Maryland

At The Beach

Ahh, the beauty of Summertime. We so look forward to the great outdoors and all it has to offer during this time of year. Amusement Parks, beaches, fishing and all sorts of activities help us to create great memories to look back upon. In this post we visit Sandy Point State Park on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The scene is early morning and the sun has well cleared the horizon, turning the lighting intensity toward harsh but manageable.

The beach and shoreline here is somewhat long so there is plenty of room for folks to spread out.

At The Beach
At The Beach

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Surf Fishing has been setup along this section, while swimmers and picnics have set up camp further away.

Serving as a backdrop is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a nearly 5-mile structure that spans the western and eastern shores of the bay.

Sandy Point was once the site of a ferry service back in the early 1900's, taking passengers, cargo and the few autos of the day across the bay to the eastern shore. As you may imagine, there is a lot of history associated with this area and we will cover other aspects of that in future posts.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek

One of the many places I like to hang out is on the eastern shore of Maryland. Like the western shore, you'll find a thousand outlets to rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. One such outlet is Slaughter Creek, which separates Taylors Island from the mainland. Slaughter Creek is also the place where this "Daybreak" image was created. Needless to say, I have taken many photos of the area, one of which is shown below.

Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek
Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek

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This is a very common scene wherever boats are located and I have been hard pressed to explain why I like this particular view, other than "there is just something about it". ;-)

In any case, I share it and this B&W version for your feedback and critique.

Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek - B&W
Boats Moored on Slaughter Creek - B&W

The image was taken in late evening as the sky was transitioning toward the blue hour. I recall this being an extremely hot day so the fact that the sun was dipping below the horizon was a good thing indeed.

The black & white version was converted using Topaz Lab's Black & White Effects.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Railroad Bridge at Harpers Ferry

Part of the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry West Virginia includes an old B & O railroad bridge that crosses the Potomac River, at the confluence of the Shenandoah River. The structure was built in 1893 by the Penncoyd Bridge & Construction Company, which built many open truss bridges during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today's post shows a view from the footbridge that runs parallel the tracks, looking east toward both Maryland and Virginia. In this tri-state area you can drive to all 3 states in about 5 minutes.

The Potomac flows from the left of this image, passing below the bridge and flowing into the Shenandoah, seen to the right.

On the other side of the footbridge you can see the Harpers Ferry Tunnel, carved right into the mountain.

Rusted and showing it's age at 118, the bridge remains quite a structure.

Thanks for all the visits and comments, I really appreciate it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

B & O Railroad Bridge at Harpers Ferry
B & O Railroad Bridge at Harpers Ferry
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Covered Wagon

In a previous post I mentioned how I was fortunate enough to explore the historic district of Harpers Ferry West Virginia and pretty much had the town to myself. Many of the buildings there were quite old but had been refurbished, while keeping their originality in-tact. This was such a cool place to explore. The Appalachian Trail runs through Harpers Ferry and I was able to walk along the trail from West Virginia to Maryland in a matter of minutes. I passed a sign that pointed north to Maine, 1165 miles away and south to Georgia, which was 1013 miles. Made for a nice reference point but no one I know will walk that distance, least off all me. :-)

Below is an image of a covered wagon, but not in the traditional sense of the term.

Have a great day and we'll catch you in the next post.

Covered Wagon
Covered Wagon
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