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Civil War era gun fires

shot from a cannon during a Civil War reenactment

This image is cropped from a larger photo. I could have gotten closer, but not too much. In case you are wondering, there is no projectile used, but this is still dangerous. Even though this Confederate cannon is not likely to explode when there is no cannon ball used precautions must be taken. I heard of a case when a man lost his hand while loading the charge into the barrel that was not properly prepped. Some embers were still smoldering. And yes, it is loud.


View from Central Park, New York


Shutterstock wanted me to provide property releases for this photo. Not going to happen. Too bad though, because this image would work great in combination with some graph style arrow going above the roofs. To illustrate potential sales increase or some such thing.


Antique Clock


I did not attempt to identify this old clock. From the looks of it, this mantle time keeping device combines elements of late 18th century design with some Romanticist features. The main figure appears to be that of a hunter or a traveler. He is perhaps looking at the clock’s face and pondering the fleeting nature of time.