Today’s picture comes from Bryan. It’s a shot of the skylight in the State Senate Chambers.
Thanks to Bryan for sending along today’s picture, which he took as he was participating in the recent inauguration .
From inside the State House, we have the replica of the flag that flew from the building when it was home to the United States government. The original flag was designed by an Annapolis man named John Shaw, whose name is used to describe the flag. It’s interesting because, though the original was commissioned specifically to welcome the federal government to Annapolis and though it flew during a historically significant period, all traces of it are lost.
This isn’t the first replica of the John Shaw flag. As there were no detailed descriptions of the flag or plans from Shaw, the first replica of this flag was based on the best knowledge available. The true form of the flag was discovered in a painting, but only after the first replica was made.
I’ll include a link at the end to the Washington Post article depicting the efforts to correct the original reproduction, and the discovery the first reproduction was incorrect.
Pictured here is the official flag of the City of Annapolis. The motto translated into english is, “I have lived free and will die free,” or “I have lived free and will die so.” The crown represents Queen Anne, for whom the town is named. The flowers represent the royal families of the time, the Tudors and the Stuarts.
Of course I found this on a sailboat, as I am convinced you can find almost any flag you desire flying from at least one mast in Annapolis.
This shot was taken right next to Joe Cannon stadium, just a church at sunset. I promise I’ll stop with these sunset pictures, and get back to deeper topics on Maryland culture and history very soon.
For anyone who has ever heard of the town of Dorsey, MD there’s only a few things that can come to mind when they hear the name: Industrial Parks, a MARC Station, being close to a mall, and the Timbuk 2 restaraunt (home of some delicious and giant crab cakes)
This is the MARC station, which is not so interesting in its relation to the railroad, but is interesting becasue of the clock tower with the squared flag elements.
I had generally only passed by here on my way to the mall, but as I mentioned yesterday, I had to pick somebody up there and that finally gave me the opportunity to get close to the building.
While waiting in my car to pick up someone at a Marc station, I realized that I had a lot of time to kill. So I opened my ADC map and looked for some MDP points of interest. I came across this place. I had no idea what to really expect when the map told me there was a stadium nearby, so this was a bit of a suprise.
It turns out that this stadium is home to the BCCC and Coppin State baseball teams. It’s also used for many many different high school games, including the AA county championships. In addition it’s home to a number of adult baseball programs.