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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Colorful Sunset Framed by a Lofty Bridge and After 2,200 Consecutive Photos a Vacation • Friday August 18th 2017

A Fitting Send Off for a Bit of Downtime

Colorful Sunset Framed by a Lofty Bridge and After 2200 Consecutive Photos a Vacation August 18th 2017

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Hi everyone the time has finally arrived for me to set off on a vacation-sabbatical-break from photography – for a couple of weeks anyway. So this photograph of mine depicting the sun setting against a colorful summer sky will conclude in its present presentation medium my long running series of Annapolis photographs.

Yes I’m pretty sure that yesterday marked 2,200 straight days that I have walked the streets of Annapolis taking photographs to share with everyone via this blog. Actually in terms of the total number of photo posts that I have composed over the last six plus years it is perhaps 2,800 what with the holidays and other events having been featured over that same period of time.

I think back fondly on the beautiful spring and autumn days walking past colorful garden flowers as well as the rich hues of fall foliage along the streets. On the other hand over those same six years there have been, bitter cold spells, blizzard conditions, monsoon like rain fall, oppressive summer heat waves, a hurricane, and even an earthquake which made those daily walks a bit more challenging to say the least.

In any event I will be back after Labor Day traveling an expanded geographic venue taking photographs and writing about my experiences. In the meantime I will be out and about traveling throughout both the Eastern and Western shores of Maryland taking in both its ambiance and history while perhaps snapping a few photographs here and there.

Finally let me note that I’m sure it is going to be a bit weird adjusting to my new daily routine after so many years yet a bit of quiet time and change of pace over the next couple of weeks will be good for the artistic soul.

So everyone I will see you on the other side,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Crowded Docks on Old Womans Cove • Thursday August 17th 2017

A Setting for Solace and Contemplation

Crowded Docks on Old Womans Cove in Annapolis Maryland August 17th 2017

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It was one of those occasions when simply sitting on a bench and enjoying one’s coffee was the best way to consider the challenges of the day ahead. Such was the case earlier as I gazed out onto Old Womans Cove here in Annapolis while contemplating an artistic dilemma weighing on my mind.

I still don’t know if the solace of this shoreline setting, or even its accompanying period of contemplation, provided for any further insight as to whether or not to present a photograph that I had taken earlier of a controversial subject. Perhaps simply keeping the waters calm is the best course of action in which to proceed yet on the other hand I am a product of my generation whose own creative insights have me thinking the hell with calm waters.

Have a good day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Unsightly Utility Wires Strung Across Two C1860 Facades on Fleet Street • Wednesday August 16th 2017

An Absence of Curb Appeal in the Historic District

Unsightly Utility Wires Strung Across Two C1860 Facades on Fleet Street in Annapolis Maryland August 16th 2017

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I set off on my walk this morning as the foggy conditions were beginning to dissipate in Annapolis. After picking up a cup of coffee on Maryland Avenue I wandered about waiting for the sun to make its appearance though it did take a while for that to occur. Needing to make a midmorning meeting at the top of the hour I began making my way down Fleet Street when these attached circa 1860 Federal influenced rowhouses garnered my attention.

No it certainly was not the first time that I had come across the two of them over the years yet this morning their shared facade appeared even more unsightly to me than ever before. Yes the colors of their respective fronts bordered on old and ugly while their replacement aluminum doors and windows had me pondering the City Historic Preservation guidelines. Actually it was the seemingly lackadaisical job performed by utility providers technicians over the years in channeling their respective service lines along both residence’s facades that stopped me in my tracks earlier.

Certainly there are those who might say this is yet another reason why utility lines should be buried in the Historic District, an expensive proposition for sure. As far as I’m concerned though this ugly urban residential setting is the result of sloppy work performed by each respective utility provider along with perhaps a lack of oversight by municipal departments as well.

Yes there are times when ugly merits a photograph as much as the good looking with historical Annapolis houses and buildings.

Have a good afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • C1780 Adam Rape Bakeshop and Tavern on a Rainy Morning • Tuesday August 15th 2017

A Blacksmith Shop as Well by the Late 18th Century

C1780 Adam Rape Bakeshop and Tavern on a Rainy Morning in Annapolis Maryland August 15th 2017

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I stopped to enjoy my early morning coffee while standing in front of this late 18th century Annapolis Colonial influenced frame house where I found myself thinking about its early history of ownership along with the uses that it served during that period of time.

To begin with its historical referred to name is perhaps the best place to start. This present day residence has been noted as the Retallick-Brewer House over the years although it is has been documented that a Mr. Adam Rape was responsible for having the original house built when he had leased the property from Mr. Nicholas Maccubbin Carroll around 1784. The terms of the lease stated that Mr. Rape was to have built a two story house on the lot within a three year time frame however historical surveys indicate that Mr. Rape originally had a one story house and detached shed like structure constructed on the lot.

As an aside Mr. Rape was a baker by trade and studies of the present day building indicate the presence of a brick oven in the basement representing a type used in bakeries of the period. In addition Mr. Rape is believed to have operated a tavern out of the building as well that also served as his residence. As to Mr. Rape’s bakeshop he would later relocate it to a then recently built brick warehouse along the City waterfront that actually still stands today, the building not the bakeshop.

In 1788 the lease to both the lot and existing buildings was conveyed to a Mr. Simon Retallick a well known City blacksmith by trade who’s iron work was used at both the Old Treasury building as well as the Maryland State House. It is thought that Mr. Retallick relocated his already existing blacksmith practice to the back of this house after having assumed the lease. Mr. Retallick passed away in 1799 although the house and property remained in the extended Retallick Family until 1888.

A final note on the house itself another historical survey indicated that there was a building on this same lot during the 1740s when it was owned by Dr. Charles Carroll, and later his son Charles Carroll the Barrister. As to whether any elements of that 1740s structure were incorporated into the present building well for that I’m not at all qualified to say however it is an interesting historical architectural aspect to consider.

Have a pleasant afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Circa 1920 Rock Faced Rear Garage and its Colorful Sixteen Panel Door • Monday August 14th 2017

Grid Like Ambiance on a Narrow Side Street

Circa 1920 Rock Faced Rear Garage and Colorful Sixteen Panel Door in Annapolis Maryland August 14th 2017

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Over the course of my years photographing the City of Annapolis I have taken more than a couple of photographs depicting the front of the c1860 Charles Russell Grocery Store located two blocks east of the Maryland State House. The house was painted somewhat recently using the same combination of golden wheat exterior walls with olive drab and red orange hued trim it had previously.

Opting for a different perspective of the house I made my way around the back, via a narrow public side street of course, where I took note that the rear garage had been recently painted as well. Built in the 1920s during the ownership of either the Stinchcomb or Tomaino families this block garage still features its original rock faced front wall while its sixteen panel door has been painted so as to match the colors adorning the main house.

As an aside I’m not sure from a historical standpoint if this garage had ever been used by the Alvinos when they operated a grocery store out of the first floor through the late 1920s, or if it was used by the tenants residing on the second floor during that period. In any event by 1933 Mrs. Sarah Jarrell purchased the building and took up residence in the house while renting out her spare rooms to travelers. Mrs. Jarrell continued to reside in the house until her passing in the mid 1960s. Today the house is used as a single family residence.

Yes for going on one hundred years old I really like how well this Historic District garage shows its age.

Have a good week,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • American Flag Hangs Along a Shaded Court on a Summer Morning • Sunday August 13th 2017

An Appropriate Symbol on this Sunday Morning

American Flag Hangs Along a Shaded Court on a Summer Morning in Annapolis Maryland August 13th 2017

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On this Sunday morning in Annapolis I like others throughout our country attempted to make sense of recent national events. For the life of me though I could not yet while walking along a shaded Historic District court the sight of this American Flag hanging nearby seemingly offered up a beacon of hope for both the future of our country and its citizens.

May peace and freedom continue to prevail throughout the land,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Circa 1723 Shiplap House on an Overcast Summer Morning • Saturday August 12th 2017

Depicting its Fairly Recent Painted Exterior

Circa 1723 Shiplap House on an Overcast Summer Morning in Annapolis Maryland August 12th 2017

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With a busy schedule to adhere to that would begin at 9 am I set off early in the morning with no particular destination in mind to take a photograph or two knowing that I would not be able to post it until later in the afternoon. After procuring a cup of coffee on Market Space I decided to take a stroll up Pinkney Street in the Historic District while letting my eye wander about along the way.

Passing by the c1723 Shiplap House I almost immediately took note of the absence of parked vehicles along its west side parking lot and decided to accept a long standing challenge of taking a photograph of the building’s front while at the same time minimizing its unsightly visual clutter. What I mean by that is for anyone who has made their way up Pinkney Street the noticeable presence of utility poles and wires decapitating if you would the building’s facade makes a front facing photograph of this Annapolis landmark difficult to say the least.

Having made my way back and forth along the southwest street side of the building I was finally able to settle into a location from which to take today’s photograph while minimizing those afore mentioned visual distractions. With a few adjustments afterwards while also having accepted the fact that this left to right perspective was the only viable location from which to take a photograph from I pressed the shutter release a couple of times and then proceeded about my way.

Later as I was preparing to upload those two photographs from the camera as it neared 3 pm this afternoon I was quite curious as to just how they were going to turnout for I have been disappointed many times over the years attempting to do the same thing. So with a sunny sky visible outside my studio window I experienced a certain sense of relief when this photograph came to be displayed on my computer screen.

While I will always want to be able to take a better photograph of the Shiplap House, such as under better lighting conditions for example, I am fairly content with this one indeed.

Have a good day,

Glenn

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