Posts Tagged ‘Valley Forge’

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge was created to fill a bit of the emptiness left when WordPress discontinued the Weekly Photo Challenge.  This week’s word is “blue” and this is my offering from the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

© janet m. webb

From Patti’s site:

For this week’s challenge, share your interpretation of blue—the color, the mood, or the time of day.  It’s up to you!

  • In your post, include a link to this challenge.
  • Use the tag “Lens-Artists” in your post.  If you use a different tag, other bloggers won’t find your post in the Reader and that would be a shame.  Also keep in mind that you should use fewer than 15 tags for your post or it won’t appear in the Reader.  For more information on how to tag, click here.
  • Ann-Christine will post the next challenge on Saturday, August 11th.
  • Missed our initial Lens-Artists challenge announcement? Click here for details.
  • Looking for some technical tips for shooting during the Blue Hour?  Here are some suggestions from the Digital Photography School.   https://digital-photography-school.com/the-magic-of-natural-light-twilight/

Although I left for yesterday’s photo challenge, let’s go back to Valley Forge National Park for another day.  Despite being located there and being a national monument to George Washington,  the chapel doesn’t belong to the park, but is a beautiful, active Episcopal parish.

The cornerstone for Milton Medary’s Gothic Revival building was laid in 1903, but construction didn’t begin until 1912.  The exterior was finished five years later, the interior nice.  Wikipedia further tells us:

Noted ironsmith Samuel Yellin produced the wrought iron gates, hardware & locks. He was one of many artisans to produce sculptures, stonework, stained glass and metal work.[6] The interior woodwork was supplied by Belgian-American cabinetmaker Edward Maene (1852–1931).[7]

Although there are beautiful sculptures, furniture, and stained glass windows (food for upcoming posts), today’s focus, as usual on Thursday, is on doors.  Here are a few that grace the chapel.  Be sure open the door to our host Norm’s blog to see what he has on offer today and click on the blue linky critter to see doors from around the world.

© janet m. webb 2017

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You say you’ve heard that before?  ‘Tis true.  I cannot tell a lie.  (You say you’ve heard that before as well?) You did know he had to sleep somewhere, right?  A number of somewheres!  Well, this is one of the somewheres!

During the time the Continental Army bivouacked at Valley Forge, most of the men slept in wooden huts that they’d made laboriously by hand (and axe.)  I always had the impression that they nearly froze in tents, but during our recent trip to Valley Forge, I found out that wasn’t true, at least the tent part.  Many of them probably felt as though they were freezing, dressed inadequately and without, in many cases, proper shoes or boots, and for much too long, food supplies were inadequate.

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