Five Reasons to Decorate with Real Artwork

Clouds over Blackwater Refuge fine-art infrared black and white photography by Jacqueline LaRocca
Clouds over Blackwater Refuge
Five Reasons to Decorate with Real Artwork
    1. Hanging real art in your home and business adds a touch of sophistication and class.
    2. The art you select expresses your uniqueness and communicates who you are.
    3. Art adds feeling and texture to a room.
    4. You gain the satisfaction of supporting real artists instead of supporting big box stores that sell items made by machines in other countries.
    5. You have the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with the artist-getting invited to VIP specials and events.
Please visit my gallery pages to view and shop for real art.
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Infrared Photography

Infrared Photography in Black and White
Blackwater Refuge, Maryland | fine art infrared black and white landscape photography by Jacqueline LaRocca
Clouds over Blackwater Refuge

“Real vision is the ability to see the invisible” – Jonathan Swift

What is Infrared Photography?

Infrared photography is a look into the invisible world.

The human eye can only see wavelengths from 400 nm-700 nm (from purple to red); infrared light is beyond 700nm to 1200nm.

There are two ways to capture infrared light: 1) use infrared film, or 2) use a converted digital camera specifically for infrared photography.

Infrared photography produces very distinct effects which make them aesthetically pleasing. The most striking difference is the “Wood Effect” (named after Robert W. Wood), where leaves reflect light giving them a bright white look. Robert W. Wood is considered the father of infrared photography. Infrared photography produces surreal color landscapes and high-contrast black and white photographs.

My Introduction to Infrared Photography in Black and White

About 20 years ago, I saw the work of Sir Simon Marsden, a British photographer who specialized in infrared photography.  I was awestruck by his ethereal and dramatic images. Inspired by Simon Marsden, I began a long quest to learn infrared photography.

At the time, I could not find any classes on infrared film photography, so I taught myself. I learned infrared photography by reading, researching, and spending lots of time practicing. In 2008, I bought my first converted digital camera specifically for infrared photography. I am now on my second converted digital camera and continue to explore the wonderment of infrared. Infrared enables me to create dramatic, high-contrast black and white images, which I love.

Ten Things To Know Before You Visit Ireland

Poulnabrone Dolmen (Portal Tomb), Burren, Clare, Ireland
Poulnabrone Dolmen (Portal Tomb), Burren, Clare, Ireland
Ten Things To Know Before You Visit Ireland
    1. Don’t ask people about “The Troubles” or any politics.
    2. Be prepared to be referred to as a “Yank” (those from America).
    3. Don’t say, my last name is Murphy. Do you know where my family is from?
    4. Pack light – the cars are tiny.
    5. Avoid driving if possible.
    6. Drinking under the influence is strictly enforced. Have a designated driver.
    7. Eat the local, fresh food.
    8. Be prepared for the weather – pack layers and rain gear.
    9. Mind your manners – say “please and thank you”, wait your turn, don’t be demanding and practice patience.
    10. Don’t kiss the Blarney Stone – the locals pee on it!

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Reasons to Visit Oxford, Maryland

Reasons to visit Oxford, Maryland
Things to Do
Oxford, Maryland
Watermen Mural Oxford
Watermen Mural Oxford
Oxford, Maryland, is a waterfront, historic town located in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Oxford originated in 1683 as a major shipping port for tobacco until the American Revolutionary War.
After the war, the economic crop changed from tobacco to wheat and the town economically thrived on the oyster industry.
Today, Oxford is populated with residents, watermen, and tourists. It is a quaint, quiet place to enjoy the serene waters of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Sail on the Tred Avon River
Tred Avon River Oxford MD
Tred Avon River Oxford MD
Buy picnic provisions from the Oxford Market and Deli at 203 S. Morris St.
Oxford Market black and white photo
Oxford Market
Picnic at the waterfront park on Morris St.
Oxford Park on Morris St black and white photo
Oxford Park on Morris St
Spend the day at Strand Beach on East Strand Rd., and search for sea glass.
Strand Beach black and white photo
Strand Beach
Stay and/or dine at the historic Robert Morris Inn and Tavern.
The Robert Morris Inn infrared photo
The Robert Morris Inn 
Learn about local Black history at the John Wesley Church and graveyard – Oxford Rd.
John Wesley Church infrared photo
John Wesley Church
Pay respects to original residents of Oxford at the Oxford Cemetery. Famous graves include Tench Tilghman, who was the Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington.
Historic Oxford Cemetery black and white photo
Historic Oxford Cemetery


Bike ride around the town.
Get an up-close view of the beautiful homes and gardens. The terrain is flat and perfect for biking.
Historic House, Oxford,  black and white photography by Jacqueline LaRocca
Historic House
Enjoy a ride on the Oxford – Bellevue Ferry
The Oxford – Bellevue Ferry links Bellevue (near St. Michaels) and Oxford across the Tred Avon River.
This ferry has been operated since 1683 and is known as the oldest privately owned ferry in the United States.
Enjoy the scenery during the 10-minutes long ferry ride. The ferry runs from April to November.
Visit www. for more information.
The Oxford - Bellevue Ferry black and white photo by Jacqueline LaRocca
The Oxford – Bellevue Ferry
Check out special events throughout the year.
Events include the resident artist studio tours, garden tours, Paint Oxford Days, Oxford Day, Fine Arts Fair, Cardboard Boat Race, the Oxford Regatta,· Waterfowl weekend, and Christmas on the Creek.
Artist Studio black and white photo by Jacqueline LaRocca
Artist Studio
For more information on visiting Oxford, Maryland, and other parts of Talbot County,
To view and buy photographs of Oxford, Maryland, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, please visit my online gallery at



In Search of Civil War History in North Carolina

In Search of Civil War History

in North Carolina

Somerset Place infrared color photography
Somerset Place, Creswell


In early June 2021, I traveled to North Carolina to photograph Civil War sites.

Bennett Place State Historic Site, Durham, N.C.

My first stop was at Bennett Place in Durham, North Carolina. Bennett Place State Historic Site is the site of the largest surrender during the Civil War. The surrender took place April 17th through April 26th, 1865, between Generals Johnston and Sherman.

In the middle of surrender negotiations, the Generals learned of John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Lincoln on April 26th.   As a result, this historic event complicated the terms of the surrender. Ultimately, politicians criticized Sherman in Washington, D.C., for being too generous with the terms of surrender to the Confederate troops.

Generals Sherman and Johnston became close friends after the war. General Johnston was present at General Sherman’s funeral but refused to wear a hat despite the winter weather. Consequently, Johnston caught pneumonia and died not long after. General Johnston is buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.

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Bennett Place, North Carolina infrared color photography
Bennett Place


Somerset Place-146 infrared color photography
Somerset Place-146
Bentonville Battlefield, in Four Oaks, N.C.

My second destination in North Carolina was Bentonville Battlefield, in Four Oaks, N.C. The Battle of Bentonville occurred from March 19th to 21st, 1865. It was the largest battle fought in North Carolina.

A monument marking a mass grave of unknown Confederate soldiers is at this site. Additionally at this site is Harper House, which served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate troops. For more information, visit

Bennett Place, North Carolina-23 infrared color photography
Bennett Place-23
Somerset Place, in Creswell, N.C.

My third stop was to Somerset Place, in Creswell, N.C.  Somerset was an active plantation from 1785 to 1865. It was one of the largest plantations in the area. Now owned by North Carolina, visitors may tour the main house, enslaved buildings, and the grounds. Additionally, the visitors center provides a historical timeline profiling the members of the landowners and several of the enslaved persons.

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Top Ten International Travel Tips

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Top Ten International Travel Tips
Erechtheion-Acropolis of Athens
Erechtheion-Acropolis of Athens


Some simple planning ahead can make the difference between an enjoyable trip versus a stressful one.

International trips are exciting and you want to be ready to have fun.

Here are my top ten international travel tips to help you have an enjoyable trip.

  1. Get Global Entry Application– to avoid immigration lines and speed through customs
  2. Wear socks going through security and remove your shoes for TSA screening. I suggest you wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off.
  3. Plan to watch movies – bring your tablet and high-quality earplugs or check out what the airline has to offer.
  4. Dress for comfort and in layers, regardless of the time of year, and do not take off your shoes on the plane, as you may not be able to get them back on, due to swelling of the feet.
  5. Stay hydrated on the plane with eye drops, lip balm, and lotion. Drink lots of water.
  6. Smooth through security by just answering the questions. Don’t engage in needless conversation. If they want to take a closer look at your luggage, be polite and don’t argue. They are doing their job to keep everyone safe.
  7. Keep medications with you, not in your luggage.
  8. Before you travel to a remote area I recommend that you purchase evacuation insurance so you can be medically stabilized and airlifted back home.
  9. Travel light – do not overpack!
  • Travel with no more than three pairs of shoes
  • Pack one nice outfit for going out at night
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home
  • Don’t use flashy luggage
  • Bring a cross-body purse to guard against theft.
  • Bring international voltage adapters for your electronics
  • Know the dress code before you go, for example, Europeans don’t wear blue jeans so khakis are best.
  • Churches and temples require modest clothing (shoulders and knees covered). You won’t be allowed into the Vatican if you wear your daisy dukes cut-off shorts or a halter top.

10.   Familiarize yourself with the laws of the country you are visiting.  Getting arrested on vacation is no fun, for example, I did not adhere to cross-walking signs in Thailand and got in trouble (thankfully not detained)



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