Wordless Wednesday: Jockey’s Ridge Sand Castle

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Jockey’s Ridge is a huge sand dune on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Outer Banks are barrier islands that are constantly moving. Jockey’s Ridge moves with them, swallowing the properties on its perimeter. In this photo from 1999, I’m standing of what remained of a putt-putt course miniature castle, now barely visible. The scene has even changed since then — see other photos of the same area on Flickr.

Wordless Wednesday: A Classic

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This is one of my favorite photos from my Dad’s side of the fam (click for a larger, uncropped version):

Classic Corley Shot

Classic Corley Shot

I love the sepia tone, the clothes, the hair. I hate the fingerprint on the photo though — bleh.

That’s my grandfather in the middle, up top. I believe that’s his brother Roy on the lower left. I *think* my grandmother is seated to my grandfather’s right. The woman front-and-center may appear in other family photos. I have no idea who’s holding her hand. Their body language sure is interesting.

The outfit of the woman on the right totally reminds me of that of Harriet Oleson on “Little House on the Prairie.”

Wordless Wednesday — The Bros. Corley (Prologue)

Young Bros. Corley (Jesse, Karl, Roy, Ames & Foss)

Young Bros. Corley (Jesse, Karl, Roy, Ames & Foss)

Above is the oldest photo I have; I would guess it’s from around 1883.

Joseph Corley & Fam

Joseph Corley & Fam

Here are the brothers with my great-grandparents, Joseph and Ida.

Foss, Roy, Karl, Jess and Ames

Foss, Roy, Karl, Jesse and Ames

Here are the brothers all grown up.

Karl, Roy, Ames, Jesse and Foss

Karl, Roy, Ames, Jesse and Foss

Foss was a farmer/land owner (Conn.), Jesse was a Methodist preacher (Calif.), Ames went on to be a professor at Williams College and Yale University, Roy became lieutenant governor of Delaware and Karl (my grandfather) was a pediatrician in Washington, D.C.

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