As February gives way to March, the ice on the frozen Chesapeake begins to break and the snow starts to melt. Baltimore Sun photographer Lloyd Fox flies in a small airplane over the Maryland landscape to make aerial pictures of the whitewashed views.
2015 Chinese New Years celebrates the Year of the Sheep. This past Sunday the Johns Hopkins University Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe paid tribute to the event at the Walters Art Museum in Mount Vernon. They donned paper maché Southern style lion heads and thrilled their audience as they juked and jumped and brought the costumes to life as they danced to warn off bad spirits. There were several dance demonstrations from the Baltimore Chinese School from the cultural dance group and the school’s ballet class.
Bursts of colors explode from Gyleen Fitzgerald’s quilts as she unfurls them one after the other, revealing splashes of vibrant reds, blues, greens, yellows and purples. Each quilt displays a different design, each as beautiful as the next. At twenty-three, Gyleen Fitzgerald took up quilting for one reason: she was bored. Having just moved to Joppatowne from Philadelphia with no local family or friends, she signed up for a quilting class. Thirty-three years and hundreds of quilts later, she no longer has time to be bored.
Just miles below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is a photographer’s playground. My husband, Anthony, and I got to experience the natural wonders of this Nordic island nation recently. We started our trek renting a SUV and driving to the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland known for it’s dramatic landscapes. The ocean abuts tall mountain ranges that block the low winter sun, casting drastic shadows across the landscape.
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who was born and raised in the Baltimore area, recently completed a stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). From May to November 2014, he literally had a window on the world as the space station circled in low orbit around Earth.
Now Wiseman is back visiting several locations in the region, including the Maryland Science Center, where he is displaying some of his amazing videos and pictures that he took during his stay on board the ISS.
Zookeepers at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore provide animal enrichment everyday to keep them stimulated and doing things that come naturally. On special days, the animals and visitors get an added treat made possible by the zoo’s Enrichment Team. The team was formed in January 2006. The volunteers assemble once a month to make colorful paper maché animals, balloons and other containers that will be filled with meat or produce and given to the animals on “Enrichment Days.”
The demolition of the L Blast Furnace at Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point recently brought about the end of an era to a Baltimore County icon. The mill was a place where generations of steel making families worked. During its many years of operation The Baltimore Sun has been there to document the company from industry giant to its final collapse. The Darkroom decided to take a look back at some of the memorable photos over the decades.
The 19th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge kicked off today as “super plungers” took to the waters at Sandy Point State Park at 10am. Super plungers hit the icy waters 24 times in a 24 hour period. The charity event benefits Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities and has become a winter time tradition.
The Baltimore Sun newspaper has a rich history of photojournalism. The Sun has employed a long line of award winning photographers. To pay tribute to these photographers, The Darkroom will periodically take a look back at the body of work by some of these photographers whose love of their craft helped document the lives of people from the backstreets of Baltimore to the four corners of the globe.
One of those award-winning photojournalists was Clarence B. “Curly” Garrett. He came to The Sun in 1946 from Ritz Cameras. Prior to that, he served in the US Navy during World War II.
Crownsville Hospital Center was founded in 1911 as the Hospital for the Negro Insane, a place to house African-American psychiatric patients separately from white patients in the other state hospitals.The first patients helped build the hospital’s first buildings on land that previously was a farm. Some patients weren’t even mentally ill, and scores who died at the hospital were buried in anonymous graves.
At one time, 30 percent of the patients died at the hospital, now a group of buildings boarded up and crumbling on Generals Highway.
The hospital eventually was integrated and became a modern mental health facility before it was closed in 2004 because of a declining patient population. Since then, the campus sat largely vacant.