A Little Snow

We had a couple of hours of snow on Saturday afternoon.  It came down hard for a couple of hours but quickly stopped.  It was beautiful snowfall.  The best part of it was that it all melted on Sunday afternoon.  We're expecting 75 tomorrow.

Saturday snow

It's Valentines Day

You have to send flowers on Valentines Day, right?  So I'm sending you flowers today.

Happy Valentines Day.

Valley Forge National Historic Park

A few weeks ago when I was in Philadelphia I stopped at Valley Forge National Historic Park.  Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army.  It was a bitter cold winter and 2,500 American soldiers died from the cold conditions and disease.  

I was there the day after a snowfall and can attest to the cold.  It was a relief to be able to return to a warm hotel.

Here is a canon overlooking the valley.

Here is a cabin which is what the soldiers stayed in. 

Winter scene at Valley Forge

Good Night

Although it's probably morning as you read this blog, it is now night.  As the geese gazed out to the sea I, too, bid you good night.

A Trip to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

I have the opportunity to travel to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in Maryland this past week.  It was a great experience even though it was a little chilly.  The refuge is about a 2 hour drive from Washington DC.

Before going to the refuge I telephoned the ranger to learn if the snow geese were still at the refuge or had traveled to their winter location already.  She informed me that the Blackwater is their winter home and will stay until March when they had back to their summer home.  I would have chosen an alternative winter location but I was happy that the geese had selected Blackwater.

As we arrived we quickly found the geese and observed their calm behavior just sitting out on the water-ice.  Nice but not really exciting.  Just click on any of the pictures for a larger image.

Occasional movement but just enjoying the sunshine.

Suddenly we heard a great commotion as the geese began to feverishly honk.  The noise was loud.  Just as suddenly they all took off.

A wall of snow geese suddenly filled the sky.

It was amazing to watch the geese fly.  They were like a school of fish darting through the water.

I was able to isolate a few of the geese as they swung towards us.

Just as quickly as they had taken off they returned to the same general area and resumed enjoying their winter home. 

What Do You Do on a Rainy Sunday?

I was confronted with a rainy Sunday morning today which developed into a rainy Sunday.  What do you do on a rainy Sunday?  I decided to take my photo assistant for her normal morning walk and then hunker down into my studio.  Well, after an hour of hunkering I decided to take advantage of the rain and fog and go get some pictures at Great Falls.  My photo assistant, a golden retriever born with a rain coat, completely agreed.  We headed out for our long 10 minute drive.

Much to my surprise the park was not totally empty.  I was not the only one a bit off.  None the less, I believe it was worth the effort and the expense of the rain gear.  (for my camera gear not me.  I just got a little soggy).  Click on the picture for a full size view.

A rainy day Sunday at Great Falls

Backyard Exploring

Our bird feeder has turned our backyard into a center for bird activity.  I've been this little guy for a few weeks and finally managed to get a picture of him in the sun.   I thought it was red headed woodpecker but discovered that it's a red bellied woodpecker.  This one is shy about his belly.

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Old Boxes

We are still opening some boxes from 5 years ago.  Not sure what is in the remaining boxes but hopefully there is a treasure or two.  I'm still looking for the gold bars.

Although not made of gold we found a nautilus shell that we purchased many years ago.  I'm not sure if it is from Asia or Africa but am confident it's not from the Potomac.  I photographed this in my studio.

Hard Landing

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 looks frozen from my view.  Does he see an opening?

Nope.  Frozen solid.

Finally a Walk in the Woods

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.

My favorite part of the trail.

Hurry up and take the picture.  I have things to sniff.

Wild Horses

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.

The sun was just touching upon the horses.

Cold day by the frozen stream

He briefly charged me after this shot.

A Step Back in Time

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.

Here is the scene I saw.

Here is the scene I saw.

This is the imagined look.

This is the imagined look.

A Quick Post from Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

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.

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It's Not Cold Here

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 am freezing.

Philadelphia

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.

Philadelphia Skyline.jpg

A Trip to Conowingo Dam

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.

This is an immature eagle watching the river for lunch.  A fish and wildlife official standing by me estimated the age of this eagle to about 3 to 4 years old.

Something looks very interesting.  I think it's my lunch.

I'm off.  I think I can get.

I have you in my sight.  I'm going to get it.

Gear down.  I SEE YOU.

I GOT LUNCH

It's going to taste better then it looks.

Backyard Bird Life

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.

Here is a cardinal observing the feeding station.

Here is a group having breakfast together.

Here is a group having breakfast together.

Woodpecker getting ready to eat.

Woodpecker getting ready to eat.

 

 

Walking in the "Hood"

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.

The view from the end of my driveway.

The view from the end of my driveway.

A trail in nearby woods

A trail in nearby woods

The Seneca Woods

The Seneca Woods

My photo assistant who gets me out there everyday.

My photo assistant who gets me out there everyday.

 

 

 

Breakfast for an Eagle

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.

He has spotted something as he swoops in.

He has spotted something as he swoops in.

The dip into the water.

The dip into the water.

Off to the tree with a breakfast of fresh fish.

Off to the tree with a breakfast of fresh fish.

The Eagles at Conowingo Dam

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.

Bald eagle in flight

Bald eagle in flight

Here the eagle is soaring above the other birds in the area.

Here the eagle is soaring above the other birds in the area.

Another Bald Eagle.

Another Bald Eagle.