Celebrating Our Declaration of Independence

Old Glory and the USS Constellation – Baltimore, Maryland

Living in Maryland, one is constantly reminded about its rich history and the crucial role the state has played at critical points throughout our nation’s history. Given the current highly-polarized political climate, it’s easy to simply dismiss Maryland as just a blue state that always votes liberal, but that doesn’t do justice to the incredible list of contributions that the state and her people have made over the past 389 years.

  • Founded in 1632 by a colonial charter, Maryland was one of the original Thirteen Colonies of England
  • In 1649, it passed the Act Concerning Religion, a law that helped inspire later legal protections for freedom of religion in the United States
  • It was active in the events leading up to and during the American Revolution
  • Four of its delegates signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776
  • In 1790, it ceded the land required for the creation of our nations capital, Washington, D.C.
  • During the War of 1812, Maryland bore the brunt of the British attacks – some 11 major battles, 63 skirmishes, and 86 raids over a period of 2-½ years
  • The Star-Spangled Banner – our national anthem – was written in 1814 by Frances Scott Key, a native from the state, during the the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
  • Although it was a slave state at the time, Maryland remained in the Union during the American Civil War and was considered pivotal during the conflict due to its strategic location

The lengthy list goes on.

Similarly, each state in our union – whether blue, red, or purple – has made significant contributions to our great nation as a whole. On this day of national celebration – the Fourth of July – we need to remember that we are all part of the same nation.


All of us.

No matter the race, gender, religion, or political persuasion of each of us as individuals – we are all Americans.

Photo info:
The USS Constellation at dock
The Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland
July 2014
Voigtländer 21/1.8 ASPH lens
Leica M240 digital camera


Lightship Chesapeake (LV-116) – Baltimore, Maryland

From one of my many visits to Baltimore. Prior to the pandemic, I would typically visit the various sights in Baltimore once or twice per year. I think that this is the longest period I’ve gone without having dropped by at some point – approaching nearly two years or more now. For those interested, this is the lightship Chesapeake (LV-116) and you can read about it here.

Photo info:
The lightship Chesapeake (LV-116)
The Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland
March 2015
Eastman Double-X 5222 film
Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera


Tall ship rigging – Baltimore, Maryland

Every so often, the Port of Baltimore hosts a gathering of tall ships, and they congregate into the Inner Harbor from countries all around the world. The last large gathering of tall ships was for the celebration of the War of 1812, and there were a dozen or more large sailing ships and other modern naval vessels that joined the festivities. This photo was taken during one of the on-board tours.

Photo info:
Tall ship rigging
Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland
June 2012
Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5N digital camera