Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of my regular haunts for photo walks and plein air watercolor painting. I try to make it there at least once per year – usually just as the doors first open early in the morning – and I find that I have the entire place to myself for an hour or more. The draw of Fort McHenry for me is many aspects – the different history eras (its role in the War of 1812 and the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner, its role in the Civil War, etc.), Baltimore as a historic port town, the beauty of the grounds, and the quiet isolation within the big city.
One thing I enjoy about repeat journeys to a place is the comparison and contrast with prior visits. There are always differences concerning the weather, the lighting, the season, the mood, etc. Also, I tend to discover new aspects that either I overlooked on earlier trips, or were obscured from my perception by other factors.
View from the fort
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
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