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.

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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;.

Great Falls in Black and White

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.

Great Falls

 

Great Falls

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Street Scenes in New York

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.

The view from Madison Square Park.

Flatiron Building

 

The cherry blossoms in Central Park.

Manhattan at Night

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.

Jersey City Ferry dock with the World Trade Center.

Mid-town Manhattan during the blue hour.

Manhattan at night.

For Led Zeppelin Fans

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.

Physical Graffiti Album cover

Arrival of Spring

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.

Spring Break in Chicago

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.

 The Chicago skyline as seen from Adler Planetarium.  Man enters the Cosmos sundial is in the foreground.

The Chicago skyline as seen from Adler Planetarium.  Man enters the Cosmos sundial is in the foreground.

This is the bean at Millennium Park.

Union Station in Chicago

Wabash Avenue with the El in the background

Celebrating the First Day of Spring

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.

Daffodil on the first day of spring.

Vietnam Memorial

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.

The Women's Memorial at the Vietnam Memorial.

 

The Three Soldiers at the Vietnam Memorial

 

Travels to Maryland

It's just a quick trip across the Potomac to get to Maryland.  It's about 20 minutes from our house but somehow a trip to Maryland seems like a big journey.  I made the "major" event yesterday and went to Great Falls in Maryland.  Here is one view from the other side.

Great Falls in Maryland

View from the Backyard

The weather was pleasant the other day and I enjoyed the late afternoon in the backyard.  Our yard has become a center of bird activity.  Here are a couple of recent visitors.

Here is a Nuthatch.

Downy Woodpecker

The Eagles at Riverbend

The past couple of days have been wonderful here in Washington DC.  I'm speaking of the weather, of course.  It has been in the low 80's and I have enjoyed getting out in my local area.   I am very close to Riverbend Park on the Potomac and I went to the eagle nest to look for activity.

The eagles from last year have returned and have an active nest.  It is not sure if there are eggs in the nest yet but some witnesses have reported that there were adult actions witnessed a couple of weeks ago.  Enough gossip I did see 2 eagles taking turns sitting in the nest.  Here is one heading out for a needed break.

I need a break.

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.