I'm trying to learn about photo composition, and I have a lot to learn. So, I've been practicing. I have learned that light, too much or too little of it, is crucial to good pictures. And we all know that the quality of light is different at different times of day, as well as different times of year.
On Monday of this week, I went to Old Salem to take some more photos for a follow-up to a post I did a few weeks ago, which you can read about HERE. I started taking pictures at about 10:30 a.m., and it was already pretty bright outside at that time. I got some good pictures, but when I looked at them on the computer, I realized I wanted a softer light. So, I went back in the evening with my husband and took a few more.
Then on Tuesday morning, DH had to be at work at 7:00 a.m., so I took the camera with me, and after dropping him off at the office, I went straight to Old Salem, and started photographing around 7:15 a.m. I found the light to be much better, and the quality of the pictures to be better as well.
There's so much to photograph in this small, historic community. There are colonial merchant's shops with wonderful, painted wooden signs.
and rustic garden fences.
There are unique architectural features, such as interesting windows...
and unusual rock walls.
There are charming, old-fashioned gardens...
...with bright pink flowers
and pretty pots of red geraniums.
This is such a cute cottage; I like the teal blue color and the white window shutters ... and the flowering Pink Crepe Myrtle.
I love the lace curtain in this window!
This is now a private residence, but I assume it was once the gunsmith's shop, because of the musket beside the front door. Did you notice the design of the window above the doors? These style of windows are found in almost all the Moravian churches here in our area. I think they're just beautiful.
Another home below, with a garage in back that was probably originally a stable or carriage house. I like the dappled sunlight and the symmetry of the shrubs.
Another private residence below with some pretty planters out front -- love the pink and green Caladiums,
...and the serpentine design of the brick sidewalk.
This is the Zevely Inn, a Bed and Breakfast, if you'd like to come for a visit :)
In my first post on Old Salem, I wrote that George Washington stayed here. This year, Old Salem celebrated the 220th anniversary of George Washington's visit to Salem. He visited in 1791, and spent two nights in the Salem Tavern. Here are some pictures.
I had never seen a flag like this one, so I researched a website of historic American flags, and apparently this is George Washington's Personal Position Flag (U.S.). It is accepted by some experts as being General George Washington's Headquarters Flag and the standard of the army in 1781. It has 13 stars, probably representing the 13 colonies. The original of this flag is in the collection of the Valley Forge Historical Society.
I always refer to the building below as the Salem Tavern; I guess it's the Salem Tavern Restaurant.
The community of Old Salem is popularly represented by a tin coffee pot, located at the north entrance of Old Salem. The coffee pot was originally built by Moravian Julius Mickey in 1858 as an advertisement for his tinsmith shop. According to Wikipedia, it is said to hold "740 gallons of coffee". :)
Some close-ups of the flowers around the coffeepot -- gorgeous, bright pink Knock Out Roses.
I took bunches of pictures -- I couldn't resist. I'll just let you look now.
Pink Zinnias ...
...and Sweet Peas
I like the shutter dogs on these windows...
Apple trees, loaded with green apples...
I love the symmetry in this next picture.
This last picture was my favorite photo of the day. The gate was standing open, inviting me to look inside; and I found an ornate, iron garden bench, soft morning light, and a building with pretty, scalloped roof tiles. Such a serene little spot.
Thanks so much for visiting me today! I'm linking to Pink Saturday hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound, and Seasonal Sundays hosted by The Tablescaper. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.