The Raeapteek (English: Town Hall Pharmacy) is in the center of Tallinn, Estonia. It is opposite the Town Hall and is one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe. It has been in business at the same location since 1422 and it is the oldest commercial enterprise and medical establishment in Tallinn.
The family that is most closely associated with the pharmacy’s history is the Burchart (Burchard) family. About 1579 a Hungarian immigrant named Johann Burchart Both Belavary de Sykava moved to Tallinn from present day Bratislava. He obtained a lease from the city to run the business of a pharmacy and purchased the Raeapteek from the prior owner. He also started a family tradition of giving the first-born son, who was expected to carry on the family business, the name Johann. In 1688 Johann Burdhart IV was able to purchase the leased building from the city for 600 thalers (a silver coin used throughout Europe for about 400 years). I could not find anywhere that gave me the approximate value of a thaler in today’s currency. Through the years the Burcharts have been well educated and were at times medical doctors as well as pharmacists. The pharmacy became legendary. It is said that in 1725 when Peter the Great was on his deathbed he called for Johann Burchart V to attend to him. However, the Russian tsar died before Burchart reached St. Petersburg.
When the last male heir, Johann Burchart X died in 1911 his sisters sold the property to
C.R. Lehbert bringing to an end the 332 years that the Burcharts owned and operated the business. Today the first floor is still a pharmacy selling mostly modern medicines. There is also a small museum on the first floor.
A.      Pharmacy entrance at 11 Apteegi in the center of the old town
B.      Stairs going from the first floor to the second floor

C.      Looking down from the top of the stairs

Gordon Kilgore is a Free-Lance Photographer who travels the world turning the simple things  into  works of beauty. Gordon has decided to share some of his work with us on a weekly  basis  starting in January of 2016. 

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This is the Annunciation Church, a Serbian Orthodox Church, c. 1873 in Szentendre, Hungry. Szentendra is a riverside town in Pest County not far from the capital city of Budapest. Did you know that the towns Buda and Pest on separate sides of the Danube River combined in 1873 to become the greater city of Budapest?
There are three main parts to an Orthodox house of worship. The Narthex is where one entered and was historically the place of the penitent and the catechumens. The center where the pews are placed is the Nave and is the place of the faithful. The Sanctuary is the place of the clergy and where I took these two images.
For the most part I was the only one present and spent about a half hour photographing the interior of the church with the aid of a tripod. Today I am featuring only two of the many images that I captured. While I am not sure, I believe (A) is the Chanter’s (also called the cantor) stand. Along the same wall is a row of seats (B) which is used for the choir. I did sit down in one and it was as uncomfortable as it looks. What caught my eye was the wood finish which is so beautiful that it makes the photograph look more like an oil painting.

Color can affect mood. Bright bold colors seem to cause people to be cheery and happy, whereas dark drab colors denote a mourning persona. The psychology of color is an important tool in marketing.
So here too it is all about color. With the possible exception of the last picture, without the color none of the scenes would have even received a second look, much less been the subject of a photograph.
      A blue door surrounded by a green wall. Off to the side are the red flowers of a bougainvillea bush. This is a door to a very non-descript building. On the side of the building in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten is a sign that says: Caribbean and China People Harmonial Foundation. The idea of this foundation, called the Pearl of China project, is to make St. Maarten “the Caribbean center for conventions and tradeshows” for Chinese businesses and products similar to the kind of convention business carried out in Las Vegas, Nevada.
      This is nothing more than a small section of color shapes and shadows on a wall. It was at the Walter Plantz Square in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. 
      Chairs in the Aqua Theater on the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship. By selecting a single row of chairs the image seemed stronger. I had a choice of which color to begin with so chose the darker blue which make the orange and green stand out.
     A picture of the entrance to the Caribbean Hotel at 102 Front Street in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Mill Creek Nature Preserve

It was about a 1 ½ hour drive from my home in Sharpsburg to a place that I had never been, the Mill Creek Nature Preserve, which is located along the Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford, Georgia. It contains ponds, a flowing creek, as well as both pine and hardwood forests.
A pair of red-shouldered hawks (Buteo lineatus) had a nest high in a hardwood tree. There were four chicks which were large enough to be seen when they stretched their necks hoping for food. Notice how well nature camouflages these small birds thereby adding to the likelihood of survival. It was a waiting game for me as well as the chicks. After placing my camera on a tripod and setting the focus it was a guess as to which direction the adults returning to the nest would come from. The nest was more open to the east so that is the direction that I guessed would be used. It was a good guess.
          A. the adult flew directly over me towards the nest and brought a frog.
          B. the adult flew from my right and this time brought a green snake (Opheodrys aestivus). The snake looked to be 2 ½ - 3 feet in length.