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Photo Post – The Mill

Last month I broke quarantine for a day to go on a socially-distant, masked, small-group photoshoot in a 19th century woolen mill in southern Pennsylvania. While the building appears to be from the latter part of that century, the equipment in place looks to be more recent, maybe from the 1930’s and 40’s.

Here are a few images from my day and more are in this gallery.

Going Nowhere

houseboat in Amsterdam

If today was anything resembling the normal we used to have, I would be heading to Dulles Airport right now to board a plane to The Netherlands. This was supposed to be the start of a ten-day photo trip that a friend and I planned six months ago.

Obviously that didn’t work out the way we wanted and, probably like you, the only travel I’ll be doing in the near term is regular walks around the neighborhood and occasional, very cautious, visits to the grocery store. Plus lots of virtual trips and thoughts of future adventures at a time when the world is more welcoming.

Photo Post – Tangier Island

Tangier is an interesting little corner of Virginia. It was first visited by English explorers, including John Smith, in the early 1600s and has had a permanent settlement since the 1770’s.

Recently, the island has become a symbol both for the effects of climate change,1 as well as for those who stubbornly cling to climate change denialism.2 Tangier has lost nearly 67% of it’s land mass since 1850 and is expected to become uninhabitable within the next 50 years due to rising sea levels.

This past July, I spent a few hours3 in this unique environment, with the chance to make some interesting photos. Ironically, we were supposed to visit in May but had to cancel due to a storm that brought heavy rains, high winds, and flooding.

Crabber

Most of Tangier’s economy depends on fishing and especially soft-shell crabs. Although this summer was a pretty good season, their catch is being negatively impacted by climate change.

Abandoned House 2

Many beautiful homes on Tangier, some of which date to the colonial era, have been abandoned due both to the rise in the water level and as more younger people move away to find greater opportunities.

Canal

Large parts of the island are marsh land and that area is growing. I’ve read different estimates of when the island will become uninhabitable but none are very far off.

Sea Wall

This sea wall was built to protect the island’s airport from rising waters. It will be very expensive, and ultimately useless, to construct similar defenses for the rest of the island. But that’s exactly what many local residents expect to happen, based on promises from the current president.4

More photos from my visit to Tangier can be seen in this gallery.


1. An article and video in the Atlantic calls the residents “Among the First Climate Refugees in the U.S.”.

2. In a long excerpt from a book about Tangier and its residents, Politico calls it “The Doomed Island That Loves Trump”.

3. The ferry from Reedville, VA leaves at 10am and normally departs Tangier at 2pm sharp. Our return trip that day was delayed to 2:30. Still not a long time but enough to marvel at the environment.

4. Something like 87% of the residents voted for him.

Photo Post – Philadelphia Waterfront

Back in May, I was able to spend a beautiful day exploring the waterfront in Philadelphia on a Smithsonian Associates trip. Here are a few photos I made during our short time on and around the Delaware River. If you’re interested, more images from the day are in this gallery.

Philly Skyline

The skyline of Philadelphia as seen from the Delaware River.

Ship and Submarine

The Olympia, oldest steel warship still afloat to the right. The Becuna, a World War II era submarine to the left. As if you couldn’t tell them apart.

Torpedo Crew

Part of our tour group listening to the guide talk about the aft torpedo bay in the submarine Becuna.

SS United States

The SS United States, rusting away in the old Philly shipyards. In the 50’s, it was the fastest passenger ship making the crossing between England and the US. Would love to photograph on the ship itself.

Photo Post – New Orleans

Earlier this month, some friends and I did a short trip to New Orleans. Just because it’s an interesting city.

Here are a few of my favorite shots. More are in this gallery and you can see Kathy’s images from the trip in her gallery.

Shattered Tablet

Every New Orleans visitor guide says to visit a cemetery or two. This shattered tablet is from Lafayette Cemetery #1.

Rue Royale

A postcard shot of Rue Royale, one of the main streets through the French Quarter.

Clown

This rather creepy clown was in the window of a French Quarter art gallery. Imagine putting that in your house.

The King

One of the many items in Mardi Gras World, the company that builds floats and other structures for the many, many celebrations in New Orleans and other parts of the world.

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