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 →
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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.
Washington, DC, is filled with many dozens — if not hundreds — of monuments and architectural wonders that you could spend years fully exploring… or so it is with me. I observe a new detail every time that I go down there for a business meeting or personal visit, and this instance was no different. Continue Reading →
Unreal. The first Ruby-throated hummingbirds arrived in southern Texas back on February 24th — can you believe it? I just hope that they don’t get hit with any unexpected cold snaps or snow. Keeping track of their migration north helps to understand where things are blooming, as they can’t survive but a day or two without food.
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 →
I’ve been interested in seeing Bodie, California, for decades… having heard about it for the first time when I was still in high school some forty years ago. Did it meet my expectations? Oh yes — very much so! Continue Reading →
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 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.