Kyle was doing research on Robert E. Lee for a school report. He and I went to Old Town and started at Christ Church where he sat in Lee’s pew and saw where the Washington family sat. Then we walked over to the boyhood home of Lee. While walking we saw the house claimed to be the narrowest house in Alexandria. This blue house used to be an alley sometime in the 1700s but then someone walled the front and back and voile, a house. Supposedly there are still grooves in the walls of the house where the axle hubs of the wagon used to scrape the bricks. The other shot was just another bright blue house on this sunny March day. Should be cold and snowy but it’s not, and I’m glad.
I know that spring is coming, or rather, I think spring is here. The temp will reach into the 70s this week and March isn’t half over. In going through my lost year of photos (2010), I found this one of trash that had been set out for pickup. A rusted wagon in a wire basket. You wonder about the wagon, who did they buy for and where is that person now. Why get rid of the thing now when you could save for a later day or why didn’t they toss years before. Don’t know. Makes me wonder. I also wonder how many of these lost year photos I’ve posted before. That makes me wonder, too.
Diane and I had a great couple of days off in Old Town. We ate at a couple of good restaurants and stayed in a nice place. But, I didn’t take a camera. I think we’ll do more of these local walkabouts soon and I will take a camera with me the next time. This shot is from two years ago! I had a missing year (2010) which I just found. So while cataloging all of those shots, I decided to push this one out. Diane is with four of us on a Cherry Blossom festival walkabout and it was a great day! This was high noon so the sun was a little brutal.
I was on the train, staring out the window watching the world go by. We were going slowly, through residential areas with lots of train crossings of the streets. The yellow building popped up and me…no camera ready. I did have my phone and so shot the yellow house or warehouse or whatever the building was. Did I learn a lesson and take my camera out? No. Not me. A few minutes later, the white house came into view. I found the house later on Google Earth, a B&B. I was taken by the fact that the yard was directly bounded by the track. I am guessing that if you are staying in the B&B, you’d better like the sound of trains. Both shots were taken by my iPhone.
Yesterday I jumped on a train (well, not jump) and went to Newport News. I was going to walk around for a few hours while Kirsten finished classes. But then, the classes were cancelled and the weather service put out a severe storm alert. So…not much of a walkabout but when I left the train station in Newport News I saw a brick “gateway” across the street and was intrigued. I walked through the gate and opening before me was a tree covered “lane” with cannons at the end. When I walked closer I found cannons from World War II submarines and a torpedo. Since we left early, I didn’t have any real time to take pictures. Of course, there’s always next time.
The first shot is one I took at the Alexandria Train Station. I was hand holding but braced against a light pole. The day was sort of overcast, this was taken close to sunrise. Shot at ISO1000, 44mm, f/29, 0.8 secs. The blur is a CSX train headed southbound. Because some of the cars were empty container “flats,” there is some transparency in the blur. The second shot is after I walked through the bricked gateway in Newport News. What I had stumbled upon was a park, part of the Virginia War Museum. The third shot is in this same walkway and is of a MKII or (IV, I forget) torpedo. The fourth is looking through the site of a submarine artillery piece, again from WWII. The fifth was taken driving back in the dreary, blustery weather, when we stopped at a major intersection and saw this “bright spot” on the opposite corner. Made us smile!
And then, this morning I walked about Old Town Alexandria for a bit. A short bit!! The sixth shot below is of the Farmers Market, notice the lack of people and vendors and the blowing flags. The clouds were gathering and in fact we had some significant snow flurries about 15 minutes later! And then, the sun came out and all was clear. That’s the last shot. Not an exotic walkabout, more of a strollabout!
On my walkabout in the Gardens, I glimpsed a splash of color, looked into a thicket and saw an individual flower seemingly attached to a small tree. The flower was the size of a quarter and probably would not normally have been visible but the weather was bleak, the bushes and trees all around were mostly bare, and the sun was hidden by rain clouds. Voile! Color. A surprising sparkle. A metaphor? Sigh…yes, lots of them. But for me, I stopped, I smiled, I snapped, I published. Now, that’s magic.