First off, I hope everyone who celebrates it had a great thanksgiving! It was crazy here, as it is every year lol! I have some fun pictures to share with you all as soon as I’m finished with them
This is the final post on the Albany Historical Carousel Museum, the last two posts of mine have more pictures of the carvers and their beautiful designs, now this post is the museum part of it. After we walked through the whole place we stepped into the gift shop/museum where there was a gentleman who explained what their goal was and how they were able to start it up. Here’s are a few quotes from their website that go with some of the photos I took while I was there!
“Marianne A. Stevens, often referred to as “the Grand Dame of wooden carousels”, kindly gifted this treasured and Autographed Gustav A. Dentzel carousel animal to our growing collection. As a matter of fact this is the first Dentzel animal donated to our museum.”
“The Dentzel family has also loaned a number of beautiful and unique pieces of American carousel history to our project. The centerpiece of this is a 1923 miniature carousel. The Dentzel’s carved two of these, which were Christmas tree stands used in their homes!”
“The Dentzels were the first manufacturer of carousels in America, opening their business in Philadelphia, PA back in 1870. They are a vastly important link to carousels in America and we are fortunate to have their kind support.”
“These animals are from 1895, 1905, and 1885 and represent some of the detail the Dentzels put into their work. The painted panel, featuring a variety of scenes, were used to adorn their carousels.”
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of history with me It was an amazing experience and a place I will be visiting again soon! If you would like to read more on this amazing place and the people who run it check out their website!
Hello friends! So sorry about not posting for a while, life has been crazy and sometimes I don’t get to my computer for a few days. I’m very excited to show you more pictures of this Historical Carousel! In my last post I explained a little on what this amazing place is doing for the city of Albany. Bringing back history is no easy thing when there isn’t a lot of money to give for help, but there are so many amazing people who have come out from all over the west coast to help make their goal happen! Artists volunteer their time and energy to sit and carve these gorgeous carousel characters!
Here’s their website if you’d like to read more about it!
In my last post I showed you some of the many who were there working, and now here are the pictures of some of their finished work so far.
A lot of their finished characters were in other areas that I wasn’t able to capture, but I hope you all enjoyed these and I will be posting more hopefully soon!
“In 2002 the community of Albany, Oregon became interested in creating a hand carved carousel similar to projects recently completed in Missoula, Montana and Salem, Oregon. As a matter of fact it was a visit to Missoula by our board president, Wendy Kirby, that brought the idea of a carousel to Albany. Wendy was attending an Altrusa conference there where the carousel Missoula had done as a part of their downtown’s revitalization was one of that conference’s presentations. This was the spark that began Albany’s journey toward creating truly a one of a kind carousel!”
William and I came across this being advertised at a Del Taco in Albany, Oregon. HAHA! We don’t travel up there often and didn’t know much about the area. Thank goodness I had brought Frank (my Canon) with us that day because what we saw was really amazing! People from all over the west coast travel up and carve these gorgeous animals for a new carousel! On their website they say they’ve spent over 152,000 hours on this project. These people are all volunteers and absolutely incredible! I was so happy to see a few of them working on certain projects when we walked in, they were so friendly and didn’t mind me taking pictures of them A gentleman there was from Los Angelas and the rest were from different towns here in Oregon.
It was really a sight to see and I’m so happy we found this treasure
I asked how long it takes them to carve a character and they said this dragon has taken them 3 years and they are still working on it! Amazing
I’ll be posting more soon!
I used to go to this Cemetery quite a bit. It was always open, and the gravestones were old and so beautiful. I have posted a blog in the past about this cemetery, but I’m having a hard time finding it! They are assuming young kids got into the graveyard and completely ruined the gravestones. They brought in someone who was able to place the stones where they belonged and after that it has been chained up every sense. I know there’s a way to get someone to open the gate, but I really wanted to see what kind of shots I could get on the outside of it.
These are the last couple of shots I got from the top of one of our local mountains. It wasn’t as amazing as I’d like, it’s one of those places that you have to go and visit several times a year to get that perfect shot. I hope to be visiting this gorgeous point again someday soon :)
As I mentioned in my last post, we all headed into the mountains to do some sunset shots, and the guys wanted to do some different kind of shots. They had all their guns and ammo and I was excited to be capturing the action, but sadly, as always, they didn’t turn out the way I wanted them too haha!
As you can see, I was trying to capture the flash that comes while firing. I was happy to have this one come out.
Then I was thinking, why not have the shutter open and see if I can capture lots of light and flashes while they shoot. The shots are so fast I thought this was the best way to do it without failing… it didn’t quite work lol! This picture turned out pretty good, but I was just hoping for more. Also, our friend was on the other side of William taking pictures and that’s what the flash is behind him haha
I didn’t get any flashes of light with this one, but I love his outline better
A few friends of ours wanted to take us up into the mountains for some sunset photos, and so the guys could shoot off some rounds. While us girls were running around with our cameras, the guys were waiting patiently to shoot their guns haha! I wish I would have gotten better photos, there were so many that I took, but because the sun was hidden behind the clouds it wasn’t as nice as I’d hoped.
We found these amazing rocks by our location and these became my favorite shots of the evening I will be posting more soon!