Sunday, September 28, 2008

1700 and counting

I reached a milestone today: I now have over 1700 photos on my Flickr photo pages. I've been doing some cleaning in the computer room and found some forgotten CD's of photos dating back to as far as 2003. As I've been exploring them and uploading the best ones to my Flickr page, I found this photo of the Lightning Creek bridge west of Pittsburg, KS.An example of the Marsh Arch design, this bridge was built in 1927 along then US 160 (now K-126), this bridge was replaced in the Spring of 2004. Yes, it looks a little grainy: I took this photo with a 35mm disposable camera.

I've also uploaded some new photos as well including this Art Deco
traffic signal in Kansas City.
According to Mark Roberts of, this light was designed in the early 1930s by the architect Edward Buehler Delk. This photo was taken a couple weeks ago at the Kansas City Road Meet (more on that in another blog).

I'm still sorting so I'll probably have a few more photos in the next couple days. Ideally, I'd love to have at least 2500 photos by Christmas... perhaps as many as 3000. Yeah, that will be at least 2 road trips, possibly 3... and probably several random daytrips as well.

Well, I better get busy.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


I had a computer glitch yesterday and lost all my photos from my recent trip to Texas. The folders were still there, but no photos. AH, S#IT. Well, I did some searching on the Internet and found a file recovery program. Lo and behold, it found my photos... well some of them at least. It looks like I lost all my photos from Henryetta and Lawton, including my pics of Old US 62 and all the button copy signs. Still, I may be able to salvage some of them from my Flickr pages.

Those photos I can replace fairly easily. Lawton is about 4 hours away and there are some other bridges in the area I want to explore.

I am extremely relieved that I was able to recover most of my Texas photos, including this 1928 Union Pacific Railroad bridge over old US 80 near Trent.

I am, needless to say, extremely relieved. 3-4 hours from home, I can leave in the morning and do an overnight stay somewhere if I need to. Central Texas, however, is 8+ hours away... a bit far to simply chase a few old bridges. I'd have to wait until the next time I was headed to an SCA event in that area, which probably won't be until next year.

I may never know exactly how many photos I lost: perhaps as many as 40 or 50. But I was able to rescue around 340, so while everything is still not right and good in the world, it's OK for now.

What the heck? I was looking for an excuse for another road trip anyway ;)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Year So Far

I was sorting through my 2008 photos this morning, debating on whether I should save some of them to CD. Imagine my surprise when my computer told me I had 4500 photos totalling 3GB (!!). If I'm going to burn some more photos to CD, I guess I'll have to do it on a quarterly basis since January through June I have nearly 3000 photos. I've actually travelled less this year than last, but I have more photos? Well, there was the St Louis Road Meet back in April from which I brought home 800+. Of course, I've been to several SCA events this year which all but requires me to take photos. I actually took more photos during Lilies War (950) than at Gulf War (865), which is odd considering I spent more time on the road going to & from Mississippi for Gulf Wars (including running from the freak snowstorm) than I did going to and from Kansas City for Lilies. Not that it really matters. It merely means I found more to photograph in Kansas City than I did in Mississippi & Louisiana (sorry, Froggie).

Next up is another road trip. It's back to Kansas City for MLOM's KC Road Meet. We'll be checking out the Grandview Tri, er, Three Trails Crossing, a few assorted bridges and who knows what else? If time permits, there's an antique traffic signal I was to find and photograph.

(* Yes, I know there's no AR 2008. It's just an illustration).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Never Can Say Goodbye

My computer is starting to run a trifle sluggish, so it's time to clean out a few photos and free up some space. I have almost 3000 photos from 2007 which I can burn to a CD and clear out of my computer to gain a little space. Just one minor problem: the photos take up almost 900 MB of space and a CD will only hold 700 MB. So I'll either have to delete 200 MB of photos, or download to 2 CD's. 200 MB: that's only about 10-12 photos at 1600x1200 resolution.

But I can't do it. It's almost impossible for me to delete any photos from my personal collection. Admittedly, I haven't shared all of them on Flickr or Bridgehunter , but many of them are still valuable (at least to me). Some (such as the Ash Grove bridge) are irreplaceable. No two of my photos are the same. While they may look the same, they are often shot at different angles.

I've gone through my photos and have deleted around 15 of them, but I'm still over the limit. So, I guess I'll have to separate them into January-June and July-December.

So if you'll excuse me, I have some photos to work on. ;)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Button, Button

I took a trip to Sweetwater Texas this past weekend. Basically, I followed I-40 to Oklahoma City, I-44 to Wichita Falls, Texas, US 277 to Abilene then I-20 to Sweetwater. On my way down, I stopped overnight in Lawton, Oklahoma and took the opportunity to see some of the sights and add to my collection of road photos. Among the sights, were numerous button-copy signs. That is: older signs with reflective buttons rather than reflective lettering. While such signs are becoming increasingly rare, I found one that's even more rare: a button-copy "Big Brown Sign"

This sign, for the Fort Sill Museum, is the only remaining Big Brown Sign I could find in the area that still had button-copy. There are lots of other button-copy signs in the area, such as this one for OK 49, but only the one Brown Sign.

If you like button-copy, you can find a lot of them along the HE Bailey Turnpike south of Lawton. OR, you can cruise by my Flickr photo album to see some of the photos I took (too numerous to mention here).