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Buckingham Branch locomotive 13 idles on a track near downtown Staunton, Virginia.

Featured: December 18, 2020

Photographed: December 10, 2020

Platform at East Falls Church station, on the Orange Line of the Washington Metro system.

Featured: December 11, 2020

Photographed: November 17, 2020

International S-100 truck outside of Lone Oak Farm Brewing Company in Olney, Maryland.

Featured: December 4, 2020

Photographed: December 3, 2020

Traffic signals on a large gantry spanning the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Sunrise Valley Road in Reston, Virginia.

Featured: November 28, 2020

Photographed: November 20, 2020

Federal Signal Thunderbolt siren on Waterloo Road in Jessup, Maryland.

Featured: November 20, 2020

Photographed: November 19, 2020

Exit sign at the South Mountain rest area in Frederick County, Maryland.

Featured: November 15, 2020

Photographed: November 13, 2020

A DJI Mavic Mini drone hovers over a parking lot in Leesburg, Virginia.

Featured: November 7, 2020

Photographed: November 6, 2020

Activated fire alarm pull station at a former motel in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Featured: October 30, 2020

Photographed: October 29, 2020

Notes: This was taken at the former Park Inn by Radisson in Mechanicsburg. The hotel had recently closed, and was slated for demolition in preparation for a redevelopment of the property into a shopping center.

Antennas on a cell phone tower in Smithsburg, Maryland.

Featured: October 24, 2020

Photographed: October 5, 2020

Statue of Lady Justice atop the cupola of the Augusta County Courthouse in downtown Staunton, Virginia.

Featured: October 18, 2020

Photographed: October 16, 2020

Notes: This statue is item #4763 from the Mullins statuary catalog. More information on recent repairs to this statue can be found here.

Street signs at the intersection of Brink and Wightman Roads in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

Featured: October 10, 2020

Photographed: October 9, 2020

Monument to the casualties suffered by the 4th Maine Infantry during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, at Devil's Den near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Featured: October 2, 2020

Photographed: August 20, 2020

A row of townhouses in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

Featured: September 26, 2020

Photographed: September 24, 2020

Notes: This photo was taken with the camera on my new Mavic Mini drone. Additionally, as you may have guessed, my house is the one in the center, with the green shutters.

Roast beef and turkey sandwiches for sale at Little George's, a small market near Westminster, Maryland.

Featured: September 18, 2020

Photographed: September 4, 2020

A masked demonstrator holds up a sign advocating against the Church of Scientology's "Fair Game" practice at an Anonymous demonstration in Washington, DC.

Featured: September 11, 2020

Photographed: July 12, 2008

Notes: For more information about this and similar demonstrations, see "Project Chanology in the Nation's Capital" in Life and Times.

Disused lower level of the Sears department store in White Oak, Maryland.

Featured: September 5, 2020

Photographed: August 8, 2020

Clouds move past the sun over a field in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Featured: August 31, 2020

Photographed: August 10, 2020

"Wrong way" sign along a one-way road in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Featured: August 22, 2020

Photographed: August 20, 2020

Clock tower at Pentagon Row, a mixed-use development in Arlington, Virginia's Pentagon City neighborhood.

Featured: August 15, 2020

Photographed: August 12, 2020

A discarded pair of disposable gloves in the parking lot of the Lowe's store in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Featured: August 9, 2020

Photographed: August 5, 2020

Photo booth, closed because of concerns over coronavirus, at York Galleria, a shopping mall in York, Pennsylvania.

Featured: July 31, 2020

Photographed: July 29, 2020

Nonstandard sign warning drivers of the traffic pattern around a median on Georgia Avenue in Olney, Maryland.

Featured: July 25, 2020

Photographed: July 11, 2020

Retro-styled McDonald's restaurant in Ranson, West Virginia.

Featured: July 18, 2020

Photographed: June 24, 2020

A Boeing 767-281 operated by freight carrier ABX Air takes off from Baltimore–Washington International Airport.

Featured: July 10, 2020

Photographed: July 9, 2020

"No swearing" sign on a lamppost along Atlantic Avenue in the resort area of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Featured: July 3, 2020

Photographed: August 12, 2004

Notes: These signs were part of a "No Bad Behavior" campaign that had been introduced in 2000. A quote article ran on Schumin Web discussing these signs during their inaugural season. The signs were removed in 2019 after a business group lobbied the city for their removal, considering them unwelcoming and ineffective.

Town name sign on southbound Back Creek Valley Road in Shanghai, West Virginia.

Featured: June 26, 2020

Photographed: June 24, 2020

Notes: For those wondering, Shanghai, West Virginia is basically an intersection in the middle of nowhere in Berkeley County, about twenty minutes outside of Martinsburg.

Street pylon at the east entrance to Pentagon City station in Arlington County, Virginia.

Featured: June 19, 2020

Photographed: February 8, 2003

Sign in front of a Popeyes restaurant in Charles Town, West Virginia announcing that the dining room is open again following the lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions on indoor dining.

Featured: June 12, 2020

Photographed: June 11, 2020

Road signs silhouetted against the sunset at the intersection of routes 64 and 418 in Ringgold, Maryland.

Featured: June 5, 2020

Photographed: June 1, 2020

A row of townhouses in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

Featured: May 29, 2020

Photographed: March 14, 2020

Notes: As you probably gathered, the white house with the green shutters is my house. This photo was taken the day after I had a tree removed in my front yard.

Indoor seating area at the Whole Foods Market in Rockville, Maryland.

Featured: May 21, 2020

Photographed: March 11, 2020

Notes: I selected this photo as my "last normal photo" prior to the onset of pandemic-related restrictions. Now, if only the world would look like this again rather than the strange world that it was replaced by.

An overturned vehicle following an accident at the intersection of Montgomery Village Avenue and Lost Knife Road in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Featured: May 14, 2020

Photographed: May 14, 2020

Lights on a platform pylon at West Falls Church station in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Featured: May 7, 2020

Photographed: April 13, 2020

Water fountain at McIntire Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Featured: April 30, 2020

Photographed: December 16, 2002

The Dominion Tower, an office building in Norfolk, Virginia.

Featured: April 23, 2020

Photographed: April 5, 2020

Notes: For more photos from this day, see "A trip out to Hampton Roads..." in the Journal.

Office building at 2070 Chain Bridge Road in Vienna, Virginia, commonly known as the "Toilet Bowl Building" due to its most prominent architectural feature.

Featured: April 16, 2020

Photographed: April 15, 2020

Abandoned sleeper sofa on the Graffiti Highway in Centralia, Pennsylvania.

Featured: April 9, 2020

Photographed: May 17, 2018

Notes: This photo feature, from my May 2018 visit to Centralia, was run because of current events, where the current owner of the road is burying the pavement, killing the Graffiti Highway for good.

The Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, on the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Featured: April 2, 2020

Photographed: March 2, 2020

Notes: For more photos from this adventure, see "Fun in Pennsylvania…" in the Journal.

The west front of the United States Capitol, viewed from First Street SW.

Featured: March 26, 2020

Photographed: March 24, 2020

Sign outside of an abandoned Days Inn in Fulton County, Pennsylvania.

Featured: March 19, 2020

Photographed: March 1, 2020

Notes: For more photos from this adventure, see "Fun in Pennsylvania…" in the Journal.

Ice wings painted in chalk on a wall in an alley in Frederick, Maryland, left over from the "Fire In Ice" event the weekend before.

Featured: March 10, 2020

Photographed: February 3, 2020

Former Walmart store in Leesburg, Virginia, closed since May 2019, having been replaced by a larger store.

Featured: February 28, 2020

Photographed: February 27, 2020

Dog-faced puffer fish in an aquarium at Annapolis Mall in Annapolis, Maryland.

Featured: February 19, 2020

Photographed: March 8, 2014

A paintbrush, after having been used to apply blue paint.

Featured: February 6, 2020

Photographed: January 1, 2020

District of Columbia speed enforcement camera, monitoring traffic traveling eastbound on Benning Road NE near the Ethel Kennedy Bridge.

Featured: January 30, 2020

Photographed: January 29, 2020

Kmart store in Hyattsville, Maryland, housed in a former Memco building, at sunset.

Featured: January 23, 2020

Photographed: January 22, 2020

A Blue Line train traveling towards Franconia-Springfield services Foggy Bottom-GWU station.

Featured: January 12, 2020

Photographed: November 20, 2019

A Boeing 737-800 operated by Southwest Airlines prepares to land at Baltimore–Washington International Airport.

Featured: January 5, 2020

Photographed: December 31, 2019

A Wheelock 7002T fire alarm horn/strobe stands watch over a Habitat for Humanity thrift store in Chantilly, Virginia.

Featured: December 29, 2019

Photographed: May 21, 2019

The Simpson Tower in Toronto, viewed from the intersection of Queen and Bay Streets.

Featured: December 18, 2019

Photographed: April 15, 2019