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Neptune

Neptune

The Grand Army Plaza was designed as a way to transition from the major streets in Brooklyn to Prospect Park. Bailey Fountain was built in the center of the oval plaza in the late 1920s. The fountain was named for Frank Bailey, a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY, who was actively involved in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and donated the funds for the fountain. Neptune is just one element of the fascinating fountain design.

Defenders of the Union

Defenders of the Union

As a most elaborate park entrance, this arch in the Grand Army Plaza is at the beginning of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The arch was one of 36 designs submitted for consideration as a tribute to the soldiers of the Civil War. The cornerstone was laid in 1889, and it was unveiled in 1892. Additional sculptures were added to the arch throughout the 1890s.

First Shot of the Morning

Mount Greylock First Shot

When I found out we could DRIVE to the top of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts, it was a no-brainer. The morning was cool, breezy, and very sunny! When I upload photos to my computer, I use a naming convention that includes the date, the shoot, and a 3-digit number. This was shot “20140706-MountGreylock-001”. I couldn’t believe with the brilliant early morning sky, I was able to get a well-exposed shot on the first try!

Perpetual Memorial

Memorial Topper

The beacon in the War Memorial at the top of Mount Greylock, is meant to perpetually shine in memory of men and women lost in World War I originally, and now all U.S. military personnel losses. It is powered by three 1,500-watt bulbs and can be seen up to 70 miles away. The beacon is extinguished three to four times a year – during Spring and Fall bird migrations, and Summer “star parties”. Our visit was in the early morning, and the sun provided some natural light…

Samuel F. B. Morse – Landscape Artist

Locust Grove Floral Orange

In planning a day trip to the Hudson Valley, my sights were set on the historic home of Samuel F. B. Morse. A lover of history, I was delighted to discover Morse had a completely different interest aside from his well-known work as the inventor of the telegraph. Morse started out as an portrait artist, studying at Yale and the Royal Academy in England. His career progressed with  commissioned paintings, but his fascination with the need for rapid, long distance communication led him to drop art and pursue his invention of the telegraph. The invention made Morse a wealthy man; he purchased Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, and began to re-visit his interest in art. The Hudson Valley was full of artists, including Thomas Cole, the father of landscape painting. Morse used his artistic talent in the design of landscape gardens which he considered a form of art.