“T” (Train?, Tracks?, Tunnel?, Terapin?, Totem?, Tea?)

Some subjects for 26 Weeks Letter Challenge: “T” came easy, with a quick search through the database along with some new ‘challenge responses’.

Speaking of Trains and Tracks

You might think that cold, snowy weather is a time to stay indoors with a mug of Hot Chocolate, or a Hot Buttered Rum, or even a cup of hot Tea, but getting outdoors in inclement weather often yields opportunities for great, and sometimes unusual photos.
This was taken in east Baltimore, a little east of the Canton, an newly renovated section of town. The day was cold, we’d had less than an inch of snow which was rapidly melting. A few minutes later I returned to this spot, no snow remained.

Parking in Harpers Ferry, WV is limited, but we were able to nab one of the few remaining spaces for a few minutes to explore around the station. The tracks here are crossing one of two bridges, giving the appearance that half of the Harpers Ferry Tunnel is not used, the other half of the tunnel leads south anong the Shenandoah River towards Winchester, Va. That bridge is a few feet to the right of the one in this photo. Besides more tracks it also has a walkway for bicycles and hikers on the Appalachian Trail. The day we were there it was windy and cold, the river has a thin crust of ice! The The B&O, now the CSX now passes through The Tunnel under Maryland Heights and on through Sandy Hook. video

Enough of trains

On an intersection near home there once grew a couple trees. When they died a local woodcarver went to work. The terrapin of course is the mascot of the University of Maryland – “Go Terps

Of course “T”

What challenge for the letter “T” would be complete without Tea?

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One Word Photo Challenge – Chicken

Pot Pie

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge by JENNIFER NICHOLE WELLS is a simple one, “Chicken”. Though I’ve been to the Eastern Shore of Md. recently I wasn’t on the “Chicken Belt”. So I only had one recourse, dinner one night.


I don’t usually have Chicken Pot Pie for dinner, I do have a couple on hand for times I need some comfort food, usually when I feel way under the wather – thankfully not often.

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R is for Red, or is R for Rocks

Your Choice

Red or Rocks, or could it even be Red Rocks

I’ll let you decide. I was in Denver, Colorado for GeoWoodstock, a Geocaching event and the day after the main event a group went to Red Rocks Amphitheatre at 05:00 to see the sunrise.


Before sunrise the rocks are illuminated by spotlights.


Once the spotlights are turned off, about half a hour before sunrise the view of Denver is more breathtaking than a photo can show.


And then comes sunrise itself.

And of course, the one of the rocks in full morning sun.

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Crossing the Channel

I must have dozed off because I didn’t hear the sound of the engines when I awoke. We must have docked somewhere. Then I realized that my bike ride around France had ended and I was again close to home. It was evening as I sorted thought the dozens of bicycles on the Dover-Calais ferry.

My destination for the night was the Luddington House Hotel with a comfortable bed and hot showers. Both would be a welcome change from the past week, I’d been camping every night and cooking most breakfasts over a small camp stove. Occasionally I’d find a small cafe with dinner, but for the most parts, the camp stove also provided a warm dinner, hardly satisfying.

Exiting the ferry I turned left and headed out, around the traffic circle, crossed Back Rd W, and Athol Terrace till I came to Marine Parade, paralleling the A-20. In about 100 meters I arrived at my destination. And a great night’s rest.

There must have been some sort of celebrity here, a TV-news van was parked out front. But I was too tired to care who it was. A good night’s rest in a comfortable bed was all that I cared about.

for Sunday Photo Fiction – July 10, 2016

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Q is for …… Qajaq


Trying to come up with a word for ‘Q’ was easy.


Paddling on the South River at Galesville, Md. with a hand carved paddle! I even prefer one of them when I’m in my factory made plastic kayak. Amongst us paddlers we even refer to them as ‘skinny sticks’.

Go ahead and try to pronounce it and you will probably come out saying something like “KAYAK” and you’re not too far off. It’s the Greenland way of spelling it. And usually reserved for the kayaks known as Greenland Kayaks built with a frame and covered with Seal Skins, or more likely Dacron or Nylon. The boat in the photo is an old frame that’s been recovered several times. Dave, the owner, doesn’t remember how many times, but the last time he re-covered it was when I helped him back in 2014 (see it here for some more details and the work involved along with a short video.)

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O is for …

Is this cheating? After last week’s challenge “N is for ” where I responded with photos of Nests with a Bald Eagle and Ospreys. Right away I thought of more Osprey for the expected O challenge. So here goes.


Camera model : NIKON D80
Date/Time : 2010:04:14 16:08:22
Resolution : 600 x 402
Flash used : No
Focal length : 400.0mm (35mm equivalent: 600mm)
Exposure time: 0.0010 s (1/1000)
Aperture : f/6.3
ISO equiv. : 400


Camera model : NIKON D7000
Date/Time : 2014:07:28 17:38:03
Resolution : 600 x 397
Flash used : No
Focal length : 105.0mm (35mm equivalent: 157mm)
Exposure time: 0.0020 s (1/500)
Aperture : f/5.6
ISO equiv. : 320


Camera model : NIKON D80
Date/Time : 2010:05:06 16:37:10
Resolution : 600 x 402
Flash used : No
Focal length : 400.0mm (35mm equivalent: 600mm)
Exposure time: 0.0010 s (1/1000)
Aperture : f/16.0
ISO equiv. : 400

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