A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


Week 17 – #24. Loud Noises

As a kid, I was fascinated with trains. Did you ever put pennies on railroad tracks? My older brothers and I loved walking down our little country road full of excitement with pennies jingling in our pockets. We knew the train schedule and were very careful to get the pennies on the tracks in enough time to run to our favorite hiding place until the train weighing hundreds of tons charged past us at high speed. Finding the flattened pennies was a thrill and I kept mine in a little tin beside my bed. While in Chattanooga recently, I drove to my childhood home and, although the railroad track is now inoperable, as I drove across it, I smiled. I remembered the loud noises of the train whistle, engine and wheels as well as our little hiding place and the challenge of finding those copper pennies flattened by the train. The scene in this post is of the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum, Chattanooga, TN.
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Week 16 – #4. Biggest Fear

I have several fears which I think would fit this theme; however, since our rules are to post only one photo which best fits the theme, I would have to say my biggest fear is getting stung by a bee. As a little girl growing up in the country, I was always getting bee stings while playing in the yard or hiking in the mountains. My grandfather chewed tobacco and he always said tobacco juice would take away the sting. YUK! I did not like that idea but neither did I like the pain caused by the sting so I would always let him plaster the area with his tobacco juice. Don’t laugh. It really is an old home remedy so if you’re a smoker and get stung by a bee, just wet the end of your cigarette and squeeze the tobacco juice on the area. Don’t worry, I am not going to post a photo of a wad of chewing tobacco but rather a photo of a beautiful water lily. I was very careful not to get too close to the bees that were gathering pollen to take back to their nests. Thank goodness for zoom lenses!
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