During my childhood, I spent the summers in Bradley, SC with my grandparents. We use to ride our bikes up and down the road, around the house, around my great-grandmother’s yard, or down to my cousin’s house. Later we road minibikes. But my brothers and cousins did that more than I. It was such an innocent time.
Occasionally my grandfather use to take us to the Smith Steifle Store. It was beside the Bradley Post Office and the Thomas Steifle store. I believe that Thomas and Smith were brothers. The store had groceries and other things that I don’t remember in it. The thing that I do remember was that it smelled like bananas or banana candy and wooden floors. My memory has faded but I do remember the owner being very pleasant. I believe that the exposure to this type of general store gas station is what stirs something in me when we travel to a small town. If there is any sign of wood on the exterior or older wood flooring on the floor, I am happy. I was very lucky to have that north south childhood and will always be grateful for it. When I was in SC back in October I got a chance to take pictures of the store. If you have more information, please let me know.
This year I am grateful for new beginnings and new opportunities! I also look forward to being able to photograph many new subjects such as this Mule Car located near Sagamore Spirit Distillery at Port Covington in Baltimore, MD.
To get to our final destination in South Carolina, we drove from Anderson, SC to Orangeburg, SC. This took us through Belton, Greenwood, Promised Land, and Bradley, SC. Not to mention many other towns along the way. During the trip I photographed many sights, mostly from inside of the car.
Belton, SC was the final resting place of my relative. We took the journey back through Belton to say our goodbye. On the way out I noticed two landmarks: the train station which is now the SC Tennis Hall of Fame and the Belton Standpipe.
The Belton Standpipe, in Belton, South Carolina, historically known as the Belton Waterworks Tower, is a 155-foot high concrete water tower located near the downtown area. Construction on the tower began in 1908 and was completed in 1909. It is the tallest of three standpipe water towers in the state.
I recently spent 29 days in South Carolina with relatives after the death of a dear family member. First, I learned one major lesson, if you live in another state then other people know your relatives way better than you because they get to see the day to day personality and activities and good deeds of your relative. Am I sad about this? Well, yes but very happy to know of all of the awesome work that my uncle did during his lifetime through his art, activism, mentoring, and teaching. Continue reading “29 Days in South Carolina: Gaffney Peachoid, Gaffney, NC”
I am very lucky to have many talented friends. As I expand my photography genre to include Environmental and Headshot portraits, I want to introduce you to a few people over a few posts that I have taken photos of.Below is Deadra Welcome, CPLP, CPTM. She is the CEO of Concerning Learning, LLC. Deadra and Concerning Learning “Bring passion, energy, and expertise to learning and development in order to inspire people and organizations to achieve their best.”Contact her at email@example.com or visit her website at http://rescuemytraining.com.
The Odenton Marc Station, a place that I have been to pickup my husband many times. If time allows, I take a few pictures. Below are a few from a recent visit. If you are on the train going North, you will have to walk through the tunnel to get to the west side.You will walk up the stairs.You will be welcomed by the Odenton Marc station sign.Snacks are available at the White Rabbit.Finally, you can gather up your bike and complete your ride home.
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