Friday, December 2, 2016

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

The first weekend in December is upon us. That means it is time to find a Christmas tree. Don't wait until Christmas Eve! And, buy local if you can. [2015]

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winger, Minnesota, USA

What's a polar bear doing at the busiest intersection in Winger? Looking for someplace to eat, of course. Since the nearby restaurant had no seal blubber on the menu, he settled for a picnic on the lawn. Public art is for everyone, even those who live in towns of only 200 people. [2012]

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Landisville, New Jersey, USA

Combine flat land with immigrant labor and farm technology: The result is one of the gardens that make New Jersey the "garden state." More important though, is relative location: New York City is at one end of the state and Philadelphia is at the other. [2015]

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

South Lake Tahoe, California, USA

If your first birthday is today, this could be you in ten years: rushing from the shadows of childhood into the sunny promise of adolescence. Along whatever path you pedal, be sure to hoist your colors high and avoid falling trees. And may the highs you experience include Fallen Leaf Lake in the High Sierra. [2006]

Monday, November 28, 2016

Eugene, Indiana, USA

The Eugene covered bridge has provided a way across the Vermillion River since either 1873 or 1885. The state historical marker claims the former and the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges claims the latter.  No matter which date is correct, the Eugene bridge deserves to be on the National Register of Historic Places, and  it is. [2015]

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Barlow, Ohio, USA

The setting of the Mill Branch covered bridge is entirely artificial, but at least it has been preserved. In 1990, it was moved to the Barlow Fair Grounds, where it helped Ohio celebrate its bicentennial in 2003. Although it misses the Little Hocking River, it is proud of its promotion to a public relations position. [2016]

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA

Walter's Mill covered bridge was moved to Somerset County's historical park in 1986, just in time to rescue it from destruction. Today it is open to pedestrians only. Thanks to the half-cladding, you can see the top of the Kingpost truss, but if you enter and inspect the architectural underpinnings, you will experience a little cognitive dissonance. [2010]