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How The Mighty Have Fallen

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The America’s Cup on display at the annual sailboat show
Annapolis, Maryland — October 2015
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Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

This trophy once represented the very pinnacle of American pride, ingenuity, and sportsmanship — the America’s Cup sailboat race.  At one time, it represented the longest winning streak in the history of all sports, as it was successfully defended by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) for 126-years — from 1857 to 1983. Continue Reading →

Junkyard Of Dreams

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A long forgotten dream for someone
Ridge, Maryland — August 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

The boatyard of the marina we used to keep our boat at was filled with abandoned vessels of all types — large sailboats, little sailboats, houseboats, powerboats of various sizes, wooden boats, fiberglass boats, and steel-hulled boats.  Many had a faded “For Sale” sign on them, but had never been purchased.  All of them were slowly rotting in place… victims of obvious neglect and unforgiving weather conditions.

I don’t know how many were eventually declared officially abandoned by the State, chopped into pieces by the marina, and disposed of — but it was a large number.  And each one was once the dream of someone.

The Origins Of Dry Feet

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Looking down the length of Mill Cove
Mt Desert Island, Maine — June 2015
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Once you visit Maine for any length of time, it’s easy to see why Leon Leonwood Bean — otherwise known as the founder of L.L. Bean — became a household name with his famous “duck boots”.  Try keeping your feet dry in a place like this and it quickly becomes clear that his waterproof boots are really appealing — especially to hunters, hikers, and others that appreciate being in the great outdoors during inclement weather.

Schooner Ka’iulani

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The schooner Ka’iulani at rest on the Miles River
St. Michaels, Maryland — July 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

From a trip a couple of summers ago.

Better Days Are Behind It

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A local structure that used to be a church
Barnesville, Maryland — September 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

I wonder how many people think that a church should only be a church?

To me a church is just like any other structure built with human hands… it may have been constructed with a specific use in mind, but it should still be useful later when it has outlived the purpose for which it was designed.  This is one of those buildings; it started as a church, over time it lost the support of its parish community, and is now the storage facility of a local farmer.

Is this a bad thing?

I’ve seen other examples where churches have been turned into restaurants, homes, coffee houses, libraries, or a variety of other uses — and time-and-again I witness people that take issue with this.  Why?  How is a church different from any other building that has ever been re-purposed?

I don’t get it.

Feed Me

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Williams Feed building
Dillon, Montana — October 2016
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Walking around a new town in the late afternoon is a great way to check out new sights and experiences.  We checked into a nearby motel in Dillon, Montana, after a long day of driving and proceeded to get out and stretch our legs — resulting in this image.

For some reason, Cindy was adamant about getting something to eat right after visiting this spot.

Fort Lincoln At Point Lookout

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View from the northwestern side
Point Lookout State Park, Maryland — August 2016
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Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

My dad and I were in this exact spot yesterday… I wonder if he’ll recognize this shot?

We dashed down to the tip of southern Maryland to explore the Civil War history of Point Lookout (it was the largest Union prisoner of war camp for Confederate soldiers, holding some 20,000 at one point), and it was his first visit to the area — it’s always a plus for me to take him somewhere he’s never been to before.

Early Morning In The Urban Canyon

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Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Maryland — September 2015
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH II
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

From one of my regular early morning visits to Baltimore.