If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a host of great travel and photography bloggers in your “must read” list. They go to grand locales, write about iconic places and seem to live “the good life” traveling and being paid for the privilege!
And, (if you’re anything like me)… you read them… “ooo!-and-ahhhh!” them… leave your kudos in the comments section and move on, feeling as if you’ve actually “been there and done that” .
Yes, indeed! The bloggers I follow are THAT good!
But my life is not like that. I don’t have the opportunity to travel to the locales of my dreams, photograph the iconic sites that so many of my contemporaries are able to so expertly capture. What’s a girl to do? Sit and feel sorry for myself?
(Well, yeah… maybe for a few minutes. I’m human, after all!)
You see, there is a “naturally curious” side to my personality.
(Some call it nosiness, but I digress 🙂 )
In addition to that; I love people. I have always loved to sit with someone and hear “their story” and to learn the history behind a particularly interesting site.
I believe in growing where you are planted and making the most of every experience, no matter how seemingly innocuous or small it seems.
Toward that end, I’ve begun a personal odyssey of sorts… a photographic project… and I’m calling it “About Town(s)”. It’s a new feature segment on my Love-N-Life Studios website.
When Life has me moving from town-to-town, I’m going to start sharing my experience and knowledge of it with my friends here in the cyber-world. (Because I CAN’T be the ONLY one who is curious about these little places!? Can I?)
Regretfully, this project opportunity didn’t fully present itself to me when I was in possession of a decent DSLR. Some of the photos from the first “Feature Town” (Delmar, Delaware), will not be all that great, but I don’t want that to deter you from reading more and I don’t want it to detract from the unique specialty of the town itself.
Onward we go: Delmar, Delaware… ”
“The Little Town Too Big for One State”
Highball Signal is a historic railroad signal located at Delmar, Sussex County, Delaware. It is a white sphere mounted on a pole and located next to the railroad tracks to signal permission for a train to proceed at full speed, if the ball was at the top of the pole.
It was originally in service at New Castle, Delaware, and then at Hurlock, Maryland. The highball signal was moved to Delmar, Delaware for display during the town’s centennial in 1959, and is no longer used to direct railroad traffic, but is maintained as a public exhibition in a park near the railroad.
Aside from the great reflection in this shot… it is a favorite in my collection of “About Town” shots of Delmar, Delaware.
Again, the Victorian architectural details are fascinating…but the thrift shop selection is pretty nice, too. You never know what you’re gonna find…
While I have no idea what this, now decrepit, building USED to be… I love it “as-is”. I’ve featured it twice in two different photo-walks. It sits on the corner of the tiny little center of town area…and Nature has reclaimed most of it.
(I’ll hunt through my archives for more of this building and post later…)
Before I left the town a few months ago, someone had begun restoring parts of it….but I always imagined buying it and making it one HECK of a studio and living space!
Generally speaking, “Lens Flare” is an unsavory element in photography…but I kept it in this shot deliberately… and even enhanced it a bit!
I love Churches (and their accompanying graveyards…and their steeples, especially…but I digress!) and have taken many photo-walks of various towns with the sole purpose of documenting the churches alone.
The sun was “just so” on this occasion, and from my vantage point… I felt small but protected…and definitely not alone.
The Town of Delmar was almost entirely destroyed by fire in 1892 and again in 1901. The first fire destroyed everything in its path over a ten-acre area and the second major fire was almost as destructive. In each instance, the Town of Delmar was rebuilt and continued as a flourishing town.
There are many of these little stars attached to some of the older buildings throughout Delmar.
This one has shifted, revealing tell-tale hints that, perhaps, it is a survivor of the fires.
At first, it was the colorful door trim that caught my eye on this building (which apparently used to be a little store of some sort, but now seems to be used mostly for storage…and target practice for area kids with nothing better to do!)
…but then I HAVE to get a closer look at the tattered window coverings inside.
I have no idea what they’re made of. Sometimes it looks like dirty old cotton.. maybe coated with tobacco from lots of patrons smoking inside over the years…
and sometimes, it looks like it could be hide!
Delmar, Delaware has attracted a lot of national chains to its border with U.S. Route 13, but travelers will find some interesting sites by taking a small, 2 mile jaunt west.
(not to mention some delicious Pizza and a fantastic “all-you-can-eat” seafood supper… family-style!)
Watch the blog for updates to this focus town… coming soon … and for more towns, too!
And if you happen to LIVE in any of these little towns I’ll be featuring, why not share some of your “story” or experience with it, in the comment section below!?
Be on the look-out… you never know when you might spot me… spotlighting YOU! 😉