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Hurricane Ike hit on September 13, 2008. It forever changed the landscape of Galveston, Texas and the greater Houston area for that matter. I’ll never forget it’s power. Oak trees are not native to Galveston, but many were planted over the years to provide shade and add beauty to the island. Several were wiped out by hurricane Ike. I recently discovered that many artists breathed life into the standing oak stumps by carving art into them. Some are whimsical and some have meaning but they add a beauty and leave a memory that there is always hope after the storm. Whatever storm it may be. It was a journey and adventure to locate many of them around the island but also a way to see Galveston that I have never seen before. The neighborhoods beyond the beaches and seawall. It was definitely like a treasure hunt! I won’t include all the sculptures here. They are for you to go and find! Adventure! The collection of photos here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

This palace is palatial at every level. Contruction started in 1887 and was completed in 1893 at a cost of $250,000. It was built by lawyer and politician Walter Gresham, which is why it is also known as Gresham’s Castle. The home is made of stone and has withstood all hurricanes including the great storm of 1900. I would say the builders knew a thing or two about the Three Little Pigs. In 1923, the home was purchased for $40,500, by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston for Bishop Christopher E. Byrne with the Sacred Heart Catholic church being conveniently across the street. Bishop Byrne lived there until 1950. In 2013, the home was sold to the current owners The Galveston Historical Association. From an architectural and artistic standpoint, the craftsmanship, materials, and art throughout the home are the best for the time and even by today’s standards. It’s an incredible home as you will see by some of the photos. I hope these photos inspire your own visit to learn about the history and see the beauty of this home. For more information visit here https://www.galvestonhistory.org/sites/1892-bishops-palace

It was a pleasure to finally tour the Moody Mansion in Galveston, Texas. Its opulence cannot be understated for the time in history that it was built in 1895. The home has much history and has a total of 31 rooms. Prior to the Moody’s purchasing the $100,000 home for $20,000 after the great hurricane in 1900, it was owned by Narcissa Willis. From what I read she wanted a mansion, and her husband wanted the money distributed to their ten children upon his death. She did not abide by that, had her old home demolished, and built the mansion. It cost her dearly in my view because her ten children never talked to her again and she died a widow all alone in her dream house in 1899.

For more information on tours or the Moody Mansion visit the following link www.moodymansion.org

Here are a few photos from my visit. I hope you enjoy them, and it inspires you to visit and learn history.

It’s well-known that I love Louisiana for its beauty, food, and people. The vibrancy of life and comradery that exists is exceptional. Recently, I made stops in New Iberia, Houma, New Orleans, and Franklin, Louisiana. Here are a few photos from the road. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by. See you on the road.

2022 Albert Moyer, Jr., Photography

When I’m out and about the camera is never far from my hands. I love taking photos because an image caught in time says so much about a place or its history. Until this day the best camera I have seen is my eyes and I always wish to share images exactly the way I see them, but no camera does it. None on the market. The best way is always travel. Living the moment and being in the time right then seeing things live. Recently, I saw many cool scenes and images in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Here are but a few. The city and its people are wonderful. Its full of vibrant history. For more information visit this website: https://www.visitvicksburg.com/

2022 Albert Moyer, Jr., Photography

These are but a small collection of photos I recently shot at the Vicksburg National Military Park and U.S.S. Cairo Museum. To visit the second largest battlefield outside Gettysburg that was so important to American history was a privilege. To see the first armored battleship was also a privilege. It opened my mind to so many perspectives and gave me increased knowledge that I’ll be able to carry and share with others. One quote that stood out to me from an unknown soldier was, “If someone would have just asked us the war would have been over in an hour.” Powerful! For more information about this park follow the link below. 2022 Albert Moyer, Jr, Photography

https://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm

If you like Coca-Cola this museum is a great display of history and how it was bottled for the very first time. To see and learn about the process really makes one appreciate the hard work and creativity of those who came before us. It definitely wasn’t easy in the beginning to get Coke off of the fountain and into bottles. The first cap was similar to a champagne bottle and when one pulled it made a popping sound. That’s how the term “Soda Pop” came into being. That’s just the beginning of what you will learn. Coca-Cola was also invented by Confederate Lieutenant John Pemberton who was also a pharmacist. Mr. Pemberton even added cocaine to the formula for the first 17 years of production until the US government started regulating it. The museum is an awesome place to visit. To learn more, visit the link below. Here are a few of my photos from my visit which can be viewed enlarged by a click of the photo. 2022 Albert Moyer, Jr, Photography.

http://www.biedenharncoca-colamuseum.com/

Upon entering the Vicksburg Civil War Museum, I knew immediately that I was in for a learning experience. There was more to learn than I had time available. The one thing that really struck a nerve with me was breeding cells. This is where they took a slave and placed a burlap sack over his head to impregnate whomever the master’s had selected. It could be his sister, daughter, cousin, mother, etc. I learned from friend that this is where the term motherfucker came from. Then there was the Klan uniform bearing the cross. The group missed commandment six which states, “You Shall Not Murder.” Actually, they missed the whole meaning of Christianity and all the commandments. They might as well replace the cross with an image of Satan because there is absolutely nothing Christian about them. God says there are false prophets. That’s their teaching. False Christianity. Sadly, even today, hate exists. Why? We live in a fallen world. Only Jesus is perfect, and the world will never be perfect until his return. Until then all we can do is educate people. Frederick Douglass stated, “Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means uplifting the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free.” If you like to learn and love freedom, I highly recommend the Vicksburg Civil War Museum which you can learn more about at the link below. Education is freedom.

https://www.vicksburgcivilwarmuseum.org/

All photos 2022 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography.

Cajun food at it’s best! Certified Cajun Crawfish and Mississippi Catfish. Support American workers. Photo 2021 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography

Wow! I am always cooking something, but I am not always writing about it. I wanted to cook a Blackened Catfish recipe that could be topped with a Crawfish Etouffee, as I have recently been cooking more with cast iron. Cast iron is another topic, but I must say it is the best cookware I have ever used, and it is very non-stick and versatile, if you treat it the way it needs to be treated. During my search for a recipe, I came across this one for the Blackened Catfish and wanted to share it. Chef Charlie Andrews makes the video simple and if you follow it you will have some excellent Blackened Catfish which you can eat as a stand alone or you can top with whatever your heart desires such as shrimp, scallops, crab meat, etc. Chef Charlie Andrews knocks it out of the park with this Blackened Catfish recipe. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtG_UJf2N38&t=355s

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