Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The storms that swept across the US last week leaving much destruction in the south brought us wind and rain on Saturday. There was some wind damage a few miles east and flooding all around. The ground was saturated from earlier rains and Saturday's rain quickly ran down stream from the hills to the Monocacy River. Twenty roads were closed in the county Saturday and Sunday morning. The second and last shots are looking across the farm behind our house. The third and fourth are Carroll Creek and the fifth is a recreational are beside the Monocacy.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This mansion was built in the 1890's by the six daughters of Ezra Houck, a wealthy Frederick financier. The sisters lived in the 8,000 square-foot mansion for 30 years. In 1924 it became a professional building. Now it is the VOLT Restaurant, established by chef/owner Bryan Voltaggio, who left Frederick to pursue a career as a chef; and after success in New York and Washington, DC returned to establish VOLT. For more information see the VOLT website. Another VOLT window is posted on Lew's favorites.
Monday, April 18, 2011
The theme for First Saturday in April was "Egg-extravaganza", a celebration of both Easter season and the begining of Spring. The little kids were really enthralled by this costumed trio.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
April 12, 2011 is the 150-th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter that began a four yearlong civil war in the United States. In December 1860, South Carolina and six other states had seceded from the union and the governor demanded that all Federal troops withdraw from Charleston. Major Robert Anderson move his command to the island Fort Sumter. Maintaining the fort became newly elected President Lincoln's first crisis. When Maj. Anderson refused to surrender the fort, Confederate General Beauregard ordered the bombardment of Fort Sumter from shore batteries Maj Anderson surrendered the next day.
Fort Sumter is now a National Park. This year begins a sesquicentennial celebration, review, and reenactment of the Civil War. My hope is that this retrospective look backward will lead to resolve to solve those political, economic, racial and cultural differences that still cause much strife in the United States today.
These shots were taken in June 2006. I plan future Civil War themed posts in the future. There are many books on this war and much material is online. Photographs were taken and those of Mathew Brady are available from the National Archives.