Battle Monument, United States Military Academy

On December 14, 2017, in New York, by admin
Battle Monument, United States Military Academy

Battle Monument, United States Military Academy (click to enlarge)

Here are the ends of the cannon barrels that encircle the Battle Monument at the United States Military Academy.  The interesting thing is the different degree to which each of cannon have weathered.  The cannon are arranged in a circle, so they all receive different levels of sunshine and weather.

Combined, the Union and the Confederacy had 298,781 killed, wounded, captured or missing in these 16 battles.  That is pretty sobering when you consider that is about 1.5 times the strength of today’s Marine Corps.  Imagine the entire Marine Corps lost in less than a four year period….

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Desk, Thomas Cole National Historic Site

On December 2, 2017, in New York, by admin

Thomas Cole Desk (click to enlarge)

Here is a desk from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site  (this link is much better better than the official National Park Service website).  Cole’s home, known as Cedar Grove, was the center point of the Hudson River School of landscape painting.   After viewing the gallery on the grounds, and reading about the movement, I have added the Hudson River School Art Trail to my photography bucket list.

Capturing images of desks within the National Park System is another of my photography bucket list items.  In retirement, I would like to road trip around the country seeking out historic desks like the one above.  One could tell the history of our country using desks on display in our park system.

This desk sits right next to a window off the right side of the image.  It was an overcast day when we visited, so there was a nice, natural diffused light pouring into the studio.

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