A Trip To the National Gallery

This past week I went to the National Gallery in Washington DC. I arrived in time for the sunset. It was a night of great clouds and amazing colors. Perfect for photography.

This is the West Building of the National Gallery. It was completed in 1941.

This is the East Building and was designed by I.M. Pei. and opened in 1978.

Backyard Wildlife

I never know what animals I might encounter while walking the dog or just going through the woods in the backyard. The tough thing is to see the animals while I have my camera and for the animal to allow me to get a good shot. Most of the time this doesn’t happen but this past week I had a serendipitous moment when everything came together.

Coyote or Coy Wolf?

Coyote catching some afternoon sun


Backyard Photography

This year has been fun as we have attracted many birds into our yard. One of my favorites to watch is the hummingbird. Here is a picture of the red throated hummingbird.

Red Throated Hummingbird

Oh, Did I Mention the Lions?

Yes when we were Africa we saw lions.  Sometimes we saw them in their majesty but other times we saw them in their every day life.  In all scenarios they were always the supreme creatures that they are.

A lion.

 Captured Buffalo   

Captured Buffalo


Life in bush.

Pride Day

I thought a rainy day would be perfect for Pride Day.  Here is a photo of a pride of lions resting in the afternoon sun.

Pride of Lions 

Still Summer

This weekend is considered the traditional end of summer as many swimming pools close and most kids are back at school.  I'm still hanging in with summer though as I went through some summer flowers from this year.  Here are a couple of shot from my trek to the lotus gardens.

Here is the early morning sun illuminating a lotus flower

The lotus catching the morning light.

Great Falls Kayak Race

Each year the  Potomac River Festival features  The Great Falls Race.  This downriver race is a quick, adrenaline-packed descent of 60 vertical feet through the Potomac's spectacular Class V+ Great Falls.  

I was able to attend the practice sessions on Friday.  As you can see a Class V+ race run is not for a Sunday paddlers.   I can assure you that these photos were not taken with a GoPro camera.  😊.

The easy part is that it is all downhill.

A little choppy here.

Really?  Did I miss a turn?

New York Visit

My new favorite place to visit is New York City.  So many great views and places to see.   The only difficulty is that it is so big I never have enough time to see everything that I want to visit.  Wait till next time.

 Sunset photo from Jersey City.

Sunset photo from Jersey City.

 A view of the Chrysler Building   

A view of the Chrysler Building


Another Life 2

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.

A zebra in the elephant grass.

A Summer Walk

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.

A summer morning walk.

The sun breaks through the woods.

A Previous Life

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.

Tsavo Preserve in Kenya

 Rush hour in the bush.

Rush hour in the bush.

A Lotus

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.

A lotus just as the sun comes up.

Sunflower Time

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.

Sunflowers at sunset.

Another Day, Another Sunset

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.

Click on the picture for a full screen picture.

Life's a Beach

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.

Always Look Behind

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.

The Potomac River just outside of Washington DC.

What a Difference 10 Days Makes

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.

Honest, there is a water falls under this water.

I returned to the falls today to see how things were doing.  The water is still fast moving but the water falls has returned.

Taken from the same place as the picture above.  The plants have grown.

Egrets and Others

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.

Egret dancing

That's my spot.

Egret in Flight

 Heron Portrait

Heron Portrait

Hurray, the Sun Came Back

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.

Formerly Great Falls now Great Rapids

Rain, Rain and Some More Rain

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.

Gray day outside

Perhaps we need some color.

This time a little color in the rain;.