Hurricane Matthew a Path of Devastation

As we sat in our homes watching the weather reports and following the news reports, we would talk and reminisce about past hurricanes and how Matthew would compare. Many said by the time it gets to the Carolina’s it will only be a category one or a tropical storm, the major damage would be done.

Here we are a week later and we are still under flood warnings, yes the sky’s are beautiful and nice cool breeze and without power for thousands, no drinking water and homes under water, this is a small blessing.

I was on my computer Thursday night and I saw a notification from our Pastor Jeff at Lifepoint Church, he needed one more truck to take supplies to Lumberton, NC. I looked at my Mother and told her about the request, I said; you & Dad would have done this. It only took me seconds to respond, I have a truck and I can help. Being raised by parents who were always giving back to the community I knew this was something I needed to do.

Friday morning I was up early and getting ready to leave, while I was waiting for my kureg to brew my coffee I checked my email on my phone.  The email I saw gave me chills.. The subject line read; Old Chambers Photographers Postcard.

The email:

Lisa,

I am writing a book about Route 6 in Pennsylvania, and was thinking about using a mid-1960s postcard published by Chambers Photographers of Williamsport. The postcard was made by Dexter Press. It is an areal view of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-81, and US 6 in Clark Summit, PA. I did an internet search on who may own the copyright, came across your website, and suspected that this may have been your dad’s company. If it is, I was wondering if you knew who I should contact to ask permission before using the image.

My Dad passed away 13 years ago, I have blogged about how he has helped the communities and you can read that under The Tarheel Photographer The significance in that to me is that I was heading out to continue his legacy and I felt like he knew.

I arrived at Lifepoint at 6:45am loading up the truck with the remaining water bottles, diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, everything you might need when your displaced from your home. It didn’t take long as everyone pitched in and had it loaded in no time!

We then headed out of Wilmington in our caravan of trucks and trailers full of supplies, heading to Hyde Park Baptist Church.  We made it there without any problems, once we arrived I was impressed to find how organized they were. When we pulled in we were told where to go, and immediately welcomed. Everyone you know had been working long hours and tirelessly to help others, however they all had smiles on their face and so happy to see the help arrive from Wilmington.

In the Parking lot of the Church sits the Manna One, the largest disaster relief kitchen, capable of making up to 30,000 hot meals in 24 hours. As we watched cars line up for as far as you could see, I couldn’t help but notice that the cars were from all walks of life, Hurricane Matthew didn’t discriminate. As I stood there and cars were filing in, two lines for a warm meal and supplies it was so emotional. You didn’t know if they were coming because they lost their homes, because they didn’t have power or water, but you know for some they had to put aside their pride to care for their family in away they never had before. This is just a little more than an hour from where I live, I felt tears falling down my cheeks, my heart was breaking, yet everyone you talked to had such a good positive attitude, what they had was faith.

While in Lumberton, we drove over I-95 and it was completely abandoned, this busy highway connecting the north to the south was eerily quiet where it had been shut down from the flood. And as you will see in the pictures homes, barns, businesses and vehicles under flood water. Keep in mind this is a week later, the water has receded some in this area, while in some areas of NC it continues to rise.

The Devastation of Matthew is record breaking, at least 38 lives lost in North Carolina to date. It will take a long time to recover, not weeks months but years.  It will take communities coming together, people coming out of their comfort zone to help one another. Just because the news goes on to the next big story we must not forget about our neighbors.

Loving & Sharing Before We Were Born… Lisa & Lori

We started loving and sharing before we were born,
Seven minutes apart was all that we lack, as we made our appearance that beautiful May day….

Reaching out for a touch laying in the same crib, leaning over for a kiss sitting in our highchair…

We laughed and shared as we grew and we played.. sharing toys, bedrooms even our names as we heard our parents say; these are our “Twins”. We didn’t think to say we have our own names!

Our Sister & brother didn’t understand, but being a twin is all that we know. Friends & family often said just look at that pair, some even called us double trouble.. we didn’t care…

We have a connection that can’t be compared, we feed off each other and that’s scary for some but the love that we have it’s all just for fun.. We played tricks on our teachers, our family & friends..

Our husbands they thought they were getting married to one.. soon to find out if you have one you have two… So men if your think of asking a twin, remember she comes with a blessing and you will be shopping for two!!

She knows when I need her and I feel her pain… People often ask how does it feel? Being born with your best friend is the best answer we know…

She’s my blessing from God, my best friend, my twin…

Many more memories to make as the future looks great!

I love you Lori… Lisa…

 

Tarheel Photographer

photographer“The Tar Heel Photographer” F. Carl Chambers

To know where my passion for photography comes from you would first have to understand my father. My father was someone you could really look up to. He was always giving back to our country, to the communities and surrounding areas where he lived. He touched many lives in his 72 years and his legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren.

My Dad grew up in Caswell County NC. He attended Madison High School and he had worked as a photographer at Sears in Greensboro and WSJS Television station. After joining the Army, he was dubbed by the local newspaper as the “Tarheel Photographer”

PFC. Carlyle Chambers was a specialist in the Army in 1951 stationed at Ft. Campbell Kentucky, he also went on to graduate from parachute Army Jump School at Ft. Benning, GA in May of 1951.

Following that he was assigned as a Division Photographer for the 11th Airborne Division and had participated in many Airborne Demonstrations by taking pictures for the local newspapers as well as for the army. He was sent to various parts of the states to cover Airborne Demonstrations such as Operation “Snow Fall” in January 1952 which was carried out by the 11th Airborne at Camp Drum. NY. He was also sent to cover the 82 Airborne Divisions from Ft. Bragg, NC which was participating in “Ex Snow Storm”, a joint Army Training Exercise carried on in the upmost part of New York State.

After his arrival at Camp Drum in late January, he had made many outstanding photographs of the 82nd Airborne, which had been published in local newspapers as well as the New York Times. Finishing up his job in March, he was awarded by officials of Ex Snow Storm.

After his Army career, my Dad met my mother at a roller skating rink in Danville VA. Dad was also a skate instructor and swept my mother Nancy right off her skates! Soon after they married they moved to Williamsport PA where my Dad would start his Photography business “Chambers Photographers”

Dad was an amazing photographer and always on the cutting edge of technology. He had a large territory in PA and NY as a School Photographer and he took pride in his work. This is evident by the smiles in all the yearbooks. He also maintained a studio in Williamsport and an office in Harrisburg, PA.

Photography was not his only passion. He and my mother always had a big heart and stayed involved in the community. When there was an emergency they were always there to lend a hand. They were both members of the local Civil Air Patrol Post 617, Dad was a pilot and Mom was the first female ambulance driver.

Dad was honored for outstanding service during the flood of 1972, caused by Tropical Storm Agnes. Dad received his award for photographing and compiling a slide presentation on the devastation of the floods caused by Agnes. The narrated Slide Presentation had been seen throughout the United States on television and through personal presentations to organization, including the Pentagon briefing and at the National Civil Defense headquarters. The slide presentation had been seen throughout the eastern United States. Dad was also promoted to Captain of the Civil Air Patrol. There are two copies of the slides from Agnes:-, one at the Pentagon and the other he left his children.

Dad was a private pilot and we always enjoyed flying with him, flying wasn’t always for our enjoyment. He used the plane for aerial photography during Agnes, and to drop supplies in areas where vehicles couldn’t reach. He was often called on in emergency to fly and he was always up for the challenge, including – flying a sick baby to Geisinger Medical Center from Williamsport, PA.

Another memorable time that made the news in late October of 72, Dad was called to fly to Pittsburgh where he would pick up a supply of blood. The blood he was to carry was needed for a 20 year old leukemia patient at the Williamsport Hospital. On this emergency flight he found himself in an emergency of his own. When the navigational equipment on his plane became inoperative.

Because the altitude at which he was flying was amidst heavy clouds, use of generator powered navigational equipment was necessary to remain on course.

Trouble was noticed when the electronic signal powering the navigational equipment was getting weaker. The plane was near Philipsburg at this time. The radio also generator powered, was becoming weaker and because of the thick clouds all around he had no visual contact with the ground.

Not only was he unsure of where he was because of the clouds, but he had no idea of any other aircraft that may be around him.

He decided to climb to 8000 ft. which would be above the cloud cover. The Federal Aviation Administration Officials in Cleveland declared an emergency.

His plane was sighted near Franklin by a DC-6 air cargo plane, which had been alerted through FFA communications. The DC-6 led him to Erie, where a hole in the cloud cover made visual contact with the ground possible. The landing gear was extended manually, because of the lost generator power and made a successful landing in Erie PA.

Dad went with the Bradford CAP plane to Pittsburgh to pick up the blood, but that would not IMG_0030be the end of the problems.

On the approach to Williamsport Lycoming County Airport with the blood, again the plane lost part of its navigational equipment. Because of foggy conditions it was decided to fly on to Avoca, near Wilkes Barre and transport the blood back to Williamsport via state police.

With all the problems he faced, Dad never became discourage and pushed on to complete this life saving task, the blood made it to the hospital.

My father worked very hard for his family, country and communities. I am very proud of all of his accomplishments and these are only a few. As hard as he worked he also played hard with his children. Being a school photographer offered him 3 months out of the year to take his family to Smith Mountain Lake, VA every summer. He had us all on water skis at a young age. We also enjoyed going back to his hometown to visit our Grandmother in Caswell Count, NC. His sister Elizabeth, brother-in-law and niece and nephew still live there.

Memories I will always treasure! F. Carl Chambers 7-28-31 ~ 11-22-03

Lisa Chambers McCall

Loving & Sharing Before We Were Born… Lisa & Lori

We started loving and sharing before we were born,
Seven minutes apart was all that we lack, as we made our appearance that beautiful May day….

Reaching out for a touch laying in the same crib, leaning over for a kiss sitting in our highchair…

We laughed and shared as we grew and we played.. sharing toys, bedrooms even our names as we heard our parents say; these are our “Twins”. We didn’t think to say we have our own names!

Our Sister & brother didn’t understand, but being a twin is all that we know. Friends & family often said just look at that pair, some even called us double trouble.. we didn’t care…

We have a connection that can’t be compared, we feed off each other and that’s scary for some but the love that we have it’s all just for fun.. We played tricks on our teachers, our family & friends..

Our husbands they thought they were getting married to one.. soon to find out if you have one you have two… So men if your think of asking a twin, remember she comes with a blessing and you will be shopping for two!!

She knows when I need her and I feel her pain… People often ask how does it feel? Being born with your best friend is the best answer we know…

She’s my blessing from God, my best friend, my twin…

Many more memories to make as the future looks great!

I love you Lori… Lisa…

 

Surfing at the Crystal Pier Wrightsville Beach, NC

Under CDSC_6326 (2)loudy skies as a storm passes die hard surfers suit up and take advantage of the 3 – 4 foot waves at Wrightsville Beach. The Crystal Pier sits adjacent to the Oceanic Restaurant, a beautiful backdrop for a chili winter walk on the beach with you dog, and surfing.

Living in the Cape Fear area offers you great opportunity to take advantage of all our beautiful beaches. Every month you can find beach lovers surfing and taking in the wonderful salt air and sun.

 

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Through The Eyes of A Photographer, Father & Daughter

When I sphotographeree through Daddy’s eyes,
I see a man who is a hero.
But I see a man who was just a father.
When I see through Daddy’s eyes.

He didn’t know that he was special,
Or that he put rainbows in my skies…
I sure know that he loved me!
That I saw through Daddy’s eyes.

I’m told I have my Daddy’s eyes,
Its more than the ability to see.
The Blessing God has given us,
When I see my father in me!

He’s nothing short of a hero.
To me that’s no surprise.
For I could see how much he loved me,
when I see through Daddy’s eyes.

I can feel my Daddy with me
when my camera is in my hands.
As I view life through the viewfinder,
I see through Daddy’s eyes.

I strive to be the person my Daddy knew I could.
Deep in my heart his memories stay,
When I see through Daddy’s eyes.

He left us many photographs to see through his eyes.
A precious gift we will always treasure…

While looking through his viewfinder,
Daddy went to heaven that November day.
The legacy he leaves behind is in his children’s eyes.

While his soul has gone to heaven you can see his
Spirit live on in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s eyes!
To his family that’s no surprise!

I miss you every day Dad.. Gone to soon, never forgotten

Cape Fear ~ Downtown Wilmington

Living in the Cape Fear area offers great opportunity to get creative with your photography. From our beautiful beaches, many parks and nature areas and our quaint downtown on the Cape Fear River.

You can stroll along the River Walk and take in the beautiful views of the Cape Fear River, stop in at many of local family owned shops and restaurants. Don’t forget to take your camera or have your smartphone charged! Sitting at one of the many restaurants along the River Walk offers great opportunity for beautiful pictures of sunsets over the Battle Ship NC, dusk shots of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and the lighted lamps posts on the River Walk make a great photo at night.

With Valentines Day approaching this would be a great place to come with the one you love to have a glass of wine and take in the beautiful views and all that Downtown Wilmington, NC has to offer.  

 

To view more pictures of the Cape Fear River, Battleship Park and Downtown Wilmington click here

January Sunset ~ Club McCall

Living in Wilmington, NC gives you great opportunity for great natural backdrops for photography. You have so much opportunity, from beautiful landscapes, beaches, Cape Fear River. We have wonderful parks and historic downtown. The possibilities are endless!!

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Sunset at Club McCall

 

Even when I’m sitting in my own home we call “Club McCall” I can’t help but get up and take pictures of out sunsets from my deck on our beautiful evenings. These I took tonight, the calm after the big storm #blizzard2016 In Wilmington it was mostly liquid with a few flurries, this is another reason to love ILM!

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The Club McCall Wine Wind Vane