Posts in Category: Black and White

Wintry crossing

Came across this old footbridge in Caesar Creek State Park while we were there for the Maple Syrup weekend recently. It sure has seen better days and is currently closed off to traffic. Another harsh winter like this year’s and it will probably collapse into the creek below.

Old farm windmill

Besides the ubiquitous red barn, nothing conjures up memories of a farm than the windmill. Used primarily to pump water for livestock, it was also a good indicator of approaching weather storms. These days, windmills are used to generate electricity. Harnessing the wind is cheap and green. The farmer of times gone by knew the importance of the wind to the survival of his farm. Maybe the world needs to step back in time and realize that our ancestors may have been smarter then we are today.

Waiting…

With 3 weeks to go until the due date, Emilia and I are busy preparing for the arrival of our first child. The past 9 months have definitely been filled with anticipation, nervousness and unequaled joy. Our lives are not changing, they are being completed.

Horseshoe Curve

Horseshoe Curve is a famous railroad curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania. It was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad during 1854 in Kittanning Gap at the summit of the Allegheny Front. The curve was built in response to the difficulty of constructing a railroad through the summit of the Allegheny Mountains. It was such an important location that it was guarded by Union soldiers during the American Civil War and the Nazis attempted to sabotage it in Operation Pastorius during World War II. The curve was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and is now a part of the National Register of Historic Places. Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian service uses this route from Pittsburgh to New York City.

Flatiron

I found myself agape, admiring a skyscraper – the prow of the Flatiron Building, to be particular, ploughing up through the traffic of Broadway and Fifth Avenue in the late-afternoon light. – H.G. Wells (1906)

Morning on Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock State Park near Asheville, NC features a 315 foot granite monolith. The rock is accessible via elevator and provides stunning views of the nearby countryside. The park was privately owned until 2007, when the State of North Carolina purchased it from a family for $24 million. The park offers hiking trails for all skill levels, spectacular views, and a 404-foot waterfall, Hickory Nut Falls.

Ultrasound

The most important photograph I never took.

Emilia and I had our first visit with the baby doctor today. The doctor performed an ultrasound and we also were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. So I present to you, Baby Mahoney. A very robust 3.39cm long at 10 weeks and 2 days old and the heartbeat at a very healthy 170 beats per minute. Is it too early to start spoiling him or her?

Mute Swan Family

From 2006, this Mute Swan family is enjoying a swim together. From East Harbor State Park in Ohio.

Three Generations

Three generations visiting the Statue of Liberty in 2006. No matter how you came to be in America, whether immigrated or born here, being a part of this country is one of the greatest privileges in the world. Happy Birthday, America!

Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain

It was June 8, 1912, a day the New York Times called “second only to the inauguration of a President” because of the parade that included 15,000 troops, 2,000 motor cars, 50,000 Knights of Columbus, around 150,000 spectators, a 21 gun salute, and elaborate horse-drawn floats depicting noteworthy incidents in Columbus’ life.

At the unveiling ceremony, President Taft said, “It is most difficult for us by any effort of the imagination to take in the problem which Columbus solved.” Yet today Columbus is hardly thought of as a national hero to anyone beyond the third grade. Maybe the Columbus statue has simply been gradually overlooked as Washington, D.C. has continued to add more and more monuments.

The rear of the monument features a medallion in honor of Spanish financiers King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella and three flagpoles representing the three ships of Columbus’ envoy. Along with the inscription reading: “To the memory of Christopher Columbus, whose high faith and indomitable courage gave to mankind a new world.”

As you emerge from Union Station, the first thing you see is the rear of the Columbus fountain. Its marbled plaza is an alluring first sight, fitting as it is with the classicism of Union Station itself, and it’s open enough to provide a breath of fresh air and space after a cramped train ride.

Happy 4th of July, and thanks Christopher for discovering America, or re-discovering it!