John Baggaley Photography: Blog http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog en-us (C) 2018 John Baggaley. All rights reserved. johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:01:00 GMT Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:01:00 GMT http://www.johnbaggaley.com/img/s/v-5/u1042022683-o653062388-50.jpg John Baggaley Photography: Blog http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog 90 120 Spring Is Here Again http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2018/4/spring-is-here-again Spring is here again and like I do when spring arrives every year, I went out to shoot the cherry blossoms. I had several opportunities to go out shooting recently. Here are some of my favorites from the Supreme Court, the Tidal Basin, and the Capitol:

Supreme Court and Cherry BlossomsSupreme Court and Cherry BlossomsCherry blossoms at the Supreme Court on a windy morning in Washington, D.C. Tidal Basin Sunrise with BlossomsTidal Basin Sunrise with BlossomsSpring sunrise at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., featuring the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, cherry blossoms, and the Capitol (off in the distance). Japanese Tea Lantern at the Tidal BasinJapanese Tea Lantern at the Tidal BasinThe Japanese tea lantern at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., featuring cherry blossoms and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the background. Springtime at the CapitolSpringtime at the CapitolSpring at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., with the cherry trees in bloom.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) cherry blossom scenic spring sunrise thomas jefferson memorial tidal basin washington http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2018/4/spring-is-here-again Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:00:36 GMT
Blossoms and Wreaths at the Stone of Hope http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2018/4/Blossoms_and_Wreaths_at_the_Stone_of_Hope 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.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) cherry blossoms d.c. district of columbia martin luther king jr. memorial spring washington http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2018/4/Blossoms_and_Wreaths_at_the_Stone_of_Hope Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:49:05 GMT
Dawn on the Potomac http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2018/3/dawn-on-the-potomac 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.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) american robin arlington memorial bridge bird cityscape dawn landscape lincoln memorial potomac river sunrise washington washington monument http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2018/3/dawn-on-the-potomac Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:50:27 GMT
Frigid Falls http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2018/1/frigid-falls 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.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) bomb cyclone cold great falls ice potomac river scenic snow virginia washington waterfall winter http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2018/1/frigid-falls Sun, 07 Jan 2018 17:58:00 GMT
Happy holidays! http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/12/happy-holidays 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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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) 2017 us capitol christmas tree capitol christmas christmas tree washington http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/12/happy-holidays Sun, 24 Dec 2017 04:38:42 GMT
Back to Blackwater Falls http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/10/back-to-blackwater-falls It's autumn and I returned to Blackwater Falls in West Virginia. The fall foliage was lovely and I captured some great scenic shots while I was there. Here are some of my favorites.

This one is of Blackwater Falls. Low clouds and light rain brought out some great color in the fall foliage around the falls.

Blackwater Falls Framed by Autumn FoliageBlackwater Falls Framed by Autumn FoliageAutumn at Blackwater Falls in West Virginia.

In this one, you can see the low clouds creeping through Blackwater Canyon.

Autumn in Blackwater CanyonAutumn in Blackwater CanyonFall foliage and low clouds in Blackwater Canyon, West Virginia.

I've taken some photos of the Falls of Elakala before. It's a beautiful, tranquil spot. This time I figured I'd include the bridge over the falls.  The Bridge and the Falls of ElakalaThe Bridge and the Falls of ElakalaAutum at the Falls of Elakala in Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia.

I got up early to shoot the sunrise from Pendleton Overlook. My view of the sunrise ended up being obstructed, so I turned away and shot the other direction. In this one you can see the full moon is still out while the clouds start to light up with the first rays of the morning sun.

Moon over Blackwater CanyonMoon over Blackwater CanyonA full autumnal moon at dawn hovers over Blackwater Canyon in West Virginia.

Lindy Point is one of my favorite places in Blackwater Falls State Park. My luck with the clouds seemed to hold. I like this one quite a bit, along with the following photo. After the sun dropped below the horizon, the clouds turned purple.

Colorful Sunset at Lindy PointColorful Sunset at Lindy PointThe sun sets on Linday Point with fall foliage in Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia.

Dusk at Lindy PointDusk at Lindy PointDusk at Lindy Point with fall foliage in Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) autumn blackwater falls state park canyon fall foliage falls of elakala lindy point nature sunset waterfall west virginia http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/10/back-to-blackwater-falls Wed, 25 Oct 2017 01:14:35 GMT
A Yellow Spider http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/9/a-yellow-spider I recently came across this giant black and yellow garden spider while hiking in Huntley Meadows. It is by far the largest spider I've ever seen outside a zoo—other than perhaps the tarantula that my 4th grade teacher kept in his classroom. I'm not generally a fan of spiders, but I'm fascinated by the bright yellow coloring in this one.

Giant Black and Yellow Garden SpiderGiant Black and Yellow Garden SpiderA giant black and yellow garden spider.

Incidentally, it was a beautiful day at Huntley Meadows.

A Sunny Day at Huntley MeadowsA Sunny Day at Huntley MeadowsA sunny day at Huntley Meadows in Virginia.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) huntley meadows nature spider summer virginia wildlife http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/9/a-yellow-spider Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:20:32 GMT
Let's hike Bearfence Mountain http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/9/lets-hike-bearfence-mountain At the end of August, I hiked to the top of Bearfence Mountain in Shenandoah National Park to shoot the sunrise. I had never been there before and had heard it was very pretty. Shall we pretend we can go back in time and hike it together? Let's go!

The Photographer's Ephemeris says sunrise will be at 6:38 atop the mountain. We want to be there for dawn as well, which begins at 6:10. We should be there no later than 6:00, so we have a few minutes to setup for the shoot. And we'll have to hike to get there. The National Park Service says the hike is of moderate difficulty, but short—only a 1 hour hike, round trip. So, we should make sure to be at the trailhead by 5:30 at the latest. Apple Maps says it's a 2.5 hour drive, so we'd better leave by 3:00. Getting up at 2:30 should be fine, as long as we setup the coffee maker the night before (we'll need it) and pack the gear ahead of time.

So we head out at 3:00 in the morning. It's temping to go back to bed, but the coffee is helping. The drive is going great until we get into further out into the Piedmont region. It's still dark, fog is settling in, and there are lots of deer along the side of the road. We'll have to slow down a bit to stay safe. Keep your fingers crossed we make good time—we would feel really silly getting up at 2:30, drive out all this way, and then miss the sunrise!

Fortunately, we get there on time. There are almost no cars on the road and just one other car in the parking lot at the trailhead. So, we don our head lamps and set off. We'll have to hike at a brisk pace. It's not easy going though—much of the trail consists of a rock scramble and everything is harder in the dark. Here's an iPhone photo of the trail:

JWB3_170825_0138JWB3_170825_0138The rock scramble portion of the Bearfence Mountain trail in Shenandoah National Park as seen with a head lamp at night.

The trail isn't quite as bad as it seemed at first. We make it up just in time for dawn.

Summer Dawn from Bearfence MountainSummer Dawn from Bearfence MountainA summer dawn in Shenandoah National Park as seen from Bearfence Mountain.

It's pretty atop the mountain, but a little chilly and a little windy. We'll have to experiment with our camera settings to compensate for the wind. It won't do to have all the foliage blurry. ... And then the sun comes up:

Summer Sunrise from Bearfence MountainSummer Sunrise from Bearfence MountainA summer sunrise in Shenandoah National Park as seen from Bearfence Mountain. It's very pretty, but too bad there aren't any clouds. One of the special things about Bearfence is that from the peak you have a 360-degree view of Shenandoah. In fact, if we turn around, we can see that there are clouds coming in from the west.

Low Clouds over the Blue Ridge MountainsLow Clouds over the Blue Ridge MountainsMorning low clouds approach from the west in Shenandoah National Park, as seen from Bearfence Mountain.

Speaking of which, turning around is difficult. We're literally standing on a bunch of rocks at the top of the mountain. If we take a step backwards, we'll fall down the other side of the mountain. Oh and let's look at those clouds gain. Wow, they're moving fast!

Low Clouds Approaching BearfenceLow Clouds Approaching BearfenceLow clouds quickly approach Bearfence Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.

And then:

JWB_170825_4688JWB_170825_4688Low clouds engulf Bearfence Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. Well, there goes our special 360-degree view of Shenandoah! I guess we might as well pack up and continue onto the second part of the trail and climb back down. We have more rock scramble ahead of us:

Bearfence Rock Scramble in FogBearfence Rock Scramble in FogLow clouds and the second half of the rock scramble leading away from the panoramic view atop Bearfence Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. Blue blazes mark the trail.

The trail is a bit ho-hum in the fog. We find a little lookout along the trail and stop to eat sandwiches. There's nothing to see but fog. After eating, we head out again. Further along the trail, there's a moment  when the sun pushes its way through the fog and foliage. We'll have to get the camera back out for this!

Forest Light Through the FogForest Light Through the FogThe sun peeks through summer foliage and low clouds on the trail from Bearfence Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.

That was a fun hike. We're back in the car now. It's getting close to mid-morning. We might as well drive north and start heading back. Mid-morning light usually makes for bad landscapes. But we got some good stuff and we might get back home in time for a late lunch.

On our drive north, we pass by some beautiful vistas. The patchy clouds are casting shadows on the forest below:

Patchy Clouds Over ShenandoahPatchy Clouds Over ShenandoahPatchy clouds cast shdaows upon the Blue Ridge Mountains and forests in Shenandoah National Park. We stop at the visitor center at Big Meadows to fill the water bottles. The view from the visitor center looks great. The low clouds have followed us north.

Low Clouds Over Big MeadowsLow Clouds Over Big MeadowsFog and low clouds pass through Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park. We might as well walk on down into the meadow while we're here!

When we get down into the meadow, the clouds are starting to lift and the light is a little harsh, but it's still very pretty.

Summer in Big MeadowsSummer in Big MeadowsLow clouds at Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park.

And then the clouds have lifted.

Blue Skies Over Big MeadowsBlue Skies Over Big MeadowsA sunny summer day at Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park. Well, I'd say that was a productive morning! We had a fun hike, got to see something new, and have a few great photos for our efforts. Let's head on home!

 

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) bearfence mountain big meadows fog hiking landscapes low clouds nature rock scramble shenandoah national park summer http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/9/lets-hike-bearfence-mountain Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:43:43 GMT
Summer water flowers http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/9/summer-water-flowers Giant Water LiliesGiant Water LiliesGiant Victoria water lilies (Victoria Amazonica or Victoria Regia) in bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The giant Victoria water-lilies bloom in August here in Washington, D.C. The leaves of the Victoria can grow up to almost 10 feet in diameter. They're very impressive.

Also in bloom in August is the blue lotus—also a beautiful sight:

Blue LotusBlue LotusA blue lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea) in bloom at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

I found both the Victoria and the blue lotus at Kenilworth. While I was there, a great blue heron stopped by to squawk hello:

Squawking HeronSquawking HeronA great blue heron squawks at the world.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) blue lotus flowers heron kenilworth nature summer victoria http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/9/summer-water-flowers Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:50:25 GMT
Hanging new photos in my boys' room http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/9/hanging-new-photos-in-my-boys-room JWB_170901_4963JWB_170901_4963Photos hanging in the boys' room: Zamboni in Arlington, streetcar in Rome, and Amtrak diesel locomotive in Washington. I decided I needed to hang some new photos in my boys' room. So, I asked my oldest son, who is now 4, what he would like. He said he wanted a Zamboni, an Italian streetcar, and an Amtrak diesel locomotive. I happen to have photos of all of those things.

Christmas ZamboniChristmas ZamboniA Zamboni (with a Christmas tree in the background) being used to prepare the ice at an outdoor ice skating rink in Arlington, Virginia. Italian StreetcarItalian StreetcarItalian streetcar in Rome, Italy. Amtrak #159Amtrak #159Amtrak locomotive #159 arriving at Union Station in Washington, DC.

Amtrak #159 is a GE P42DC, which is Amtrak's primary road diesel. The P42DC was introduced in 1996. It weighs 133.000 short tons (118.750 long tons; 120.656 t) and can travel up to 110 mph. Engine output is 3,550 horsepower.

The P42DC is part of the General Electric Genesis series of passenger locomotives produced by GE Transportation Systems for Amtrak, Metro-North, and Via Rail. There are a few unique things about the Genesis series of locomotives. First, they have a low height, allowing them to travel through low-profile tunnels in the Northeast Corridor. It is the only Amtrak diesel locomotive that meets the clearance or loading gauge requirements on every Amtrak route.

Second, they use a single, monocoque carbody design, thus making the locomotive lighter, more aerodynamic, and more duel efficient than its predecessors. However, this design makes it more costly and time-consuming to maintain and repair.

Finally, it is also a fully computerized locomotive that automatically controls all onboard functions, thus producing high reliability while keeping the maintenance requirements low.

GE Genesis, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=GE_Genesis&oldid=722660946 (last visited June 2, 2016).

 

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) amtrak diesel italy locomotive rome streetcar zamboni http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/9/hanging-new-photos-in-my-boys-room Sat, 02 Sep 2017 21:01:42 GMT
Butterfly http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/8/butterfly On a recent visit to the National Arboretum, I noticed this butterfly and thought it would make for a couple of nice photos. Enjoy!

Butterfly and Wildflowers 2Butterfly and Wildflowers 2A butterfly lands on a yellow wildflower.

Butterfly and WildflowersButterfly and WildflowersA butterfly lands on a yellow wildflower.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) butterfly flower nature outdoor http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/8/butterfly Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:47:00 GMT
Summer at Lake Wesauking http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/8/summer-at-lake-wesauking My family and I went to Lake Wesauking, near Towanda and Wysox, Pennsylvania. We visited friends at their lake house and attended the annual Corn Roast. This was our first time back there since 2012. We had a great time and I made sure to shoot the sunrise again.

Purple Dawn, Lake WesaukingPurple Dawn, Lake WesaukingSummer and dawn at Lake Wesauking, Wysox, Pennsylvania. Lake Color at SunriseLake Color at SunriseSummer sunrise at Lake Wesauking, Wysox, Pennsylvania. Blue Hour at the Lake HouseBlue Hour at the Lake HouseSummer and dawn at Lake Wesauking, Wysox, Pennsylvania. Blue Hour at the LakeBlue Hour at the LakeShades of blue at dawn at Lake Wesauking, Wysox, Pennsylvania.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) lake lake wesauking pennsylvania scenic summer sunrise towanda wysox http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/8/summer-at-lake-wesauking Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:42:27 GMT
Circus Arts http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/7/circus-arts Each year, the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage holds the annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This year's theme was Circus Arts. I took my family to a presentation by Circus Juventus in the big top, which was erected on the Mall for the festival. Circus Juventus presented an adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland". We were all thoroughly impressed. Here are a couple of photos I took of the Red Queen.

Red Queen 1Red Queen 1A circus performer plays the Part of the Red Queen during an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by Circus Juventus at Circus Arts, part of the 2017 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.

Red Queen 2Red Queen 2A circus performer plays the Part of the Red Queen during an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by Circus Juventus at Circus Arts, part of the 2017 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) circus circus arts circus juventus performance smithsonian smithsonian folklife festival http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/7/circus-arts Tue, 01 Aug 2017 01:41:00 GMT
Hawksbill Summit http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/7/hawksbill-summit I recently had another opportunity to get out of town and do a bit of shooting. I knew right away that I wanted to visit Shenandoah National Park, but I wasn't sure where I wanted to go. I figured that I wanted to do something new and started poring over maps and trail suggestions. When I came across the hike for Hawksbill summit, things started falling into place. It was a relatively short hike with a beautiful vista and the drive was not too long. While the summit is on the western side of the mountains, which would normally present a good sunset but not a good sunrise, I found that the summit faced northwest and the sun would be rising mostly from the north. There was really just one problem, viz. I would have to get going very early in the morning if I wanted to get there on location before dawn. I figured the drive would take at least 2½ hours, the hike would take another 45 minutes, and I would need time for setup. Adding it all up, I found that I needed to depart from home no later than 2:30 AM. Ouch! Fortunately, it was all worth it.

Summer Sunrise on Hawksbill SummitSummer Sunrise on Hawksbill SummitView of the summer sunrise from the summit of Hawksbill Mountain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. I took that shot at a bit before 6:00 AM. I took the following at 5:20 AM:

Summer Skies at Dawn from HawksbillSummer Skies at Dawn from HawksbillSummer skies at dawn from the summit of Hawksbill Mountain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

And I was home by lunchtime.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) hawksbill landscape mountains nature shenandoah national park summer sunrise virginia http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/7/hawksbill-summit Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:35:31 GMT
Independence Day, 2017 http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/7/independence-day-2017 The Capitol dome with pink and purple fireworksThe Capitol dome with pink and purple fireworksFireworks explode behind the Capitol dome in Washington, DC, on July 4, 2017.

Happy Independence Day everyone!

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) 4th of July Capitol DC Independence Day Washington dome fireworks night http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/7/independence-day-2017 Sat, 08 Jul 2017 20:42:20 GMT
Italy wrap-up http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/6/italy-wrap-up Sunny Spring Skyline, RomeSunny Spring Skyline, RomeSunny spring scenic look at Rome from the Villa Borghese Gardens. Here's one last photo for you in my series from Italy: a scenic look at Rome from the Villa Borghese Gardens. Check out the whole Italy series in an album here.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) Italy Rome scenic http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/6/italy-wrap-up Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:47:09 GMT
Florence at Sunset http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/6/florence-at-sunset The Piazzale Michelangelo rests on a hill just south of the Arno river in Florence, Italy. From the Piazzale, you can see the entire city of Florence laid out before you. At sunset, the view is magnificent!

Sunset over FlorenceSunset over FlorenceCityscape of Florence, Italy, at sunset.

Cloudy Sunset Over FlorenceCloudy Sunset Over FlorenceCityscape of Florence, Italy, during a cloudy sunset.

Nightfall on FlorenceNightfall on FlorenceFlorence, Italy, cityscape after sunset.

Nightfall on Florence panoramaNightfall on Florence panoramaPanorama of Florence, Italy, after sunset.

Pink skies over FlorencePink skies over FlorencePink skies at twilight over Florence, Italy.

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The Duomo http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/5/the-duomo While I was in Italy, I made time to visit two cities, Rome and Florence. And just as the Colosseum was the biggest draw for me in Rome, the biggest draw for me in Florence was the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower (known as the "Duomo" because of its giant dome). The exterior of the cathedral is magnificent and the views from the dome and the bell tower are phenomenal.

Duomo ExteriorDuomo ExteriorThe Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower (often referred to as the "Duomo" because of the cathedral's giant dome) in Florence, Italy.

 

Duomo and CityscapeDuomo and CityscapeThe dome of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower (known as the "Duomo") in Florence, Italy.

Giotto's CampanileGiotto's CampanileGiotto's Campanile (bell tower) viewed from the dome of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence, Italy.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower Duomo Firenze Florence Italy http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/5/the-duomo Thu, 01 Jun 2017 01:53:00 GMT
More from Rome and Vatican City http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/5/more-from-rome-and-vatican-city Here's the third installment of photos from my recent trip to Italy. This time, I'm featuring photos of the River Tiber, St. Peter's, and the Altar of the Fatherland. Enjoy!

The Vatican and River Tiber at TwilightThe Vatican and River Tiber at TwilightTwilight on Saint Peter's Basilica, the Ponte Sant'Angelo, and the River Tiber in Rome, Italy.

Castel Sant'Angelo and Ponte Sant'AngeloCastel Sant'Angelo and Ponte Sant'AngeloThe Castle of the Holy Angel and the Ponte Sant'Angelo over the River Tiber at night in Rome, Italy.

St. Peter's SquareSt. Peter's SquareView of St. Peter's Square from atop the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

The Altar of the FatherlandThe Altar of the FatherlandThe Altar of the Fatherland in Rome, Italy.

Dawn at the Altar of the FatherlandDawn at the Altar of the FatherlandThe Altar of the Fatherland in Rome, Italy, at early dawn.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) Altar of the Fatherland Castle of the Holy Angel Ponte Sant'Angelo River Tiber Rome St. Peter's Square Vatican City scenic urban landscape http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/5/more-from-rome-and-vatican-city Thu, 25 May 2017 02:12:49 GMT
The Forum http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/5/the-forum Just west of the Colosseum in Rome is the Forum, a rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings. The ruins are impressive and I wanted to get a shot of the Forum at sunrise. I decided to get up early and shoot the Forum from Capitoline Hill. I started shooting at dawn (before sunrise) and I was able to capture some great color in the sky. However I discovered, the hard way, the precise time the lights turn off at the Forum, viz. 5:50 AM, which is exactly as I was taking my first photo. Fortunately, my very first attempt was a success.

Forum DawnForum DawnDawn at the Forum in Rome, Italy.

I was in Rome in March, during the off season. Besides small crowds, there was one really nice advantage: I was there for the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox is when the plane of the Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun, which occurs twice each year, once in the fall and once in the spring. The significance for most people is that during the equinox, day and night are approximately the same duration. For a photographer, the significance is that the sun rises and sets almost directly east to west. The Forum stretches east to west, with Capitoline Hill at the western edge and the Colosseum at the eastern edge. I was therefore able to capture the following sunrise: 

Forum SunriseForum SunriseSunrise at the Forum in Rome, Italy.

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johnbaggaley@me.com (John Baggaley Photography) Capitoline Hill Forum Italy Roman Rome ancient sunrise travel http://www.johnbaggaley.com/blog/2017/5/the-forum Sun, 14 May 2017 14:44:54 GMT