Virginia

Out of the Blue

After a perfect summer day, I recall hanging out and enjoying the approaching night fall on Carter's Creek in Virginia.  I had been out from before sunrise boating and visiting friends along the Northern Neck and the day was rapidly winding down. But I could not resist the urge to get a few night shots, like this Blue Hour shot and this Edge of Night image. Today I share another of the many from that fun-filled day.

Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue

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After docking we were simply milling about after unloading and finishing off a few cold ones when the boat in the foreground began to really stand out under the lamp post on the dock. It looked totally different than 30 minutes before, no doubt the effect of the now subdued lighting. I was particularly drawn to the teak wood across the stern and the name, "Out of the Blue".

This image was processed back during the summer and placed in my "To be posted" file, so I am unclear as to the exact process. I am however, certain that Topaz Adjust was applied to some degree.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend.

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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.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

B & O Railroad Bridge at Harpers Ferry
B & O Railroad Bridge at Harpers Ferry
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Old Railroad Bridge

Today's post shows a view from an old railroad bridge that passes within 100 feet of the John Brown stronghold where he was captured in 1869. One wonders what historical significance this old rail line had since this area is steeped in early American history. No doubt this was once used by troops of the Union Army to transport soldiers and supplies. You'll also notice two vintage wagons in this scene.

Old Railroad Bridge - Harpers Ferry
Old Railroad Bridge - Harpers Ferry

Below is a closer look at one of the vintage "U S" wagons.

Enjoy!

Vintage U S Wagon
Vintage U S Wagon
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Raid on Harpers Ferry

On October 16th 1859, a raid on a U S Armory was led by John Brown in an attempt to end slavery. I was in this tri-state area, where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia all meet recently and visited the site of this uprising. This was a rare opportunity for me and I could hardly believe what I found. A town that I pretty much had all to myself. It was almost Twighlight Zone-like, as there was hardly anyone around besides a security patrol car and a few maintenance staffers.  It's one of the many reasons I get up so early, and this time it really paid off. :-)

Needless to say, I captured many photographs and will share some of them with you in a short series of posts.

We'll start with the actual building where John Brown was captured.  It was originally built in 1848 as a fire engine house and has been vadalized, dismantled and move four times. The building was dismantled and spent a brief period in Chicago (1891 to 1895). It now rests within 150 feet of it's original location, having been placed there by the National Park Service in 1968.

John Brown Stronghold
John Brown Stronghold
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