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Old School Photo Hack & Storm Walker

Long Dormant

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US Park Service equipment -- Central Maryland (July 2015)Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

US Park Service equipment — Central Maryland (July 2015)
Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Stonehenge on the Potomac

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Sunset at Violettes Lock -- Central Maryland (July 2015) Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Sunset at Violettes Lock — Central Maryland (July 2015)
Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Those Gutters

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Abandoned house -- Central Maryland (July 2015)Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Abandoned house — Central Maryland (July 2015)
Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Waiting for the Morning Sun

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A late bloomer in a field of sunflowers -- Central Maryland (July 2015)Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

A late bloomer in a field of sunflowers — Central Maryland (July 2015)
Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

News Link: What 12 Months Of Record-Setting Temperatures Looks Like Across The U.S.

Fast Response Boats at the Ready

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Two US Coast Guard motor lifeboats ready for the rescue call -- Southwest Harbor, Maine (June 2015)iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Two US Coast Guard motor lifeboats ready for the rescue call — Southwest Harbor, Maine (June 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Spent

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Sunrise over the sunflower field -- Central Maryland (July 2015)Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Sunrise over the sunflower field — Central Maryland (July 2015)
Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

The Afterlife of Color

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A saturated leaf on a rain-soaked handrail -- The Lost Coast, California (November 2012)Sony NEX-5N + 18-55mm

A saturated leaf on a rain-soaked handrail — The Lost Coast, California (November 2012)
Sony NEX-5N + 18-55mm

Tight Quarters

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Sunset sail through the anchorage -- Annapolis, Maryland (October 2012)Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Sunset sail through the anchorage — Annapolis, Maryland (October 2012)
Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Quiet Lay the Beasts

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Sunrise on the way into work -- Central Maryland (October 2012)Sony NEX-5R + 18-55mm

Sunrise on the way into work — Central Maryland (October 2012)
Sony NEX-5R + 18-55mm

Disaster in the Making

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Neglect at Lock 17 -- C&O Canal, Great Falls, Maryland (June 2015)Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Neglect at Lock 17 — C&O Canal, Great Falls, Maryland (June 2015)
Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

I know.  It looks like a quaint waterfall in an abandoned area.

But it’s not.

This is Lock 17 in the C&O Canal National Historical Park, less than a quarter of a mile from the park headquarters and about 12 miles from the U.S. Capitol Building.

And — due to the severe and ever ongoing budget cuts — this is the sad state of maintenance and repairs that this park (just one of the 408 that the National Park Service is responsible for) is now enduring:

  • Water is leaking around many of the locks (this undermines the lock foundation and will eventually cause it to fail and collapse).
  • The lock structures are slowly rotting and falling apart.
  • The greens around the locks are no longer being mowed and the weeds (and small trees for that matter) are not being removed.
  • Trash service was abandoned years ago, but visitors still jam stuff into places where they don’t think it will be seen (that’s the bit of bright blue in the lower edge of the above photo).
  • And for this visit, there were no staff at the main gate to collect entrance fees, nor did we see a National Park Service employee at any time during the afternoon we spent here.

Here are a few facts for those unfamiliar with the C&O Canal: Continue Reading →

Tulip Abstract

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Extreme macro of tulip blossoms -- Central Maryland (March 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Extreme macro of tulip blossoms — Central Maryland (March 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Shooting Star

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Lockheed T-33A-5-LO Shooting Star — Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia (January 2015)Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Lockheed T-33A-5-LO Shooting Star — Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia (January 2015)
Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Delicate Pastels

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Dogwood blooms -- Central Maryland (April 2015)Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Dogwood blooms — Central Maryland (April 2015)
Sony NEX-5N + Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4

Half and Half

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Tide's out -- Bass Harbor, Maine (June 2015)iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Tide’s out — Bass Harbor, Maine (June 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Storm Wuss

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Waiting the storm out at the summit of Cadillac Mountain -- Mt. Desert Island, Maine (June 2015)iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Waiting the storm out at the summit of Cadillac Mountain — Mt. Desert Island, Maine (June 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Sunset Blooms

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Near the summit of Cadillac Mountain -- Mt. Desert Island, Maine (June 2015)Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Near the summit of Cadillac Mountain — Mt. Desert Island, Maine (June 2015)
Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Tea Time

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A warming cup of afternoon green tea -- Mt. Desert Island, Maine (June 2015)iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

A warming cup of afternoon green tea — Mt. Desert Island, Maine (June 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Billy Goat Jungle

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Flora along the Billy Goat Trail -- Great Falls, Maryland (July 2015)Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Flora along the Billy Goat Trail — Great Falls, Maryland (July 2015)
Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Deadly Beauty

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Good flow from recent storms -- Great Falls, Maryland (July 2015)Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Good flow from recent storms — Great Falls, Maryland (July 2015)
Sony a6000 + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

This section of the Potomac River is always alluring to summer visitors, but it results with several people being drown every year and many rescues.  During our recent hike on the Billy Goat Trail, we observed three separate rescue operations during the two hours we were hiking there — two separate one-boat rescues and a third that required three boats.  Sometimes helicopters are brought in, but it’s tricky due to the close confines of the cliffs and the wind currents.

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