and Tales ...
Ed Faber, Photographer
Class of 1962
school, Ed Faber earned a degree in Textiles from
Georgia Tech. After Tech he spent four years in the Air
Force stationed at Bitburg Air Base, Germany. After the Air
Force, he returned to a sewing factory in Edison and Fort
Gaines in which the family had a one-third interest. After
spending thirteen additional years in the sewing industry, Ed
went to college at Valdosta State College now Valdosta State
University and earned an accounting degree. He has been a
practicing accountant since 1985.
(his youngest daughter) and Ed started photographing the
nature, wildlife and points of interest of Southwest Georgia
about thirteen years ago. They feel fortunate to photograph
the land, that they have had and still have access to, and are
grateful for the great network of friends who act as spotters
for us. If these friends see something of interest, they
are given a call!
had their photographs displayed in twenty five countries on
all seven continents to include four American Embassies,
aboard the USS George Washington, the Carter home in Plains and
Buckingham Palace! They have also done some photography for
Ed Faber's Contact
Post Office Box 70162,
Albany GA 31708
***FEATURED THIS MONTH***
DAMASCUS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
five miles west of Damascus, Georgia on state highway 200 on the
south side of the road is a field that use to have a grass
landing strip that was used by one of the local crop dusters.
The primary crop duster that used this strip was an individual
named Frank Horn.
quite a colorful individual. Under the canopy on both sides of
his crop dusting airplane was stenciled the words “DANDY
DADDY FRANK”. Frank’s feats as a crop duster were second to
none. When Frank dusted a field, the whole field
was dusted. It was not uncommon to see Frank come up from
dusting a field of peanuts with peanut vines in the wheels.
Depending on the lay of the land it was not uncommon to see
Frank fly the plane between the top of the fence and the power
line, loop the plane around and come back between the top of the
fence and power line. It is said that Frank flew combat in
three wars and never lost a plane. Frank flew combat in World
War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. If you wanted to
fly with a crop duster, Frank was the man you wanted to fly
It is said
that Frank lost the plane’s propeller one day while coming back
to land. The plane’s altitude and air speed were such that
Frank made it back to the landing strip. When Frank came over
the fence at the end of the airstrip the rear wheel of the plane
caught the top of the fence and flipped the plane. Frank walked
away without a scratch and the plane had little to no damage.
Timmons a local native had earned a PhD in chemistry and was
working for one of the major chemical companies in the Orient on
a four year tour of duty. After the second year in the Orient,
the employer paid for Frank and his family to come back to the
States for a month’s home leave. Upon arriving at the Atlanta
airport, the family found that the connecting flights to Albany,
Georgia left much to be desired. Frank called the owners of the
grass airstrip and asked if he chartered a plane to bring the
family to Damascus could they use the airstrip. As was
expected, Frank was told to bring the plane in. It is said that
when the aircraft got into the Albany, Georgia airspace the
pilot checked in with Albany’s control tower to get clearance to
enter the area and go to Damascus. The response from the Albany
control tower was that the plane was cleared to land at the
Damascus International Airport. The air traffic controller was
none other than Hardy Sammons a native son of Damascus.
landed safely at the Damascus International Airport where the
passengers disembarked and the chartered airplane headed back to
Atlanta. The air strip and the surrounding field are now used
as crop land.
Blue Heron's Snake
Lake Loretta Egret
Pond Dragon Fly
THE SMILING MULE
(click to enlarge)
To get to Plains, Georgia form
Albany, Georgia, one would go north on US highway 19 which will
take you to Leesburg, Georgia and then to Smithville, Georgia.
Approximately two miles north of Smithville one will make a left
hand turn on Georgia Highway 308 which will take you to Plains
which is approximately eleven miles away. Approximately six
miles after turning onto Georgia Highway 308 one will cross
Georgia Highway 49.
Approximately two miles after
crossing Georgia Highway 49, one will see two red barns on the
left side of the road which is the south side of the road.
These barns belong to Mr. GPB who is truly a Southern
Gentleman. Mr. GPB sets an example that all should follow. Mr.
GPB is a firm believer of President John Kennedy’s immortal
comment “Ask not what your country can do for you but ask
what you can do for your country”.
Over the years Mr. GPB has
been very kind to Julie and me with our photography hobby. Mr.
GPB has permitted us to photograph his barns, his brindle mules
and anything else he has had that we have wanted to photograph.
On January 22, 2012 I went to
the Plains, Georgia area to digitally photograph the red barns.
I felt that this would be a great day to photograph the barns
because of the haze and fog. After I got into the pasture to
photograph the barns, the two mules and two horses that were in
the pasture came over to where I was taking the pictures. One
of the mules came over to me and bumped one of my elbows with
its nose. I shooed the mule away and went back to taking
pictures. The mule came over a second time and bumped the same
elbow a second time. I shooed the mule away a second time.
The mule came back a third time and bumped my elbow with its
nose. Before I could shoo the mule off the third time, the mule
told me to tell it and the other mule of the team about this
country’s upcoming election in November of this year.
As I started to tell the mules
about the candidates for both parties, the second mule started
laughing about the comments that I was making about the
candidates. The more I talked the more the second mule
laughed. I was able to take approximately ten photographs
of the second mule laughing at my comments concerning this
year’s presidential candidates. ~ EF
*** Dougherty County Eagle ***
picture was taken in Dougherty County, and the second Eagle that
we have photographed.
*** Two Owls ***
*** OAK TREE ***
THIS OAK TREE IS LOCATED IN A BACK YARD
IN THE 500 BLOCK OF 5TH AVENUE
Arctic Bear Sign***
at it's new home