I continue to process some of my old but recently discovered slides. I had them converted to digital images by an outside service and have enjoyed seeing them again. Film pictures have a different look to them that I have found very interesting. So here are a couple more of my blasts from the past.
We have been having strange weather. It seems to be hot or raining or both. Yesterday morning we had a brief clearing and a cooler moment of about 85 Fahrenheit. I grabbed the moment and went to Seneca Woods near our home. A great moment to enjoy the summer woods.
I discovered some slides from one of my previous lives. I have had many of these slides converted to a digital format and am enjoying seeing these old photos taken on a film camera. I'll share some of these blasts from the past from time to time.
I like to make a trip every year to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The park features several acres of lotus flowers and lilies. Always an interesting place to visit.
This year I was able to get there early in the morning. The sun had not yet burned away the morning dew. Some great light was available.
Once again the sunflowers have returned to our area. This year they were early but then we hadn't had rain for the first half of July.
This year I went to Maryland for a sunset shot. In the past I have always gone for sunrises but I thought sunsets would be provide better conditions. The sunflowers were unusually high this year and very thick. I'm glad I brought a ladder with me.
Sunrises and sunsets are the two best times to capture photos. The lighting and colors are amazing most of the time. Mid-day sun is just to harsh. It's the time of day that you convert your photo to black and white.
Here is another sunset. This photo was recently taken in Cape Charles.
It's hot today. High around 95. Tomorrow it will be hotter. The next day... It continues. With this weather the place to be is on the beach.
I was photographing Great Falls yesterday. As I finished my photos of the falls I reminded myself to look behind myself. Sometimes you can be so focused on the scene in front of you, you miss some great shots just behind where you are standing. The photo below is the Potomac River just past the waterfalls. My favorite picture of the day.
Our rain has finally stopped for the moment and we have been drying out for the past 10 days. It is now hot and humid but it has been dry.
On June 5 I went to Great Falls to see the falls at the peak of it's flooding. The picture below was taken as the river crested.
I returned to the falls today to see how things were doing. The water is still fast moving but the water falls has returned.
I recently had to prepare a couple of exhibits here featuring birds. As I prepared for the exhibit I found some shots from this past winter-spring that I had wanted to process but had forgotten about them. Too many pictures and too little time.
After a week of constant rains the sun has returned here. I went to nearby Great Falls to check out the Potomac River there. The water falls have disappeared and we now have Great Rapids until the water goes back to normal. The good news is that the sun came back.
Tuesday we had rain. It rained on Wednesday. Thursday was a rainy day. Right now it is raining. The forecast for tomorrow is rain. Sunday only a 50% chance of rain.
Here is photo during the rain.
Perhaps we need some color.
I usually process my pictures in color but I decided to create some images of Great Falls in black and white. It's fun to look at the photos in a new way.
Each day in New York I would walk around 10 miles. During that time you are able to experience of lot of New York street life and atmosphere. Here are a few of my shots from my hike around the city.
This time in New York I decided to spend some time in Jersey City. I had a great time and highly recommend it. It is very modern and offers great views of Manhattan.
I was in New York last week and checked out some new sites for me. Check your old Led Zeppelin albums and look for Physical Graffiti. Here it is 43 years later.
Its been 80 degrees the past couple of days here so I think I can say winter is over and spring has arrived. We are looking forward to it. Here is a field of daffodils.
A lot of people head to warm weather locations for a spring holiday. This year I decided to avoid the crowds and sunburn. I went to Chicago instead and only suffered minor wind burn. No frost bite though.
Chicago is a wonderful city and always a delight to visit even if it is a bit on the chilly side.
What a perfect first day of spring. I'm undecided if I should walk through fields of wild flowers, go see the cherry blossoms are maybe just have a picnic in the backyard. So many choices today. Well first we have to get the snow blower going then decide later.
Today I took the chance to go into DC. There were the usual demonstrations but I decided to take a chance and go into town anyways. Fortunately the crowds were a distance from where I wanted to visit.
I have gone to the Vietnam Memorial previously but had not spent any time at the 2 statues on the edge of the Wall Memorial. The statues are quite well done and inspiring.