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Sailing in the right direction

I was fortunate enough to be able to take my Son and Son-in-law to dinner and a ballgame yesterday. I think I’m going to start making that an annual tradition. Hopefully one of many I’d like to start and keep going for many years so they are inclined to continue it themselves. It’s never to late to always work on being a better parent.

A sail in time. Oh its a stitch in time. Well what ever makes it work. Photo by Mike Hartley

A sail in time. Oh is it a stitch in time. Well what ever makes it work.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Our children keep me/us going. I think of their spouses as members of our family. I hope they get to share a long life filled with the love I’ve had bestowed upon me. I hope they are blessed with good health and a family of their own. And that is all one can hope for. But in between my family and friends teach me and continue to remind me the important thing is to make the best of each day, week, month and year.

Great seats. Photo by Mike Hartley

Great seats.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Make as many memories as you can.

You could hear those O's bats last night. Photo by Mike Hartley

You could hear those O’s bats last night.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And that is done by keeping in touch and planning things. So here is to improving my planning skills. From someone who isn’t the best of that in my personal life. Guess I’ll have to try to transfer some of the work skills over to the other side.

Play ball. Photo by Mike Hartley

Play ball.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So step up to the plate. Keep involved in your children’s lives. It will be the best time you ever spend. At least I hope so for all of you parents.

Foul, they need a Yankee store at the stadium. Photo by Mike Hartley

Foul, they need a Yankee store at the stadium.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So find that breeze that propels you forward.

I love the view from the Rusty Scupper in Baltimore's Inner Harbor Photo by Mike Hartley

I love the view from the Rusty Scupper in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Photo by Mike Hartley

And don’t forgot to put time in with those important friends who really are family.

Walking from Harbor to the game. Photo by Mike Hartley

Walking from Harbor to the game.
Photo by Mike Hartley

This little old Kodak 812 is still working. Yeah you can’t push it too far but its lightweight and 8 years old so I’m just glad it’s still functioning. Tomorrow I’ll get the sharp one out and try to click off a hundred frames or so. Till then its work at the job that pays the bills. Hope everyone has a good Labor Day holiday.


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Random Baltimore

Just some shots that I didn’t post earlier of a visit downtown. I wish I had a better balance of this town. There is a lot of pain and suffering going on right next to some beauty. Just like a lot of this county has become. Haves and have not’s, with the middle going away and that means more have not’s.

Maryland Science Center at Baltimore Inner Harbor Photo by Mike Hartley

Maryland Science Center at Baltimore Inner Harbor
Photo by Mike Hartley

But as with most of us its fighting to keep our heads above water each day. I must get moving myself making sure we have some future and that means getting to work. Thankfully the weekend has started from the job that pays the bills and now I must work on my personal crafts in between the time with family and friends.

Balitmore skyline Photo by Mike Hartley

Baltimore skyline
Photo by Mike Hartley

Events got in my way of getting that tripod I wanted to last weekend,  so that is on the agenda today. Also hope to squeeze in some shooting and woodworking. For some reason this week the words have not been flowing in any relaxed manner so maybe stress or pressure somewhere there has me blocked. Who knows. Who cares.

He can play that horn. Photo by Mike Hartley

He can play that horn.
Photo by Mike Hartley

You know what stops me in my tracks? Street musicians. Some of them are so talented. I thank them for improving my day and I wish I had tipped this guy that day but was behind in keeping up with the family and snapping a few images.

What is your type of transportation? Harbor taxi or Harbor Rocket? Photo by Mike Hartley

What is your type of transportation? Harbor taxi or Harbor Rocket?
Photo by Mike Hartley

First time I think I have been to the 27th floor of the Baltimore WTC. Some nice views.

Aquarian from above. Photo by Mike Hartley

Aquarian from above.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Looks much smaller from this perspective.

Power Plant Photo by Mike Hartley

Power Plant
Photo by Mike Hartley

Always look at things from different angles.

Walking on shapes Photo by Mike Hartley

Flags
Photo by Mike Hartley

And have a great day.


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Sizzling Saturday

As I sat and watched the morning news about the heat index being between 110-115 degrees I wondered how long the troops (family) would hold up today. Hell I should be worried about myself. The heat really seems to be getting to me like never before. I’ve always handled hot weather really well. So I’m going to summon that old spirit and even carry around that monster camera and try to get some good shots today.

The flag over the USS Constellation in the Inner Harbor Baltimore. Photo by Mike Hartley

The flag over the USS Constellation in the Inner Harbor Baltimore.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I think the key today is not staying out in it for prolonged periods. If we keep watered and ducking in and out of shops we will be fine. Sweaty but fine. So let the adventure begin. Its our summer family outing before our two teachers return to work next week. As you can see some opted for a different strategy.

Father and son in the fountain. Photo by Mike Hartley

Father and son twirling in the fountain.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Actually we fared very well with the exception of having our IMAX movie plans thwarted. We walked through the A/C of Harbor place’s. Had a Great lunch at Rusty Scupper and then a trip up to the 27th floor of the World Trade Center “top of the world” observation level. Of course Ice Cream was needed after this and then some more shopping.

It was a wise move to take breaks today. Photo by Mike Hartley

It was a wise move to take breaks today.
Photo by Mike Hartley

All I know is that it was a wonderful day with my children. I’m sorry my Son in-law couldn’t make it due to illness. We missed you. But as the summer season nears it’s close, my Daughter reminded me what a wonderful one its been. And it has been great. One that I will cherish and remember. And it’s not over yet so we have some time to crank up some more good memories.

Sweating with the oldies. Well the young were perspiring also. Photo by Mike Hartley

Sweating with the oldies. Well the young were perspiring also.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But first some photo editing of the rest of the day’s shooting and then out to practice some night shots this evening if sleep doesn’t get in the way. Here’s hoping your Saturday was a great one like ours.

I'm always 100% behind my family. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m always 100% behind my family.
Photo by Mike Hartley

 

  • randomthoughts9-5 – warm, warmer, warmest.
  • I hate wasting time on sleep but it’s so needed.
  • Rainbow sherbert on a hot day.
  • I will rise early on Sunday. At least that is the plan now.
  • I have to remember I’m not using film and click away.
  • Funny how some days turn out.


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Sunday at the ballpark

Went to Camden Yards to celebrate a friends 60th birthday Sunday. What a wonderful time and day it was. First time at the ballpark in maybe 2 seasons. The O’s took the lead for good on a 2 run shot by Chris Davis who was greeted at home by Mark Trumbo. All I know is the organization is on the right direction again towards becoming a top franchise.

Chris Davis crosses home after a 2 run shot in the 4th. Photo by Mike Hartley

Chris Davis crosses home after a 2 run shot in the 4th.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Ate well and enjoyed the action on the field. Also enjoyed the fans in the stands. So many kids. Wish more could afford it.

Out at second. Photo by Mike Hartley

Out at second.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I love afternoon ballgames.

Angles player signing balls and flipping back to fan. Photo by Mike Hartley

Angles player signing balls and flipping back to fan.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve never eaten there but I think I’ll add it to the list of things to do before a game next time.

The Wall Photo by Mike Hartley

The Wall
Photo by Mike Hartley

And leading the charge….

Leading today grounds crew. Photo by Mike Hartley

Leading today grounds crew.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Lets get WET.

My yard could use some support if your not busy. Photo by Mike Hartley

My yard could use some support if you’re not busy.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So another great day enjoying the grand old game. Too bad its lost its translation to the younger generation.

Da Bird Photo by Mike Hartley

Da Bird
Photo by Mike Hartley


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The weather is in the can again

Too much of anything is not a good thing. At least that is my feeling about the rain. It’s gotten to the point where I’m thinking about changing my schedule around to take advantage of maybe the one good weather day on the foreseeable future, depending on which station you listen to. I need sunshine. I usually have a tan going by this time of year. I put on a black pair of gym shorts yesterday and scared myself. I’m going to have to switch to grey to avoid such a contrast.

Not sure if this is in Canton or Fells Point exactly. Love the area, not sure of borders. I guess I could just have said Baltimore. Photo by Mike Hartley

Not sure if this is in Canton or Fells Point exactly. Love the area, not sure of borders. I guess I could just have said Baltimore.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Another shot from the same area. A Mexican restaurant in Canton.

Hey YOU. Photo by Mike Hartley

Hey YOU.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts for Tuesday May 17th 2016

  • I think we have more sports talk shows on than actual sports.
  • Saw a cartoon the other day saying why only go halfway with Trump. Garry Busey for President and Christopher Walken for Vice President.
  • Let there be light. Just in case the big guy forget the magic words.
  • Driving is fun again when you get the right vehicle.
  • I promise to come up with a better post on Wednesday.


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Harbor Rooftops

Trash day, that is what I call it from time to time when I go back and purge some of my shooting. But I slowed down today and took a harder look at what I trash. I had spent a day in Baltimore back in early August and shot randomly while strolling and shopping/eating. I did a few edits and posted a number of them. Sometimes when shooting I’ll try to get skyline mixed with some architecture. The one I liked from that days shoot, I posted as Wednesday Wave Riding. I was about to go through this folder and trash the stuff that didn’t thrill me and I had several of these selected and almost deleted, when I paused.

Rooftop of McCormick & Schmits in Baltimore. Photo by Mike Hartley

Rooftop of McCormick & Schmick’s in Baltimore.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Then I just started to play around with this group of images. None of them stood out to me still. And I hesitate to even share them but together they at least give me a theme for a post. I’m sure I often miss the mark on good photography, I don’t have the hours to apply in my life at the moment to fully apply myself, but you can be sure I’ll never stop trying to get better. I try to be a good photo editor. I worked with some good ones over the years and I hope I’ve learned a few things. So that is why I’m still conflicted to post things I don’t see as good work.

Baltimore MD Photo by Mike Hartley

Baltimore MD
Photo by Mike Hartley

But the one thing I’ve learned about sharing my work though this blog and the other photo site (which needs attention) is that what I sometimes think isn’t up to snuff, surely gets a good reaction. Go figure! So in that sense I’m trying to be a little less critical. But on the same time that worries me about losing people through the lack of quality content.

Rusty Scupper Roof Photo by Mike Hartley

Rusty Scupper Roof
Photo by Mike Hartley

Together I guess this group isn’t bad. Way to touristy for me but I do seem to be liking the boy on the back of the USS Taney looking down at the water with the flag by his side. Maybe the different shapes of the Aquarium in the foreground below is OK? One never knows for sure. But again when I think back to why I started this blog. It was for me and if someone else got enjoyment out of it also that was Great. That I was using it to build my photographic and journalistic talents. (yeah I know, I need a lot more time and effort).

Pier 4 and cityscape in background. Photo by Mike Hartley

Pier 4 and cityscape in background.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Most of the time it makes my day if my family see’s a post they like and say “Dad, I liked that photo or thought or observation you shared today.” I don’t promote this or push it on my friends or extended family. I don’t hide it. I’m not embarrassed by it. People are just so busy its hard to fit stuff like this in. And the last thing I want anyone that is important to me to feel obligated to keep up with this blog.

Young man gazing at the water off the back of the Taney docked at Pier 5 with the roof of the Marine and Environmental Technology looks over him. Photo by Mike Hartley

Young man gazing at the water off the back of the Taney docked at Pier 5 with the roof of the Marine and Environmental Technology looks over him.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So in hopes that someone might like these shots, here they are. If it’s lame work, I apologize to your eyeballs and brain for the waste of time. But you know, I kind of like two of these shots now as I type this I look below and I like the smokestacks of the PowerPlant in the windows. So maybe there is hope, I’ll have to slow down and look harder at some of my work before I hit that delete key.

Reflection of roof of Power Plant in building windows. Photo by Mike Hartley

Reflection of roof of Power Plant in building windows.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And then again. Maybe someone will say I should have gone with my gut instinct in the first place and not published any of them. There is the dilemma when working alone. It’s a good thing I’m not as critical as with what I write or there wouldn’t be any words in my post. So its time to get my ass behind my camera and shoot some new material this weekend. With the colors of nature on display that will be hard to avoid. But Mother Nature is always more beautiful than anything man can make. Well for the most part. Have a great day all.

Unfinished roofs. Photo by Mike Hartley

Unfinished roofs.
Photo by Mike Hartley

 

 


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Under Armour and Domino Sugar

Under Armour logo in foreground and Domino Sugar behind it. I should come back and get a night shot of that. So much to do. Isn’t it great to be busy. Kind of symbolizes changes in Baltimore with the old and new businesses. With lots more changes being needed here and in almost all American cities. Poverty and violence go hand in hand. Once I start feeling better I’ve got to start figuring a way to contribute time or knowledge or money to making some positive things work there.

Two signs of Baltimore. Domino Sugar behind the Under Armour store logo. Photo by Mike Hartley

Two signs of Baltimore. Domino Sugar behind the Under Armour store logo.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Made some very good progress this week on a number of fronts and I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment. I think its important to be satisfied with a good effort. Yes I could have done more but overall, I’ll take it. But I am going to increase my goals of shooting more and I might think about doing multiple post per day.


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No wake zone and street shots from Baltimore

These guys always seem to be doing the slow and steady. I always burn the candle on both ends over the weekend so Monday is my catch up day for sleep. And there are few things that make sleep easier than a pounding rain. So here is to catching up on some much-needed rest. After I make it through that first workday of the week I’m over the hump. And boy was that first day back a brutal one. But if you could translate duck like I do, you would hear them say that it’s water under the bridge.

Slow it down, it's a no wake zone there my feathered friend. Photo by Mike Hartley

Slow it down, it’s a no wake zone there my feathered friend.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Then I sit up and think about the multiple to do list and all the task and pause for a second. But a surge of energy hits me and its back to creating time. Even if it’s just an hour or two a day. If I can squeeze in more during the work week its a huge success. So in that spirit let me post a few photos of what I think I refer people say is “street photography”.  This old guy is behind the times at times. But I’m trying to keep up.

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You can never escape the gaze of the YOUNG. Photo by Mike Hartley

Street photography means different things to me. I’m totally comfortable shooting buildings, structures, environment. But people on the street is another thing. So I’m forcing myself to give it a shot.

A couple enjoying this past weekends great weather. Photo by Mike Hartley

A couple enjoying this past weekends great weather.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m trying to mix my environmental eye with people included as in the shot above and below. And you know what. I’m enjoying the people part. I try not to be intrusive in any way but I guess taking a picture of anyone could be considered that.

Lunch CREW Photo by Mike Hartley

Lunch CREW
Photo by Mike Hartley

Then sometimes things wander into my field of view that just inspire so many caption possibilities. Like the young man below. I believe he exited one of the nice hotels in Harbor East, walked to the central fountain/statue and did what I see businessman do each day also, look at their phone and put hand to head. So what is it, did his stocks just crash? Did he realize he walked out in his pajamas? Did a girl break his heart and he is headed for the fountain to end it all? Is it someone on Facetime he doesn’t want to talk to? Actually in full disclosure, it was one of those comic con or anime weekends in Baltimore.

This photo begs of so many captions. Photo by Mike Hartley

This photo begs of so many captions.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Working people are easy to find. Especially if there is a blue-collar attached.

Work on the Water.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Work on the Water.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Look out MAN.

Look out man. Duck. RUN.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Look out man. Duck. RUN.
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Heading out to the Bay

As I was taking this photo and a few others yesterday I got to thinking about a departed friend. One who shared his boat and time on the water with his friends. I think I might have overlooked how much that activity would pulled us together. From an all day fishing trip to a happy hour at McCormick and Schmick’s, maybe pulled up along Pier 6 listening to whomever was performing that night. Sometimes a short boat ride out past Fort McHenry or sometimes sitting and laughing together just sitting in the marina.

Large and small, they all head out to the Chesapeake Bay.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Large and small, they all head out to the Chesapeake Bay.
Photo by Mike Hartley

We all miss this person for much more than the boating experience. He was one of our brothers. A close-knit group of friends that does include one set of actual brothers. So as I look out on the water or a spot we were pulled into at the Inner Harbor I think back to both times of laughter and fun, but realize the hole left by his absence.

So today I will remember him on the bridge of his boat, wheel in one hand, a beer by his side and that Yeah Buddy grin on his face. Here’s to a great weekend ahead Dan. I know you would be leading the charge to Head out to the Bay.


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Love All

I was trying to catch the reflection of the flag in the door as they were opening the Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore this fine Friday. But I didn’t realize I had got the words “Love All” in the other half of the open door. It was such a good day I tried to practice what I had unknowingly caught in this picture. Actually at few times in this countries history, we did Love All. Maybe each of us can do our own little part to help it along again.

Reflection of the flag and buildings in the left side of the door and words Love All on the right side.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Reflection of the flag and buildings in the left side of the door and words Love All on the right side.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And to prove I did my best today, I didn’t T-Bone the idiot who ran a red light in Catonsville late this afternoon. I also found a pair of sunglasses on the ground in City Sports. I walked them up to the front counter and told the clerk I had just found these. The guy at the counter who he just finished checking out looked up and said they were his. About 10 minutes later a couple who was in town for a wedding asked what they could do in a few hours at the Inner Harbor so I gave them some options. I held doors for people. I tipped well. I nodded hello to total strangers after making eye contact. I said “sorry” when I accidentally cut someone off. I held the elevator for people.

I also helped revitalize the local economy by taking my family out to lunch at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. A new stop for us and it was very good. Great food and service. The ladies did their part and did some shopping. I have no idea what they purchased but I saw bags.  And it looks like from these other ladies on the street below, we weren’t alone.

Harbor East Shoppers Photo by Mike Hartley

Harbor East Shoppers
Photo by Mike Hartley

So I will revel in the sunshine and breeze we were given today. And most importantly the time with family and the smiles we shared. And I got to sneak in a fair amount of shooting so I’m going to go edit away. I still haven’t finished processing all the Annapolis shots from yesterday. It’s a nice problem to have. Usually its the lack of shooting that is the problem. Such a nice change of pace to have some time for it.


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Sizzling Saturday

I’m beginning to think our children will be missing something special when they don’t have something physical like a slide or a print to hold as their parents did and admire. And what a tragedy it would be if those electronic images are lost forever with no hard copy to preserve it in some way. And I got to thinking the same thing about the hard copies which could be destroyed in a fire or flood. So the best of two worlds is to have both a digital and physical print. And in the digital world 2 copies are always a good idea. Something I’m assuming professional photographers already thought of this, but I’ve got to get moving on doing backups.

Pimlico racetrack - Believe that is Mom in foreground so assuming my Dad is behind the camera. I know he was a big track fan.

Pimlico racetrack – Believe that is Mom in foreground so assuming my Dad is behind the camera. I know he was a big track fan. Photo property of ThrewMikesEyez

Just another gem of a photo I’m finding in my parents stash of photos. Based on some other slides around this she dated were 1950 and above. I’m thinking springtime by the jackets still on. Maybe one of the Baltimore natives will remember when programs were 15 cents.

The slide above was just scanned in as it was. Might try some color correction on it if I ever get a photo editing app like Photoshop or Lightroom. Can’t believe I don’t use those tools yet but having fun with photography none the less. I think I stay away from them on purpose now because I’m afraid of spending time refining images instead of capturing more. And I have limited time to shoot so that is where I can do things and keep going. Now when retirement from the job that pays the bills comes along, I’ll have much more time to tinker with those toys. Hell, I know I can’t last that long without them. I know I need them. But I’m afraid of being sucked in by those toys.

Random thoughts for this Saturday June 13th.

  • I’m finding if I slow down and take the time to appreciate the small things that they become special and big things.
  • The line between staying challenged by working hard to keep mentally and physically fit and over working, not sleeping and hurting both mental and physical well-being, is a FINE ONE.
  • If you want most of the world to know about your deep secrets, just apply for a Government job. Facebook has everything else already covered.
  • Actions, that’s what separates those with credibility.

Heat, I love it. Well most of the time. Did get a bit over baked cutting the yard yesterday. Had a wonderful dinner with my daughter and wife last night.

The O’s and Yankees mixing it up again at Camden Yards. Summer is great.


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Baltimore on a Sunny Monday morning

Had a few minutes between some medical test this morning and decided to shoot a few images around South Greene St and Redwood. It was a warm and humid morning, typical of Maryland weather. I’ve been spending a few more moments down here recently after discovering I’m going to have another fight with cancer. But as a friend said to me when I informed him, “you beat that shit before and you can whoop its ass again.” Now this guy is a Marine, so I guess I shouldn’t argue with him.

I’m hoping to change my luck and had breakfast at my good luck spot Kirbies.

This recent diagnosis had left me kind of stunned. And it paused me from doing the work I like. Writing and photographing. Because it was all I could do to keep up with appointments, my job that pays the bills and trying to go on as normal which is always busy in the spring with the yard and home chores gearing up. But really it was taking my spirit away. So after shooting some for 3 days straight I feel like I’m starting to get on with life again. I always feel a sense of accomplishment when shooting. Writing on the other hand is still an adventure, but now I’m inspired again to finish a couple of writing projects I started the first time I was told I had cancer.

Anyway, I did a few street shots to go along with the two buildings I’ve spent some time in and will be in the near future. The two buildings Physicians Center on Redwood and the University of Maryland Medical Center house some special doctors, nurses and staff. And I thank them for my past care and future care.


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Baltimore

Just some random clicks from past visit to Bmore. As this thaw continues they made me think ahead to being down there this summer again. I like how the clouds fill in for the sails on the Constellation. Hope to get out today and do some fresh shooting before the rain.

Sorry about the absence.


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Baltimore waterfront

Baltimore near sunset. I love the views from the Harbor. I wish we could get all of Baltimore to look so good and be as safe as some areas are. As long as there is such a divide, the City can only succeed so far. It has come a long way for some. But as with most of our world, much remains to be done.

Harbor at rest. Photo by Mike Hartley

Harbor at rest.
Photo by Mike Hartley

 


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Baltimore Inner Harbor

I was downtown Baltimore today for an appointment, but didn’t have a minute to shoot which was disappointing. Plus it was cold out and I will repeat as long as I have breath “I don’t like cold.” But as I drove out-of-town, I thought I’d look through the vault when I got home and see what I had to share here.

I really have to refresh my library with some fresh images of this city and its contrast and hopefully a continued improvement. Buildings aren’t whats special. It’s the people HUN.

 


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Just another window to the world

Was just walking by a neighborhood pub somewhere in Harbor East in Baltimore and liked the light through the window hitting the bar. Then again Harbor East probably doesn’t refer to their drinking establishments as “neighborhood pubs”. Not that I have any issue with the well to do, just noting the difference in defining watering holes.

Getting ready for HH rush. Photo by Mike Hartley

Getting ready for HH rush.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Just looking through a window while passing.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Just looking through a window while passing.
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Baseball at this time of year?

So on the coldest day in ages I share the following warm weather Post.  In honor of the new class for the Baseball Hall of Fame, images that long for the words   PLAY BALL!

I think its only 40 days till spring training. At least so says “THE CLOCK“. But before I go on, I have to say that a trip to Cooperstown in my youth was a great day. I suggest it for any baseball geek. The induction weekend must be a real event. I might have to add that to the bucket list. Maybe when Jeter goes in. Of course that will be a mob scene.

 


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Quiet before the storm

We were down at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore last night. It was so quiet and peaceful. Unlike this evening where many thousands will gather for the fireworks, and celebrations will flow. So to all who venture out in this cold, be safe, get a sober driver or take public transport, or better yet, just stay where you’re at and enjoy the New Years Eve.

Quiet evening on the 30th of Dec. Now tonight these Dragons will have some company.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Quiet evening on the 30th of Dec. Now tonight these Dragons will have some company.
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Life and Cars

Took this at the Baltimore auto show last year. I can just hear the boy looking through the sun roof saying down to his brother, “Stop playing with that ignition and check out this blonde checking us out”.

Hey bro, check out the blonde checking us out. Photo by Mike Hartley

Hey bro, check out the blonde checking us out.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And no, those aren’t my children, just happened to see him poking through the sunroof and didn’t even notice the girl peering over the roof at them till I got home and downloaded the image. Sorry if I offended anyone with the testosterone related caption, red hot rods do that to me.


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Quote of the Day

“Some people sail through life, some do it at a quarter mile at a time at top speed. No matter how you choose to do it, Live it, but take a moment to appreciate it for yourself, as you go along “

Mike Hartley

Sailing in the Baltimore Harbor. Photo by Mike Hartley

Sailing in the Baltimore Harbor.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Coupe in Little Italy Photo by Mike Hartley

Coupe in Little Italy
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Baltimore – Aquarium

The Baltimore Aquarium, I love this place, just wish it didn’t cost so much ($35 adult and $22 child) but I understand the business of running something that size and worth. This is also someplace I need to get back and photograph again now that I have a few more skills and better equipment. Of course the best thing is to be in the wild with some of these creatures, but this is the next best thing to being there, as they say.

Now there is a lift. Photo by Mike Hartley

Now there is a lift.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve always been impressed with how they continue to add and develop to it. I think it does the downtown area a great service with tourism. There are so many things to see and appreciate inside.

Jellies Invasion Exhibit Photo by Mike Hartley

Jellies Invasion Exhibit
Photo by Mike Hartley

So float on down to the Inner Harbor and take in this attraction, its not to be missed.

The original wall of Fish Tails Photo by Mike Hartley

The original wall of Fish Tails
Photo by Mike Hartley

And when something starts to smell fishy, You’re at the right place.

Looking to see you at you're next visit. Photo by Mike Hartley

Looking to see you at you’re next visit.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Just keep hands and face away from this guy.

Jellyfish hotel Photo by Mike Hartley

Jellyfish hotel
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Fells Point

I love Baltimore. It has come such a long way in my lifetime. Well in some parts at least. Some conditions take better solutions and more effort and allot more time to change. It changes by the minute and while a few of these are older images it is a way to get me down there and shoot some new ones. I love the waterfront, the old industry look of Baltimore which is changing also. Fells Point is a wonderful collection of Baltimore waterfront, old homes, businesses, bars, markets and people. Though it always did attract the young in masses. I hear rumor is has a good number of watering holes. And if I’m not mistaken Halloween down there is a real sight.

City Pier Photo by Mike Hartley

City Pier
Photo by Mike Hartley

Storefronts Photo by Mike Hartley

Storefronts
Photo by Mike Hartley

Paddle Photo by Mike Hartley

Paddle
Photo by Mike Hartley

Tug Photo by Mike Hartley

Tug
Photo by Mike Hartley

Writer Framed Photo by Mike Hartley

Writer Framed
Photo by Mike Hartley

Have a seat Photo by Mike Hartley

Have a seat
Photo by Mike Hartley

Old Billboard Photo by Mike Hartley

Old Billboard
Photo by Mike Hartley

Tavern Photo by Mike Hartley

Tavern
Photo by Mike Hartley

Wonder if this boat still runs. Photo by Mike Hartley

Wonder if this boat still runs.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Now what is out of place here? Photo by Mike Hartley

Near and far?
Photo by Mike Hartley