Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in October – Aperture

Architectural Aperture

Mintmaster’s Mansion,built1683, decoration and furnishings from the mid-1700’s, Den Gamle By (Old Town), Aarhus, Denmark

Aperture is defined in relation to photography as “a space through which light passes in an optical or photographic instrument, especially the variable opening by which light enters a camera.” I think door frames qualify as architectural apertures.

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Backroads America: Submerged

Returned to the Wild

Section of the C&O Canal in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, along Berm Road, near Hancock, Maryland

Trees growing in the historic Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, along Berm Road, near Hancock, Maryland. By design, the 19th-century canal ran parallel to the Potomac River in the states of Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. The 185 mile canal moved coal, lumber, and agricultural products down from Cumberland, Maryland to markets in Georgetown, Virginia. Built between 1828 and 1850, plans originally called for the canal to connect to the Ohio River; exorbitant costs and construction issue resulted in the canal terminating in Cumberland. Goods began moving down the lower section of the canal in 1831. But even as canal construction continued, the newly expanding railroad system brought competition to the waterway. The canal’s best years in the early 1870s were followed by an economic depression and several devastating floods. After another flood in 1924, canal operations ceased and no further repairs undertaken. By then, the railroad had captured most of the regions trade.

In a way, though, the railroads  are responsible for the preservation of  the historic and natural features of the canal. In 1889, a flood forced the canal company into receivership, and the B&O Railroad bought the majority of the canal’s bonds. In 1938 the railroad sold the entire canal to the U.S. Government for $2 million, and it was placed under the supervision of the National Park Service. In 1961 President Eisenhower designated it a national monument, and  in 1971 Congress authorized the C & O Canal a National Historical Park. Check out the Park’s website for information  walking and biking trails, information centers, and other activities in the park.  The Western Maryland Rail Trail runs along the canal in this area.

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Thursday’s Special: Scenic

Wine Vines As Far As The Eye Can See

Douro River Valley, Portugal

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Thursday’s Special: Blue Hour

la nascita del sole

Venice at Dawn, Italy

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Thursday’s Special: Pick A Word – Reflective

Reflective

Green Wine and Port, Casa , in the Douro Valley, outside Portugal

Green wine (Vihno Verde) and port at  Quinta do Seixo, the huge Sandeman winery in the Douro River Valley, Portugal. Tours and wine tasting are available at the quinta outside the small city of Pinhão.

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Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

It’s All In The Details

Architectural detail, Organ, 1737, Saint Michael’s Chapel, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Architectural detail, Chapel, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Details of the 18th century Baroque organ in Saint Michael’s Chapel at the University of Coimbra, in Coimbra, Portugal. Note the  Chinese  (chinoiserie)  motifs  between the floral moldings.  Painter Gabriel Ferreira da Cunha decorated the organ in 1737.  It has about 2,000 pipes and still works. The Chapel itself was designed in the 16th century as a royal chapel, before the palace became a university.

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