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The sun begins to rise over a rail line that runs diagonally through the center of downtown Westminster, Maryland.

Featured: June 23, 2014

Photographed: June 22, 2014

Notes: For more photos from this outing, see "I completely nerded out on Sunday, and it was awesome…" in the Journal.


Pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks in Berwyn Heights, Maryland.

Featured: June 16, 2014

Photographed: April 26, 2014

Notes: This bridge carries pedestrian traffic over the CSX Capital Subdivision tracks, as well as the Washington Metro's E Route, which is normally used for Green Line service. Part of this day's photo shoot turned into the Journal entry titled, "Listen to the 7000-Series accelerate".


Honeysuckle grows through a signpost and around two street signs in Rockingham County, Virginia.

Featured: June 10, 2014

Photographed: June 7, 2014


A Washington Metro Green Line train crosses a bridge over the Paint Branch Trail, part of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, in College Park, Maryland.

Featured: June 1, 2014

Photographed: April 26, 2014

Notes: Though this train is traveling in the normal direction of travel, trains were single-tracking through this area at the time that this photo was taken due to 7000-Series railcar testing on the northbound track.


Sign for Germantown, Maryland along Great Seneca Highway.

Featured: May 26, 2014

Photographed: April 9, 2014


Two teenaged boys sit at the edge of the stub of the old Aqueduct Bridge in Washington DC's Georgetown neighborhood.

Featured: May 18, 2014

Photographed: March 22, 2014


Barb on a barbed wire fence along Brighton Dam Road in Howard County, Maryland.

Featured: May 11, 2014

Photographed: April 6, 2014

Notes: This photo was taken with a borrowed Nikon Coolpix P510 camera. For more photos from this outing, see "Infrastructure pix with a borrowed camera…" in the Journal.


The Baltimore World Trade Center, viewed from across the Inner Harbor.

Featured: April 28, 2014

Photographed: April 23, 2014


Transmission tower near Germantown, Maryland, forming part of the power grid serving Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Maryland.

Featured: April 20, 2014

Photographed: April 9, 2014


Road flare burning in a right turn lane on Maine Avenue SW, to prevent traffic from turning onto a closed street during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC.

Featured: April 13, 2014

Photographed: April 13, 2014


Abandoned bridge pier in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Featured: April 6, 2014

Photographed: April 5, 2014

Notes: The lighting on this bridge pier is originating from CSX railroad maintenance equipment, which was shining large lights on the railroad bridge over the Potomac River during overnight track work.


A load of towels goes through a spin cycle on a Maytag Bravo XL washing machine.

Featured: March 31, 2014

Photographed: January 11, 2014

Notes: I also took a video of the rinse and spin cycles of this load.


Rooster at the Irish farm at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia.

Featured: March 24, 2014

Photographed: January 13, 2014


Nighttime view of the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the memorial in his honor in West Potomac Park in Washington DC.

Featured: March 16, 2014

Photographed: March 28, 2013


Three women take a photograph of themselves in the water during a polar bear plunge at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis, Maryland.

Featured: March 9, 2014

Photographed: March 8, 2014


Graffiti on a door of the Hine Junior High school building in Washington DC, discussing an impending demolition of the school and redevelopment of the property.

Featured: March 3, 2014

Photographed: March 1, 2014


A woman takes a photograph of herself on a mirrored wall at White Flint Mall in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Featured: February 23, 2014

Photographed: February 23, 2014

Notes: The person in the picture is my friend Melissa.


Sign reading, "Will whoever is praying for snow please stop," at Calverton Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Featured: February 17, 2014

Photographed: February 17, 2014


Brighton Dam, near Brookeville, Maryland, which impounds the Patuxent River to form Triadelphia Reservoir.

Featured: February 9, 2014

Photographed: January 18, 2014

Notes: This photo was taken from a public park located on the Montgomery County side of the river. The land in the distance is in Howard County.


Vintage sign outside an Arby's restaurant on Williamson Road NW in Roanoke, Virginia.

Featured: February 4, 2014

Photographed: January 14, 2014


BBQ Chicken Salad at Panera Bread in Aspen Hill, Maryland.

Featured: January 26, 2014

Photographed: January 25, 2014

Notes: Was informed by the cashier at this store that the BBQ Chicken Salad will be discontinued in February 2014 as part of a menu revamp. This makes me sad, as this is my favorite item on the entire menu.


The Roanoke Star in late afternoon, already lit up for the evening.

Featured: January 19, 2014

Photographed: January 14, 2014

Notes: The Roanoke Star is lit in white in this picture. As of September 10, 2011, the Roanoke Star has been lit in its traditional all-white color scheme, with the red-white-blue scheme reserved for patriotic holidays and September 11.


Four-sided clock on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Featured: January 13, 2014

Photographed: December 28, 2013

Notes: For more photos from this date, see "A little walk down memory lane with Mom…" in the Journal.


Bud of an Ingrid Bergman Hybrid Tea Rose at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.

Featured: January 5, 2014

Photographed: July 27, 2013

Notes: This photo is part of the Chicago Botanic Garden Photography set.


Dome on the roof of the carousel house of the Casino, an indoor amusement park in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Featured: December 29, 2013

Photographed: October 24, 2013

Notes: For more photos from my October visit to New Jersey, see "Road trip to New Jersey…" in the Journal.


Disguised cell phone tower near the Intercounty Connector in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Featured: December 22, 2013

Photographed: December 7, 2013


A well-used computer keyboard with dust between the keys.

Featured: December 15, 2013

Photographed: December 11, 2013

Notes: For those wondering, yes, this is my keyboard, and also, yes, I cleaned the keyboard after this photo was taken. I was quite surprised about how much dust was on my keyboard.


A PCC streetcar, built in 1971 for service in The Hague, Netherlands.  Now part of the collection of historic streetcars at the National Capital Trolley Museum in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Featured: December 8, 2013

Photographed: December 7, 2013


The Tribune Tower, viewed from North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

Featured: December 1, 2013

Photographed: July 29, 2013


Signs directing drivers to Interstate 68 and US 220 in Cumberland, Maryland.

Featured: November 25, 2013

Photographed: April 2, 2013

Notes: For more photos from this day, see the "Cumberland, Maryland" set in Photography.


Graffiti on the wall of an abandoned motel room in Augusta County, Virginia near Rockfish Gap.

Featured: November 19, 2013

Photographed: May 28, 2012

Notes: For more photos from this day, see Day tripping it to Stuarts Draft… in the Journal.


The Washington Monument, surrounded in scaffolding as part of a project to repair damage sustained during the August 2011 earthquake, at night.

Featured: November 10, 2013

Photographed: November 9, 2013

Notes: In this photo, the Washington Monument is lit with the regular lighting that normally illuminates the structure at night. The scaffolding was backlit from July 8 through November 3, 2013. This photo was taken on the fifth night following the restoration of the regular lighting, but several days before the process of removing the scaffolding began.


A woman sits on Humpback Rock overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, near Waynesboro, Virginia.

Featured: November 1, 2013

Photographed: May 28, 2012

Notes: This photo is part of the Humpback Rock set in Photography.


Headstones at Edge Hill Cemetery on a foggy day in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Featured: October 25, 2013

Photographed: October 15, 2013

Notes: For those wondering, yes - the brightness and contrast levels on this photo were adjusted to make this look like it was straight out of a horror movie. Happy Halloween!


Bottles of Coca-Cola for sale in an ice-filled cooler at Eastern Market in Washington DC.

Featured: October 19, 2013

Photographed: August 5, 2012


A woman watches as a dog retrieves a ball thrown into the waters of Lake Michigan, at Touhy Beach in Chicago, Illinois.

Featured: October 13, 2013

Photographed: August 7, 2011

Notes: For more from this day, see "And at last, we finish Chicago…" in the Journal.


Frozen foods aisle at the Giant Food store in Burtonsville, Maryland.

Featured: October 6, 2013

Photographed: January 15, 2012


The Black-Eyed Susan, a paddlewheel riverboat at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.

Featured: September 29, 2013

Photographed: May 25, 2012

Notes: For more photos from this day, see "So the Baltimore Inner Harbor was fun…" in the Journal.


Railroad signals in Cumberland, Maryland.

Featured: September 22, 2013

Photographed: April 2, 2013

Notes: This photo is part of the Cumberland, Maryland set in Photography.


The Key Bridge, facing south towards Rosslyn.

Featured: September 16, 2013

Photographed: August 18, 2013

Notes: This photo is from the kayaking trip that I took with my friends Melissa and Doreen on the Potomac River. This photo was taken from a kayak on the Potomac River. Therefore, this photo was taken with Duckie, rather than my Canon.


The Washington Monument, surrounded in scaffolding as part of a project to repair damage sustained during the August 2011 earthquake.

Featured: September 8, 2013

Photographed: September 5, 2013


Street signs in a Stuarts Draft, Virginia neighborhood.

Featured: September 1, 2013

Photographed: August 25, 2013

Notes: This is the same subject as the photo feature of August 11, 2013. After I discovered the error in the street sign during processing of the earlier feature, I reported it by phone to Augusta County. The county fixed the error by the time I visited the location again on August 23, replacing both old street signs with new signs that meet current standards, using mixed case letters and the Clearview font. Sharp-eyed readers may notice the date "8/13/13" written on the Springer Road sign. If that date corresponds to what I think it does, that means that the county made the new signs the day after I reported them. Thus "the power of Schumin Web" at work.


The Potomac River, viewed from the US 340 bridge near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Featured: August 25, 2013

Photographed: July 4, 2013

Notes: For more photos from this day, see "Here’s a tip for you: don’t go hiking in flip-flops" in the Journal.


Sunshine Hollyhock at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.

Featured: August 19, 2013

Photographed: July 27, 2013

Notes: This photo is part of the Chicago Botanic Garden set in Photography.


Street signs in a Stuarts Draft, Virginia neighborhood.

Featured: August 11, 2013

Photographed: March 25, 2013

Notes: That particular street sign has been in place since the late 1990s. Never noticed until working on this photo for the feature that the sign contains an error. While "Springer Road" is correct, "Forest Springs Drive" is the correct wording for the other street - not "Road".


Roadside sign for Mars Cheese Castle, a specialty grocery store and restaurant in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Featured: August 4, 2013

Photographed: July 28, 2013


Riverfront Plaza towers in Richmond, Virginia.

Featured: July 28, 2013

Photographed: March 30, 2013

Notes: For more photos from this day, see "Richmond was fun…" in the Journal. This is also the 500th photo to be run on the Main Page since the feature was introduced in March 2005.


Town Clock Church in Cumberland, Maryland, built in 1848 for use by a German Lutheran congregation.

Featured: July 21, 2013

Photographed: April 2, 2013

Notes: For more photos from this visit to Cumberland, see "Seeing Cumberland from the ground…" in the Journal.


A woman wears a "Ban Fracking Now" sticker on her bandanna mask during the Forward on Climate rally in Washington DC.

Featured: July 14, 2013

Photographed: February 17, 2013

Notes: For more photos from this event, see "Protest Fashionista..." in the Journal. Photo chosen for this particular week on the occasion of its being my last week working for Food & Water Watch, the organization which produced this sticker.


Railroad tracks leading over the Potomac River and into Maryland, as seen from the Amtrak station in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Featured: July 7, 2013

Photographed: July 4, 2013

Notes: For more photos from this particular outing, see "Here’s a tip for you: don’t go hiking in flip-flops" in the Journal.