Wednesday, May 7, 2014

# 6 - Weekly Chronicle and Photo Album of our current two-year trip across the U.S. and Canada in our RV with our Ricoh/Pentax equipment. This week, Bel Air, Maryland with my Pentax K-3 and the SMC 50mm and DA 16-45mm ED-AL


 Hi Photographer friends,


This week we are in  Bel Air, Maryland, where one of my daughter's live. Bel Air is not a real big town, but it is very pretty.  According to the 2010 census the population of the town was 10,120. 

However, there is something very special about this town.:

 John Wilkes Booth, (born May 10, 1838, near Bel Air, Md., U.S.—died April 26, 1865, near Port Royal, Va.), member of one of the United States’ most distinguished acting families of the 19th century, who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.  

On the morning of April 14, 1865, Booth learned that the president was to attend an evening performance of the comedy Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in the capital. Booth hurriedly assembled his band and assigned each member his task, including the murder of Secretary of State William Seward  He himself would kill Lincoln. About 6:00 pm Booth entered the deserted theater, where he tampered with the outer door of the presidential box so that it could be jammed shut from the inside. He returned during the play’s third act to find Lincoln and his guests unguarded. Entering the box, Booth drew a pistol and shot Lincoln through the back of the head. He grappled briefly with a patron, swung himself over the balustrade, and leaped off it, shouting, “Sic semper tyrannis!” (the motto of the state of Virginia, meaning “Thus always to tyrants!”) and “The South is avenged!” He landed heavily on the stage, breaking a bone in his left leg, but was able to make his escape to the alleyway and his horse. The attempt on Seward’s life failed, but Lincoln died shortly after seven o’clock the following morning.

Eleven days later, on April 26, Federal troops arrived at a farm in Virginia, just south of the Rappahannock River, where a man said to be Booth was hiding in a tobacco barn. David Herold, another conspirator, was in the barn with Booth. He gave himself up before the barn was set afire, but Booth refused to surrender
The house and grounds of John Wilkes Booth's birth place are pictured below.

The pictures were all taken with the Pentax K-3 and the Pentax DA 16-45mm or the SMC 50mm f/1.4. I just love this DSLR. There is nothing on the current market that compares to it, price wise and features wise. The SMC 50mm lens is my oldest Pentax lens but it is still my preferred lens.

The house is opened to the public.

Another view of the house.

We were lucky enough to be there when they were letting the public visit.
View from the inside.
Looks like the real  deal.

My grandson Henry.

View of
Maryland is pretty this time of year.
Henry lost in the flowers.

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