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