For many, Memorial Day marks a day of remembrance, honoring military men and women who died while serving their country. It has been celebrated since the end of the Civil War. Here are scenes from around the country of Americans remembering the fallen.
A trip to the zoo is often a visually inspiring experience. The exotic look of the animals paired with their unique and entertaining behaviors create moments worth capturing. Sometimes glass, cages and fences get in the way of an ideal shot, but none of it has stopped veteran zoo photographer Jeffrey F. Bill. Use his tips on your next trip and if you’re lucky, you’ll walk away with a compelling image.
The highs and lows of love is a sweet and bitter roller coaster ride explored by singer-songwriter Risa Binder on her debut album “Paper Heart.” The Columbia, Maryland native recently stopped by the Baltimore Sun, where she spoke with Sun features writer Wesley Case about growing up in the state and her current tour. Binder also performed “Paper Heart” and “You Made it Rain” with guitarist Ryan Bull.
UPDATE: Today at 9:56 a.m. eastern time, the SpaceX Dragon capsule was grabbed by a robotic arm from the International Space Station about 250 miles above northwest Australia. The Dragon is carrying 1,200 pounds of cargo for the Space Station crew including food, clothing and science experiments, one of which originated from Maryland’s own Paul Warren, an 11th-grader at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head.
Led by CEO, and PayPal founder, Elon Musk, SpaceX is now the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. With its successful launch on Tuesday and subsequent docking later today, the Falcon 9/Dragon capsule has ushered in a new era in space travel now that NASA has retired its fleet of space shuttles.
Go ahead. Bookmark this page now, and file it under “Trips I’d like to take one day.” But I’ll save you the trouble of thinking about it. Here’s why…
Baltimore couple Scott and Pam Gorsuch traveled from Shanghai to Ho Chi Minh City this spring, March 27 through April 17. The trip took them from big cities to rural towns, beaches and jungles, bringing the pair in contact with colorful souls and exotic local cuisines. Scott Gorsuch shares photos and details of the trip with The Darkroom, answering questions over email.
Festivities for the 25th annual Fleet Week celebration kicked off in New York Harbor yesterday, May 23, 2012. Fleet week began in 1984 to celebrate the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps with a week of ship visitations and military demonstrations. A military flyover on Memorial Day completes the celebration to honor those killed while serving in the military.
Starting out as an original Silk City dining car that expanded over the years, Forest Diner has decided to close its doors after dishing out coffee and eggs in Howard County since 1946. Patrons will have to savor the taste and say good-bye when the popular Ellicott City institution closes at the end of the day on May 28.
Today’s presidential election in Egypt is one of happiness and uncertainty for the Egyptian people who will freely cast their vote, in what some are calling the first day in the post-pharaoh era. The journey to the polls has been rife with violence since the February 11, 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s autocratic leader for that past 30 years. One of the 13 candidates on the ballot will assume power on July 1 from the military council, which has been overseeing the tumultuous political transition thus far.
The following photo series traces back to the beginning of the political uprising and ends with today’s new beginning set in motion by 50 million eligible Egyptian voters.
If you’re headed to the 27th annual Sowebohemian Arts and Music Festival on Sunday, you won’t want to miss the West Baltimore Squares Photowalk and Tour. It’s The Baltimore Sun’s first photowalk, and we’re teaming up with Baltimore Heritage to explore the historic parks and neighborhoods of Southwest Baltimore, with stops at Hollins Market, H.L. Mencken’s backyard and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. To give you a flavor of Sowebo, here are 10 photos of the festival from The Sun’s archives.
The western region of the United States and other countries along the Pacific rim caught a glimpse of the first solar eclipse of the year on Sunday. While, 2011 saw a handful of partial solar eclipses, spectators got to see what’s called an annular eclipse, or a so-called “ring of fire.” This occurs when the moon, appearing slightly smaller than the sun, passes before it to create an annulus, or ring, in the sky.