My friend Gary suggested a day out of the house, with cameras in hand, so I took him up on the offer. Gary has a special love for everything connected to the Potomac River, the C&O Canal, lock houses and dams, and anything Civil War.
After he picked me up, we headed south on Rt. 75, working our way toward Sugarloaf Mountain. When we arrived at Sugarloaf, the drive was closed, so we ventured on to Dickerson, then Point of Rocks, Burkittsville, and finally Antietam. Along the way, whenever I saw a red barn or a lone tree or anything interesting that I could shoot from the front seat of the car, he would kindly stop and let me get the shot.
Along our journey, we stopped for a tree with many vultures who were taking in the sun that was beginning to break through the clouds. We checked out the graveyard at Burkittsville, the War Correspondents’ Memorial at Gapland, Burnside Bridge and Dam #4 at Antietam, and the Monocacy Aqueduct near Dickerson. We were all over the map on the western edge of Frederick County and into Washington County.
After I got home, I played with the photos, adding textures and filters, changing them to black and white, etc. I still have the originals, which means I can change the look of any one of them over and over again, to achieve a particular mood or feel. That’s only part of the fun I have with photography.
Thank you, Gary, for the day out. It was much needed after yesterday’s “stuck in the house” snow day!
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“Life Through My Lens” is a travel/photography blog written by Cam Miller, copyright 2014
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