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August 16, 2016

BW photograph of the sun rising onto Harbour East in Baltimore, Md.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The forecast for today in the Baltimore/Washington region called for temperatures in the high 90s with a heat index of 108 degrees.  I do not know if we hit that mark, but it sure was hot and humid.  A fairly decent thunderstorm rolled though during the afternoon.

BW photograph of the East Promenade in Portland, Maine

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Temperatures were in the 90s with high humidity in Southern Maine over this past weekend as well.  The above photograph is from the East Promenade, which is in Portland, Maine.  It was made on Friday when it was quite uncomfortable to be outside.

BW photograph of Front Street in Bath, Maine.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

A bit of rain fell early on Saturday, which made for pleasant walking in the downtown area of Bath, Maine.  However, the thermostat registered into the mid-80s with a return of the humidity on Sunday.  That was not so pleasant.

“Decent”, “uncomfortable” and “not so pleasant” are, of course, relative terms.  A thousand miles away from Baltimore, flooding in Southern Louisiana has reached proportions exceeding those which occurred during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Going a bit more than 2500 miles west from Baltimore, the Clayton wildfire is burning in Northern California.  A man suspected of arson has been arrested in connection with that fire.

It is important to remember that weather is local and transient.  Climate change is enduring and global.  As documented here in an article entitled “Hottest ever June marks 14th month of record-breaking temperatures”, we are now in a very long run of high temperatures that are definitely not localized.  The wildfires in California are symptomatic of the years-long historic drought in that part of the country.  We are now moving into the prime of hurricane season for this part of the world.

Yes, it is hot, humid, and dry, except for where and when it isn’t.

Take care.

 

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Time/Age

August 10, 2016

BW photograph of the remains of the first Bachelor Boarding House at Oregon Ridge.

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As time moves on, all things age.

Whether that results in a decrease in performance or appearance, really does depend on the degree of maintenance applied.  For example, Michael Phelps has now won 25 medals, 21 gold, over a span of four Olympics.  Much work has been done in order to make that happen.

BW photograph of the remains of the second Bachelor Boarding House at Oregon Ridge.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

On the other hand, the photographs here are from Oregon Ridge, a park I have visited many, many times and have documented over the past decades.  There is not much left of the Boarding House buildings now, time and age have exacted their toll, as there has been minimal effort applied to their upkeep.  If interested, there are multiple posts about Oregon Ridge through the years herein-click on the “Architecture” link to the right to find them.

I am usually accompanied by a sense of melancholy when walking around Oregon Ridge-it is a place that, for me, makes time and age an acute experience.

Take care.

BW photograph of a lost glove laying on a brick sidewalk.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

These two seemingly matched gloves were found about one-half mile apart on two different days.

BW photograph of a lost glove laying on a cobblestone street.

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Most likely, though, these came from different pairs, as there are many samples of this type of glove lying around the various construction sites in Fells Point.  Visually, given the manner in which they were found, that is, as photographed, it is not possible to tell right from left, although the bottom glove is probably for the right hand.  The background is what sets them apart:  the first is on a herringbone-patterned brick sidewalk; the second is on a cobblestone street.  Otherwise, they are of the same colour, texture, and overall design.  It makes you wonder what happened to the mate(s).

If they were indeed from a single pair, what story could you tell about these two lost gloves?

Take care.

Smart?

August 5, 2016

BW photograph of a "Smart Water" bottle laying in a flowerbed.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

While completing my walk around Fells Point the other morning, I chanced upon this tossed-away SmartWater bottle.  “Tossed away” is actually a misnomer, as it was laying perfectly parallel to the wooden beam.  Were it an animate object, it would appear to have laid down for nap and snuggled against the beam for a bit of comfort.  That, of course, is fantasy.  Someone left the bottle behind.

BW photography of plastic bottles ans styrofoam cups floating in the water.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Just above is another photograph of the debris in the water at Fells Point, which was also made on Tuesday morning.

While that brand of water might be labeled “smart”, the behavior that leads to this kind of mess is decidedly not.

Take care.

Flood Debris

August 2, 2016

BW photograph of storm debris floating in a marina at Fells Point.

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The greater Baltimore area experienced a torrential downpour this past Saturday night.  As a result, Ellicott City experienced a flash flood, which killed two and created extreme damage to the historic area.  (Video of the flood as it was occurring has been posted to YouTube.) Condolences to all who are suffering from this event.

BW photograph of water bottles and styrofoam cups swirling in water.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

When it rains like it did Saturday night, the Jones Falls picks up an inordinate amount of debris and ultimately deposits it in Baltimore’s Inner Harbour.  The photograph just above is a small bit of the Styrofoam and plastic floating in water at Fells Point this morning.

While I was making these photographs, a few people stopped by to chat.  The first asked if I worked for the City, as he thought Baltimore City should get going to clean up the mess.  I asked him if he had heard about the flooding in Ellicott City, and he had not.  I suggested that he look it up as the debris in water here was nothing by comparison.  Another said I should have been in Fells yesterday, as there was much more debris in the water.  He suggested that the City should purchase a few more of the skimmers that are used to collect such trash.  He, too, had not heard about Ellicott City.

The solution to the trash is not more government expenditure.  The majority of the material shown here is recyclable.  More importantly, reusable water bottles would eliminate even that.  Unfortunately, there really is not much to be done with Styrofoam, which provides added emphasis to the need for reusable cups and bottles.  No, this is a personal, individual issue.

Regarding Ellicott City, it is difficult to have concern and compassion for that which you are unaware.  It also makes sense to pay attention to those events that have a personal impact.  This is not being said as a criticism of the folks with whom I talked today-they were pleasant conversations.  I did not know about Ellicott City until very late on Sunday as I do not watch broadcast TV, and I did not hear it covered on my usual news sources.

All of which brings us to this closing question:  what do we do once we become aware of an issue?

Take care.