Nikon 18-200mm

It's About Time

Nat'l Clock & Watch - Front
Nat'l Clock & Watch - Front

Quick post and run today as I prepare to wrap up the week for work. We swing by the National Watch and Clock Museum for a look at the exterior.

Inside this building there are thousands of time pieces covering many, many years of the craft. We'll have a look at quite a few of them in future posts and as the series unfolds.

NAWCC Clock
NAWCC Clock

Just to the left of the entrance is this ornate but lovely clock. The "NAWCC" stands for National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. They would never be able to fit all of that on a clock of this size. :-)

Thought I would drop in a B&W version of this shot.

NAWCC Clock - B&W
NAWCC Clock - B&W

As we wrap up this post we find a clock tower out front on the perimeter of the property. It really stands out in what is predominantly a residential area.

Clock Tower
Clock Tower

We'll move inside for some of the more intricate goodies next time. ;-)

Have a great day, folks!

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1931 Ford

In a previous post we had a look back in time at a vintage horse-drawn wagon from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Today, we revisit the 1930s with a 1931 Ford used by the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Baltimore City (C & P). After a couple of name changes (Bell Atlantic and now Verizon) the company remains in operation today. Of course, all of these iterations of Bell companies trace back to the inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. Anyhow, I found the 1931 company car below in the Museum of Industry. It is in remarkably good condition as you can see below.

1931 Ford
1931 Ford

As many of you know, I've been building a collection of black & white images and that effort continues. The best of the best will end up in a portfolio. I have really appreciated all of the feedback received and it has been a tremendous help to me.

1931 Ford - B&W
1931 Ford - B&W

One of the issues with vintage vehicles in museums is the fact that they are nearly always surrounded by ropes, chains or other restrictive items to keep people at bay. I fully understand why this is necessary but it does limit one's photographic angles as we try to avoid cluttering up the image with these distractions. Nonetheless, I'm always happy to take on the challenge. ;-)

1931 Ford - Side View
1931 Ford - Side View

Most company vehicles have a number on them and this one shows "1931", which is the model year of the car. Coincidence or just part of a refurbishment effort?

1931 Ford - Side View - B&W
1931 Ford - Side View - B&W

Hope you enjoyed the view!

Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Downtown Morning Light

As the early morning night transitions from the overnight darkness on the heels of a storm, we are rewarded with a clearing and colorful sky.  This is another installment in my street scenes series. Taken in downtown Baltimore on a recent early morning, I wondered what weather would greet me.  As it turned out it became a 3-h day (hazy, hot & humid) with temperatures in the low 90s. In the foreground you'll notice an extended crane, put in place to cover the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. The crane serves as a camera mount for a sports TV network.

Enjoy the day folks, and we'll see you along the way. :-)

Downtown Morning Light
Downtown Morning Light
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Wild Cargo

As I was writing this post I noticed in the Wordpress Dashboard that the previous post was a milestone of sorts. It was post number 100 for this young blog and it featured a sailing ship which sort of sums it all up as we continue to sail along through cyberspace. :-) This is what they call fun and I am enjoying the experience. For one, I've been fortunate to connect with a great community of photographers who not only support one another, but love to share in this wonderful craft. For that, I am truly grateful. Today's post takes us back in time to 1945 and a plane that served the U S Air Force during World War II. Throughout aviation history pilots would adorned their planes, both inside and out, with images that kept their morale up. After all, war is a tough business. In any case, the markings on the side of this B-25J Mitchell (named for General Billy Mitchell) was typical of what I've described above.  This plane was a bomber manufactured by North American Aviation and featured two Wright R-2600 Cyclone engines, rated at 1750 horsepower each. Maximum speed for this aircraft is 275 MPH, but let's get back to the markings.

The image below shows an example of typical aircraft artwork during wartimes.

Have a wonderful day and we'll catch up to you along the way.

Wild Cargo
Wild Cargo
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