Bloede’s Dam

Bloede's Dam pano
Bloede’s Dam on the Patapsco River –  Ilchester, Maryland

This is Bloede’s Dam as it appeared in late Fall of 2003. Just left of center upstream from the dam you can see a thick-ish, overhanging tree at the river’s edge. I would almost drown there in March of the following year only twenty feet from the bank.

The following is from Wikipedia:

Bloede’s Dam was a hydroelectric dam on the Patapsco River in Maryland. It was the first known instance of a submerged hydroelectric plant, where the power plant was actually housed under the spillway. It is also recognized as one of the earliest dams constructed of reinforced concrete. This area is now part of Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area.

I haven’t been back to Patapsco Valley State Park since 2004 and this may be the last picture of it I’ll ever get to take. According to the Wikipedia article, it was due to be demolished in 2016-2017.

Allen Pond Park

I had to travel about forty minutes away today to get a precautionary full-body bone scan. At 8:00 AM I was injected with radioactive tracers which needed about four hours to work their way throughout my system. I was told this was completely harmless, but if I wake up tomorrow with super powers I won’t complain too much. What promised to be an extremely boring day of waiting and waiting and waiting some more turned out rather nice.

APP1Allen Pond Park in Bowie, Maryland, is about a five-minute drive from the medical lab. It has a walking/jogging trail that completely encircles the pond, an ice skating facility, and a couple of children’s playgrounds. It also provides picnic tables with grills and a covered amphitheater.

Two piers for summertime boat rentals were added, although the boats had been stored for the winter. On the far side of the pond, a large gazebo is accessible only by a small bridge.


After taking these photos I was able to edit them on-site using my iPad and Effects Studio. This iOS app is new to me and it has quickly become my go-to (and on-the-go) image editor. I love the Sketch effect and will have to watch that I don’t overuse it.