Thursday, March 31, 2011

Farmer, Fireman and Neighbor

(Photograph copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)

Portrait of farmer and volunteer firefighter Jack Fagg. Jack is actually pretty much retired from farming, but if there is a call to the local volunteer fire department, Jack will probably be one of the first on the scene of the call.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More Collections

Collectors are pretty active in Randolph County. Images are from the property of Raymond Frazier of Level Cross. His collection of old stuff is beyond words.

(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

52 Willys

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52 Willys from a location scouting trip in the neighborhood.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Old Greensboro Corner

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A view along Elm St. near my studio in Greensboro, North Carolina.

(Things are a little up in the air with my business right now. Friday I was hit with a freak incident that ended up leaving my studio flooded. I intend to keep my blog going, but things may be hit and miss in the next few days or weeks. Please bear with me.)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Firefighters and the Flood

Some days are better than others and of course, some are more trying. Today was one of those trying ones, for sure. Late this morning while I was beginning to edit a job, the fire alarm in our building went off, which is never a good sign. After checking things out, I found out a cable worker had knocked a sprinkler head off in the hallway above my studio, directly above. A deluge of water soon began to pour through my ceiling and I started the rush to move my computer and camera equipment before it was ruined. With the help of my wonderful building neighbors, I was able to move everything that could be horribly damaged (I hope) including my film archive. Still, a lot of water came in and a lot of damage was done. A flood. Bright sunny day, my studio is on the second floor, fifteen feet above the ground, and I have a flood.

However, even in adversity comes opportunity, I guess. I've been thinking of doing portraits of firefighters, and have been thinking about who to approach. This morning, they approached me. The firemen of the Greensboro Fire Department showed up at my door and I grabbed a couple of images of them as I was documenting the damage to my studio.

(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)

Portrait of a Neighbor, Friday Faces

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Portrait of Larry Routh.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Planting Potatoes

A stop by the CSA plot at Goat Lady Dairy in Grays Chapel, North Carolina caught farm manager Daniel Woodham spending some seat time on the John Deere covering the 750 pounds of potatoes a crop mob of volunteers had planted earlier in the morning.

(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lambing Season

Lambing season, Rising Meadow Farms in Grays Chapel, North Carolina.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Local Collection

While on a local location scouting job, I dropped by neighbor Robbie Coble's home in Grays Chapel, North Carolina. Robbie is an avid collector of old service station and store memorabilia, and has gone as far as building replicas of an old general store and a Texaco service station on his property. The store houses old fashioned merchandise, while he uses the station to display several vintage cars. A walk in Robbie's backyard is like a walk in time.

(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Blue Door Fashion

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Casual fashion image.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tiger Swallowtail in March

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Things are happening a little early this year. A tiger swallowtail works the plum blossoms Friday in my yard in Grays Chapel, North Carolina.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sawmill Portrait #2

Charlie Latham at Gary Mac's sawmill in Grays Chapel, North Carolina.

(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)

Thursday, March 17, 2011


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Graphic detail from an old railroad boxcar.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Big Tree

On Sunday afternoon the family along with family friend Alan Pugh, went for a hike to the "big tree". The tree is a huge loblolly pine purported to be the second largest in North Carolina, and is located in the woods behind Grays Chapel School in rural Randolph County. It has a special significance to me because my Dad, the former principal at the school used to take field trips with the kids and teachers down into the woods to see it, a source of great enjoyment for many children over the years. Estimated to be around 200 or so years old, the giant measures almost 4 feet in diameter at the base and is over 130 feet tall. It had been years since I had made the trek and the forest behind the school had been timbered. I found it difficult to find my way to the tree's site and was afraid we would be unable to find it. After a long hike we almost gave up on the hunt. We luckily ran into some neighbors on horseback who steered us in the right direction. The tree is on land neighbor Floyd Moore has acquired and we found that Mr. Moore has created a buffer around the tree and is protecting it. Apparently he is very proud to have the tree along with a grove of younger offspring on his land and is taking very good care of them all. He kindly allowed us to access the behemoth. I was glad to see that it is still standing, still healthy and apparently safe for years to come. I know my Dad would be happy.

Below is Mr. Moore at his tree.

(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


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A japonica blooms in my backyard in Grays Chapel, North Carolina.

Monday, March 14, 2011

They're Kidding Again

A stop by Goat Lady Dairy this afternoon for a kid check (I think they are up to 27 or so) produced these images of a newborn.

(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)

Goat Lady CSA

Goat Lady Dairy in Grays Chapel, North Carolina started a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) garden in 2010 and it was a great success. They are beginning to get ready for the 2011 season, but in the meantime Daniel Woodham (farm manager) has been harvesting winter carry over vegetables which the dairy sells at the local farmer's market. He is assisted regularly by Chram Rode and his wife Broih Fnu, a Montagnard couple originally from Viet Nam who are training to help run the day to day gardening operations.

(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

You're Kidding

For my friends at Goat Lady Dairy here in Grays Chapel, North Carolina, March is a very busy month. The goat moms are starting to have their kids, and because they were all bred at about the same time, they are all delivering at about the same time. Lee Tate of Goat Lady handles most of the kidding supervision, so that means she is going to have to watch about 27 does deliver around 50 or more kids in the next month at any time day or night, and then take over the young goats' feeding. Fortunately she does have some volunteer help such as Alice Jenkins, who was at the dairy today helping with the feeding chores.

Alice feeds the new kids born today.

(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)