I am sure everyone has a favorite place to visit, one where they can return frequently for inspiration, solace, or just an appreciation of whatever attracts them there in the first place. For me, one of my favorite local haunts is the Monocacy National Battlefield, just outside of Frederick, Maryland — which is famous for the Civil War battle that “saved Washington, DC”.
I’m sure that some might wonder “what on earth for?”
Even though I’ve lived in this region for decades, I only recently discovered the battlefield, which is practically in my backyard. How I missed it for so very long is immaterial. I forget what piqued my curiosity to eventually explore it — but when I did, I discovered a place that doesn’t get a lot of visitors (always a good thing in my book), and has plenty to offer in the way of nature, critters, and history… all of which are a big draw for me.
I frequently come here during different times of the year — to walk the many trails in solitude, to photograph the changing of the seasons, to see the many different critters that call it home, etc. It’s always different each time that I visit, and I find that stimulating.
View from the barn
Best Farm — Monocacy National Battlefield
Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film
Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens
Leica M3 film camera