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.

Together.

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

Here Comes the Sun

Sunflowers (Helianthus) at McKee Beshers – Poolesville, Maryland

Every year the caretakers at the nearby McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area plant several designated fields with sunflowers to feed mourning doves, other songbirds, mammals, and pollinators. And every year I seek them out to take some photos, occasionally do some plein air watercolor paintings, and just enjoy the spectacular displays of the gorgeous blooms.


Photo info:
Sunflower (Helianthus) field
McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area
Poolesville, Maryland
July 2015
Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH lens
Sony a6000 digital camera