This is just an odd tree that I noticed on one of my many walks along the C&O Canal Towpath. Anytime that I go for a stroll away from our house – no matter where it is — I bring a camera along with me and am constantly on the lookout for interesting images to take. In this case, I saw a different shadow (of all things) on the towpath, and looked around for the source.
Photo info: Slingshot tree C&O Canal Towpath Potomac, Maryland November 2015 Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film Voigtländer 15/4.5 ASPH lens Leica M3 film camera
The title says it all – the water is deceptively still. This section of the Potomac River looks like a mirror at times, and doesn’t appear to be moving at all – but under the quiet surface, strong jets and undertows await the unsuspecting. Cindy and I have kayaked at various locations up and down the length of the Potomac, and the hidden currents can be powerful enough to nearly rip a paddle out of your hands.
Photo info: Just above the locks Violettes Lock (#23) on the C&O Canal Seneca, Maryland September 2015 Kodak T-Max 100 Voigtländer 15/4.5 lens Leica M3 35mm film camera
No, these aren’t some Aztec ruins in the middle of an equatorial jungle in Central America. These are actually jungle ruins in central Maryland – more specifically, the ruins of the Seneca Mill and Quarry within eyesight of the C&O Canal Towpath, some 20 miles northwest of Washington, DC. This is the quarry and mill that provided the red sandstone used in building a number of the C&O Canal locks and bridges, the Smithsonian Castle down on the National Mall, and hundreds of other structures in the Baltimore and DC regions.
Surprisingly — as large as they are — the ruins are completely invisible from the C&O Canal, due to the heavy stands of trees and thick undergrowth that surrounds them. And sadly, they may not be around for many more years due to same vegetation overrunning and destroying them.
Photo info: Seneca Mill And Quarry ruins Seneca Mill And Quarry on the C&O Canal Seneca, Maryland November 2015 Apple iPhone 6S