Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The VanHoosen Farm 1982

Images through the lens of my Dad's camera of the historic Van Hoosen Farm in Oakland County near Rochester, MI. The last time I was there was in 1993 and I was going fishing in Stoney Creek at the bridge by the farm. A few new homes were being built and some man came down from a newer home up on the hill and said I had to leave and that he was going to call the cops because people like me were causing trouble (fishing?).
I told him if he felt I was a  threat to his homestead by fishing then go call the Sheriff. No cops ever came, and he stood there for a few moments then paced back up the hill.

My Dad took these images before the contractors spoiled the rolling meadows and before the urban sprawl occluded the horizon with $300,000+ homes. I have not been back there since that day. I do not want to go back there. I have almost forgotten about this area up until I discovered these negatives to scan.

Here is Van Hoosen Farm in 1982 frozen in January as my father, Joseph A. Meinhard, captured it on film in black and white.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 Coming to an End

The end of the year is almost here. I hope for smooth rails ahead and that I can stay on track with my goals for the New Year. 2010 has been yet another challenging year filled with joy, pain, struggle, success, & the firm knowledge that one must trust in God's plan. I know that trusting in the Lord helps during the struggles in life, and this was one of them years.

Good bye 2010. Thanks for the good blessings and hope for more this year upon my family and friends. 

Happy New Year to all!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." Lk 2:10

For my friends and family Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ships and Trains... Cold, Cold Steel

 An early departure from work allowed for me to capture some sunrise photography of shipping on a cold 6 degree morning. The first shots were along the St. Clair river. I then needed to warm up and make my way to the PH&D wye and roundhouse for some photography there.

 PH andD Roundhouse
 PH and D Caboose wheel.
 A cold brake wheel.

 A short CN freight going east into Tunnel Yard off of the Mt. Clemens Sub.
Signal shadow

In all I took around 100 images this day. It was neat to see the river steaming in the brutally cold air. Hey, it is still Autumn for a few more days!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter at New Haven

I took a side trip to photograph the Grand Trunk Western depot at New Haven, MI and the elevator there too. Snow always makes for some interesting shots. No trains on my brief stop there along the GTW (CN) Mt. Clemens Subdivision. That would have made the stop perfect.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Mom the Pilot

How many children can say both of their parents were pilots? For my siblings and me, we all can! Both my Mom and Dad were skilled aviators. Here are some photos of them together, around their plane, and flying; all stunning images taken from my Father's old Nikon camera.

 Marilyn Meinhard and Joseph Meinhard early 1950s.
 Mom at Doc McKinley's Airport.
Mom checking the fuel level.
Mom and Dad ( in a Navy uniform) 1952?
Mom flying solo while Dad takes the photo from another plane.

Our Mom is currently finishing up a book on her flying experience, I cannot wait for it to get done. I hope to use some of these photos in it and several others that my Dad took over the years. I sure am proud to have a Mom that was a pilot!


Sunday, October 03, 2010

Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society

Progress is coming along at the PH&D Railroad Historical Society (PH&D RRHS). Some earlier images from late in 2009 to some current ones of the old PH&D offices, which is now where the museum will be located. This week the old PH&D bay window caboose was delivered via over the road truck.




Rain may have slowed down the operation of putting the caboose upon its trucks, but in the end it came out looking great! Thanks Bud for letting me post your image!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Autumn Faith

--Sent from my Virgin Mobile!

Sent from my Virgin Mobile

Thursday, August 12, 2010

July 28th Severe Storm at Selfridge ANGB

The approaching severe storm of July 28th as viewed from the fire station.

The storm as it begins to pass overhead, winds at 35 knots right now via the
AOS (airfield observation station).

At 2:35 p.m. the peak wind-gust of 56 knots hit the fire station. This was around 74 MPH
and recorded on the AOS. I was in the stalls shutting stall doors that opened during the 
power surge from a nearby lighting strike. It sounded like a jet engine overhead!

Taken 15 seconds after the above photo. Light pole is about 125 feet away.

 The back end of the storm had the lightning. Not real good shots in the daylight.

As the evening calmed down, the flying resumed. Here a KC-135 Stratotanker head south after 
doing a touch and go.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Night Storms

Last nights storms that rolled through with lots of rain, lightning, and thunder.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Big Boys

All these photos were taken at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO... in 98 degree heat!

The UP Big Boys were some of the largest locomotives in the world. Along with other articulated types, they were designed to pull freights through mountain ranges and grades. The top photo is in the cab of this beast of a locomotive... well before the dawn of the computer controlled diesel cab they have now!