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2/12/11

Photo Day: Some Interesting Sights

Happy weekend, blogville!

Before I begin, I'd like to give a big WOOOO to all my followers.  Thank you for the support.  I'm a hair below 200 followers now, and am enjoying the blogging process in a lot of ways.

Today was a "warm and sunny" 34 degrees today, so I felt compelled to take a walk.  I brought along my camera, and took some interesting photos.

First up was my backyard.

The snow in my backyard is fairly deep.  It's on the North end, so not a lot of sun gets back there to keep snow melting.  Because of this, I can get interesting shots like this...
The snow and ice is slowly sliding off my roof.  I was fortunate enough to take this picture before everything came crashing off.  5 minutes later, it was BLAMMO!  That poor lil red wagon is buried now.

I took a drive downtown because I always wanted to walk around and take pictures.  There are more 'modern' areas of the city, but downtown looks like you've stepped into a time machine, and are back in order times (hence the b&w in some pictures, for the old-timey effect):

A lot of these buildings have been in place for 50+ years.  If you step inside, you can tell that they were never really well-insulated.

The wagon-wheels are making me feel like I'm in the old west.  If it wasn't for the cars and street lights, this could fit into an Oregon Trail video game...




There is a lot of duality when you walk downtown.  Really old buildings, mixed with cars, businesses, and other signs that you're still in the 21st century...

Old building, not-so-old car.

Karen's Bar.  The building has been here since 1895.  I wonder if the bar is that old as well?  From the inside, I wouldn't be surprised...

Ford's Bar.  They have a sign near the entrance that says "Circa 1906."  That's an old bar.
Downtown also runs along the "famous" Snake River.   There are places alongside the river to walk, have picnics, etc.   There are also a lot of different pieces of 'art' along the river, including benches and other stonework.






Apparently not too long ago, the town commissioned a bunch of artists to come and design benches to be placed about town.  These are some of the results.  The music bench made me laugh a little, since I have a musical background.  I have never seen that key before, and the bars don't really follow a proper meter.  But hey, I guess I just don't understand art.

This last piece made me raise an eyebrow a bit.  Yes, the religious folk are everywhere here, and yes, the center of the town is a giant mormon temple, but really??

The plaque below reads "This display is not meant to endorse any particular system of religious beliefs or intrude into matters of religious worship.  As a historical precedent, the Ten Commandments represents one of man's earliest efforts to live by the rule of law.  Many of these ancient pronouncements survive in our jurisprudence today."

I did a little digging online, and that "disclaimer" plaque below was added almost 2 years after the original piece, because of religious protests.  I laughed a little when I read that.

Well, there you go.  I bash a lot of things about this State, but every now and then there are things that make me smile a little.  I enjoyed the walk, and taking these pictures made me smile.  I hope you enjoy them too.
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36 witty retorts:

Brendan McCarty said...

wow thats alot of snow!

Spiderflaw said...

Oh man, so much snow! I've never actually seen any in real life since I've lived in Florida my whole life. :0

Kerykeion said...

Wow I never realised how beautiful Idaho truly is! I'll have to drive through with my woman some time, keep up the blogging this is some great stuff.

trippinkets said...

cool photos

G said...

great photos - loads of snow...following

MikeJoeMuse said...

I had family who lived in idaho for a year or two. They left because of the harsh long winters :S

Araita said...

Those photos are amazing!

Lendo Khar said...

Those are some cool looking benches.

Xannissa said...

those first few pictures of your backyard are awesome especially the one with the snow and ice moving off your roof slowly

Autumnforest said...

Damn! I had not idea that Mayberry still existed! Awesome pics!

Lost.in.Idaho said...

Wow... Mayberry is so fitting. I'm gonna be whistling next time I'm downtown, thinking of Don Knotts and Opie Cunningham.

NoMoreTrouble said...

Great blog, I love the pictures. You capture what it is to be in a snowy winter in Idaho (seemingly trial but difficult in practice). Looking forward to more updates like this. (I thought 30F temps. were very very very cold btw)

Ramsay said...

Nice pics! I guess moving from Cali you haven't seen to much snow before, hope you're enjoying the new experience!

Java said...

Hi!

I just became your 200th follower! Thanks for visiting me and I'm looking forward to reading more!

Con Queso said...

haha, good thing you weren't under the ice sheet while it fell down. Also, those are some awesome park benches.

The Game Store Guy said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos. Thank you! Also, that snow-and-ice sliding photo was absolutely amazing!

Dilgaf said...

pretty cool pictures

dan88 said...

Beautiful scenery I wish I could see it in person.

Adam said...

great photos

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L.S.B said...

Some of those benches are a seriously poor effort :L

Glovey said...

Some nice photos man! Keep up the good work!

Stock Investing and Trading said...

awesome photos ;p. It is cool to see everything covered in snow..i live in california so i dont see much snow outside of big bear

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Shutterbug said...

Very beautiful pictures. :)

murz90 said...

Great photos. Love second one and love Mini :D

Mike Yang said...

This is why your Idaho stays private :)

Not the 10 commandments, the snow.

Double C said...

Great pictures!

NTS said...

Nice pictures... Though I'm sitting on more snow then that.. Thanks Canada for all your snow. Aha, got maybe four feet, and five to seven feet snow mountains along the roads.

Gweebo said...

Man, I love quaint little towns. Good pics dude.

Linksss said...

everything looks a little 1950ish. pretty cool

donga5000 said...

That ice pic is incredible

Gracie Fleming said...

Damn, I want to be able to fill a wheelbarrow with snow! Too bad we only get a few centimetres in England.

and then there was METAL said...

wow these photos are soo good :D

-Metalcore

Bobby said...

Those are AWESOME pictures. Crazy how the culture up there is so much different than San Diego. And the weather too!

I liked your comment on how one of your first dates was talking down PB with your girlfriend! :)

Sandra said...

Love the look of the town. It's charming.
Just read your Sunday post as well, above this one, and you had me when you said that Sunday was going to be 'absurd' day! Woot woot! I love absurd!

Jessica in Wonderland said...

Some lovely lovely pictures you have there!

teamswatsticker said...

i love the picture with the snow slowly sliding of the roof. pretty interesting

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