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Osprey Nest Sunrise

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Osprey nest -- Southern Maryland (March 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Osprey nest — Southern Maryland (March 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Daytime Blossoms

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Blossoms -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Blossoms — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Inside-Outside

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Best Farm -- Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (March 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Best Farm — Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (March 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Valley of Fire Petroglyphs

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Mouse's Tank -- Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (December 2007)Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

Mouse’s Tank — Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (December 2007)
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

This is in response to the last quiz I offered up, where the answer was the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, just to the northeast of Las Vegas. I’ve been here twice now — once in the late 1990s and again in 2007 — and neither time with a decent camera. Continue Reading →

Green Shadows

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Virginia bluebells -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Virginia bluebells — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Camouflage

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Rock ptarmigan -- Silverton, Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Rock ptarmigan — Silverton, Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Let’s Roll

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Steam locomotive -- Silverton, Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Steam locomotive — Silverton, Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Field of Blue

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Virginia bluebells -- Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Virginia bluebells — Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Everything Is Greening Up

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Crop field -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Crop field — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Pink Bluebells

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Virginia bluebells -- Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Virginia bluebells — Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Bluebells Arrive

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Virginia Bluebells -- Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

Virginia bluebells — Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

Monocacy National Battlefield

Just A Hint

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Virginia bluebells -- Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Virginia bluebells — Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cherry Blossom Painting

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Jefferson Memorial -- Washington, DC (1989)Watercolor on paper

Jefferson Memorial — Washington, DC (1989)
Watercolor on paper

Here’s a treat for you — an en plein air watercolor painting of the Jefferson Memorial during the peak of the cherry blossoms.

Continue Reading →

Interview With A Waterman

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Tom Courtney's place -- Ridge, Maryland (September 2011)iPhone 4 + 30/2.8

Tom Courtney’s place — Ridge, Maryland (September 2011)
iPhone 4 + 30/2.8

Yesterday I stumbled across a 1991 oral history interview with Tom Courtney — a Chesapeake Bay waterman based out of Ridge, Maryland — that was transcribed in 2007 and finally made available online recently. It has some fascinating insights about the Bay and is a must read for anyone that’s interested in learning more from the perspective of a longtime waterman. Continue Reading →

Supreme Gold

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Daffodil -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

Daffodil — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

Sunning Turtle

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Turtle -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

Turtle — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

Tomorrow’s Fruit

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Fruit trees -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Fruit trees — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

On Top Of The World’s Tallest Mountain

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Mauna Kea -- The Big Island, Hawaii (April 2009) Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Mauna Kea — The Big Island, Hawaii (April 2009)
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Not quite what you were expecting, was it? Continue Reading →

Purple Mash

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Hyacinths -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Hyacinths — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Golden Hour

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Farm -- Central Maryland (February 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70/4.0 ASPH

Farm — Central Maryland (February 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70/4.0 ASPH

Fresh

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Narcissus -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Narcissus — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Pink Hyacinths

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Pink Hyacinths -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Pink Hyacinths — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Evening Shadows Along The Wall

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Lewis Orchards -- Dickerson, Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

Lewis Orchards — Dickerson, Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Elmar 135/4

A Toad!

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Toad -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Toad — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cindy nearly stepped on this enormous toad the other day as she was looking around at the emerging flowers in our backyard. Continue Reading →

Along The Towpath

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Spring flowers -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Spring flowers — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Summer Light

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Fence -- Central Maryland (February 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Fence — Central Maryland (February 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Summer Pleasures

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Butterfly with teasels -- Central Maryland (June 2001)Leica M3 film + Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1.0

Butterfly with teasels — Central Maryland (June 2001)
Leica M3 film + Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1.0

So Delicate

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Cherry blossoms -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cherry blossoms — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Waiting For Me

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Fence post -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Fence post — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Just Three Weeks Ago

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Lockkeeper house -- Seneca, Maryland (March 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Lock keeper house — Seneca, Maryland (March 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Even though it’s 71 degrees F as I write this, we have a freeze warning locally for tonight, with temperatures expected to drop to 28 degrees F. At least we’re not hearing anything further about snow like we were yesterday.

Backlit

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Cherry blossoms -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cherry blossoms — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Horizon Interrupted

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Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry -- Pamlico Sound, North Carolina (January 2014)iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry — Pamlico Sound, North Carolina (January 2014)
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Washington Monument Upstaged

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Washington Monument -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Washington Monument — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Battlefield Sunset

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Worthington Farm -- Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Worthington Farm — Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Magnolias At Dawn

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Magnolia tree blossoms -- George Mason Memorial, Washinton, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Magnolia tree blossoms — George Mason Memorial, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Chopper Over The Blossoms

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Helicopter -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Helicopter — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Pink On Blue

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Cherry blossoms -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cherry blossoms — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Evening Stroll

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Cindy -- Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cindy — Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Early Morning Dedication

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Cherry blossom photographers -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Cherry blossom photographers — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Inspiring Enough To Be A Painting

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Image credit: Oil Pastels by Mary

It’s always a pleasure and a joy to see an image of beauty, whether it’s a photograph, a painting or a drawing. Continue Reading →

News Link:  Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater Adds To Sea Level Rise

You can read my earlier in-depth post about the Chesapeake Bay impact crater here.

Daylilies in the Evening Light

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Daylilies -- Central Maryland (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Daylilies — Central Maryland (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Video Link: North (timelapse)

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Original post can be found here.

Cherry Blossom Sunrise

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Cherry blossoms -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Cherry blossoms — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Monumental

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Washington Monument and cherry blossoms -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Washington Monument and cherry blossoms Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Cherry Blossoms by City Light

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32 second exposure with just the ambient light from the city for illumination -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

32 second exposure — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cherry Blossom Paparazzi

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Cherry blossoms lit by media flood lights -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cherry blossoms lit by media flood lights — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

This year the cherry blossoms have brought out more people than I’ve ever seen this early in the morning. Continue Reading →

Cherry Blossoms Hit Peak Today

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Cherry blossoms -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cherry blossoms — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

It’s official… Continue Reading →

Not Quite Peak Yet

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Cherry blossoms -- Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Cherry blossoms — Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (April 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Cherry Blossom Countdown: T-Minus 3

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Tidal Basin -- Washington, DC (April 2005)Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

Tidal Basin — Washington, DC (April 2005)
Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

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