Anchored: The Anchor & The Universal Symbol Of Strength & Steadfastness

“The Anchor”: The Universal Symbol Of Steadfastness & Security

The anchor. A universal symbol of steadfastness and security. Strength. A practical instrument, whether temporary or permanent, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water. Achieving holding power through “hooking” into the seabed, with the goal of preventing a boat from drifting due to wind or current, the anchor and its representations of strength and steadfastness deserve a weighty focus

“The Anchor”

The word “Anchor” derives from Latin word “ancora”, from the Greek ἄγκυρα (ankura). Of historical interest, the earliest anchors date back to the Bronze Age. Anchors of one or more rocks or hollowed stones that were tied with flax ropes. Ancient nautical function, for certain. The ancient Greeks also created anchors with “baskets of stones, large sacks filled with sand, and wooden logs filled with lead”. Formed of stone and sometimes made of wood, these anchors held the vessel merely by their weight and by their friction along the bottom of the sea bed. Evolution in form and function, iron would eventually be introduced and endure in the construction of anchors. Alas, the iron anchor and its enduring representations of strength. A steadfast emblem, indeed.

Of note, the term “aweigh” describes an anchor when it is hanging on the rope or chain and is not resting on the bottom which is also linked to the term to “weigh anchor” (to lift the anchor from the sea bed, allowing the ship or boat to move). The iconic phrase “anchors aweigh” references when the anchor has been ‘broken’ out of the bottom and is being hauled up to be stowed. The ability to move forward, when ready. Embedded in the sea bed, permanent anchors are used in the creation of a mooring, and are rarely moved. And of the anchors temporarily resting on the seabed? Their holding power is linked to the chain that connects between the ship and anchor. The chain of connection. Strong, indeed. Yet the importance of where to drop the anchor…that is key. Introspectively, life has a way of showing you where to decide to “drop anchor”…often with clarity. But always, the anchor will hold the vessel in strength.

Steadfast in form and function, the visual of the anchor has embedded itself within our personal worlds. A visual appreciation of the anchor within our worlds and as an emblem of celebration….

The Boat & The Anchor As An Emblem
The Boat & The Anchor As An Emblem
Nautical Inspired:  The Symbol Of The Anchor
Nautical Inspired: The Symbol Of The Anchor
Exterior Embellishments:  The Exterior & The Anchor
Exterior Embellishments: The Exterior & The Anchor
Nautical Influences Of Strength:  The Anchor
Nautical Influences Of Strength: The Anchor

And of the celebrations of life that are embellished in theme with the anchor? Nautical delight grounded in strength and hope, for certain…

Celebrations Of Life Paired With Symbolism :  The Anchor
Celebrations Of Life Paired With Symbolism : The Anchor
Life's Celebrations: Anchored
Life’s Celebrations: Anchored
Celebrations “Anchored” In Stylish Appeal

Of course, the stylish appeal of a moment on the water, anchored in fashionable appeal

The Boat & The Water: Anchored In Fashionable Appeal
The Boat & The Water: Anchored In Fashionable Appeal
Anchored & Afloat:  Life's Journey...
Anchored & Afloat: Life’s Journey…

Consider the anchor and the representations and links to strength and steadfastness that it offers us. For certain, anchors allow a ship or vessel to be poised above the water, holding the boat safely. Under blue skies or stormy skies, sunrise and sunset. When you consider the inward storms of life we face, and whether our road ahead is uncharted or mapped, the anchor that holds us, when needed, will always provide the strength needed. An anchor that does not weigh us down, but rather, supports the vessel we are floating upon until we are ready to set sails again. Perhaps in our own lives there are those that uphold us, like an anchor. Fortunate are we. The mere quote “You are the anchor when the waves come crashing down” carries us onward. Paired with a nautical love, it is easy for me to find gratitude and appreciation. Either way, the emblem of the anchor will endure in its strength, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin


“Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors”
-Unknown

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”
-Hebrews 6:19

“If hope anchors the soul, you have anchored mine. High tide or low tide. Anchored.”
-KDA

My Mother, Donna  & Her Sister/Circa 1952
Fashionable Anchors: My Mother, Donna & Her Sister/Circa 1952
Setting Sails:  Anchored In Strength & Steadfastness
Setting Sails: Anchored In Strength & Steadfastness
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New Orleans, French Quarter: A Visual Paradise Of Architectural Delights

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans. On a recent trip to one of the world’s most fascinating cities my camera beckoned me. “The Big Easy”. Described as a “unique melting pot of culture, food and music”, to experience this city from behind the lens of a camera is exhilarating. An excited frenzy of desire to capture the true essence of New Orleans and the architecture that adorns it. An attempt, for certain. History paired with structures of timeless appeal

New Orleans (La Nouvelle-Orléans) is “a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana”. The city of New Orleans is named after the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent for Louis XV from 1715 to 1723. Founded in 1718, New Orleans is also known as “NOLA”. The city was “established by French colonists and strongly influenced by their European culture”. This French colony was ceded to the Spanish Empire in the Treaty of Paris (1763). Perhaps it is no surprise that this great city became known for its distinctive French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its “cross-cultural and multilingual heritage”. New Orleans (Nueva Orleans) “remained under Spanish control until 1801, when it reverted briefly to French oversight”. Napoleon sold Louisiana (New France) to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Of interest, nearly all of the surviving 18th-century architecture of the Vieux Carré (French Quarter) is said to date from the Spanish period. New Orleans played a major role during the Antebellum era with evidences of neoclassical architectural style, characteristic of the Southern United States. All of the architecture that is layered within this port city beckoned my lens. Add to this that New Orleans is considered to be the birthplace of Jazz and you have a perfect combination in a city of intrigue, for certain. And oh, the celebrations New Orleans is known for! World famous festivals certainly continue to lure the world to these city streets. Having been to this magical city once before for Mardi Gras, the experiences I encountered on this trip marked a different appeal from behind my lens. Rather than colorful beads dripping from lamp posts and swags of the city’s colors of yellow, green and purple, the architecture and feel of the city stood on its own. Appreciation from behind my lens. Details that excite. Details that beckon.

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

The draw and pull to wander and walk the streets of New Orleans was strong. The French Quarter enticed my lens at each corner and from every angle. The culture of New Orleans permeates throughout the streets. Perhaps beyond the visuals that surround the sound of Creole jazz music, Dixieland, Ragtime, Jazz, Cajun and Zydeco music that drifts from the structures and fills the streets or is offered up by pop-up street performers, provides an emotional connection to the city that offers energy and life. And of the architecture? Creole cottages with high, steep front facing gables with wide front porches or simple stoops, brick chimneys and wooden storm shutters offer distinctive appeal in watercolor hues or bold visions of colorful appeal. Of course, the Creole townhouses that line the streets of the French Quarter offer unique NOLA appeal. These two and three tiered brick buildings present strikingly detailed wrought iron skirted balconies. The hidden walled courtyards from within these structures beckon a closer look when stumbling upon. A mysterious appeal prominent in the Quarter, indeed. Add to the architectural appeal the double shotgun framed row houses that abut to the sidewalk, with painted details that delight, and you will have visually sampled some of the classic local architectural style of the French Quarter. Other significant details that truly represent New Orleans are the gas lights that fill the city streets and grace the structures of history. Of course, a nod to the fleur de lys which has been a symbol of New Orleans since they were emblazoned upon the French explorer flag when Nouvelle Orleans was founded. An enduring emblem of New Orleans, for certain. One cannot help but take note of the decorative oval wrought iron air vents that decorate the lower part of the cottages. Although the structures themselves are not pristine they often offer an element of preserved decay. But beauty remains. And it is enchanting.

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

To set ones eyes upon Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter, brings attention upward in appreciation of the towering Spires of the St. Louis Cathedral. Stunning. History is seeped within New Orleans. An intoxicating city that endures to beckon….

New Orleans/House Appeal 2015

To discover the essence of New Orleans, one may only need to walk the streets of the French Quarter. With eyes wide open. Streets filled with color, life and energy. Surrounded by architectural wonders in a city entrenched in history. The photographs presented are a mere compilation of visual delights and details of this jeweled city that await. Consider with mere appreciation this visual paradise of delights of the City of New Orleans. And of my place from behind the lens? I will never tire of focussing upon its timeless beauty. A visual paradise, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

My Feet Upon The Streets Of New Orleans...2015
My Feet Upon The Streets Of New Orleans…2015

Elements Of Historic Architectural Splendor, Charm & Elegance: Charleston, South Carolina

Historic Splendor & Visual Delights: Charleston, South Carolina
Historic Splendor & Visual Delights: Charleston, South Carolina

The visual splendor of Charleston, South Carolina…
Having visited Charleston during the early Spring blooms of March, my eyes spanned every angle in awe. From behind the lens there were very few moments in which I was not photographing the elements of Charleston that surrounded me. Compositions that beckoned to be captured at nearly every turn. Alas, in the world of digital photography, the options to continue clicking allowed me to capture well over 2,000 images. Should I have admitted this? A visual love of a city resulted in mass images. Although my mantra follows the “Less is more” principle, from behind the lens of a camera, when immersed within a city layered with history, exquisitely preserved architectural wonders, Antebellum mansions off the coastal shores, decorative iron work balconies and gates, gas lamp lighting, confection colored buildings with shutters and window boxes, trees dripping with Spanish Moss, palm trees and rustling Palmettos blowing in the Southern breeze paired with a skyline dotted with church steeples, it was no surprise to me that the number of images I captured were vast. Wonderstruck, for certain.

Founded during the 1600’s, Charleston is surrounded by the Ashley River and the Cooper River, off the Atlantic Ocean. Within the Carolina “Low Country”, English colonists settled Charleston during the 1680’s. At that time an urban development plan was established, called the “Grand Model”, which was an orderly grid of streets. For certain, I easily wandered these streets in amazement at the striking structures that lined the cobblestone streets and blue slate sidewalks. Charleston’s history began with crops grown on inland plantations of rice, tobacco, indigo and cotton. By late 1700, Charleston was the largest port in the America, behind New York, Boston and Philadelphia. With the successes of exportation, it is perhaps no surprise that the plantation owners and shipping magnates would build substantial three & four story mansions with distinctive verandas and ironwork. In 1783 Charleston adopted an ethical city motto: “She guards her customs, buildings and laws”. For certain, Charleston has preserved all of those. A city known for its survival and endurance, it is interesting to note that Charleston’s historied past includes being “raided by pirates, besieged by the British and burned to the ground during the Civil War, demolished by an earthquake and flooded by hurricanes”. Onward, indeed.

Known for some of the oldest landscaped gardens in America, this sophisticated city oozes with traditional Southern hospitality and charm. Coastal breezes off the shoreline brought added delight as I strolled through the streets. Horse drawn carriages covered with surrey’s pulled by Percheron draft horses brought back the period of a bygone era. Turn after turn, structures that were a visual tribute to the classical grandeur of historical decadence awaited my lens. From the verandas supported by columns, dripping with ferns, with ceilings painted sky blue to the pink-hued Bermuda stone, gambrel roofs, cornices, double staircases and iconic Charleston Single Houses (one room wide & deep with a single entrance door facing the street and and opening onto a porch that runs the length of the house and often 3 stories high), the visual entrancement that Charleston holds is stunning. From the decorative earthquake bolt covers embedded on the historic structures to the graceful palmettos that sway in the Southern breezes, the heart and soul of historic Charleston swells with attributes of an historic European city. From the iconic pastel hued “Rainbow Row” of buildings on East Bay Street, to the harbor and its historical link to the nearby Ft. Sumpter on Sullivan Island where the first shot of the Civil War took place, the historical importance of Charleston endures. Every turn offers history and architectural jewels on display. It has been stated that those that travel to this Grand Dame city can easily become seduced by her offerings. From behind the lens, I was clearly seduced. To edit through the multitude of images that I captured? Daunting. It is my hope that the images presented provide a mere feel of the beauty, elegance and historical, architectural importance of the stunning, jeweled Southern city of Charleston, South Carolina….

History & Visual Delight:  Charleston, South Carolina
History & Visual Delight: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  Preserved History & Charm
Charleston, South Carolina: Preserved History & Charm
Vivid Delights In A Jeweled City:  Charleston, South Carolina.
Vivid Delights In A Jeweled City: Charleston, South Carolina.
Architectural Interest:  Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Interest: Charleston, South Carolina
City Splendor:  Charleston, South Carolina
City Splendor: Charleston, South Carolina
SouthernCharm & Visual Appeal:  Charleston, South Carolina
SouthernCharm & Visual Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Visual Interest Of Southern Style:  Charleston, South Carolina
Visual Interest Of Southern Style: Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Features Of Iconic Style:  Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Features Of Iconic Style: Charleston, South Carolina
"Eye Candy":  The Appealing Visuals From Behind The Lens, Charleston /South Carolina
“Eye Candy”: The Appealing Visuals From Behind The Lens, Charleston /South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina: Striking Delights
Charleston, South Carolina: Striking Delights
Iconic Elements of Charleston, South Carolina
Iconic Elements of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  Visual Delight
Charleston, South Carolina: Visual Delight
Visual Elements Of Historical Charleston, South Carolina
Visual Elements Of Historical Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  An Architectural Jewel Of Intrigue & Delight
Charleston, South Carolina: An Architectural Jewel Of Intrigue & Delight
A Southern City Of Jewels & Lush Green Appeal:  Charleston, South Carolina
A Southern City Of Jewels & Lush Green Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Architecture & Elements Of Historical Distinction:  Charleston, South Carolina
Architecture & Elements Of Historical Distinction: Charleston, South Carolina
Distinctive Appeal Of A Southern City:  Charleston, South Carolina
Distinctive Appeal Of A Southern City: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina: Visual Delight That Beckons
Charleston, South Carolina: Visual Delight That Beckons
Palms, Palm Fronds, Ironwork & Shutters:    The Southern Charm Of Charleston, South Carolina
Palms, Palm Fronds, Ironwork & Shutters: The Southern Charm Of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  A City Of Shutters, Ironwork & Architectural Appeal
Charleston, South Carolina: A City Of Shutters, Ironwork & Architectural Appeal
Colorful Structures & Elements Of History:  Charleston, South Carolina
Colorful Structures & Elements Of History: Charleston, South Carolina
Candy Colored Structures Paired With Southern Details:  Charleston, South Carolina
Candy Colored Structures Paired With Southern Details: Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Striking Details & Colorful Appeal Of A Jeweled, Historic City:  Charleston, South Carolina
Striking Details & Colorful Appeal Of A Jeweled, Historic City: Charleston, South Carolina

One of my personal favorites, architecturally speaking…“Two Meeting Street” Inn near the Battery. Touting “Romance, Civility & Grandeur”, this now renowned Inn is deemed as “The jewel in the crown of the city’s historic inns”. It is simply a jewel…

"Two Meeting Street Inn", Charleston/South Carolina:  A Historical  Architectural  Jewel
“Two Meeting Street Inn”, Charleston/South Carolina: A Historical Architectural Jewel
"Two Meeting Street Inn", Charleston/South Carolina:  A Historical, Architectural  Jewel
“Two Meeting Street Inn”, Charleston/South Carolina: A Historical, Architectural Jewel
"Two Meeting Street" Inn/ Charleston, South Carolina: A Historical & Architectural Jewell
“Two Meeting Street” Inn/ Charleston, South Carolina: A Historical & Architectural Jewell
Palm Fronds, Spanish Moss & Vintage Iron Work Paired With Striking Architecture:  The Splendor Of Charleston, South Carolina
Palm Fronds, Spanish Moss & Vintage Iron Work Paired With Striking Architecture: The Splendor Of Charleston, South Carolina
Historical Charm & Southern Hospitality:  Charleston, South Carolina
Historical Charm & Southern Hospitality: Charleston, South Carolina
Timeless Visual Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Timeless Visual Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Lush, Green Appeal:  The Historical City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Lush, Green Appeal: The Historical City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Visuals Of Delight At Every Turn:  Charleston, South Carolina
Visuals Of Delight At Every Turn: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  Historical Architecture & Appeal
Charleston, South Carolina: Historical Architecture & Appeal
Charleston, South Carolina:  A City Of Architecture & Visual Delight
Charleston, South Carolina: A City Of Architecture & Visual Delight
The Charms Of The Historic, Coastal City Of Charleston, South Carolina
The Charms Of The Historic, Coastal City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  A Jeweled, Architectural Delight Of Southern Charm & Elegance
Charleston, South Carolina: A Jeweled, Architectural Delight Of Southern Charm & Elegance
Myself, Mesmerized & Awestruck In The Jeweled Southern City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Myself, Mesmerized & Awestruck In The Jeweled Southern City Of Charleston, South Carolina

Consider the architectural appeal and historic charm that Charleston offers. The history that layers this city laden with mossy surfaces is evident. The lush fronds of Palmetto’s & other greens offer pure delight. For certain, the city of Charleston is always flowering. What is also certain is that the historical structures will remain unchanged, protected by historical preservation, “Mother Nature” permitting. This American Southern city of distinction is a place where charms dwell, offering a soul stirring pull at the heartstrings for those that travel here. Memorable. The “Genteel Surrounds” that swirl around oneself while strolling along the historic district of the French Quarter and elegant streets of downtown Charleston will remain unforgettable.

The compilations presented are not necessarily visuals of streets, but rather, elements of the iconic details that represent Charleston. Aside from the sweet fragrances and breezes that only one’s mind can imagine, the visuals on display are there for all to appreciate. Gifts that Charleston holds enduringly. The pastel hues of jeweled and stunning architecture are mesmerizing. The visuals are more than what one camera can capture. Charleston will always remain as one of my favorite American cities. Appreciation from behind the lens, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Architectural Appreciation Of The Southern City Of “Seven Hills”: Richmond, Virginia

Brick, Architecture & Visual Interest:  Richmond, Virginia
Brick, Architecture & Visual Interest: Richmond, Virginia

Richmond. The “City of Seven Hills”. On a recent trip to this southern city located off the James River, my camera lens sought to capture the varied architecture found within the hills of a city entrenched with pre-civil war history. A city that holds Antebellum architecture and varied jewels of history and architectural distinction.

Although this city is not new to me, having resided here for two years in the early 1990’s, the city of Richmond was always one in which I found appreciation. Granted, coming from Long Island, New York to Richmond,Virginia, the Southern charm took me by surprise. Yet looking back, it was a time in which I discovered the nuances that this city on hillsides offered. History and architecture. The architecture layered within this southern city is varied and distinctive. Red bricks, decorative wood and wrought iron facades beckoned my camera lens.

Grand classics that have survived time, from the classic architecture of the pre-Civil War homes on 18th century Church Hill to the structures nestled within the city’s hilly surrounds, these are details that are worthy of focus. And focus I did. Image after image, compiled to relay the diverse architectural appeal of Richmond. Perhaps it can be said that every city across the country and beyond, offers a unique landscape of architecture. For certain, Richmond’s use of red brick and ironwork are iconic to the southern charm of this city. Red bricks or painted bricks paired with carved wooden or stone classical pediments and decorative ironwork facades. Historical character, indeed.

Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, was founded in 1737 as the central marketplace for inland Virginia. Of interest, Richmond held three historic political conventions during the pre-Revolutionary war years (including Patrick Henry’s iconic speech “Give me liberty or give me death”(1775) at the St. Johns Church (built 1741/notably the only Colonial structure that remains in Richmond). After the Revolutionary War Richmond grew rapidly and in 1782 it was incorporated as a city. As a port city off the James River with major commercial and industrial centers, it is interesting to note that the first American iron and brick supplies were manufactured in Richmond. Who knew? Of course, this “River City”, although it is also known for its tobacco processing (a nod to the historic district of “Tobacco Row”), it is perhaps the remnants of the brick and pre-civil war Antebellum houses with wrought ironwork that offer a vivid reminder of the city’s early history. The picturesque architecture, monuments and mansions throughout the city certainly inspires. A trip down “Monument Avenue” offers a southern history of the “Gilded Age” and luxury that still stands the test of time. Add to that, architecture that reflects Gothic, Greek Revival, Neo-Classical, Italianate and Federal style embellishments that the city’s architecture holds as visual treasures. It is my hope that the images presented provide a broad “snapshot” of the architectural array that represents Richmond’s importance before the Civil War and the iconic structures built in years that followed. Memorable to me over the years is the Main Street Train Station, located in “Shockoe Hill”. Decorated with what is described as “Pompeian” brickwork, terra-cotta and stone, it stands distinctively over the city and the raised highway that has since wrapped itself closely to the clock tower. Modern life paired against iconic architecture of a city, indeed.

"Main Street Station", Richmond Virginia:  An Architectural Jewel In Brick, Stone & Terracotta
“Main Street Station” (1901), Richmond Virginia: An Architectural Jewel In Brick, Stone & Terracotta

And of the “Seven Hills”? History notes that the “Seven Hills” were declared in a 1937 ordinance by the City of Richmond but the ordinance was never passed. Again, who knew? Although never officially accepted, the city itself was forged around those neighborhoods which are believed to have shaped the city’s history. The “Seven Hills” are Union Hill, Council Chamber Hill, French Garden Hill, Navy Hill, Gambles Hill, Shockoe Hill and the oldest, Church Hill. A brief history lesson, indeed. The locals are aware of these “Hills” that comprise of the city of Richmond. Although there are no signs visible, perhaps the hills that rise above the city will surely notify you that you are within the distinction of another area of this southern city.

"Seven Hills" Of Richmond/1946 Richmond Times Dispatch
“Seven Hills” Of Richmond/1946 Richmond Times Dispatch
Brick, Ironwork & Antebellum Style:  Richmond, Virginia
Brick, Ironwork & Antebellum Style: Richmond, Virginia
Architectural Delights Within A Southern City:  Richmond, Virginia
Architectural Delights Within A Southern City: Richmond, Virginia
Varied Architecture Within A City With Antebellum History: Richmond, Virginia
Varied Architecture Within A City With Antebellum History: Richmond, Virginia
Architectural Interest:  The Southern City Of Richmond, Virginia
Architectural Interest: The Southern City Of Richmond, Virginia
Architectural Beauty:  Richmond, Virginia
Architectural Beauty: Richmond, Virginia
Vivid, Painted Brick & Architectural Details Within Richmond, Virginia
Vivid, Painted Brick & Architectural Details Within Richmond, Virginia
Architectural Interest:  Richmond, Virginia.pdf p 8
Architectural Interest: Richmond, Virginia.pdf p 8
Architectural Features:  Facades & Details, Richmond Virginia
Architectural Features: Facades & Details, Richmond Virginia
Red Brick & Architectural Delights:  Richmond, Virginia
Red Brick & Architectural Delights: Richmond, Virginia
Landmark Architecture In Richmond, Virginia
Landmark Architecture In Richmond, Virginia
History & Architecture:  Richmond, Virginia
History & Architecture: Richmond, Virginia
Southern Brick & Architecture:  Richmond, Virginia
Southern Brick & Architecture: Richmond, Virginia
Varied Visuals Of Interest:  Richmond, Virginia
Varied Visuals Of Interest: Richmond, Virginia
The Historic "Jefferson Hotel" (1895):  Richmond, Virginia
The Historic “Jefferson Hotel” (1895): Richmond, Virginia
Varied Details Of Architecture:  Richmond, Virginia
Varied Details Of Architecture: Richmond, Virginia
A Southern City Of Architectural Jewels:  Richmond, Virginia
A Southern City Of Architectural Jewels: Richmond, Virginia
Hollywood Cemetery Overlooking The James River/Richmond, Virginia
Hollywood Cemetery (1849): History,Legend & Gothic Landscape Overlooking The James River/Richmond, Virginia
City Street Scenes:  The Hills &; Architecture Of Richmond, Virginia
City Street Scenes: The Hills &; Architecture Of Richmond, Virginia
Striking Architecture Within Richmond, Virginia
Striking Architecture Within Richmond, Virginia

Architecture and its details. Life is all about the details. It is the architectural details of this great city that is layered in early American history that my camera zoomed in on. Truth be told, some of the images were taken from a car window. For certain, much territory can be covered from the car. Alas, I was the sightseer this time rather than the driver. In a city that was very familiar to me, my lens found new details with which to appreciate. Looking at the city with a renewed perspective, if you will. As my mantra is always “look up” and appreciate the details, my camera honed in on those details and embellishments. History’s structures of visual interest surrounded. Renewed perspective and deeper appreciation. The visual journey from behind the lens always endures to inspire me. The scenery and life that whirls past us, captured, from behind my lens…

Kristin

PS: When I left this city, I boarded an Amtrak train with a one-way ticket to Chicago. Perhaps when you leave a city, your appreciation grows deeper for the recollections of what each city offers. Appreciation. And of Chicago? Now living within its outskirts, it still is “My kind of town”….

Myself/Main Street Station Balcony/Richmond, Virginia
Myself/Main Street Station Balcony/Richmond, Virginia

“Ones destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things”
-Henry Miller

Architectural Appreciation Of A Small Midwestern Town: Goshen, Indiana

Striking Architecture:  Goshen, Indiana
Striking Architecture: Goshen, Indiana

Goshen, Indiana. A small Midwestern town nestled within Elkhart County, Goshen is located 10 miles southeast of Elkhart, 25 miles southeast of South Bend and about 120 miles east of Chicago. A mere journey for those that reside in nearby Midwestern cities and towns. The road trip was worth it. Various reasons brought my camera and anticipation to this town’s “magic”. What awaited me was pure delight and excitement. An unexpected Victorian jem within a Midwestern town, surrounded by fields and farms. What a jewel it is that awaits those that journey here. Of note, the downtown Goshen Historic district was added in 1983 to the National Registor of Historic Places, with the Elkhart County Courthouse at its center. For certain, the distinctive architectural elements on the downtown buildings lured my camera lens. Always with the desire to look “up”, it was the architectural details that mesmerized me. What appears to be a thriving downtown with a cultural arts scene pairs with intriguing cafe’s, restaurants and even an impressive record store that lures more than the locals. The town is enchanting

Of course, a look back at the history of Goshen…
Goshen was first discovered by Sieur de La Salle during 1680. After La Salle made peace with the local “Miami Indians” (who had their original home land in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio), Goshen was soon settled by the French. In 1831 the city was given its official name and was also declared the county seat for Elkhart county. Perhaps the French flair resides within the detailed architectural features of these grand buildings that line downtown Goshen. Either way, the distinction and architectural details abound. How gratifying to learn that the charmed city has experienced a revival over the last decade. With facade enhancement grants for business owners, the downtown of Goshen is said to have been transformed. Architectural integrity has clearly been preserved or respectfully restored. Either way, the character of this downtown has been well maintained. How exciting to see small, historical American towns revitalized! The images are a mere grouping of some of the details I captured from behind the lens. It is interesting how quickly it was that I referred to these buildings in my mind as “Painted Ladies. “Painted ladies” is a term in American architecture used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. For certain, a return visit to this town of architecture and “painted” delight lies ahead…

Details Of Architectural Delight:  Goshen, Indiana
Details Of Architectural Delight: Goshen, Indiana
A Midwest Architectural  Jewel:  Goshen, Illinois
A Midwest Architectural Jewel: Goshen, Indiana
Goshen, Indiana:  Architectural Distinction
Goshen, Indiana: Architectural Distinction
Goshen's Appeal:  Historical Architectural Interest
Goshen’s Appeal: Historical Architectural Interest
Colorful Appeal Paired With Architectural History:  Goshen, Indiana
Colorful Appeal Paired With Architectural History: Goshen, Indiana
Windows Of Appeal In The Midwest:  Goshen, Indiana
Windows Of Appeal In The Midwest: Goshen, Indiana
Painted Architectural Appeal:  Goshen, Indiana
Painted Architectural Appeal: Goshen, Indiana
"Look Up":  Goshen, Indiana
“Look Up”: Goshen, Indiana

For certain, the colorful, visual appeal that greets you paired with distinctive architectural features are sure to delight. No matter where you pass through or mark a destination to, travel itself will provide you with the excitement of inspiration. Even a mere Midwestern town can thrill you if you look close enough in appreciation. And as always, don’t forget to “look up”

Kristin

Vintage Appeal:  Goshen, Indiana
Vintage Appeal: Goshen, Indiana
Myself, Strolling Through Goshen, Indiana
Myself, Strolling Through Goshen, Indiana

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Classic & Pure Appeal Of The Painted White Door

White Delight:  The Exterior Appeal Of The Painted White Door
White Delight: The Exterior Appeal Of The Painted White Door

“White as snow”. The color of pure snow on snow capped mountains, the brilliant white painted door is perhaps the shade of Winter that holds seasonless appeal. Year round delight. White is the color of light and the opposite of its counterpart, black. For certain, a modern appeal and elegance certainly are offered with a blank canvas of white. The many subtleties of hues of white delight are cool, calm and serene yet powerful. Of course, with the potential to embellish with distinctive hardware and seasonal appeal, such as a wreath of green, always brings an added striking appeal to the exterior. Distinction against white, indeed.

Of historical interest, the Icelandic word for white is “Hvitur”, derived from the Old Norse form of the word “Hvitr”. Of note, the common Germanic word “Blankaz” meant “White, bright and blinding”. Like the blinding snowfall on a Wintry day, this Germanic term is said to have been borrowed from the late Latin term “Blancus”, which meant simply “White”. A clean and pure color. Of additional interest, within Europe and the United States, the color white is said to be associated with not only with perfection, positivity, brilliance, illumination, faith, purity, neutrality and lightness but exactitude. Exactitude. There is an intent when we adorn the entry to our interior worlds in white…

Distinction In White:  The Painted White Door
Distinction In White: The Painted White Door
Timeless White:  The Classic and Traditional White Painted Door
Timeless White: The Classic and Traditional White Painted Door
Bright White:  The Classic Coat Of White On The Exterior Front Door
Bright White: The Classic Coat Of White On The Exterior Front Door

Consider white. The elegance of this stark, crisp and yet serene color can provide a clear and deliberate focus in regards to curb appeal. Ethereal elegance. Classic, sharp and clean. Blanketing the exterior entrance. Whether you view the color white as coated in a fresh “blanket of white” or a cool retreat and haven within Summer’s heat, the layering of a white on the exterior door provides an elegant, pure and sharp contrast in painted appeal. Pure white style, like fresh snow. Classic and crisp “Winter White”, indeed….

Kristin

“…Winter is the snow with black silhouettes…” -Vincent Van Gogh

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Understated Elegance Of The Painted “Gray” Door

Understated Elegance:  The Gray Painted Door
Understated Elegance: The Gray Painted Door

Shades of gray. A transition between the two colors of black and white, the striking, neutral statement of gray layers the exterior door in understated style. The monochrome, neutral color of “gray” (or “grey”) is perfection in a blend of black and white. Grayscale. As the deeper tones are considered dramatic and mysterious, the lighter tones seem to illuminate with silvery appeal and often hold a blue undertone cast. A subtle color that offers depth in bolder tones, the sophistication that the rich, pewter gray or softer gray hues offer when coated in layers of paint on the exterior door is certainly worthy of a visual appreciation. Perhaps a modern backdrop, the neutral palette of gray provide an unassuming appeal. Understated elegance, in tones of gray, indeed.

Often considered an alternative to white and referred to as the “New White” and “The chameleon among colors”, it is interesting to note the history of this hue and the variations of spelling. The first recorded use of the word “Grey” or “Gray” in the English language as a color name was in 700 AD. The traditional spelling of the word “Gray” is “Grey”, which is the British, Canadian, Australian, Irish, New Zealand and South African spelling. However, “Gray” is said to also have been common in the UK until the second half of the 20th century. “Grey” is the accepted variant in American English, but the common and perhaps preferred spelling is “Gray” since its introduction to American English around 1825. That said, having learned as a child to spell the color as “Gray”, it is indeed the spelling I chose. No matter the spelling, the color hue of gray is one of distinctive appeal

Muted Shade Of Classic Appeal:  Gray
Muted Shade Of Classic Appeal: Gray
Elegant Tradition:  The Understated Gray Exterior Painted Door
Elegant Tradition: The Understated Gray Exterior Painted Door
A Modern Appeal Of A Classic Neutral:  The  Gray Painted Door
A Modern Appeal Of A Classic Neutral: The Gray Painted Door
Refined Neutral:  The Exterior Painted Gray Door
Refined Neutral: The Exterior Painted Gray Door
Layered In Traditional Appeal:  The Lighter Shades Of Gray
Layered In Traditional Appeal: The Lighter Shades Of Gray
Nuances Of An Elegant Neutral:  Timeless Gray Painted Exterior Doors
Nuances Of An Elegant Neutral: Timeless Gray Painted Exterior Doors

Consider the understated elegance of gray hues painted on the door that leads to our interior worlds. Evoking warm or cool tones, the timeless neutral of gray is a classic refined neutral. Whether the hue is a rich, deep shade or muted, subtle and softer variations, the luxuriousness of gray painted on the doorway deserves consideration. The sophistication of gray offers a distinguished and modern appeal paired with classic elegance. Understated elegance, indeed.

Kristin

PS: Although this color is seasonless, perhaps the color gray reflects the month of November for those of us that have lived under the November gray skies in the East Coast as well as in the Midwest. The beauty of gray, however, is certain and to be appreciated regardless. Seasonless beauty.

“If months were marked by colors, November in New England would be colored gray”.
-Madeleine M. Kunin

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Unexpected & Brilliant Orange Door

The Brilliant Hued Orange Exterior Door
The Brilliant Hued Orange Exterior Door

The vibrant and brilliant orange door. Painted the color of carrots, pumpkins and saffron the orange exterior door provides unexpected delight. The exterior door, layered in a hue that ranges in the color spectrum between red and yellow, the color hue orange provides a bright statement of visual interest and distinction. The color orange painted on a front door seems to illuminate the world with pure, extraordinary color. An energetic and uplifting color that perhaps brings us exhilaration and bliss.

Of course, an acknowledgement of the color’s history…
The color orange existed in Europe before the late 15th century but remained nameless. The color hue was simply referred to as “yellow-red”. Who knew? It is stated that both Spanish and Portuguese merchants brought the first orange trees to Europe from Asia during the late 15th and early 16th century and the new name was given of “naranga” which would eventually become referred to as “orange” in English. Of interest, in parts of Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia, the orange fruit was and is still said to be called the “Chinese Apple”. Again, who knew? For certain, the vibrant, brilliant orange and stunning red-orange hue demands attention. The brilliant & bold earthy hue of orange certainly shares the attention of red. Bold and bright, indeed.

A visual appreciation of the statement color of orange painted on the doors that lead to our interior worlds…

Vibrant Delight: Orange Hued Exterior Delight
Vibrant Delight: Orange Hued Exterior Delight
Orange Impact:  The Bold & Energetic Orange Hued Door
Orange Impact: The Bold & Energetic Orange Hued Door
Radiating Warmth:  The Bold Orange Painted Door
Radiating Warmth: The Bold Orange Painted Door
The Deep Orange-Red Door:  A Statement Of Bold Impact
The Deep Orange-Red Door: A Statement Of Bold Impact
The Striking Orange Door
The Striking Orange Door

Consider the bold impact of the orange hued painted exterior door. Perhaps unexpected when found coating the door to the interior world, this color hue deserves our appreciation. Although the color orange itself is associated with the Autumn season, I state the case for this brilliant hue throughout the year. No matter the season, the painted hue of orange never fails to delight. Alas, perhaps our appreciation is greater during the season of the pumpkin, but with seasonless style the painted orange door will endure. Bright & vivid, indeed…

Kristin

“Orange is the happiest color”- Frank Sinatra

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Rich Allure Of The Painted & Stained Brown Hued Door

Deep Brown Appeal: The Brown Exterior Door
Deep Brown Appeal: The Rich “Brown” Exterior Door

Brown. An understated neutral, indeed. A rich, wholesome and down-to-earth hue that seems to connect us to the earth. The warm, subdued, deep hue of brown that coats doors with paint or wood stained with hues of brown hued appeal continues to visually delight. Colors of chestnut and chocolate brown hues beckon our attention with the richness and depth in hue that they offer. In the Autumnal months perhaps our appreciation for the hues of brown deepen as we seek the colors the match with the changing world around us. Yet throughout the year, hues of brown are certainly a timeless neutral

The color of the earth that is associated with all things natural and organic, the color brown seems to provide a natural affinity for our exterior world. Perhaps the hue of brown evokes a desire within us to have the natural world around us. With the harvest season soon upon us and the pending arrival of the Autumn colors that will soon fill the landscape, layering our surroundings in deep hues of brown instinctively seems only natural. The appreciation of the rich brown exterior door deserves our focus. Whether stained wood grains or painted layers of warm appeal, perhaps the color brown, in all of its richness, encapsulates our desire for nature itself around us. Fundamentally earthy this abundant color hue is sufficient to stand on its own as a dramatic focal point of interest. Whether layered or stained in hues that liken the color of sumptuous leather or bark on the trees, there is certainly a hue of brown that we each can covet. A visual appreciation of the glorious shades of “Brown” on striking doors of great appeal…

Exterior Appeal:  The Deep Brown Hue Coated Or Stained Door
Exterior Appeal: The Deep Brown Hue Coated Or Stained Door
A Rich Neutral Hue:  Stained Or Painted Brown
A Rich Neutral Hue: Stained Or Painted Brown
Natural Focal Points:  Exterior Doors Layered In Hues Of Brown
Natural Focal Points: Exterior Doors Layered In Hues Of Brown
Natural Hues Of Stain Or Paint On The Wooden Exterior Door
Natural Hues Of Stain Or Paint On The Wooden Exterior Door
Rich Drama Of Natural Appeal:  Hues Of Brown On The Exterior Door
Rich Drama Of Natural Appeal: Hues Of Brown On The Exterior Door

Embrace the natural beauty of brown hues coated or stained on the exterior doors that surround. Of course, beyond just the hue, the distinctive features of the door and unique hardware embellishments gracing the door itself adds to the visual appeal. The glorious hue of painted appeal or natural wood grains that soak in the stained depth of hue will endure to delight within our exterior worlds. A dramatic yet natural color that holds a A rich allure, indeed…

Kristin

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Tranquil & Bold Turquoise Door

The Soothing Appeal Of Tranquil Turquoise: Painted Exteriors
The Soothing Appeal Of Tranquil Turquoise: Painted Exteriors

The tranquil color of turquoise painted on the exterior door is alluring. Bold, yet appealing. On the heels of Summer, perhaps there is no other color that seems to equate warm weather than Turquoise. Yet when coated on the doorways of entryways, the color perhaps extends the season. Indefinitely. Like the color of the Caribbean waters, this bold, compelling yet restful color saturates our visual senses with thoughts that linger at the water’s edge. With its tropical tone that seems to reference the color of beach glass, the splash of turquoise onto an exterior door, that welcome’s the world, will go far to visually please. Tranquil and soothing with a Mediterranean appeal, indeed.

Ranging between blue and green, this beautiful combination of brilliant hue yields an enduring appeal. Blue-green style, indeed. Of course, one cannot dwell on the beauty of turquoise without a reference to the turquoise gem and ornamental stone. The word “Turquoise”, which dates from the 16th century is derived from the phrase “Turkish” or “Turkish Stone”, which referred to its arrival to Europe from Turkey. Mined more than 6,000 years ago in the historical Khorasan Province of Iran, this gem stone provides a soothing color that seems to provide balance and calm. The stone that adorned the jewelry of the ancient Egyptians became a stone that Native Indians referred to as a “Fallen sky stone” which garnered the ability to ward off evil and offer health. Who knew? In ancient cultures the stone was also a symbol of wealth and prosperity. For certain, the color Turquoise has maintained its allure as a rich, vibrant and beguiling blue-green hue. Perhaps, a divine color to coat our exterior worlds…

Refreshing Delight:  Tranquil Turquoise Coating The Exterior Entry
Refreshing Delight: Tranquil Turquoise Coating The Exterior Entry
Turquoise Exterior Door:  Striking Energy Of Vivid, Fresh Appeal
Turquoise Exterior Door: Striking Energy Of Vivid, Fresh Appeal
Pale Hued Delight Of Turquoise Appeal
Pale Hued Delight Of Turquoise Appeal

Consider with appreciation the fresh, crisp and soothing color of turquoise coating the exterior door. Whether opaque and pale sky blue hued or bold and brilliant, the captivating color of turquoise holds an allure that can be appreciated throughout the year. With appreciation of the different shades, tints and values of the color, from aquamarine to teal, the color range of turquoise is restful for the eyes and the senses. While the striking energy of the darker hue of turquoise brings a sophisticated edge the more muted shades radiate calm and a furthered sense of serenity. Balance of style and a personal statement. And of its coastal appeal? For certain, the color seems to represent water and the blissful essence of Summer. Yet the color turquoise is seasonless when coating a distinctive doorway. There is a year-round appeal of the tranquil color of turquoise. Tranquil and bold turquoise bliss, indeed….

Kristin