The local Walmart donated 3 gallon packages of water to residents of our town affected by the recent contamination. (See Marianne's blog for January 29). I stopped by the town hall to pick up the water and noticed this building next to the parking lot. I don't know any of its history, but it looks like a top-down renovation of a very old building. The sky lights just look out of place.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
These are our resident tree critters. They live in the maple next to this oak and love the acorns. They also bury acorns (and walnuts from down the street) in our flowerbeds - then forget where they put them. So we end up with sprouting trees amongst our azaleas and impatiens.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This glass ball usually adorns our coffee table. As I was trying to get a close-up photo with sunlight filtering through the curtains, Buster came to invesitgate. This is not the first time he has magically appeared in my view finder while composing a shot. With the low afternoon sun angle, some light clouds and airplanes on approach to Washington Dulles, I could not resist taking a few pictures.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
When Marianne posted her Saturday photo hunt picture, I was reminded of Dad's wind-it-yourself pocket watch. The watch seemed to fit the "old fashioned" theme well. In the box with the watch were a handful of coins and tokens. The coins shown here date from 1901 to 1943. The watch was given to him by his Dad as a graduation present. This was his time piece for many years. I don't remember him wearing a wrist watch until after he retired. I wound it today and it still runs. I miss you, Dad!.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Gettysburg and Arlington Cemeteries have always been places of awe and reverence to me. On this clear, crisp, cold (Marianne had different words for the weather) day we drove to Gettysburg so that she could get a photograph for her Martin Luther King related post. A sense of awe swept over me as we drove into the park and is stronger when we walked into the cemetery. I have been here many times, but this was my first winter visit.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This stately mansion was built in 1888 and was a private residence until the present owners improved it and opened it for social and business events. A "few" years ago, we had a surprise 50th birthday dinner party for Marianne at the mansion. It is an elegant place and the food was outstanding. This picture was taken from about one-half mile away with my 200mm zoom lens.
Monday, January 21, 2008
This shot of the almost full moon was taken with my new Nikon D40X, 200mm zoom lens set for automatic focus, programmed exposure and spot metering. It took me several several tries to get the settings right, but this camera does a great job with exposure control. This was also taken without a tripod.
As I was running some errands, I was struck by the juxtaposition of the old Frederick train station and the new buildings, as well as the colors on this crisp, clear, cold morning. This scene is about one block from the Day 19 picture.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Carroll Creek runs from west to east through the city of Frederick on its way to the Monacacy River just east of town. The creek floods from time to time and in 1976 was several feet deep in the business district. The city built a flood control system which carries the flood water under ground to the east side of the city, while leaving the creek above ground. The above picture looks west from the beginning of the project. The city also redeveloped along the creek with a new court house, expanded library, new businesses and housing. The picture below is of the creek through the central business district, with offices, restaurants and shops on the right and housing on the left. I plan to take a photograph stroll down the creek here on Lew's Pics during 2008. (More when it's warmer - today is 21 and windy!)
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Snow started gently falling mid morning and slowly turned my rear window view white. This was taken around 2:30 in the afternoon and by dark it had mostly stopped. It was a wet snow with very little wind, so all the trees were beautifully coated.
Maryland is widening I70 through Frederick. Above is the new interchange with MD 355 and 85, as well as a new road into the eastern side of the city. Below is the Market Street bridge. The north-bound side, which will span an already widen section of I70, is under construction. The south-bound side is shown and carries two-way traffic now. Market Street it self is only two lanes shortly after this bridge, so don't expect a quick trip through the city.
When we finished part of our basement 2 years ago, I got a home office with a southern view over our ground level deck. I have taken a bunch of pictures through this window as the seasons changed and plan to document my rear window view here during 2008. This is an early morning photo.
In search of a winter scene for Marianne's Project 365+1, we headed north on the backroads of Frederick County. Did not find much of a winter picture, but found this circa 1900 stone arch bridge over the Monacacy River. It is a two lane, 250 foot long bridge 50 feet above the river. The bridge has 5 arches, though only 4 are seen in this photo. It is one of several historic bridges in frederick County. For more info see http://www.bayjournal.com/article.cfm?article=2846 or http://www.pbase.com/macpurity/bridges or http://thishauntedplace.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=11.
The Annie Leibovitz was at the Corcoran Gallery for the past few months and January 11 I went. She photographed both her life and clients, famous and not so famous. This exhibit included pictures taken from 1990 to 2005. The exhibit included many of her family pictures. I have admired her work, but had not seen many of these photographs in publications. I have seen Ansel Adams photographs since I was a kid, but wandered through the exhibit of his photos too. Most were very familiar, as I have had calendars of his work hanging over my desk at work for over 20 years.
The columns of the building across 17-th Street from the Old Executive Office Building made a nice frame for the rain and fog shrouded Washington Monument. Both these pictures were taken with my Kodak camera.
She is the love of my life. One of my goals this year is to improve my ability to take pictues of people. This one is a pretty good start. I took it during a lunch break while we were hunting for subjects for her project 365+1. She took the picture in my profile at the same time.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Marianne did the project 365 photo blog in 2007 and decided to continue in 2008 http://lilbits365.blogspot.com/. I am taking a shot at joining her this year.
I have from time to time photographed her taking her photos. The weekly topic was "bells' and with a little photogenic license, these cheese "bels" became her subject. (See http://lilbits365.blogspot.com/2008/01/okay-i-lied.html for how they were used.) I plan to particpate in the project 365+1 project this year. I have taken photos each day this year and will catch up with posting over the next few days. On many occassions, you will see the same subjects on her blog, though not necessarily the same view.