Another Life 2

I continue to process some of my old but recently discovered slides.  I had them converted to digital images by an outside service and have enjoyed seeing them again.  Film pictures have a different look to them that I have found very interesting.  So here are a couple more of my blasts from the past.

A zebra in the elephant grass.

A Summer Walk

We have been having strange weather.  It seems to be hot or raining or both.  Yesterday morning we had a brief clearing and a cooler moment of about 85 Fahrenheit.  I grabbed the moment and went to Seneca Woods near our home.  A great moment to enjoy the summer woods.

A summer morning walk.

The sun breaks through the woods.

A Previous Life

I discovered some slides from one of my previous lives.  I have had many of these slides converted to a digital format and am enjoying seeing these old photos taken on a film camera.  I'll share some of these blasts from the past from time to time.

Tsavo Preserve in Kenya

 Rush hour in the bush.

Rush hour in the bush.

A Lotus

I like to make a trip every year to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.  The park features several acres of lotus flowers and lilies.  Always an interesting place to visit.  

This year I was able to get there early in the morning.  The sun had not yet burned away the morning dew.  Some great light was available.

A lotus just as the sun comes up.

Sunflower Time

Once again the sunflowers have returned to our area.  This year they were early but then we hadn't had rain for the first half of July.  

This year I went to Maryland for a sunset shot.  In the past I have always gone for sunrises but I thought sunsets would be provide better conditions.  The sunflowers were unusually high this year and very thick.  I'm glad I brought a ladder with me.

Sunflowers at sunset.

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.

Click on the picture for a full screen picture.

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