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Friday, November 6, 2009


I hope this Saturday finds you well and you have a chance to get together with family or friends.


I processed this and tomorrow's post as a painting of sorts. I felt like it portrays a more idealistic scene of days gone by. Tomorrow's post will be of the red building at the upper right of the image. This was taken at the working farm we visit each year in Missouri. The day was spent entirely on the farm and we were literally the last to leave the farm. Staying around after the visitors had left gave us a true feeling of what it was like to have actually lived here and experienced the beautiful setting on a day to day basis.

We visited the old Historian again as well. He is the person who I wrote about on an earlier post...the picture of the old man in the hat holding an old book. He is now 100 years old and still actively participating in the days events each year. I spoke to him this year and congratulating him on his 100th. He told me that he was 102...one hundred years and 2 months! He said at his age, he no longer counts by the year but by the month! He said his health is still holding up but 2 months ago he fell off a roof and hurt his arm. Can you imagine that he would even be on a roof at his age! He is one of the most interesting peole I have ever talked to and he has such a broad perspective on history.

I bought a book of his that he wrote when he was 90. An easy read but so interesting to hear of his youth and how things have changed over the last 100 years in his small town. I am thinking about posting small excerpts from the book from time to time because it dovetails so well with many of my photographs.

Have a great Saturday.

Dan

19 comments:

NPT said...

Dan...
Nice pic...

Sunny said...

The glorious Autumn colors and the winding path are so inviting.
How blessed to be 100 years old and 2 months...I got a giggle out of counting the months.
I look forward to your next picture.
Sunny :)

De Lly Dilettante said...

Really does look like a painting that belongs on the wall of a family room :) Nice

Doreen said...

how great to talk to such a man and hear of his life and how it has changed. we should not let chances like that get by us. sometimes the elderly are not treated very well and they should be treasured and learned from.

I love what you do with your photos. I have been spending this weekend with Grandchildren, one very sick. send prayers for her fever to go away and for her to get back to normal.

have a great weekend!!

dianne said...

So beautiful Dan, the winding path invites you to look further and the Fall colours are glorious.
Your photographs are beautiful and look like paintings, in fact at first glance I thought they were.
Yes if one did live to be 100 years and two months I guess you would start counting the months, though to me this dear man sounds so interesting and full of life, we can learn so much from him and how things have changed.
I hope he keeps well and enjoys his life until the very last day.

Have a lovely weekend Dan. ♥

septembermom said...

Gorgeous! Interesting thoughts.

Cynthia L. H. said...

What an inviting scene! I can see why you stayed until the very last possible moment....
;^)
I would be very interested in excerpts from the 100 (2) year old Gentleman's book!

Dan Felstead said...

Thank you NPT and I hope you are having a great weekend over there!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Sunny...he is quite a person to sit down with and just listen to his stories. Never met anyone like him and still sharp as a tack.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Lly..I appreciate the comment.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Doreen...I will send prayers her way. I hope it isn't H1N1....keep us posted on the outcome.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks for the kind words Dianne. He is one remarkable individual and my wished for him are the same as yours.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Septembermom...have a great weekend.


Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthis ...thanks. I think I will do that with the portions of his book.

Dan

Scriptor Senex said...

Love the way of counting age!

You may like to know that my Award for Photographic Exellence has come your way. And well deserved it is too!

Sarahlah said...

I would very much enjoy the opportunity to read the excerpts.

Dan Felstead said...

Scriptor...thank you so much...I have already added the award to my blog..I really appreciate the thought. Oh and by the way...I just found out he was 100 and two "weeks" instead of months.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Saralah...thank you for the comment and for visiting and following the blog! Welcome aboard! I will be posting 3 or 4 days of excerpts later next week...I am waiting on permission to use the quotes from the book.

Dan

Rose said...

I saw that name 'NPT" above and thought wow, my brother has been here, but it is someone else. (I did send my brother the link, as well as Mary, the other blogger from Evansville.

Anyway, sorry this is long, I do love the picture here....you sure have a lot of stuff here that I like...I think your blog will be one I eventually go through all the way.

I have only ever did two others from start to finish...one was only a few months old but the other was years...

Anyway, you made a comment on my blog which indicated I was from Evansville..and maybe that is what I said cause I was sure wanting to tell Mary about you...but I meant to say I am from north of Terre Haute.