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Resting on the Rails

In this post we once again return to the rail yard of the B & O Museum in Baltimore. As in a previous post, we have a look at a few of the rail cars that are simply resting on the rails while awaiting some form of disposition. Many of the really old cars will hopefully end up in the shop where this old workhorse now resides. The yard is filled with old vintage railroad hardware, as well as more modern models as well. So here is a peek down the yard from just above the rails.

Have a great day everyone!

Resting on the Rails
Resting on the Rails
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White Hall Tavern

Located in the historic town of Harpers Ferry West Virginia, site of the 1859 raid on the U S Armory, stands an old gathering place and watering hole for the local community, the White Hall Tavern. I was unable to find out when this building was actually constructed but learned that it was a very lively place during the 1850s. This establishment and the U S government were at odds for a time because of it's close proximity to the armory, meaning that armory workers likely spent a lot of time there and were in less than ideal working condition upon their return. Imagine that.  :-)

Today, the building stands as it appears below, including those shabby curtains in the windows. I took the liberty of removing modern-day items like parking signs, cones and bollards that detract from it's 1850s look. There was also a distinct black mark across the front, where there had once been a covered porch, roof or an extended front entrance of some sort.

This historic town remains true to the time period of it's fame for the most part.

Thanks for visiting!

White Hall Tavern
White Hall Tavern
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Rays of Light

On the way to Luray Caverns some weeks ago, I traveled the Skyline Drive, that scenery filled parkway that allows you to drive across the Blue Ridge Mountains. While excited to make the trip, I was disappointed in the overall clarity of the air on day one. It was quite hazy which rendered many of my shots useless. There were low lying clouds everywhere and when I could see to ground level it was like looking through fog. I was able to cull through the collection and find a few useable day one shots, like the one below that was taken at an overlook about 3200 feet. Day two was kinder to me atmospherically, so we'll have a look at some of those in future posts.

Enjoy!

Rays of Light
Rays of Light

I haven't processed as many B&W images as I had planned thus far this year, so while in the processing lab I thought a conversion here would help jump start the effort.

Rays of Light - B&W
Rays of Light - B&W
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Decorative Farm Implement

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. You can always tell if it was nice by how short it seemed. :-) I'd like to thank the many visitors and those of you who took the time to leave comments during the past week and beyond. I really appreciate it.

Have you ever noticed how certain things just stick out and grab your attention while driving? This often happens when you travel the same route frequently. Such is the case and topic of today's post.

I always pass this very well kept property in my travels and for quite some time I have noticed that the owners use antique farm implements as decorative items. So being an opportunistic photog, like most others, I knew I wanted to grab a few shots of these items. The problem was, I could never seem to catch anyone outside of the residence, but knew that I would someday.

That day arrived recently when the owners were outside keeping things in the immaculate condition that it always appears, so I pulled  into the driveway and introduced myself, then asked if I could grab  a few shots. It turned out to be just a wonderful visit as the owner  was more than gracious and happy to accommodate the request.  The result, I have a series of images that I will post over time of the  various farm implements placed around the property.

The image below shows some sort of disc harrow, used for smoothing out the soil after it has been plowed, according to my research. Strategically placed at the front of the property, it's what first grabbed my attention more than a year ago. If anyone has additional information about this type of device, please chime in below. I didn't want to keep the busy owners from their work, so I grabbed some shots and moved on, although we will definitely speak again sometime in the future.

Enjoy!

Decorative Disc Harrow
Decorative Disc Harrow
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