Although I’ve been neglecting my blog as of late, I thought the snowstorm was an excellent opportunity to sit down and do the “2013: A Year in Review” post I’ve been itching to do. Since I’m a visual person, I’m going to select a photo from each month of 2013 to symbolize my favorite memories from 2013.
January 2013: Chicago | During a cold and windy weekend, we headed to Chicago for a weekend away. One of the more personal moments of the trip was seeing the Prentice Women’s Hospital, which has since been demolished. We also watched the Butler vs Gonzaga Men’s Basketball Game at the Butler bar in Chicago, which was very fun, but an absolute crazy game!
February 2013: Snowy Barn | I’d been eying this barn for awhile & finally snapped some photos of it in February. It’s not too far from our apartment, but has turned into an evolving art piece more than a barn. It’s changed significantly since this photo was taken and I hope to grab another image of it soon.
March 2013: Portland | I traveled to Portland, Oregon with my two coworkers to attend some training. We enjoyed the authentic Portland experience, donuts at Voodoo, a beer at Rogue, and staying at the Ace Hotel.
April 2013: Bridges | I spent a lot of 2013 writing about or researching historic bridges for my job. This was one of my favorite photos of the entire year, taken of the Hendricks Ford Bridge at Camp Atterbury.
May 2013: World War Plaza Walks | The more I appreciated photography, the more I found myself exploring downtown. I took advantage of my lunch period to explore the World War Memorial Plaza and find new angles to snap some of the icons of Indianapolis, including the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
June 2013: The Twin Cities | At the beginning of June, I traveled to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota to attend the Society for Industrial Archeology conference. Not only did I finally get to meet Kaitlin, who runs the fabulous website Preservation in Pink, I met a group of preservationists that are truly passionate about our industrial heritage. I was able to present on the Bailey Bridge and receive some excellent feedback on my research. Most of all, I toured some amazing sites in MSP, including the Ford Hydroelectric Plant along the Mississippi River.
July 2013: Oak Ridge | Hands down, my favorite trip of 2013. I finally visited the iconic Oak Ridge, Tennessee – one of the Manhattan Project sites during World War II. This control panel was part of X-10, the graphite reactor, which was part of the tour of the reservation. Being able to explore this historic community with my sister was definitely even better.
August 2013: The Giant Stride | I found a Giant Stride in Winamac, Indiana and was able to go for a ride! I was able to experience a piece of historic playground equipment and share my find with Kaitlin, who is very passionate about the Giant Stride!
September 2013: Bokeh | It was a rainy drive into work that turned into a creative moment. I was stuck at the light at Washington and Delaware, which happens EVERY SINGLE MORNING. It was raining hard enough and the light was right to make this photo happen. It wasn’t until I got to work and saw what I had that I realized I finally found the bokeh photo I’d been chasing for so long!
October 2013: Hudson River Valley, New York | In the beginning of October, we headed to the Hudson River Valley area of New York state. It was just around the beginning of fall colors, so it was absolutely gorgeous. I was able to explore some of the beautiful architecture of the region, including Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate. It also helped that I found out I had gotten my new job literally as I was on the way to the airport, so I was on Cloud 9 the entire trip!
November 2013: National Preservation Conference | Such an amazing week at the end of October and beginning of November. Having the world of preservation descend onto your city and experience what you know is an amazing community was truly amazing. It was an action packed week, with tours, presentations, networking, and hanging out with friends from across the country. It ended with “Columbus Day”, which allowed everyone to see the architectural grandeur of Columbus, Indiana.
December 2013: Circle of Lights | Nothing says December in Indianapolis like the Circle of Lights. My heart swells when I drive into town and I can see the lights from a far. I feel like a kid again when I’m able to get up close and personal with the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument this time of year. It is truly magical and makes me happy to be a Hoosier!
As I’ve learned from reviewing my photo library from this past year, I’ve traveled far and wide across the U.S. in 2013. I’m looking forward to a few trips already planned for 2014!