Peeling Paint

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There are so many fascinating things to photograph in an old car junk yard! Last week I posted the first of what will probably be many photos that I took at Old Car City near White, Georgia.  Boasting that they are the largest old car junk yard in the world, I suspect that they probably live up to that billing.  But, they aren’t like what you think of as a normal junkyard where you might go to get a part off of an old car that has been “junked”.  While the cars at Old Car City have also been junked, they aren’t just parked somewhere stark and barren…they are interspersed throughout the Georgia woods.  To be sure, some are stacking on top of on another, but even those are surrounded by trees, leaves, fallen pine needles from the Georgia pines.  In short, they let nature join in the process of creating art out of the old cars!

As I was walking around taking photos, I ran into a man who said he was focusing his photo taking that day on old paint.  I thought, “Not a bad idea!”, so as I found some of the interesting colors and rusting paint, I fired away  myself and came out with some very interesting images.  Another man I encountered who was also shooting images said that he was focusing on broken window glass, that it was all very unique.  I started to notice the broken glass and also started to copy his idea – and to my delight, got some great shots!

Of course, there were any cars there worthy of pictures themselves, and I’ll share some of them, too, but today I’m sharing this photo of peeling paint on the side of one old car.  It appears to me that this car had been painted several times, with new paint just slathered over the top of the old.  Regardless, it’s old and of no use now for anything – except for perhaps photography.  Humm….that kinda sounds like a good description of me, too, don’t ya think???

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1913, a horrible month for weather-related disasters in the US culminated with a devastating tornado ripping through Nebraska, near Omaha. It was the worst of five twisters that struck that day in Nebraska and Iowa, killing 115 people.

The week prior saw all types of weather throughout the country. Blizzards hit the Northeast while hurricane-strength winds were battering Alabama and Georgia. In Florida, a late freeze devastated much of the citrus crop. But the worst weather came in Nebraska on the afternoon of March 23.

Rain began falling at 5 p.m., southwest of Omaha. Twenty minutes later, the first tornado touched down in Craig, Nebraska. At 5:30, another twister hit the town of Ithaca and began a 70-mile run through the countryside. In Yutan, a woman was reported to have been carried a full quarter-mile in her home before coming down unharmed.

It was the third tornado that did the most damage. It began near Ashland, 65 miles from Omaha. The people of Omaha believed that due to the location of the city, separated from the flatlands of the Nebraska plains, they were protected from tornadoes. On March 23, this belief was proven to be mistaken. The tornado roared and cut through the city for 12 minutes. Witnesses reported seeing houses explode or collapse in seconds. Seven people at the Idlewild Pool Hall were killed when they were struck by a pool table thrown violently into the air. Fires broke out all over the city, forcing the delivery of electricity to be discontinued. Lanterns were needed to guide rescue workers. Fortunately, the heavy rains put out most of the fires.

Meanwhile, another twister traveled from Berlin, Nebraska, into Iowa, killing 26 people total in both states. Within two days, heavy snow hit the area, complicating clean-up efforts. Overall, 115 people were killed, hundreds of homes were demolished and millions of dollars in damages were incurred by the tornadoes. The next deadly tornado in Omaha did not strike until 1975.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Chronic stress floods the brain with powerful hormones that are meant for short-term emergency situations. Chronic exposure can damage, shrink, and kill brain cells.

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