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…

Trail Marker

Trail Marker

I have a co-worker who hikes a significant portion of the Appalachian Trail every summer. I’ve been to a visitor center in West Virginia, and crossed its path many places while in the car, but after the is weekend, I can say I “hiked” part of the trail…even if it was just the path to the War Memorial at the top of Mount Greylock.

Vermont’s Sacred Acre

The cemetery adjacent to the Old First Church in Bennington, was given the title “Vermont’s Sacred Acre” by the VT Legislature. It is crowded with gravestones from the past 200+ years, including the poet Robert Frost. Both the Church and the Cemetery are landmarks of Old Bennington, which today, many travelers miss the opportunity to see with a highway by-pass that herds them “so efficiently” to their destination.