Monday, January 17, 2011

Corvette Museum

One of our stops was the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Corvette has always been one of my favorite cars, partially because it has stayed essentially true to form since it's introduction in 1953. It hasn't tried to be an economy car, a family car...nope just a 2 seat sports car for over 50 yrs. I wouldn't mind having one some day, even if, as many women have told me, "it is an old man's car".

Since pretty much everyone has seen Corvettes, here are a few other photos I took at the museum. The mural is composed of hundreds of small photos of people with their Corvettes.

Corvette Mural - Corvette Museum, Bowling Green KY

Iconic Corvette Emblem

Corvette In the Chrome Era

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

We took off for a few days and went on a little trip down to Kentucky. It was a nice break. First order of business on the drive was a stop at the Jim Beam Distillery outside of Louisville (one of the six bourbon distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail) for a little tour and tasting. I've been on a lot of tours of breweries and wineries over the years, but this was my first time to a distillery. The combination of chemistry, cooking and art fascinates me with regards to beer, wine and spirits...with the added bonus that you get to drink the results. (I like things where you get to eat the results too :)

Jim Beam is the largest producer of bourbon in the world (by far). The tour currently does not include a stop by their working stills, but we did go through one of their barns (aging warehouse) for storing the barrels while the aging occurs. It was fascinating. Six stories of white oak barrels all stacked up and rolled on beams. The warehouse essentially consisted of some kind of corrugated material for the roof and sides to keep out the rain (and probably little else) along with beams of wood to roll the barrels along. Jim Beam does not climate control their aging warehouses. After spending years in these barns, some of the barrels look a little worse for wear. The barrels are used for bourbon only once, then the lucky ones get an all expenses paid trip to Scotland to be used in the aging of Scotch.

Besides the namesake bourbons (Jim Beam 4yr, 7yr, Green-5yr, Black-8yr and Yellow-Rye whiskey), Beam also produces what they call their "Small Batch Collection" of premium bourbons. I think Knob Creek is probably the best known, but also Baker's, Basil Hayden's and Booker's. Also a newer product, Red Stag. The tasting consisted of Booker's and Red Stag. Booker's is their super duper premium bourbon. It is uncut, straight from the barrel so each barrel will be slightly different. The particular bottle we tasted from was 127 1/2 Proof and I found it quite tasty with a little higher viscosity than other spirits I've had. Red Stag a flavored bourbon infused with black cherry and a bit sweet. I liked it too, but more as a cordial type drink I think. Here are a few photos from of the aging.

Barrel of Aging Bourbon - Jim Beam Distillery, Clermont KY

Barrels of Aging Bourbon Stamped with Lot # etc.

Corrugated Wall of Aging Warehouse

Sunday, January 09, 2011

April 18, 1810 - May 12, 1890

I drove out to see the covered bridge over Stonelick Creek yesterday and get some photos with the snow and blue skies. I wasn't so happy with the results, but of course I enjoyed the nearby St. Philomena Cemetery. Here a couple of photos with the third being the result of messing with various black and white techniques in photoshop.

St. Philomena Cemetery - Stonelick Township, OH

St. Philomena Cemetery via Lensbaby

St. Philomena Cemetery, In Monochrome

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Maya and the Afghan

Maya likes blankets and pillows to curl up on...she seems to like Elesa's latest project before it is even finished...

Maya and the Afghan

7 - 10 Split

Luck wasn't with dad on the bowling alley earlier this week...

The Creation of a 7 - 10 Split

The Eagle

My sister has been telling me for at least 5 yrs that she frequently sees a bald eagle not far from her (and consequently, my) house, along SR126 in Indian Hill's (they limit access to residents) Grand Valley Preserve at Camp Dennison. But she's never gotten a photo. Her husband saw the eagle for the first time about a week ago and snapped a photo with his cell phone. Today she saw it on her way home from work, so she rushed the rest of the way home, got her new camera and me and we went out to take a look.

There were a number of other observers. A few of which are avid birders, and one of those is seriously into bird photography and has photographed the eagle a number of times. He is on flickr HERE. And a collection of the photos he's taken at the Preserve are HERE. The photos include a series of shots as one of the bald eagles swooped down and grabbed a duck "for lunch" as well as this SHOT as the eagle flew straight at him. His shots are accomplished with skill, patience and persistence I probably don't have...nor do I have (but I may some day :) the 500 mm lens and 1.4X Extender he was using.

Bald Eagle - Camp Dennison, OH