Monday, August 16, 2010

Sevier Station park, weekend hiatus and shop opening announcement



Shop announcement: I will be officially opening shop at Etsy tomorrow. There will be free shipping for the first 30 days and I will also be hosting a give-away or two here to celebrate. 

I went on an unannounced hiatus after Wednesday. Sorry about that. Today Corey and I went to a tiny local park/historical location to take photos of things for Etsy and also to just get out of the house for a while. Corey took most of these photos as practice since yesterday he took close to 200 photos of 5 different things I'll be listing in the shop when I open it and only about a dozen were usable. Most were blurry, unlevel, or just generally out of focus. After a few pointers about elbows and breathing he was doing great. The breathing part may just be me applying musical performance techniques to an unrelated field and may or may not have any legitimacy in the world of photography, but it really seems to work well for focus and preventing shaky hands to click the shutter button on the exhale instead of inhale.

The photo above has a Tour Clarksville emblem on it, but I have never heard of any tours around Clarksville. The signage at this park indicates that Clarksville has history going back to at least the late 18th century. For a place with so much history, they sure don't seem to care about it at all here. The only history information I've found about the area has been through Wikipedia articles about the Red River Valley, The Trail of Tears, and the general founding of Tennessee as a state. The Clarksville city's website doesn't even have any links or listings of historical information or sites. I'd really like to visit locations similar to this in the area, but Corey talked to several people at his work and even people who have lived here their entire lives weren't even aware that this Sevier Station place existed.

Sevier Station stone monument


close up of monument


The roof of this building was amazing to look at. It was so overgrown with moss the wood shingles and boards underneath were almost nonexistent. Somw of the support beams appeared to be close to original (they may in fact be original) in age as there was evidence of the (very large) beams being cut with a hot iron burning/hand sawing technique that I don't think has been used in many, many decades at least.

mossy, growing roof

there were bees in the beams
Unfortunately all of those gorgeous hand-hewn beams have been compromised by carpenter bees. These holes are huge and so are the bees that made them. Normally they're solitary bees, but when there are several nests together like this they tend to take on more of a hive mentality with guards, gatherers, etc. I didn't want to stick around and bother them too much; didn't care to get stung by one of them as normal bee stings hurt enough, thank you.
carpenter bee damage
inside the building

I took these photos through the iron bars on one of the windows. The inside of the building was just as beat up and ratty as the outside. It looks like the area flooded and nobody bothered to clean out this place afterward. I have no clue what the big pile of cement in the center is about. My guess is covering up something; a hole maybe?

abandoned hearth

I have no idea what all of the piled up stone is about, but both rooms of the building were filled with it. There was so much stone that it looks like either there was another room to this building (which is not supported by the looks of the roofing or by any indication of foundation around the perimeter) or there was a small outbuilding or platform elsewhere nearby. In fact, there was a small concrete walkway leading to a very small foundation. It was maybe 4'X4' and half wrenched out of the ground by who knows what force.

piles of stone matching that of the building


Corey spotted them, but I snuck up close as I could to get these photos. I'm told by many people that there are a lot of deer in Clarksville, but I've only seen them a couple times. There three of them; a doe, a spotted fawn and a buck in velvet. The doe and fawn would have allowed me to get much closer I could tell, but the buck stood up immediately as I came out of the brush cover to stamp his foot and grunt and then when I didn't move away he left instead. They are not very good photos, but I didn't really have a lot of time to mess with camera settings or anything, either.

buck, fawn, doe

buck leaving, fawn, doe

fawn and doe reluctantly leaving

1 comment:

  1. The fawn and Doe are adorable! I've seen a few around the golf courses near my home (even though we are very much in the city) and I always love spotting them. We had some trouble with our wood but it wasn't bees it ended up being ash borers. Very gross looking bug that's for sure!

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