, but it is the biggest of the trees. These smaller examples are at the Muir Woods National Monument just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.  

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Thorny Problem by Dave Hileman

This is a Gila Woodpecker on a cactus in the Organ Pipe National Monument. They hollow out spaces to nest in these large cactus. So, how do you begin to carve that hole with your head in constant motion? 

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Writer's Aerie by Dave Hileman

This is the home of playwrite Eugene O'Neill located a bit west (oops, sorry, East) of San Francisco. It was a treat to visit this home, where he may have had his better years, personally, in life of complex drama and problems. He won numerous accolades including an award for the Nobel prize. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_O%27Neill

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Ford's Theatre by Dave Hileman

Here is the facade of the theatre where Lincoln was shot. The museum in the basement is well done and covers more than the assassination of Lincoln. The box where Lincoln and his party were sitting is still there and you view it both from the stage area and the door where Booth entered. Plays and concerts are still preformed here. 

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Organ Pipe Cactus by Dave Hileman

This is taken in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument along the Mexican boarder in Arizona. A remote and endlessly fascinating place. This shot shows a lot of the Organ Pipe, those are the multi-stemmed cactus along with some Saguaro and Cholla Cacti. This was off a drive on the eastern edge of the NPS site. 

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Somber by Dave Hileman

This is the inside of Ford's Theatre in Washington. The box where Lincoln was assassinated is the one with the bunting that looks festive but somehow that rings hollow. The theatre is still active hosting plays and other performances with modern lighting and staging, it still retains the air of a monument to an amazing man. 

"For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you." Matthew 15:19,20 NLT

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Cease by Dave Hileman

It is a good thing this barge on the Cumberland River did not try this during the brief siege of Fort Donelson because it would not have done well. Neither did the Union ironclad gun boats that tried to shell the fort, unlike their sister fort a few miles away. These guns were accurate and hit the seven Union boats repeatedly and delayed the fall of the fort as it was left to the Union troops to assault it over land. They did successfully but narrowly as the Confederates were winning the battle until an order was given to withdraw and the Union regrouped and Grant was now the famous winning general of the Union side. 

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The Tailor by Dave Hileman

Andrew Johnson was this nation's 17th President. He ran his taylor shop from this building (and home as well) for many years. In 1921 it was placed in this building to protect it. I shot the statue of Johnson in a park across the street with bright fall colors through the window of the shop and the building. Turned out kind of cool. 

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Gratitude by Dave Hileman

This turkey was photographed at the Coronado National Monument in Arizona. He surprised me as I did not think about seeing a turkey in the desert. And he was showing off as well. 

I hope your day is full of gratitude for the blessings of each day, for family and friends, for an amazing world to see and for work to engage in each day. 

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and Lizzie joins by Dave Hileman

So, these are resident eagles at Fort Donelson along the Cumberland River in northern Tennessee. They nest in a large oak tree about 1/4 mile from this perch. There were two people at the overlook with lots of photography equipment and a lot of local history. Since this pair arrived about 12 years ago they were named after a husband and wife who lived here during the war and their son was killed in this battle (he was a confederate soldier). The man, Jack, never got over his death. So this vigilant pair were named for them. In a side note, each year the first person to spot the newly fledged eagles at the nest gets to name them. 

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Jack by Dave Hileman

Yes,I know it is an eagle, but his name is Jack. Tomorrow you will meet Lizzie. And the story at Fort Donelson in Tennessee.

PS, Fuji XT-2 with 100-400 lens, 1.5 teleconverter 100 yards away and 70 feet up in the tree. 

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Call by Dave Hileman

This is a bell hung in the tower at the Tumicarari Mission in Arizona. The back of the tower is not finished as the front is, so you see the bricks and the gaps not filled in with stucco. The bell was used for communication in many situations but each Sunday it would summon all to the church.

"...and call the entire community of Israel together..." Leviticus 8:3 NLT

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Silent Batteries by Dave Hileman

These are authentic civil war era canon like those used here at Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River in Tennessee. This fort was taken by U. S. Grant and its fall hastened the fall of Nashville and opened the way for the northern armies to begin the march through Tennessee. These canons, however, did stop the siege by the Union ironclads because of their skillful firing. 

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