Ray Paul Photo: Blog http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Ray Paul Photo (Ray Paul Photo) Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:47:00 GMT Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:47:00 GMT http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/img/s/v-5/u689607801-o228100021-50.jpg Ray Paul Photo: Blog http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog 104 120 Music Lessons Inc http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2016/1/music-lessons-inc Music Lessons Inc
2419 Crill Ave Palatka, FL, 32177
M-F 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-2pm
Tel: 386-328-6100

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ClipClip  Jamey Meetze is the owner/operator of Music Lessons Inc. He is a life-long resident of Putnam County. Jamey has been playing and teaching Guitar, Bass, Ukelele, Saxophone, Piano, and more for over 20 years. Jamey has been in many bands, and has many years of performance experience.
Clip_2Clip_2  Dave Dion has been teaching Guitar, Bass, Drums, Banjo, Voice, and others instruments for more than 20 years here in Putnam County. Dave loves his job. Dave's band "The Cruising Armadillos" plays around Florida. You can also catch Dave with the "Dion and Colins Duo" every Friday at "The Island Restaurant" in Palatka.
  Clip_3Clip_3 Tim Collins has been a professional musician for over 20 years. he has performed and recorded with many bands in that time. In the 90s, he performed throughout Florida with Social Alliance. Tim received his A.A. from SJRCC and studied music at Florida School of the Arts under Michael Clark and Dr. Gary Piazza. In 1998, Tim moved to Tallahassee to attend FSU's School of Music where he studied classical guitar with Kevin Manderville, Francois Fowler, and Bruce Holeman. Since returning to Palatka in 2003, Tim has been teaching music and performing regularly with Silver Lake Drive, Matt Buckles, Dion and Collins Duo, Southern Survivor, Barnyard Pimps, and Solo. Currently Tim is playing with the 80s cover band Channel Cat. Tim Teaches Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Violin, and is also a band instructor.


(Ray Paul Photo) Music Lessons Music Store Palatka, FL http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2016/1/music-lessons-inc Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:33:23 GMT
Antiques and Music Store - Crescent City, Florida http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2015/8/antiques-and-music-store-crescent-city-florida flattop guitars in frontflattop guitars in front Click Above Photo For Gallery

The hanging English-pub style sign in front of Allen Glenn's business has lost a couple of letters and now reads "ANT-Q-ES"; another sign, obviously added later, reads Music Store. Glenn explains: I bought this place empty about 15 years ago and made an Antique Mall of it. The antique business has slowed down because reproductions are coming in from everywhere and you can get them at a fraction of the cost of a reall antique and most people can't tell the difference. I had 25 dealers here at one time, but as dealers moved out, I moved my own stuff into their space. And the "stuff" is just about everything you can name. What first catches your eye are the guitars. He has about 500 of them hanging from the ceiling.

There are amplifiers, keyboards and whole sections of records and sheet music, but this is not just a music store. The 150 by 50 foot space is filled wall to wall and floor to ceiling with the old and the new in an assortment of shelves and cabinets that flank five aisles(for the thin shoppers only) which run the length of the store. If you don't find what you are looking for, Glenn will find it for you. There are even a couple of cases of items that are not for sale. That is Glenn's museum of Putman County memorabilia. While living in Hermossa Beach, California, I had my recording studio, (Allen is also a musician)... we'd go to the big recording studios and buy stuff they no longer used. Some people like everything nice and neat. Glenn limits himself to running his Antiques-Music Store.

"I'm getting away from used electronics. I'm getting brand new items. The Chinese are making new stuff cheaper than you could buy used a few years ago. I started getting envolved with manufacturers of musical instruments in California... I love music." "I advertise in the phone books in an 80 mile radius and on the internet with ads in several international web sites, (including his own www.CrescentCityMusic.biz) but, especially with guitars, people like to come in and feel them.

There seems to be 2 breeds of people, those who love this kind of store and those who hate it. "Some tourist open the door and turn their noses up and walk away. Some people walk in and stay for hours. I have a unique store. I have what I like to say is: A world-class store in a one-stop-light town.

(Ray Paul Photo) Antiques Crescent City Florida Music Store http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2015/8/antiques-and-music-store-crescent-city-florida Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:04:13 GMT
Swamp Photography with Ray Paul http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2015/6/swamp-photography-with-ray-paul baby-gatorBaby Gator
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Cypress Swamp Vegetation:  The dominant canopy vegetation in cypress wetlands includes bald cypress and water tupelo trees. Pond cypress and black gum trees are also common on the uplands of the Southeastern coastal plain. Pine trees and hardwoods can be present if cypress areas are drained or face drought conditions. The epiphyte Spanish moss is found on the stems and branches of canopy trees. Dominant understory vegetation included fetterbush, wax myrtle, and buttonbush shrubs. Herbs and ferns including duckweed, pipewort, and lizard tail are present in the understory as well.

Well-Known Cypress Swamps:  Florida's Big Cypress Swamp, located south of the Florida Everglades, is one of the largest cypress swamps in the U.S. The area spans 5,000 square kilometers of cypress domes, dwarf cypress and cypress strands (including Corkscrew Swamp). Logging removed many of the large trees in some areas, but today much of the swamp is protected as part of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Another prominent wetland cypress swamp area sits on the Florida-Georgia border at Okefenokee Swamp. The cypress swamps here persisted despite logging, natural fires and drainage attempts.

(Ray Paul Photo) Florida Photography Ray Paul Swamp http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2015/6/swamp-photography-with-ray-paul Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:22:17 GMT
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Crescent City, Florida http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2015/1/crescent-city-florida
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Crescent City is a 2.1 square miles city in Putnam County, Florida, United States. The city is located on two lakes and is part of the Palatka Micropolitan Statistical Area. Crescent Lake lies to the east of town and Lake Stella is located to the west.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,776 people, 678 households, and 435 families residing in the city. The population density was 968.6 people per square mile (374.7/km²). There were 846 housing units at an average density of 461.4 per square mile (178.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.32% White, 34.46% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 5.74% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.53% of the population.
City History - A. Philip Randolph, the founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, was born in Crescent City in 1889. Randolph would become a prominent civil rights leader, especially during the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Randolph Street in Crescent City is named after this influential figure.
Crescent City has two listings on the National Register of Historic Places, Hubbard House and the Crescent City Historic District.
Eagle's Nest Grove in Crescent City is the oldest continuous organic citrus grove in Florida.
Crescent City is the home of the American College of Applied Science (ACAS) and its 20-acre (81,000 m2) Dream Pond Science Field Station and Reserve for animal science and behavior. ACAS was licensed by the Florida Department of Education, Commission for Independent Education in January 2005.

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(Ray Paul Photo) Crescent City Florida photo blog http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2015/1/crescent-city-florida Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:39:16 GMT
Abandoned Texas Restaurant http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/9/abandoned-texas-restaurant Buzzard at Abandoned Texas RestaurantBuzzard at Abandoned Texas Restaurant
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There are several reasons why a business, a house will become abandoned; sickness of owner lack of financing accidents, lawsuits, lack of management!  This particular location remains.  As it was left, I have not Given the exact location so that it may exist as it be.

This location has a very eerie feeling, a dining room with no customers a waiter station with no waitresses, a kitchen ready for orders but no orders.

A decor that has no viewers, buzzards standing guard at the door, overgrown vegetation.  These are signs that are very disturbing and depressing sometimes.

   Enjoy, RPP


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(Ray Paul Photo) Abandoned Restaurant Texas ghost restaurant http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/9/abandoned-texas-restaurant Sun, 28 Sep 2014 01:28:11 GMT
Historic St. Mary's Georgia http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/4/historic-st-marys-georgia Church in Historic St. Mary's GeorgiaChurch in Historic St. Mary's Georgia

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The St. Marys Historic District is roughly bounded by Waterfront Rd., Norris Alexander, and Oak Grove Cemetery, c. 1787. Contains portions of the original 18th-century town containing residential, commercial, and religious buildings dating from the late 18th-early 20th century. Notable features include the waterfront area, early cemetery, bell cast by Paul and Joseph Warren Revere, and a memorial oak planted the day of George Washington's burial.

It was an important early port city, first settled in the mid-16th century by the Spanish and a haven for expelled French Huguenots in the 18th century. Established by an act of the state legislature on December 5, 1792 and was incorporated in November 1802. It served as Camden County Georgia's seat of government from 1869 until 1923.

Also note St. Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here.  Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness.

"When you mentioned St. Mary's, you must mention The Riverview Hotel, Seagle's Cafe & Saloon where Jerry and Gaila Brandon, Innkeepers & owners are top drawer. I am friends with both and over the years and have become to know their service is Excellent, their restaurant has excellent cuisine. They also have a lounge which is has entertainment galore; If you ever go there be sure to tell them that Ray Paul sent you!"



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(Ray Paul Photo) Cafe Cumberland Island Georgia Historic Riverview Hotel Saloon Seagles St. Mary's http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/4/historic-st-marys-georgia Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:14:21 GMT
Grand Canyon http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/3/grand-canyon The Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon
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The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters). Nearly two billion years of Earth's geological history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists, recent evidence suggests that the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present-day configuration.


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(Ray Paul Photo) Grand Canyon photo blog http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/3/grand-canyon Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:03:55 GMT
Route 66 - Glenrio - Historic Borderline Ghost Town http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/3/glenrio---historic-borderline-ghost-town Route 66 - Glenrio - Historic Borderline Ghost Town, New Mexico and TexasRoute 66 - Glenrio - Historic Borderline Ghost Town, New Mexico and Texas - Click Photo For Gallery

Glenrio, New Mexico and Texas - Historic Borderline Ghost Town

The location of Glenrio on Texas and New Mexico's border led to some interesting business practices. At one point, all fuel was dispensed in Texas due to New Mexico's higher gasoline taxes. The 1930s State Line Bar and motel were built in New Mexico because Deaf Smith County, Texas was dry at the time The railroad station was in Texas. The local post office, built circa-1935, was in New Mexico. A water tank and windmill in New Mexico were constructed circa-1945.

The Joseph Brownlee House, constructed in Amarillo in 1930, was moved to Glenrio in 1950. Glenrio was the site of the "First Motel in Texas" / "Last Motel in Texas" (Homer Ehresman's family-run 1953 State Line Café and Gas Station and 1955 Texas Longhorn Motel, closed in 1976) and other businesses which straddled the state line on U.S. Route 66 for many years until Interstate 40 bypassed the community in September 1973.

Three filling stations (the 1925 Broyles Mobil station, a circa-1935 Texaco, and the 1946 Ferguson Gas Station) once operated in New Mexico.

Glenrio sits just a few yards to the south of Interstate 40 at Texas Exit 0 on Business
I-40, a road which turns into a local gravel road at the state line. This was the original Route 66 alignment between Glenrio and San Jon until 1952 and was paved for many years until Quay County removed the paving due to maintenance costs. Mail was formerly served by a post office on the New Mexico side of the town.

The town consists of the remains of the courtyard motel and related Texas Longhorn Café and Phillips 66 service station, the post office, a few other buildings including the diner and adjacent Texaco service station, the old Route 66 roadbed, and the former roadbed of the Rock Island Railroad, whose tracks were removed in the 1980s. A few homes still exist in Glenrio; the Joseph Brownlee House and an office in the Texas Longhorn Motel were the last to be occupied.

Glenrio has a very eerie feeling in a few years there will be no remains of the town whatsoever!  I have documented this town so it may living in history as others have done before me.

  - Ray Paul



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(Ray Paul Photo) Borderline Town Ghost Town Glenrio NW Glenrio TX Route 66 http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/3/glenrio---historic-borderline-ghost-town Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:06:41 GMT
Route 66 - Shamrock, TX http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/3/route-66---shamrock-texas Abandoned Car on Route 66 - Shamrock, TexasAbandoned Car on Route 66 - Shamrock, Texas

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Shamrock - Historic Route 66 Texas Town is about 40 miles west of Amarillo, Texas

Shamrock got its name from the first postmaster of the town; an Irish immigrant named George Nickle, in 1893. A beautiful town with wide open spaces, endless sky confers the new town with his best wishes for good luck and courage, which the shamrock symbolizes.

The town of Shamrock takes its Irish heritage seriously too. The biggest celebration of the year is Saint Patrick's Day where everyone is Irish for a day and all the men are required to wear a beard.



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(Ray Paul Photo) Irish Route 66 Shamrock Texas photo blog http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/3/route-66---shamrock-texas Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:17:00 GMT
Galveston Texas http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/1/galveston-texas Urban Decay - Galveston TexasUrban Decay - Galveston Texas

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Galveston, Texas is a city with a very colorful past. Once known as “Sin City” because of it’s long history of gambling and prostitution.  With the crack down by police in the late 40’s and 50’s, Galveston lost this name to Las Vegas.  Galveston was once known as the Wall Street of the West.  It counted many very wealthy citizens.  Galveston has always been prone to the threat of hurricanes.  The most famous being the hurricane of 1900 in which an estimated 6000 to 8000 resident lost their lives.  As a protection from future hurricane damage Galveston built “The Seawall”.  For many months train loads of dirt were brought in to backfill the seawall and raise to height of the island. A large percentage of historic Galveston has been preserved and can be enjoyed today.  One can enjoy a day visiting “The Strand”, still considered the heart of the city, with it’s historic buildings offering shopping, cafes, nightlife, carriage rides.  The city is also rich in Victorian “Jewels” such as the Bishop’s Palace, Ashton Villa and many others.  There is something for everyone in Galveston. Although Galveston is a Very diverse town there is an underlying problem - the inner structure is decaying. As These photograph speak for their self, all in all Galveston has survived a lot of storms and a lot of problems and has endured quite remarkably!



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(Ray Paul Photo) Galveston Texas Hurricane Urban Decay photo blog http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/1/galveston-texas Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:12:18 GMT
Abandoned Florida Georgia State Line Motel http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/1/abandoned-georgia-state-line-motel Abandoned Motel on The Florida-Georgia State LineAbandoned Motel on The Florida-Georgia State Line

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Somewhere near the Florida/Georga State Line sits an abandoned motel, vertically untouched. Some locals know about this spot it is often photographed by local photography clubs, the real story that lies behind this site is a site of intrigue mystery and denial.The man who built the hotel's name was Colfort, he was of German descent and quite an engineer. The man who started off in the 30s who do getting off the grid self efficient was something he wanted do in this business ventures. He used the artesian system to power his motel during Route 17 heyday which goes from New York to Florida it was the main Route before 95 was built. He died a man with a lonely heart, he believed for years that his wife and ran off to another man or just plainly disappeared and he had, he died five years after her death. While I was a resident of St. Mary's Georgia which is only 3 miles from this location 30 years backwards the state of Georgia was working on their inner structure such as railroad bridges foundations. Two divers from the state of Georgia and Florida found that 57 Ford up against the railroad bridge abutments underwater in this car was the ladies body his wife and of course he's been dead for years. This story is duplicated in a paperback novel somewhere I have tried numerous sources to find it I've read it several years ago but was unable to locate at this time. If anyone knows where this may be obtained a copy a manuscript etc. Please get in touch with me. A very mysterious situation, the story goes that his sister live somewhere or daughter in California and she is paid the taxes on the property every sense the hotel is basically intact the termites have taken their toll, but it's fairly in much the same shape as it was when he died.


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(Ray Paul Photo) Florida Georgia State Line Motel Urban Decay abandoned ghost town motel http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/1/abandoned-georgia-state-line-motel Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:40:39 GMT
Port Arthur Texas Urban Decay http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/1/port-arthur-texas-urban-decay  
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Port Arthur, This city is decaying within its own boundaries this used to be a very vibrant city but the urban decay has now taken over. As you stroll through these pictures you might notice some very colorful names of some of the local night spots. In one of the pictures you can see the problem with the drugs if you look closely you can see, A syringe and crack pipe, this is a very quick showing of this particular hotspot that I have found 30 min. from the house never knew it was there, however it is very interesting, Port Arthur is also the home of Janice Joplin, You may remember Janice saying that she was not too fond of Port Arthur I can see why, it has to be worse today than it was in her days, Port Arthur is a city in Jefferson County within the Beaumont−Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area of the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 53,818 at the 2010 census.

Port Arthur was founded by Arthur Stilwell in 1895, on the western bank of Sabine Lake, and incorporated in 1898.[3] The Rainbow Bridge across the Neches River connects Port Arthur to Bridge City.


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(Ray Paul Photo) Arthur Port Texas Urban Decay decaying city photo blog http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/1/port-arthur-texas-urban-decay Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:57:00 GMT
Urban Safari Photographer http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/1/urban-safari-photographer The Urban Safari Photographer Ray Paul - The Urban Safari PhotographerRay Paul - The Urban Safari Photographer - Click Photo For Gallery

The Adventure is about to begin... the first thing that one must do for any adventure is to prepare the equipment, the equipment used for this Safari is quite extensive. The equipment must maintain our vehicle our camping equipment and photography equipment and of course the people that are involved on this Safari, tried to think of it like this you don't throw yourself on the road in unknown areas and do not know what equipment or what to expect on the other hand, not only that you going to do it for three months. Not only are we to show you the actual pictures of the actual Safari but would only give you a list and where to purchase the equipment, and also we hopefully will be able to expand your photography skills and equipment.


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(Ray Paul Photo) Ray Paul Urban Safari Photographer photo bloger http://photoblog.raypaulphoto.com/blog/2014/1/urban-safari-photographer Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:24:24 GMT