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A Brief Layover At The Old Bus Stop

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Forgotten Destination 112821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The stone pillars have been there ever since I can remember. Now they’re adorned with ancient vines that twist and flow across hewn stone in a dance that has been going on for decades. Within the threshold of the twin pillars lies forgotten stairs and the old foundation of the bus station. This was once the gateway to adventures untold for those traveling in and out of the mountains. I’ve often thought it was a little odd that there was a bus station in this particular spot since there’s no tourist destination within walking distance of the spot and only homesteads in this area in general. Another ten or fifteen minutes drive would have placed the station in town where there was banks and stores and such. I’m told that it was a greyhound station which brings to mind grand architecture even if was on a smaller scale. Since the pillars are cut stone I imagine that the station itself was built to match with rustic furnishings inside. Perhaps a good radio for travelers to relax to and a two way radio for the attendant to communicate with the bus. As I stand where I imagine that an awning protected travelers from the weather I get the feeling that something there was made of green glass and that the room had that echoing sound that a bus station should have. But now most of the stonework is gone and entrance nothing but a set of empty stairs where a local can pull over and transfer his coffee from the thermos to the tumbler and imagine what used to be. Or on special days perhaps he’ll dream of what may come. Crossroads tend not to be abandoned forever and the secret of the future is in the manifested dreams of those who hold onto hope.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

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Forage Friday #133 – Empty Bag Syndrome

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Disappointing Harvest 112721” and was taken specifically for Forage Friday. I certainly do recognize that it takes a very unique individual to purchase a photo of a rotten apple for decor. However there are many other photos found on my blog and all are my original work unless otherwise specified and are available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The young man stood in the threshold staring at the empty table in the kitchen. He walked in and laid his empty bag in front of his family and in tears he lamented his failed efforts. His mother stepped over and sat down next to him. She softly placed her hand on the back of his neck and reassured him. He wasn’t a failure just because he came home one time empty handed. She stood him up and guided him to the root cellar. There the walls were lined with the bounty of past foraging and gardening. The family had all they needed after all.

It’s bound to happen eventually. The fisherman will miss a strike, the hunter will miss the shot and trapper will have his bait stolen. So we shouldn’t be surprised if a foraging excursion yields no prize either. Now as far as my Forage Friday posts goes there’s still plenty of nuts, and seeds that could be harvested around and quite a few mushrooms as well.  However, I’ve not encountered anything lately that hasn’t already been been covered in previous posts.  So tonight I’m going to share a few basic preservation techniques. For the sake of brevity I’m not going to go into specifics of each technique. But just to give you a few ideas that you might want to research.

Obviously there’s the canning of various things. Fruits and berries can be made into various preserves. Canning comes with a variety of advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that canning is generally reliable so long as you avoid conditions that might allow botulism. You can go to the USDA site which links to other resources for specific information about canning.

Forage Friday mostly covers herbs and one the easiest ways to preserve herbs is drying them. I prefer not to use heat if it’s not too humid.  Back at the end of summer I found the need to trim the red elm in my yard. Left alone red elm gets huge. Up to 80 feet tall. But a tree this large in the location it’s growing isn’t really good since it poses a risk to my house. So I trimmed it back and plan to only allow it to get 15 -20 feet. This left me with an abundance of bark and leaves that both have medicinal values and tastes pretty close to store bought tea. But if you look closely at black tea from the store you’ll find that it’s not dehydrated to the point of being brittle.  So I chose not to use heat and to simply spread the shredded leaves out in a single layer and allow a fan to circulate the air until the leaves had the same texture as the black tea I get from the store. ( If you have access to red elm I highly recommend trying the leaves as a tea substitute. )

Drying is by far my favorite method. Leaves are pretty easy to start with but eventually you’ll want to try a few roots. Dandelion, chicory, Japanese Knotweed and those that are truly roots can be thinly sliced and strung on a rack so that the air circulation can draw off the moisture. With thicker things like roots you’ll need to keep a constant eye out for mold. One of the reasons why I like using a fan is that air circulation helps mitigate mold.

Something that I hope to try eventually is to build a small vacuum chamber for freeze drying of fruits and vegetables. This will be a new experience for me but it’s my understanding that the vacuum chamber can successfully remove the moisture from the produce and it can then be frozen without changing the color or structure of the food. The device is about the size of a pressure canner. And to be clear this isn’t the same as industrial freeze drying. It’s just supposed to have the same result. It’s something that I’m still researching. The equipment is rather expensive but if it ever becomes a reality for me I’ll do a post on it specifically.

The last one for now is just simply flash freezing. Flash freezing is awesome for one big reason and that’s nutrients. One of the biggest reasons to either garden or forage is nutritional value. If your produce is shipped in from way off then it loses a lot of nutrients on its journey. Fresh vegetables and fruits are ( or should be) still alive when it hits the shelf. The food value is being consumed by the produce in order to maintain that life and thus the longer it is between harvest and consumption then the more nutrients are lost. However, if you harvest locally and quickly freeze it that stops the nutrients from being used by the produce itself. It’s also recommended that if you harvest wild nuts or tubers such as groundnut that you should freeze them for a few weeks to kill any worms that might be inside the shell.

Thats it for tonight’s Forage Friday. Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

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We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

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WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Thanksgiving 2021

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “The Strut 80721” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Thanksgiving tradition is for everyone at the table to name something that they’re thankful for. Some years it’s easier than others. Often when when there’s been a loved one who overcame a serious illness or has returned home from deployment were thankful to have everyone together. Those are the easy ones. Most years I kinda blank out when my turn comes. It’s not that I have to struggle to find something that I’m thankful for but that there’s so much that it’s hard to narrow down to just one thing that’s mention-worthy. I’m not a rich man but I have that which is common for a person my age in Appalachia. But that’s just hardware. The most valued things in a person’s life shouldn’t be the trinkets that fade quickly but what’s been given that cannot be owned per se. The love and admiration of friends and family and the moment well spent are things that I’m very thankful for that cannot rust away in box in the corner of a dusty room. And I’m thankful for those who chose to spend time reading my blog and listening to my thoughts. That’s why I close every post with…

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

A Few Childhood Memories

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “American Beech 112421” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Heavy frost covers my mountain in its icy embrace and my mind is taken back to the early 70s. The week of Thanksgiving always brings up childhood memories of the little country classrooms all decorated with colorful cardboard leaves and tracings of children’s hands made into turkeys. When you walked into the door you were greeted by the smell of crayons and Elmer’s Glue. You knew that at some point before school let out for the week there was going to be a play about the Pilgrims and the Indians. It was actually kinda hard to find volunteers who wanted to be Pilgrims in the school play. In those days it wasn’t unusual to have a little extra recess on the last day before a break started and we took full advantage of it. If the weather was cold that meant things like flicking a paper football and arm wrestling. Usually the whole afternoon became an art class and we were sent home with paper headresses and pilgrims hats and crayon rubbings of fall leaves. Perhaps that’s why I’m always reminded of the smell of crayons when we get a good frost.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

Doing It The Slow Way

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Auger Bit 112321” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

There’s a spiritual connection in things made by human hands. When a person creates something there’s more to it than shape, form the function. The creator imparts the essence of their own spark into the piece. I’ve often thought and wrote about how a person can’t hold a moment any more than they can hold a river. Yes you can build a dam and regulate the flow but eventually the water has to come out or the dam will burst. A person who invests time is sharing an ever diminishing asset. The auger bit in tonight’s Feature Image is for my antique brace and bit set. I have power tools and among them are modern cordless drills and saws as well as what’s common to a homeowner in America. And I use them often. But the antique tools are different. There’s a meditative quality to doing things the slow way. Especially when you’re powering the equipment with old fashioned elbow grease. I once had a line boss that said he needed his power tools because he wasn’t making mistakes fast enough. And it’s true that when you’re working with the hand tools you pay more attention to each stroke. You begin to synchronize your breath with the stroke of the tool as your very heartbeat drives the next cut. The connection is even deeper when you grow, harvest and cure your own wood. It doesn’t need to be a major timber operation. You can often gain hobby sized wood from landscape trimmings. There’s plenty of resources on the internet that can teach you how to select and cure small pieces and sometimes it’s as easy as rescuing a piece of firewood that’s already cured and waiting to be worked. It doesn’t have be a masterpiece. The first one is always going to be a learning experience but it’s the experience itself that’s the goal here. I’ve mostly been referring to woodworking but the same thing applies to painting, sculpting clay or anything else that puts your mind and hands in contact with the medium you choose. Maybe you’ll even find a broken pallet and take the pieces to create tools for sculpting clay. Whatever it is let me encourage you to try. You might find that your creations are good enough to wrap up and present them as gifts for Christmas. ( Or whatever holiday you celebrate. )

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Click here to visithttps://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️