America – Only Smaller

March 25, 2017

BW photograph of a section of the upper end of boardwalk at Ocean City, MD.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Maryland is nicknamed “America in Miniature” because it encompasses many of the geographic features of the rest of the country.  If you start in Baltimore and drive west for about 2 1/2 hours,  you will be in the mountains of Western Maryland-an area not unlike the photographs from the previous post-they were made in a portion of West Virginia, which is just a stone’s throw from Maryland.

BW photograph of a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from a balcony.

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If you head east instead, in about the same amount of time you could be standing on the beach looking at the Atlantic Ocean.  In between the extremes are apple orchards and farmer’s fields.  Small towns and larger cities.  According to the 2016 Census population estimates, Maryland is home to a bit over 6 million people while over 322 million people live in the United States.

BW photograph of the upper end of the boardwalk at Ocean City, MD.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

BW photograph of a lone walker on the beach at Ocean City, MD.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The photographs included here are from Ocean City-a resort town that has not as yet been inundated with the Spring Break and summer vacation crowds generated by those populations.  As such, it is quite a pleasant place to be in the off-season.

BW photograph of a "No Profanity" sign on the Ocean City. MD boardwalk.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

In addition to geography, Maryland also shares many social features present elsewhere.  Like West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky, Maryland is experiencing an opiate overdose epidemic.  As such, Governor Larry Hogan has convened an Opioid Task Force, something written about elsewhere on this blog.  The death of Freddie Grey has Baltimore intimately linked with Michael Brown and Ferguson, MO.  Baltimore and Atlanta, GA. have aquariums where you can walk among the fishes and other aquatic creatures.  Maryland also has many fine state parks, several of which have been discussed on this blog.

The point being made here is that it is possible to find that for which one is looking.  Want social problems?  They are here.  Want beauty and solitude?  It most certainly can be found.

“Maryland:  American in Miniature”.

Take care.

 

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One Response to “America – Only Smaller”


  1. Very thorough post about Maryland. I can’t wait to be done with school and get back to that awesome state that I called home for 3 years.


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