Tuesday, June 30, 2015
My father served in the Navy during WWII. He was stationed aboard the USS Bunker Hill. Here is a brief history of the "Fighting Lady".
USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
CV-17 USS Bunker Hill was one of many aircraft carriers of the Essex class built in the early 1940s. Commissioned in 1943, the ship completed training and small missions in the Atlantic before being sent to the Pacific to help during World War II attacks on Japan, Rabaul and the conquest of the Gilberts.
Bunker Hill also supported the invasion of Saipan and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Two crewmen were killed in the battle with the Philippines due to a bomb that hit nearby, but the damage to the ship was minimal. She remained in the war with Japan through the majority of 1944 before being sent home for repairs and modernization.
She was quickly repaired and returned to the Western Pacific in 1945 to help with the Iwo Jima invasion and raids on the home islands of Japan. She was a flagship of Task Force 58 and was very involved in the Okinawa campaign. In May of that year, the Bunker Hill lost almost 400 crewmembers after two attacks by suicide planes.
Here are some images of the Bunker Hill after she was struck by two suicide plane on May 11, 1945. Images like these make it very clear why someone who has never been to war will never understand what it is like. We will never know how they felt, what they thought, or what they endured.
My great grand father fought with the union army during the Civil War. He enlisted in the 19th Kentucky Cavalry. He was born, raised, and died in Crittenden County Kentucky.
Perhaps the most famous song to come out of the Civil war was the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." One thing that most everyone has forgotten is that we do not live in a pure democracy. We live in and are governed by a Democratic Republic.
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic", also known as "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" outside of the United States, is a song by American writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song "John Brown's Body". Howe's more famous lyrics were written in November 1861, and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. The song links the judgment of the wicked at the end of time (New Testament, Rev. 19) with the American Civil War. Since that time, it has become an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song.
Monday, June 29, 2015
This week leads to the celebration of the Independence Day. If we learn anything from this celebration, it should be that freedom is not free. It comes with a price, and that price is the blood of men and women who stand in harms way to protect the lifestyle that we, all too often take for granted. I have decided to do a mini-music marathon in honor of Independence Day. I love patriotic music. More often than ever before, these songs bring a tear to my eye and fill my heart with pride. May we never forget the source of our freedom comes from our Creator and the instruments of that freedom are our men and women in uniform. Enjoy the music, celebrate the day, and give thanks for the privilege of living in the greatest country in the world.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Fun With Filters
Since the Ram's head detail is one of my favorite features on this building, lets mess with it a little bit. First, I converted it to black and white. It gives a real 1930's feel to the image and allows you to concentrate on the detail of the terra cotta without the distraction of color. There is a drama in black and white images that just can't be duplicated in color.
Next, I took the black and white image and applied a graphic pen filter. I really like this filter. This time I used vertical pen strokes instead of diagonal. I think the vertical strokes render the brick and terra cotta details better.
Finally, I went back to the color image and applied two filters. the first filter was a grain texture. I saved the image with the grain texture then applied the horizontal distortion, which are the streaks that you see running through the image. I think this just gives the image a whole new look. It may not be a look that appeals to everyone, but I find it interesting.
Well, that's it for this session of Fun With Filters. See you next time.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I have been using PhotoShop Elements ever since version 3 and I am just now learning some of the fun tools that are in the program. Why did I wait so long? This program is more than I will ever need for editing images. If you are new to photography and you have been advised to purchase Lightroom or PhotoShop, I would tell you that you might consider Lightroom, but you are years away from needing full blown PhotoShop. Personally, I'd get PhotoShop Elements as long as they continue to produce it. Have a great day.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Saturday was a day off for her and the students took in the Science Museum of Oklahoma, so we met Em there. I must say, the bulk of the museum is designed for pre-teen visitors. While the concept of a museum is a wonderful idea, the execution left something to be desired. The interior looked more like a converted warehouse than a place dedicated to learning and inspiring scientific exploration. However there were some fun things to see.
I spent a few minutes this morning playing with the filters in PhotoShop Elements 13. My base image is a rose from our garden. The plant is a cutting I took from my parents house before the final estate sale several years ago. It was my mother's favorite color of rose.
Friday, June 12, 2015
The blog has been semi-dark for the past week. Well, I had a major crash and burn. My computer hard drive seemed to be malfunctioning and it's only four months old. After a couple of phone calls and transfers, I got the correct people at HP support. Their thought was that there might be something wrong with the operating system (Windows 8.1). They probably thought that there was also something wrong with the operator of the system (me), and they might not be far off of the mark. At any rate, it required that I wipe the hard drive clean and reinstall the operating system. I have never done that before and my confidence level was not very high. Still, the tech support walked me through the process. It took nearly an hour but it seems to have fixed the problem. On the down side, I now have to re-install all of my programs, put my important document files back where they belong, and try to figure out how to reset my preferences. Needless to say, it has been a journey. Hopefully, I'll have it all back to almost normal by next week. Technology is a wonderful thing...until it decides to not be a wonderful thing, then...it's your worst nightmare.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Fun With Filters
One of the things in this life that inspires me is photography. Most of the time I pursue excellence in the image. I try to capture a great image, then take it home, open it in PhotoShop Elements 13 and attempt to enhance the image further. When I get it right, I am inspired to move forward and pursue different types of images. But there are times when I just like to sit in front of the screen and play with a few of the filters in PhotoShop Elements. Here are a couple examples.
Music is always a source of inspiration fore me. It reminds me that the One who lives in me is greater than the one who lives in this world.
Music also reminds me that regardless of my past, regardless of my insecurities, and fears, that by faith, through the grace of God and His redemption of this sinful soul, in His eyes, I am now flawless. Have a blessed day.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Last week I posted several paintings that were in an exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, AR. I did post a couple of sculptures as well. This week will feature sculptures from the permanent exhibits. I did not take the time to gather the information on the title or artist of these works. Sorry about that.
I have no idea how so much detail can be executed in stone.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR has a new acquisition. The painting is called "Landscape". It is by Mark Tansey and was done in 1994. It is about 7 feet tall and 16 feet long. Yes, it is quite a wall full. I really like this piece and I think it makes a great Ruby Tuesday Too post. How about you?