The Martha


The Martha – Abingdon, VA – May 2015


ETSU String Band – The Martha – May 2015

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be in” – Martha Washington

It was certainly easy to be happy sitting on the lawn of the Martha hotel and listening to bluegrass music. ETSU is East Tennessee State University, they have a fabulous ethno musicology program – among other great studies.

Quote found at


Doors – The Martha – May 2015

Some History


Bridge House – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015


Osprey on the Bridge – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

This was the first electric swing bridge in Florida – Over the St Johns River between Sanford and DeBary. Not much left, but at least they preserved some.


Historical Sign – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

More Masonic Temple


Room in the Temple – Philadelphia – April 2015


Hallway – Philadelphia – April 2015

Masonic Temple

Stained Glass – Philadelphia – April 2015

If it were allowed, I’d get my tripod and wide angle lens and spend the day (or 2) there. Unfortunately it was a 1 hour guided tour, snap away. There were seven themed rooms and the halls and stairs were amazing.

Geometric Shapes


Masonic Temple – Philadelphia – April 2015


Oriental Hall – Philadelphia – April 2015

From the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. The ceiling in the second picture is made up of thousands of pieces of glass. This building was featured in the movie National Treasure – although our guide assured us there was no treasure there. The decor and architecture is unbelievable.

Something Different


Love Park – Philadelphia – April 2015


Art Museum – Philadelphia – April 2015

Spent last week in Philadelphia, only had my point and shoot with me, so the birds were elusive. But thought I’d share some random shots over the next couple of days.

This is the art museum, first shot from Love Park – then closer, which is more famous for having been in the movie Rocky, than for the fabulous works of art it contains. Including Carnival Evening by Henri Rousseau – my favorite artist.

Architecture – Photo 101


Cinderella’s Castle BW – Disney World – March 2014


Cinderella’s Castle – Disney World – March 2014

Had to dig into the archives for this one. This is the upper part of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World in Orlando. Shot with my kit lens – the spires do not really lean in like that.

I’m not really happy with my black and white conversions. There never seems to be enough contrast in my photos to make the B&W conversions pop.

So perhaps if I tried for more contrasty captures things would turn out better – another challenge!!