The past couple of weeks have been very cold here which made life tough on the birds. I saw this duck coming in for a landing but the stream looked frozen to me.
It has been really cold here these past few weeks. In the mornings I awake to a range of 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit. I have the clothes and, really, don't mind the chill but it has been cold. I haven't been up to walks in the woods in our neighborhood but decided that I'm going to do it anyways.
I called my always ready photo assistant to come with me and she immediately obliged. We went to our favorite walk (my favorite walk but I presume she is in complete agreement ) and headed out. A bit nippy but worth it.
During my quick trip a couple of weeks ago I photographed some wild horses. It was a very cold day but there were times when the some broke through.
As I was driving to the wildlife refuge last week I spotted this small store in the country side. I had to stop and get a quick picture as I had only seen this type of building in old magazines. It was great fun to see this but I was too early to go shopping. I was hoping to get a RC cola.
I made an unplanned trip to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge last week. I knew that a cold spell was coming and I wanted to try and photograph some snow geese before they left for their winter home. I saw some snow geese but my surprise were the eagles that I saw. Here are a couple of the eagles that I saw there.
Honest. It's not cold here. It's just been a really great summer and autumn and I've put on a few ounces. Really. It's not cold here at all. I'm not kidding. It's not cold. It's not cold. It's not cold.
I went to Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. I've been wanting to go back for a while now and finally had the opportunity to return. Unfortunately I arrived the day of the first snow storm of the winter. Although not much snow fell the city's traffic was grid locked. My plan for evening photos had to be canceled but here is photo of Philadelphia's skyline.
When I was growing up bald eagles were extremely rare to see. I couldn't imagine seeing these magnificent birds and being able to photograph them. That was another century. Now the eagles have returned to many locations but I still find them amazing.
Each year I travel to Conowingo Dam in Maryland to photograph the eagles. It is an amazing place to see these wonderful birds. This year I was again able to accompany two outstanding photographers to enjoy the day seeing and photographing the eagles. We saw many eagles again.
This blog will follow a sequence of events that I was able to record. It was fun to see an eagle hunting trip from start to finish. There will be more photographs this time but I am a photographer and this is a photo blog. I hope you experience the same excitement that I did during this series of pictures.
I've been enjoying the bird feeder we have in our backyard. It's fun to watch the steady stream of birds visiting us all day. The feed is disappearing fast. Here are a few shots from our backyard.
The past few weeks I have taken my camera with me as I walked the dog around the neighborhood. The colors started slow and are mainly gone now but there were a few weeks of great colors. Here are a few shots from my walks in the neighborhood.
This past Thursday I was at Conowingo Dam to photograph the eagles (see previous post). It was fun and a challenge to capture (photographically speaking) the eagles as they swooped in to catch their breakfast of fish. Here is a brief series of a fishing attempt.
It's eagle season at Conovingo Dam in Maryland right now. November and December are the peak months to see the eagles flying and hunting at the dam. Yesterday we saw about 100 bald eagles at the dam on the Susquehanna River. The weather was a little cloudy but not too cold. One of these times I will go when it's sunny out there.
I have so many pictures from Cape Charles that I have had a hard time separating them all. I just had to post one more sunset.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit a fantastic town located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The weather was great and the sunsets were amazing. Here are a few shots from my trip there.
This is a strange autumn this year. One day the tree leaves are green and the next day the leaves are gone. I am accepting that this will not be a year of wonderful autumn colors, macro speaking. There are, however, those micro points of color. They arrive quickly and then disappear. Perhaps not disappear but drop to the ground and then we regret that they did not disappear. I still have the remnant of those wonderful colors but, alas, they are now on the ground. Here is a dominant tree from my backyard.
One of my highlights of New York was to walk across the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn and then walk back on the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhatten. I had so many great views and really enjoyed the sunset on the two bridges. Here are some of my shots of the bridges and views from the bridges.
I have been traveling and am now beginning to catch up with my photos. There have been big gaps in my posts but I am now flooding the cyberspace with these updates.
I knew I had to go to the 9/11 memorial when I was in New York but was uncertain as to what to expect. I was living outside of the US when 9/11 occurred so my experience was different then most Americans. On 9-12 I was walking in a Muslim neighborhood and people walked up to me and asked if I was an American. With a bit of fear I replied that I was an American. I was then immediately embraced and was told, "I am so sorry for what has happened in your country." This happen over and over again. I don't think I ever received so many hugs in a single day in my life. It was an unforgettable time in my life.
The 9/11 Memorial is an incredible memorial. I found seeing the names of all the people who died extremely moving. I know these pictures do not capture the emotional experience of being at the memorial but I hope they represent the memorial in a meaningful way for you if you do not have the opportunity to visit the memorial yourself.
The nice thing about living in Washington DC is that you are very close to so many wonderful locations on the East Coast. I just returned from Philadelphia this past week. Many interesting and historic locations to see in this great city. Here is a picture of the Franklin Bridge shortly after sunset.
I've been really busy the past few weeks and have been slow posting updates. Be prepared to be seeing a few photos from my recent trip to New York last week.
It has been a long time since I last visited New York. I had a great time exploring some parts of the city. I reacquainted myself with the subway system and was able to travel easily throughout the city. You can click on the photos for a full screen view.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the Herndon Garden Tour. The weather was perfect and I spent the afternoon in a beautiful garden. My task was to offer photographic tips and take pictures in the gardens. There was a constant flow of visitors throughout the afternoon. It was a fantastic experience and I the hosts-owners of the garden were exceptional.
Here are a couple of shots from the afternoon.