For the past week or two, I set aside most things photography-related (and all house chores) because I have been busy watching our grandchildren each day. It will take  another few weeks for our daughter to find a new nanny.

No matter what the type of photography I am pursuing at the moment (nature, cityscapes, special events, etc.), a big part of the fun is the thrill of the hunt … tracking down something new. Saturday I had a few hours free (woo-hoo!) and decided to see what new graffiti and street art I might find. Given the recent poor weather, I expected there to be slim pickings. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Nether had posted several new wheat paste pieces around Station North Arts District and Northeast Baltimore.

As I photographed the artwork you see here, I had a wonderful conversation with a woman from the neighborhood all about the intriguing style Nether displays; where else in the immediate area she could see additional art by Nether and other street artists; the depressing conditions living in a community where many houses and businesses are simply abandoned; the incomprehensible intransigence of the Republican members of Congress to serve the needs of the many versus pamper the very wealthy few; water bills in Baltimore City; whether the predicted snow will bypass Baltimore (we have our fingers crossed); and, the appeal of city life. After we said goodbye, my hunt continued.

From Northeast Baltimore I drove over to Graffiti Alley where again I was a bit startled to find several good new pieces, including one by the writer Mode. The final stop on my photo safari proved to be a bonanza. At the rail yard in Locust Point a number of freight cars were lined up near Johnson Street. I captured images of a piece by Donut, a couple of colorful works by artists from across the Midwest, a few older pieces still in good shape, and an extraterrestrial with the message You have the sunshine. Save me the rain (inspired by the lyrics of Drop the world by Lil Wayne).

My Saturday morning photo safari was a huge success. The thrill of the hunt proved amazing. And, thanks to the astonishing creativity and talent of local artists, I bagged a number of new images. You can find several on my web gallery now, and I will post a few more over the next day or two.