Archive: December 2014
Hunting Island Jennifer Cripps

On our recent trip to South Carolina to attend our son Pätrick’s Marine Graduation ceremony we took a side trip to shoot some coastal photos. Hunting Island is a 5000 acre State Park located near Beaufort, South Carolina. This secluded semitropical barrier island has been spared the encroaching development ubiquitous throughout the Lowcountry. The island was once a hunting preserve

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Columbia Mississippi Tornado

All the phones in the household went off at once. It was a tornado warning alarm, something we take very serious in these parts. Since I’ve lived in Wiggins, there have been three tornadoes hit with a couple mile radius of my home. My sons and I immediately ran to both porches to view the horizon from every direction. The

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Pätrick Cripps with his platoon

Pätrick Cripps Marine Graduation Part 2 Graduation Day finally arrived. It was December 12th, the birthday of his oldest brother who served in the Air Force. It was a cold windy day but everyone was too excited to care. There is something very impressive about soldiers marching, and these Marines put on a damn good show. Thirteen weeks earlier, they

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Patrick Cripps - Parris Island Barracks

Pätrick Cripps Marine Graduation Part 1 He did it! My son persevered the dreaded Crucible and earned the title, United States Marine. On Sunday, Pearl Harbor Day, he got to make one five minute phone call. It was the first time I’d heard his voice in thirteen weeks. I expected him to sound very different, but he was still very

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John Cripps Photography

A Smartphone Doesn’t Make You A Photographer I recently read an article about how “everyone is now a photographer” because of the ubiquitous smartphone. Granted a smartphone camera can be handy, but it doesn’t make you a photographer any more than a hammer makes you a carpenter, or a chisel makes you a sculptor. These are tools, and they can

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Delma Asa Bishop Seventy years ago my uncle, Delma Asa Bishop still a teenager, was cut down by the Germans as he charged with rifle and bayonet in hand. He had felt the call of duty and volunteered to serve and fight in the U.S. Army. He was part of the 175th Regiment who landed at Omaha Beach on 7

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The Warrior Poet

The Warrior Poet Several years ago I ran a very popular blog at lochandload.com. When the demands of child-rearing outweighed the website in importance, I chose to shut it down. The title “Loch And Load” was a play on words. The idea was simple: I am coming at you “fully loaded” in this blog…I am not holding anything back. To

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