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The tulips of Sherwood Gardens

The tulips of Sherwood Gardens

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The last week in April is typically when the tulip beds at Sherwood Gardens are in full bloom. With heavy rain mid-week, prime viewing may have been made shorter.

The public retreat, a tract once owned by A. S. Abell, founder of The Baltimore Sun, was the creation of John Sherwood in the 1920s.

His work continues through Stratford Green, which plants 80,000 tulip bulbs per year and maintains the six-acre garden. On the morning of May 24, people can participate in the Tulip Dig and purchase this year’s bulbs. The proceeds benefit the historic gardens.

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Cherry blossoms bloom in Washington D.C.

Cherry blossoms bloom in Washington D.C.

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A sure sign of springtime in Washington D.C. is when the cherry blossom trees come into full bloom along the Tidal Basin.

A sea of pink stretches from national monument to national monument. The 3,000 cherry trees were a gift from Japan in 1912 as a symbol of friendship between the two nations.

Now each year the blooming of the trees is marked with a Cherry Blossom Festival. The celebration grew from humble beginnings to a great spring festival drawing thousands of visitors from around the world.

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Wheelchair lacrosse clinic

Wheelchair lacrosse clinic

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Lacrosse is the official team sport of Maryland and Kennedy Krieger International Center for Spinal Cord Injury is hoping even more people will be able to play. Kennedy Krieger in partnership with FreeState Wheelchair Lacrosse recently put on a wheelchair lacrosse clinic at Johns Hopkins University. The oldest sport in North America is one of the newest adaptive sports. There are currently only a handful of teams in the country

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The Charm City Classic fencing competition

The Charm City Classic fencing competition

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Seventy-one fencers took part in the division I-A men’s epee event in the Regional Open Circuit (ROC) Charm City Classic at UMBC. The ROC is a qualifier for the Fencing National Championships that draws over 200 for the various classes. Fencers can score by touching any part of the body with the epee, unlike the foil or sabre which have specific target areas.

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Cruising the Alaskan waters

Cruising the Alaskan waters

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I don’t travel much. Nor do I take many photos during vacation. I welcome a rest from lugging heavy photography equipment and second-guessing what pictures I shot during the day. But this trip was different. My sister and I were taking an Alaskan cruise with our aunt.

I enjoyed seeing a bit of Seattle. Who knew we would see goats on our way to get coffee.
The view from the ship was jaw-dropping beautiful. Mountains, clouds, water. I couldn’t put down my camera.

These are a few of the images from a visually inspiring trip. I’ve got to get out more.
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The 2013 Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 2013 Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival

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On a clear breezy evening at Turf Valley, 21 hot air balloon crews unpacked their equipment in preparation for the annual Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival. They attached envelopes – a bag capable of holding heated air – to the baskets and turned on fans before firing up the burners to get the colorful event underway. The festivities provided a close up look at the towering aircraft.

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Inside the abandoned Henryton State Hospital

Inside the abandoned Henryton State Hospital

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For years, the old Henryton State Hospital has sat abandoned in rural southeastern Carroll County as officials decide what to do next with the decaying psychiatric facility. Closed since 1985, there have been 70 fires over the past decade, as the complex like others, falls victim to vandalism and deterioration. Long fascinated by urban explorers, take a look inside the Henryton State Hospital.

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