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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
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
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.

Serene And Peaceful Now

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Gettysburg Battlefield in the spring
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania — May 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

It’s hard to believe, but this pastoral scene was once the epicenter of a pivotal battle of the American Civil War — Pickett’s Charge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  This is the viewpoint of the Confederates, looking toward the Union lines — a hard-fought contest that resulted in a decisive defeat for the South (with over 50 percent casualties) and effectively signaled the beginning to end for them, as they never fully recovered from their losses here.

While the total casualties at Gettysburg over a three-day period were appalling for both sides (23,049 for the Union and well over 23,000 for the Confederates), it still didn’t match the one-day total for both sides at Antietam, just 9-months prior to the battle here and which remains the bloodiest day in US history.

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.

A New Day For General Grant

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

This was shot shortly after the extensive renovation and restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC.  It had been slowly falling into disrepair for decades, but now is in spectacular condition.

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.

Toxic Beauties

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Azaleas in our front yard
Central Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

Every time I do background checking for a new post, I discover something new and interesting — like azaleas are highly toxic and that bees are deliberately fed on the nectar of azaleas in some parts of Turkey to produce something known as “mad honey“, which has mind-altering properties that are occasionally lethal.

Fruit In 16 Weeks (Or Less!)

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Apple tree blooms
Central Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

The fruit trees are now blooming and some — like our local peaches — will have edible harvests in just another 8 weeks.  We are normally able to buy our first white peaches of the year around July 4th, so things are beginning to pick up!