Baseball, Baltimore, and a beautiful August day.

"Guests of a field day event sponsored by Bank of America gather in the visitor's dugout of Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

"A city skyline is shown behind the bullpen picnic area of Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

"World Series championship flags wave above the upper deck of Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

"Sun shines behind Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Today I had to walk around the ballpark to shoot photographs of some of the various party venues for publication on the Orioles’ ticketing website. 

It was pretty mundane work until I got to the press box. I stepped outside to find an absolutely incredible Monday afternoon. Perfect temperature. Perfect breeze. Perfect sky.

So, as I made my rounds, I stopped to take some shots of the stadium and the cityscape from different areas. These are a few from what turned out to be a nice series of images. For some reason, through all these years of coming to games here, I never stopped and actually observed the views the stadium offers. Some of them are incredible, especially on a day like today. 

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July 4th in Baltimore

"Spectators view fireworks over Baltimore Country Club's golf course in Lutherville, Maryland Sunday, July 3, 2011."

Here’s a cliché picture of fireworks. These weren’t quite as grand as the ones I shot last year in Boston. 

This was taken on a makeshift tripod composed of a purse, two flip flops, and a wallet. I was feeling too lazy to walk around with my real tripod. 

Happy 4th of July!

David Blockstein.

"David Blockstein, a senior scientist at the National Council for Science and the Environment, addresses a class of students at Goucher College Friday, November 12, 2010. Blockstein was invited to Goucher as a Mellon Visiting Scholar."

Besides the basics, I don’t understand anything that relates to Science or Mathematics in any way, shape, or form. In fact, I’m so unfamiliar with the Hoffberger Science building at Goucher that it took me nearly ten minutes to find the room to take this photograph.

I was sent to David Blockstein’s presentation to a Biology class as a photographer, but as I was shooting, I found myself genuinely interested in what he was saying. He spoke about environmental issues, a speech I’ve heard time and time again at Goucher. But he was able to talk about the problems we face more effectively, in my opinion, than anyone else I’ve heard.

As this presentation was directed to young people preparing to enter the world that exist beyond Goucher’s campus, one of his main points was that no matter one’s occupation, the skills that come along with that occupation can be used to improve the situation.

So it got me thinking: What is the role of the photojournalist in saving the planet?