Friday, August 31, 2012

Blue Moon - Frederick MD - by Bill Adkins

I can't resist showing you two things:
1) How fabulous Frederick is, as evidenced by this photo. And
2), how talented Bill Adkins is, as evidenced by this photo.

Click on the link or the photo to see a higher resolution version on his web site.  Though I've said it before, you are really missing out if you don't check out his daily photo blog "A Year on Market". There are some stunning photos of Frederick there.
A Year on Market - The Photography of Bill Adkins

A Year on Market - The Photography of Bill Adkins

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Race

Hundreds of people turned out to cheer on the high wheel bike races in downtown Frederick today. The weather was perfect and the race was novel and exciting!

Close up of some of the riders. Note the blending of old and new,
helmets and tattoos vs. period costume and antique bikes.
Waiting for the race to begin  corner of Market and Second Street.
Waiting for the race to begin along Second Street.
The first lap.
View from the back.

A short video clip.

Impromptu Guitar in Baker Park

August 13, 2012 - I love photos of people sitting on benches in the park. I happened to spot a great "man on a bench" photo while in Baker Park. As I got closer, I noticed that he was playing a guitar. It turned out to be Tim Watson from nearby Myersville, MD.  Tim came to the park just because it was nice out that day.  Tim's been playing guitar for 14 years. He plays lead guitar in a heavy metal band called Averist. Averist is a real word and if you don't know what it means (I didn't) I won't spoil your fun and you can look it up.

Baker Park, Frederick, MD

Tim Watson from Myersville, MD playing guitar in Baker Park, Frederick MD.

Civil War Medicine Explained - 20th Maine Regiment Hospital Camp at Harpers Ferry, WV

August 11, 2012   - A friend and I rode our bikes from Brunswick to Harper's Ferry where we encountered the 20th Main Regiment camp and hospital reenactment in progress.  Carter VanWaes  (shown below) dressed in uniform explained the state of medical treatment during the civil war. VanWaes is a physician himself, described the specific medicines  used in the field, and their effects.  

Dr. Carter VanWaes explains the types of medicine available to treat soldiers during the Civil War.
This reenactor was also a physician and explained the tools of surgery used in the field during the Civil War. He was also very knowledgeable about infections and their treatment.  This discussion was not for the faint of heart!
A typical camp wagon.
Standing guard.
Townspeople in period costumes.
Music to entertain the troops and townspeople. Click to hear a short clip.

The stunning view as you cross from the towpath over the bridge into Harpers Ferry, WV.
Tubing flotilla on the river.
 A bus full of folks who were taking a tubing trip down the river had just let out and here are a few of the dozens of people who filled the river with these bright blue tubes.  Notice the smaller red tube carrying a cooler. It was a beautiful day and they seemed to be having a great time!