Thursday, July 30, 2009
The houses are old, but what about the windows? If you look closely at these windows, you will see a striking difference between them.
The windows in the log house have been replaced with what appears to be vinyl frames and new glass, while the other windows show aging and layers of paint. Also note the halves of the hinges that once held shutters.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday we took our second trip with the grandsons to Greenbrier State Park for a picnic lunch, swimming and generally enjoying the outdoors. Greenbrier is about 30 minutes from home and was a favorite spot for Marianne and the boys' Dad when he was their age. The park also has a kayaks, paddle boats, bath facilities, and miles of trails, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. (Second and third image taken on July 27, the others taken July 22.) For some more shots around the lake, see Marianne's post and my post last October.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Empty windows like this are a sign of the times. This was the show room of a Nissan/Oldsmobile dealer and its demise preceded the current auto sales decline. It closed after GM dropped the Oldsmobile line. (I had bought an Olds here back in the 80's.) The service area was behind and to the right of this building. It has been empty for quite a few years.
Monday, July 20, 2009
These first two images were taken in Connecticut from Big E's dining room. She has quite a flock of finches and other small birds that visit her feeder throughout the day.
Marianne had ordered a hummingbird feeder as the flowers we have were not attracting the birds like last year. After seeing the finches at Big E's, we also got a second feeder to attract them. They have been slow to find the feeder and Sunday was the first male goldfinch that I saw. Marianne has seen two humming birds, but I have only seen one. They only stay at the feeder for a couple of quick sips. If the camera is not within reach there is no image to post
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
In 1990 we visited Yosemite National Park. It is a place that I had wanted to visit since I saw Ansel Adams photos as a kid. There is much beautiful scenery in the park: water falls, lakes, river, mountains, trees, wildlife, and some large rocks! (Images scanned from prints and enhanced.)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Only the window separates these two from a good chase! The squirrels have demonstrated they are much faster than the neighborhood cats. (Ours are indoor cats and only get to watch, and perchance to dream of catching the squirrel.)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Frederick and Carroll counties are considering a joint waste-to-energy project, using garbage as fuel to generate electricity. There has been a lot of opposition to the project, including this poster on the side of a two-story house. Both county governments recently decided to go ahead with planning for the project. There are a number of hurdles to jump before the project gets going: funding, state permits, federal approvals and continuing political opposition. It will take several years before the plant goes into operation if it clears all the hurdles. There are several waste-to-energy plants in operation in Maryland, including one in Montgomery County just to the south of Frederick.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
A few days ago I spotted some new windows atop this old building in Frederick. Back in January I took the photo below of this vacant, old building when I saw renovation in progress. In addition to the windows on top, it looks like dormer windows are coming to the lower portion of the roof.
Here's a cropped view of the windows.