A New York Black and White Day

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.

The skybridge at Chelsea Market

The Woolworth Building in New York

Another day, Another Sunrise

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.

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Tip Toe Through the Tulips and a Couple of Bluebells, Too

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.

Bluebells at Riverbend Park here in Great Falls.

Tulips after an early morning rain.

Tulips in my studio.

It's spring in Washington DC, so It's Cherry Blossom Season

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 sun is just beginning to appear as the moon is still present the Washington Monument.

The sun rising on the National Mall.

Another view of the cherry blossoms.

The Lincoln Memorial at the Spring Solstice

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.

I took a photo of Lincoln prior to sunrise.

The scene is set with clear skies as I look out onto the National Mall from between the columns at the Lincoln Memorial. The sun is beginning to rise and it is looking good.

Suddenly the sun reaches the perfect spot and the memorial is illuminated. Notice the shadows of the front pillars behind Lincoln. A successful morning.

Sunrise at the Capitol

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.

The reflection captured my eye.

Ben's Chili Bowl

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.

Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street.

The Fun Continues: Another Snow Day

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????

My backyard today. Jealous? Take a good look as it will be 50 degrees on Friday and just a spring wonderland.

Around Town

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.

Here is Kramer Books and cafe near Dupont Circle.

The fountain at Dupont Circle. During the winter the fountains are never running.





It's Been Cold. Real Cold

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.

Good morning to you as well.

I should have gone to Florida.

Before the Big Freeze

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?

A walk in the hood.


Winter Walk

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.

My photo assistant blazing the trail.

A few sun rays break through.



Birds

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.

Here is a backyard sparrow looking for some seeds.

One of the remaining robins in our area eating a few of the berries still on the trees.

One of the remaining robins in our area eating a few of the berries still on the trees.

A blue jay waiting in line for some seeds.

A Sunny Day

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.


A Winter Walk

It hasn't rained here for a few days now which is big news during our record setting rainy year. Finally the forest was dry enough to walk again. It wasn’t a sunny day but it was dry.

A winter trail in the woods near our house.

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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