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.

Click on the picture for a full screen view.

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.

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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.

Sunset in Cape Charles, VA

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.

Sunset as seen from the shores of Cape Charles, VA

Old Ferry Dock in Cape Charles

Fishing Pier in Cape Charles, VA

My Backyard in Great Falls

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.

The Bridges to Brooklyn

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.

China Town in New York as seen from Manhattan Bridge 

Brooklyn Bridge as seen from the Manhatten Bridge

Sunset on the Brooklyn Bridge 

Sunset on the Brooklyn Bridge 

Sunset on Manhatten  

Sunset on Manhatten

 

Last one for today.  Brooklyn Bridge

Last one for today.  Brooklyn Bridge

9/11 Memorial, New York City

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.

9/11 Memorial

New World Trade Center

A very moving moment for me. The thought of an unborn child pershing. 

Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia

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.  

Philade

 

Views from New York

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.

Lower Manhattan at sunset.

Night time in Manhattan 

Empire State Building with the World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty in the background

A Garden Party

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. 

Autumn flowers  

Autumn flowers

 

Visiting a butterfly bush.

Visiting a butterfly bush.

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