While getting the boat ready for the past several weeks, I’ve been watching these blue flag irises begin to emerge, just waiting for the right opportunity to take photos of them. And here it is, in the soft early morning light, with nesting pairs of osprey crying in the background all around me, and the day slowly beginning to come to life.
Tag Archives: Sunrise
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 →
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 →
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 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 →
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.
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 →