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Tue, Aug. 1, 2006 - White Out
Here's the photo that was entered into the juried competition for the fair. This was from our experimental session and this was definitely the most different shot of the day. I wanted to make the shot as white as possible and still have something recognizable. Having her "scream" just seemed to add to it.
Wed, Aug. 2, 2006 - High Fashion
Several years ago we shot Jessica wearing a 1930s black velvet dress and a few other items from our vintage clothing collection. Then she went off to college and she'd usually stop by the studio during her school breaks and we'd both want to work together but we never made it happen. So when she wandered in a few days ago and I still had the set up in the studio for the White Out series, I thought it would be fun to do some more shots with the white fabric. So here is another outfit that was made from a single piece of white spandex. The fashion shades were Jessica's idea and I thought they added the perfect touch to this fashion shot.
Tue, Aug. 8, 2006 - Mobile Grass Fire
FVFD responded to a mutual aid call in Loleta for a trailer load of hay that caught fire. The trailer suffered a flat tire near Fernbridge, and what the owners didn't realize was that the flat tire got hot enough, or caused something else to get hot enough the that hay ignited. They didn't realize it until they got halfway to Loleta. Fortunately they got the truck unhitched from the trailer, but the hay was a total loss. It created a huge amount of smoke and since my approach was downwind I couldn't even tell what they were trying to put out until later.
Wed, Aug. 9, 2006 - Upwind View
Here's the view of the trailer from the upwind side. The hay stack had to be totally torn apart to get everything out.
Thu, Aug. 10, 2006 - Match Race?
Something new this year was a display of Toyota cars and trucks. Some were race vehicles and some were concept cars, like this mock highway patrol car. CHP also has a display at the fair featuring one of their Camaro high speed pursuit vehicles. So I thought it appropriate to go over to the Toyota booth and tell them that the CHP folks didn't think much of their 'econo' police vehicle, and then I went over to the CHP booth and told the officer that the Toyota folks were trash talking their Camaro. No match race has been scheduled as of yet.
Fri, Aug. 11, 2006 - Duck Races
One of the features at the fair is duck races. These started in an Arizona town in the desert where apparently there wasn't any other form of local entertainment. Now this guy makes a pretty good living traveling the county fair circuit putting on duck races for the children. All the ducks have cute names, and I think this race was one by Duck Cheney. As far as I know, this duck didn't accidently shoot any other ducks, he just out paddled them.
Sat, Aug. 12, 2006 - The Booth
Pretty much the same booth this year as last, although the backdrop got a new covering of felt. The most important thing though is that we retained our coveted position between the candy booth and the ice cream booth. Very important when you're bored to have a good supply of fattening foods nearby.
Sun, Aug. 13, 2006 - Three Headed Chicken
All kinds of oddities can be seen at the fair, such as this three headed chicken. The two little heads were a bit spastic, and would appear and disappear at random. There were lots of other crazy looking chickens in the poultry barn, but I thought the best chicken could be found at the barbeque booth.
Thu, Aug. 17, 2006 - Country Fire
Our fire drill this month was a country fire, where we made use of the country hydrants and water tenders to provide water to the fire. Jerry Lema provided the huge bonfire. Nobody remembered to bring the marshmellows though.
Sat, Aug. 19, 2006 - Fair Hawk
This morning when the commercial building at the fair opened up a hawk flew in. It stayed in the building all day and ended up spending the night. We all hoped it came in to take out the exotic bird exhibit, because those birds were pretty noisy. I don't usually advocate violence to animals, but after spending 10 days listening to those squawking birds, I was rooting for the hawk. Unfortunately the hawk wasn't hungry, just confused. He spent the whole day flying around the hall, never figuring out where he came in from, even though it was huge roll up door.
Sun, Aug. 20, 2006 - Scared Deer
Going out to the truck this morning I came across a doe and her two Bambies munching away in our yard (amazingly they were eating weeds!). I startled them and mommy deerest took off, crossing the driveway and lept over the fence. The two kids followed here, but stopped at the fence, even though it's only about 3 feet high. Instead they ran down the driveway, out to the street, and then ducked through the gate into the neighbors yard. They then both charged their mom, and since they were so stressed out from their unplanned separation, they decided they needed a drink to calm their nerves.
Wed, Aug. 23, 2006 - High Speed Crash
We don't get very many traffic accidents in Ferndale. First the town is only 1 square mile so we don't have many roads. Second we don't have any signals, and most of the roads are only 25mph, so chances for wrecks is pretty minimal. So when the FVFD responded to a call for a wreck on Meridian Road requiring extrication, my first thought was "huh?", how does some one crash hard enough on that road to require extrication. Meridian Road is a flat but bumpy, straight road with pretty good visibility. Coming up to the scene I was further confused because it looked like this Mustang had been T-boned by a fullsized Ford pickup truck. Now normally you T-bones in intersections, but this was in the middle of a straight road. So then I thought maybe the Mustang backed out of a driveway, but the position of the vehicles didn't make sense for that to be the case. What did happen is that the Mustang, (probably racing another vehicle that left the scene) was doing at least 100mph and skidded sideways off the road, plowing into the parked truck with enough force to move the truck 30 feet or so, and push the passenger side door almost to the middle of the car. Both the passenger and the driver of the Mustang survived, which I think surprised everyone who inspected the wreckage.
Mon, Aug. 28, 2006 - Getting Ready
Three days to go and this is what the bike looks like. It isn't supposed to look like this, but I'm still working on the electrical add-ons. The good news is that I got that part of the work done and the bike still runs. You can read more about what I did if it at all interests you on the Blake and Matt Adventure page.
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