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One Last Sunrise

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Sunrise at the marina
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

By the time you read this, we will be underway — moving our Pearson 303 down to Deltaville, Virginia.  After six wonderful years with Shearwater, it’s time for someone else to enjoy her; so once we get her moved, she’s going on the market. Continue Reading →

Savior of the Union

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The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial at the base of the Capitol
Washington, DC (March 2017)
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

After decades of neglect, the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial has finally been restored to its full glory, following more than ten years of fundraising efforts.  Birds and weathering had really done a number on it, and vandals had defaced it and made away with parts over the years, but all that has been undone.  With a long period of planning followed by two-years of careful work — the memorial was cleaned up, repaired, new parts were crafted, and everything was finally finished a few months ago.

Readers not familiar with Grant are to be forgiven if they are a bit hazy on the knowledge that he was the final Union Army general (out of four) responsible for ending the US Civil War (1861-1865) and preventing the Confederate States from splitting the Union apart.  He and his men were also given credit for keeping the Confederate forces from nearly sacking DC in 1864 (during the Battle of the Monocacy), which nearly happened a couple of other times during the conflict. Continue Reading →

The Washington Monument to the Nth

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The Washington Monument
Washington, DC (March 2017)
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

Whenever I’m in DC for business or pleasure, I always like to visit the National Mall and see if I can get some shots in.  Among my favorites is the Washington Monument, where I try to take at least one image, often high contrast, usually backlit, and frequently with one flag or more with it.  The image above is an interesting shot because it looks like I used a strobe to provide some fill on the flag, but it’s actually backlighting from the sun providing that. Continue Reading →

Cue the Music… Here Come the Cherry Blossoms!

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Blooms on the indicator tree
Tidal Basin, Washington, DC (March 2017)
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

I’ve heard since at least last week that the cherry blossoms in DC are on a tear and are already popping.  Uh… sorta yes and a lotta no. 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 →

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.

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 →

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

First Light

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Sunrise on the Chesapeake Point Lookout, Maryland (January 2013)Sony NEX-5R + Sony 10-18/4.0 ASPH

Sunrise on the Chesapeake
Point Lookout, Maryland (January 2013)
Sony NEX-5R + Sony 10-18/4.0 ASPH

Camping in Canada

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Our campsite in northern Newfoundland -- Newfoundland, Canada (September 1992)Olympus Stylus + 35/2.8Fujifilm Reala 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Our campsite in northern Newfoundland
Newfoundland, Canada (September 1992)
Olympus Stylus + 35/2.8
Fujifilm Reala 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Now this is EXCELLENT car camping.  I don’t know specifically where the location of this campground might be found (somewhat close to L’Anse aux Meadows is all I can remember), but it was indicative of all the campgrounds we encountered during our stay in Newfoundland some 24 years ago — super clean, empty (we were usually the only ones there), and very nice.  The campgrounds we stayed at usually had one caretaker on duty, HEATED bathrooms (WOW!!!), low entry fees, and wonderful camping sites.

In the early days of our marriage, we went camping over the weekend two-to-three times per month.  My back can no longer handle, that so our forays into the wild are a lot more curtailed these days.