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Jeffery Camera–New York, New York

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since we visited New York City for the first time together as a couple.  We had so much fun, but realized that The Big Apple is a much larger city that we imagined it to be and must plan another trip to take in some of what we missed!

The City is a great place to photograph and we had a wonderful time taking it all in.  Enjoy a few of our shots from this great place and we hope to go back very soon!

 

One of the most recognizable skyscrapers of the City: The Empire State Building

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Little flea market in the heart of the City: 

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Looking up at the then unfinished Freedom Tower from the World Trade Center Memorial Park:

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Until next time……

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Jeffery Camera 2014–Cades Cove

These were taken on our recent visit over to the Cove just after our area had all that extra snow!  Most of the snow was gone and the roads were re-opened so we could get into the park.  It was cold but it was so beautiful.  I am always refreshed mentally and spiritually when we go to this little corner of Heaven on Earth.

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In a little while, Spring will be here and there will be many more reasons to return.  Until then…

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We finally made it to the Big Apple! Having never actually been there myself, it was exciting planning our road trip.  We made many stops a long the way, but the big feature was a couple days in the big city. 

New York City is probably one of the most well known cities in the world and is one of the largest cities I have ever personally seen!  When you look out over the city, it is endless!  The activity never stops.  Every street corner has something going on!

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Getting off the train and walking into the main terminal of Grand Central Station is truly an impressive thing.  For years, I have seen Grand Central featured in movies, on television and in magazines.  But walking into the main area of the terminal is an unforgettable experience! 

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We bought “off-peak” tickets and even during those “off-peak” times, the crowds were so big compared to what we normally see in our little mountain town.  People rushing from one track to another with bags, briefcases, luggage and what not.  Others running an Olympic sprint and still others were like us, tourists, perhaps there for the very first time who couldn’t help but look up at the beauty of this building.

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In 1831 the first rail line into the City was formed.  It was called the New York and Harlem Railroad.  But it wasn’t until the following year when service began at the terminal located at 4th Avenue and 23rd Street.  And in 1869 when Vanderbilt purchased land between 42nd and 48th Streets and Madison Avenue and Lexington construction of a depot building began of what would become Grand Central Station.

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Years of development and growth followed and in 1903 the winning design submitted by the firm of Reed and Stern became the blueprint for the Grand Central Terminal that we know today.  As with many large projects, nepotism sometimes takes precedence and this was no different.  Reed’s sister was married to New York Central’s vice president of construction, William Wilgua.  After the competition an appeal was filed by New York architects Warren and Westmore, of which Warren was none other than the cousin of New York Central’s chairman, William Vanderbilt.  Needless to say, after winning his “appeal” the firm of Warren and Westmore teamed up with Reed and Stern to become co-architects of the construction of Grand Central Station.

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Ten years of construction and Grand Central Station officially opened in February 1913.  Despite the fact that construction was not completely finished, the terminal still functioned without missing a beat.  It wasn’t until years later after decades of ill repair and neglect that the terminal got a restoration.  In 1998 a complete overhaul began and in 2012, the terminal had finally been restored to the original splendor that it had once been.  This year the Terminal celebrates 100 years and if you ask me, I think it is still a grand place!  And despite whatever challenges it went through at the initial stages, I enjoyed my time visiting it!

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We walked around a little before heading over to the big double decker buses.  The sites and sounds were constant and the characters that we saw was sometimes quite hilarious! From Elvis to the young man dancing in his heels and underwear, there is always something going on.

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We loved the street markets and it suddenly hit me that New York City is made up mostly of small business.  Everyone you look, is small business.  Sure, the big stores and big corporations have their space, but when you go into the different neighborhoods, there is no Wal-Mart or big grocery store chain.  It’s small business running the neighborhoods.  That’s what America is all about!

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There was even a little corner “flea market” and everywhere we looked were the street food vendors.  There was everything from hot dogs, sweets, Asian foods to Middle Eastern foods.

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Of course, we had to stop at the Empire State Building.  This is one of the most famous buildings in the world and is featured in so many movies such as Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and one of my all time favorites, An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. 

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Did you know that the Empire State Building sits on about 2 acres?  No wonder I was so tired after walking completely around the building trying to find the special entrance we were supposed to use with our VIP passes!  Hot city sidewalks that just seemed to be never-ending.  If it weren’t for the scaffolding providing some shade, I think I would’ve just died! 

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Sitting 1,250 feet above street level, the 102nd floor Observatory offers some spectacular views of the City! There are 6,514 windows in this building and they estimate that about ten million bricks were used in the construction of this building.  After walking all over the place, elevator after elevator, we finally made it to the top!  With our tickets, we were allowed VIP access and could bypass the long lines, so we didn’t have to wait the 2-3 hours it normally takes.  So, I knew it would be crowded and it was.  Rows two and three-deep lined the deck, but with a little patience and keeping the camera ready at all times, we were able to snap a few great shots.

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From the top of the world, the views just take my breath away!  I can only look in silence and in awe.  And if I speak, it only comes out in a whisper!

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And the the new Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site is high in the sky!  Not quite completed, it stands taller than any building in the skyline.

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Feeling exhilarated after our sky-high adventure, we jumped back on the open top busses and went looking for more sites of what the City could offer us.  One stop was to see the Cast Iron Buildings.  The City is currently cleaning the buildings which accounts for so much of the scaffolding.  This is the E. V. Haughwout Building at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway.  It originally was a fashionable emporium selling imported cut glass, silverware, fine china and chandeliers.  And this was the place that the new official White House china was ordered by and made for Mary Todd Lincoln.

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And it was in this building that the world’s first successful passenger elevator was installed on March 23, 1857.  It was a hydraulic lift designed for the building by Elisha Graves Otis and was powered by a steam-engine installed in the basement.  It wasn’t until 1965 when the building was designated a New York City landmark that it was protected from being torn down.

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I loved all the little parks scattered through out the City.  Makes the concrete jungle seem less…concrete.  It seemed like every neighborhood had one squeezed in between two busy streets somewhere!  Needless to say we did not have enough time to see everything and want to go back someday.  Stay tuned for more photos from our trip…

Smile, You’re on Jeffery Camera–Gettysburg

Enjoy a few more of our photos from Gettysburg National Military Park.  If you’ve never been there, this is a great time to go! 

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Beautiful monuments are everywhere.  You cannot see them all in just one day.

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Winding roads and hills where all the different skirmishes took place are dotted with monuments in tribute to the men who fought and died in these exact spots.

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Part of historic downtown Gettysburg.  This is across the street from a really good ice cream shop which is also a historic home!

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Standing near the stacked rock fence that was here since the War.

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Tree-lined roads make for a picturesque afternoon in the Park.

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So many monuments and statutes to choose to photograph!

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Once stroke of luck, we came around a bend and there was a re-enactor and a couple of photographers.  It didn’t take long for the Park Rangers to swoop in and send them on their way.

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From the top of Little Round Top.  What a view! It is quite sobering to realize what happened on that rocky hill.

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Gorgeous sunset view from behind the fence that represents the fence that was there during the War.

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The Buck Stops Here

How wonderful to be in Smoky Mountain National Park, once again, and see a whole group of young bucks living it up! As you know, Cades Cove is one of our favorite places.  It seems that every time we go there and just wait and watch and listen, we see something different.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we had fun shooting them!

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One by one, they quietly slipped out of the cover of the trees.  Just when you thought there were no more, another poked its head out!

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By the time they all emerged, there were about 6-7 of them!  All young, all frisky and ready to play.

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First a little snack to build up energy….

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What was that?

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I better go check it out!

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I though I heard something.

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Whoa! Sorry, you got in my way! This is FUN!

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I can run faster than you!

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Geez, I just don’t know which way to turn! Left, right, right left…..

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Did you hear that?

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Thanks for showing up at our Buckaroo Bash.  It was really fun!

Birthday Cake For The Birthday Boy!

In celebration of my husband’s birthday, I decided to bake a German Chocolate cake this morning.  I’ve been wanting to try a homemade frosting for it and have searched high and low for the right recipe.  Finally finding one, I became quite the “busy bee” this morning!

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The cake is the tried and true Hershey’s chocolate cake recipe and I’ve played around with it a tiny bit. Here’s the recipe (My changes are in parenthesis):

Thanks to Hershey’s for the simply awesome recipe that has been one of my favorites.

HERSHEY’S Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake

2 c. sugar  (1-1/2 cups sugar)

1-3/4 c. all purpose-flour (1-1/2 cup unbleached AP flour + 1/4 c. ww pastry flour)

3/4 c. Hershey’s cocoa

1-1/2 tsp baking powder (1-1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder)

1-1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs

1 c. milk (I will sometimes use Unsweetened nut milks)

1/2 c. oil

2 tsp. pure vanilla

1 c. boiling water

(1 tsp. coffee)

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.  Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).  Pour into pans.  Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool 10 minutes then cool completely out of the pans.  Ice when completely cool.

This is the icing recipe for a 2-layer cake. Since I’ve never made it before, I will follow it exactly before I start playing with it! Ok, so I lied. I did play around with it, but only a little bit!

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German Chocolate Cake Frosting

1 c. evaporated milk

1 c. sugar

3 egg yolks beat with 1 tsp. water

1/2 c. butter

1 c. chopped pecans

1 c. flake coconut

1 tbsp. corn starch (optional)

Cook over medium heat until thick.  Then stir in nuts and coconut. Spread on cooled cake while still warm. Let set for about 1/2 an hour, then serve it up as big, thick slices!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jeff! I love you more than you’ll ever know!

Smile, You’re on Jeffery Camera!

Enjoy these photos from Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. What a great place to spend an afternoon while learning about the history that surrounds this Scenic City.

Whether it’s just for a picnic, some hiking or taking in a history lesson, Chattanooga is a great place for it all. Over the past 25 years, there has been a revitalization of the downtown Riverfront area.  There is so much shopping to do, things to see and places to eat.

The next time you’re in Chattanooga, stop and visit for a while!

First stop – The Chattanooga Choo-Choo

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Next stop: Point Park, Lookout Mountain

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There’s so much to do around the Scenic City including shopping, wonderful places to eat and there’s always a Lookouts game, the IMAX and Science Museum, Ruby Falls, Rock City and so much more!