Just a Rose III

just a beautiful


Flooding offers evidence of nature’s power


The Cotton Boll Conspiracy

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Water in several South Carolina rivers remains high after flooding reached levels unseen in a quarter-century.

A combination of a wet spring and heavy rains earlier this month pushed several rivers over their banks, including the Broad River, which had risen at least 15 feet when I visited it last week.

Normally, in the scene shown above, rocks are visible, turtles, river otter and fish are readily evident, and the foundations of a train bridge destroyed during the War Between the States can be seen.

However, flooding, exacerbated by heavy rains in the northern part of the state, had pushed the river over its banks to a degree that metal picnic tables normally far out of reach of the river were barely above water.

Even more fascinating was an area approximately a mile to the west, the location of an abandoned rail bridge converted into a walking path over the past half…

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I Had a Dream Last Night

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I don’t know if it was a dream or a nightmare, but I did mention that I’ve been learning some new things with Photoshop and my just swims at night.  Then early this morning I had a dream and I woke up so inspired to try something.  After I got up, I couldn’t get the image of what I was trying to do out of my head, so, while I couldn’t do what was in my head, it was a scene from Sydney, I decided to try something different.

Elizabeth StreetI took this image on the same day as the image on Tuesday.  It was taken very early in the morning.  It is a HDR image processed in Photomatix Pro and beyond that,  I haven’t done a lot to this, I just got rid of all the people, a couple of cars, you know that sort of thing.

I just loved…

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View of Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan

Japan’s own


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Apart from visiting the Last Samurai movie location (Mt. Sosha), Kobe and Universal Studios, one of the places I wanted to visit at Hyogo Prefecture is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Himeji Castle.

Japan with its feudal past era has an abundant castles, often best view during Cherry Blossom season and usually exploring their magnificent architecture as the primary reason why travelers like me go the extra mile and divert their attention away from the city.

For over 400 years, Himeji Castle remains intact despite surviving World War II bombing attacks and the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquakes that badly damage the harbor city of Kobe.

Considered as Japan’s most beautiful surviving castle, Himeji castle is undergoing maintenance and renovation works starting April 2010 until March 2015. If you visit within this time frame, it can be disappointing to see the main facade of the castle is currently covered with…

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