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Ed Faber, Photographer

Class of 1962

After high 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.

 

Father and Daughter Photography:

 Julie (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!

 

They have 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 Jim Fowler.

 

Ed Faber's Contact Info:

Email: 225NA@planttel.net

Mailing Address:

Post Office Box 70162,

Albany GA 31708

Office Phone: 229-883-0398

 

FABER'S FEATURES

***FEATURED THIS MONTH***

Cotton Field

 

THE DAMASCUS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

 

Approximately 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.

 

Frank was 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 with.

 

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.

 

Frank Hodge 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. 

 

The plane 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. 

 

Egret

 

Egret

 

Blue Heron's Snake

Lake Loretta Egret

 

DUCK

 

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 ***

 

This 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

Radium Springs

***Casino***

Front Entrance

Facing the Springs

 

***The Arctic Bear Sign***

at it's new home ...

 

 

 

 

 

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