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Mixed Emotions

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Blue hyacinths in the snow
Central Maryland (March 2017)
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

Our latest winter storm blew through late this past Monday night, and the image above — taken the day before yesterday — is what it looks like after a lot of the snow has already melted.  The dichotomy is striking, but the damage to the blooms and buds in our area from the wintry mix of ice and snow — plus the unseasonably cold temperatures — is going to go deep this year.

Below is what this same plant looked like on March 5th last year.  Oh, and don’t think we couldn’t have more wintry weather yet this season; you can see more snowy images in the posts I shared of a very late winter storm back on March 30, 2014, both here and here.

Blue hyacinth on my way into work
Central Maryland (March 2016)
Sony RX1R II + Zeiss Sonnar 35/2.0

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Kitteh Update

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Autumn at her "who... me?" bestCentral Maryland (February 2017)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Autumn at her “who… me?” best
Central Maryland (February 2017)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

I’ve had several people enquire about our two Maine Coon cats that we welcomed into our home a little more than a year ago.  How are they doing?  Perfectly fine, thank you very much.  How are we doing in comparison?  Whew, what a loaded question. Continue Reading →

The New Normal?

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Daffodils are popping outCentral Maryland (February 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Daffodils are popping out
Central Maryland (February 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

The weather here in central Maryland has been out of the ordinary this winter… not much in the way of cold temperatures; no measurable accumulations of snow (yet); hardly any ice (the local ponds skimmed over for only a couple of days so far); the birds haven’t cleaned us out of seed; etc.

Definitely not “normal”. Continue Reading →

Improved Dublin Coddle

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Dublin CoddleCentral Maryland (January 2017)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Dublin Coddle
Central Maryland (January 2017)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Now for something different.  Long time readers will recognize this, as I posted an earlier version just over five years ago.  

I‘ve been refining this wonderful dish for about thirteen years (I don’t even read a recipe for it now) and it’s a huge crowd pleaser.  What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to make and consists of just seven ingredients: Continue Reading →

Imminent Color

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Daffodils about to bloomCentral Maryland (February 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Daffodils about to bloom
Central Maryland (February 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

I don’t know how many degrees above normal our region has been during this winter, but we normally don’t see daffodils at this stage of growth for another month and a half at least.

Rorschach Abstract

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Exhibit at the National AquariumBaltimore, Maryland (January 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Exhibit at the National Aquarium
Baltimore, Maryland (January 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

I always had fun with Rorschach tests in college.  Depending on the specific test, I could generally find a dozen or more different things in them, especially if I was able to twist and turn the blots to look at them in different angles.  I find this image to be the same way.  Not all that interesting in color, but fascinating when converted to black and white, and then rotated. Continue Reading →

Pointy End Toward the Horizon

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Aboard the PatriotSt. Michaels, Maryland (July 2016)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPHEastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Aboard the Patriot
St. Michaels, Maryland (July 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

A hot, sweltering, crispy-critter day ashore.  What could be better than taking a nice boat ride and having the breeze cool you down?  Take in the sun and have something icy cold to drink… and pretty soon you’ll find yourself in that lazy, drowsy state where time just sort of drifts along and conversations slow to a crawl.

My Kind of Sundowner

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Watching the sunsetCentral Maryland (December 2016)Sony RX100 III + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Watching the sunset
Central Maryland (December 2016)
Sony RX100 III + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

We live near Washington, DC… but most people don’t realize that this region isn’t yet a megalopolis like other major urban centers; i.e., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, etc.  The really dense areas of the DC region are generally contained within the 20-mile diameter of the Washington Beltway, although urban blight has slowly been creeping out to the suburbs and rural areas beyond since the mid-1970’s.  The small community where we live is in the middle of a designated agricultural zone, part of which you see in this image.

Will it remain this way forever?  Sadly, no. Continue Reading →

Window of the Past

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Point Lookout lighthouseScotland, Maryland (October 2015)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPHEastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Point Lookout lighthouse
Scotland, Maryland (October 2015)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

Point Lookout Light Station and DepotScotland, Maryland (July 2, 1885)Photo credit: US National Archives

Point Lookout Light Station and Depot
Scotland, Maryland (July 2, 1885)
Photo credit: US National Archives

I always enjoy looking out through the windows of historic buildings and imagining what the view was once like to the original inhabitants.  Was it the same as I’m experiencing?  Likely not.  All sorts of other structures were not there, and sometimes there was even more landscape to see.

Such is the case here.

The chain link fence that is just visible in the above image was added about thirty to forty years ago.  The building beyond the fence was added to the grounds sometime after 1930, long after another building that was there had vanished.  To the right of the window frame (in the image above) lies the moldering remains of a long Coast Guard depot pier, which was still fully functional in 1939 and can be seen in the photograph from the National Archives (image to the right). Continue Reading →

Early Morning Pond

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Along Billy Goat Trail -- Great Falls, Maryland (December 2014)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZMIlford XP2 + Commercial C-41 processing

Along Billy Goat Trail
Great Falls, Maryland (December 2014)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford XP2 + Commercial C-41 processing