Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Photograph of the Landmark Hotel in Charlottesville

Landmark Hotel in Charlottesville

The included photograph is of the Landmark Hotel building in the Downtown Mall area of Charlottesville. The photograph is a time exposure taken at night. The camera used is designed to take architectural photographs. You can take photos of a building and other tall structures without getting the usual distortion (large bottom, small top, and walls no longer parallel).  It has a lens that shifts.

You really need the shift lens camera to get a realistic image of the building because the only other strategy would be a telephoto from a long distance.  This is not workable in the case. There are too many buildings around it that are relatively tall.  

It’s a night photo, and my Son and Daughter in law helped with the camera set up. 

The recent history of the Landmark has been covered by most local publishers, so I won’t even go there.  Visually, it is strikingly higher than the other buildings on the Mall, and the upper stories of the building were only completed but not the exterior framing. Most of us living here no longer see it. It’s now a background element. 

It’s on my track for coffee refills  so I often pass up the street by it. On windy nights the left over cables hanging from the higher floors make a clanging noise.  It’s eerie, maybe a bit like what a ghost ship at sea might sound like.  

Friday, June 21, 2013

Charlottesville City Market, Then and Now

I moved to Charlottesville in 1979 and the City Market was already in operation.  I started going to the market in the mid 80’s when it was relatively small compared to its current size. The two tiers of upper parking were filled during the beginning of the growing season, but cooler days early and late in the season would sometimes have fewer vendors.  The picture below comes from one of those times.

The apparent model behind the cardboard background and the rolling lawn chair was that it was a “ride.” Kids that decided to take the ride got wheeled around in the cardboard “thing” with the bearded fellow pushing the cart. All the other parties contributed noises by hitting items they had or making some creative vocal sound effects. No, I can't explain this event. 

The current City Market is really packed with vendors, and they spread over the road below the block now. We were looking for wildflowers (or just flowers without pedigree).  There were plenty, and we walked out with a bougainvillea in a hanging pot.  As far as food goes, you can get it to eat there, or bring it home.

This year brought more food stands (at least at this point in the season) and most were selling locally grown produce. 

 One of the stands we were looking for was selling early season flowers. We got enough for a small vase on our porch, and a Bougainvillea already planted in a pot with a hanger. That went on the front porch. I noticed that the sellers had someone in the back putting together flowers, as they were going like hotcakes (pictured below).

Another long term vendor at the City Market is C. L. Morton, who is a specialist in growing Dahlias. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dean Family Cemetery Photos

View of the Entire Cemetery
Linen Flower on "Maiden's" Grave
Linen Flower  
 These photographs are of Dean Cemetery, which is within the Shenandoah National Park. It’s completely surrounded by the Park property. An arrangement between the Park and family members allows them to keep the cemetery there as long as they agree to maintain it.
It’s at mile marker 63.2 in the Central District of the park. The earliest birth date belongs to James Dean (born 1797 and died 1862). The range of time of the cemetery is remarkable. There are a few new stones, one with a photograph of a couple embedded into the stone. It’s not a small graveyard, and it’s very open, with trees cleared around the perimeter.

The process which was used to “relocate” the people living within the park boundaries has become a discussion in recent years. The National Park Service web site has an article by Audrey J. Horning, of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and The Queen's University of Belfast. It really shows that the way the “people from the hollows” were described at the time was far from the truth. There is also an article by The Hook (a Charlottesville weekly) that adds much more detail about the deals made around the creation of the park. . Creation and Dispossession: Shenandoah National Park and its Residents

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Camellia Lit by Flashlight

The Camellia in the front yard once again bloomed with a snowfall following the next day.  I had wondered what would explain the early arrival of the blooms, which would probably doom it in more northern areas.  Wikipedia to the rescue: the source of the plant is the Himalayas.

The photo was taken at night by leaving the camera shutter open and selectively adding light (often called painting with light) with flashlight.

Ed Deasy