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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • The Welcoming Shade of an Oak Tree Across the Front • Friday July 29th 2016

A 1925 Porch Sans its Period Cloth Awning

The Welcoming Shade of an Oak Tree in Annapolis Maryland July 29th 2016

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The way I see it, or actually saw it a bit earlier, the caption for today’s featured Annapolis photograph conveys quite nicely the ambiance projected by this inviting looking c1920 front porch. Certainly the shade from the Oak tree adds to this welcoming setting for I for one wanted to head up the walkway so as to sit in one of those comfortable looking chairs.

Oh by the way about 30 years ago or so this same porch was adorned with a front three section canvas awning, although today’s Oak tree seems to be doing a great job of providing shade across it as well.

Have a great day no matter what chair you happen be sitting in,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Sheltered Shrubbery and Color Accents on a Summer Morning in Murray Hill • Thursday July 28th 2016

Adaptive Positioning with Bushes and Plants

Rich Green Shrubbery and Subtle Color Accents On A Summer Morning in Annapolis Maryland July 28th 2016

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Heading back from a short kayak excursion on lower Spa Creek I happened upon a bit of color emanating from along the near side of a Murray Hill neighborhood driveway. What with the morning sun shining brightly at times through the broken cloud cover over Annapolis, as well as a preponderance of green tree and shrubbery foliage visible along the street, those snippets of natural color had me stopping so as to acknowledge their exception.

My initial impression at that moment was with so many flowers and bushes suffering from the warm Summer temperatures of late, along with extended periods of harsh sunlight as well, the presence of these natural colors were certainly few and far between. Yet I was able to determine that these particular bushes and flowers were located in just the right place so as to be able to survive the heat of consecutive extreme Summer days. For you see they have been cultivated along a low stone veneer retaining wall, itself positioned south to north, that encourages these shrubs and flowers to flourish in a mostly westward direction.

In addition due east of their location, along a neighboring house’s property line, a break of mature trees serves to shield these same bushes and plants from prolonged direct exposure to the morning sunlight. While across the adjacent previously noted driveway, on the west side, a row of shrubbery parallels the neighboring bushes and flowers there by effectively minimizing the direct afternoon and evening sun they have to endure as well. Of course their occasional watering has certainly been beneficial over the course of the City’s recent heatwave.

The overall result seems to be that this setting of green shrubbery thrives while beneath them flowering plants and shorter bushes are able to project their multitude of colors to a passerby, even on a hot Summer day.

Hopefully you too will find an occasion to get out and smell or at least see the flowers on a Summer day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • A Sprinkler Quenches the Front Yard of a 1940’s Craftsman Style House at Midday • Wednesday July 27th 2016

For Some Perhaps a Childhood Memory

A Sprinkler Quenches the Front Yard of a 1940's Craftsman Style House at Midday in West Annapolis Maryland on July 27th 2016

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Over the last 4 or 5 days there have been times when I would have considered risking either a trespassing charge, small arms fire from the house’s occupants or even a low voltage stun from one of Annapolis finest, after which they would drag my convulsing body off the wet lawn, in order to run or even just stand under a sprinkler such as this one.

That aside for some this West Annapolis setting might bring back childhood memories of dashing back and forth thru a pulsating sprinkler, while in my case it offered a welcome sense of relief from the oppressive Summer weather system our City has been experiencing recently.

In spite of the humid tropical conditions I did stop for a few minutes so as to take in the architecture of this c1940’s Craftsman style house. It does have somewhat of a Bungalow style as well though I found the house’s roof, or in this case roofs, drawing my attention. First there is the front facing gable projecting a bit of a point above its seemingly hip style roof. Next is the short cross gable featuring outward facing dormers. Actually there is a second cross gable roof obscured by the first one also with dormer ends. Finally there is the second story centered arched window, along with the narrow elongated ones flanking it, that contributes to the street facing gable end’s unique design.

After standing on the sidewalk for 10 or 15 minutes it had become unbearably hot out in the sun so it wasn’t long before I moved on, seeking the comfort of shade from a nearby tree. Okay I also lacked the chutzpah to walk up on the lawn and stand by the sprinkler, sans my camera, so I set off on my walk again.

Enjoy the rest of the day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • A Transient Sailboat Seemingly Equipped for Camping Moored on Back Creek • Tuesday July 26th 2016

A Dinghy and a Deck Shade, Among other Things

A Transient Sailboat Seemingly Equipped for Camping Moored on Back Creek in Annapolis Maryland July 26th 2016

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When I came across Aliot earlier my initial impression was that it looked like an over loaded RV of some sort, what with how much gear was secured on its deck and along the rope rails. Actually though its arched shaped deck shade tended to give this vessel a bit of an oriental junk like look come to think of it.

In any event, and certainly on a hot day in Annapolis such as it is, that arch shaped deck shade was a very practical item to have deployed. Also since Aliot is moored in the navigation channel on Back Creek its ubiquitous inflatable, hanging off the stern, is certainly a necessity for the crew to be able to come ashore at either Port Annapolis, seen in the background, or across the creek at Davis’ Pub in Eastport for a crab pretzel. Still though I was surprised at the absence of any solar panels on board for surely a self generating low power source would come in handy for such a well equipped sailboat like this one, especially for running a couple of fans down in the salon.

Well once again I want to advise caution if you happen to venture outside today for while the thermometer is down a few degrees from yesterday its still bloody hot out there even on the water,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • 18th Century McDowell Hall Shaded by Trees on a Quite Warm Summer Morning • Monday July 25th 2016

In 1742 Trees Were Nature’s Way of Cooling Things Off

McDowell Hall Shaded by Trees on a Quiet Warm Summer Morning in Annapolis Maryland July 25th 2016

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Yes it has been yet another warm day here in Annapolis with the forecast indicating that it will be the hottest one of the year, including a heat index approaching 105 degrees wow!

Of course it did not take much thought on my part to realize that taking photographs early in the day was the smart way to go. With that thought in mind I set off at a leisurely pace walking down West Street, I wanted to check out Jeff’s newest street mural first, then around Church Circle and up School Street with my second destination being the east side of the Maryland State House. Stopping in front of the Roger Brooke Taney Statue, itself the subject of renewed public discourse of late, I looked out across the City as the sunshine soon began to feel quite warm on both my face and arms. The already uncomfortable temperatures, combined with the rising humidity levels, had me reaching for another bottle of water in my bag, the second of the morning as it were. It was only a matter of minutes before I moved along seeking relief under the branches of a nearby tree. There drinking my water I began wondering how people in 18th century Annapolis, heck even the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the present day, dealt with this kind of stifling Summer weather without the relief of air conditioning.

Still standing beneath the tree I found myself sweating a little less and eventually even began to cool off a bit. It was then that I remembered an article I recently read with the gist of it being how both air conditioning, along with our at times sedentary lifestyle, has influenced our bodies into becoming more stressed when exposed to the heat, yes the temperatures of late have certainly been extreme for sure. In years past, before air conditioning was common place, or even invented for that matter, our bodies were more acclimated to warmer temperatures as we went about our daily lives. Also houses and buildings years ago were located so as to take advantage of natural cooling influences such as cross breezes and trees, such as the one I had been standing under on the State House grounds. In addition the windows and doorways of buildings back then were well placed and left open to take advantage of even the slightest of air movement. Finally back then people tended to spend more time outdoors, in the shade of course, to take advantage of any available air circulation. I still wonder though how uncomfortable it must have been wearing the clothes that people did centuries ago given the fabric they were made of as well as their perceived bulky layers.

Anyway having cooled off to a fair degree, yes that was a dumb pun to use, I set off once again thinking that the trees with their broad canopies located on the lawn at St. John’s College would offer relief from the morning heat, besides there was surely a photograph or two for me to take there as well.

As it turned out yes the St. John’s tree lined campus lawn was a little cooler than being out in the open, however on a day such as this, with little breeze to move the air along, it felt a bit stuffy I have to say. On the move once again I walked across the lawn eventually stopping near the top of the rise in front of McDowell Hall. There, looking up at what originally was intended to be Maryland Governor Thomas Bladen’s 18th century mansion, I began to develop an appreciation for all of the trees surrounding the building. You see one could not help by notice the vast amounts of shade that these trees were casting around it, not just its more visible facade but also its sides and back as well. I’m sure that academic calendars hundreds of years ago were similar to those today, in that classes were not held in the Summer, however even during mid Spring the combination of the trees and open windows, combined with any breeze, made the classrooms fairly comfortable, sans air conditioning.

After contemplating the contribution that these trees would have made in cooling McDowell Hall hundreds of years ago, I’m sure that there were similar ones back then as well, I felt comfortable enough to sit down on one of the benches flanking the front steps. Taking in the views across the campus lawn from my shady refuge I found myself a little more tolerant of the day’s weather. Of course I was doing so while enjoying my last bottle of cold water.

Aren’t trees great for they provide for much needed shade, help cool our residences on hot days and during Autumn their foliage provides for spectacular amounts of natural color to enjoy.

Have a cool day and a great week everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Facade Color Contrasts in Chesapeake Yellow and Navy Grey on the Shaded West Side • Sunday July 24th 2016

Morning Sunshine & the Sounds of Church Bells

The Contrast Between Chesapeake Yellow and Navy Grey on the Shaded West Side of the Street in Annapolis Maryland July 24th 2016

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Standing across the street from these two close, yet not attached, 19th century Federal style houses earlier I was struck by the difference in the colors their owners had chosen to paint their respective facades.

While one will never know if Margaret Colburn would have selected a Chesapeake Yellow hue in which to adorn her two bay wide residence back in 1875, although by the time Agostino Dimmaggio opened his cobbler shop in 1913 on the house’s first floor it would have drawn attention to his newly established business. As an aside I’m not quite sure if today’s Salmon colored front door or tall gate, the latter leading to the backyard, would have been considered a period color back then as well.

Now on the other hand it is my understanding that besides white the color grey would have often been used on the exterior of George Branzell’s circa 1850 three bay Federal style house. Heck even the current occupant has a US Navy Flag hanging outside a second story window these days which certainly ties in with the present color of the facade.

Anyway it was nice to experience a bit of color while taking in the Sunday morning sounds of the bells at St. Anne’s Church and the US Naval Academy Chapel echoing across the Historic District. Although I might add that the volume from both bells seemed a bit subdued, perhaps due in part by today’s high humidity levels.

It will be oppressively hot outside in Annapolis today so remember to keep well hydrated and also please check in on your older neighbors to make sure that they are doing okay,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Sailboats Moored Along the Harbor Early on a Warm Summer Morning • Saturday July 23rd 2016

Deck Shades are Certainly in Order

Sailboats Moored Along the Harbor Early on a Warm Summer Morning in Annapolis Maryland July 23rd 2016

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Let’s see it was close to 80 degrees in Annapolis when I got up at 5:30 this morning so attaining 100 degrees, including the heat index, a bit later in the day seems within reach. So far it didn’t seem like much of a day for taking photographs, I thought during my breakfast in Eastport earlier, so afterwards I walked over to a few nearby marinas and snapped off about a dozen shots from their docks. Then instead of seeking out the shade I headed to the studio and the comfort of the air conditioning.

Along the lines of seeking comfort today I hope that those sailboats moored in Annapolis Harbor, as well as on the adjoining City creeks, either have their deck shades up already or are just stowed below since they are going to be needed for sure.

Finishing up this post and having cooled off now I’m thinking about heading back out again, although from a comfort perspective I do have a lot of catching up on that image management work I’ve been putting off for over a month now.

In any event enjoy the weekend and once again remember to stay well hydrated when venturing outside today,

Glenn

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