This preserved wilderness hides the remains of a colonial grain mill used to feed George Washington's troops.
Prospect Park may be the most famous park in Brooklyn,
but it’s Marine Park that holds the honor of being the borough’s
largest. The north section is home to a large grassy field and the
park’s beloved basketball courts (where a young Chuck Schumer was a
regular), while to the east is a golf course. But the biggest section of
this city park is actually its salt marsh, a 530-acre nature preserve.
The Salt Marsh Nature Center consists of two hiking trails that wind
through acres upon acres of wetlands and grasslands. The marsh is home
to roughly 325 species of birds like warblers, sparrows, and pheasants;
50 species of butterflies; and 100 species of fish. There’s even a
platform where you can see two mated ospreys who have nested there for
several years (osprey mate for life).
Just behind the nature center at the north of the marsh, you’ll see a
set of wood pilings. These are the remnants of the first tide-powered
mill in the U.S., which was used to grind corn, grain, and flour for
General George Washington’s army during the American Revolution, and
later by the Hessians when the British captured Brooklyn.
operated until 1889 when it was sold to William Whitney, who used the
land to build a country estate for his racehorses. It was later donated
to the city, and in 1932 renovations began, starting with the walls and
foundations. Unfortunately, the historic mill burned down in 1935 after
the exterior was restored, a possible victim of arson.
Clancy's comment: Sounds like a great place for photographers seeking wildlife.
Obscured within a ring of trees, this abandoned World War II relic hides on a German hillside. Amid fields and groves in the southwestern corner of Germany, close to the Swiss and French borders, lies an enormous concrete ring overgrown with trees and shrubbery.
It’s what remains of a massive structure developed by the German
Luftwaffe (Air Force) during the “Battle of the Beams” in World War II.
Codenamed Knickebein (German for “crooked leg”), its purpose
was to guide bombers toward their targets in Britain during their
nightly raids by means of modulated radio signals.
About 13 of these aerial antennas were erected along the channel
coast and inland. Measuring 312 feet in diameter and about 100 feet
tall, the one here at Maulburg (#12) was the tallest one, along with
Stollberg (#2) and Kleve (#4).
After the war, a French commando demolished the antenna, leaving only
the concrete foundation in place. The concrete ring held the rails on
which the antenna could be rotated and aligned toward its target. A
small explanatory display board in the vicinity of the circle shows an
old photograph of the antenna.
Clancy's comment: They were obviously big structures but not much is left. I'm ...
Today, we follow the original medieval paths that wind through this intriguing section of the city of York, England.
Pedestrians meandering through the Shambles of York
often look up to admire the old houses and crooked, leaning buildings.
But the true treasure lies below their feet. Whereas most streets in
York, and much of England, have been widened and modernized, the streets of the Shambles have remained true to the original medieval form.
This section of York dates back to the 14th century and was the place
butchers set up shop. It was once called the “Great Flesh Shambles”
because of the shelves of meat the butchers would display.
The main street through the Shambles has a slight declining curve,
which was conducive to dumping the blood from butchered animals along
with raw human sewage. The area would smell horrific for days until the
rains came and washed the waste away.
Many are confused as to why the width of the street is so small. The
reasoning is simple, and a bit morbid. The purpose of the street was to
let carts travel to-and-fro to collect and deliver meat among the
butchers. The carts were also used to remove the dead humans who
perished rapidly during times of plague.
Today, the narrow street is a cheerier, cleaner place lined with shops,
pubs, and restaurants. Many of these buildings, too, date back hundreds
of years. The nearby market offers a wide variety of wares for everyone.
Take a moment to enjoy the paths and streets of the area that are a
flashback to a much earlier—and less sanitary—era in history.
Clancy's comment: Many parts of the UK are fascinating, and brilliant for photographers like me.