Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Our winter has been mild so far. A few cold spells and some wet spells, but usually not together. Last Saturday night they got together and we a got a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, but not enough to cause many problems. First two shots were taken at 2:30 AM and the last two a little after 8.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
We had minor storms pass over head the past two weeks - not much rain and only a few snow flakes. Ten days ago a large flock of geese flew over, honking loudly as they looked for a place to spend the night. Wednesday we had a bright white sky soon over taken by gray clouds.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Catoctin Iron Furnace began operations in the 1700's when early settlers in Frederick County discovered iron on Catoctin Mountain. Abundant wood and limestone were also nearby. A nearby creek powered the bellows. Later steam was used to power the bellows. Pig iron was shipped to iron works elseware. During the Revolutionary War, cannon balls were made for Washington's Army. Over the years, three furnaces were built. This is the only one still standing. The furnance ceased operations in 1903. The furnace is on the eastern edge of Cunningham Falls State Park.
Furnace at far end of casting shed
Closer to furnace
Casting shed with restored roof
The Ironmaster's house has not been restored. Nature is reclaiming it. There is a walkway that allows one to see the interior.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Last Friday was a cool, crisp day with clearing skies in the west and clouds in the east. The combination made for contrails all day. The first three shots were at 9:30 AM; the fourth at 4:45 PM and the last at 5:11 PM. The planes were heading west or southwest from Baltimore's airport.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Grandsons Winston and Lewis (and their parents) were here for Christmas. Two bundles of energy and good cheer who delighted us all through the week. Their aunt was also here for some of their visit. The house was their playroom, though they stacked there toys neatly out of the way before bedtime (with some help from Mom and Dad). Thanks guys (and Susan, Lawarence and Beth) for making our Christmas special!