Windmills

Windmills were the Workhorses of Water in the Western United States.

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Beginning in the middle 1800’s windmills were used to pump ground water for livestock, humans and to fill the tenders of steam locomotives.

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Today windmills serve their original purpose across the world and are also used as decor, yard art and on a greater scale to move wind energy along to power plants.

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These are power generating Wind machines near Whitewater in Southern California.

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Upcycle

A big part of finding great vintage pieces is to see the potential to “upcycle” the item into something once again useful, beautiful or fun.

We called it recycling in the ’70s and simply making do before that.

Quackery

Quackery: The deliberate misrepresentation of the ability of a substance, a device, or a person to prevent or treat disease.

Since the beginning of commerce offers of Miracle cures and questionable methods were abundant. Human nature seeks out hope and it also finds ways to fill that need for hope that don’t always work out so well.

 

Chino Hills State Park

I took these photos last Winter around early March and the hills have remained mostly brown up to this very day. All the green places in these photos belong to the Santa Ana watershed below Prado dam and to Green River Golf Course.

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Northwest across Chino Hills State Park
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Westerly view down Santa Ana Canyon toward Yorba Linda & Anaheim Hills

There is great probability there will be Springtime green showing very soon due to recent and decent rainfall.

California Poppies are due for a spectacular year of orange carpeting the shoulder of highway 71.

I will try to catch the new refreshed views of a California Springtime in the next month or two. I would love to capture another long, long Santa Fe freight train in the next batch but this one was really a lucky shot and appeared at just the right moment.

 

Skywatch Friday is great incentive to get out among the wildflowers, thanks to the entire team!  http://skyley.blogspot.com/

 

 

H is for History

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Holsum bread advertisement still clinging to the wall of this Historic old building in Mayer Arizona. These survivors are known as Ghost Signs and while many are in their natural states of slow deterioration many are now being restored and/or preserved in their present condition by artists, building owners and historic preservationists.

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H is for History and that is what this page is all about.

This turned out to be the perfect day to rejoin the blogging community on ABC Wednesday!

I will be focusing on Vintage, Antiques & history  while fitting into themes on Skywatch Friday, ABC Wednesday and more.

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