Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sky Watch - Frederick skies

A patch of blue - March 24

Weathered vane - March 26

Bright clouds overhead - March 29

Blue sky to southeast - March 29

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Window Views - Roof top windows

Many of the buildings in Frederick have roof top windows (or dormers). Above is an old cannery building that is being remodeled for offices and shops. It appears that the work has been put on hold until the economy improves. Below are new buildings with dormer styled windows. The far building with the curved roof is the Frederick County Public School office that I have posted previously.

Monday, March 28, 2011

My World - Twin spires

View from the north

The steeples of the churches in downtown Frederick have ruled the skyline for over a century. Here are three views of the twin spires of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. They have appeared on my blog before (and most likely will again!).

View from the east

View from the west

Saturday, March 26, 2011

PhotoHunt - Caged power

This "cage" is on a high voltage power line in a substation in Frederick.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sky Watch - Moon rising

First, a nice sunset;

and then the full moon peeked above the hills east of Frederick. These first three shots were taken from the top of a parking garage in the first few minutes of the moon's rise. The last two were taken from ground level about 30 minutes later. All shot with my 200 mm lens and cropped for posting.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Window Views - Wall windows

Windows in a white wall

Windows in a reddish wall

Monday, March 21, 2011

My World - A touch of Spring

The fields are turning green; crocus and daffodils are blooming; dogwood buds are reaching for the sun; and I am cleaning the other flowerbeds. Spring is here!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

PhotoHunt - License plates

License plates seen last year on a '60 Corvette and a '56 Ford.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sky Watch - Clouds and a gull

Morning sky - March 14

Sea gull on sky light - March 14

Sea gull in flight - March 14

Morning sky - March 16

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Window views - The Cat's meow

Window seen half floor down

and the cat

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My World - Owens Creek

This was my world back on January 25 when I made a trip to our favorite meat market in nearby Pennsylvania. The road (and a railroad) follows Owens Creek, one of several creeks running down the eastern side of Catoctin Mountain. On that cold day pools in the creek were frozen, while swift water flowed. This is a scenic drive, even in winter.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

PhotoHunt - Old farm machines

Dated, but still working. These old farm machines were being demonstrated at the Rose Hill Fall Festival in Frederick last October. Rose Hill Manor and Farm Museum maintains a tie to the history of farming and culture in this part of Maryland. The lumber being cut was going to be used on the owner's farm.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sky Watch - Early March

Sky streaks at sunset - March 1

The sky is falling - March 6

Skies after the rain, March 7

Turkey vultures take to the sky, March 7

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Window Views - A variety of windows

Boe's Strings

Satisfy your cravings

Old News-Post entrance

Windows, doors and balconies

Monday, March 7, 2011

My World - Fire across the fields

Yesterday, I heard multiple sirens off in the distance, looked out to see where they were going, and spotted flames in the distance. A barn was fully engulfed in flames as the fire trucks were arriving. Local paper reported that the barn and contents were a total loss and two people suffer minor injuries. The barn is over a half-mile from us and normally hidden by trees. These images were taken form inside, with rain anf fog outside. The third image has been cropped and the fourth shows additional equipment lining the road (fire is off the left side of fourth image).