June 13: View from atop the moat
When I went for today's walk I did not realize it was Friday the 13! I did have a few mishaps that I will explain later. This is one of the views I see when I do the moat walk at lunch. You can see the moat itself in this shot ~ 6' deep now after all these years. Post was originally built in the late 1800's. I was determined to get a few good wide shots today so I mounted my 18-35mm lens and worked with that lens. Just like working with a prime, it makes you think more when composing a shot. This took 2 positions on top of the moat before I was happy with the composition.
Buildings, starting on the left is post HQ, the short building to the right is the phone company. Behind that one is the fire department, The big building behind with the flat roof is admin space and the one with the copula is the hospital. The next 4 are duplex housing quarters as is the 6th. The 5th, which is actually the on the end of the road was the Chief Surgeon's quarters. Very odd shaped and sized home with 3 floors and a small basement for utilities. Right adjacent to this home in the moat itself, is where I photographed the yellow crested night heron.
The water tower is how I know TomL or even Shelly's prodding on faith of that building could not have held beer as I was there when it was built and inspected the site. They are just welded steel tanks, not stainless like beer.
You can just get a glimse of the moat wall on the right side that surrounds the moat. Monroe is the only active fort with a moat in the US. 85% of the installation is outside the moat. As to Friday the 13th. I had my tripod as I wanted to do a HDR shots today as the noon day sun is bad. While walking around the top of the moat, dirt path I found a hidden sink hole and fell with my tripod. That took the impact and I and the camera are ok. But the control shafts on the Gitzo head I use are bent.
I realize this is long, but I wanted to give some history and background of this historic site.
18-38 mm @ 18mm
7 shot HDR
+3 black in LR
+15 in clarity
From 2008 Daily Photo's