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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • NW Side Porch of the C1790 McCusker House in the Morning Shade • Thursday July 20th 2017

A Shaded Respite from the Day’s Sunshine

NW Side Porch of the C1790 McCusker House in the Morning Shade Annapolis Maryland July 20th 2017

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Today’s featured photograph was to say the least quite an easy choice to make after having passed by the late 18th century McCusker House earlier this morning. Yes for there tucked along the northwest side of the combination Georgian and Colonial style Annapolis Historic District house was this shed style roof and covered porch set in the morning shade.

The practicality of this urban residential setting aside, given yet another summer day of intense sunshine, I was also drawn to the presence of this porch by the grey and red colors used on both the house’s German clapboard siding, as well as its porch roof and side door respectively. In addition there were the two yellow chairs set aside one other and contrasted by individual black and white striped pillows.

Once again please be careful spending time outside today and stay well hydrated,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Mooring Buoys and Transient Sailboat Reflections at Sunrise • Wednesday July 19th 2017

Taking Photos with his Camera Phone from the Bow

Mooring Buoys and Transient Sailboat Reflections at Sunrise Off Shipwright Street in Annapolis Maryland July 19th 2017

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A couple of things about today’s featured photograph with the first one being it is presented as is and without any post processing enhancements, although I did crop off 10 percent of the left side of the photograph for reasons of overall size. This disclaimer is being included due to the level of clarity and/or depth of color the photograph possesses. Since my creative work is not based on multi layered images or post processing enhancement techniques I like to assure a viewer of the realistic composition of a photograph.

So was the case with this photograph for the mooring buoys, along with the transient sailboat from Rock Hall, reflections on the waters off nearby Shipwright Street appeared a bit surreal, perhaps having been influenced by today’s Annapolis sunrise.

One additional detail to note is that visible in the lower center part of the photograph is a reflection of the crew member standing on the sailboat’s port side bow, to the right of the mooring buoys, that depicts him using a camera phone to take a picture of the sunrise breaking over the harbor in front of him.

A reminder to be careful spending time outside today and to stay well hydrated,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Dissipating Wake of Two Ducks on the Water Early Morning • Tuesday July 18th 2017

Out Together After Breakfast

Dissipating Wake of Two Ducks on the Water Early Morning in Annapolis Maryland July 18th 2017

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I am fairly certain these ducks, Mallards I believe, had been seen having breakfast along a secluded cove where my rescheduled Annapolis photo shoot was being conducted at sunrise today. Oh as an aside I have noted the pair as of the Mallard variety due to the colors of their feathers, indicating perhaps they might be non-breeding males.

Anyway the surface of the cove they were navigating at the time of this photograph was quite placid so the wake generated by their movements caused barely a ripple if you would.

Have a good day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Circa 1798 Federal Style House Sans Front Door • Monday July 17th 2017

A Shared History with Both Neighboring Houses

Circa 1798 Federal Style House Sans Front Door in the Annapolis Maryland Historic District July 17th 2017

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It was about 8 this morning when the sun became prominent in the sky over Annapolis, which I had hoped to have been the case a few hours earlier during a previously schedule Monday sunrise photo shoot. Alas with my first session of the day subsequently rescheduled for tomorrow morning I opted to walk about downtown for a few hours, before heading off across the bridge to Kent Island for the second shoot of the day scheduled for noon.

During my brief Historic District walkabout I happen to come across this circa 1798 Federal style house, as well as its exact period architectural sibling just to the right. Both houses share not only a roofline and chimney but a backyard passageway as well. Although in the case of today’s featured residence the afore mentioned shared passageway is also where the house’s entrance door is located, where the one on the right has a street facing door.

Okay then a few observations about this seemingly door-less attached townhouse, the first one being it is clad in wider beaded siding, 12″ to 13″, than its neighbor on the right. Both houses were built at the same time, the mid to late 1790s by noted City carpenters Christoper Hohne and Alexander Thomas. It is also believed that both houses were built as rental dwelling, a function that they would serve well into the 20th century. Finally in relatively recent times, although not the case today, this same frame house was modified so as to serve as expanded living space for the then owners of the 18th century brick residence on the left. Actually I seem to recall that all three houses had been joined together if you would at one point, via interior passageways, as a single family residence.

Today each house is a separate residence, while the brick one on the left is currently being offered for sale.

Have a great week,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Starboard Perspective with Early Morning Reflections • Sunday July 16th 2017

Sailboats and Catamarans Along the Harbor

Starboard Perspective with Early Morning Reflections Along the Harbor in Annapolis Maryland July 16th 2017

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What could be better for one’s secular spirit after having recently endured a succession of overcast mornings than experiencing a sun filled one along the Annapolis waterfront. Yes even for mid July the humidity was fairly pleasant while the early morning temperature, at lets say 6:30, felt to be in the low mid 70s.

Taking advantage of a relatively quiet venue just off the harbor in Eastport I sat at the end of a dock so as to enjoy my coffee shaded from the bright morning sunshine by a nearby marine services building. From my dockside location the 1859 steeple of St. Mary’s Church was visible between two nearby docked Jeanneau sailboats while the Maryland State House Dome was set along the City skyline above a Fountaine Pajot catamaran.

All in all a most pleasant way to begin the day what with sunshine and reflections.

Have a good day everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • The East Brick Wall Profile of a Circa 1780 House in the Historic District • Saturday July 15th 2017

Altered to a Two and a Half Story House in the 1850s

The East Brick Wall Profile of a Circa 1780 House in the Annapolis Maryland Historic District July 15th 2017

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These two conjoined Federal style brick houses were actually built as a one and a half story single family residence in the 1780s for the Brice Family of Annapolis on land that was part of today’s notable 1766 Brice House. The property was conveyed to John Brice III in 1782, who in turned bequeathed it to his daughter Margaret Smith in the early 1820s, who retained ownership of the house and lot until 1842 when it was sold to a non-family purchaser.

During the 1850s the house was extensively renovated, as well as heightened to two and half stories, by the then owners John and Mary Barber, even so it remained a single family residence. Unfortunately in 1882, due in part to the owners financial difficulties, the house was divided as well as deeded into two separate properties and sold to different owners.

It was with the early history of the house in mind that I found myself pondering the appearance of the original c1780s house during my morning walk. Certainly as I did one can denote the one and a half story darkened outline of the 1780s house and its gambrel style roof on the east facing brick wall. Furthermore upon a closer examination one can also make out the two flanking bricked in first story window openings with their brick arches. In addition the slightly faded second story bricked in windows appear superimposed on the upper part of the original house’s outline. Finally one can discern the two different types of aged bricks that were used in the construction of the wall in the 1780s and 1850s respectively.

It is believed that due to the previously noted mid 19th century renovation, as well as the 1880s division of the house into two residences, a fair number of its 18th century architectural details were subsequently lost. Certainly alterations by late 20th century owners have also contributed to the loss of original period features inside the house. With all of that being said I still find this east exterior wall depicts quite nicely the house’s 18th century height as well as depth along with its overall period profile.

I am often amazed by the amount of actual 1700s history that one can experience during a walk in the Historic District, such was the case earlier in the day.

Have a great weekend,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Windows and Facades Along the Sidewalk on Lower Main Street • Friday July 14th 2017

A Humid Cloudy Morning on Church Street

Windows and Facades Along the Sidewalk on Lower Main Street in Annapolis Maryland July 14th 2017

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Yes while the title above today’s Annapolis photograph notes Church Street I am aware that it is in fact referred to as Main Street, and has been for a fair number of years. Just a little City history to start the day with is all. In any case the early morning hours were cloudy and excessively humid for sure as I made my way up from the waterfront to Church Circle for meeting on West Street at 9.

Finding the sidewalk in front of me devoid of people or visual clutter, stretching from the hat store at the corner of Green Street up past Chick and Ruth’s prior to Conduit Street, a photograph seemed quite in order. Taking advantage of the quiet and calm of a usually busy setting can at times supersede the requirement of optimal lighting conditions for one’s photograph, as was the case earlier.

Once again please remember to stay well hydrated when out and about today,

Glenn

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