Archive for April, 2012


In conjunction with my photography project and the special permission I had for the Maryland Court of Appeals I was able to access the Maryland Law Library as well.  The Law Library is located in the Court of Appeals Building in Annapolis.  I was privileged to have had access to the special room of books that date back to the 1500’s, books that are written in English and Latin.  I took photos of some of the prefaces to share!

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I had the opportunity to visit the Maryland Court of Appeals during a break in session.  Through special permission for my photography class project I was able to shoot inside the courtroom.  It was so impressive and the pictures do not even capture the greatness of this room!  I hope you enjoy my gallery of photos!

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A National Historic Landmark located in the Chesapeake Bay, Thomas Point Shoal Light was constructed in 1825, and replaced in 1838 by another stone tower, but after erosion issues and the falling of the stone tower, the screw-pile structure we see now was constructed in 1875.  The only screw-pile light house still standing in its original site in the Bay sits at the mouth of South River off of Thomas Point.  Equipped with a solar powered 250mm lens and fog horn Thomas Point was automated in 1986, being the last manned lighthouse in the bay.  The original fourth-order Fresnel lens is displayed at the USCG headquarters in Baltimore.  In 2004, The City of Annapolis, The U.S. Lighthouse Society and the Annapolis Maritime Museum, acquired ownership and maintains the structure, the Coast Guard maintains the navigational aids.

Guided tours are available May through September, two weekends per month, from the Annapolis Maritime Museum, reservations required, 410-295-0104.

ImageSandy Point Shoal, erected in 1883, is located just north of the Bay Bridge and can be seen from the Beach of Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. The 3 story caisson type lighthouse was automated in 1963, but in 1979, when the original fourth-order Fresnel lens was vandalized, it was replaced by a solar powered short lantern 300mm lens. After attempts to locate a non profit organization to assume the lighthouse it was sold to a private owner in 2006. Still in operation, but in need of repair, the Coast Guard continues to maintain the navigational aids.

Baltimore Light

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Commissioned on October 1, 1908, with the first lighting of the forth-order Fresnel lens.  This caisson based lighthouse is located in the Baltimore Channel at the mouth of the Magothy River on the Chesapeake Bay.  Sold on eBay in 2006 for $260,000, Baltimore Light is privately owned by BHL, LLC, Annapolis, a partnership of four couples dedicated to the preservation and conservation.  Planning on getting married?  Look up weddings at Baltimore Harbor Light!