Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jericho Covered Bridge Under Reconstruction

    The bridge spans the Little Gunpowder Falls near Jerusalem Mill and connects Baltimore and        
    Hartford County. Go to this link and this link to see the bridge as it was a year ago.


                            A yellow fungus or mold is growing up the trunk of the tree above.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Busy Beavers and a Stubborn Maple

     Hiking yesterday I encountered two things of interest; a beaver lodge at Meadowbrook Park in
     Howard County and a stubbornly green maple among the naked trees along the Patapsco River
     Valley in the Daniels sections of Howard County.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Steam Train Penstock in Use

Two years ago I took the above photo of the penstock at the old Western Maryland Railroad station in Cumberland, Maryland. This past weekend I was in Cumberland again and took the photo below which shows the penstock in use supplying water to the tender of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad steam engine 734.

Brice Run

         Hiked Alberton Road along the Patapsco River to Brice Run and sat by the little falls there.

             On the return walk I saw these geese on the river. I think they are staying the winter.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

On the Appalachian Trail in Maryland

Hiked a short section of the AT today with my brother Chris. We ran into a section hiker named Don. He  makes us look like pikers. He is 70 and so far has hiked 1,600 miles of the 2,200 mile trail whenever he can get away from work. Yeah, he is still working after retiring from teaching. This morning, hiking alone, he started at Dahlgren Backpack Camp and was headed north for a shelter just above of Rt 40. He does about 10 miles a day.  We met Don at an elevation of 1,350 feet at GPS coordinates 39 30 28 N and 77 37 16 W.  Go Don!


We were headed south to the Washington Monument built by citizens of Boonsboro, Maryland in 1827 and restored by the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s during the Depression.

Washington Monument

                                   View from the base of the Washington Monument.

Access to the inside and top of the monument is currently blocked because it was struck by lightning in August 2015 and the structure is being evaluated  for safety.

                             Large paper wasp nest we encountered just to the side of the trail.

                                                     The AT footbridge over I-70

Monday, October 19, 2015

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

            Steam still rides the rails in Western Maryland between Cumberland and Frostburg.

            Through the Cumberland narrows with a view of the Allegheny Front escarpment.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Kilgore Falls and King and Queen Seat at Rocks State Park

Yesterday was perfect autumn weather for the trip to Rocks State Park with my brother Christopher.

Kilgore Falls

                                                      The King and Queen Seat

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter on the Patapsco

Hiked the river at Daniels early this morning.

Waiting for summer.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp - Calvert County Maryland

This swamp in Southern Maryland is the northernmost cypress swamp in the United States.  It is not a large area: only 40 acres, but is is a significant piece of ecological preservation in our region. The park has a very good nature center, considering its small size. The cypresses in this swamp are Bald Cypresses, named that because they shed their needles for the winter like deciduous broad leaf trees. The knobs protruding from the swamp are called "knees" and are part of the root system of the cypress. They are believed to be stabalizers for the cyprss trees.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Winter Black and White

These photos were taken at Meadowbrook Park in Howard County.