|With justifiable pride in his country, a Chilean man once explained the crazy geography of his country, its people and customs by saying that “…when God created the world he had a handful of everything left – mountains, deserts, lakes, glaciers, etc. – and he put it all into His pocket, but there was a hole in his pocket, you see, and as God flew across the heavens it all trickled out of His pocket; the long trail it made on Earth is Chile….”
From the world’s driest desert in the north, to the wind-swept Patagonia in the south; from the majestic Andes in the East to the Pacific Ocean in the west; from the “norteños” to the European descendants in the south, Chile is land of diversity in all sense of the word.
Why do I mention Chile? Well, consider this: it is winter in Washington and it is summer time in the southern hemisphere; there is a lot wine and cheese in Chile; there are rivers cascading from the Andeans peaks into blue lakes; there are trails to hike and pictures to take; there is family and there are friends. I am out of here!
|I started out a bit late this past weekend but I managed to drive to Saint Michaels and then to Tilghman Island – fifteen miles further south of St. Michaels – on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; just because the weather was so gorgeous!
If you have not been to St. Michaels you may consider a visit one day. There is good food, shopping, gorgeous surroundings and plenty of history. Just two blocks east of Main Street there is a beautiful marina and a museum that this time around I had no time to visit.
Being there late in the day, the sun was very low in the sky so the light had that golden color that we photographers crave for and as I was walking around town I noticed the intense red color of the door of the Christ Church St. Michaels contrasting with the tombstones and the trees, bared of leaves this time of the year.
From the church and going towards the museum you pass by the old Navy Point Marine Historic houses dating back to 1851 and on the opposite side of the path and floating among modern boats there is a replica of a “shallop”, a small boat that was used in 1608 to make the first detailed exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. It is hard to imagine that boat carrying 10 to 12 men, but that was then.
Before returning home I rushed to Tilghman Island because I wanted to find a small chapel that I saw many years ago and which I did not have a chance to photograph back then; it was still there as I remembered it, a picture of which you can see in the gallery of pictures of this trip.
|Winter weather in the Washington area is not what it used to be anymore and this past Saturday the thermometer climbed past 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) providing a perfect excuse to get out of the house and visit a park, this time Elk Neck State Park near Northeast, MD, – about 80 miles from the Washington area, a quaint, busy little town which is the gateway to the park; lots of interesting shops and good food along main street. This park has great many amenities and one cannot take the whole thing in one day so I visited the lighthouse at Turkey Point and walked the trail loop bordering the Chesapeake Bay side of the park. A lot of work has been done to arrest erosion and one can walk on the rocks bordering the water, below the cliff. Over the years one can see how much erosion there has been and even today, there are areas where one has to be very careful not to step too close to the cliff because it is hard to assess if where one is standing there is support underneath; not safe for children, teens and fearless young people, I’d think.The lighthouse access trail passes by a small beach where many shells and driftwood collect. Further along the trail there is a great vine that climbs all the way to the top of the tree. A closer look around shows many vines and some seem to have suffocated and killed the host tree. The picture on the left is an attempt to capture the height and gird of one vine which, compared to the tree trunk, is quite impressive.A little too far to take clients for a photo-shoot but there are many places around the Washington Area where you’d look perfect. Just tell me when.Ernesto,
|There is a most unique place in Maryland called National Park Seminary, located right inside the Capital Beltway between Connecticut Ave. and Georgia Ave. and seemingly unnoticed by many. I have lived for years no more than a couple of miles from the place and I have never bothered visiting until a couple of days ago, despite knowing its location and some of its history. I visited it briefly a couple of days ago and today I went to walk around and take some pictures. It is an old and historic place that is being restored to its former glory and it is amazing to see old, decrepit buildings coming back to life and those that have been fully restored being inhabited by very lucky people.Here are some of the pictures I took today and I will add more during the next couple of days.
Visited Waterbury Center during the Christmas holidays. Lots of beautiful snow!
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