My Daily Photo Walk: East South Street
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I decided to do my walk in this area for two reasons: first, to check on the progress of the ginkgo trees that are near the entrance to the concrete plant. I wanted to see if they had dropped their leaves yet, since ginkgoes tend to drop them all at once, overnight. The leaves were all golden yellow, but still holding tight. The second was to purchase a high visibility vest at the safety equipment store, so that drivers can more easily see me on country roads, and so that I won't have to yell out, "I am not a deer!" so often on my November and December walks at local Christmas tree farms.
2 - South St. 1 2 - South St. 6 I parked by McCutcheon's apple products, where apple cider making is in full swing. The aroma of crushed apples fills the air. I continued my walk along South Street, finding the concrete plant, the ginkgoes, and the safety equipment store.
2 - South St. 4 While examining the ginkgo trees, I discovered one laden with fruits the size of shooter marbles. Nearby trees did not have such fruits, but the one I found was practically groaning with them. I am so happy I did not break open one of the fruits, because after researching them, I discovered that they are quite foul-smelling; most info I read compared the smell to dog excrement. Yuck! It is only the female trees that bear the fruit. So that was my first new fact for the day.
2 - South St. 7 Continuing my walk after purchasing my vest, I walked to the end of South Street and then made the return walk to my car. Along the way I photographed a memorial in a field to a Frederick police officer, Mark Bremer. The sign said "E.O.W. October 23, 2008." Curious about E.O.W., it means "end of watch." Officer Bremer died after crashing his cruiser while in pursuit of a suspected drunk driver.
2 - South St. 5 My daily photo walks teach me -- and you -- new things all the time, thanks to the ability to research online. What did I ever do before Google?
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As with most objects there is a standard for Safety Vests. The best reflection comes from a vest certified as ANSI Class 3 or III. A vest certified to this standard is rated for use along highways with speeds above 45 MPH.
Several years ago Congress mandated that all persons on a highway right of way must wear the appropriate reflective clothing. The law applies to everyone except a police in an immediate situation or firefighter actively fighting a fire
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