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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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Goodbye growing season

Almost time for that dormant winter season. Not that I’m any expert on growing anything but given the season in the northeast its pretty much planning for next year I’m guessing. Of course these guys could really answer all those and more questions at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Central Maryland Research Branch along Folly Quarter Road.

Along Folly Quarter Rd. Photo by Mike Hartley

Along Folly Quarter Rd.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I love traveling that road. Well the bike riders who like it complicate it at times and people not paying attention but its a much better ride than Route 29 if you got the time and want to see some country. This U of MD site along that road is well maintained and I’m always looking at what they are growing and how well it’s doing.

But this looks like the final cutting of the year so I’ll just look forward to spring and the coming of the Green Again. In the mean time I had better get out and try to capture some of the fall colors. Were going to be subjected to that grey of winter all too soon.


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Sweet Saturday Mornings

Nothing like getting up early and quick walk. Also got a haircut which always makes me feel better. Saw this scene on the way home from that task. It seems like the winds have taken a lot of the color away here in central Maryland. I’ll have to see if I can still find some later. Been marveling at all the wonderful images that other photos that I follow have caught. Some amazing shots of fall.

Pond along Rt 99 near Waverly. Photo by Mike Hartley

Pond along Rt 99 near Waverly.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m really going to start pushing myself this coming year to work on my many crafts and finally get proficient with the tools, learning to edit both words and images better, and put some design into this blog. I still waste too much time on unimportant things. And while I’d love to invest the time and money into Photoshop, I think I’ll first get better at composing and capturing the best images I can. Plus I enjoy getting out more behind the camera than I do sitting at my desk.

A beautiful morning in Howard County. But aren't they all? Photo by Mike Hartley

A beautiful morning in Howard County. But aren’t they all?
Photo by Mike Hartley

I also find that if I’m happy with a days shooting the words and stories come more easily because the images usually inspire some kind of drivel from me for good or bad. Hoping I can get out and shoot some more between the days task and do a few post.


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Someday again

Found a few shots of Ellicott City from this year before the flood that I hadn’t posted yet. Longing for the days the town returns to the unique visit it was. Special restaurants, shops businesses and residents. My home away from home. Where I started my career in the newspaper business. Where my wife grew up. Where I got married. Where I returned to as a partner/publisher on our own newspaper. Where I go for a good walk. Where I go to photograph. Where I go to eat.

A fixture of Main Street. Took this in early July. Photo by Mike Hartley

A fixture of Main Street. Took this in early July.
Photo by Mike Hartley

One of my favorite intersections in town.

Its green and the town is trying to get going. Photo by Mike Hartley

Its green and the town is trying to get going. I shot this photo the morning of the flood. 
Photo by Mike Hartley

Store front window.

Store Window. I'm sure the contents were gone shortly after this was shot. Photo by Mike Hartley

Store Window. I’m sure the contents were gone shortly after this was shot.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I guess the clouds were a sign of things to come.

Clouds over EC in late June. Photo by Mike Hartley

Clouds over EC in late June.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I see slow signs of life. I heard Tersiguels is opening this week again. Best of luck to them in helping the town recover.

Tersiguels is open again. Old Photo by Mike Hartley

Tersiguels is open again.
Old Photo by Mike Hartley


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Time to pump it up

What a beautiful day for mid October here in the northeast U.S. Spent a few hours cruising northern Howard County and then a walk around Ellicott City. Felt great to get some exercise and feel that warmth of the sun. I’m both excited to see so much is done in such a short time. It really is amazing. But I’m disheartened with distance so far to go for many owners and businesses. This one was a sea change for our town. I’m going to try to do my part to help it return to glory again.

Hand pump. Photo by Mike Hartley

Hand pump.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Saw this barn off Rt 144 just past Lisbon I believe. I bet this is interesting in the morning sunlight also. I’ll have to stop back and see.

Barn through trees. Photo by Mike Hartley

Barn through trees.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I miss the days of endless farms throughout the county. Yes its still a beautiful area but already over developed in most part of the county now. I guess it’s the price for having such a good area and services. No wonder everyone wants to move here.

Barn off Rt 144 by Lisbon. Photo by Mike Hartley

Barn off Rt 144 by Lisbon.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I wish I had taken my time today. Rushed a lot of images and didn’t like most of what I shot today. Such is life. Sometimes those are the ones that are most popular though. So what the hell. I get a few of EC up tomorrow at the latest.

Barn and Silo Photo by Mike Hartley

Barn and Silo
Photo by Mike Hartley

Anyway, it’s to beautiful outside to sit in front of the laptop. I’m headed back outside for a few minutes.

Color changes are starting here. Photo by Mike Hartley

Color changes are starting here.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Have a great day all.


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A lap around the lake

Just a few shots from a walk around Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

 


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Outside

Nothing like getting outside and taking a walk. Did it today and hope to do it tomorrow. Of course the Saturday walk won’t be with my better half which won’t make it as fun but I’ll power through. Did the loop around Lake Kittamaqundi and captured a few shots. Should have done many more miles, but wasn’t feeling 100% today and it was a lot hotter than I anticipated.

Dragonfly or bi wing plane? Photo by Mike Hartley

Dragonfly or bi wing plane?
Photo by Mike Hartley

Didn’t see all the wildlife I was hoping for but there was still a few guys out there.

Showing off in the mirror. Photo by Mike Hartley

Showing off in the mirror.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And some color.

No fall color here. Photo by Mike Hartley

No fall color here.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Some were doing a quiet read during lunch.

A good book on a nice day on patio of Whole Foods building. Photo by Mike Hartley

A good book on a nice day on patio of Whole Foods building.
Photo by Mike Hartley

An iconic fountain. This town was voted #1 Best Place to live in 2016 by Money Magazine.

Town Center fountain. Photo by Mike Hartley

Town Center fountain.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Don’t worry, I’ll go for a walk in a few places on Saturday so not to bore you all with the same area.

Water Photo by Mike Hartley

Water
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Thinking ahead

So cooler temps are on the way. I’m just hoping the sun makes an appearance for most of the weekend. I feel like getting out and walking a few miles for the exercise each day and to see what I can find in my viewfinder. Lots of plans and a short time to do them in but, whats new there.

Shot from old Woodstock Post office. Photo by Mike Hartley

Shot from old Woodstock Post office.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But those storms last night are not encouraging. Good thing they were fast movers. Speaking of fast movers, I saw an old Cobra while cruising last Sunday morning. Those are nice cars, never driven one but with that small weight and monster power plant its got to be entertaining.

Cobra on Old Frederick Road. Photo by Mike Hartley

Cobra on Frederick Road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Well, here is hoping I can come up with some entertaining work in the next few days. I’ve gotten a bit sloppy lately. My goal in August was to post every day. Well I missed 4 which was better than the 5 I missed in July but what the hell, its improvement. As far as the quality well that is always a subjective thing, but I’m going to try to make a marked improvement in that area also.

But its time to set my goals a bit higher. Maybe 2 post a day and each with its own sections. Sort of like a morning/evening edition. Its project time and I hope to kick off September with my review of BBQ in the area. I’ll be starting a series of the Eastern shore of Maryland. I’d like to take a few days at Arlington National Cemetery this month also. Mom’s birthday is coming up so I have to take her some flowers to her and Dad. I’m also going to try my hand at some more night shooting. I was video taping some lightening last night and might try my hand at more video work. I do have to learn the editing part more. Got a million other ideas and thoughts so I better get to work.

  • randomthoughtsYou know if I retire at 65 I only have a bit over 1500 days of work left. When I look at it that way, it evokes a smile.
  • Why do I waste time listening to a 5 or 7 day forecast when the batting average of the forecast even 24 hours out is shaky.
  • You got to love happy hours. No matter where they are or who you’re with.
  • Attitude is everything. And mine is improving so there is room for hope.