Monday, December 21, 2009

Spring flowers from Mom's garden

I have most of my older photos worked on - here ar a few from Mom's garden. This is a tulip poplar tree flower, about to loose it's leaves:

A common red poppy:

A wet Japanese Red Maple:

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Anna's shots from Bryce NP

I was reviewing some older photos and worked on a few of Anna's shots from Bryce National park from early Spring. For high rez versions of Bryce, see my website at For me I am heading off to bed and then getting up to work the 24" of snow we got.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Snow storm of O-9

Nice snow shot from mid-storm - we have 12" and expect the heavy snow to come next. The yard shots do not show the depth but the table sure does - we will have to measure with a yard stick when it's all over. Turkey in the oven so we will have a lovely meal tonight!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Anna and I went out and catch these falcon, hawks and owl. These are Anna's photos - not bad for a 12 year old.

This is a female barn owl:

This is a juvenile male Harris' Hawk:

North American male Kestral:

Female Saker Falcon:

Female Red Tailed Hawk:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pink and White Dogwood

Next year's dogwood buds are waiting for the cold to hit the region which has not really happened. We had a little frost this morning but still waiting for the cold to truly arrive for winter. It will come. Until then we can sit back and relax knowing these beautiful flowers will be out before we know it.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Battle of Second Manassas (Bull Run) 147th Anniversary Commemoration

Catching up on some photo shoots from the summer - attended the 147th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Second Manassas (Bull Run) at the Manassas National Battlefield park in Virginia. It was a typical hot, sunny, humid August day with sharp lighting. They were well planned and had plenty of water for the men and the horses. I saw several living history events at Brawner Farm along with live carbine, pistol and cannon fire.

Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade

Some great photos were captured at the Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade recently held. This was the parade held in conjunction with the celebration of remembering the Northern and Southern Civil War soldiers that fought and died at Gettysburg. Many units representing those that fought at Gettysburg participated in the parade.

Townhomes from Washington DC

Took a walk through a wet Washington DC the other weekend which highlighted the rich colors or the normally dully paint an bricks. Fall colors added to the richness of the wet landscape.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Down on the Farm Over Thanksgiving

I found myself and my son down on the farm over Thanksgiving. It was time for harvesting the corn (follow-on post will come) and taking it to the Farm Bureau for drying was a highlight for Christopher. The cows also found Christopher to be interesting and lost some of the shyness to see who he was. This was a 'white' farm - none of the red to be found on any of the out buildings - all white.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Remembrance Day - November 21, 2009

Do you remember Lincoln's Gettysburg Address?? Then you should know about Remembrance Day and Gettysburg National Cemetery located on Cemetery Hill. On this day they place a flag for each fallen soldier.

The site was purchased and Union dead were moved from shallow and inadequate battlefield burial sites to this cemetery. Williams Saunders was a landscape architect and founder of the National Grange. His design had two facets: first, the Soldiers National Monument was placed at the center, promoting the Union victory. Secondly, the graves were arranged in a series of semicircles emphasizing the fundamental egalitarian nature of U.S. society with all graves considered equal. The cemetery was dedicated on November 19, 1863. It was here that Abraham Lincoln delivered his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. It became a National Cemetery on May 1, 1872 when control was transferred to the War Department. 3,512 Union soldiers are buried in the cemetery with 979 unknown. From 1870 and 1873, 3,320 Confederate dead were reburied in Richmond, Raleigh, Savannah and Charleston at the initiative of the Ladies Memorial Associations of these cities.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We went down to the Air Force Memorial Saturday morning. Had a wonderful breakfast at a local all night diner and good coffee. Here are a few reflection shots. Need to get back down for some true night shots.

View of Lincoln, Washington and US Capital

Get up early and met somefriends in the early hours of sunrise and caught these shots. Once the sun starts to comeup the lighting changes very quickly.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Spent a few days in the Shenandoah Valley going to several farms and seeing the sites and eating fresh meals and brought back a few new recipees and some shots. We went to a produce auction and say a field of mums being sold in lots of 20 for great prices - sure wish I could have used 20 18-24" mums... Got into the pinpkin patch after it was picked through....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bay Coast Railway of Cape Charles, Virginia

The still exists a railway in Virginia that ships train cars on a barge. They can handled 40 cars on a tub boat barge between Cape Charles and Norfolk Virginia. This parrallels the Chesapeake Bay bridge over 16 miles. This was a rail line that was begun in the 1880's and during WW II, 1,000 cars were shipped by barge per day.

Pair of Bald Eagles

On my way down to Cape Charles, I was able to capture these two Bald Eagles on the same dead tree:

Fall color on the Potomac River

Took a hike at Great Falls National Park a couple of weeks ago and caught some great color..