Spring Is Here Again

April 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Blossoms and Wreaths at the Stone of Hope

April 09, 2018  •  2 Comments

MLK BloomMLK BloomCherry blossoms and the Stone of Hope during sunrise at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The wreaths placed against the Stone of Hope were placed on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Last Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. I was at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial the day after and took the above photo. On the day of the anniversary, the National Council of Churches held an all day rally to combat systemic racism. They gathered in the morning at the Memorial and marched to the National Mall. I assume they left the wreaths at the Stone of Hope (in the photo above).

The anniversary coincidentally coincided with the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms. Normally huge crowds of tourists would be gathered at the memorial and around the Tidal Basin to admire the cherry blossoms. However, instead of encountering crowds on the morning after the anniversary, I found a quiet and solemn sunrise. It seemed appropriate.

I took some photos of the sunrise as well, but I wanted to publish my photos of the Memorial first. This next photo is of the Memorial two days later.

Springtime at the Martin Luther King Jr. MemorialSpringtime at the Martin Luther King Jr. MemorialCherry blossoms and the Stone of Hope at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The wreaths placed against the Stone of Hope were placed two days earlier on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.


Dawn on the Potomac

March 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Dawn on the MonumentsDawn on the MonumentsPurple clouds at dawn over the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and the Potomac River.

In March, I love to shoot the monuments in Washington, D.C. The vernal equinox is in March, so the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. The monuments also happen to be laid out mostly in a line from east to west. Here are two photos, one shortly before sunrise and one at sunrise, featuring the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and Arlington Memorial Bridge. 

Sunrise on the PotomacSunrise on the PotomacThe sun rises on the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and sweep rowers on the Potomac River.

While I was out having fun shooting the sunrise, I noticed lots of robins out looking for worms. They sure look well fed!

American Robin, Side ProfileAmerican Robin, Side ProfileEarly morning light shines on the side profile of an American robin. American Robin, Front ProfileAmerican Robin, Front ProfileEarly morning light shines on the front profile of an American robin.


Frigid Falls

January 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Frigid FallsFrigid FallsFrigid cold temperatures at Great Falls, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., shortly after a bomb cyclone. While Great Falls didn't receive much snow accumulation from the bomb cyclone, it did experience some very cold temperatures. When I shot this photo, it was 10.9 °F or -7.0 °F, if you account for the 18.4 mph winds. We didn't get a lot of snow from the bomb cyclone here in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, but we sure did get some cold temperatures. When I took this photo at Great Falls (about 30 min. outside Washington in Virginia), it was 10.9 °F or -7.0 °F, if you account for the 18.4 mph winds.


Happy holidays!

December 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Nightfall on the 2017 Capitol Christmas TreeNightfall on the 2017 Capitol Christmas TreeNightfall at the Capitol with the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree lit. The 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree is an Engelmann Spruce from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana. Happy holidays everyone! I shot this yesterday. The 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree is an Engelmann Spruce from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana.

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