Monday, April 30, 2012

A View From Western Maryland

A Cabin Painting

As I was coming into town one morning, on Greene St., I came to the light and had to stop. As I looked straight out the front window of my car this is the view that I had.

There is construction going on in the the parklet where George Washington’s Headquarters is and I wondered to myself, “what would make a good photograph to show how this cabin looks with all that is going on around it?”

Of course, the answer was, the very view that I had at the moment. So I grabbed my camera, pointed it straight out the front window and snapped this photo. The lush green trees and foliage that surrounds the cabin sort of gives a painterly look to this image; like a surreal view of the cabin.

So, if you do come to Cumberland, or you are just a local, when you come to Riverside Park to see George’s cabin you can have a view to photograph. It’s just as if there is nothing else around, no construction, no street, no overhead bridge, no river and no train station in the background.

I think that even George would like seeing his cabin in a setting like this, especially if it was in a painting…

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Black & White Photography

Tree Of Life

As I looked at this tree I realized that even though there are probably over a thousand branches and limbs attached to the trunk, separately they can do nothing.

I mean there is no way they would bloom if they were to break away from the rest of the tree. In order for each limb to bloom it needs to receive nourishment from the tree itself. If it doesn’t, it will die.

As a Christian, I realize that my relationship with Jesus is the same thing. Apart from Him I can bare no fruit pleasing to the Father. I need to be attached to the tree, who is Jesus, and receive from Him the nourishment that only He can give in order for me to grow and blossom as a Christian.

Jesus said, “I am the vine and you are the branches. Apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Looking at this tree I can see what He is talking about. I may be just a twig but that to which I am attached is the Tree itself. If I were to be separated from Jesus I would wither and die...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Moment In Time

Misty Morning

It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
No nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east.
Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
I must be gone and live, or stay and die.

Romeo & Juliet Act 3 Scene 5

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Black & White Photography

Field Of Memories

At one time mobile homes lined this area. The boxes, that you see here, were the connections that, at one time, were used to power these places of living.

Now, the field is over gown with grass. The boxes are all that remains, and if it were not for these left over connections to the past, one would not know that this place was at one time alive with activity. Imagine the stories, the lives, the joy and sorrows that once were animated on a daily basis.

The homes are gone, life moves on, and little is left in this now forgotten “field of memories”.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Moment In Time

Watching Flowers Grow

It’s Spring time and as the sun comes up we rush to the fence to watch the magic as it happens. The fantasy comes and time releases before us the moment when flowers awaken and with it brings in the light of day.

The dream is quick and goes away even faster, but the memory remains as we relive childhood activities that we once experienced in time past. It is, fleetingly once again, a moment in time…

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Black & White Photography


It wasn’t until I converted this photo to a B&W image that I noticed that some of the limbs made it look like there were cracks in the sky.

Reminds me that in one way or another we all have cracks in our life. None of us are perfect and the more cracked we are, the more we need to be put back together. Only God can do that and I’m sure glad of that… :-)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Moment In Time

Play Ground

If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.


Somewhere deep in the heart of the woods lies a world that is full of imagination. This forest scene becomes what you want it to be. It comes from within and lies dormant waiting for someone to bring it to life. The teddy bears know that and they wait for a chance to enjoy their moment in time.

Actually this location lies about 20 yards off of my street, and it is an area where the neighborhood kids, especially the boys like to go and play. I wonder how many picnics they have interrupted?

Yeah, this is my world, don’t you just love it… :-)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Black & White Photography

Going Below

If you have followed this journal long enough you will know that my motto is, “If you are not looking you will never see.” Well, that still holds true no matter where you are; even when walking through your neighborhood.

This is an example of what I’m saying. As I was making my way around the hood, during my morning walk, I noticed these steps in a backyard. They actually go from an upper yard to a lower one, so that anyone needing to traverse this area had easy help in “going below”.

I should mention that this was at a house that is for sale and no one is living there. If you are going to do any photography around your neighborhood, make sure people either know you or know what you are doing and why. Otherwise, you might have someone call the police about you. Just don't be obnoxious and do not go slinking around looking like you might be a "peeping" Tom. Be open about yourself, talk to everyone you encounter and do not photograph kids without parents permission.

Just be yourself, be open, be honest and be a good neighborhood, and you and your camera will always be welcomed. Also, it does not hurt to give out some of the photos that you take.

However, remember that as long as you are on public ground you have legal rights to photograph anything you can see. Having to explain to the law enforcement what you are doing or getting punched first and questions asked second is something else. So far, I've never encountered either... :-)

I do love my neighborhood, there is so much going on. You only have to be looking in order to see, and let others see what a good neighbor you are…

Monday, April 2, 2012

Moment In Time

Neighborhood Tree House

Since I’ve retired, one of the things that I like to do is to take an early morning walk around the neighborhood. Of course I always have a camera with me…

Just up the hill and around the corner from where I live stands this little home, and from this view it looks like it is truly a house in the trees. I loved the way the early morning Sun was shining on the scene as the house sits among the trees.

BTW, as with most of the photos that I use on this blog, this image was taken with a Point & Shoot camera; just in case you are interested. Click on the image for a better view.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it… :-)