On Friday, February 14, I walked on a dark wet street at night, and unable to see the black ice, I went down hard. The result is a broken ankle, which has effectively put an end to photo walking, for at least a little while. I am so happy that I did not choose 2014 for doing my big daily photo walk project!
Having a broken ankle has really opened my eyes to the challenges that disabled seniors living alone can face. Luckily, my break did not require surgery, and I am sporting a bright ... read more
Today I was so happy to see blue sky. The sun has been hiding far too much! Even though it was cold, I wanted to do a photo walk, so I drove to visit our northern neighbor, Hanover, Pennsylvania.
The downtown area of Hanover is much larger than I originally thought. Situated at the intersection of Routes 94, 194, 116, and 216, it is on the way to nearly everywhere. Therefore, it is no surprise that it was a major travel route for troops moving to Gettysburg during the Civil War. The Battle of ... read more
I made three trips to Cumberland in one week, in order to 1) enter photos into a photo competition, 2) return to pick up photos that did not get juried in, and 3) go to the opening reception for the photos that did make it in. Luckily, I had two, and my friend Norma had one, so yesterday we took our friend Jim on a road trip to Cumberland.
Cumberland is set down in a "bowl," surrounded by higher elevations. It is also where Wills Creek and the Potomac River meet, so there are numerous bridges ... read more
As so often happens, when you go looking for one thing, you find another. Sometimes, it's something you lost or forgot. At other times, you discover something new. Today was one of those days where it was a little of each.
Originally, I set out to find a particular stone in a graveyard, because a friend wanted me to photograph it. Off I went to find Uniontown, MD, a place so small it does not even show up on my GPS.
I easily found the graveyard, and the headstone I was after. I think ... read more
My walk with friend Gary took place in several locations. Gary wanted to photograph ice on the Monocacy River, so I told him we needed to head out to Gambrill Mill, first. I had just been there, but there's always more I can find to photograph with my camera, especially as the warming temperatures began to change the shape of the ice.
We walked the same area I had walked the day before, then drove to a number of spots in the county. Last year I had photographed a giant formation ... read more
Every time I pick up a show from a gallery, I have to haul all the unsold framed pieces back to the basement and decide what to do with them. Fortunately, for the show just finished, sales were good. At least seven framed pieces sold off the wall, but I still had 21 pieces to bring back home. What to do with them all?
As an artist who attempts to sell her work, I often hear people say that they just don't have room on their walls. And especially in my house, that's very true. I have tried ... read more
One of my favorite places for a walk is at Gambrill Mill, which is part of the Monocacy Battlefields. There is a short, half mile loop through a wide field ending at the Monocacy River, and then it turns to parallel the river. As it veers away from the river, a boardwalk that parallels a stream rambles through a wooded area. In the spring, the field portion is choked with purple thistles, and goldfinches flit between the seed heads. I have marked my calendar for a return visit during thistle ... read more
The weather is cold (and it's going to get much colder) and there are still some icy patches, so today I decided that an indoor walk at an antiques mall would be a good idea. Not only was it a place to get out of the cold, but I am on the hunt for items I can use in my light paintings.
I went with my friend Norma to Beaver Creek Antiques near Hagerstown, where there are hundreds of dealers and countless items for sale, ranging from vintage clothing to furniture to empty beer cans to ... read more
Happy New Year, and welcome to my new photo project for 2014! I have truly been missing my daily photo walks, so I decided to modify and promise at minimum one photo walk a week for 2014. There may well be more than one, but I feel pretty confident that I can pull off at least 52 photo walks for this year. So, here goes!
For today's walk, I decided to go to Great Falls, on the Maryland side. I have been there several times, and I have always enjoyed the walkways, bridges, and views. ... read more
The Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship was December 26, and for the third time, I toted my camera and tripod to ten of the 12 locations highlighted on the tour. And, for the third time in a row, I was disappointed with my photos.
The first year, I discovered that my lens just was not capable of taking low light photos without the aid of a tripod. Everything was blurry. The second year, I took my lowest light lens, but it was of a fixed length, and so I was not able to zoom or ... read more