on the National Register of Historic Places
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
A temporary light was established on the south end of the recently completed National Harbor of Refuge Breakwater on January 1, 1902. It was replaced in 1908 by a three-story frame lighthouse. A series of storms damaged the structure, resulting in its removal and replacement in 1926. The present harbor of Refuge Lighthouse became operational on November 15, 1926. This white and black structure consists of a three story cylindrical tower with a watchroom above. The foundation is a cast iron caisson of curved plates bolted together. It is lined with three feet of concrete. The lighthouse stands seventy-six feet above the breakwater. It shows a flashing white light seventy-two feet above mean high water which is visible fourteen miles to sea. Coast Guard light keepers manned the light until it was automated in December 1973. In 2004, the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse was transferred by the United States Department of the Interior to the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation. (from plaque on shore - Delaware Public Archives - 2004)
Kate and I were in Kohler, Wisconsin for Thanksgiving and took a walk at the local state park. When I saw this scene, I though it would look best in black and white with a darkened sky using the red filter in PaintShopPro. It was fun to kind of previsualize what the black and white image would look like.
Kohler-Andrae State Park
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Friday, February 9, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
I visited a Revolutionary War reenactment this weekend at Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois. I found myself there just in time for the first battle of the day. This crew was close enough and firing often enough that I could set up this picture.
Eventually they were in a position with a relatively clean background (no cars in a parking lot). And I had watched them enough that I could predict when to start firing (my camera). I set it to continuous mode and started shooting when the guy with the fuse went into firing position. After about three cannon shots, I got a picture with flame coming out of the barrel. Yes!
For the heck of it, I also used Paintshop Pro to age the picture. See the next photo in my photostream.