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Winter Panoramas

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Looking south-southwest toward Kentucky and VirginiaSpruce Knob, West Virginia (February 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Looking south-southwest toward Kentucky and Virginia
Spruce Knob, West Virginia (February 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Last weekend we drove to West Virginia for a nature fix — our term for some rest and relaxation in the wilds.  First we tried the east entrance to Dolly Sods (closed), then the south entrance to Dolly Sods (closed), then the front entrance to Seneca Rocks (closed), the Seneca Rocks visitor center (closed), local national forest campground (closed), and finally the entrance to Spruce Knob, the highest point in the state.

It was open.  Yay! 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 →

Video Link: Seasons of Norway

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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 →

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 →

The Big Empty

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Big Hole ValleyJackson, Montana (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Big Hole Valley
Jackson, Montana (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Butch Hill is the name of the short brown summit to the right of this frame; one of the summits to the far left in the distance is Bloody Dick Peak, so named for an Englishman that said “bloody” a lot, while living in the area during the 1860’s (I just learned this tidbit while researching place names for this post). Continue Reading →

Sacred to the Salish and Kootenai

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Mount CalowahcanMission Mountains, Montana (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Mount Calowahcan
Mission Mountains, Montana (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Our recent road trip through Montana was filled with such delights… snow-capped mountains, long glacial valleys, big skies, and — in many places — no one else except for us.  This image above, for example, was taken along US Route 93, just north of Kicking Horse Reservoir.  And as you can see, there wasn’t another soul visible for miles.  It makes for a wonderful, restful, and welcoming respite (and there were honey bees!) from the hectic pressure-cooker pace of our normal life back in Maryland. Continue Reading →

Truly Grateful

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Mount Tom Near Bishop, California (October 2016)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Mount Tom
Near Bishop, California (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

My barber gave me pause the other day.

I was getting trimmed up for our annual family gathering on Thanksgiving (today), and I decided I was going to engage him in conversation.  Mind you, I’ve been going to this barbershop for about ten years now and have had this specific barber cut my hair on a number of those occasions — yet I’d never heard him say more than just a few words per visit.  I didn’t know if he was reserved, introverted, or simply a man of few words, but I wanted to connect with him. Continue Reading →

Going Dark

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The solar terminator approaches Southwestern Montana (October 2016)iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

The solar terminator approaches
Southwestern Montana (October 2016)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Long time readers will know that I have been posting daily — or more often — since October 2010.  After migrating from Google’s Blogger platform to WordPress in April 2013, I had to do a lot of clean-up (flushing over 1,500 posts in the process) and decided to make as much of the content here as original as possible, principally from my photography.

I’ve now reached a point where I need to take a break from posting new content daily and concentrate on other things instead.

Will I return?  I have no idea at the present… but I do thank you, gentle readers, for visiting my site over the past many years, spending some time viewing my images, and commenting when you felt compelled to do so.  Thank you so very much; you have no idea what it has meant to me.

Au revoir!