Williamsburg Gate Weight

A few weeks ago, I posted an image of a water well seen during a midday stroll through the historic district in Williamsburg, VA.  That same property was bordered by this algae covered fence.  While I thought the green color really added to the look of the white fence, I’m not sure that the caretakers of the historic property agree.

I was also drawn to this gate weight which allows the garden gate to swing gently closed by gravity.

I wasn’t able to find much history about these 18th century gate weights.

Can any of you gardeners or historians offer any information?

Monochromia: Rocker

My contribution to Monochomia last Saturday was another image taken while in Williamsburg, VA for a Nurse Practitioner conference.

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Sunset: almost looks like camera flash, doesn’t it?

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Water Well

While attending a Nurse Practitioner Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia this week, I was able to take a brief walk through the historic district.  Heading back home later today.

Richmond

A 48 hour trip to Richmond, VA  – also known as RVA – was packed with appointments, visits with family and friends, and good food and drink.  Founded in 1607, Richmond is Virginia’s working capital.  History, arts, entertainment, and dining are just a few of the amenities of this city that I called home for seven years while attending the Medical College of Virginia.

Every moment was filled, and as I ran from place to place, I often had nothing but my cell phone in my hand.  I didn’t come away with many photos, but the memories will sustain me.

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I managed to find parking along E Franklin St and walked the block over to Perly’s Restaurant, a creative jewish deli where “bites & dinners are served in this funky, retro eatery hung with family photos”.  Oh my goodness, the potato latkes as an appetizer and the pototo and duck pierogies in mushroom and onion sauce were just divine!

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That evening I met with the Girls of August.  We laughed our way through our annual gathering, which always starts with a cosmopolitan.

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The eclipse of the moon was a fitting ending to a lovely day.

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Thank you for stopping by.  I’m working hard to fit WP into my resist lifestyle!

#ShePersisted

Monochromia: Subway Surfing

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It’s hard to believe that it has been 5 weeks since that incredible weekend in NYC.  The past month has been a blur!

When Joe, Stacy, Terry, and I were taking the subway to meet up with Patti and Robyn, I had fun trying to stay upright without holding onto anything as the train sped underneath the streets of the city.  I also posted myself right in the window to grab this shot.

Such fabulous memories of a great time.

(and, just FYI, I did manage to stay upright … although I’m not sayin’ it was pretty 🙂 )

The Oculus and One World Trade Center

While the other Monochromia photographers had been to see the 9/11 Memorial, it was the first time for me.  It’s a moving experience,  and despite the beauty of the day and the restoration of the site, I couldn’t help but think of that terrible tragedy 15 years ago.

It was daunting to attempt to photograph this space.  I imagine that I am not the only one who has been intimidated.

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The World Trade Center Site has been transformed into the Museum and Memorial, One World Trade Center, the One World Observatory, and the Transportation Hub.  The centerpiece of the Transportation Hub is the Oculus, which in architectural terms means a circular opening, especially one at the apex of a dome.  The Oculus “represents the most integrated network of underground pedestrian connections in New York City”.

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The inside of the Oculus is as stunning as the outside.

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In fact, I have a whole folder of interior images to work through.  Please visit Monochromia to see one of Joe’s interior images.

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Back on the outside, Stacy and I were taken aback by the people who wanted to use the 9/11 Memorial as the backdrop for their selfies.

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As it is, I didn’t even want to put my watermark on images of the Memorial site.  The almost 3000 names are the only names needed in these images.

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It is a place for somber reflection and remembrance … not selfies.

Photo Bloggers In NYC!

If you saw my last post, you know that I had the incredible opportunity to travel to New York City to meet up with some of the Monochromia photographers.  While I’d never met any of these people in person, we’d been online friends for years.

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Photo Credit Theresa O’Loughlin-Giordano

I took the train from Washington, DC to Penn Station where I met Joe and Terry.   After checking into our hotel, we walked right across the street to quench our travel thirst.  How convenient!

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Soon enough we were joined by Patti.

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 It was not long before the cameras came out, and we were hitting the streets.

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Stacy, already in the city for a photography workshop, joined us next,

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soon followed by Robyn who drove up from PA.

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We visited Grand Central Station, the World Trade Center Memorial, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park, and the Public Library.

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 We traveled by subway, taxi, and elevator (yes, there’s a story there), and by foot … many, many miles by foot!

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We met great people, including Patti’s husband, Mark, and enjoyed good food and drink.

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There are many stories to tell and photos to share.

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Photo Credit Joe Giordano

For now though, I just have to express how fortunate I feel to have met so many great people, virtually and in person, through WP.

Please visit Monochromia to see the image of Joe that I shot when Patti captured this one of me. Thanks Patti!

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Photo Credit Patti Fogarty

More NYC photos soon!

The next two weeks will find me opening a new medical practice.  Despite that, I hope to find time to visit all of you this coming weekend.