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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Howard County Maryland

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One of the interesting things about winter is you can see the mansions sitting back in the woods where they are hidden from road view allot by the normal foliage of the spring, summer and fall seasons. Then there are the sections of huge homes which have denuded the woods around them. And there seem to be plenty of them. I can now easily see why this is one of the most affluent county’s in the country, let alone the state in just riding around a small part of the county for a few days.

Some of these places are absolutely amazing from the outside. I can’t image what might lay on the insides. And while these people may have worked very hard to achieve mansions, I wonder when enough is enough. And I’m beginning to wonder how many more we can shoehorn into the county.

Woodstock Inn and welcome sign. Photo by Mike Hartley

Woodstock Inn and welcome sign.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I myself am very glad I moved to Woodstock about 3 decades ago. It was a wonderful place to raise my children and I’m still extremely happy to have a home here. When we first came here the village of Waverly wasn’t even a dream. So I was surrounded by lots of empty space. I really got nervous about that development changing my feelings about the area. For if my memory is correct it was a 700+ acre track of land that was woods and farms I believe for the most part. Now its just the frustration with people pulling out in front of me from a standing stop while I’m tooling down Rt 99 at the 50mph speed limit.

Mailbox on Woodstock road. Photo by Mike Hartley

Mailbox on Woodstock road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

This area reminds me of where I grew up in the southern part of the county 5 decades ago. Yep, between the bustling towns of Simpsonville and Scaggsville. So I think I’ll stay here and ride out the development storm that has overtaken the county. Plus this county will always be home to me and my family.

A shot out my back window after that ice event. Photo by Mike Hartley

A shot out my back window after that ice event.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I love looking out a woods and wildlife and feeling like if my neighbor spits it won’t hit my house. And I like being close to parks that aren’t just ball fields and plastic jungle gyms.

Danials Park area. Photo by Mike Hartley

Danials Park area.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So let me venture out to the populated areas and see what I can capture in the coming week.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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