Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

When's a Fort not a Fort? (Photocentric)

Fort Humboldt Historical State Park was a bit of a let down, to be honest. I think the problem I had with it is in the word "fort". Immediately I think of some heavily reinforced buildings with lots of guns. This "fort" was more of a town-hall meeting room, if you ask me. As it turns out most of the original buildings had been torn down, leaving the hospital building. Apparently Ulysses S. Grant was stationed here. After 6 months he resigned his commission so he could leave Humboldt. It also has an outdoor museum for logging, a main industry for Humboldt for a century. The machinery leant itself for HDR photography perfectly, as I think you can see.

Merging three differently exposed shots I was able to get details out of the shadows that you can't see in the regularly exposed 1st shot, shown below. I've been finding that HDR is more dramatic in these types of shots (old machinery with rust) and I find I enjoy the grunge look I've been getting with it. Be sure to click on the photos to see them larger. I have to be honest, I have no idea what this thing does. My guess is it cut wood. I also wasn't expecting to like any of the shots I took, but did end up liking quite a few of them. I should be posting 1 or 2 more that I enjoy later.

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