is one year old is one year old!  The first post was on October 2, 2011 and now 122 posts later, I hope it is at last beginning to find its own niche.  When I first started this blog, the sole intent was to have a place to showcase some of my work which, until then, did not have a suitable outlet.  I have been supplying images to two stock agencies for a number of years with work oriented towards the travel and editorial markets.  I needed somewhere for images which did not suit these outlets.  Hence was born this web-site and the blog which feeds it.

16th Century Château, Azey-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire

16th Century Château, Azey-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire

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The first post was really a travelog used to show some of the Chateaux of the Loire Valley in France.  This was going to be difficult to follow up with anything meaningful as there were many better travel related web-sites.  Quickly, I adjusted the tone of the blog to being driven more by the photographs themselves.  I realized also that my travels had taken me to some places a little off the beaten track.  These places always had an interesting history which I thought by sharing would provide the reader with a better experience than simply looking at my images. The basic style of was born.

External corridor leading to wooden door, Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida

External corridor leading to wooden door, Ca’ d’Zan Mansion

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I have always enjoyed experimenting with Photoshop and some of its plug-ins.  Being that this blog’s main emphasis was the photographs and not the history behind the subjects, I added posts explaining some of the techniques I had used.

Goldfield Ghost Town, Mammoth Mine Road, Goldfield, AZ

Goldfield Ghost Town, Mammoth Mine Road, Goldfield, Arizona

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During this first year, I have been very fortunate to have acquired some regular readers, as well as the casual visitor who only drops by every once in a while.  Many of these visitors, not just the regulars, provide fantastic feedback in the comments section.  I am eternally grateful to all of you and thank you for your contributions to this site.

Murray's Mill, Catawba, Catawba County, North Carolina

Murray’s Mill, Catawba, Catawba County, North Carolina

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My only wish as I start year two is that I can continue to provide content which will continue to appeal to my visitors.  For those who are interested, I have started a monthly newsletter, the first edition of which was published today.  This will not only recap the posts from the previous month, but provide links to other web-sites I have found to be particularly interesting.

Sugar Mills, Betty's Hope, Antigua

Sugar Mills, Betty’s Hope, Antigua

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All of the images today, excepting Chateau Azey-le-Rideau which came from the very first post, are the most popular either through clicks to view the enlarged version or by the number of comments.  Once again, I thank everyone who has visited for their wonderful support.


  1. Congrats on your 1st anniversary. Have enjoyed your posts and hope to continue to do so for some time to come.

  2. Congrats Mark and job well done, keep putting it out there my friend, nice work you have!

  3. You’ve provided a great blog, Mark. Glad I found you early on. I look forward to enjoying more of your work. I started my blog about 2 weeks after you so my 1st anniversary is coming up soon.

  4. Congrats on your accomplishment, Mark.
    I have certainly enjoyed my visits here, you provide a nice narrative to accompany your images.

    Keep on building, my friend.

  5. Congratulations and Happy 1st Anniversary mark. I’ve enjoyed following your blog and look forward to my continued visits.

  6. Big congratulations Mark on your first year. Flys by doesn’t it?

    I really enjoy your images and the comprehensive information you supply with them. Keep up the good work!

    Here’s to your second year.

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