Christmas in Washington DC

I know it is hard to connect the principles of Christmas with Washington DC these days, but it is still Christmas here. There is new day dawning.

Here is a Christmas scene in Washington this year.

Capitol Christmas Tree at sunrise.

Maryland Countryside

A couple of weeks ago I was driving through some of Maryland’s countryside on a back road. With the constant congestion on Interstate 95 it is often quicker on the country roads.

I spotted this stone house out of the corner of my eye. I turned around and managed to find a safe view point. A nice pause in the journey.

Country side in Maryland.

Christmas at Union Station in Washington DC

Washington DC does not decorate for the holiday season like some other cities do but there are some places that have holiday decorations. One of my favorites is Union Station. Here are some pictures of Union Station at night.

Night time at Union Station

The Main Hall at Union Station during a quiet Saturday night.

Sunrise on the Susquehanna River

Not too long ago I was exploring some spots on the Susquehanna River. As I was checking out the area I came upon this sunrise on the Susquehanna. Just for a moment the sun was able to pierce through the clouds with a shaft of golden light. A good moment.

Sunrise on the Susquehanna River in Maryland.

The Autumn Comes to an End

It is starting to be cold here on a regular basis. We even had snow this week. At least it has all melted away already but the Autumn season is rapidly closing and winter is almost here. Here are a couple of pictures taken during my walk today.

The last of the leaves.

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Autumn in New York City

I was in New York at the beginning of November. The weather was great and the trees were just turning colors. Central Park is a wonderful place to wander on a sunny autumn day. Here are a couple more pictures from my day in the park.

Central Park colors

Now this is ice skating weather.

The Brooklyn Bridge at Night

Here is a night time photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge. You can see the Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge in the distance. This is the BMW on the East River. I never grow bored photographing the bridges in New York.

I exposed this picture for 90 seconds. You can click on the picture for a larger image.

Good Night New York, Good Morning New York

I truly enjoy going to New York. It’s a fascinating city. I am beginning to be familiar with the city and have found some great places for sunrise and sunset pictures. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Good Night New York

Good Morning New York.

One of My Favorite Places

I travel into DC frequently to catch those early mornings before the sun comes up and the traffic gets too crazy. Parking is always easy.

One of my favorite spots for the Washington Monument is from Constitutional Gardens. A great view of the Monument and wonderful reflections. Here is a picture for those of you who sleep past 5 AM. Even if you do get up that early you can still enjoy this moment.

A Trip on the Staten Island Ferry

The best deal in New York City is the Staten Island Ferry. The trip is free and you get fantastic views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. I took the ferry about or so before sunset. It’s a little crowded on the New York side so allow yourself a little extra time in the event you have to wait for a second ferry. Here are a few photos that capture the journey.

Here is the ferry leaving Manhattan.

A view of New Jersey as the sun sets.

The Statue of Liberty as seen from the ferry.

The World Trade Center as the sun is low in the sky.

Here you see the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg in the the distance. It’s the BMW.

A Historical Location

What do you think of when you hear Wall Street? Indeed, finance comes to our mind. However, Wall Street is one of our most historical locations as a founding location for the United States. Indeed, this is the location for the first inauguration of the first president of the USA, George Washington. It is also the founding location for the US financial system as you can find Alexander Hamilton’s grave, the first Treasury Secretary of the U.S., just down the road.

Here is a photo of George Washington over looking the NYSE. The past and the current connected.

George Washington overlooking the NYSE.

Brooklyn Bridge

One of my favorite locations in New York City is the historic Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge was officially opened in 1883. During the construction of the bridge 27 men died, many from the bends which happened from digging the foundation of the bridge. Here are couple shots of the bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge on a cloudy morning.

Morning view of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

A Trip To the National Gallery

This past week I went to the National Gallery in Washington DC. I arrived in time for the sunset. It was a night of great clouds and amazing colors. Perfect for photography.

This is the West Building of the National Gallery. It was completed in 1941.

This is the East Building and was designed by I.M. Pei. and opened in 1978.

Backyard Wildlife

I never know what animals I might encounter while walking the dog or just going through the woods in the backyard. The tough thing is to see the animals while I have my camera and for the animal to allow me to get a good shot. Most of the time this doesn’t happen but this past week I had a serendipitous moment when everything came together.

Coyote or Coy Wolf?

Coyote catching some afternoon sun


Backyard Photography

This year has been fun as we have attracted many birds into our yard. One of my favorites to watch is the hummingbird. Here is a picture of the red throated hummingbird.

Red Throated Hummingbird

Oh, Did I Mention the Lions?

Yes when we were Africa we saw lions.  Sometimes we saw them in their majesty but other times we saw them in their every day life.  In all scenarios they were always the supreme creatures that they are.

A lion.

Captured Buffalo   

Captured Buffalo


Life in bush.

Pride Day

I thought a rainy day would be perfect for Pride Day.  Here is a photo of a pride of lions resting in the afternoon sun.

Pride of Lions 

Still Summer

This weekend is considered the traditional end of summer as many swimming pools close and most kids are back at school.  I'm still hanging in with summer though as I went through some summer flowers from this year.  Here are a couple of shot from my trek to the lotus gardens.

Here is the early morning sun illuminating a lotus flower

The lotus catching the morning light.

Great Falls Kayak Race

Each year the  Potomac River Festival features  The Great Falls Race.  This downriver race is a quick, adrenaline-packed descent of 60 vertical feet through the Potomac's spectacular Class V+ Great Falls.  

I was able to attend the practice sessions on Friday.  As you can see a Class V+ race run is not for a Sunday paddlers.   I can assure you that these photos were not taken with a GoPro camera.  😊.

The easy part is that it is all downhill.

A little choppy here.

Really?  Did I miss a turn?

New York Visit

My new favorite place to visit is New York City.  So many great views and places to see.   The only difficulty is that it is so big I never have enough time to see everything that I want to visit.  Wait till next time.

Sunset photo from Jersey City.

Sunset photo from Jersey City.

A view of the Chrysler Building   

A view of the Chrysler Building