Each year the hummingbirds return to our area from their winter home in the Caribbean and Central America. I find it amazing that these little birds (about 3-5 inches) fly over 30 MPH and have wing beats between 15 and beats per second. They’re also fun to watch as they buzz around gardens.
The forecast for yesterday was warm. Today it calls for warmer. Tomorrow Hot. The following day …. It is, without a doubt, summer. That means the butterflies are fluttering about. Great fun to chase them in the warm summer sun.
Located adjacent to Bryant Park is the New York Public Library. The library building was officially opened in 1911 at a cost of about $9 million dollars which was about triple the anticipated cost. Seems like a deal at today’s prices. The building has been a national historic landmark since 1965. It’s an impressive book and worth the stop. Next time I go to New York I want to explore the interior.
I love experiencing the sunsets in New York city. They can be amazing and are far less painful than sunrises. This past week I was able to capture a couple of pictures that revealed the wonder of sunsets in New York City.
Even though I have never lived in New York I am getting I know the place and have favorite places to visit. In the past I have just walked past Bryant Park but this time I stopped and explored the park. It is a fantastic place to visit and just hang out for a while. Here are a couple of my photos from the evening after a rain shower.
This past week I made a quick trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I waited until May because I thought the weather would be warm by then. Not a perfect plan but it didn’t snow. I had 3 days of rain and fog with high temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. Maybe too early in the year.
Despite the circumstances I managed to get a few photos of the city.
Sometimes you don’t wake up in time to catch the sunrise and somedays are cloudy. What do you do then? It’s too late for the colors of dawn and the day time light is terrible. It’s a perfect black and white day. Here are a couple of shots from one of those days in New York.
Sunrise in Washington DC is the best time to visit the nation’s Capitol. It is quiet and not very crowded. It is also the best time to photograph many of our landmarks. Here is a photo of the Capitol building at sunrise.
Two weeks ago it was still, seemingly, winter. Suddenly everything turned green and we were in spring. I was able to get out a couple of times and photo some local flowers; the tulips and bluebells. So inspired by the outdoor scene I took some tulips indoors and photographed them in the studio. Enjoy.
It’s that time of the year again. The cherry blossoms are blooming. The Washington Post said the peak of the blossoms this year would be April 1. Not sure if that’s a joke or the truth so I decided to go into DC on the 2nd.
Cherry Blossom time in DC is always an adventure. Even during the balance of the year you are never sure which roads might be closed or where the next demonstration will be. Driving and PARKING are always challenging. Cherry Blossom season is challenge on steroids.
This year I decided to go to the Washington Monument to photograph the blossoms. Not as famous as the Tidal Basin but still worthwhile. I found parking without problem and arrived at my location for the sunrise. All the grass was fenced off. It seemed impossible to get to the trees and still see the Monument. As I was walking down the fenced in walk way I found an opening. What do you call a break in the fence? A gate. I entered into the grasslands and was able to get these shots.
The Lincoln Memorial catches unique lightning each year at the time of the spring solstice. It is only for a couple of days that the sun’s rays are in perfect alignment with the statue of Lincoln inside the Memorial. The rest of the year the statue is always shaded.
You must be at the Memorial at sunrise to capture this scene. The Lincoln statue is illuminated for a few moments and then the sun is too high in the sky. In addition to precise timing you need clear skies. Everything worked this year and I was finally able to capture the golden moment.
The morning I took this photograph I was running to cross the street and catch the sunrise over the Supreme Court building. As I was sprinting across the plaza I spotted the reflection of the US Capitol building in the early morning sun. People had not yet started their day so I stopped and took this photo.
I’m continuing my exploration of Washington DC. I still visit the monuments but am expanding my travels to some iconic Washington DC locations. Ben’s Chili Bowl is top of the list.
Ben’s has been seen in many movies and has been visited by dozens of celebrities and politicians. It’s not fancy but maintains an original atmosphere. The food tastes good too.
Yes our winter fun rolls on another day. Who said we didn’t have enough snow? Another day of school closings and fun, fun ,fun. Isn’t winter wonderful????
Usually I feature photographs of the various monuments and landmark buildings on the National Mall in Washington DC. There are many other local landmarks in and around town that are local iconic locations here in DC. I’m trying to visit some of them during the next few weeks. The big challenges getting these pictures are parking and the traffic but it will be fun. Here are a couple of pictures from this past week.
As you can tell from the headline, it's been cold here. Not Chicago cold but no one is going for a swim these days. Our backyard has been busy these past few days with many visitors stopping for a few seeds and other refreshments. Here are a couple of our visitors.
It is going to get cold here on Wednesday. Big time cold according to Virginia standards. Thank goodness we are not in the same league as Chicago but it will be nippy here.
Knowing of the the forth coming chill I squeezed in a quick walk in the woods today. It’s all in the hood, so how can I resist?
Well it happened. It is winter so I know it would. We had about 10 inches of snow last weekend. As I looked out on the drifts in the yard I decided to make the best of it and learn how to enjoy the snow event as it seems it will be repeating itself a few times in the forth coming weeks. I grabbed my camera and called my photo assistant/rescue dog and headed off to the woods.
I thought I would be the first one to make a path through the woods on a Sunday morning. It was not to be as there was already trampled snow in the woods. After a few feet I was happy that there had been trail blazers that had gone before me. Here are a couple of photos from the morning expedition.
We had our first snow storm of 2019 this past weekend. We received about 10 inches or so and are now plodding though the drifts.
The big entertainment for me was watching the birds in the backyard. We have a few feeding stations and they were packed all day with hungry birds. Here are a few shots of the birds from yesterday.
It does occasionally stop raining here. When the sun finally reappears you have to get out and savor the moments of the warm rays.
It was sunny yesterday and I headed out for the woods. It was great.