Cam's Camera Shots: Blog https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog en-us (C) Cam's Camera Shots cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) Sun, 18 Oct 2020 23:20:00 GMT Sun, 18 Oct 2020 23:20:00 GMT https://www.camscamerashots.com/img/s/v-12/u607529749-o1046709647-50.jpg Cam's Camera Shots: Blog https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog 85 120 There's Not Much Here to See https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2020/10/theres-not-much-here-to-see While taking my weekly walk through the Audubon sanctuary near my home, I encountered a man on the path.  I asked him if he had visited here before, and the answer was no.  His wife, he said, took one look at the place and declared, “There’s nothing to see here,” so she was waiting for him in the car.

Naturally, people expect to see birds at an Audubon sanctuary, but birds don’t sit around and wait for visitors and then strike a pose, or organize a flyby just because someone has stepped onto the property.  There are zoos and aviaries for that sort of experience. 

We looked around, and I waved my arms at the paths and trees and tall grasses that reached above our heads.  I pointed out a tiny butterfly that landed near my feet. 

“There’s plenty to see here,” I thought to myself.  “You just have to know how to look.”

This time of year, I look for the orange berries on the bittersweet vine that dangles like beaded garland from the trees.  Milkweed pods are exploding with gossamer-winged seeds.  Common buckeyes still feed on purple asters, while cabbage whites and clouded sulphurs dance on the breeze.  Praying mantises move slowly among the tall grasses, looking for a place to deposit their egg cases.   Watch where you step, because a garter snake may be slithering along, unaware of your approach.

Tall grasses move in the breeze like fans doing the wave at a football game.  Yellow leaves drift down from above, while red berries gleam from the autumn olive shrubs. 

There’s plenty to hear, too.  A loud, crashing sound means that you’ve just disturbed a deer lying in the brush.  Look quickly to see the white tail bobbing away!  Blue jays cry to warn others of your presence, while woodpeckers drum high in the treetops, searching for food.  Dried sycamore leaves crunch underfoot, and chipmunks “squeak!” as they scurry away.

So I had a choice to make, while the man surveyed the scene.  Did I let him in on all of this beauty, or keep it to myself? 

I suggested a path for him to take, and he asked if there were ticks.  “I’m terrified of ticks.  Besides, my wife is waiting…”

“She’s right,” I said.  “There’s not much here to see.” 

 

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Oatmeal, TX Bluebonnets on door in Burnet, TX. I love small town America.  Granted, I have not been in all of the small towns in America, but those I have been in have always piqued my curiosity and given me new insights.  On a recent road trip around Texas Hill Country, I traveled the smaller state and county roads and stopped in towns I picked out on the map:  Mason, Brady, Llano, Marble Falls, and even tiny little Oatmeal (I couldn’t resist the name).

Small towns are a relative term, I suppose.  Population can range from less than 200 people to 25,000 people and still be considered small, when compared to cities.  But regardless what state I am in, and which small towns I visit, they all have a number of things in common.

Wandering minstrel headed to the train station in Frostburg, MD Ice cream shop — and more — in Dripping Springs, TX. First, many of them are struggling to stay alive, especially if they are located far from any larger cities nearby.  Industry has left the area; the young people seek a livelier atmosphere, or they leave for college or the military and find lives elsewhere.  Superhighways have pulled travelers off the local roads.  The allure of the familiar, such as Walmarts and chain restaurants and hotels, appeals to many.  Travelers often want to get somewhere quickly, and they are not in the least bit curious about what they are passing by; they set the GPS and go, and small towns are usually not where the GPS routes them.  For these reasons, small towns are turning to other means to attract travelers — and business — to their Main Streets.  

The courthouse in Brady, TX. Old-time advertising in Graftom, WV Generally, the small towns that are most prosperous, in my opinion, are the county seats where the courthouse often dominates the center of town.  Law offices and bail bond businesses have employees, and they need places to eat lunch or meet over coffee.  If there is not a courthouse, small towns often turn to arts and antiques to pull travelers onto Main Street.  Some unique items can be found; there won’t be any “Target art”  or “vintage” items mass produced in Asia in these shops. 

There’s a sense of humor alive and well in Burnet, TX. Although I am not an expert on small towns, I do have a couple of suggestions for those that are trying to attract travelers.  First, make sure that there is a place where someone can buy a cold bottle of water, a hot cup of coffee, and find a bathroom to use.  A few food offerings would be nice, too, especially if there’s a regional specialty like pecan pie or barbeque.

I love vintage gas stations. This one is in Mercersburg, PA. Now for one of my pet peeves regarding small town businesses.  Above all, acknowledge me when I come into your shop.  Look up from reading the newspaper or chatting with your neighbor.  Make me feel welcome in your town.  

Third, know what makes your town unique:  When was it settled?  Why was it named “Dripping Springs” or “Boonsboro?”  What might be a local history tidbit I’d be interested in?  I think that anyone who works in a small town trying to attract and keep visitors interested should know these things.  I have too often been disappointed by people working in shops who tell me they have no idea about the history or, worse yet, tell me to go down the road half a mile to read the historical marker.  

The Seaquist mansion in Mason, TX. On the other hand, when I do encounter a local in one of the shops, whether an employee or not, I often find out the most interesting information, and I’m directed around the corner to a three-story mansion that’s being restored, or to a little waterfall that’s off the beaten path and one of the prettiest scenes around.  If I feel welcome in your little town, and I am interested enough to learn more about it, chances are good that I will tell my traveling friends to be sure to stop there, too, and sample the peach cobbler and look at the art.

On the street in Burkittsville, MD. Careless boating in Rock Hall, MD. My 18 months of photo walking found me in more small towns than most people I know have visited.  I always find unusual photo opportunities, good ice cream shops, and friendly people.  

My advice to you is to get off the highways, travel with a map, and pick out small towns along the state and county roads.  Get out, walk around, talk to the locals, and support local business.  You might just help a small town to stay alive.

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Life Through My Lens: Virginia Bluebells https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2018/4/life-through-my-lens-virginia-bluebells <Click Photos to Enlarge>

Bluebells 1Bluebells 1 Bluebells 2Bluebells 2 Every spring I say, “I have enough already.  Photos of Virginia bluebells look pretty much the same each year, so I don’t need to go looking for them again.”  Yet each spring, when the weather turns warm and the cherry blossoms are bursting forth in pink and white on Maryland trees, I find myself along the trails where the bluebells beckon.

Bluebells 6Bluebells 6 Walking along bluebell-lined trails is so much more than merely finding another good cluster for my lens.  A walk along the Monocacy River, where the flowers faithfully emerge every April, regardless of how flooded their beds were in other seasons, is a reminder that even in this landscape that has seen the ravages of both storms and war, beauty will return. 

Bluebells 3Bluebells 3 Bluebells 4Bluebells 4 The sides of the path along the river are strewn with winter storm-damaged branches and trees, mingling with those from other years, which are slowly rotting away, returning to the soil from which they grew.  But scattered in patches among the detritus, mixed in with clumps of blue, are pink and white spring beauties, purple violets, creamy Dutchman’s Breeches, and yellow trout lilies.  These harbingers of spring appear for such a short window of time; I am always happy I decided to visit them again.

Bluebells 5Bluebells 5 Bluebells 7Bluebells 7 As I walked yesterday with friends, we were accompanied by the songs of birds singing for their mates, and a lovely breeze cooled us off on this first truly warm day of spring.  Yes, perhaps I do have enough photographs of bluebells.  However, I don’t have nearly enough of long walks on a beautiful spring day among the flowers.  I need renewal, too; I’ll return to the Monocacy at bluebell time for many years to come.

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The Audubon Sanctuary: A-birding I Will Go! https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/11/the-audubon-sanctuary-a-birding-i-will-go <Click all photos to enlarge.
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Nov 27 - 1White-throated sparrow Nov 27 - 2American goldfinch What a beautiful day it is, and it promises to be beautiful most of this week, on the cusp of November into December.  I couldn't pass up a day like this to get out and walk at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary, now that Thanksgiving and holiday visiting are over.  

My goal was to photograph some birds today, so I took my big 200-500 lens attached to my Nikon D500, all perched on a monopod that I carried over my shoulder.  My mistake was in overdressing, because very soon I was peeling off layers, since most of the walk was in the noonday sun.

Nov 27 - 3Praying mantis egg sack Nov 27 - 4The last hangers-on. I was lucky enough to see and hear blue jays, bluebirds, field sparrows, white-throated sparrows, juncos, cardinals, goldfinches, a red-bellied woodpecker, and a downy.  Most of those birds know just how far to stay out of range of my lens, or to hide behind leaves and branches if they are closer.  I did manage to get a clear shot of a white-throated sparrow and a goldfinch.  However, now that leaves are off most of the trees, it is easier to spot the birds than in the summer.

As usual, I was alone in the sanctuary, but only in terms of humans.  I saw at least five deer who flipped their white tails at me as they bounded away, always too fast for me to focus the camera.

Nov 27 - 5Milkweed beauty Nov 27 - 6Last of the fall color My last blog post about safety in the sanctuary had over 2100 views, a record number.  I'm glad it was seen by so many, and I thank everyone who took the time to comment or message me, either thanking me for my suggestions or adding one of their own.

I hope to get out again before November is done.  When it's cold and icy, I won't be taking many chances.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries in Central Maryland:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD, and Audrey Carroll in Mt. Airy.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Volunteers are always needed to help with sanctuary management.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

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The Audubon Sanctuary: Safety in the Sanctuary https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/11/the-audubon-sanctuary-safety-in-the-sanctuary <Click all photos to enlarge.
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Nov 16 - 1Praying mantis egg sack It's been a while since I walked in the sanctuary, for two big reasons.  The first is that my left knee was swelling on a regular basis, but I am happy to report that there has been much improvement since I eliminated inflammation-causing foods from my diet (sugar, dairy, and gluten were the main culprits) and I have started taking supplements like collagen, chondroitin, flax and borage oils, and turmeric.  The improvement in both the knee and the weather warranted a long walk today in the sanctuary.

Nov 16 - 2Sycamore jewelry! The second big reason is that on November 4, one of my friends was injured in the sanctuary.  She tripped on uneven ground and fell hard, breaking both bones in her left forearm and fracturing a bone in her right ankle.  Luckily, she was not alone, and after calling 911, her friend was able to meet rescuers at the gate and lead them to where she was.  The ambulance was too big to fit down the old farm lane, so a pickup truck was called for to get her out. 

Nov 16 - 3Magenta berries My friend's accident made me think long and hard about all of the walking that I do by myself in somewhat isolated areas.  It has taken me a few weeks to gain some perspective, so today while the weather was nice, I prepped myself for a safety walk, and while I was walking, thoughts of how I would approach this blog entry ran through my head.  I have come up with some things to consider when walking alone in areas like sanctuaries, state parks, and wildlife refuges.  These are in no particular order of importance.

1) Wear sturdy footwear.  Hiking boots provide even better ankle support if you should step on a walnut or into a depression covered with leaves.

2) Wear a high visibility vest.  It makes you easier to spot, and this time of year, various hunting is going on in rural areas, and although it is prohibited in places like state parks and sanctuaries, not everyone obeys the rules.

3) Take a fully charged cell phone with you.  Include "in case of emergency" information in the contacts of the phone, or carry that information on a card in your pocket, especially if your phone is locked and needs a passcode.  If cell service is an issue, carry a whistle, too.  It will help rescuers to locate you.  

4) Know where you are.  This may sound obvious, but if you are unaware of which trail you are on, or are not aware of landmarks like a stream or a pavilion, it may be difficult to tell rescuers where to find you.  If there is a map of the location, study it before embarking on your walk, so you can tell rescuers you are on the red trail, or in Area B, or whatever references may be on a map.  Also, let rescuers know if a pickup truck or an ATV may be needed to find you in a difficult-to-access area, so that time is not wasted.

5) Last but not least, text someone to let them know you are going alone on a hike or walk at the sanctuary, and text them again when you are home.  At least someone will know your last whereabouts if you are missing and no one knows where to find you.  As a side note, because I am single and live alone, my friend Norma and I have traded emergency contact information with each other.  Now I can call her daughter if there is an emergency, and she can call mine.  

Nov 16 - 4Floating on air

I love our sanctuaries, and I do not want to let fear of having an accident keep me from going.  I will try to find a walking partner when I want to go in more remote areas, like alongside streams, but when I'm by myself, I will stick to the mowed pathways.  I'm also happy to report that after surgery to realign the bones in her arm and an orthopedic boot to help heal her ankle fracture, my friend is on the mend.  She has even been cleared for air travel, to visit her daughter for Thanksgiving.

In a time when we are so reliant on our cell phones to make immediate connections to the outside world, it pays to consider one's safety when walking alone in isolated locations that may have spotty service or none at all.  Be prepared, and be aware.  I know that from now on, I will err on the side of caution, so that I am able to return to the sanctuary for another walk on another day.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries in Central Maryland:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD, and Audrey Carroll in Mt. Airy.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Volunteers are always needed to help with sanctuary management.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

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The Audubon Sanctuary: Why Do I Go? https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/10/the-audubon-sanctuary-why-do-i-go <Click all photos to enlarge.
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Oct 6 - 1Oct 6 - 1 Oct 6 - 2Oct 6 - 2 People ask me why I go to the Audubon sanctuaries so often, and how I can find new things to photograph each time.  Why I go is probably the easiest to answer.  I go because I need the exercise, I like being out in nature with my camera, and the sanctuaries are close to home.  I'm not so sure I would drive an hour just to walk in a particular sanctuary, but both of these places are nearby, they are protected and maintained, and they are a great resource for Frederick County.

Oct 6 - 3Oct 6 - 3 Oct 6 - 4Oct 6 - 4 How do I find new things to photograph?  The change of seasons helps a lot.  Right now, seeds and berries are plentiful, leaves are changing color, and a variety of birds are migrating through the area.  In the winter there will be bare trees, frosty surfaces, and animal tracks in the snow.  The seasons also bring a variety of insects that are plentiful in summer, but not so much in fall.

Sometimes, I shoot with only my macro lens; or I use only my point and shoot.  Other times, I carry a really big lens (like today) and l challenge myself to use it close up as well as far away.  I look up, down, and all around.  

Oct 6 - 5Oct 6 - 5 Oct 6 - 6Oct 6 - 6 Finally, where I walk is a sanctuary not only for plants and animals, but for humans, as well.  Other than the sounds of birds and chipmunks and occasionally overhead flights of planes and geese, I am usually alone with nature.  The distractions and distressing news of the modern world are left behind.  As I walk, I am usually thinking about how to write this blog; I'm not stressing over things over which I have no control.  It's an hour of peace, which many of us need in today's world.

Oct 6 - 7Oct 6 - 7 Oct 6 - 8Oct 6 - 8 Come walk in the sanctuary with me.  We don't have to say a word...

To raise funds for hurricane relief, please consider purchasing a butterfly print from my Wings of Hope collection.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries in Central Maryland:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD, and Audrey Carroll in Mt. Airy.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Volunteers are always needed to help with sanctuary management.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

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The Audubon Sanctuaries: Macro Practice https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/10/the-audubon-sanctuaries-macro-practice <Click all photos to enlarge.
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Oct 3 - 1Oct 3 - 1 I'm in the planning stages of a macro photography class and workshop, so today I walked at Audrey Carroll in search of berries, insects, small flowers, webs, and fluffy seeds so that I could practice my focus and my composition.

Oct 3 - 2Oct 3 - 2 Macro photography can be tricky because of the extremely small depth of field.  You may be aiming to have the head of the bug very sharp, but you move, the bug moves, and the plant moves.  They can all conspire against sharp images.  Nevertheless, I practiced with my 100mm Tokina lens, and I found plenty of subject matter.  I'm showing you the sharpest, most successful shots.  There are many unsuccessful ones on my memory card!

Oct 3 - 3Oct 3 - 3 Closeup photography can also be achieved with a small point-and-shoot camera; no really expensive cameras and lenses are needed.  Steady hands, good lighting, and lots of practice shots will yield good results.

If you are interested in learning more about macro photography, consider taking my class at Frederick Community College on Saturday, October 21.  Here is a link to register:  Register

Oct 3 - 4Oct 3 - 4 Oct 3 - 5Oct 3 - 5 Oct 3 - 6Oct 3 - 6 Oct 3 - 7Oct 3 - 7 Oct 3 - 9Oct 3 - 9 Oct 3 - 8Oct 3 - 8 To raise funds for hurricane relief, please consider purchasing a butterfly print from my Wings of Hope collection.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries in Central Maryland:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD, and Audrey Carroll in Mt. Airy.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Please do not bring pets into the sanctuary.  Volunteers are always needed to help with sanctuary management.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

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Sept 30 - 6Sept 30 - 6 Sept 30 - 5Sept 30 - 5 On this last day of September, I walked the Fred Archibald Sanctuary hoping to see some migrating monarchs, but it was chilly and windy, and the butterflies were not to be found.  If they were hunkering down somewhere, I did not find them.

Sept 30 - 4Sept 30 - 4 Sept 30 - 3Sept 30 - 3 Goldenrod is still in full bloom in the sanctuary, and the paths have recently been mowed, making walking there much easier.  Thank you to volunteers who do this work; it is much appreciated!  Other flowers still blooming are fleabane and some wild aster.

Sept 30 - 2Sept 30 - 2 Sept 30 - 1Sept 30 - 1 Milkweed pods are exploding with their wispy seeds, looking like great puffs of cotton.  Yellow leaves rain down from trees up above, and tall grasses are going to seed, waving their fluffy fronds in the breeze.  A few insects are still feeding on the plant life, and birds are beginning to work on the berries.

This beautiful fall weather just beckons one to go outside; consider a walk in one of the sanctuaries.  

To raise funds for hurricane relief, please consider purchasing a butterfly print from my Wings of Hope collection.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries in Central Maryland:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD, and Audrey Carroll in Mt. Airy.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Volunteers are always needed to help with sanctuary management.  Please, do not bring dogs into either sanctuary and obey the posted rules. Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

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Sept 24 - 1Tickseed or false sunflower? Sept 24 - 2If goldenrod makes you sneeze, don't come here! If September were in a coloring book, the page for the Frederick County Audubon sanctuaries would need many yellow crayons.  Too bad Crayola just retired "dandelion" and replaced it with a new blue, because yellow is the color most predominant right now.  The fields at both sanctuaries are filled with goldenrod, and at Audrey Carroll, spikes of small yellow flowers poke their stalks above, seeking attention.  

Sept 24 - 3Summer has taken its toll on this butterfly. Sept 24 - 3Monarch on pastels The yellow flowers might be tickseed or "false" sunflowers, or perhaps they are Helianthus.  Whatever they are, they are pretty, and on some country lanes, they are in such abundance that people stop to take photos.  

Sept 24 - 4Purple thistle stands out against a sea of yellow. Sept 24 - 5A monarch feeds on goldenrod. Right now, monarch butterflies are taking advantage of the last of the purple thistle and the abundant yellow flowers to fill up on nectar, preparing for their long journey to Mexico.

 

 

Sept 24 - 6This is a male. See the scent "pouches" on the lower wings near the tail? Sept 24 - 7Sept 24 - 7A painted lady head on. At the Audrey Carroll sanctuary today, I was looking for any recently tagged monarchs.  I found plenty of monarchs, but none with tags.  Perhaps the tagged ones knew they were ready to begin migration and have left; perhaps the monarchs I saw today are newly emerged from their chrysalises and they are preparing for their flight.  Regardless, I got a good walk and lots of great butterfly images today at the sanctuary.  I hope you're not tiring of them!

Last but not least, a few more.  Enjoy!

Sept 24 - 8Black swallowtail and friends

Sept 24 - 9Yellow flowers, yellow background, male monarch

Sept 24 - 10Painted Lady on goldenrod

 

To raise funds for hurricane relief, please consider purchasing a butterfly print from my Wings of Hope collection.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries in Central Maryland:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD, and Audrey Carroll in Mt. Airy.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Volunteers are always needed to help with sanctuary management.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

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The Audubon Sanctuaries: First Day of Fall https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/9/the-audubon-sanctuaries-first-day-of-fall <Click all photos to enlarge.>

Happy Fall!  My favorite season is here, so I walked the Fred Archibald sanctuary this morning to check on its progress.  The grasses are super tall in the front part of the sanctuary, obscuring the goldenrod, but in the rear section, it is in full view.

A few butterflies were working the last of the purple thistle.  Leaves are starting to turn color, and berries are getting red.  Enjoy my photos from today, and don't forget to visit and support your local sanctuaries!

Sept 21 - 1Sept 21 - 1

A few monarchs were busy on the thistle.

Sept 21 - 2Sept 21 - 2 Sept 21 - 3Sept 21 - 3

Dogwood leaves and berries.

Sept 21 - 4Sept 21 - 4

A persimmon and a fly.

Sept 21 - 5Sept 21 - 5

This bumblebee was sleeping.

Sept 21 - 6Sept 21 - 6

I liked how the fence follows the rolling slopes.

Sept 21 - 7Sept 21 - 7

A monarch on goldenrod.

Sept 21 - 8Sept 21 - 8

Goldenrod dominates the landscape in the back of the sanctuary.

Sept 21 - 9Sept 21 - 9

A monarch caterpillar munches on milkweed leaves.

To raise funds for hurricane relief, please consider purchasing a butterfly print from my Wings of Hope collection.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries in Central Maryland:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD, and Audrey Carroll in Mt. Airy.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Volunteers are always needed to help with sanctuary management.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

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The Audubon Sanctuaries: Monarch Tagging! https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/9/the-audubon-sanctuaries-monarch-tagging <Click all photos to enlarge.
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Sept 16 - 1Sept 16 - 1 Sept 16 - 2Sept 16 - 2 What a beautiful day for the monarch tagging project at the Audrey Carroll Sanctuary near Mt. Airy!  This popular family activity was in full swing by the time we arrived.

My sister Erica and her husband Fredi, who arrived late last night from Heidelberg, Germany, for a family wedding later this afternoon, came with me on the walk.  We found the monarch tagging station and listened to the demonstration on how to capture a butterfly, and then we grabbed a net and took off.

Sept 16 - 3Sept 16 - 3 Sept 16 - 4Sept 16 - 4 We walked to the location where I always see butterflies, and sure enough, as soon as we arrived, a monarch flew right to a thistle in front of us.  I used the "under the butterfly" technique and snagged it on my second try!

Erica took possession of the net and kept the butterfly loosely protected in the netting as we walked our way back to the tagging station.  Happily, we were the first ones to arrive with a monarch, and a large group of kids and adults watched as the butterfly was tagged.

Sept 16 - 5Sept 16 - 5 Sept 16 - 6Sept 16 - 6 Carol, the butterfly lady in charge, removed the monarch from the net.  She identified its sex (male) and showed us the little sticker.  It has a strong, waterproof adhesive.  She applied the sticker to the "mitten" shape on the monarch's wings, and recorded the data, including sticker number, date, "wild or raised," and sex.  She placed the butterfly in my sister's palm, where it rested for a moment and then flew free.

Later, hopefully in Mexico, the sticker on this butterfly will be read and recorded, indicating that this tagged monarch made it safely on its trip there.  The data is used to help study the migration paths of these beautiful butterflies.

Sept 16 - 7Sept 16 - 7 All it all, it was a great morning, and we're so glad we went!

To raise funds for hurricane relief, please consider purchasing a butterfly print from my Wings of Hope collection.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries in Central Maryland:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD, and Audrey Carroll in Mt. Airy.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Volunteers are always needed to help with sanctuary management.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

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Sept 10 - 1Red Admiral Today I visited the Fred Archibald Sanctuary for the first time in a while, and although I did not go intending to photograph butterflies, I was pleased to find a Red Admiral feeding on some goldenrod.  It reminded me of one of my favorite encounters from July of 2013, back when I was in my year of daily photo walking.  It certainly bears repeating today, because it is a story of hope and faith.

Sept 10 - 2Sept 10 - 2 On that particular day, I was visiting the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, and inside the bascilica I met Sister Pat, from Michigan.  She was a docent that day, and we got to talking. 

I mentioned photographing butterflies, and she launched into the most amazing story about her friend Irma, who had recently died at age 60 from cancer.  Irma was sure she was going to heaven, and before she died, she told Sister Pat that she would come back after her death and visit her as a butterfly. 

Sept 10 - 3Sept 10 - 3 After Irma's death, Sister Pat came out of mass one day to find that there was a butterfly on her car.  She took pictures of it, and it flew to the handicapped parking sign, then returned to land on her chest.  Sister Pat talked to the butterfly, addressing her as Irma.  When she opened the door to her car, the butterfly flew inside. 

Sept 10 - 4Sept 10 - 4 Sister Pat drove to Irma's house to show Irma's husband the butterfly.  Butterfly Irma stayed inside the car, posing on the windows so that Sister Pat could take pictures.  Later, Sister Pat let the butterfly go free.  Sister Pat looked in a butterfly identification book and found that the butterfly was a Red Admiral.  When telling her chiropractor about this incident, he wrote down the name and then scrambled the letters.  He found "Irma Ladder" within the scramble.  Sister Pat believes that this butterfly was Irma's ladder to heaven.

Now I have to tell you, I am not a Catholic, nor am I a regular churchgoer, but it is stories like this that confirm my belief that there is a higher power, and that one only needs to look as far as nature for evidence.  

To raise funds for hurricane relief, please consider purchasing a butterfly print from my Wings of Hope collection.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries in Central Maryland:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD, and Audrey Carroll in Mt. Airy.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Volunteers are always needed to help with sanctuary management.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

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Monarch Dun Skipper What a wonderful butterfly walk we had this morning at the Audrey Carroll Sanctuary!  The weather was perfect, and the butterflies were plentiful.  A dozen people showed up, most of whom are Facebook friends or camera club members (many are both), and we had a great time spotting the various kinds.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Female common yellowthroat We began along the trail on the left side of the sanctuary.  If you go, walk left at the parking area, and follow the path until you come to the first path on your left.  Follow it past the house and the fenced in garden, and walk straight ahead to to the nesting boxes you can see in the distance.  Around 10 am, all of that area is in bright sunshine, which is when the butterflies are most active.

Some of the group in the distance. Summer Azure Today we saw variegated fritillary, great spangled fritillary, eastern tiger swallowtail, black swallowtail, orange sulphur, checkered white, summer azure, painted lady, monarch, and numerous little skippers.  I was thrilled to see the painted lady, but it stayed well in the distance or behind flowers.

In addition to the butterflies, we saw goldfinches, flycatchers, common yellowthroats, and hummingbird moths.  We walked some areas twice over, and then went to the higher ground, where we found a welcome breeze.

Variegated Fritillary Great Spangled Fritillary If you have been reading my blog entries all along, you will note that I have expanded my project to include both Fred Archibald and the Audrey Carroll sanctuaries.  Each has different terrain, and each is a great place to walk, see birds, and enjoy nature.  The sanctuaries are always in need of volunteers to help maintain them, so please check out the links below to see how you can help.  

To raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief, please consider purchasing a butterfly print from my Wings of Hope collection.

Happy Labor Day, everyone.  Keep an eye out for school children and buses, and obey those speed limits in school zones.  School starts tomorrow!

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Audubon Sanctuaries of Central Maryland, which include Fred Archibald and Audrey Carroll.  To learn about volunteering, click here.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

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August 29 - 2This bumblebee waits out the rain under cover of the thistle. The butterfly walk I had planned for this morning was rained out, but I went to the sanctuary anyway, not only to see if anyone was intrepid enough to show up in the rain, but also to find out the answer to my question:  Do butterflies fly in the rain?  It turns out I could have Googled that answer (it is no, because their wings are too heavy from being wet), but I wanted to see for myself.  After all, birds fly in the rain, so what about butterflies?  

Although the main attraction at the sanctuary for the butterflies, the purple thistle, was loving the rain, the butterflies were not.  I found one lone bumblebee that appeared to be asleep at the base of a thistle bloom.  

August 29 - 3August 29 - 3 I thought I would give you some tips for photographing in the rain.  First, dress everything for the weather:  rain gear and rubber boots for yourself, and rain gear for your camera.  I use a waterproof cape that I made for the camera, but even a jumbo sized Ziplock bag with a hole cut for the lens will work well.  Here are some resources for camera covers at B&H. 

August 29 - 1Grasses and seeds and droplets make a pretty abstract. When using a camera cape or cover, it helps to use the lens hood.  It will provide a nice, hard surface to snug up the rain sleeve around the lens, while keeping the lens an inch or so out of the elements.  Keep a couple of microfiber cleaning cloths in your pocket and check the front of the lens often for water droplets or mist.  It is also best to use a tripod, which frees your hands for wiping down the lens, making adjustments to the camera settings through the plastic or under the cape, and enabling you to use slower shutter speeds in low light conditions.  When shooting in the rain, you will probably need a higher ISO.  Check the histogram and adjust your settings so that your shots are not underexposed.

If your backpack does not have a built in rain jacket, you can use a plastic trash bag to cover the bag while you're wearing it.  Shake it off, lay it on the ground, and you have a place to set your camera bag down for a minute while you get out your gear.  Pack some dry clothing in your car so that when you are done shooting, you can strip off the wet stuff and change into something dry; there's no sense in soaking the seats of your car for the drive home.

IncomingIncomingOne of my favorite rain shots, at Antietam. Some of my favorite photos were taken in the rain, so don't let gentle rains and showers spoil your camera outing.  However, in downpours, high winds, and thunderstorms/hurricanes, use common sense and don't take unnecessary risks.  Have fun with your photography, no matter the weather!

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

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August 27 - 4King of the thistle August 27 - 2Can we share? It's definitely butterfly time at the local Audubon sanctuaries.  Frederick County is lucky enough to have two:  the Fred Archibald sanctuary in New Market, and the Audrey Carroll sanctuary near Mt. Airy.  Both were made possible by the generous donation of farms to the Audubon Society, guaranteeing that the sanctuaries will remain undeveloped so that we and future generations may enjoy them.

August 27 - 10Quite the pair! August 27 - 14Cabbage white on ironweed. Although most people visit Audubon sanctuaries for the birds, I have been going lately for the butterflies.  I led a butterfly walk through Fred Archibald on Saturday morning, but the purple thistle favored by the butterflies was in the distance off the paths.  At Audrey Carroll, there is plenty of it right along the paths.  Today I saw butterflies of all kinds, as well as some hummingbird moths.

August 27 - 15Monarch on ironweed. August 27 - 19Definitely a flutter-er! If you want to see the butterflies, here is what to do.  Plan on getting to the sanctuary around 9:30.  Butterflies generally do not feed until the sun is up and the air is warmer.  I find they are quite active between 9:30 and 11 am.  Wear long pants (ticks are present in any area with grasses), sturdy closed-toe shoes, and a hat.  Bring along some water.

August 27 - 20Fritillary and friend August 27 - 21August 27 - 21Black swallowtail on thistle To see the butterflies, you will not need binoculars, but you may want them for the birds.  To photograph the butterflies, you will not need a long lens at this sanctuary.  A tripod may be helpful unless you are able to shoot at a high enough shutter speed to lessen the chance of blur.

August 27 - 8Yellow swallowtail on purple thistle. August 27 - 24Sip, sip, sip! Park at the roadside parking area and walk to the left of the gate.  Take the path on your left, which curves, and after the curve, take the first path on your left.  You will go by a farmhouse and a fenced in garden.  Continue on the path straight ahead to the nesting boxes, and you will see purple thistle all along the pathways.  Ironweed, ragweed, goldenrod, and Queen Anne's lace are also abundant.

August 27 - 23There were cicadas, too! Enjoy your visit to the sanctuary; please obey the posted rules and leave the pets at home.  Perhaps I will see you there at the walk I am leading Tuesday morning, August 29, at 9:30 am.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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August 21 - 1Love the pinks in this one. August 21 - 2The "balls of light" in the background are called "bokeh," which is caused by the blades in the lens when shooting "wide open." On my walk with actual birders on Saturday, one of them stopped the group along a pathway and said, "Let's see if we can 'pish up' a common yellowthroat."  Everyone got quiet while she created a sound that simulated the kind of noise we all make when imitating a leak that has suddenly sprung from a hole in a hose.  It's a spraying kind of a sound that apparently will attract birds like the common yellowthroat, who come to see who's in their neighborhood.  For those of you who doubt that this is an actual "thing," here's a website to verify it!  https://www.thespruce.com/pishing-to-attract-birds-386698

August 21 - 7Dew drop reflection August 21 - 5Common buckeye butterfly Anyway, on this beautiful, clear summer morning, the dew was hanging in droplets on the grasses and sunlight was backlighting the seed heads.  I toted both my big camera lens and a second camera with my macro lens.  Both came in handy today.

August 21 - 3Female common yellowthroat August 21 - 6Male common yellowthroat I stopped where we "pished" on Saturday, and yes, it worked.  A little couple came to check me out.  It was more successful for me today because I was alone, and not with a group, who probably make the birds more wary about approaching.  On the left is the female common yellowthroat, and on the right is the male.  They know just how to hide in the leaves, but occasionally hopped into view of my lens.

August 21 - 4Eastern pondhawk dragonfly As I was leaving the sanctuary, a gorgeous green dragonfly landed in front of me on the grass near my feet.  I have seen turquoise and black and brown dragonflies, but not this beautiful green.  It is an Eastern Pondhawk, which I will add to my "collection" of dragonflies.

August 21 - 8Partridge pea is one of the wildflowers in bloom right now. Three women were entering the sanctuary as I was leaving.  All three are sisters -- one from Florida, one from near Gettysburg, and one from Carroll County. They said the sanctuary it is listed the "Fit, Fun, and Over Fifty" meetup site, which sounds like something to check out for new adventures.  I gave them some tips about what to look for, and off they went.

Happy eclipse day, everyone.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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August 19 - 7Birders and their scopes. August 19 - 1Put a needle on that vinyl record, and see what it plays! On the third Saturday of each month, the Audubon Society of Central Maryland sponsors a nature walk at one of its sanctuaries.  During an "even" month, like August (the 8th month), the walk is at Fred Archibald.  On the "odd" months, like September (the 9th month), the walk will be at Audrey Carroll.  Today I joined the walk at Fred Archibald, which began at 9 am.  It was billed as the "Summer Wildlife Walk," knowing that this is not a time to see lots of birds, but there is always something to see at either of the sanctuaries, no matter the time of year.

August 19 - 2A moth suns itself August 19 - 3A cicada suns itself. Today's walk was led by Crystal, Bonnie, and Kathy, who are members of the Audubon Society and local bird clubs.  You can always tell the birders from the photographers, because they are usually wearing not only their binoculars, but carrying tripods with birding scopes attached.  The way they walk the sanctuary is different from me, because they tend to stop in one place for a much longer time, listen to bird calls, and gaze off into the far distant treetops.

Right away we saw a flock of cedar waxwings flitting about over the grasses and into the trees.  They were likely catching insects on the wing.  Of course, they stayed well out the range of my camera, but those birders with their scopes got some great views.

August 19 - 4Pearl Crescent butterfly August 19 - 5Male widow skimmer dragonfly (I think) I found dragonflies, a few butterflies, and some insects.  It was nice to walk with others, even at a very slow pace, to talk about birding locations, cameras and lenses, and trips both planned and taken.  

The next walk is at Audrey Carroll on Saturday, September 16, at 9 a.m., where the focus will be on monarch tagging.  This is one not to miss, although I will have to miss it.  Monarchs should be plentiful in the sanctuary that day, if the weather is good.  Tiny little stickers will be put on their wings, which does not impede their flight at all.  

August 19 - 6Female widow skimmer dragonfly (I think) Here is a link to future walks at the sanctuaries:  Nature Walks.  Thanks, everyone, for coming out to the sanctuary today.  It was nice to see new faces!

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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August 16 - 1Water was like jewels on this plant. August 16 - 2The grasses are putting out seeds. I can't believe it's been eleven days since I last walked the sanctuary.  Between taking kids to and from camps, being out of town for four days, and the rain we have had, I was glad to get back to do a walk there.  I was pleased to see that some of the pathways had recently been mowed.  Volunteers do this work, and if you like mowing, contact the sanctuary management, and I'm sure your help will be welcomed!  

August 16 - 4Beads of water edged every blade of grass this morning. August 16 - 6Ladybug on grass This morning I knew the walk would be wet, so I took my long walking stick to wave in front of me on some of the wooded paths, so that I would not end up draped in web filaments.  Grasses were beaded up with dew and soon both my boots and pants were soaked.  I invested in an expensive pair of waterproof shoes that are not waterproof at all, so I am very disappointed in them.  I will purchase a spray for them to see if it helps.

August 16 - 3Fall webworms August 16 - 5More webworms Fall webworms are quite visible in the trees now, along roadsides as well as in the sanctuary.  Often confused with tent caterpillars, fall webworms form their webs in late summer on the ends of branches.  The webs are full of small brown, hairy caterpillars.  Tent caterpillars are seen in the spring and they are black with a white or gold stripe.

August 16 - 7Delicate grasses with tiny water beads The goldenrod is getting ready to burst into bloom, and in a couple of weeks, masses of yellow will fill the sanctuary.  Monarchs will be plentiful, feeding on the nectar to fill up their energy stores before heading to Mexico.  I'll let you know when it's time to see the monarchs.  We can walk there together!  Maybe my shoes will truly be waterproof by then.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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August 5 - 3Female common yellowthroat August 5 - 4Widowskimmer dragonfly It seems that whenever I go to the sanctuary, I see far more insects than birds.  Today I toted my big lens, hoping to photograph some birds.  They were out enjoying this beautiful cool, breezy morning as much as I was, but they made sure to stay far away.  I saw and/or heard a blue jay, bluebirds, robins, sparrows of all sorts, mourning doves, tree swallows, a cardinal, and common yellowthroats.  I even saw a murmuration of starlings swirling far in the distance.  Alas, only a female yellowthroat posed for my lens, but I was happy to find her.

August 5 - 1Pink grasses Fall is coming soon to the sanctuary.  The grasses are waving their seeds around.  I loved the reddish pink ones that glowed in the sunlight and danced in the breeze.  Milkweed plants are busy generating their fluffy seeds inside their still-green prickly pods.  Caterpillars are emerging, and soon will be forming their chrysalises before transforming into something with wings.  After Googling the one I found in the photo, I learned it is the Danaus plexippus, and it will become a monarch butterfly! August 5 - 6Danaus plexippus: This one will be a monarch butterfly!

August 5 - 5Virginia creeper August 5 - 2Like a vinyl record! Upon leaving the sanctuary, I found a sunlight sapling with Virginia creeper climbing up its trunk, as well as a well-spun spiderweb woven between branches.  Be careful if you walk in any of the wooded areas, so as not to end up with a face full of spider web, and perhaps even its denizen, stranded into your hair.

I found my friend Mary, another photography enthusiast, standing by my car as I was leaving.  I wish I had had the time to walk it again with her, but my day ahead is filled with jobs to be done.  She was wearing sandals, so we both agreed she needed sturdy footwear, which luckily she had in her car.  The grasses are getting tall, and they are usually wet.  I directed her to the last blooming milkweed in the sanctuary, where she is likely to find a monarch.

Tomorrow should be just as nice as today.  I hope you visit the sanctuary -- please sign in at the little pavilion, and that way, I will know you were there!

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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August 2 - 1Monarch on milkweed August 2 - 2Three and more! Around 10 am is feeding time for the monarchs; the sun has warmed up the flowers, the nectar is flowing, and the butterflies are flocking to the only milkweed left in bloom at the sanctuary.  All other milkweed has gone to seed, but there are a few flowers along the horse farm fence line.  If you go in the next couple of mornings, park at the sanctuary gate, and step over the rail on either side.  Walk down the hill to the pavilion, and take the path to the right, up to the horse farm.  Turn left at the fence, and the milkweed is on the left, between the second the third nesting boxes.

August 2 - 3Another beauty. August 2 - 8Groundhog from a distance. Upon leaving the butterflies, I walked a different part of the sanctuary this morning, and on my walk I saw more butterflies, Eastern kingbirds, a black swallowtail butterfly, a rabbit, and a groundhog.  

 

August 2 - 5Photo with the DSLR August 2 - 4Photo with the pocket camera The fall webworms are busy building their tents at the ends of branches, and I came across a walnut tree branch encased in filaments.  It surrounded leaves and walnuts, and caterpillars were busy crawling around inside the webby tent.  I decided this would be a good test of a closeup with my new pocket-sized camera, so I took a shot with my DSLR zoomed in on filaments at the tip of a walnut (photo on left) and another with the pocket camera (photo on right.)  I practiced some more in the house this morning and read a few tips online about how to get sharp focus where I want it to be (and not the camera), and I had more success.

August 2 - 6Chickory flower with pocket camera in macro mode August 2 - 7A cicada I also tried the pocket camera on a chickory flower, and I was pleased with the focus and sharpness.  I used the macro setting on the camera.  Of course, I always edit my photos, so that I can bring out the best parts of each shot.  A cicada also flew to a strand of grass near me, so I used the DSLR to zoom in on it.  The photo with a pocket camera would have been too tiny.  I think walking with both kinds of cameras is going to be a good compromise for me.

In the next few weeks, the goldenrod and ragweed will be in bloom, attracting even more monarchs.  I enjoy watching how the change of seasons affects what lives in and depends on the sanctuary to sustain life.

 

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

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July 31 - 1Leaves in the morning light July 31 - 2Come into my web! Today I decided to change things up a bit and visit the Audrey Carroll Sanctuary near Mt. Airy, but still located within Frederick County.  We are fortunate to have two large sanctuaries right here in Frederick County.

This brochure has information about the sanctuary, and in particular, information about Audrey Carroll, the woman for whom the sanctuary is named. http://www.centralmdaudubon.org/faasmap.htm

As with the Fred Archibald sanctuary, there are trails and woodland and natural habitat.  Trails are mowed and between them in the open areas is an abundance of native plants and grasses, which provide cover and habitat for various kinds of birds and wildlife.  Some sparrows nest on the ground, so grassy cover is essential to keep them out of view of hawks and other predators.  I have disturbed deer on my walks that were lying in the grasses, too.

July 31 - 3A skipper surveys his domain. July 31 - 4An acmon blue butterfly I was happy to meet Mark Kulis today, with whom I have been corresponding via email.  He is the committee chair for sanctuaries at the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, and today he was doing some maintenance at Audrey Carroll.  The sanctuaries depend on volunteers for much of the maintenance at both sanctuaries (there is a lot of brush to clear, weeds to pull, and grass to mow), and another volunteer named Karen was weeding.  She told me she recently retired and has been busy with volunteer outdoor activities ever since.  I'm hoping to meet with the board of directors in September to talk about ways that this blog and my photos can assist with supporting the mission of the society and the sanctuaries in particular.

July 31 - 6Ruins of the dairy July 31 - 7Ghosts of the dairy There is an old diary milking station on the property, with ghostly figures spray-painted on the walls.  It has really become overgrown since my first visit there about three years ago.  Another difference on this sanctuary is the presence of a house (used for sanctuary business) and a pond.

If you're looking for a good place to take a walk and enjoy nature, try out one of our two Frederick County sanctuaries.  Don't be deterred by a locked gate.  Park by the gate and step over the low rail on either side of the gate.  Obey the posted rules and enjoy!

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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July 29 - 1Queen of the Lace! July 29 - 2We can share. We've had quite a bit of rain, and my Brazilian houseguest Carmen just bought a new camera and lens.  We attempted to go for a walk this morning, but the light rain foiled our plans.  This afternoon when the sun came out, we headed for the sanctuary to give her new camera a "field test."  

Small butterflies were out in force, feeding on the only flowers blooming right now, which are primarily the Queen Anne's lace.  They are sharing the flower space with bees.  Carmen stopped to take photos of water droplets, insects, flowers, and of course, the butterflies.

July 29 - 3Milkweed bug family reunion. July 29 - 4Orange sulphur butterfly Someone had been through the sanctuary since my last visit a week ago, cutting down some saplings.  Managing growth is important to maintain proper habitat for wildlife and birds.

It was great to see some sunshine after all the rain.  I predict that with the sunshine predicted for the next few days, rapid growth of the native grasses will be evident along the pathways.

July 29 - 5This tree was watching me. July 29 - 6Monarch brakes for a landing! If you decide to visit the sanctuary, don't be discouraged if you see the gate closed and locked.  It is always closed and locked.  Just park near the gate, and walk to either side of it, stepping over the low pipe rail.  Then continue on down the hill and into the sanctuary.  You will see a small pavilion; be sure to sign in to let the managers know you were there.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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July 23 - 1Gray hairstreak butterfly. July 23 - 2Ray focuses on something tiny. I met my friend Ray when he enrolled in one of my photography classes at FCC, accompanied by two sign language interpreters.  It was the first time I had had a deaf person in one of my classes, so I had to get used to looking at Ray when I spoke, and not at the interpreter.  When one of them said, "Did you get my email?" I looked at her and said, "No," not realizing it was really Ray who was asking me that question, so I quickly changed my answer to "Yes."  Having the interpreters in class took a little getting used to!  Ray took both my black and white photography and my flower photography classes, and we have kept in touch.

July 23 - 3The most popular plant in the sanctuary! July 23 - 4Yesterday's rain clings to the back of a leaf. Last night Ray messaged me that he would be walking the sanctuary, although he didn't mention a time.  When I arrived, I saw a parked car, but I did not see him.  I decided that the smart thing for me to do was to walk the sanctuary the opposite way I usually go, and sure enough, halfway around I found Ray.

We both were using our macro lenses.  I pulled out my pen and paper, and we were able to ask questions of each other using the pad.  Of course, pointing out butterflies, beetles, and dragonflies was easy, and we needed no words for that.

July 23 - 5Cicada shell on lichen covered tree trunk. July 23 - 8A cicada shell on the fence On our walk, we found a number of cicada shells, which I mentioned yesterday that I would have to look for.  There were also just a few milkweed plants in bloom, and they were heavily visited by bees, beetles, and butterflies.  Our macro lenses got a good workout.

July 23 - 6A skipper on milkweed. July 23 - 7Lichen grows on the top of each fence post. When we parted, I reminded Ray to check for ticks; he decided to stay a while longer.  I'm so glad we found each other this morning.  Now another friend is aware of the sanctuary, and I'm sure he'll visit it again.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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July 22 - 3One of the many deer trails crossing the meadows. July 22 - 1Virginia tiger moths hiding under a blade of grass. When I opened the door of my car this morning at the sanctuary, I was greeted by a cacophony of cicadas, which is one of the true sounds of summer in Maryland.  On my walk the chorus continued, with the additions of the cries of a crow, the bellowing of a bullfrog, the drumming of a woodpecker, and the warbling of a wren.  The only man-made sound was the occasional airplane or jet overhead.  Try as I might, I could not find a cicada to photograph; perhaps when they leave their dried shells on tree limbs, I will see the only physical evidence that they were inhabiting this peaceful place.

July 22 - 2Can you see me now? July 22 - 5Female common yellowthroat with breakfast. Summer heat is taking its toll on plants as flowers and grasses are drying and moving into seed production.  Dragonflies and other insects, like moths and tiny butterflies, still flit from perch to perch.  Nesting season is winding down, as fledglings try their hand at capturing their own food.

July 22 - 4Halloween pennant dragonfly July 22 - 6Black leaf-footed bug (yes, that's the name). I was pleased to photograph my first Halloween pennant dragonfly, which is so named because of the orange and brown bands of color on its wings.  The adult dragonflies eat mosquitoes, flies, and gnats.

The next time you are in the sanctuary, use your ears and listen to the sounds around you.  Perhaps you'll hear a chorus of cicadas, too.

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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July 17 - 5The teasel is nearing the end of bloom. July 17 - 4Wild bergamot seed heads This morning my friend Elizabeth accompanied me on my walk through the sanctuary.  The butterfly garden did not have much action, as the wild bergamot, the main attraction, is fading quickly.  The seed heads are attractive purple orbs, but they no longer lure butterflies and bees or hummingbird moths in the numbers that were present a few days ago.

July 17 - 6It was a beautiful morning in the sanctuary. We photographed droplets of dew, dragonflies, and wildflowers, chatting as we walked about the camera club we both belong to, the Frederick Camera Clique.  We thought an outing to the sanctuary to practice macro photography would be a good field trip.  I wish I'd had my macro lens on my camera today, because there were lots of great closeup opportunities of bugs and water. July 17 - 1Water droplets line up on the grass.

 

July 17 - 7Milkweed bug on a milkweed pod. July 17 - 2Milkweed beetle

We saw two different types of red and black insects on the milkweed plants, which have finished blooming and are now forming pods.  The photo on the left is a milkweed bug; it feeds on the leaves and stems of the milkweed.  It will not sting or bite.  They can, however, kill the milkweed plant, which is beneficial to monarch butterflies.  The insect on the right is the milkweed beetle.  They, too, are harmless to humans and feed only on the milkweed plant.

July 17 - 3A cabbage white sips a dogbane flower. We had a good walk this morning, and now another friend has visited the sanctuary who had not been there before.  I'm sure she'll visit it again.

 

 

 

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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July 16 - 1July 16 - 1Backlit leaves glow in the evening sun July 16 - 4Backlit sycamore leaves I decided to take a walk this evening, to catch a different light other than in the morning.  There were very few insect visitors to the wild bergamot in the butterfly garden, but I did disturb a couple of rabbits grazing on the clover.

It was after I left the garden that I realized my first mistake.  I had forgotten to check the status of the camera battery.  It was very low, so I knew I had to carefully select my shots.  My photography friends love it when I admit I make mistakes -- it makes them feel better about theirs.  But honestly, they don't know the half of them.

July 16 - 2I found this fawn hiding behind grasses. For these walks, I am challenging myself to shoot in manual mode, where I have control over the shutter speed, the aperture (which affects depth of field), and the ISO.  It is all a balancing act to get the right exposure.  There is a little gauge in the bottom of the viewfinder inside the camera that you try to "zero out" in order to get a good exposure.  But I am still very much a reactionary photographer.  Tonight I saw a fawn in the woods, and I adjusted the settings to account for the deep shade.  

July 16 - 3Trust me, there's a beautiful common yellow throat in this shot! Later, I saw a common yellowthroat in bright sun.  I didn't check my settings.  I just fired away, which resulted in two errors.  The shot was seriously overexposed, AND it ate up what little battery power I had left.  You'll just have to trust me that somewhere in this washed out photo there is a bright yellow bird.

July 16 - 5Native grasses July 16 - 6These cross-hatched grasses caught my eye. I purposely created lens flare by shooting into the sun. So today's lesson is to be prepared.  Check the camera settings, check the exposure, and check to see that you have either enough battery power or a spare battery in your bag.  I resolve to do a better job with all of these.  

By the way, the big benefit of walking at the end of a sunny day is dry shoes!

<Thanks for reading my blog entry, which is part of a personal photography project to bring attention to and to benefit the Fred Archibald Sanctuary in New Market, MD.  The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.  Copyright 2017 Cam Miller.  All photographs are for sale upon request.>

 

 

 

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July 15 - 3Wet grasses and bokeh caused by the lens July 15 - 8Marlene takes a shot Thank goodness for the new waterproof shoes I bought yesterday.  After the storms moved through yesterday, there was a lot of water left on trees and grasses at the sanctuary.  Combined with the humidity, today's walk was definitely a wet one.

July 15 - 2Water droplets lay like crystal beads on the grass. This morning, my friend Marlene came with me.  It was her first visit to the sanctuary, and I hope to introduce many more people to it.  I also have been in contact with members of the board of directors of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, and they are pleased about my project.  We're discussing ways that my work can benefit the sanctuary, so stay tuned!

July 15 - 1Jewel-like beetles mate on a leaf. July 15 - 4A widow skimmer dragonfly Today's lesson is on the minimum focusing distance of a lens.  I am using a large 200-500mm lens, and I have to back up at least five feet from whatever I am focusing on to get the subject sharp.  Without that distance, the lens will not focus, either automatically or manually.  

July 15 - 6Hummingbird clearwing moth on wild bergamot. July 15 - 7Black swallowtail butterfly on wild bergamot So let's say I want to focus in on some little beetles on a leaf.  I need to back up at least five feet until the leaf is in focus.  Then I can use the zoom feature to zoom in on the beetles, and they will be sharp.  Marlene had a 70-300mm lens on her camera, and she had to back up about 4.5 feet to get focus.  Every lens has a minimum focusing distance.  Some will find focus only a few inches away; others, a few feet.  It pays to figure out what your minimum focusing distance is, to save frustration when trying to focus on something close by.

July 15 - 5Eastern Kingbird July 15 - 4Backlit leaf and shadow The wild bergamot will only be in bloom a few more days, so if you want to see the hummingbird moths in action, you need to get to the sanctuary soon.  The butterfly garden is on the left soon after entering.

 

 

Click this link for directions to the sanctuary:  Fred Archibald Sanctuary, New Market, MD

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The Audubon Sanctuary: My New Personal Project https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/7/the-audubon-sanctuary-my-new-personal-project <Copyright Cam Miller 2017 - All Photos Are Available for Sale Upon Request>

I have embarked on a new personal project that combines my love of walking, nature, and photography.  A few miles from my home is the Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary, which is owned and maintained by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.

My goal with this project is to bring attention to the sanctuary by walking it as often as I can and capturing the beauty and diversity of its wildlife, insect life, and plants.  It will evolve over time, but I intend to find ways that this project can benefit the sanctuary and others like it.

As always, I love to teach both my readers and myself something in each blog entry by including information about nature, history, photography, and science. Today's lesson is Who Was Fred Archibald, the man for whom the sanctuary is named?  He generously donated his New Market farm to us so that we and future generations may enjoy it for years to come.

Come join me on a walk sometime, and we'll enjoy the sanctuary together!

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July 14 - 1A hummingbird moth reminds me of a flying crawfish! July 14 - 2A jeweled bead of water graces a blade of grass. July 14 - 3Cabbage White butterfly July 14 - 4Widow skimmer dragonfly July 14 - 5A field sparrow eyes me from a distance. July 14 - 6The last flowering milkweed plant drew a crowd! July 14 - 7Mullein plants have medicinal properties. July 14 - 8A widow skimmer gleams copper in the sun. July 14 - 9Can a widow skimmer detach its head? July 14 - 10This fawn was curious about what was happening on the other side. July 14 - 11This is what was happening on the other side! July 14 - 12Time to skedaddle! July 14 - 13A perfect yellow swallowtail enjoys wild bergamot. July 14 - 14Another hummingbird moth on wild bergamot. There were many seen this morning.

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Boyers Mill SunsetBoyers Mill Sunset The almost full moon was set to rise tonight at 8:09, so I set up my camera in my usual spot overlooking the farm on Boyer's Mill Road.  The farm has been sold and will soon be developed, so I take as many opportunities as I can to catch the moon rising over the farm.  In the future, the moon will rise over a sea of rooftops instead of over a pasture with cows grazing in the waning light.

Clouds obscured my view of the moon, but as the sun set behind me, the clouds took on hues of yellow and pink and purple.  The cows moved a little closer to the barn.  Flocks of blackbirds crossed the sky in front of me.  A gentle breeze cooled the air around me.  

Even though I did not see the moon, the scene in front of me was even more beautiful and peaceful than what I had anticipated.  It was enough.  It was more than enough.  Good night, moon, wherever you are!

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Light Paintings: Be My Valentine https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/2/light-paintings-be-my-valentine (Click Photo to Enlarge)

Be My ValentineBe My Valentine

This light painting features a number of items that my mother has given to me, including the wonderful Victorian button-up boot, the handmade lace petticoat it sits on, the gilded ceramic bowl next to it, and the string of pearls that spill out of the bowl.  I decided to create a composition that looks as though a Victorian lady is preparing to go out for the evening to meet the man who sent her the Valentine.  She has stepped away from her dressing table for a moment, to answer the summons of her mother, who wants to ensure her daughter will be properly chaperoned for the evening.

The Valentine card was created from a photo I took of a print in an antiques shop, which was also where I purchased the lace fingerless gloves.  A handkerchief, a solitary rose, and a bottle of perfume complete the composition.

Think of items you have that perhaps your mother, father, or grandparents owned.  What story could those items tell if I created a light painting of them for you?

Happy Valentines Day!

 

 

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Light Paintings: The Garage Shelf https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/2/light-paintings-the-garage-shelf Garage ShelfGarage Shelf

Widowed a few years ago, Clare was ready to move from her two-story colonial into condo living.  She knew she needed to let go of some items, including the vintage tools her late husband John had collected.  Using some of the tools she gave me, I added a few items from my own set of props to create the composition in this light painting.

Now Clare will have prints made of this photo to share with her son and daughter.  And most importantly, she can let go of the collection, passing them on to a friend who will appreciate them as much as John did.

Consider a light painting for your mementos.  Get your Grandmother's teapot out of the box it's stored in, or pull out from the closet those Matchbox cars and Pez dispensers from childhood.  I'll create a composition with your items to create a light painting you'll love.

(Although this story is fictional, I offer it as an example of what can be done with objects that are near and dear to your heart.  Most of the items belonged to my late husband, Jim, and I use the push drill, the needle-nosed pliers, the wire cutters, and the Craftsman screwdriver on a regular basis for my framing.)  

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My Photo Walk: I Went on a Woodpecker Hunt https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2017/1/my-photo-walk-i-went-on-a-woodpecker-hunt (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

19 - Lander 119 - Lander 1 19 - Lander 219 - Lander 2 I can't believe this is my first photo walk of 2017.  The month is slipping away quickly, which some people love, because it brings us nearer to spring.  However, today was a springlike day, in some respects, so I treated myself to a walk along the C&O canal towpath, to find some woodpeckers.

19 - Lander 419 - Lander 4 Now, to find woodpeckers, all you really have to do is listen.  The big birds, like the pileated, will drum very loudly, while smaller ones, like flickers and downies, will "talk" as they work their way up a tree trunk in search of insects.

19 - Lander 319 - Lander 3 I walked north along the section of the canal by the Lander Lock House, near Jefferson.  I heard lots of woodpeckers drilling away, but some were across the river, and others were across the railroad tracks.  Closer to me, I could hear lots of things other than woodpeckers.  A rooster crowed about every 30 seconds.  Chickadees chirped in the treetops.  The rumble of a train far away soon gave way to blasting horns and rumbling freight cars.  A couple of women passed me on horseback -- on the first trip, they were gossiping about their ex husbands; on the return trip, they were complaining about their bosses.  They had a good gabfest while ambling along the path.

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19 - Lander 719 - Lander 7 19 - Lander 619 - Lander 6 I turned around at the Catoctin Aqueduct, which collapsed in 1973 and was rebuilt using the majority of its original stones; it was reopened in 2011.

On my return trip, I was finally rewarded with a nearby yellow-bellied sapsucker.  Even if I had not found a woodpecker at all, I would have been satisfied with my walk today.  It was great to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and listen to everything going on around me.

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My Photo Walk: A Cold Day at Worthington https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/12/my-photo-walk-a-cold-day-at-worthington (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

30 - Worthington 130 - Worthington 1 30 - Worthington 530 - Worthington 5 It snowed this morning, fast and furious flurries that left the ground white in most of Frederick County.  Of course, the wind picked up and blew it all away, but that wind, combined with the flurry, made for a very chilly walk at Worthington Farm, part of the Monocacy Battlefield.

I met Facebook friend Theresa Wiltrout there, so that we could walk along the Ford Loop, hoping to find some birds to photograph.  Theresa just got a new big telephoto lens, so I packed mine, and off we went.  We talked and walked, seeing an occasional chickadee, but nothing we could get in range.  Alas, no woodpeckers, either.

30 - Worthington 330 - Worthington 3 30 - Worthington 230 - Worthington 2 After we emerged from the Ford Loop, we tackled Brooks Hill, which was mostly uphill on a winding trail.  Brown leaves sprinkled with snow crunched under our feet.  Theresa and I used our walk to learn about each other, since it was the first time we had actually met.  We found we have a lot in common, and we plan to do another walk again, soon.

30 - Worthington 430 - Worthington 4 I shot snowy leaves, a cow, and a farm scene from the top of Brooks Hill, but it wasn't until I looked at the photo in the computer that I realized I could see the Stup's Auto "graveyard" in the distance across Rt. 355, on Ball Road.  Look at the top of the farm photo, and you'll see it, too.

Thanks, Theresa, for a great walk.  Hopefully we'll both have better luck on our next birding adventure!

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My Photo Walk: Annual Historic Houses of Worship Tour https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/12/my-photo-walk-annual-historic-houses-of-worship-tour (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

The historic houses of worship in downtown Frederick are open annually for touring the first Monday after Christmas.  Each year the tour seems to draw more and more people, making it difficult to find parking, to get into and out of the churches, and certainly to take photos inside of them.  But of course, the tour is not for photographers, but for everyone.

This year, I decided to make it primarily a walk downtown, photographing spires from parking deck roofs and interesting things in windows and along the way.  I did go inside of St. John's, where I did a swipe with my camera to create the white lines on the lighted tree.

It was a good evening downtown with lots of people, and the tour was yet another of the great reasons to visit downtown Frederick.

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12 - New Market 212 - New Market 2Santa's lying down on the job. 12 - New Market 312 - New Market 3Mr and Mrs watch the traffic go by. The past few days I've been in a funk.  It feels like my get-up-and-go got up and left me.  I've been sitting too much, knitting too much, and just being pretty much house bound.  I suppose I could blame it on the cold weather, but real cold weather hasn't even arrived yet.

In the past, a walk outside has often been the cure, so when the sun came out and the temps hit 50, I drove to my little town of New Market to check on the progress of the streetscaping.

Workers were putting the finishing touches on new plantings between the curb and the sidewalk.  The sidewalks in the main part of town are all inlaid brick, and although they are pretty, I can just envision the new trees they have planted sending out roots to upheave them and create new trip hazards.  I hope they designed the walks with some sort of protective barrier to prevent that from happening.

12 - New Market 112 - New Market 1 12 - New Market 412 - New Market 4These new gutters must have been pricey! New street lights line the road, placed about every 40 feet, but I am not a fan of them.  I appreciate the light they provide, and the fact that they are energy efficient, but the poles are pure white and the lanterns are black.  The poles look like white pvc pipe.  If only they were black, they would be so much more attractive.  The owner of the Santa Fe Trading Company, where I stopped in to inquire about a jewelry repair, agreed with me.  The old black lanterns that used to light the street were so much more vintage, in keeping with the look of the town.  I'll volunteer to paint a few of the white poles black to see how residents like them.

12 - New Market 512 - New Market 5 The sunshine and vitamin D intake, along with the fresh air, did me some good, but here I am again, sitting at the computer, instead of moving more.  Perhaps I'll think about resuming my daily photo walks in January, barring any blizzards.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/12/my-photo-walk-new-market-md Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:02:29 GMT
Choosing a Camera Bag https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/12/choosing-a-camera-bag When it comes to camera bags, I admit that I am a bag lady.  Seriously.  I have waaaay too many camera bags, but in truth, I use them all, and for different reasons.  Some women match purses to their outfits or the occasion.  Me?  I couldn't care less about purses.  For me, matching the camera bag to the occasion is definitely what it’s all about.

Someone asked me recently about what kind of camera bag is best, and I knew I could not answer without a long explanation.  I’ll take you through the kinds of bags I own, and for what occasion, so you can choose for yourself.

First and foremost, any camera bag has to be well made and comfortable to wear.  Many people are fond of the cross-body bags known also as a sling bag.  The benefit of a sling bag is that you can rotate it to your side, and then unzip and reach into the bag without having to take it off.  However, as a somewhat full-chested female, I find them uncomfortable.  In the store, they feel fine when empty.  But take along three five pound bags of flour, put them into the bag you’re considering, and try it on again.  If it’s hard to breathe, or cuts sharply across your chest, don’t buy it.  Here is a popular sling bag by Lowepro:  http://store.lowepro.com/sling-bags/slingshot-edge-150-aw

I prefer a backpack style, which evenly distributes the weight across my back.  I usually just let one strap fall, and then rotate the bag to the side, so I can reach my gear.  The wrap around feature of the flap covering the gear makes it simple.  I have a backpack in both small and large sizes.  The small has a zippered pocket for a tablet, and the large has room for a big laptop.  The gear compartments will hold a camera body with lens attached, and one or more additional lenses, depending on the size of the bag.   The top zippered compartment is roomy enough for a bag lunch, wallet and keys, and extras like memory cards, spare batteries, etc.  Here is the small type I have:  http://store.lowepro.com/fastpack-bp-150-aw-ii  The larger is here: http://store.lowepro.com/fastpack-bp-250-aw-ii

Both backpack and sling bags may offer tripod pockets and straps to accommodate a small folded tripod on the outside of the bag.  When selecting a bag, also consider whether it has a built in rain cover that can be pulled out and used when the heavens open up.

I have the two backpack sizes for very different reasons.  When I am doing a daytrip with a lot of walking, the small is perfect.  Mostly, I am wearing the camera, so the backpack holds the extra stuff.  When I am traveling by air, I take the larger bag.  Into it go my laptop, external drives, IPad, Kindle, reusable water bottle, sunscreen, wallet, keys, etc.  The camera bodies, folded tripod, and lenses are in my hard sided wheelie bag, which I fit into the overhead bin.  Later, at my destination, I repack the backpack with the camera gear, and off I go, leaving the wheelie bag and other electronic gear in my room.  Here is a link to a good travel bag for camera gear:  https://www.thinktankphoto.com/collections/airport-series/products/airport-takeoff

When I am out on a photo walk with the big camera, I know I will be wearing the camera, so sometimes all I want is a small bag to hold an extra lens, filters, cleaning cloth, and a spare battery.  In that case, I use a bag like this:  http://store.lowepro.com/adventura-sh-140-ii  I suppose a large cross-body purse would fulfill the same function.

When I am walking in a city, which I rarely do, I don’t want to look like I’m toting expensive camera gear.  I also want to be able to combine the functions of a camera bag and a purse, as well as hold the bag close to my front.  I have a Kelly Moore bag like this:  http://store.kellymoorebag.com/products/evangeline?variant=15098557063  I wear it with the removable cross body strap.  A more "stylish" bag like this is suitable for weddings and special events, when I am the guest and not the photographer.  Men may prefer the messenger bag look for use in the city.

Traveling with the car, such as when I go to a wildlife refuge near home, I usually work out the of the trunk.  Many of the photos are taken from within the car, with the windows rolled down.  In that case, I pack all of my gear into a cargo organizer, and work from it.  There’s no need to pack a bag, only to unpack it when I get there.  If I am spending the night, I take the organizer into the hotel to put it all back into order, check the camera settings, etc.  Here is a cargo organizer I love, because it has stiff sides and won’t collapse:  https://www.amazon.com/Rola-59001-M-O-V-E-Rigid-Base-Organizer/dp/B000E81VN8/ref=sr_1_8?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1481404977&sr=1-8&keywords=cargo+organizer  I put lenses, camera bodies, chargers, filters, remotes, batteries, cleaning supplies, etc. into the compartments.  Of course, this organizer system is only good when I’m driving on a road trip, and not flying anywhere.

To summarize, when it comes to a camera bag, the answer may be that you need more than one.  If you’re in a city, you may not want to advertise that you’re carrying a lot of gear.  If you’re hiking, you want to lighten the load.  If you’re attending a wedding, you don’t want to wear a big black backpack.  Don't buy a bag that's too big; you'll end up feeling like a pack horse, with a sore back and shoulders very soon.

Lowepro is probably the leader in affordable, durable, camera bags.  They’ve even got this great interactive bagfinder tool, to help you choose.  http://www.lowepro.com/bagfinder

Now that I’ve gone to the effort to write this long blog entry, detailing the various aspects to consider in a camera bag (or two), if you’re truly appreciative, you can buy me this Ona bag I’ve been lusting after.   Any color; I’m not picky: https://www.onabags.com/store/messenger-bags/the-prince-street.html?color=antique-cognac

Happy bag shopping!

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/12/choosing-a-camera-bag Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:02:58 GMT
My Photo Walk: The Wildlife Loop at Chincoteague https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/12/my-photo-walk-the-wildlife-loop-at-chincoteague (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

8 - WL 18 - WL 1 8 - WL 28 - WL 2 This morning I walked the wildlife loop in its entirety:  3.2 miles.  I saw a couple older than I who walked all of it yesterday, so I determined that it was my mission to do the same this morning.  Of course, it took me twice as long as it should have, because I took a ton of photos.  But that's how my walks always turn out.

I chose to leave my big camera and lens in the car, and walked instead with my small camera body with my 16-300mm lens attached.  It has a great range, and I was able to photograph both near and far.

8 - WL 38 - WL 3 8 - WL 48 - WL 4 The sun made a brief appearance during my walk, before it rose behind a socked-in sky.  The loop begins in a wooded area, where I heard plenty of small birds.  They flitted about, taking care to hide well in the brush, away from my camera.  It emerges onto marshes, where mist still hung over the water from the cold night temperature.

Ducks were swimming, and flocks of swans flew overhead.  To my right, I saw the pavers busy on the beach road.  Just before rounding the bend into the wooded area that parallels the beach, I encountered a large great blue heron, perched on a birdhouse.  He kept his eye on me, but did not move.  I was able to get a few shots just before the sun disappeared.

8 - WL 58 - WL 5 8 - WL 68 - WL 6 In the wooded area, I could hear the waves crashing against the beach, small birds chirping, and ducks and geese calling to each other.  It was truly peaceful.

When I came upon the area known as the duck pond, not only were there ducks, but beautiful trumpeter swans preening in the morning light.  

8 - WL 78 - WL 7 I didn't encounter another person during the entire walk.  The birds and I had the place to ourselves.  Perhaps tomorrow, I will do the walk again.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/12/my-photo-walk-the-wildlife-loop-at-chincoteague Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:08:04 GMT
My Photo Walk: Celebration of Lights at Ginter Gardens in Richmond https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-celebration-of-lights-at-ginter-gardens-in-richmond (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

Today my sister Erica and I are in Richmond, VA, on a road trip to Lynchburg.  We're spending the night with friends, but before arriving at their house, we went to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond.  We arrived around 3:30, and they let us stay until dark, when floods of people arrived to see the lights display set up all over the grounds.

Enjoy these photos.  The night was perfect for them!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-celebration-of-lights-at-ginter-gardens-in-richmond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:50:21 GMT
My Photo Walk: Night Shots in Frederick https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-night-shots-in-frederick (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

What a great night it was downtown.  There was the usual hustle and bustle, but the holiday spirit is building, and people were out enjoying the cool night air with friends and families.  My friend Norma and I went downtown to practice a little night photography, and I took my tripod and only my wide angle lens.  We walked several blocks, photographing store fronts and spires, then went to the top deck of a parking garage and into Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  It was an enjoyable experience overall, and I hope you enjoy the photos!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-night-shots-in-frederick Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:38:11 GMT
My Photo Walk: The Audubon Sanctuary https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-the-audubon-sanctuary (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

23 - Archibald 223 - Archibald 2 23 - Archibald 323 - Archibald 3 We needed a break from the kitchen today, the day before Thanksgiving.  My sister Erica is here from Germany for her first U.S. Thanksgiving in 34 years, and although we are not hosting the family event, we are doing most of the food prep.  We brined the turkey and made stuffing, a flourless chocolate torte with raspberry sauce, fresh cranberry relish, mashed sweet potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and onion and cranberries and walnuts.  Tomorrow we will roast the turkey, make the gravy, and cook green beans.  Other family members are bringing items to round out the traditional menu, and we will meet at my sister Anne's house in Mt. Airy.  It will be nice to have almost everyone together.

23 - Archibald 423 - Archibald 4 23 - Archibald 523 - Archibald 5 To take a break, Erica and I walked at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary off Boyers Mill Road in New Market.  As soon as we arrived, Erica spotted four does along the trail, who took off after they spotted us.  Other wildlife we encountered were lots of bluebirds, chickadees, and other small birds too far away to identify.

23 - Archibald 723 - Archibald 7 23 - Archibald 123 - Archibald 1 At the end of the walk we saw the horses, who always saunter over to the fence to see if we brought them any treats, and who always quickly lose interest in us once they discover we didn't.

23 - Archibald 623 - Archibald 6 It was nice to be out in the fresh air.  We'll be back in the kitchen again, very soon.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-the-audubon-sanctuary Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:00:36 GMT
My Photo Walk: Longwood Gardens https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-longwood-gardens (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

18 - Longwood 418 - Longwood 4 18 - Longwood 118 - Longwood 1 My plan for today was to photograph eagles at the Conowingo Dam, but lots of road construction delayed my arrival, and when I got there, there was not a parking place to be had.  Determined not to waste this beautiful day, I looked at a map and realized I was only about 35 miles away from Longwood Gardens.

18 - Longwood 218 - Longwood 2 18 - Longwood 318 - Longwood 3 I texted my friend Kris, and she met me at Longwood, where we took a long walk through tree-lined paths.  The sky was so blue and the color was so bright on the leaves that it almost hurt the eyes.  

Along our walk we saw flaming red maples, rusty orange Sequoias, and golden ginkgos.  Very few flowers were along the paths we took, but I did find some small cyclamen and a container of robust carnivorous pitcher plants, S. leucophylla.  We stopped for a few minutes to watch the synchronized water show set to music.

18 - Longwood 518 - Longwood 5 18 - Longwood 618 - Longwood 6 On the way home I did stop by the dam around 3:30, where there was finally plenty of parking, but the sun was too low in the sky, and the dam was shading the water.  The few eagles I did see were far up into the tops of the trees.

Overall, despite many hours driving, the day turned out fine.  I got a good walk with a good friend on a beautiful day in a beautiful place.  I'm kind of glad it turned out that way.

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-longwood-gardens Sat, 19 Nov 2016 01:34:30 GMT
My Photo Walk: A Frosty Morning in Ohiopyle, PA https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-a-frosty-morning-in-ohiopyle-pa (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

13 - Ohiopyle 113 - Ohiopyle 1 13 - Ohiopyle 213 - Ohiopyle 2 Sunrise comes a little later than the time shown on my phone here in Ohiopyle, because it takes a while for it to get up over the hills.  

13 - Ohiopyle 313 - Ohiopyle 3 13 - Ohiopyle 413 - Ohiopyle 4 I left shortly after sunrise to walk the area around the falls, hoping that there would be steam rising from the water, and I was not disappointed.  No one else was out walking this morning; if they were out, they were holed up in the cafe, eating hotcakes and drinking coffee.  I had the place to myself.

The pedestrian bridge over the river was covered with frost, as were the leaves in the grasses and the metal railings along the walkways.  

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There's plenty of photographic opportunity here in Ohiopyle.  Thanks, Anne, for owning a cabin here!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-a-frosty-morning-in-ohiopyle-pa Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:15:32 GMT
My Photo Walk: Lilypons in November https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-lilypons-in-november (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

Lilypons is a great place to take a walk in any season.  The waterlilies and lotus are finished, the frogs are hibernating, and the wildflowers and grasses have all dried brown, but on a beautiful day like today, there was plenty to see.  I saw a few turtles and a great blue heron too far in the distance for my camera.  But there is beauty in the dried cattails and lotus leaves, the white bark of the sycamores against the darker trees, and the calls of the migrating songbirds.  There was a couple biking along the paths, but for the most part, I was alone with the sky, the breeze, and the colors of autumn.  I hope you enjoy my photos!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/my-photo-walk-lilypons-in-november Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:13:31 GMT
The Magic of Editing https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/the-magic-of-editing (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

Yesterday I gave a presentation to an audience of non-photographers.  It was actually at a luncheon for seniors, where I presented a talk about my daily photo walks in Maryland.

After the presentation, a man came up to me with a list of questions.  I answered them all, but one of them caught me off guard.  He asked, "How many of those photos did you edit?"  I must have had a surprised look on my face, because I guess I thought the answer would be obvious.  I hesitated a moment, and then I said, "All of them!"

"All of them?" he repeated. 

"Yes," I told him.  "While there's no substitute for 'getting it right' in the camera, nearly every digital photo can benefit from simple editing, especially if you shoot RAW images."

I went on to explain that most of my editing involves cropping and a few basic lighting adjustments, such as opening up some shadows or reducing overly bright areas on some shots.  For example, in this shot of a pitcher plant, all it really needed was a little straightening and a minor lighting adjustment.

Many times, a good crop is really all that's needed to find the "photo within the photo."  That's all that was needed to turn this photo of a yellow swallowtail from "ho-hum" to "wow!"

The photo on the left of a great blue heron was shot in the early morning hours, just before sunrise.  Many people would have tossed this photo, because it is far too dark to use straight out of the camera.  But what a difference opening up the shadows did!  Other minor adjustments involved a little sharpening and adding a little saturation to the blues to bring out the sky.  Editing turned this image from a throw-away to a definite keeper.

Other types of editing that are often used by photographers are removing distracting elements like power lines or brown spots on flower petals, adding a texture over an image to disguise a flat white sky, or adding new elements like a flock of flying geese to a winter farm scene.  

If you want to learn more about the power of editing your photos, let's talk.  I can show you how to take your images from "ho hum" to "wow" through the magic of editing.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/11/the-magic-of-editing Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:30:53 GMT
In My Happy Place https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/10/in-my-happy-place (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

I love driving through wildlife refuges.  I don't care where they are:  Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia.  As long as there are birds to see and photograph, I am happy.

 

My favorites in the Mid-Atlantic region are Blackwater near Cambridge, MD, Bombay Hook near Dover, DE, and Chincoteague in Virginia.  I've only been to Merritt Island in Florida, but I loved it there and will return this winter.  

 

I spent yesterday afternoon and this morning at Bombay Hook.  There were even some snow geese there.  Here are this morning's photos.  I'll post yesterday's in a separate blog entry with some tips for photographing birds in refuges.

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/10/in-my-happy-place Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:06:20 GMT
My Photo Walk: Macro Fun! https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/10/my-photo-walk-macro-fun (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

That crazy lady in my neighborhood was at it again this morning.  She had her camera on a tripod poked into bushes, between slats of fences, and pointed up into tree branches.  It was foggy, quite damp, and she hadn't even brushed her hair.  Dog walkers and exercisers just stared at her as they passed by, afraid to ask questions, because they were sure they'd be trapped into a nonsensical conversation if they'd commented.  

 

Did I mention that crazy lady was me?  My camera had the macro lens attached, and strung from weeds and branches, and between slats of fences, I usually find fabulous webs glittering with beads of water on foggy mornings.  That was definitely the case this morning.

 

My shoes and socks are soaked, but I had fun.  I certainly did give the neighbors something to talk about.

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/10/my-photo-walk-macro-fun Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:21:42 GMT
My Photo Walk: Goldenrod Glory https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/9/my-photo-walk-goldenrod-glory (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

25 - FAA 225 - FAA 2 Goldenrod gets a bum rap.  Just because it hangs out with its pal ragweed in late summer and early fall doesn't mean that it's the cause of your sneezing and red itchy eyes.  It's actually ragweed that is to blame for that.  The pollen of goldenrod is too heavy to blow far from the flowers, and unless you are handling it or are in close proximity for long periods of time, it's not the one causing your symptoms.

 

25 - FAA 525 - FAA 5 However, goldenrod does profusely fill our roadsides, wild meadows, and sunny hillsides.  It attracts all manner of bees and butterflies, who dine on its nectar.  Today I chose the Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary in New Market for a walk on a glorious September afternoon, knowing that the meadows would be filled with goldenrod and native grasses.  I was hoping to see some monarchs, who fill up this time of year to fortify themselves for their upcoming flight to Mexico.  I was not disappointed.

 

25 - FAA 125 - FAA 1 In addition to the monarchs, I saw the red-spotted purple butterfly and the great spangled fritillary.  Don't you just love those names?  I saw lots of honeybees and bumblebees, and even a 5" long praying mantis.  

 

My walk was quite enjoyable, and I hope you enjoy the photos.  Pardon me while I....achoo!

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/9/my-photo-walk-goldenrod-glory Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:02:25 GMT
My Photo Walk: The Great Frederick Fair https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/9/my-photo-walk-the-great-frederick-fair (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

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Kids were all over the place, wearing elementary school T-shirts and chaperoned by teachers and parents.  So basically, it was us seniors and tons of kids under 10 at the fair this morning.  Food vendors were just beginning to open up; the midway is closed until much later in the afternoon.

 

20 - GFF 320 - GFF 3 20 - GFF 620 - GFF 6 I wandered through the usual exhibits, seeing the chickens, canned goods, tomatoes, pumpkins, and commercial vendors.  It was muggy and humid, but I got a good walk in.  Thursday night I'll return for some night photography fun with the lights.

 

Enjoy my pix!

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/9/my-photo-walk-the-great-frederick-fair Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:15:48 GMT
My Photo Walk: Sulphur Springs, Texas https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/9/my-photo-walk-sulphur-springs-texas (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

1 - Sulphur Springs 51 - Sulphur Springs 5 1 - Sulphur Springs 11 - Sulphur Springs 1 "Smile, and the world smiles with you..."  Nat King Cole was crooning from the speakers lining the streets of Sulphur Springs, Texas, on this warm September evening.  I was smiling, too, because the town was very inviting, the rain had stopped, and there was still some daylight left for me to enjoy discovering a new place.  
 
1 - Sulphur Springs 41 - Sulphur Springs 4 After driving all day, it was great to be able to walk in one of my favorite places, a historic district.  This beautiful little town has a checkerboard theme.  The downtown area is dominated by the pink granite courthouse, and its checkerboard frieze was echoed in the brick lined streets and sidewalks.  In the park in front of the courthouse were large chess and checkerboard pieces for people to play with, as well as small tables and chairs for two, all with checkerboard tile tops.
 
1 - Sulphur Springs 21 - Sulphur Springs 2 1 - Sulphur Springs 31 - Sulphur Springs 3 A flock of white pigeons formed a murmuration, and they cruised from the church spires to the courthouse, flew low over the war memorial and its row of flags, and then over the park and back, circling in synchronized harmony over my head.  Dean Martin and Bing Crosby sang from the speakers.  I tried getting lots of shots, but soon I just had to quit and watch and listen, especially once a rainbow appeared.  It was just a wonderful sight.
 
1 - Sulphur Springs 61 - Sulphur Springs 6 Afterwards, I found small restaurants, antiques shops, clothing boutiques, and other small businesses along the tree-lined streets bordering the square, although the shops were closed.  Restaurants had a fairly good flow of customers, including me.  I got carryout to bring back to the hotel for our dinner.
 
I'm on a road trip from San Antonio to Belleville, Illinois, traveling with my daughter in her car, and her three bulldogs in my rented SUV.  It was great to find a new place to take a photo walk tonight, a welcome respite from all the driving.
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/9/my-photo-walk-sulphur-springs-texas Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:11:31 GMT
My Photo Walk: Owls Head, Maine https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/8/my-photo-walk-owls-head-maine (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

27 - Owls Head 127 - Owls Head 1 27 - Owls Head 527 - Owls Head 5 On our trip down the Maine coast, we stopped at Owls Head State Park, where two trails split.  The one heading uphill goes to a lighthouse, and the one heading downhill leads to a rocky beach at the base of the cliff upon which the lighthouse sits.

27 - Owls Head 627 - Owls Head 6 27 - Owls Head 727 - Owls Head 7 27 - Owls Head 227 - Owls Head 2 Norma and I walked first to the lighthouse, where a group of cyclists were taking a rest in the grass below the steps, admiring the ocean view.  It was 9:30 in the morning, and the lighthouse would not open until 10.  We chatted with the small group, then walked back to the path leading to the beach.  At the beach, we photographed seaweed and rocks and shells.

27 - Owls Head 427 - Owls Head 4 Upon leaving the lighthouse, we stopped at the small town, where there is a post office housed in a Victorian home, a general store, and a small harbor.  Fishermen were working on their boats while gulls tussled with each other on the beach to firmly establish who was in charge.  The marina had great shingled outbuildings, some hung with lobster buoys.

27 - Owls Head 327 - Owls Head 3 Owls Head is such an authentic coastal village:  no trendy shops, lots of working boats, and a few small homes clustered by the post office.  The park and lighthouse draw you in, but the harbor and village are places that deserve some time if you should ever visit with your camera.

 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/8/my-photo-walk-owls-head-maine Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:01:24 GMT
My Photo Walk: Camden, Maine https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/8/my-photo-walk-camden-maine (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

27 - Camden 327 - Camden 3 27 - Camden 127 - Camden 1 Maine in the summer is one of my favorite places to be.  The air is clear and cool, gardens are lush with bloom, sailboats dot the waters, and lobster rolls beckon from every eating establishment.  Yes, the coastal roads are clogged with tourists, but in general, people here relish this soft, warm season, and make the most of it before summer ends.
 
27 - Camden 227 - Camden 2The library cupola Camden, Maine, is an iconic seaside town.  Settled in the late 1790's at the foot of the Camden Hills on Penobscot Bay, it is an affluent place, in contrast to much of interior Maine.  The town has enjoyed prosperity due to its harbor, shipbuilding, the leisure cruise schooner business, and the location of a major credit card issuer, which located its offices in a former woolen mill.
 
27 - Camden 427 - Camden 4 In 1892, most of the downtown area was destroyed in a fire, and the decision was made to rebuild in brick.  Wealthy families who had built summer homes in Camden also gave generously, so the town has a grand brick library, an opera house, and an amphitheater.
 
27 - Camden 527 - Camden 5 27 - Camden 627 - Camden 6 Norma and I walked downtown after the closing presentation at Maine Media Workshops on Friday night.  We brought our cameras and tripods for a night photo walk, because after taking the course, we won't let the lack of daylight stop our photography efforts.  I wish I had taken the night photography course before all those months of photo walking!
 
We admired the lush flower baskets on the streetlights, the shop windows, the library grounds and its view of the harbor, the masted schooners in the harbor, the church spires, and more.  Tourists were out enjoying the summer night with us.  
 
27 - Camden 727 - Camden 7 Today we're off to more adventures, and Maine is a great place to have them.
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/8/my-photo-walk-camden-maine Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:18:27 GMT
My Photo Walk: Belleville, Illinois https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-belleville-illinois (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

22 - Belleville 522 - Belleville 5 22 - Belleville 222 - Belleville 2 My daughter Lauren is in the Air Force, and she is relocating to Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, IL.  We came here to house hunt this week, which was happily a success, and before we leave tomorrow, I wanted to do a photo walk in the town.
 
In 1814 George Blair named the town Belleville, French for "Beautiful City," hoping to attract newcomers to settle here.  By the mid 1800's, German immigrants flocked here to live, and they comprised 90% of the population.  Coal mining came to the area, along with iron foundries, and the town grew, especially with the arrival of the steam engine railroad to move goods.  Today, Belleville is a suburb of St. Louis, 30 minutes to the west, and the air force base, located to the east, brings in lots of military and support personnel.
 
22 - Belleville 122 - Belleville 1 22 - Belleville 322 - Belleville 3 Belleville's main street is wide, lined with shops and restaurants on both sides.  There were only a few vacant storefronts when I walked today.  I especially liked Ben's, a huge variety store with arts and crafts, clothing, framing, toys, artificial flowers, and more.  I found an antiques and vintage clothing shop housed in an old hardware store known as Keil's.  
 
I walked about five blocks each way along East Main.  In the middle of Main Street there is a public square with a flowing fountain.  Beyond it is West Main.  On the brick walls of some of the buildings there were murals and fading advertising signs.  Do you know what "relieves fatigue" and only costs 5 cents?  It's still going strong today, but at higher prices.
 
22 - Belleville 422 - Belleville 4 22 - Belleville 622 - Belleville 6 Surrounding the old town of Belleville are modern shopping centers and big box stores, but there's still charm and plenty of local business in downtown Belleville.  I'll be back, I'm sure.
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-belleville-illinois Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:28:45 GMT
My Photo Walk: Edwardsville, Illinois https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-edwardsville-illinois (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

20 - Edwardsville 220 - Edwardsville 2 20 - Edwardsville 620 - Edwardsville 6This fellow was over the top of a frozen foods business. Things are going well here at Scott AFB near Belleville, Illinois.  My daughter Lauren and I are here in base lodging while we look for a house for her to buy in the area.  We've seen some great options and are working out the details.  
 
This part of Illinois looks a lot like the Eastern Shore of Maryland, minus the water.  There are farms, cornfields, soybean fields, and small towns along Rt. 50, which also runs through Belleville.  It's hard to believe that St. Louis, MO, is only 30 minutes away.
 
20 - Edwardsville 820 - Edwardsville 8The marshy area at the Watershed. See the kingfisher? 20 - Edwardsville 520 - Edwardsville 5Blue dragonfly Today I explored Edwardsville, north of here.  It's a county seat, so it has a busy-ish downtown, with a few people walking around in professional dress on a very hot, steamy day.  Just outside of Edwardsville is the Watershed Nature Center, so I started my walk there.  The nature center was closed, but there was a marshy area with turtles and frogs, cattails, "marsh-mallows," and lots of bird life.  
 
20 - Edwardsville 120 - Edwardsville 1 20 Edwardsville 420 Edwardsville 4 Next I returned to town and walked up and down Main Street, finding various stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes.  There was an import store, a dog treat/accessory store, a camera store (yay!), an old theater, and a clothing store.  Of course there were the usual professional office, such as a funeral home, doctor's offices, and lawyer's offices.  My favorite was the "The Stagger Inn Again," which ranks for bar names right up there with "Dew Drop Inn" and "The Buzzard's Rest."
 
I talked to the clerk in the camera shop, who told me a "back roads" way to get back to base, which I took.  I found a great roadside produce stand, with scales to weigh your purchase (I bought tomatoes), and a money box for the honesty system.  I paid.
 
20 - Edwardsville 320 - Edwardsville 3 It's five o'clock here on base, and the loudspeakers are playing "Retreat," followed by the "Star Spangled Banner."  They do this every evening.  Makes me feel proud each time to be an Air Force Mom.
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-edwardsville-illinois Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:18:32 GMT
My Photo Walk: Madison, Indiana https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-madison-indiana (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

16 - Madison 116 - Madison 1 16 - Madison 216 - Madison 2 Last night, in my effort to avoid a city, especially at rush hour, I probably added four more hours to my trip.  At Athens, Ohio, I drove south until I reached Aberdeen, a town on the Ohio River, where I found the last motel room for the night.  This morning, I drove across the river to Marysville, Kentucky, and then headed west through various back roads, to finally reach another bridge at Milton, which took me back across the river to Madison, Indiana.
 
The ride along the country roads was chock full of great photo ops, but the problem is, the roads are full of hills and blind curves, with no shoulders at all.  It's unsafe to stop the car in the middle of the road for a photo, when a car or truck might come barreling over the ridge and take you out.  Therefore, I decided just to enjoy the scenery, which was beautiful.
 
16 - Madison 316 - Madison 3 16 - Madison 416 - Madison 4 At Madison, I discovered quite the downtown area.  I traveled through at least five blocks before deciding to stop and park.  I was hungry and in much need of a walk.
 
I started at the public library, which is a great place for bathrooms and information.  A friendly local couple advised me on where to go to find lunch, and they shared some of their memories of back roads tripping with me.  A farmer's market was just wrapping up at the town fountain.
 
There is so much more to Madison than I had time to cover today.  According to my research, 133 blocks of town are considered a National Historic Landmark!  In addition to the wide main street lined with businesses and restaurants, there is a beautiful waterfront as well, that I did not get to walk today.  Nor was I able to cover any of the charming residential streets.  I could have spent a week in this place.
 
16 - Madison 516 - Madison 5 16 - Madison 716 - Madison 7 I walked for about 30 minutes, stopping in and out of a few of the shops, and found lunch, too.  Then I had to leave this pretty town behind to continue my journey to Illinois.  Adding extra hours to the trip was worth it, now that I know about Madison.  I hope to visit it again!
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-madison-indiana Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:38:53 GMT
My Photo Walk: Chillicothe, Ohio https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-chillicothe-ohio (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

15 - Chillicothe 415 - Chillicothe 4The courthouse where the trial was taking place. 15 - Chillicothe 115 - Chillicothe 1 Before I got to Chillicothe, an Ohio town along Rt. 50, I wondered how to pronounce its name.  
 
It reminded me of the joke about the couple who argued all the way to Florida about how to pronounce Kissimmee.  Upon entering the city limits, the man stormed out of the car and into a fast food place, where he collared a hapless cashier, fiercely saying,"I have something very important I need you to do.  Very slowly, and very clearly, I need you to pronounce the name of this place!"  The cashier, scared witless, looked at the aggravated man and said, "Mac-Don-alds."  
 
Not wanting some poor cashier to meet the same fate, I turned on the radio and lucked into a local station that gave the weather forecast for Chillicothe.  It rhymes with Chill-a-coffee.  Just substitute the "th" sound for the "ff" in coffee.  Now you know!
 
15 - Chillicothe 215 - Chillicothe 2You don't see these too often anymore. Chillicothe is the county seat, and a large courthouse building occupies downtown.  As I was walking along its wide, tree-lined streets, I noticed news stations with video cameras on tripods set up outside the courthouse.  I asked someone waiting with me for the light to change at an intersection why they were there.  He said that the jury had just gone into deliberation on a big murder trial.  Apparently, the defendant was declared guilty a few hours after I left town.  Here is a link to the trial and the verdict
 
15 - Chillicothe 315 - Chillicothe 3 15 - Chillicothe 515 - Chillicothe 5 This downtown was fairly large, with a lot of stores supported by the people who work there, as well as the tourists who come to the area to visit the Native American sites nearby.  There is also a branch of Ohio University here, as well as an audio engineering school.
 
After leaving Chillicothe, I decided to head south to the Kentucky border, to avoid rush hour traffic around Cincinnati.  I found the last motel room in Aberdeen, on the Ohio River.  There's a big bass fishing tournament tomorrow, and I am the only non-fisherman here, I'm sure.  
 
Tomorrow I'll continue on my way to St. Louis, hoping to find another great place for a photo walk.  
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-chillicothe-ohio Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:42:51 GMT
My Photo Walk: Grafton, WV https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-grafton-wv (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

14 - Grafton 714 - Grafton 7An old truck near Grantsville, MD 14 - Grafton 814 - Grafton 8A Western Maryland barn For more than 30 years, I drove a dual lane highway to work and back, along U.S. Rt. 50.  It was a relatively easy commute, with few traffic lights and long, flat, straight stretches.  Today, however, I drove a very different Rt. 50, from Redhouse, MD, which is south of Oakland, on into Grafton, WV.  
 
It was a hot, sunny July day, with temps in the 90's at home, but along the twisty, uphill and downhill, shady portions of Rt. 50 in WV, the temperature dropped to 81, and I put the top down on the Audi.  It's a good thing my car loves those curves and hills and switchbacks; I love the guardrails that kept me from going over the edge!
 
14 - Grafton 114 - Grafton 1Lichen covered Case tractor 14 - Grafton 214 - Grafton 2A caboose at Cool Spring Park in WV I'm on a road trip to St. Louis to meet my daughter, Lauren, who flies in on Sunday.  We'll be house hunting for her there, but I decided to combine a trip of necessity with one of pleasure.  I adore a road trip along back roads, taking the scenic route.  And today, as I worked my way through Western Maryland and eastern WV, I saw plenty of Queen Anne's lace bobbing in the breeze, admired wind generators twirling on the tops of ridges, and smelled fresh manure spread on fields.  What a great way to spend a summer day!
 
Old tractors at Cool Spring Park 14 - Grafton 414 - Grafton 4One of the wall murals in Grafton In places, Rt. 50 totally lost its center stripes.  For long stretches, I wasn't even sure I was still on the right road, when faint lines would appear again, only to disappear once more.  Reassuring Rt. 50 signs every now and then were a welcome sight.
 
I emerged from some of the twistiest roads to cross the Cheat River, and soon after stopped at the Cool Spring Park, which has a collection of old rusty farm implements, tractors, milling equipment, and train stuff.  What amazed me about this park was the total lack of "Do Not Play on Equipment" and "Do Not Touch" signs.  One couple was climbing up on everything, and even boarding the crumbling red caboose.  Burrows and turkeys were roaming the grounds.  Everything was covered in rust and decorated with lichens.
 
14 - Grafton 514 - Grafton 5Old advertising on the side of a building in Grafton 14 - Grafton 614 - Grafton 6The old Willard Hotel and B&O Railroad station in Grafton. Next I found Grafton, an old WV railroad town.  Grafton played a role in the Civil War, and soon after became a railroad hub.  The now defunct Grafton B&O Railroad station and the adjoining Willard Hotel were the center of activity in the early 1900's, when as many as 33 passenger trains came through daily.
 
Grafton is also the home and birthplace of Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother's Day.  The first official Mother's Day service was held in a Grafton church on May 10, 1908.
 
14 - Grafton 914 - Grafton 9Stairway to nowhere. Not much was happening in Grafton today.  The downtown is quiet, with many closed and empty storefronts, which is typical of so many small towns.  The pool hall had a few talkers sitting on the bench out front.  As I walked the town, there were lots of sets of concrete steps leading uphill from Main Street, but they did not seem to have a particular destination at the end.  Maybe old homes or hotels were at the top one time, but it was odd to see so many stairways to nowhere.
 
I'm spending the night at the Tygart Lake Lodge, before continuing my drive along old Rt. 50.  More on my adventure tomorrow!
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-grafton-wv Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:41:09 GMT
My Photo Walk: Along the National Road https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-along-the-national-road (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

1 - NR 11 - NR 1I'm always curious about this flag. Today I stopped to take a photo. 1 - NR 41 - NR 4Quilt barns are common in Western Maryland, to help preserve the quilting tradition. Today's road trip is not a photo walk, but what the heck.  I decided to blog about it anyway.  
 
Instead of zooming along Rt. 70 and Rt. 68, I chose my favorite slower way to get to Western Maryland, which is to follow what is known as the Old National Pike, or the National Road.  In many places, it parallels Rt. 70, and after Hancock, Rt. 68.  The pace is a little slower, and the scenery is wonderful.  
 
1 - NR 61 - NR 6 Old National Pike follows Rt. 144, Route 40, and in places, Alt. 40.  Sometimes the road signs label it Scenic 40, which it is.  On this July day, the roadside slopes were filled with orange daylilies, pink and purple wild phlox, and nodding white daisies.  Rolls of hay, red barns, cows, and distant blue mountains added to the scenery.  
 
1 - NR 51 - NR 5 The small towns along the way include Clear Spring, Hancock, Lavale, Frostburg, and Grantsville.  It was a treat to ride along the main streets of Grantsville, where every telephone pole sported a full sized American flag.  The front porches of houses along the road displayed bunting along the rails, and pots of red geraniums on the steps.  
 
1 - NR 21 - NR 2 1 - NR 81 - NR 8 I stopped in Hancock for lunch at a park, and passed one of two toll houses remaining from the days when tolls were charged to travelers along the road.  I stopped at the second toll house, in Lavale, for a photo.  You can see from the toll list what kinds of travelers used the National Road.
 
The National Road was the first Federally funded highway in the U.S.  Construction began in 1811 and ended in the late 1840's.  It runs from Baltimore to East St. Louis, and it runs right through New Market and Frederick, where we know it as Rt. 144 and Patrick Street.  Stone markers were placed every mile along the road.  In Frederick County, they look like granite tombstones, but farther west, they are white obelisks.  
 
1 - NR 31 - NR 3 1 - NR 71 - NR 7 My friend Russ Poole wrote a book about the road, which is for sale at the gift gallery at the Delaplaine, or you can order it here.
 
Next time you need to go to Western Maryland, try the Old National Pike.  It was far less crowded than the super highway, and it feels like an old fashioned road trip, my favorite way to travel.
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/7/my-photo-walk-along-the-national-road Sat, 02 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
My Photo Walk: It's Lilypons Time Again! https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/6/my-photo-walk-its-lilypons-time-again (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

12 - Lilypons 312 - Lilypons 3 12 - Lilypons 212 - Lilypons 2 Although any season is a great time to visit Lilypons, summer is when the water lilies reach peak bloom, soon to be followed by the lotus.  Norma and I walked around this morning, seeking water lilies and frogs, and we wanted to check on the progress of the lotus.  Only a few lotus in the sale area were in bloom.  The large ponds have a few weeks to go.

 

12 - Lilypons 412 - Lilypons 4 12 - Lilypons 512 - Lilypons 5 We were fascinated by the water tanks holding live fish for sale; the green plastic roof reflected on the water in some of the tanks, and with the bubbles floating by, great abstract images were possible.  After the fish tanks, we visited the koi pond, where fish at least 15" long came to see if we had food.

 

12 - Lilypons 612 - Lilypons 6 12 - Lilypons 112 - Lilypons 1 We found a frog who patiently posed.  A nearby snake slithered into the growth near the raised water ponds under the trees.

 

This will be the first of many visits this season, I am sure.  Lilypons is always a favorite location for both a walk and for photos.

 

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/6/my-photo-walk-its-lilypons-time-again Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:24:39 GMT
My Photo Walk: Fresh Pond Trail https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/5/my-photo-walk-fresh-pond-trail (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

This morning I took a walk along one of the Delaware trails here at Bethany Beach, Delaware.  The trail is called Fresh Pond, and it is paved and well maintained.  Along the mile I walked I saw various birds, flowers, webs, and wildlife.  Enjoy these photos from my walk!
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/5/my-photo-walk-fresh-pond-trail Thu, 12 May 2016 14:45:52 GMT
My Photo Walk: Brookside Gardens https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/5/my-photo-walk-brookside-gardens (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

A visit to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland, never disappoints.  Even though we've had nothing but days on end of dreary weather, friends Norma and Connie and I visited there today, knowing that we'd have diffused light and plenty of wet flowers to photograph.  The butterfly house has recently reopened, too, so that was a special treat.  We managed to dodge the hordes of elementary school kids who had just exited on a school field trip.

 

Enjoy the photos!

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/5/my-photo-walk-brookside-gardens Mon, 02 May 2016 21:43:42 GMT
My Photo Walk: Historic Yates Mill https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/4/my-photo-walk-historic-yates-mill 19 - Yates 319 - Yates 3 19 - Yates 419 - Yates 4 (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

I am visiting in Cary, North Carolina, with my friend Jan.  Yesterday we went to the Yates Mill, which is a beautiful county park.  The mill itself was built in 1756, and it is the last surviving grist mill in Wake County.  
 
19 - Yates 119 - Yates 1 19 - Yates 519 - Yates 5 When we arrived, a class of plein air painters was surrounding the mill.  Large sloping rocks face the mill, where some of the painters had set up.  The still day and warm weather made for great painting conditions.
 
After chatting with the artists, we walked the entire path around the lake, hearing frogs and birds, spying turtles and lizards.  A Canada goose was sitting on her nest by the water.
 
19 - Yates 219 - Yates 2 19 - Yates 619 - Yates 6 This park is popular with photographers who bring clients here for portraits.  Today it was a magnet for artists and walkers like us.
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/4/my-photo-walk-historic-yates-mill Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:42:13 GMT
My Photo Walk: A Wonderful Bluebell Day https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/4/my-photo-walk-a-wonderful-bluebell-day (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

6 - C&O 16 - C&O 1 I went to church today.  With me in the sanctuary were Robin, Flicker, Chickadee, Cardinal, and Wren.  The sanctuary was decorated with bluebells, white bleeding heart, violets, spring beauties, and Dutchman's breeches.  The sky was blue and the air was fresh.  

 

Whenever I walk in a beautiful place, at one with nature, I feel a spiritual connection.  All feels right with the world as I walk among its beauty.

 

My walk today was along a section of the C&O Canal, between Noland's Ferry and Point of Rocks.  You don't have to travel far down the path to find the bluebells, but the small white wildflowers greet you first.  I did not encounter another person on my 2.25 mile walk; I had it all to myself.

 

Enjoy these photos.  I hope you get out to experience a peaceful nature walk soon, too.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/4/my-photo-walk-a-wonderful-bluebell-day Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:17:04 GMT
My Photo Walk: Bluebells at Worthington Farm https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/4/my-photo-walk-bluebells-at-worthington-farm (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

2 - BB 42 - BB 4 2 - BB 52 - BB 5 2 - BB 62 - BB 6 One of my favorite places to walk is along the Ford Loop at Worthington Farm, part of the Monocacy National Battlefield.  This Civil War farmhouse was the scene of some serious fighting, but today it is a peaceful place where we can enjoy nature.

 

The Ford Loop is listed as 1.6 miles long, and the first half of it parallels the river.  After that, it parallels the fields where cows graze.  I wanted to check on the status of the bluebells along the river today.  They are a little early, but today's rainy weather cleared up, and with the promise of frost and even snow the rest of the weekend, I didn't want to miss them if they were in bloom.

 

2 - BB 72 - BB 7 2 - BB 12 - BB 1 As with the bluebells at Riverside Park, there did not seem to be as many this year.  The masses of blue were more like small clumps, here and there.  But they did not disappoint.  I also saw spring beauty and Star of Bethlehem.  

 

Next week will be quite cold, and I hope the bluebells will still be there, and not harmed by the frost.  I'll do one more check on Riverside Park next week.  Enjoy!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/4/my-photo-walk-bluebells-at-worthington-farm Sat, 02 Apr 2016 19:25:44 GMT
My Photo Walk: Are the Bluebells Ready? https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-are-the-bluebells-ready (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

29 - Bluebells 129 - Bluebells 1 29 - Bluebells 229 - Bluebells 2Most were tight buds. Today I visited one of my favorite places to photograph Virginia bluebells along the Monocacy River.  It's still a little early, and the day was breezy and chilly, but I took a good long walk, hoping to not only check on the bluebells, but to see if I could spot any other wildflowers, like Dutchman's breeches or trout lilies.

 

The place I love to find bluebells is at Riverside Park by the Walmart near the intersection of Rt. 26 and Monocacy Blvd in Frederick.  The park has soccer fields and a boat ramp, as well as a paved walking/biking path that parallels the river.  Once you park in the lot, follow the paved path by walking under the bridge that carries Monocacy Blvd overhead.

 

29 - Bluebells 429 - Bluebells 4 29 - Bluebells 529 - Bluebells 5 While walking the path, you can see an island to your right, which seems inaccessible, until you cross over a drainage area filled with large rocks that is some distance along the path.  After the drainage area, take the footpath to the right and follow it until you see the end of the island on your right.  Down the dirt path to your right will be a small wooden planked walkway that you can use to cross over to the island.  It is on the island where the bluebells are abundant.

 

The bluebells were in tight buds on the east side of the island, but I circled the entire island, and on the west side, a few were in bloom.  In a week or so, there will be knee-high blue everywhere.  Today I did not find any of the aforementioned wildflowers, but I did see violets, spring beauties, purple hensbit, and carpet upon carpet of lesser celandine, an invasive species that is taking over.  It carpets the ground on either side of the path and drapes itself down the banks of the river.  It will soon be in full bloom, covered with yellow flowers.

 

29 - Bluebells 329 - Bluebells 3 The Monocacy is an amazing river.  It floods every year when heavy rains come, but the wildflowers seem to recover and bloom each year, reminding us that spring is a time of renewal.  Hopefully, in about a week, we will all be treated to a bluebell bonanza.

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-are-the-bluebells-ready Tue, 29 Mar 2016 21:54:21 GMT
My Photo Walk: Florence, Arizona https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-florence-arizona (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

22 - Florence 322 - Florence 3The most unusual hardware store in Arizona 22 - Florence 522 - Florence 5The current courthouse Almost the entire town of Florence, Arizona, is on the National Register of Historic Sites.  The brown "historic district" sign lured me in from the highway on my travels from Tucson back to Phoenix.  I just can't resist those signs.

 

When I arrived around 9:00 in the morning, all was quiet in this small town.  Businesses were just beginning to open their doors.  The old-timers who like to sit on benches under the shade of awnings, keeping an eye on all town doings, were just beginning to settle into their places.

 

22 - Florence 722 - Florence 7Celebrating 150 years 22 - Florence 122 - Florence 1Why do they need so many fancy hats in Florence? I should have asked. I found easy parking on the street and walked from one end of the town to the other.  Numerous old adobe-style buildings had historical markers attached to the sides, indicating which were originally private homes, the town jail, the old courthouse, the town's hotel, etc.  All of these buildings were now finding other uses, such as the original town hall/police station, which now houses a copper shop.

 

22 - Florence 622 - Florence 6 22 - Florence 222 - Florence 2 Florence boasts the most unusual hardware store in Arizona, and it may well be one of the most unusual in the U.S.  It's billed as a True Value hardware, but it is much more than that.  Inside are historical displays, cases of jewelry, racks of clothing, a wall of very fancy hats, a talking dummy that is triggered by motion (he tells about the store's history), as well as the usual hardware fare.  The people inside were very friendly and used to tourists asking questions.

 

The original courthouse is now a museum and visitor center; the old hotel houses clothing shops; the sidewalks have been given a thorough streetscaping treatment, and the town has a definite "old time" flair without being touristy.  Lots of history and interesting things happened in Florence, if you read what's at this link:  History.

 

22 - Florence 422 - Florence 4 22 - Florence 822 - Florence 8Former police station turned copper shop. As I left town, the old-timers were firmly in place, keeping  an eye on a newcomer like me.  They nodded as I passed, assured that I had not disturbed the peace.  Another day was underway in Florence, Arizona.

 

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-florence-arizona Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:01:44 GMT
My Photo Walk: Signal Hill Petroglyphs https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-signal-hill-petroglyphs (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

18 - Signal Hill 118 - Signal Hill 1 Signal Hill is a large pile of rocks at a picnic area in Saguaro National Forest near Tucson, Arizona.  Stone steps, courtesy of the Civilian Conservation Corps workers, were created up the hill in 1934, along with the stone picnic pavilions at this part of the park.  At the top of the hill are petroglyphs created by the prehistoric Hohokam people.
 
18 - Signal Hill 218 - Signal Hill 2 18 - Signal Hill 318 - Signal Hill 3 I was with my photography group trip, and our leader Gordon volunteered to lead the way up the rocky hill, in order to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, who love rocky hills.  At first, that was enough to keep me from joining the group.  I don't react well to insect bites, and I knew that a snake bite would be much worse, if not deadly.  
 
18 - Signal Hill 518 - Signal Hill 5 18 - Signal Hill 718 - Signal Hill 7 I stayed around the picnic area with a couple of others, but when Larry from our group returned to the car so that he could get the right lens for photographing the red blooms on a cholla cactus, I climbed the steps along with him, and I discovered that it was much easier than it looked from down below.  Besides, all the rattlesnakes were probably hiding from the 20 people who had already made their way to the top.
 
18 - Signal Hill 618 - Signal Hill 6 18 - Signal Hill 818 - Signal Hill 8 The view of the saguaro trees and distant mountains was good from the top of the hill.  The late afternoon sun lit the cholla blossoms nicely.  Near sunset, we all returned to the parking area to try to find a good place to photograph silhouettes of the trees as the sun dipped behind the mountains, but it wasn't easy to find a good spot that wasn't obscured by bushes.  The sky turned a dustyl orange for a brief period, and the desired clouds every photographer loves were nowhere to be found.
 
18 - Signal Hill 418 - Signal Hill 4 Still, I'm glad I saw the petroglyphs, the red cholla flowers, and no rattlesnakes.
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-signal-hill-petroglyphs Sat, 19 Mar 2016 04:37:06 GMT
My Photo Walk: Tucson Botanical Gardens https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-tucson-botanical-gardens Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

The Tucson Botanical Gardens is called one of the best kept secret gardens in the US.  It covers 5 acres near downtown Tucson, and the variety packed into those five acres is amazing.  There are cactus gardens (of course), desert wildflowers, backyard bird, Native American, children's, herb, Zen gardens, and more.  A miniature train village of old Tucson is a big draw, as is the butterfly house.
 
I spent about three hours there today, enjoying it immensely and even taking time to sit on one of the shady benches and just watch birds and people and soak in the fragrant air.
 
Enjoy my pix!
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-tucson-botanical-gardens Thu, 17 Mar 2016 22:54:36 GMT
My Photo Walk: Tucson's "Old Town" Neighborhood, the Barrio Viejo https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-tucsons-old-town-neighborhood-the-barrio-viejo (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

16 - Barrio Viejo 116 - Barrio Viejo 1 16 - Barrio Viejo 416 - Barrio Viejo 4 If you Google Tucson photo opportunities, one that rises to the top is to visit the neighborhoods with old adobe style dwellings.  The information you find will also tell you that a lot of the area was razed to make way for the Tucson Convention Center, but there are still some streets left with these old homes.  Some are fixed up, some are not.  Clearly there is some "gentrification" going on, judging from the custom metal work on the gates, the yard sculptures and landscaping, and the expensive cars parked out front of a few of the homes.
 
16 - Barrio Viejo 216 - Barrio Viejo 2Detail on metal window bars 16 - Barrio Viejo 516 - Barrio Viejo 5 Speaking of cars, there were lots of great little houses I wanted to photograph straight on, but as with any city neighborhood, cars were snuggled up almost to the front doors, hugging the sidewalks.  In some places the sidewalks were reduced to rubble, but the streets were wide and it was easy to navigate.
 
 
16 - Barrio Viejo 816 - Barrio Viejo 8 16 - Barrio Viejo 916 - Barrio Viejo 9 I parked at the Children's Museum, as suggested online, and walked the several blocks to the streets with the adobes.  Once I found them, I wandered up and down a number of the streets, finding lots of great photo opportunities.  I don't know what the people who live in these homes think of the tourists, but I only saw a few out and about.
 
16 - Barrio Viejo 616 - Barrio Viejo 6 16 - Barrio Viejo 716 - Barrio Viejo 7 It was hot, the sky was a clear blue, and there was no shade to be found.  I was happy I had worn my hat, applied sunscreen, and had cold water waiting for me back in the car.  I was in my element, walking an historic district.  A Tuscon photo opp it surely was, especially for me.
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-photo-walk-tucsons-old-town-neighborhood-the-barrio-viejo Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:47:25 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Love is in the Air! https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-daily-photo-walk-love-is-in-the-air (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

8 - Lilypons 18 - Lilypons 1 8 - Lilypons 28 - Lilypons 2 What a beautiful day!  I had absolutely no excuse not to get out and do a photo walk, so I chose Lily Pons, mostly to see if there was any nesting activity going on in the big sycamore where the great blue herons have nested in years past.  For some reason, they abandoned the nests last year, but I am hopeful that they will return.

 

No great blues were nesting today, and in fact, I only saw one who flew away before I could get a photo.  I walked all around, seeing red winged blackbirds, swallows, a mockingbird, a pair of mallards, and about a dozen Canada geese.  It really was very quiet, wildlife wise, at Lilypons.

 

8 - Lilypons 48 - Lilypons 4 8 - Lilypons 58 - Lilypons 5 However, the snapping turtles were doing some rolling around in the water together, occasionally sticking a head up for air.  I found a couple of large single snappers, too, taking advantage of a swim around or a bask in the sun.

 

Today I was using a camera I rarely use, to see if I want to keep it or to sell it.  It is one of those super zooms, 42X.  It does a good job with the zoom if you have it on a tripod.  Otherwise, the zoom at its maximum tends to magnify any movement on my part.  But it also does not have features I have come to love in a camera, such as moving the focal point around, shooting in RAW, viewing the histogram after a shot, or an articulated screen.  The viewfinder is also very tiny.  I've decided it will leave my inventory and hopefully go to a beginner who will be happy to use its automatic features and be thrilled with the zoom.  

 

8 - Lilypons 38 - Lilypons 3 8 - Lilypons 68 - Lilypons 6 After all, if you are going on a photo walk, you don't to have to lug a tripod, and you do want to be able to check your shots for proper exposure.  At least, I do.  And today, my camera was not able to meet my demands, even if the shots turned out to be fine.

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/3/my-daily-photo-walk-love-is-in-the-air Tue, 08 Mar 2016 20:18:06 GMT
My Photo Walk: Leu Gardens in Orlando, FL https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-leu-gardens-in-orlando-fl (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

Being a "northerner," it always amazes me when I see house plants like philodendron and poinsettias and croton growing outside in Florida.  I also love the way Spanish moss hangs from the trees and bushes, gently swaying in the breeze like gauzy curtains.  Yesterday I walked the Harry P. Leu Gardens, which are beautiful.  The rose gardens and camellias are not to be missed.  Alas, the roses had just been pruned when I was there, but the camellias were still going strong.  These gardens are definitely worthy of spending an entire afternoon next time you're in Orlando.

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-leu-gardens-in-orlando-fl Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:29:04 GMT
My Photo Walk: Cocoa Village, FL https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-cocoa-village-fl (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

24 - Cocoa Village 524 - Cocoa Village 5 24 - Cocoa Village 224 - Cocoa Village 2 Knowing that it would rain today, I decided to visit Cocoa Village near Cocoa, FL.  It consists of many small shops and boutiques and restaurants all tucked into tree lined streets and old "downtown" buildings.  Cocoa Village is a shopping destination for tourists, and the shops certainly do cater to them, with seashore themed gifts and art, cruise wear, and plenty of good places to eat.  
 
24 - Cocoa Village 424 - Cocoa Village 4 24 - Cocoa Village 724 - Cocoa Village 7 It was raining when I parked, so I donned my rain gear and took off with the camera zipped under my jacket.  I popped in and out of almost every shop in the district, and at noon I treated myself to ice cream.  When I emerged from the ice cream shop, the sun was shining.  I returned to the car, stowed my jacket, and explored more.  There is a large town "square" near the Indian River, with an outdoor theater.  A boardwalk with boat slips follows the river banks.  
 
24 - Cocoa Village 324 - Cocoa Village 3The Porcher House, 1916 24 - Cocoa Village 624 - Cocoa Village 6 Here is the history of the place, copied from the town's website:  

In the early 1900’s, Stone Street (formerly Magnolia Street) came all the way through from U.S.1 to Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. There was no tranquil little park, carefully tended plants and flowers or a charming gazebo. In the 1960’s there was an inspirational woman, a city councilperson who loved Cocoa and devoted herself to its improvement; her name was Myrtice Tharpe (1913-1982). She owned Myrt’s, a popular restaurant (where the Tulip Restaurant now stands) where city business was conducted over a good meal.

After she passed away, the intersection at Brevard and Stone was closed. The Rotary Club built the Myrtice Tharpe Square landmark to honor her memory.

Spending a good portion of the day in Cocoa Village was a good decision for a rainy day.
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-cocoa-village-fl Thu, 25 Feb 2016 02:22:20 GMT
My Photo Walk: New Smyrna and New Smyrna Beach, FL https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-new-smyrna-and-new-smyrna-beach-fl (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

23 - NSB 223 - NSB 2 23 - NSB 323 - NSB 3 Two closely related coastal towns are connected by a bridge over the North Indian River on the Intracoastal Waterway:  New Smyrna and New Smyrna Beach.  Not knowing that there was a difference, or even that there were two, my plan this morning after sunrise at Merritt Island was to head north on Rt. 1 to New Smyrna Beach.
 
23 - NSB 623 - NSB 6I want this! 23 - NSB 423 - NSB 4 I pulled into New Smyrna, thinking that this was my destination, as recommended by my Airbnb host Brandy.  I had told her I wanted to see small, historic towns with great little shops, so on her advice, I chose this place.  It had an historic district with cool little shops, so I parked in front of city hall and walked the length of Canal Street end to end.  I went in and out of gift shops, galleries, and clothing boutiques.  It was quite an enjoyable jaunt.
 
23 - NSB 523 - NSB 5 23 - NSB 123 - NSB 1 I wandered toward the marina, and spied a sign for a seafood restaurant, Dolphin's View, tucked in back of a boat yard.  I sat outside on the porch, where customers had to fend off hungry, french-fry snatching grackles.  During my lunch, dolphins did in fact roll by, and I managed to catch one with my camera.
 
After lunch, I drove east across the bridge, only to encounter even more cool shops on yet another historic street.  I stopped into a salon for a haircut, which is where I learned that now I was indeed in New Smyrna Beach, my original destination.
 
23 - NSB 723 - NSB 7This is how I want to roll! Actually, these are ice chests. 23 - NSB 823 - NSB 8 I wandered in and out of shops once more, until I reached the beach, where a "Flagler Avenue" banner stands over the road, much like on the Ocean City boardwalk.  I saw people playing shuffleboard, which I had only read about.  I saw chickens in a yard, and everyone walking the streets, except me, was in flip-flops.  I felt that I was truly in Florida.  My white hair fit right in with the shoppers on the streets.  After all, who but us retired folks can enjoy strolling small shops on a winter weekday?
 
All in all, it was not a bad way to spend a February afternoon.
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-new-smyrna-and-new-smyrna-beach-fl Tue, 23 Feb 2016 23:47:18 GMT
My Photo Walk: Gatorland in Orlando, FL https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-gatorland-in-orlando-fl (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

22 - Gatorland 1122 - Gatorland 11Common egret chicks 22 - Gatorland 422 - Gatorland 4 In my opinion, Gatorland is a place everyone should visit when you come to Orlando.  It's far more than lazy gators lying around in concrete pools, but unless you read the brochure carefully and don't venture out back to the breeding marsh, you'd think it was mostly lazy gators lying around in concrete pools.
 
22 - Gatorland 522 - Gatorland 5 22 - Gatorland 822 - Gatorland 8 At the entrance is a large concrete gator head, with big white teeth.  It's a family photo op.  Next you pay for your admission ticket, but a senior rate is not posted.  Ask for it, if you qualify, and the $11.50 you pay is a huge savings over the normal $27 ticket.
 
22 - Gatorland 622 - Gatorland 6 22 - Gatorland 122 - Gatorland 1 After you walk past all of the lazy gators in the concrete pools, you'll find the breeding marsh, aka rookery, at the rear.  A boardwalk surrounds the large lake-like area, where free roaming (and again lazy sleeping) alligators are mostly on the edges, and in the trees and bushes are bird after bird after bird.  This time of year, they are nesting, and the large blue eggs of the white egrets are beginning to hatch.  In some places, you can practically reach out and touch them.
 
22 - Gatorland 922 - Gatorland 9 22 - Gatorland 1022 - Gatorland 10 There is a swamp walk, too, which has a boardwalk through old growth trees and cypress hung with Spanish moss.  Ferns and epiphytes are everywhere.  The water is shallow but crystal clear.  Signage throughout identifies what the visitor is seeing.  As you walk through this ancient swamp, the highway roars nearby.  The travelers along that route have no idea what lies beyond the trees they see.
 
22 - Gatorland 722 - Gatorland 7 22 - Gatorland 1222 - Gatorland 12 On my walk I saw wood storks, a little green heron, tricolored heron, snowy egret, white ibis, flamingo, common egret, great blue heron, cormorant, grackle, and a yellow-rumped warbler.  And plenty of lazy gators, too.  
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-gatorland-in-orlando-fl Tue, 23 Feb 2016 01:53:44 GMT
My Photo Walk: St. Paul's Church in Centreville, MD https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-st-pauls-church-in-centreville-md (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

19 - Centreville 219 - Centreville 2 19 - Centreville 419 - Centreville 4 In my experience, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Centreville, Maryland, is different than most churches in that it doesn't lock its doors when services are not in session.  This small, historic church was founded in 1694, and the cornerstone for the present church was laid in 1834.  I had  been inside this church back in 2013 in my first year of photo walking, so I knew that it was not only beautiful, but that it has seven Tiffany windows and that work on the chancel was done by Gorham & Company of New York.

When I opened the door today, organ music filled the air.  The organist was practicing for Sunday's service.  Norma and I asked her for permission to photograph the interior of the church, and she asked that we inquire at the church office, which we did.  Permission was granted.

19 - Centreville 319 - Centreville 3 19 - Centreville 119 - Centreville 1 The Tiffany windows are behind the altar, and there is an alarm system that is activated to protect them if anyone should approach beyond the warning sign.  However, during the organ practice, the alarm was off and the sign was moved, so that we could take photos.  The organ pipes are also beautiful; they are located to the right of the chancel.

At the time, I did not plan ahead to make this my photo walk, so I neglected to take a photo of the outside of this beautiful church.  I found a painting online, which I have included here.  The artist was not identified.

If you get a chance to visit Centreville, stop by this church.  It's worth a visit.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-st-pauls-church-in-centreville-md Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00:39:34 GMT
My Photo Walk: Cunningham Falls https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-cunningham-falls (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

14 - Cunningham 314 - Cunningham 3 14 - Cunningham 414 - Cunningham 4 Although it was 17 degrees when I did my walk at Cunningham Falls, the allure of seeing frozen falls was enough to make me go.  I bundled up well, putting on two of everything, and my bundling up paid off; only my face was cold.

 

I wore my hiking boots, which I was a good choice, because the entire trail to the falls was snow-packed, but none of it was icy.  This is the second anniversary of when I broke my ankle on ice, so if the trail had been icy, I would probably have turned around.  

 

14 - Cunningham 214 - Cunningham 2 14 - Cunningham 514 - Cunningham 5 A number of other people had the same idea I did, so I was not alone.  Couples and families, and even one other photographer, were out today walking the trail to the falls and enjoying the cold air.  One family had a couple of dogs that they entrusted to the 10 year old twins to look after, which meant that the dogs and their leashes kept winding around my tripod legs, and requiring a lot of chasing after the dogs as they got loose on the trails.

 

14 - Cunningham 614 - Cunningham 6 After leaving the falls area, I drove Catoctin Hollow Road, stopping in numerous places to park the car and walk along the stream that flows down the mountain, parallel to the road.  The stream was rushing with water, but ice had formed on many of the rocks.  I love how the edges get a lacy look.

 

14 - Cunningham 814 - Cunningham 8 Tonight it will snow again, so today was the perfect day to walk the trail and see the falls.  

 

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-cunningham-falls Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:25:26 GMT
My Photo Walk: Fox Haven Farm https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-fox-haven-farm (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

7 - Fox Haven 57 - Fox Haven 5 7 - Fox Haven 17 - Fox Haven 1 I had the pleasure of attending a wildlife photography talk today at Fox Haven Farm on Poffenberger Road, so beforehand, I walked what I could of the property and drive.  It was still snow covered in spots, quite muddy, and the majority of Poffenberger is gravel, so it was muddy and slippery.  I chose instead to walk the paved drive and part of the paved road.

 

7 - Fox Haven 47 - Fox Haven 4 Along the road I encountered John, a friend from the camera club.  We chatted about the farm, and then along came Dick Bittner, the farm manager.  He was also one of the photographers who presented today.  Dick told me the farm numbers nearly 600 acres, and it is used for conservation practices and environmental education.  He encouraged me to return when the ground is firm and the snow is gone, to enjoy the plantings, the birds, and the wildlife on the farm.

 

7 - Fox Haven 27 - Fox Haven 2 The talk today was given by Steve Ferendo, along with Dick, and the two of them drive Poffenberger almost daily to observe the wildlife there:  foxes, beavers, deer, mink, muskrat, and many species of  birds, including owls, raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl.  They shoot from the car, because the wildlife does not feel threatened by the vehicles; they will scatter if you try to emerge from the car.

 

7 - Fox Haven 37 - Fox Haven 3 I learned a lot, enjoyed the presentation, and met new people today, as well as saw some people I know.  I will surely return to Fox Haven for some of the great presentations and activities, as well as to walk in better weather.  There is much to see!

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-fox-haven-farm Sun, 07 Feb 2016 23:18:46 GMT
My Photo Walk: Gettysburg, PA https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-gettysburg-pa (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

5 - Gettysburg 55 - Gettysburg 5 5 - Gettysburg 15 - Gettysburg 1 My friend Norma and I went to Gettysburg today to not only walk in the downtown area, but to see a photography show by Facebook friend Andrew Smith at the Adams County Arts Council.

 

We parked at the garage near the train depot, and walked up and down the streets that form the "square" in the downtown area.  We saw the Lincoln Hotel, the Majestic Theater, and the old Lincoln Diner.  

 

5 - Gettysburg 45 - Gettysburg 4 5 - Gettysburg 35 - Gettysburg 3 We went in and out of shops featuring old fashioned penny candy, antique clocks and watches, gift shops, Polish pottery, and an art gallery.  I found lots of topics for my camera, including the glass blocks in a window that looked out onto an alley.  The wavy glass blocks made interesting patterns of the of siding on the building across the alley.

 

 

 

5 - Gettysburg 25 - Gettysburg 2 5 - Gettysburg 65 - Gettysburg 6 Not many people were out and about today in downtown Gettysburg.  Of course, it was a weekday, and it is not the height of tourist season.   We enjoyed meeting Andrew and seeing his photographs, which are on display for a few more weeks.  Speaking of being out and about downtown, I hope to see some of you downtown tomorrow evening for Fire and Ice.  Please stop in to the TAG Gallery at 216 North Market, to see the show and to say hello!

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-photo-walk-gettysburg-pa Sat, 06 Feb 2016 02:37:23 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Rainy Day https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-daily-photo-walk-rainy-day (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

3 - Rain 23 - Rain 2 3 - Rain 13 - Rain 1 It was getting so dark outside when I went out to do my walk, that streetlights and yard lights were starting to come on.  The wind was blowing ominous-looking skies my way, but I think I found the only window in time today when there wasn't active rain falling.  I took the umbrella with me, just as a precaution, and I wore my boots.

 

There are two drainage ponds in my neighborhood, so I walked to each to check them out.  One is generally 90% dry, but not for the past week or so.  The combination of melting snow and rain has filled the bottom of it quickly, and ice chunks remain in place.  The other pond is much smaller, and it was merely ice covered, without much interest.  The storm drains were working overtime, with rivers flowing into them.

 

3 - Rain 33 - Rain 3 I was amused by the leftovers from the melted snowman in my yard; I picked up the hat, carrot, and buttons on my way into the house.  Hopefully, the snowman decor won't be needed again until next year, if the groundhog's prediction is accurate.

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-daily-photo-walk-rainy-day Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:02:02 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Holly Hills https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-daily-photo-walk-holly-hills 2 - Holly Hills 22 - Holly Hills 2 2 - Holly Hills 12 - Holly Hills 1 (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

The trouble with the aftermath of a blizzard is finding safe places to walk that are also interesting to photograph.  Unfortunately, options are limited in the immediate area.  In the early mornings, the melted snow has turned to black ice (this morning).  Sidewalks in small towns are haphazardly shoveled, which means forays in the streets.  Woodland trails are not clear or are quickly turning into a muddy mess.  Therefore, even though I am not fond of walking in subdivisions (don't get me wrong, I live in one), I decided today that a subdivision would have to be the place.

 

Holly Hills is a golf course community that parallels Rt. 70.  It is anchored by a large clubhouse on a hill overlooking the homes.  There was a walking path next to the road that had been cleared, so I didn't have to walk in the road.

 

Flocks of robins were high overhead in the trees.  Otherwise, there was very little activity, since kids were in school and homeowners were at work.

 

2 - Holly Hills 42 - Holly Hills 4 2 - Holly Hills 32 - Holly Hills 3 It's days like this that I have trouble getting motivated to walk, despite the decent weather.  But I knew I needed to clear my head of all the projects I have running through it.  The long hill back up to the clubhouse was good for me, too.  I've included one photo from early this morning, which I stopped to photograph on my way out to do errands.  The fog lay over the snow, with clear sky above.  It was beautiful.

 

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-daily-photo-walk-holly-hills Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:42:58 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Window Peeping Downtown https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-daily-photo-walk-window-peeping-downtown (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

1 - Downtown 31 - Downtown 3 1 - Downtown 11 - Downtown 1 Today was a super busy day.  It started with a meeting at 8 a.m. for Easels in Frederick, and then at 9:30 I went downtown to help with hanging the Associates Show at the TAG Gallery.  

 

During a lunch break, I walked about six blocks along Market Street, and then back.  Along the way, I peeked into windows of shops that weren't open today, and there were quite a few, since it was a Monday.  Rain started falling just as I finished the walk.

 

1 - Downtown 21 - Downtown 2 1 - Downtown 41 - Downtown 4 This Saturday is First Saturday downtown, with one of its most popular themes, "Fire and Ice."  While you're out enjoying the fire jugglers and admiring the ice sculptures, visit the local galleries, most of which have new shows.  I have light paintings hanging in the Associates show -- stop by 216 N. Market Street to say hi!

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/2/my-daily-photo-walk-window-peeping-downtown Tue, 02 Feb 2016 01:13:18 GMT
My Daily Photo Walki: Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown, MD https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walki-rose-hill-cemetery-in-hagerstown-md (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

31 - Rose Hill 131 - Rose Hill 1 31 - Rose Hill 231 - Rose Hill 2 I went to Hagerstown today to attend the reception for the Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon, in which I have a piece on display.  Before the reception, I walked in Rose Hill Cemetery, which is something I have been meaning to do for a while now.

 

Today's visit was just perfect.  The snow was cleared from the roads inside the cemetery, the sky was blue, and the temperature was in the upper 50's. It was a wonderfully refreshing feeling to walk in this peaceful place.

 

31 - Rose Hill 331 - Rose Hill 3 31 - Rose Hill 431 - Rose Hill 4 One of the areas I found was the Confederate Cemetery, where nearly 2500 soldiers from the battles of South Mountain and Antietam are buried.  This public cemetery, established in 1866, is one of two Maryland cemeteries where Confederates are buried in large numbers.  The others are in Frederick.  Only Union soldiers are buried at Antietam.  Anyway, the Confederate Cemetery was completely under snow, and because there are no gravestones in this section, I will have to revisit it sometime in the summer to learn more. 

 

31 - Rose Hill 531 - Rose Hill 5Snow Angel On my walk, bluebirds flitted from headstone to headstone, all around me.  There was a woodpecker in one of the trees, and chickadees and cardinals were present, too.  I thought that it might be nice to know that one's final resting place is frequented by families of bluebirds.

 

The walk was good; I will return.  It is a large cemetery with mature trees, and their bare branches were elegant against the clear sky.  There is so much more to see at Rose Hill than I was able to discover today.

 

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walki-rose-hill-cemetery-in-hagerstown-md Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:11:11 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: The Lone Tree https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-the-lone-tree (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

 

30 - Lone Tree 230 - Lone Tree 2 For a while now, I have been wanting to walk to a good vantage point to see if I could photograph a lone tree that I pass on Gas House Pike.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love a lone tree.  When I pass it on the road, only the top of the tree is visible.  Today, I made the choice to do my walk there, to discover the rest of the tree, because the field it is in is still covered with snow.

 

I parked by the Aldi Distribution Center, and walked over its plowed piles of snow, and into the first field.  The snow was at least a foot deep still, with a slightly crusty top.  Before I even reached the treeline dividing the fields, I was huffing and puffing from the effort; and I still had a good distance to go!

 

30 - Lone Tree 130 - Lone Tree 1 30 - Lone Tree 330 - Lone Tree 3 In places, I sank up to my knees in snow, but I was committed.  After all, snow was already in my boots, and I was halfway there.  No turning back!

 

I crossed into the farm's fields at the treeline, then walked up the incline until I could see the entire tree.  It was good.  It has a nice shape.  There was some clutter at the bottom, but it did not detract from the tree.  The sun was off to the right of the tree, causing lots of shadows on the snow.

 

I rested a little, then began the long walk back to the car, my boots filled with snow.  I'm glad I made the trek, but my legs feel it tonight.  

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-the-lone-tree Sun, 31 Jan 2016 02:46:00 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Downtown Frederick https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-downtown-frederick (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

29 - Downtown 129 - Downtown 1 29 - Downtown 229 - Downtown 2 My walk today was downtown.  My new computer came in!  But the challenge became where to park.  Streets still have lots of snow, and although spaces have been cleared out by the meters, they were all occupied.  One of the parking garages was full.  

I parked on the top floor of one garage, then walked five flights down; next I walked to the computer store, and then along Market Street to the TAG Gallery to pick up a box there for the upcoming "Box Show."  Now, juggling the two boxes, I took a few photos along Market Street.  It was hard finding photos of things that were not covered with snow or slush but I managed a few.

29 - Downtown 329 - Downtown 3 29 - Downtown 429 - Downtown 4 I returned to parking garage, back up five flights of stairs to the top, and then quickly parked in a tow zone, long enough to load the computer.  So, I got a lot of walking and stair climbing in today, and that was what counted.  

In case you're wondering, I am now completely Apple.  I got a new iMac (my old PC had been upgraded to the max, and it was groaning from overload).  The rest of the evening will be spent with installing software.  But I'm happy to be typing this blog on the new machine, and everything is smooth sailing, so far.  

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-downtown-frederick Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:06:50 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Sandy Point State Park https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-sandy-point-state-park (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

Today's trip was to Sandy Point State Park.  There was a ton of activity going on there, as workers were preparing for the big Polar Plunge to be held there this weekend.  Multiple green porta-potties, wire fencing, white plastic tents, and orange caution cones don't make for great photos, but my friend Gary and I did manage to walk out onto the beach before getting fenced out.

As usual, when there is a flat, white sky, I have to embellish.  I hope you don't mind.

28 - Sandy Point 128 - Sandy Point 1

28 - Sandy Point 228 - Sandy Point 2

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-sandy-point-state-park Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:26:13 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Antietam in the Snow https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-antietam-in-the-snow (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

27 - Antietam 527 - Antietam 5 What a beautiful day it was!  The temps felt like spring was in the air, and because I was kid-less today, I wanted to get out and find a great place to take photos, away from my neighborhood.  Antietam filled the bill, so my friend Norma and I headed there.

27 - Antietam 427 - Antietam 4 We did not walk a route, but rather parked the car in multiple places, then walked to find the best angle on different scenes.  At the Visitor Center, flocks of birds were working the trees, and I got a beautiful male cardinal against the brilliant blue sky. 27 - Antietam 327 - Antietam 3

27 - Antietam 227 - Antietam 2 27 - Antietam 127 - Antietam 1 I treated some of these photos with a texture, to add moodiness to them, and mainly because I like to do it!

I hope you got out today -- it was a beautiful day for an adventure.

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-antietam-in-the-snow Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:36:31 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Snow Play https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-snow-play (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

26 - Snow Play 226 - Snow Play 2 26 - Snow Play 126 - Snow Play 1 All of us are exhausted.  Caden, Carly, and I trudged through the back yard to the small hill behind my house, toting saucers.  Carly's boots kept coming off, and soon her socks were soaked and her feet were freezing.  We left Caden on the hill and walked to the road, then along the shoveled sidewalks back to my house.
 
Inside, we dried everything, and then Caden came in, too.  After lunch, I improvised velcro straps around Carly's boots, tightening them firmly around her legs, and off we went again.  We slogged through the waist high snow (waist high for them), and back to the top of the hill.  The sledding was much more satisfactory this time, with dry feet.
 
We walked back down the hill, to the front yard, to build snowmen.  That's when I discovered Carly's hat was missing.  More trudging through the snow and up the hill for Grandma, to retrieve the hat.  
 
26 - Snow Play 326 - Snow Play 3 After two trips outside for sledding and building snow men, all of us are tired.  I got in a ton of walking, but not many photos.  We might just have to do a repeat of all of this again tomorrow.  Time will tell.
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-snow-play Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:22:28 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Digging Out https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-digging-out (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

25 - Dig Out 325 - Dig Out 3 There comes a time, when you are restricted to walking your neighborhood after a big snow, that all of the photos begin to look alike.  After all, just a glance at Facebook, and 80% of the photos I see in my newsfeed are of buried cars, paths dug into the snow, and decks piled with snow.  The other 20% are of birds at feeders.

25 - Dig Out 125 - Dig Out 1 So knowing that, I have only one photo today of the typical sort, and that is of my house, finally dug out from the snow, thanks to the contractors who take care of our development.  After doing a little more clearing, I walked on the road up to Rt. 144 along Mussetter Road, to see how the road is faring.  It's rough, but passable.  

The other photos I have for you today have been treated once again with textures, to give a different look to what would otherwise be a white and blue scene.

25 - Dig Out 225 - Dig Out 2

Be careful after dark.  It was on a day just like today that I broke my ankle.  The roads were clear and wet in most places, after sunshine and plows worked on them.  I left in 43 degree weather to walk to a friend's house for dinner and a movie, but when I left around 10 pm, the wet roads had frozen to black ice.  One step is all it took.  Rest assured, I am in for the night.  I'll not risk black ice again.

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-digging-out Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:02:23 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Post-Blizzard 2016 https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-post-blizzard-2016 (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

24 - Blizzard 424 - Blizzard 4 24 - Blizzard 624 - Blizzard 6 My goal today was to determine if the vent to my fireplace was blocked by snow.  I have this idealized picture in my head of me sitting by the fireplace reading a book all afternoon, but I didn't want to take a chance on asphyxiation.  So, well bundled, out through the garage I went. 

First, I had to dig a pathway through snow that was in places four feet deep.  I needed it only cleared enough that the snow came up to my knees, not my waist.  By the time I got around the back of the house to the deck, I discovered that the vent was clear, so I checked on the bird feeders and then returned by the same route I took, stopping to create a little snow shovel art on the way.

24 - Blizzard 124 - Blizzard 1 24 - Blizzard 324 - Blizzard 3 I next struggled out the road, only to be blocked by the piles of snow that the plows had left, but my neighbor Tom dug a hole for me to get out.  Once on the road, I took a decent walk around the neighborhood, chatting with those who were out and checking on the progress made on clearing driveways.

The farm that I photograph so frequently was looking serene in the snow.  The cows were huddled near the barn. 

It was great to get out, walk around, and soak up some sun.  My book and the fireplace await me.

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-post-blizzard-2016 Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:04:28 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Blizzard 2016 https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-blizzard-2016 (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

23 - Blizzard 223 - Blizzard 2 23 - Blizzard 523 - Blizzard 5 Today's walk was short.  Yesterday I kidded that it would probably be to the bird feeders and back, and that's pretty much what it was.  I had been watching the news, and they kept reminding people to clear off their heat pumps, so armed with a shovel and a broom, I ventured out of the garage to do that.  
 
On my way to the unit, I encountered drifts that were well above my knees; in other places, I could see grass.  The snow is light and fluffy, and blowing around quickly.  Once I got to the unit, I realized I didn't have a heat pump at all.  I have a gas furnace!  Duh!  My unit is an air conditioning unit.  I brushed it off anyway.
 
I unplugged the holes in the feeder, which the birds greatly appreciated.  Then I struggled back to the garage and ventured down the driveway.  On the road, which had been plowed a few times overnight, the walking was actually a little more treacherous.  It was slippery where the trucks and plows had compressed it.
 
23 - Blizzard 323 - Blizzard 3 23 - Blizzard 423 - Blizzard 4 Before returning to the garage, I could not resist a snow angel.  The getting down part was easy.  The getting up, not so much.
 
I was safe here in my neighborhood.  There are lots of others around, I had my cell phone, and I was well bundled up.  I did not do any shoveling, since I am fortunate to live in a development where that will be done for me.  It might take a while, but I'm not going anywhere.
 
Stay safe, and feed the birds.  And thank you, county and state highway workers.  You are much appreciated!
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-blizzard-2016 Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:51:37 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Roddy Creek https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-roddy-creek (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

22 - Roddy 222 - Roddy 2 22 - Roddy 322 - Roddy 3 It seems like the weather forecast means more time for the grandkids with Grandma.  So I loaded them up and took them to the tire park at Cunningham Falls State Park, to let them burn off some energy, and then we went to look for ice and jump around on the rocks at Roddy Creek.
 
Roddy Creek was very fast flowing today, so the ice was not as abundant as it was at Gambrill Mill, but the rock jumping was good, which the kids appreciated.  I was fascinated by not only how clear the water was, but by how green the deepest portions of the creek were.  One spot, which is included in my photos for today, shows the green section, which I estimated to be at least four to five feet deep.  The bottom of the creek dropped off sharply from the bank.
 
22 - Roddy 422 - Roddy 4 22 - Roddy 522 - Roddy 5 Water is fascinating in its many forms -- steam, mist, fog, rain, ice, and snow.  I hope you're all enjoying the form we're currently experiencing in the Mid-Atlantic.  Stay safe!
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-roddy-creek Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:57:57 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Downtown Ivy, Season 6 https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-downtown-ivy-season-6 (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

21 - Ivy 121 - Ivy 1 21 - Ivy 321 - Ivy 3 You who are Downton Abbey fans will get the blog title today.  I couldn't resist.

I had to go downtown today for a paid still life job (yay!) and while I was there I ran some errands on foot.  Nothing really jumped out at me today (I don't know how you do it, Bill Adkins!), but the ivy caught my eye.  I love how it leaves tracery on the walls after it is pulled off.  It finds cracks and crevices to squeeze through.  It can be solid green or variegated, and it's hard to kill.  So, ivy today it is!

21 - Ivy 221 - Ivy 2 All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-downtown-ivy-season-6 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 02:02:38 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Ice at Gambrill Mill https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-ice-at-gambrill-mill (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

Ice!  My favorite winter activity is photographing ice in the streams and at the edges of the Monocacy River at Gambrill Mill, part of the Monocacy National Battlefield.  There are rocky banks and pebble beaches where you can get close to the ice, and there's even a pond that freezes solid and clear, slick as a mirror.  It's not safe for walking on, but I can lay my camera right on the ice to get great macro shots on the pond.

If you go, use a macro lens or a point and shoot in flower mode.  Be sure to hunt for ice in the streams around the parking area first.  Then follow the boardwalk, and when it ends at the Trail sign by the river, follow deer trails through the weeds and grasses to get close to the river.  There is a rocky beach that usually has great abstract ice formations locked in place.

Get out soon and find ice near you, before a thick layer of snow covers it all.  Enjoy!

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You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-ice-at-gambrill-mill Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:08:45 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: New Market, MD https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-new-market-md (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

19 - New Market 219 - New Market 2 19 - New Market 119 - New Market 1Short and to the point! I decided to stick close to home today, due to the cold and wind, so I chose one of the back roads of New Market.  I parked at the Methodist Church and walked down North Alley to the middle school and back.  I was well bundled up, but it is hard to keep fingers and faces warm, I think.  I felt very sorry for the poor guys who were doing road work today, especially the guys holding the Slow and Stop signs on the one lane portions of the road.  They have to stand in one place the entire time.

The pond was frozen, and there was no one else but a dog walker along the alley.

19 - New Market 319 - New Market 3 19 - New Market 419 - New Market 4 It was a quick walk, but I did it.  I'll be checking out ice formations tomorrow!

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

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You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-new-market-md Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:35:09 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: The Jug Bridge Again https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-the-jug-bridge-again (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

18 - Jug Bridge 118 - Jug Bridge 1 18 - Jug Bridge 318 - Jug Bridge 3 Because it is a holiday and schools are closed, I launched into Grandma mode and entertained the kids today.  Of course, that meant they needed to go on my walk with me.

We bundled well, and I chose a place where they could run to stay warm (and burn off a little energy).  The old road to the 1940's Jug Bridge seemed like the perfect location.  

I told Caden we would be visiting a spooky old bridge.  He saw the asphalt that was heaved up in places, the peeling yellow stripes on the road, and the weeds growing up through the cracks.  The graffiti that was sprayed on the concrete in places was also a source of fascination.

18 - Jug Bridge 418 - Jug Bridge 4 18 - Jug Bridge 218 - Jug Bridge 2 High above us was the current bridge that carries Rt. 144 over the Monocacy, and I pointed out that that was the bridge we drove on to get to our current location.  On the other side, I showed him the ruins of the oldest, original Jug Bridge.  He began to worry that the bridge we were standing on would soon fall, too, and Carly wanted to know if anyone fell into the water when the old bridge collapsed.  I assured them both that the bridge would not fall yet for many years, and that no one was hurt when the oldest bridge fell.

We skipped and hopped back to the car, with pink cheeks and runny noses.  The walk was quick, but it did the trick.

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You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-the-jug-bridge-again Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:47:43 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Macro in the Snow https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-macro-in-the-snow (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

I waited too late to get out into the snow, I must admit.  Logic told me that if there was a good bit on the surfaces now, there would be even more, later.  Well, not so.  It was mostly melting on contact, so I had to really hunt to find something for my macro lens.

I'm happy to let my Eastern Shore friends have this snow.  They don't get it often enough, especially for kids to enjoy.  We'll get ours, soon, I'm sure.

17 - Snow 217 - Snow 2 17 - Snow 317 - Snow 3 Snow on a web Drips in a row

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You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-macro-in-the-snow Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:46:15 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Monocacy Aqueduct https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-monocacy-aqueduct (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

16 - Monocacy Aqueduct 516 - Monocacy Aqueduct 5 16 - Monocacy Aqueduct 116 - Monocacy Aqueduct 1 It turned out to be a beautiful day, and lots of other people had the same idea I did:  to walk or bike along the C&O Canal at the Monocacy Aqueduct near Dickerson.

The wind was blowing when I arrived, and the sky was gray.  But the wind blew out the gray and left blue in places, with puffy white clouds.  All of that great light made for a sunlit walk along the path.

 

16 - Monocacy Aqueduct 216 - Monocacy Aqueduct 2 16 - Monocacy Aqueduct 316 - Monocacy Aqueduct 3 I took my biggest camera, with the 28-300 mm lens attached, in case I saw any good birds.  As usual, I was on a hunt for woodpeckers.  

A photo walk for woodpeckers means lots of stopping and listening.  The pileated woodpeckers can be heard knocking on the wood.  Others, like the downy and the red-bellied, will chirp while working the bark.  I did see a couple of red-bellied, and even a red-headed woodpecker, but they were quite far in the distance across the canal, and my photos of them are very fuzzy.

16 - Monocacy Aqueduct 416 - Monocacy Aqueduct 4 16 - Monocacy Aqueduct 616 - Monocacy Aqueduct 6 There was a flock of cedar waxwings working one of the trees that had berries.  They were beautiful, flashing yellow in the sun.

While standing on the aqueduct, I could see the train bridge and the top of Sugarloaf Mountain peeking above the trees.  A great blue heron flew by, too, and landed on the rocks at the edge of the river.

So, I had a good walk in beautiful weather and even saw some woodpeckers.  All is well!

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You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-monocacy-aqueduct Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:31:45 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Thomas Farm https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-thomas-farm (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

15 - Thomas 515 - Thomas 5 15 - Thomas 215 - Thomas 2 Oh the irony of it all.  C. Keefer Thomas bought a farm called Araby and moved his family there to escape the war.  He thought he'd be safer there.  On the morning of July 9, 1864, he and his family and the slaves he had working the farm had to hide in the basement while a battle raged for hours on their farm.  When they emerged, they found their farm in shambles and hundreds of dead and wounded soldiers in the fields.

Today, Thomas Farm is part of the Monocacy National Battlefield.  The barn, farmhouse, and a stone outbuilding still stand, and the surrounding fields are still farmed.  The only battle taking place there today is along I-270, which borders the farm.  Thousands of commuters clog the busy highway twice a day during rush hour.  The noise of the highway is hard to escape.

15 - Thomas 415 - Thomas 4 15 - Thomas 115 - Thomas 1Worthington Farmhouse, across I-270 There is a trail that borders large fields, which are marked off by tree lines.  I walked the loop today, flushing lots of robins, doves, a few chickadees. and probably a few flickers.  I did have to keep an eye out for groundhog holes, which were frequent along the tree line.  From one side of the fields I could see the top of the mansion at Gambrill Mill, and from the 270 side, I could see the Worthington farmhouse.  

15 - Thomas 315 - Thomas 3 Today, in keeping with the Civil War theme of the walk, I treated all of the images with the same preset from Texture Effects, giving the photos an aged, vintage look.

The walk was not exciting, but it was long, and at times I felt all alone in the center of large fields, with robins for company.  Perhaps there were other, unseen souls walking with me, too.

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

Check out my current "What a Deal" offering for reduced prices on featured prints at this link: What a Deal

You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-thomas-farm Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:43:15 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: On Golden Swan https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-on-golden-swan (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

14 - Merle 514 - Merle 5 14 - Merle 114 - Merle 1 Curious about the beaver damage I saw back in November around Merle Lake in the Lake Linganore area, I chose to do my walk there today.  When I last visited, I walked around the entire lake, surprised to see fully mature trees gnawed away in very precise cuts.

Knowing that it might be a little muddy, I took my walking stick to help me navigate the rooty and hilly areas; the stick would also come in handy if I had to fend off any beavers!  About 10 minutes into the walk, I saw a large brown animal in the distance.  "Damn!" I thought.  "Those beavers are big and move faster than I thought!"  It turns out that the animal was really a chocolate lab named Abby, who was off the leash.  Her owner was running well behind, not aware that anyone else was on the trail.

14 - Merle 214 - Merle 2 14 - Merle 314 - Merle 3 One of the trees on the side of the lake with homes was completely felled.  It probably happened the night after I first saw the damage.  It's a good thing it fell into the lake, and not into the lakeside homes.

I saw and heard juncos, cardinals, white throated sparrows, chickadees, and a few hawks flying high in the sky.  There were lots of mallards on the pond.  As I finished the walk, a pair of swans appeared on the lake.  The golden color of the water comes from the reflected brown hillside next to the pond.  The swans were busy bathing and preening.

14 - Merle 414 - Merle 4 I can tell you there are a lot of empty bird feeders behind the homes in Lake Linganore.  Don't be surprised to hear cardinals knocking on your windows, asking for a fill up.

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

Check out my current offering for reduced prices on featured
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You can see Cam's work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-on-golden-swan Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:17:40 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Carroll Creek in Frederick https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-carroll-creek-in-frederick (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

13 - CC 513 - CC 5 13 - CC 213 - CC 2 It must have been preening hour for the birds on Carroll Creek.  Mallards were busy working their bills through their feathers all along the creek.  They were balanced on the edges of the submerged pots that house the waterlilies and lotus in the summer.  Even the birds in the faux-painted fountain on the Community Bridge were engaged in grooming.  

13 - CC 313 - CC 3 Along the creek there were only one or two other walkers, all well bundled up against the cold.  I walked from Market Street to East Street and back again at a brisk pace to keep warm, even though I was well dressed for the weather.  

13 - CC 113 - CC 1 13 - CC 413 - CC 4 Clumps of ice were forming at the base of some of the reeds that remained in the creek.  They looked like glass jewels shining in the afternoon light.

Here are some walking tips for cold weather:  1) Wear a fleece lined hat, not just a knit hat.  The fleece helps to cut the cold, but it comes right through a knit hat.  2) Always pack tissues -- cold air makes noses run.  

Stay warm on your photo walks, too!

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis, January 15 - April 11
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-carroll-creek-in-frederick Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:48:30 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Rock Hall, MD https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-rock-hall-md (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

12 - Rock Hall 112 - Rock Hall 1 12 - Rock Hall 512 - Rock Hall 5 Norma and I walked in little Rock Hall, Maryland, today.  We felt like we were walking on a movie set of quaint and colorful buildings, but no one actually used or inhabited those buildings.  It was pretty much "closed for the season."

12 - Rock Hall 612 - Rock Hall 6 We parked at a cluster of very colorful buildings no bigger than backyard sheds.  Each was painted a different color, and they were all around a larger building, which was the visitor center.  These cute little buildings were small businesses, mostly gift shops.  I thought they were pretty ingenious;  rents ranged from $175 to $500 a month.  I want one for teaching small photography classes!  All were closed for the season, including the visitor center.

 

 

12 - Rock Hall 412 - Rock Hall 4 12 - Rock Hall 212 - Rock Hall 2 Along the main street we passed shops like a clothing store, a yacht brokerage, an old fashioned general store, and a quilt shop.  All closed.  

At one end of Main Street we found a coffee shop, Java Rock, that WAS open.  We went inside to get a cup of coffee and to warm up. The barista told us all about Rock Hall.  She said that the town pretty much closes up until the yacht owners return in the spring (like the swallows to Capistrano).  However, during the season, Rock Hall apparently rocks!  Festival after festival are on the annual calendar, including the very popular "Pirates and Wenches" the first weekend in August.  She also told us about Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge, and was very knowledgeable about the birds to be seen there.  We decided to make that our next stop.

12 - Rock Hall 312 - Rock Hall 3 12 - Rock Hall 712 - Rock Hall 7 Quaintness abounds in Rock Hall.  It's very, very, quiet in the winter.  I think the residents like it that way.  They need to rest up for the summer season!

 

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

You can see my work on display at the following venues:

Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Members' Show:  through January 23.
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Members' Show:  through January 31
TAG Gallery, Frederick, Associates Show "New Voices 6 x 6," February 5 - 28
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, January 23 - April 10
Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, June - September, 2016

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-rock-hall-md Wed, 13 Jan 2016 02:42:56 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Fishing Creek on Hoopers Island https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-fishing-creek-on-hoopers-island (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

11 - Hoopers 711 - Hoopers 7 11 - Hoopers 111 - Hoopers 1 When I got into the car this morning, the first song I heard on the radio was Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again."  How did they know???  Yup, I'm on the road again, this time on the Eastern Shore, in Dorchester County.
 
My friend Norma and I headed for Hoopers Island.  The area is really three islands:  upper, middle, and lower.  The upper and middle are inhabited, connected by soaring bridges which are tall enough to allow boats to pass under without needing a drawbridge.  The lower island was apparently inhabited until the 1920's, when erosion forced residents out, and a hurricane in 1933 wiped out the bridge.
 
11 - Hoopers 211 - Hoopers 2 11 - Hoopers 311 - Hoopers 3 Known as the oldest settled area in Dorchester County, Hoopers Island was settled by Henry Hooper, as early as 1660.  The islands are surrounded by the Honga River to the east and the Chesapeake Bay to the west.  In many places on the island, you can see water both to the right and to the left as you travel the roads.
 
11 - Hoopers 411 - Hoopers 4 11 - Hoopers 511 - Hoopers 5 We parked at Old Salty's, the only restaurant in the area for miles around, and walked around the little community of Fishing Creek.  Along the roads of the islands are marshes, homes, some churches, small graveyards with the cement slabs on top of the graves (to keep them from floating away), and occasional businesses such as crabbing and oyster packing plants.  Most of the people who live in the area are connected to the local seafood industry.
 
11 - Hoopers 611 - Hoopers 6 11 - Hoopers 811 - Hoopers 8 Along the street we walked was an old bank turned into a residence, homes, piles of crab pots, and a harbor with public docks and slips.  The entire time we were in the area, we saw only two or three people.  The restaurant was closed (it's a Monday). 
 
Work boats, gulls, choppy water on both sides of the road, and a clear blue sky are the memories we took from our walk today, and our visit to Hoopers Island.
 
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-fishing-creek-on-hoopers-island Tue, 12 Jan 2016 02:10:12 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Quiet Waters Park https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-quiet-waters-park (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

10 - QW 210 - QW 2 10 - QW 310 - QW 3 Today I chose Quiet Waters Park for a walk before I needed to be at an art reception in downtown Annapolis.  The weather was absolutely wonderful, compared to what it was when I left New Market:  blue skies, puffy white clouds, and 64 degrees!
 
Quiet Waters is an Anne Arundel County park.  It has paved paths, pavilions, playgrounds, a beautiful visitor center with an art gallery, a dog park, and a concert area.  In the winter, it has a skating rink.
 
10 - QW 110 - QW 1 10 - QW 410 - QW 4 Today a few people were at the skating rink, although the weather was feeling so springlike.  I parked at the visitor center and walked along various paved paths through wooded areas.  At one point I came to an area where I could see the South River.  Lots of people were out riding bikes, jogging, or walking dogs.
 
I hope you were able to enjoy a little of the great weather today, too!
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-quiet-waters-park Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:00:14 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Funkstown, MD https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-funkstown-md (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

9 - Funkstown 29 - Funkstown 2 9 - Funkstown 19 - Funkstown 1 It was a backwards camera kind of day.  Those days are the rainy, misty days that are constantly building up a layer of moisture on the lens.  I wear my camera backwards on days like today, so that the lens faces my chest; I flip it around when I want to take a photo.

Funkstown is on the outer edge of Hagerstown, along Alt-40.  It's a quaint little Civil War era town, with stone and brick houses lining the main street.  There's a fire department, a post office, and clustered at one end of town, a number of antique and vintage shops.  

9 - Funkstown 39 - Funkstown 3 9 - Funkstown 49 - Funkstown 4 A lot of people had the same idea as I did today, which was to visit Funkstown and poke around in the shops.  I parked at the fire department and walked to the other end of town, passing many old homes that were still nicely decorated for Christmas.  

Hudson House antiques is located atop a hill in a beautiful white home from the 1800's.  It has many rooms of beautiful antiques, and every room was still highly decorated for Christmas.  Perhaps it is always that way.  It has lots of glittery, gilded looks, and highly polished, high end antiques.  I left that shop and went to Roostervane Gardens across the street, which was filled with small collectibles and live plants.

9 - Funkstown 59 - Funkstown 5 9 - Funkstown 69 - Funkstown 6 Down the street I ventured into a few more shops, all of which had a number of visitors, and then I headed back to the car.  It was great to see a little town like Funkstown so busy on a gray, wet, foggy January Saturday.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-funkstown-md Sat, 09 Jan 2016 22:27:10 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Wilde Lake in Columbia https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-wilde-lake-in-columbia (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

8 - Wilde Lake 18 - Wilde Lake 1 8 - Wilde Lake 28 - Wilde Lake 2 I dropped off my nephew Tim at BWI this afternoon, but beforehand, we did a walk at Wilde Lake.  There's been a lot of bald eagle activity there, so we went to check it out.  

As soon as we parked the car and walked toward the lake, we saw eagles flying overhead.  Some were perched high in the trees.  Altogether, we saw about seven different birds.  All were too far away for my little camera to properly photograph, and the primary purpose for today was a walk, so walk we did.

8 - Wilde Lake 38 - Wilde Lake 3 8 - Wilde Lake 48 - Wilde Lake 4 Wilde Lake is surrounded by a paved path, and we followed it around the lake.  Sometimes it went through neighborhoods, and other times it was in wooded areas.  There were a few mothers with kids in strollers out walking, too.

8 - Wilde Lake 58 - Wilde Lake 5 Other birds we saw were crows, gulls, mallards, and Canada geese.  Every now and then and eagle would fly overhead.

Goodbye to my walking partner of late.  Safe travels back to Germany, Tim.  It was great to see you!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-wilde-lake-in-columbia Fri, 08 Jan 2016 21:15:19 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Along Mussetter Road https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-along-mussetter-road (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

7 - Mussetter 27 - Mussetter 2 The location I chose to walk today is where many in the neighborhood choose to walk their dogs -- and clearly they do not feel obligated to pick up the poop.  I had to keep eyes down at all times to avoid stepping in piles of it.  I will spare you the photos of those.

This area along Mussetter is north of Rt. 144, and at its end is the farm that is slated for development.  I chose to walk it from my house to Rt. 144 and back, passing the big water tank, the daycare center, and the open fields.  That's where people frequently park their cars and let the dogs out, and obviously they feel that picking up the poop is not necessary.  But I disagree, and I digress.

7 - Mussetter 17 - Mussetter 1 I found a few nests and berries in various trees, but I liked the graphic lines of the dried Queen Anne's lace the best.  In the end I got a good walk, I was able to navigate the piles successfully, and my ears were cold at the end.  A hot cup of tea was waiting to be brewed at home.  Ahhh....

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-along-mussetter-road Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:50:36 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Hoar Frost at Best Farm https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-hoar-frost-at-best-farm (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

6 - Best Front 66 - Best Front 6 6 - Best Frost 16 - Best Frost 1 Wow!  Today's walk was both invigorating and beautiful!  The frigid temps last night and the clear, still skies produced magical, crystalline hoar frost on surfaces, and I captured its beauty this morning at Best Farm, part of the Monocacy National Battlefield.

6 - Best Frost 26 - Best Frost 2 The fields, which had the stubble left from harvest, were glittering with crystals.  I parked by the entrance gate on Rt. 355 and walked far into the field to capture crystals with the macro feature on my amazing little camera.  (For those who want to know, it's the Nikon P7800.)  Feathery crystals were formed along stalks, corncobs, and green leaves.  What I was most thrilled to find were dandelions covered in crystals.

6 - Best Frost 56 - Best Frost 5 6 - Best Frost 36 - Best Frost 3 I walked the length of the lane, under the great overarching tree, to the farmhouse.  Leaves in the grass were covered in crystals, as well as sticks lying in the yard.  Everything was icy and beautiful.

I had the place to myself, but as I walked back, five cars arrived to visit the site.  I am happy I got there before footprints marred the frozen grass, although I did leave a few, myself.

6 - Best Frost 46 - Best Frost 4 Enjoy these photos.  In this case, the "early bird" got the benefit of beautiful crystals on a crystal clear January morning!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-hoar-frost-at-best-farm Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:02:53 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Riverside Park https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-riverside-park (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

5 - Riverside 15 - Riverside 1 1 - Riverside 21 - Riverside 2 Today was one of those days when I was totally uninspired to do a walk.  It was probably the cold snap.  Curling up at home with a book in front of the fireplace was much more appealing.  But one thing led to another, and I did a walk after all.

The bird feeder needed filling; it was not functioning properly; I went to buy a new one; I did my walk on the way home.  As I said, one thing led to another...

When I arrived at Riverside Park, which parallels the Monocacy River, the woods were alive with twittering birds.  I thought they might be starlings, there were such large flocks of them, but I think they were actually sparrows.  I also saw flocks of robins and several downy woodpeckers.  All were too high in the trees to get good shots today.

1 - Riverside 31 - Riverside 3 1 - Riverside 41 - Riverside 4 Ice was beginning to form along the river's edges, and in the areas where there were isolated pools of water, the surface was ice coated.  The sky was brilliant blue and I had the paved walkways to myself.

The book and fireplace are calling my name.  Keep warm, everyone!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-riverside-park Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:43:01 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Lander Lock House https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-lander-lock-house (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

4 - Lander 14 - Lander 1 4 - Lander 24 - Lander 2 It's funny.  I can't remember where I put my reading glasses, or what I had for dinner last night, but I can remember where I saw numerous woodpeckers on a photo walk I took three years ago.  That location happened to be the Lander Lock House at Lock 29 along the C&O Canal, so that's where I did my walk today.
 
I parked near the river, which was quite full and flowing freely, and in the distance I heard the train approaching.  I quickly jogged back to the lock house in time to catch the train as it rolled by.  Numerous parallels came to my mind:  the road, the train tracks, the tow path, the canal, and the Potomac River.  All run parallel to each other -- each in use in different ways and in different periods of time, but all present today.
 
4 - Lander 34 - Lander 3 4 - Lander 44 - Lander 4 After the train passed, all was quiet.  I heard a bird chirping near the house; it was a flicker, but it was too distant to capture clearly with my camera.  I walked slowly back to the river, listening and watching for birds.  I heard a knock-knocking far above me, and it was a pileated woodpecker.  I was thrilled to see one!
 
As I continued my walk, I saw a number of downy woodpeckers, some nuthatches, and even an Eastern bluebird.  I also heard the song of a Carolina wren, but it moved so quickly I could not get a photo.
 
4 - Lander 54 - Lander 5 4 - Lander 64 - Lander 6 Across the river was a beautiful white sycamore that stood out against the brown hill behind it.  
 
My woodpecker hunt was successful today, and I'm glad my memory did not let me down!
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-lander-lock-house Mon, 04 Jan 2016 21:28:36 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Audubon Sanctuary https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-audubon-sanctuary (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

3 - Audubon 13 - Audubon 1 3 - Audubon 23 - Audubon 2 Today was a great, sunshiny day for taking a walk at the Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary near my house.  The grassy paths were a little squishy in spots, but overall, they were walkable.  The bare trees, beige grasses, green walkways, and brilliant blue sky made for a colorful fresh air walk today.

 

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3 - Audubon 33 - Audubon 3 3 - Audubon 63 - Audubon 6 There were not many birds visible (or audible) today, probably due to the hawk that was seen flying around.  Tim and I did spot a few blue jays and of course the ubiquitous vultures soaring on the thermals.  We also saw deer trails through the underbrush and occasional deer tracks in the mud.

A horse came ambling to the fence line, but quickly lost interest in us when he realized we had no treats to offer.  A good, back-scratching roll on the ground was his next activity.

3 - Audubon 73 - Audubon 7 I hope you got outside today to enjoy the sunshine, too!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-audubon-sanctuary Sun, 03 Jan 2016 19:48:14 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Annapolis https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-annapolis (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

2 - Annapolis 12 - Annapolis 1 2 - Annapolis 22 - Annapolis 2 Annapolis is always a fun place to visit, and whenever I need to drop off work at the Circle Gallery, I take my walk down to the harbor area.  There are great little shops to step in and out of, and usually there is no lack of interest for the camera.

Today Tim and I walked to the harbor, but we were disappointed to find that it is all blocked off, undergoing some sort of renovation.  Alas, no boats were seen today, at least in this part of Annapolis.

2 - Annapolis 32 - Annapolis 3 2 - Annapolis 42 - Annapolis 4 2 - Annapolis 52 - Annapolis 5 Lots of tourists were out enjoying the sunshine, as were we.  

A short blog, but here are a few pix from today.  Enjoy the sunshine while we have it!

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-annapolis Sun, 03 Jan 2016 01:35:04 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: First Day Hike at Sugarloaf Mountain https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-first-day-hike-at-sugarloaf (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

1 - Suglarloaf 51 - Suglarloaf 5 1 - Sugarloaf 21 - Sugarloaf 2 Many people and cultures have traditions for the first day of the New Year:  eat black eyed peas, make a resolution, visit the temple, or avoid sweeping the stoop.  Some of these traditions are connected to superstition, others to family ritual.  One such ritual, encourage by America's State Parks, is to take a hike.  Free ranger-led hikes are conducted at parks in all 50 states on New Year's Day.

Sugarloaf Mountain is not a state park, but a privately owned one.  I had been on a hike there before, so I chose it for today's hike with my nephew Tim.  We dressed warmly and I took my walking stick.  At the uppermost parking lot, we followed the blue trail uphill along easy paths, until it took a rocky turn toward the top.  That's when I had Tim take my photo.

1 - Sugarloaf 11 - Sugarloaf 1 1 - Sugarloaf 31 - Sugarloaf 3 At the summit, we looked out over the Potomac River, then chose the orange trail down.  Halfway down, I realized we should have gotten a map.  This trail was narrow, steep, and very rocky.  Luckily, there were trees to grab onto for stablility, in addition to my walking stick, which came in very handy.

At the steepest point of the descent, I threw out all dignity and chose to slide down in the dirt on my rear end; the man behind me said, "Better dirt than hurt."  I liked him instantly.

1 - Sugarloaf 41 - Sugarloaf 4 When we finally arrived at the bottom, we were at the eastern parking lot, which meant more walking on flat road, but it was invigorating, and I was just thrilled that I had negotiated the trails without fear or injury, which proved how much my balance and agility have improved in the past year.  My broken ankle from 2014 did not bother me at all, but my knees do feel the effects of all that climbing and negotiating around rocks and trees and ruts.  I am very proud of myself for completing a challenging hike today.

Happy New Year to all!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2016/1/my-daily-photo-walk-first-day-hike-at-sugarloaf Fri, 01 Jan 2016 22:42:21 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Hanover, PA https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-hanover-pa (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

31 - Hanover 131 - Hanover 1 31 - Hanover 531 - Hanover 5 Spelling variants were a topic of discussion on my walk today in Hanover, PA.  My German nephew Tim and I went there in search of shoes at the Clarks outlet store, formerly Hanover Shoes.  Hanover is named for the German city of the same name, but there, it is spelled with two n's - Hannover.

We parked in Hanover near the old theater (parking fees there are such a bargain!) and walked first to the shoe store.  There is a tree contest in the downtown shops every year, and this year, the Clarks tree was in the rear of the store, where a large display paid homage to Hanover Shoes.  Everything in the display was from the 1950's:  the silver tree, the rotating color wheel, bubble lights, old photographs, old post cards and booklets, and of course, Hanover shoes.  

31 - Hanover 331 - Hanover 3 31 - Hanover 231 - Hanover 2 We left the shoe store and headed for Famous Wiener Lunch - or Famous Hot Weiner (note the spelling difference), where two different signs on the corner building proclaim lunch in two variations.  Inside they had a tree decorated with gift cards, and we ordered the Famous Weiner special (all the weiners in the menu were ei, not ie, which is actually the correct spelling).  We asked our server about the difference, and she said that when the next generation of owners opened a second location, they changed the spelling -- who knows why?

31 - Hanover 431 - Hanover 4 31 - Hanover 631 - Hanover 6 Our next stop was the bookstore, which is in an old church.  It has beautiful ceilings and a friendly owner.  He told us where we could find a Heidelberg township sign so that Tim could photograph it later.

We walked to the Carriage House and got hot coffee and then I drove Tim to see the both the Snyder's Pretzel factory and the Utz Potato Chip factory.

We had a good walk in Hanover, no matter how you spell it.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-hanover-pa Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:59:18 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Industry Lane https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-industry-lane (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

30 - Industry 530 - Industry 5 30 - Industry 430 - Industry 4 I teased my sister in Germany yesterday that with all the lousy weather we've had recently, we're starting to grow mushrooms on our skin.  However, on my walk on Industry Lane today, I did find mushrooms.  Lots of them were growing up between brown pine shats under a group of pine trees.  

30 - Industry 330 - Industry 3 A walk in an industrial area can be a challenge for finding something interesting for my camera.  However, I do like a challenge.  I like looking for things that I would not normally notice if I were just driving by.

30 - Industry 130 - Industry 1 30 - Industry 230 - Industry 2 I went to Industry Lane today to visit my favorite framer, Ken's Art and Framing, to pick up some glass I had cut.  As I was leaving, I noticed a drainage pond loaded with geese and ducks.  A great blue heron was also standing watch on the pond's edge.  So I decided to do my walk around the pond, under the pines, and along Industry Lane itself.  

Industry Lane has glass companies, storage units, warehouses, insulation companies, a radio station, a T-shirt imprinting company, and a community center.  There's not too much here that's photogenic, but I did find a few subjects in addition to the birds and the mushrooms.  There's always more than you think you'll find, if you just get out and walk.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-industry-lane Wed, 30 Dec 2015 22:26:00 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: A Notorious Little Bridge https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-a-notorious-little-bridge (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

29 - Monrovia 329 - Monrovia 3 29 - Monrovia 129 - Monrovia 1 Most people around here have heard about the railroad bridge where the trucks get stuck.  In general, the clearance under this bridge is too low for most tractor trailers, and all too often, one gets stuck while attempting to go under it.  The road is a very busy one, and any time this happens, traffic backs up for hours while air is removed from the tires, or some such fix, to get the truck unstuck.  There are numerous warning signs, including height sensors and flashing lights, but drivers still tempt fate from time to time.

Nestled around this railroad bridge is the tiny little community of Monrovia.  One of my readers suggested I walk there, so today I did.  I drove under the bridge and parked at a building that had a "For Lease" sign in front.  Then I looked around.

29 - Monrovia 529 - Monrovia 5 29 - Monrovia 429 - Monrovia 4 A number of commercial establishments are located in a cluster, including a flooring company, a builder, a U-Haul place, an automotive shop, and storage buildings.  There are also two large, abandoned sites with crumbling buildings posted with "Keep Out" signs.

I walked around, dodging traffic, photographing the abandoned sites.  A train even went over the bridge, its iron wheels screeching on the rails.  My curiosity about the abandoned buildings was growing, so I walked back to the commercial cluster and went into the beautifully painted one that was a former First National Bank, 1908.  It is now occupied by ProFast Commercial Flooring.  A man whose office was in the elegant former board room (original ceilings and carved paneling intact), told me that I needed to speak to Cathy, whose office was in another building.  She is evidently the local historian.

29 - Monrovia 229 - Monrovia 2 Cathy told me that the largest building next to the tracks was a general store.  I was able to find some information in the Maryland Historic Sites online.  If you compare the photo in the online information, you will see how much the building has deteriorated.

29 - Monrovia 729 - Monrovia 7 As I left Cathy's office, I was greeted by another man outside, who told me that the building directly across the road used to be the post office.  However, it is such a large building, with a ventilation system on top, that I suspect it had more than one use, such as a creamery or a mill.  I had asked Cathy about it, but she was unsure of its origins.

29 - Monrovia 629 - Monrovia 6 I treated today's photos with textures from a program I recently purchased from Topaz Labs, called Texture Effects.  So really, Monrovia does not look quite as grungy as these photos may seem.  But I liked the look, and so I went with it.

No tractor trailers got stuck while I was there.  It was just a quiet afternoon on a busy road.  Not a great place for a safe walk, but a good place for interesting photos, to be sure!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-a-notorious-little-bridge Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:02:45 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Frederick Houses of Worship https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-frederick-houses-of-worship (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

28 - Church Tour 128 - Church Tour 1 28 - Church Tour 228 - Church Tour 2 The annual candlelight tour of the historic Frederick Houses of Worship is always a good event for photographers.  As a new photographer, it is a humbling experience when you realize that photographing in low light is much more difficult than one anticipates.  A lens that is capable of a large aperture (between 1.8 and 2.8 is preferable) and a tripod are essential pieces of equipment if you want to get good photos.

I have done this tour almost every year for the past six years, and honestly, the photos begin to look alike year after year.  As I progress in my skills, and in my equipment, I do find I can achieve better focus, but the crowds also increase, especially with good weather, so sometimes it is difficult to get good shots, even with good equipment.

28 - Church Tour 328 - Church Tour 3 28 - Church Tour 428 - Church Tour 4 Norma and I visited a few of the houses of worship tonight, trying to get shots in between groups of people or without brazenly setting up a tripod in the middle of an aisle while an organist is playing a hymn.  It was nice to see lots of people out tonight enjoying the tour, and the churches were beautifully decorated, as is always the case.

28 - Church Tour 728 - Church Tour 7 Some of the best photos were outside of the churches, like the puppy, the shot of the steeple between buildings, and the decorated door of the Tyler Spite house, one of Frederick's most fabled doorways, with its cast iron whippet.  

28 - Church Tour 528 - Church Tour 5 28 - Church Tour 628 - Church Tour 6 A bit of rain began to fall as we ended our walk, which did not deter the visitors, I am sure.  Until next year, may these houses of worship continue to inspire, comfort, and witness joy.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-frederick-houses-of-worship Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:10:05 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Trains in Hagerstown https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-trains-in-hagerstown (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

27 - Hagerstown 627 - Hagerstown 6 27 - Hagerstown 127 - Hagerstown 1 Hub City, aka Hagerstown, is a train town.  Rails of all kinds converge on the city, carrying freight to and from various destinations.  Our goal today was to visit Hagerstown to see the train displays at the Hagerstown Roundhouse, but we did so much more than that.
 
27 - Hagerstown 427 - Hagerstown 4 27 - Hagerstown 227 - Hagerstown 2 27 - Hagerstown 327 - Hagerstown 3 I was accompanied today by my nephew Tim and by grandchildren Caden (7) and Carly (4).  Being the wise grandmother that I am, we began our adventure at the city park, where we found ducks, geese, swans, and multiple playgrounds, so that the kids could burn off some energy.  They had a ball running hither and yon, climbing the jungle gyms and slides (why do they always want to climb up the slides?).  After an hour at the park, we had lunch at the Railroad Junction Family Restaurant, and then went across the street to the railroad museum.  The kids had to climb into each and every rail car parked in the yard behind the museum.
 
Finally we toured the displays, where multiple rooms featured multiple displays of model railroads.  Some were created to look like local rail yards, such as Point of Rocks.  Others were set up for Christmas.  The top floor had train tables for kids to play on.
 
27 - Hagerstown 527 - Hagerstown 5 27 - Hagerstown 727 - Hagerstown 7 All in all, we walked what felt like many miles and enjoyed what turned out to be a beautiful day in Hagerstown.  If you want to visit the train gardens, they are on display Friday through Sundays until February 14.  It's worth a visit with the kids or for anyone who loves trains.
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-trains-in-hagerstown Sun, 27 Dec 2015 22:42:33 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Great Falls, MD https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-great-falls-md (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

26 - Great Falls 126 - Great Falls 1 26 - Great Falls 226 - Great Falls 2 After all the rain we've had, the local rivers are running full and muddy brown.  The Potomac River at Great Falls on the Maryland side is no exception.

I like to go places like Great Falls when I have someone along for the walk; my nephew Tim arrived from Germany yesterday, so I took the opportunity to have some company with me today.  I'd been wanting to revisit Great Falls, so today seemed like a good day for it.  Apparently lots of other people thought so as well, because there were lots of families out enjoying this great location.

26 - Great Falls 326 - Great Falls 3 26 - Great Falls 426 - Great Falls 4Virginia side Great Falls is a wonderful combination of history and nature.  Informative signs explain about the C&O canal and how the locks worked to allow barges to travel the canal along changing elevations.  The working barge that takes tourists through the canal and the locks accompanied by reenactors dressed in period costume was docked and covered for the winter.  The water in the canal was green and scummy.

We walked along the canal to the Olmstead Island trail, and then followed the paths and bridges to the main body of the Potomac.  Water was raging through the rock chasms, looking like coffee with cream.  Rocks on the island were bright green with lichens.

26 - Great Falls 526 - Great Falls 5 26 - Great Falls 626 - Great Falls 6My nephew Tim At the Potomac, we could see tourists on the Virginia side.  Suddenly a kayaker appeared below us on the rocks.  He was surveying how to proceed now that he was at the main body of water.  He couldn't climb up the rocks, and his only choice was to put the boat into the raging waters again.  We don't know what he did.  We didn't particularly want to witness a boating accident today.

26 - Great Falls 726 - Great Falls 7 The Potomac gave us a great display of force and the power of nature.  It's always a good place for a walk.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-great-falls-md Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:59:48 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: The Clustered Spires https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-the-clustered-spires (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

25 - Xmas 625 - Xmas 6 25 - Xmas 325 - Xmas 3 Merry Christmas!  When I saw the fog this morning, I decided to do my walk in downtown Frederick.  It had been a while since I made a tour of the fabled Clustered Spires, so I walked around downtown finding the churches.  A few were even open and welcoming visitors.

I walked for about 30 minutes, passing only a few people out with their dogs.  Everyone else was tucked inside, enjoying a lazy morning.  I used a texture on the sky because it was a foggy white, so that lends these photos a moody look.

25 - Xmas 225 - Xmas 2 25 - Xmas 525 - Xmas 5 A surprise and welcome find were some dewy spiderwebs in fences and trees.  

Happy holiday to all.  I hope your day is a good one.

 

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-the-clustered-spires Fri, 25 Dec 2015 17:52:47 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Random Christmas Thoughts https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-random-christmas-thoughts (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

24 - Greenview 124 - Greenview 1 24 - Greenview 224 - Greenview 2 My mind can totally wander on my walks some days.  Today was one of those days.  I opted to walk close to home on good sidewalks,  mainly to keep my shoes dry.  As I passed the homes of various neighbors, my thoughts turned to Christmases past.
 
In 2008 my husband Jim passed away, and I will be eternally grateful to my sister Erica in Germany for spending Christmas with her family in Heidelberg.  It was just what I needed.  The cold weather was perfect; we decorated the tree on Christmas Eve and lit real candles; we shopped at the Christmas markets, and we ate traditional German cookies and chocolates.  My nephew Tim arrives tomorrow from Germany to spend some holiday time with us, so I am happy to return the favor.  I hope you're bringing those cookies and chocolates, Tim!
 
As the parents of young children, Jim and I were always up late putting together toys or finishing the wrapping.  One Christmas Eve it was unbearably cold -- the temps were around 5 degrees at midnight.  We got a call around 12:30 from friends Chuck and Karen Lutz who were on their way home from midnight mass with little ones in the car when their gas lines froze.  In those days before cell phones, Chuck had to walk to the Greyhound station and bang on the doors, where someone let him in to use the phone.  We were glad to have helped them out in their time of need.
 
24 - Greenview 324 - Greenview 3 24 - Greenview 424 - Greenview 4 I remember as a child lying on the floor under the Christmas tree, which had twinkly lights.  As they twinkled, they made different patterns on the ceiling.  It was mesmerizing to me.  We kids were always up early, as is true in most households, and we'd rush downstairs to see what Santa had brought.  Our parents made us wait until the coffee was ready and they were settled on the couch before anything else could be opened.  I can so relate to that today!
 
Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating.  I hope your memories are good ones of Christmases past or that you're making new ones to reflect upon in Christmases future.
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-random-christmas-thoughts Thu, 24 Dec 2015 16:39:19 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: A Series of Soggy Selfies https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-a-series-of-soggy-selfies (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

Today I wanted to stick around the neighborhood, so I suited up in rain gear and took a shiny red ornament with me.  As soon as I positioned the ornament in a wet pine tree, I realized there was no way I was keeping myself out of these pix.  I should have taken a non-reflective ornament, but it was too late.  I already had wet shoes, so I resigned myself to a series of soggy selfies.  Oh well...

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-a-series-of-soggy-selfies Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:44:45 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Gambrill Mill https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-gambrill-mill (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.) 22 - Gambrill 122 - Gambrill 1

22 - Gambrill 222 - Gambrill 2 What a busy day!  After cleaning for the next round of company and doing some last minute shopping at the mall, I drove south to Gambrill Mill for my walk.  The sky had not yet cleared, so gray clouds were still filling the sky.

I walked the trail a couple of times, hoping to see some birdlife, and despite hearing some chickadees, the birds were pretty much silent.  There was a mallard pair on the pond, but they flew away when I got too close.

22 - Gambrill 322 - Gambrill 3 22 - Gambrill 522 - Gambrill 5 Despite the fact that today is the winter solstice, I was able to walk without a jacket.  Tomorrow should be even warmer.  Happy winter solstice, everyone!

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My Daily Photo Walk: I Went on a Bird Hunt! https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-i-went-on-a-bird-hunt (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

21 - Worthington 321 - Worthington 3 21 - Worthington 121 - Worthington 1 I went on a bird hunt, but I only found a cow.  I saw great bird photos yesterday from Theresa Wiltrout, who took them at Worthington Farm, part of the Monocacy battlefield.  l have walked this farm many times, so today I loaded up the big guns (the 150-500mm lens) and the tripod and took off down the Ford Loop to the location Theresa so kindly indicated on a map for me.

My fallback position was to take photos of cows, which are in the fields on either side of the lane where I earlier photographed hedge apples.  I walked to the end of the lane down to the river, scattering small flocks of tiny birds, which were probably groups of chickadees.  However, the sky was full of dark clouds (it is almost the winter solstice), and the little birds were just dark silhouettes at the tippy tops of the tallest trees.  I did not see a woodpecker or a bluebird, but I did hear a woodpecker working in the trees well in the distance.

21 - Worthington 221 - Worthington 2 21 - Worthington 421 - Worthington 4 I toted the gear back up the lane and concentrated on the cows.  They were busy feeding, for the most part, wearing stockings of mud on their legs.  A few curious ones ambled over to check me out, but pretty much, I was ignored.  

I'll be back, you birds of Worthington.  Some sunshiny day I will find you!  In the meantime, sleep a long winter's night, and prepare for my return.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-i-went-on-a-bird-hunt Mon, 21 Dec 2015 23:29:21 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Train Show in Mt. Airy https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-train-show-in-mt-airy (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

20 - Mt. Airy 320 - Mt. Airy 3 20 - Mt. Airy 120 - Mt. Airy 1 A model train setup is such a traditional part of Christmas.  I never had that tradition in my family, but so many do, and it is popular with kids and adults alike.  I knew that there was a train display at the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Department, so I made that my destination for today's walk.
 
If you go, the train display is in the rear lower level of the fire department.  It is open on weekends from 12-5 until January 3.  It's free, but donations are appreciated.  After all, this is a volunteer fire department, and the train display took hours and hours of work for all of us to enjoy.
 
20 - Mt. Airy 520 - Mt. Airy 5 20 - Mt. Airy 720 - Mt. Airy 7 Inside the room with the display are three separate areas with raised tables and glass surrounds.  The room is dark, to maximize the experience of the trains and lights at night.  Elaborate, multi-level displays showcase the trains and the various themes:  candy, carnival, the town of Mt. Airy, the North Pole, the movie "Frozen," and more.  I spent a long time just admiring all the work that went into these displays.  Kids were busy examining the details, and one girl about nine was thrilled when she finally spotted Olaf.  
 
Visiting the fire department does not constitute a walk, so I left the station and walked into town -- downhill.  In town I went into some of the shops, spending the most time in Ben Gue's Crafts and Collectibles.  I made the mistake of going into the basement, where there was so much Christmas stuff it was overwhelming.  The owner said that they will be open all of next week, for last minute shoppers.
 
20 - Mt. Airy 420 - Mt. Airy 4 20 - Mt. Airy 220 - Mt. Airy 2 I also detoured down the road to spot the "castle" on Prospect Road, which added to the walk.  This unusual home is somewhat hidden during the summer, but in winter, it's easier to see.
 
I returned, all uphill, to the fire station.  It was a great, leg-toning walk, which I should do more often.  I will admit I had to stop to rest a few times.  I don't know how runners do it!  I'll never be one, so no worries there.
 
20 - Mt. Airy 620 - Mt. Airy 6 Plan to take the kids to visit the train display before January 3, and spend a little time in downtown Mt. Airy.  There are only four more days to get ready for Christmas!
 
 
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My Daily Photo Walk: Snow Hill, MD https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-snow-hill-md (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

19 - Snow Hill 219 - Snow Hill 2 Snow Hill, Maryland, is where I began my teaching career.  As a fresh-faced student teacher born and raised in suburbia, I had a lot to learn about small town life and kids from the country.  So it's safe to say that those 7th and 8th graders probably taught me more than I taught them.  But I fell in love with historic towns, old Victorians, local customs, and family traditions that were different from my own, and I have never forgotten those kids who helped shape my future as a teacher.  I ended up staying 36 years in Worcester County, even though I moved on from Snow Hill after the first seven years.

19 - Snow Hill 119 - Snow Hill 1 Today my friend Joan and I had other visits to make in the area, so we ended up in Snow Hill for my walk and for lunch.  We parked in one of the municipal lots and walked first along Washington Street, which is being repaved.  Workers were busy today laying down asphalt around the sections of road near the river.  

19 - Snow Hill 319 - Snow Hill 3 We went into a couple of antique shops, because I have been on the lookout for certain items to use in my light paintings.  Today I found a perfect Hershey's cocoa tin that will be in one of my still life compositions.  The shop also had a huge collection of cookie jars and wall pockets/vases that were either lining the rafters or tacked onto them.

Along Market Street we stopped into Bishop's Stock had a nice visit with husband and wife Kirk McBride and Lynne Lockhart, both plein air painters.  The gallery features the work of member artists and also sells fine wines.  I had a good discussion with them about Easels in Frederick.

19 - Snow Hill 519 - Snow Hill 5 19 - Snow Hill 719 - Snow Hill 7 There are some historic churches in Snow Hill, as well as the county courthouse.  All were quiet today, as was the downtown area.  Joan and I both felt that a few more shoppers could have benefited from shopping locally in Snow Hill, because there were some good choices in the stores that were open.  Unfortunately, there were a number of stores that were closed today, too.

19 - Snow Hill 419 - Snow Hill 4 19 - Snow Hill 619 - Snow Hill 6 We ended our visit in Snow Hill with lunch at the Harvest Moon, where I saw friend and fellow photographer Jay Cathell.  That reminds me why I love small towns.  I always run into someone I know.  And today, that was a good thing!

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My Daily Photo Walk: Georgetown, DE https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-georgetown-de (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

18 - Georgetown 518 - Georgetown 5The courthouse 18 - Georgetown 418 - Georgetown 4 The rain finally stopped late this morning and the temperature began to drop.  My friend Joan and I took off to do some exploring in lower Delaware.  After going through some antique shops in Millsboro, we ended up in Georgetown.  Georgetown is the county seat of Sussex County, so the town has the courthouse, lots of law offices, bail bondsmen, etc.
 
Georgetown has a large center circle, filled with grass, benches, and trees.  It has a park-like appearance.  Around the circle are government offices, banks, the county courthouse, and an 1800's hotel called The Brick Hotel.
 
18 - Georgetown 218 - Georgetown 2The Brick Hotel 18 - Georgetown 318 - Georgetown 3 My friend Joan and I parked along Rt. 9 and walked into town.  We braved the pedestrian crossings around the circle, where many of the drivers ignored the visibly displayed "Pedestrians in crosswalk have right of way" signs.
 
We entered The Brick Hotel to get warm, curious to see its lobby, and the desk clerk there happily gave us a tour of the hotel, showing us guest rooms, the porches, and the restaurant.
 
18 - Georgetown 618 - Georgetown 6 18 - Georgetown 118 - Georgetown 1 After leaving the hotel, we walked some more around the town and Joan lent her cell phone to the hand of the statue out in front of one of the restaurants.  Drivers waiting in line at the traffic light were amused by us.
 
Georgetown is known for its tradition of "return day."  When the county seat was moved from nearby Lewes in 1791, voters were required to make the trip to Georgetown to cast their votes in elections.  Two days later, they returned to town to hear the official results of the elections, which came to be known as "Return Day."  As the population grew, and return day morphed into a festival with vendors selling foods and wares.  Today it is still celebrated, with ox roasts in the circle, and politicians, winners and losers alike, come to Georgetown in horse drawn carriages to celebrate the elections.  Apparently this is the only county in the US that still continues this tradition to this day.
 
Georgetown deserves another visit on a warmer day.
 
 
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My Daily Photo Walk: A Very Wet Berlin, MD https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-a-very-wet-berlin-md (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

17 - Berlin 617 - Berlin 6 17 - Berlin 117 - Berlin 1 I made a trip to Berlin, MD, to attend a luncheon at my former school.  It was great to see old friends and colleagues.  After the lunch, I headed into Berlin, which has always been one of my favorite historic Maryland towns.  
 
When I embarked on my walk, the rain began in earnest.  I suited up with old tennis shoes, raincoat, and an umbrella; I tucked my camera under my jacket and took off through the flooded streets.
 
17 - Berlin 217 - Berlin 2 17 - Berlin 317 - Berlin 3 I decided to focus on some of my favorite shops in town, starting with Bungalow Love.  I stopped in to visit with Heather Layton, the owner.  She has recently moved to a new location, and is pleased with the increase in foot traffic since the move.  Heather focuses on handmade and fair trade merchandise and the shop is bright and colorful.
 
17 - Berlin 517 - Berlin 5 17 - Berlin 417 - Berlin 4 Across the street is the yarn shop in town, A Little Bit Sheepish.  They opened a few years ago, and the shop is thriving.  Beautiful knitted items hung in the windows along with luxurious yarns and holiday displays.
 
I wandered into The Berlin Coffee House to visit with Peggy and Jason.  The aroma of roasted coffee filled the air.  They also offer teas and sandwiches.
 
17 - Berlin 717 - Berlin 7 Other shops were Baked Dessert Cafe, Victorian Charm, A World of Toys, Jeffrey Auxer Glass, and Main Street Sweets.  There were not many shoppers out today, even though Christmas is near.  The rain was a good deterrent.  
 
Despite wet feet and soaked pant legs, I enjoyed my walk, seeing old friends and revisiting familiar places.  
 
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-a-very-wet-berlin-md Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:22:13 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Sunset on Drummine Road https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-sunset-on-drummine-road (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

16 - Drummine 116 - Drummine 1 16 - Drummine 316 - Drummine 3 Some days time just gets away from me, just like it did today.  In my head I told myself I could walk between 4:00 and 5:00, but then I realized that sunset is really early!  I abandoned my plan to go to Mount Airy and chose one of my favorite nearby country roads, where there is rarely any traffic.

I parked at the Central Chapel at the corner of Central and Drummine, and took off down Drummine.  It parallels 75.  At the one end is the chapel with an old cemetery across the road, and at the other end is Hunting Lotte Farm.  I always enjoy the view at the farm.  

16 - Drummine 216 - Drummine 2 16 - Drummine 416 - Drummine 4 By the time I got to the end of the road, the sun was almost down.  I walked in circles for a while to keep moving while I waited.  There were good clouds in the sky and I knew they would soon be pink and orange and purple.  I was not disappointed.

16 - Drummine 516 - Drummine 5 December days are short, but I sort of like the late sunrises and early sunsets, at least from a photographer's standpoint!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-sunset-on-drummine-road Thu, 17 Dec 2015 02:52:11 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Breezy Baker Park https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-breezy-baker-park (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

15 - Baker Park 215 - Baker Park 2 15 - Baker Park 115 - Baker Park 1 I ended up having my seven-year-old grandson for the afternoon, so I told him he would have to come on my walk with me.  I chose Baker Park, knowing he could run and explore, so off we went.

First we looked at the war memorials at Memorial Park.  Then we crossed the street and walked (he ran) by the band shell, and up to the Carillon.  There was a cherry tree in nearly full bloom!

15 - Baker Park 315 - Baker Park 3 15 _ Baker Park 415 _ Baker Park 4 We found some ducks in Carroll Creek, and then came across a playground.  I let him play on the equipment for a while.  

Along Carroll Parkway we looked over the parapets to the water below; by this time, Caden was cold (he had on shorts -- who knows how to dress nowadays?).  We hopped and skipped along the sidewalks back to Memorial Park and to the car.  I could have kept on going for a lot longer, so I teased him about getting tired before I did, but Caden was glad to get out of the wind.

15 - Baker Park 515 - Baker Park 5 So that was our breezy walk in Baker Park!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-breezy-baker-park Tue, 15 Dec 2015 22:33:52 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: A Window Walk in Frederick https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-a-window-walk-in-frederick (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

There was a light rain falling, but that did not stop me from taking a good walk today in the downtown historic district.  I concentrated on the area around Shab Row, E. Church, Market, and E. 2nd Streets.  

I've photographed the holiday doors of Frederick, but today I noticed beautiful windows, so my mission today was to get some photographs of beautiful windows.  It's always a challenge to photograph downtown because of parked cars and narrow sidewalks, so some windows are difficult to get into the frame of the camera.  But here are some of the ones I found today.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-a-window-walk-in-frederick Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:33:18 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: E and E Trees https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-e-and-e-trees (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

13 - E&E 413 - E&E 4 It's a challenge to find something different to photograph at Christmas tree farms, because frankly, they are mostly trees.  Some have taller, fluffier trees; some are neatly manicured; some are wild and random.  E and E trees near Walkersville, MD, falls into the tall and fluffy category.

Signs everywhere warn of holes (they dig and ball up a lot of trees for sale) and not to step on the baby trees.  Baby trees are easy to spot, because they are usually in the weediest, most overgrown areas.  Those areas can't really be mowed until the trees are larger.

13 - E&E 113 - E&E 1 I drove the Camera Bag to E and E today with the top down.  I got quite a few stares and comments when I arrived.  "Hey, missy, are you going to put a tree in that?" one onlooker wanted to know.  Of course, I wasn't, but I teased, "Sure!  I can fit a really tall one in with the top down."

13 - E&E 213 - E&E 2 The tree prices here were $20 for white pines (there are a bunch of huge, fluffy, well shaped ones here for those of you with mansions), and $45 - $50 for all others, regardless of size.  One man came to the parking lot toting a four foot tree in one hand; he paid $45, and was a little dismayed since the tree was so small.  Oh well.  It pays to read the pricing policy before cutting.

I walked the perimeter of the farm, then up and down some of the avenues between trees.  Lots of families were out on the hunt for a tree.  

13 - E&E 313 - E&E 3 I think this will be my last tree farm for this year.  If you have yet to cut one down, I've given you a good idea of places to go.  Happy tree hunting!

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-e-and-e-trees Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:56:30 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Christmas in New Market https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-christmas-in-new-market (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

12 - NM 112 - NM 1 12 - NM 212 - NM 2 The citizens of New Market could not have asked for a better day to have their Christmas in New Market event.  Despite the torn up sidewalks, orange construction barrels, and yellow caution tape, the town had a steady stream of visitors.  Had it been raining or icy and not nearly 70 degrees, I doubt that crowds of people would have opted to come to town.  But today, the weather certainly helped to make this event a success.

12 - NM 312 - NM 3 I parked at the strip of professional offices west of town and walked into the historic area.  There was a big craft show going on at the fire hall; outside, firemen were giving children tours of the fire engines.  

12 - NM 412 - NM 4 Most of the homes were decorated nicely for Christmas.  Every shop in town was open, and most had their doors open wide for visitors to step right in, since the weather was so nice.  Lots of families with strollers were navigating the torn up sections of sidewalk.  New bricks have been laid in many spots in a herringbone pattern.

12 - NM 512 - NM 5 12 - NM 612 - NM 6 I walked Main Street, first one side, then the other.  Then I crossed again to walk the streets that parallel Main, North and South Alleys.  As I finished up on South Alley, I spied a dozen turkey vultures in one tree.  At least a dozen more were in surrounding trees.  They were enjoying the great weather, too.

12 - NM 712 - NM 7 It was great to see so many people in our little town, and I enjoyed my two hour walk.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-christmas-in-new-market Sun, 13 Dec 2015 00:08:03 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Countryside Artisan Tour https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-countryside-artisan-tour (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

11 - CA Tour 111 - CA Tour 1 11 - CA Tour 411 - CA Tour 4 I love artisan studio tours.  I get to see so many places where local artists get their inspiration, work their magic, and share their beautiful creations with visitors.  Not only do you get access to their private spaces, but so many of their studios are located on beautiful farms or in great barns or cozy cottages.  There is a sense of intimacy that is just not experienced when viewing artwork at a big craft show.
 
11 - CA Tour 211 - CA Tour 2 11 - CA Tour 311 - CA Tour 3 Today I did a portion of the Countryside Artisan Tour.  This tour is large, and spread out over Frederick, Howard, and Montgomery Counties.  Because of its breadth, it is probably best not to attempt to do this entire tour in one day.
 
I decided to concentrate on the studios in the Barnesville and Dickerson areas, since at least five studios were in close proximity.  I began with Dusty Road Pottery, located in a restored red barn.  Owner Jennifer Hamilton's pottery has beautiful patterns and designs pressed into the clay.  She teaches classes, too.  
 
11 - CA Tour 511 - CA Tour 5 Next I arrived in the town of Barnesville, where two studios were side-by-side.  Tina Brown's studio is in a 1790 log cabin behind her home; she has art in a variety of media, many of which are botanicals.  Her next door neighbor has Windsong Studios.  Owner Cynthia Jennings had paintings, jewelry, and art made from recycled items.
 
11 - CA Tour 611 - CA Tour 6 On Beallsville Road I discovered Dancing Leaf Farm, owned by Dalis Davidson.  Brightly colored, sumptuous yarns were draped on the farm fencing that corralled the sheep whose wool they were made from.  Inside the shop were artfully displayed yarns, knitted garments, and jewelry made from felted wool.  It was a knitters paradise!  I wanted to buy it all, but I probably already have enough yarn to last me a lifetime.
 
11 - CA Tour 711 - CA Tour 7 11 - CA Tour 811 - CA Tour 8 I ended my tour at a farm on Big Woods Road.  Artisan Bev Thoms calls her studio Tiewyan, and the building has been transformed from her working studio into a charming shop, filled with gorgeous fiber art.  Bev explained to me how the work is done, starting with wool roving and other fabrics like cotton or silk, and through the combination of water, soap, and agitation, she is able to create fabulous garments, shawls, table runners, and wall hangings.  She also has the work of a number of other artisans displayed, including awesome wood turnings by a Virginia artist.  
 
11 - CA Tour 911 - CA Tour 9 The Countryside Artisan Tour continues this weekend, 10-5 each day.  Plan to visit a few near you.  It's worth the time to see and admire and purchase local art.
 
 
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My Daily Photowalk: Frizellburg, MD https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photowalk-frizellburg-md (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

10 - Frizellburg 310 - Frizellburg 3 10 - Frizellburg 210 - Frizellburg 2 There's a certain allure in a name, and the name of this small, historic Carroll County town drew me right in.  Frizzellburg or Frizellburg:  both are spellings for this village located along Old Taneytown Road.  The namesake of this town, Nimrod Frizell, established a tavern, inn, and general store along this former transportation route around beginning around 1814.  Today I walked its streets and learned a lot about the history of the place.
 
10 - Frizellburg 810 - Frizellburg 8 I met friend Laura Garver, the daughter of one of my frequent photo walk friends Gary, at the Frizellburg Antique Store.   Owned by Laura Turner, this amazing shop is located in the former general store.  Turner specializes in vintage clothing, antiques, and has an extensive collection of dolls, her specialty.  She was unpacking from a doll show, returning items to their shelves, but took time to talk to us and answer our questions.  The shop was beautifully decorated for Christmas.
 
 
10 - Frizellburg 610 - Frizellburg 6 10 - Frizellburg 110 - Frizellburg 1 After leaving the store, Laura and I walked across the street and found the WWII honor roll, listing 105 names of men who gave their lives; oddly, none of them were named Frizell.  We returned to the main street and walked its length in both directions, noting historic homes along the way.  The brick tavern is beautifully restored, and it had fabulous fruit and flower wreaths on each door.  
 
We saw the old inn, now a private residence, as well as a sprinkling of more modern day homes.  Typical of an unincorporated town, the sidewalks were few and far between, so Laura and I kept crossing the narrow road to avoid having to walk directly in the path of traffic.  In places we found in bloom a cherry tree, a forsythia bush, and myrtle.  Considering it's December, we were surprised to see spring flowers.
 
10 - Frizellburg 710 - Frizellburg 7 10 - Frizellburg 510 - Frizellburg 5 At one end of town was a large yellow building that looked like a former warehouse.  It has an art deco entry, but no identifying information.  We returned to Laura Turner to ask about the building, and she said it was a former dairy, now housing a number of apartments.
 
10 - Frizellburg 410 - Frizellburg 4 We had a good time exploring history and homes in Friz(z)ellburg.  I can highly recommend a trip to the antiques store, especially if you like dolls.  Those of us of a certain age have fond memories of Madame Alexander, Ginny dolls, and more.  You can visit them and relive your memories there.
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photowalk-frizellburg-md Thu, 10 Dec 2015 21:40:33 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Gaver Tree Farm https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-gaver-tree-farm (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

9 - Gaver 29 - Gaver 2 9 - Gaver 49 - Gaver 4 If you can't find a perfect tree to cut at Gaver Tree Farm near New Market, then you should just give up the search and purchase an artificial tree.  Seriously, I've walked a lot of tree farms, and the folks at Gaver must spend a lot of time trimming and pruning and shaping their trees to perfection.  
 
They have quite an operation going here, and have really gotten the "agri-tainment" business down pat.  However, the inflated rubber pillow, giant slide, bumper cars, corn maze, playground, most of the farm animals, and fire pits have all been winterized, and tree sales are the current focus.  
 
9 - Gaver 19 - Gaver 1 9 - Gaver 39 - Gaver 3 On weekends, the crowds of families arrive, but today, I had acres of trees to myself.  It was chilly and gray and foggy, so a fast, heart pumping walk felt good and warmed me up quickly.  I passed perfect tree after perfect tree, and there were also areas where young trees have been planted that will take a few years to mature.  
 
In addition to the trees, I saw some "sitting ducks" and geese, goats, and hawks flying overhead.  The silos at England Farm across the road were also visible above the trees.
 
9 - Gaver 59 - Gaver 5 9 - Gaver 69 - Gaver 6 After walking the perimeter of the entire farm, I ended up back at the barn, where lots of cut trees were lined up for sale.  The pine scent was wonderful.
 
All this tree farm walking is making me pine for a fresh tree.  There's just something so nostalgic about it.  Maybe next year.
 
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-gaver-tree-farm Wed, 09 Dec 2015 21:43:35 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Clemsonville Christmas Trees https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-clemsonville-christmas-trees (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

8 - Clemsonville 58 - Clemsonville 5 8 - Clemsonville 38 - Clemsonville 3 8 - Clemsonville 88 - Clemsonville 8 Clemsonville, located near Union Bridge, Maryland, is one of my favorite places to visit before Christmas.  If you love the idea of an old fashioned Christmas, then you'll want to visit this place, too.

The farm is anchored by the Clemsonville Mansion, built by John Clemson in 1796.  One of his descendents, Thomas Clemson, founded Clemson University.  Today the 250 acre farm is owned by Michael Ryan, who moved there with his family in the 1970's to establish a tree farm.  

8 - Clemsonville 18 - Clemsonville 1 8 - Clemsonville 28 - Clemsonville 2 On a Tuesday morning, there was no one at the farm but Mr. Ryan, and he graciously allowed my friend Norma and me to tour the mansion.  It has been lovingly restored and furnished in period furniture, and although the Ryans no longer live in the house, they keep it permanently decorated for Christmas.  We started exploring in the basement, which is set up to look like a museum, with collections of cookware, tools, bottles, and furniture.

The main floor has parlors, the dining room, and the kitchen; fully furnished and decorated bedrooms are on the third floor.  I felt as though I was trespassing in someone's home and that the 1940's inhabitants had just left a few hours before we arrived.

8 - Clemsonville 98 - Clemsonville 9 8 - Clemsonville 108 - Clemsonville 10 Outside, as farm cats curled themselves around our legs, we spoke with Mr. Ryan about the tree business, the property, the history, and more.  He is full of stories and loves telling them.  

I left to walk the farm, noting that there were mainly white pines in the section I chose.  Across the road in other parts of the farm are fir, spruce, and cedar.  All trees, regardless of size or type, are $20.  Borrow a saw and drive out to the trees; see one you like, cut it down, and then return to the house to pay.  There's twine you can use to bundle up the tree yourself.

8 - Clemsonville 68 - Clemsonville 6 8 - Clemsonville 78 - Clemsonville 7 After my walk, I returned by the road, passing by the white limestone "tree" that the Ryans uncovered on the hill in front of the house.  The hill is covered by soil, with rock underneath, which they exposed with a bulldozer to create the tree.

Inside the barn is a display of vintage toys and stuffed animals and a wide variety of decor.  The "snoring Santa" in the bed has been improved from previous years, along with a new headboard on the bed he sleeps in.  Handmade balsam wreaths line the outside wall of the barn, $10 each.  I left with two.

8 - Clemsonville 118 - Clemsonville 11 Coming to Clemsonville is a family tradition, and some have been coming for more than 30 years.  I think the draw of this place is the tradition, the prices of the trees, and the warm friendliness of Mr. Ryan.  Thanks for a great walk on your tree farm -- and hopefully, many families will keep returning year after year.  I know I will!

All photos in "My Daily Photo Walk" are available for sale upon request.

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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-clemsonville-christmas-trees Tue, 08 Dec 2015 23:57:35 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Mayne's Christmas Tree Farm https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-maynes-christmas-tree-farm (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

7 - Maynes 17 - Maynes 1 7 - Maynes 37 - Maynes 3 I love it when it's Christmas tree season, because I get access to great properties that I wouldn't normally be able to walk.  However, the trouble with photographing at tree farms is that the scenery is pretty much the same:  lots and lots of Christmas trees.  Therefore, the challenge is to find something different at each one.
 
Today I walked Mayne's in Buckeystown.  There are acres of trees, all in various stages of growth.  Some are barely a foot high; others are 12 feet tall.  They have a lot of varieties, and during the week, it is possible to drive out into the fields.  On the weekend, you hop on a hayride to be taken to your preferred variety.  Tree prices for "cut your own" range from $40 to $150, depending on the tree's size and variety.  Mayne's also offers fresh made wreaths located in one of their outbuildings.  The inside of that room smells just like Christmas.
 
7 - Maynes 27 - Maynes 2 7 - Maynes 47 - Maynes 4 In 2012, my first year of photo walking, I created a list of observations gleaned from walking tree farms.  They bear repeating this year.
 
 
  1. The colder the weather is, the quicker you will find a tree.
  2. The more people you have with you on your tree hunt, the harder it is to make a decision.
  3. If you forgot to bring a saw with you out to the fields, send the whiniest child back to get it.
  4. Hauling fresh cut Christmas trees uphill back to the barn a half a mile away is harder if you have three children riding on the cart, dragging their feet.
  5. The most beautiful trees are the ones that are the farthest away from the barn.
  6. The farther you get from the barn, the more likely it is that one of the children will need to use the bathroom.
  7. Everyone in the family finds a perfect tree.  However, rarely is everyone's perfect tree the same tree.
  8. Don't buy a tree bigger than you can fit into or on top of the vehicle you drove to the tree farm. 
  9. And, perhaps the lesson I already knew before I ever got there, is that the real beauty of a live, fresh cut tree is that it often is not perfect -- just like us.

7 - Maynes 57 - Maynes 5 7 - Maynes 67 - Maynes 6 Happy tree hunting!

 
 
 
All photos in “My Daily Photo Walk" are for sale upon request.
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-maynes-christmas-tree-farm Mon, 07 Dec 2015 22:53:12 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Mayne's Tree Farm https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-maynes-tree-farm (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

7 - Maynes 17 - Maynes 1 7 - Maynes 37 - Maynes 3 I love it when it's Christmas tree season, because I get access to great properties that I wouldn't normally be able to walk.  However, the trouble with photographing at tree farms is that the scenery is pretty much the same:  lots and lots of Christmas trees.  Therefore, the challenge is to find something different at each one.
 
Today I walked Mayne's in Buckeystown.  There are acres of trees, all in various stages of growth.  Some are barely a foot high; others are 12 feet tall.  They have a lot of varieties, and during the week, it is possible to drive out into the fields.  On the weekend, you hop on a hayride to be taken to your preferred variety.  Tree prices for "cut your own" range from $40 to $150, depending on the tree's size and variety.  Mayne's also offers fresh made wreaths located in one of their outbuildings.  The inside of that room smells just like Christmas.
 
7 - Maynes 27 - Maynes 2 7 - Maynes 47 - Maynes 4 In 2012, my first year of photo walking, I created a list of observations gleaned from walking tree farms.  They bear repeating this year.
 
 
  1. The colder the weather is, the quicker you will find a tree.
  2. The more people you have with you on your tree hunt, the harder it is to make a decision.
  3. If you forgot to bring a saw with you out to the fields, send the whiniest child back to get it.
  4. Hauling fresh cut Christmas trees uphill back to the barn a half a mile away is harder if you have three children riding on the cart, dragging their feet.
  5. The most beautiful trees are the ones that are the farthest away from the barn.
  6. The farther you get from the barn, the more likely it is that one of the children will need to use the bathroom.
  7. Everyone in the family finds a perfect tree.  However, rarely is everyone's perfect tree the same tree.
  8. Don't buy a tree bigger than you can fit into or on top of the vehicle you drove to the tree farm. 
  9. And, perhaps the lesson I already knew before I ever got there, is that the real beauty of a live, fresh cut tree is that it often is not perfect -- just like us.

7 - Maynes 57 - Maynes 5 7 - Maynes 67 - Maynes 6 Happy tree hunting!

 
 
 
All photos in “My Daily Photo Walk" are for sale upon request.
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cam.miller@comcast.net (Cam's Camera Shots) https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-maynes-tree-farm Mon, 07 Dec 2015 22:35:17 GMT
My Daily Photo Walk: Downtown Frederick https://www.camscamerashots.com/blog/2015/12/my-daily-photo-walk-downtown-frederick (Click any photo to enlarge; hover mouse over photo for caption.)

I spent part of the afternoon being a docent on the holiday house tour in Frederick, at the beautiful home of Stephen Parnes.  Lots and lots of people came through, and my intent was walk the tour after my time slot, to photograph the exterior of the homes on the tour.  However, as I quickly discovered, the homes had long lines of 50+ people waiting to get in.  So instead I opted just to walk, finding things that caught my eye.  
 
Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate!
 
6 - Downtown 16 - Downtown 1