Sunday, August 8, 2010

No place is really held in time...

It is as if the electric meters are running, and within that context of moving time--like a clock--we see flowers burst forth in color, then recede with the seasons. Shops open and close...birth, a long life for some, early death for others. It is all here; it is everywhere, but I live here so choose to focus on this simple visual canvas today.

A few days ago, I found myself humming a Christmas-time song...that line, "these are a few of my favorite things." Here they are, more as annotated photographs, which are shared with you this hot morning in August. You probably have your own favorite views, storefront displays, places to shop or eat or stop to look for a moment and savor. These, very simply, are a few of mine, beginning with the Old Post Office, now used as a tourist center.

Let's walk a bit & enjoy...

Engaging signs, often at angles on old
stone streets, or hanging jauntily from
the wide variety of Main Street store fronts.

A sculptural head fence post, part of the
garden cottage near Good Life Market. Note
the flowers and greenery behind it. The woman's
head is meditative in spirit, reminding me of
the birth of new businesses and closure of
others, an ongoing part of the rhythm of most
historic districts--unless they are restored to
one certain significant period of time and interpreted.

...the rough old stones of buildings
on Tongue Row, imagining the
history embedded
within them. Or better still,
learning about Ellicott City's
history by visiting the Howard
County Historical Museum or
reading the many books written
about the city.

This beautiful tiered fountain
(water feature) in front
of Good Life Market.

The familiar painted wall at
what I consider "town center."
You have probably waited for
a green light here.

...finally, the ever-changing, but always intriguing display window at Still Life Gallery, and, today, including the haunting work of artist/owner, Rebecca Weber.

I could go on and on, especially about the Patapsco River that divides Howard County from Baltimore County, but instead will end here, then return to this historic place that is always in my heart, whenever I am away from it for long.

Blog content/photos: Kay Weeks

August 8, 2010


Kaye said...

What a good blog, Kay! I want to visit more than ever.

Wildman said...

I haven't been to town since the old post office was turned into a visitor's center. I think that's a great re-use for the building. The 2 murals inside will be seen and appreciated by a far greater number of people.