Annapolis was the capital of the United States in 1783-84. I was mildly surprised when I found this out, but I realized a few things made more sense now – like, why the Treaty of Paris that essentially acknowledged the independence of the USA, was ratified in the Annapolis State House. Annapolis is an old city (I am humming to myself “Life is old there, older than the trees…,” but let me not get carried away), or at least old by American standards. It has buildings from the 17th and 18th century and is home to the St. John’s college dating back to the late 17th century, which makes it the 3rd oldest college in the US. It was actually found as a school…but oh well, details, details. What matters is that it is old!

PG and I made this last-minute day trip as a birthday treat for him in April, and an excuse to get out of D.C. We had been to Annapolis about a year and a half ago, but I forgot to bring my camera at that time. Now, my brand new Nikon 5100 was waiting to go on its maiden trip and dazzle me with its picture quality. I wasn’t disappointed! As I’ve told a lot of people, switching from a point-and-shoot to a DSLR is ’empowering’.

P.S. I have deliberately bleached the colours from these photos to give them an ‘aged’ look. I am not a purist when it comes to post-processing, but don’t like to go overboard either. Please do let me know how you like the effect, or if you don’t like the look.