Thursday, November 8, 2018

Peachblossom Meetinghouse

Just as I've always admired St. John's in the Valley [here and here] for its Gothic loveliness, I've always appreciated Peachblossom Meetinghouse for its elegant simplicity.

This little hexagonal structure was built on the banks of Peachblossom Creek near Easton, Maryland, in 1880 to serve as a meetinghouse for four local congregations: Swedenborg, Lutheran, Methodist, and Church of the Brethren. It has been known by several names: Union Meetinghouse for its multi-denominational origins, Peachblossom Meetinghouse for its location, and Round Top Meetinghouse for its shape. The four congregations initially shared the space, each laying primary claim one Sunday a month, but by 1903 they had all built, purchased, or leased buildings more conveniently located, and Round Top (now owned exclusively by the Brethren) fell into disuse.

Disuse, fortunately, did not mean neglect. The Brethren have kept up on routine maintenance and repairs, both before and after the meetinghouse's relocation in 1940 to accommodate the construction of US Highway 50, the Eastern Shore's main arterial highway. A cast-iron marker notes its place in Maryland history, and the Brethren once again hold services here on special occasions.

[Photos by Mark & Jessa.]

Sunday, October 21, 2018

A day at the lake

My girl catches fish...

...and I do okay too.

All fish caught on this particular day were on flies tied by yours truly: an orange-floss fox-squirrel streamer, a green-floss Serama beadhead soft-hackle, and a red peacock nymph. Each fly accounted for both bluegills and rainbows.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Red-sided garter snake

Okay, so it took a while...

Back in the first year of this blog, I posted some photos of a plains garter snake from the garden...and promised to follow up with red-sided garter snake pictures. I didn't expect it to be ten years before I had both snake and camera at the same time and place, but so it was. These were taken while fishing with Jessa and Ellie at Fremont Lakes last week; as I hinted last time, I only ever see red-sideds near water.

Meet Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

More of land and sea

This, our final post from the Cinque Terre, is a collection of leftover photos a celebration of land and sea. Thanks for joining us here on the Ligurian coast. We'll be back to our regular programming shortly.

Oh, and thanks as well to our boat captain, Alessandro, as well as first mate Samuel, for hospitality, valuable information, and making so many of our recent photos possible. When I say they gave us perspective on the Cinque Terre, I mean that both literally and figuratively.

And thanks, as always, to Jessa, my partner in travel, photography, and everything else. È stato davvero un buon viaggio.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Cinque Terre street scenes

Much of the Cinque Terre's charm is in the narrow streets, piazzas, back alleys, and gardens of its villages. So, without further comment or annotation: