Buildings. Architecture. One of my favorite subjects. From the old barns all around the valley, to Victorian Painted Ladies, there is so much to see and admire.
Black-and-white — monochrome — may be the perfect way to capture the mood, shape, and form.
Architecture is often at its finest in black-and-white, emphasizing form and texture. Black and white can also convey a sense of mystery. Or, by stripping away the distraction of color, focus our eyes on a different point in space.
Real carriage. Fake horse. It’s a small lane in the middle of the old Gettysburg.
This is one of the many things I love about tourist towns. I know people get all snobby about “tourist traps,” but towns set up for the tourists, while heavily commercial, also have plenty of places to eat, lots of motels, and activities for everyone. Best of all, they are always glad to see you.
That’s no small matter, especially if you have been harassed in less hospitable destinations. No matter what your color or nationality, your money is good in a tourist town. It’s also an easy venue for people who have disabilities and special needs. These towns are ready to cater to your unique requirements.
There’s always a reason a town becomes a tourist mecca. It holds attractions or is very near them. Nice beaches. Historic sites. Skiing. Roller coasters. Gambling. Fabulous food.Terrific views. Wonderful weather. Amazing shopping.
A town doesn’t draw crowds without a reason.
The down sides to popular destinations are obvious. Higher prices, crowds and traffic. If you want to travel where everyone else also wants to go, try to find schedule it off-season. Even a few days before or after peak can make a huge difference in the size of the crowds and the price of accommodations.
But check it out. Some places close down right after Labor Day, or have nothing open except during peak periods. Beach towns are particularly likely to be locked up tight by early September.
Martha’s Vineyard, for example, bustles with life on Labor Day. The next day, more than half the restaurants and shops are closed. A few stay open longer or are open year round — but that may not be what interests you.
Just make sure the stuff you really want to do and see is available before you book a bargain vacation.
Vegetables are delectable in color and in monochrome. Different, but mm, good! Summer squash (summer not).
Apache Junction is a conveniently located ghost town, not far from Phoenix. It’s actually the first non-city “place” when you are trying to escape the urban sprawl. I was hoping for tumbleweed, but alas, none appeared.
In color, it’s all about the quality of the light. In black and white, the picture is an architectural study.
Rooftops in downtown Boston, just down the block from symphony hall. Black and white emphasizes the texture of the bricks and roof as well as the lines and angles of the rooftop.
It is on the corner of Route 140 and Chestnut Street in Upton. I don’t know who maintains it, but somebody takes pretty good care of it. Maybe it’s the state, perhaps some private party has undertaken its upkeep.
It was a shoemaker’s shop from 1788 until 1938, when it became a forge. It is still known as “Forge House.” It has remained essentially unchanged since its conversion in the 1930s.
You could tell this was down by Cape Cod by the weathered wood siding on the little houses and barn, as well as the old — but still sturdy cedar pickets.
I think these were originally cabins for hired help, probably ground workers. The barns are clearly not for cows. Probably to stable a couple of horses and maybe store a small rig.
Today, they are “out buildings,” decorative and useful for storage.
If you were the architect of one existing building, which building would you select?
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ”
― Michael Crichton
What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?
Black. It’s not a statement. I like the way it looks and it’s sort of a New York thing. I’m from New York. Did I ever mention that?
What is something you learned in the last week?
I learned I am an expert, a referenced source. On stuff about which I know next to nothing. This comes as a complete and peculiar surprise.