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Delightful Dozen of 2012

Delightful Dozen of 2012

Happy holidays, I sincerely hope the season has been and continues to be all you have hoped for. As we approach the end of 2012 I have noticed a couple of things. One, December 21st has come and gone and the sun continues to rise so there was no Doomsday as predicted by many, and two, there are quite a few "12 for 12" (that's 12 favorite images for 2012) blog posts appearing in the photographic community. I had been thinking of some sort of "Year in Review" type of post with a limited number of images and this format seems perfect. So borrowing from that great idea, I present my first annual Delightful Dozen.

Now 12 for 12 has a nice ring to it but I don't want to come up with another name next year, nor do I want to begin a 13 for 13 (and so on) series. But I digress.

Below, appearing in no particular order, are a dozen of my favorites from 2012 and I hope you find them delightful. :-)

Curbside View
Curbside View
Swan in the Pond
Swan in the Pond
USCGC Taney
USCGC Taney
Lines to the Sky
Lines to the Sky
Riverside Stroll
Riverside Stroll
Snow Goose
Snow Goose
1938 Ford
1938 Ford
World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial
Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue
A Colorful Row of Trees
A Colorful Row of Trees
Mid Winter Sunrise
Mid Winter Sunrise
Up the Creek
Up the Creek

So there you have it, 12 images that I hope you enjoyed eyeballing. It was certainly fun creating them and each has it's own special memory about how it came about.

Before closing out, I want to acknowledge the first couple of posts I came upon that really settle me on this idea. Bob Lussier and Chris Nitz are great photographers and awesome guys to know. Check out their posts as well, you just passed the links.

This is the final post for 2012 but do visit next year. :-)  Sounds so far away.

In the meantime, Happy New Year!

USS Constellation

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. For me, it presented an opportunity to settle back into a regular routine after some time away.

Recently, the bicentennial of the war of 1812 was commemorated in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with an event titled "Star-Spangled Sailabration. "Tall Ships" from all over the globe arrived here in Baltimore's harbor for this historic event and I was able to capture some images, which will be posted here soon. Baltimore, particularly Fort McHenry, played a key role in this conflict.

But first things first. I want to begin with a harbor resident and floating museum, the USS Constellation. Decommissioned in February 1955, after 100 years of service, she was relocated to Pier 1 of Baltimore's harbor, now known as Constellation Dock. This ship was built in 1854, replacing the original Constellation frigate (1797 to 1853) and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in May of 1963. This is quite a tourist attraction with people from all walks of life visiting this ship during visits to the area.

For many Maryland natives like myself, I think this great treasure is sometimes forgotten. Below is an early morning shot just off the bow.

USS Constellation
USS Constellation

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This image is a 3-shot bracket (-2 to + 2) taken about an hour after sunrise, just a short walk from the USCGC Taney, posted here previously. It was a good thing arriving early on this visit as news reporters and their associated satellite trucks and equipment were all over the place, including the Today Show's Al Roker. Later in the day it would have been difficult to get a clear shot of most points of interest.

The Constellation Museum is not open at this early hour, so no updated onboard shots (just yet). :-)

I'll close out this post with an image of the stern.

USS Constellation - Stern
USS Constellation - Stern

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I wanted to include a bit more of the ship from this perspective but a local news crew was already setup to the right.

If you are ever in Baltimore you must visit the Inner Harbor and some of the many historic treasure in this area.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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USCGC Taney

A quick post and run today, my friends. My apologies for falling behind on site visits and support, I've found myself bogged down on a project, which has severely cut into my time unexpectedly. In the meantime, I thank you so much for stopping by and supporting my efforts here. It's greatly appreciated!

Today we have a look at an historic ship, the USCGC (United States Coast Guard Cutter) Taney, moored outside of the Baltimore Maritime Museum in the city's inner harbor. She was built in the 1930s in the Philadelphia Naval Yard and remained in service for nearly 50 years. What makes this ship particularly special? It is the last remaining ship afloat that saw battle duty in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

The ship was decommissioned at Portsmouth, Virginia and donated to the city of Baltimore. Roger B. Taney (pronounced taw-nee) was a Marylander from Calvert County.

I took the image below about a year or so ago. Enjoy!

USCGC Taney
USCGC Taney

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Thanks for clicking by!

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