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Great Falls after a Summer Rain

July 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Great Falls after a Summer RainGreat Falls after a Summer RainThe fog burns off at Great Falls in Virginia. The Potomac River is swollen with a lot of recent rainfall. We've been having a lot of rain lately. On Friday, it let up for a bit and I set out to see what Great Falls looked like. The Potomac was quite swollen. I took this shot shortly after the fog lifted. It was a beautiful morning.


Dragonflies and telephotos

July 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Dragonfly Ready to LaunchDragonfly Ready to LaunchA dragonfly perched at the end of a blade of grass. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Washington, D.C.

Earlier this year, I purchased the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens (yes, lens names are boring). It's a telephoto lens that extends to 400mm, which is quite long. This is a big, heavy lens I'd been wanting for quite some time. It has a good focal length for shooting wildlife, landscapes that feature the moon, flowers, and dragonflies. I'd played with the lens some after getting it, but until recently, I hadn't had a chance to take it out and really put it through its paces.

So when the weather turned nice and I had some free time, I took my new lens out to Kenilworth for the lotus bloom. I was a little anxious. Long telephotos are notoriously difficulty to use (they have a very shallow depth of field) and I wanted my first outing with the lens to be a success. Fortunately, it all turned out great and I am very pleased with the results. The conditions weren't great for shooting flowers (the sun was too intense) but it was perfect for dragonflies (they like the sun). I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with this lens.

Dragonfly and a Splash of PinkDragonfly and a Splash of PinkA backlit dragonfly is perched on the tip of an unopened lotus with a pink lotus in the background.

Dragonfly on the EdgeDragonfly on the EdgeA dragonfly rests on the edge of a blade of grass. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Washington, D.C.


Fireworks Over the Washington Monument

July 08, 2018  •  2 Comments

Hahn/Cock and the Capitol

June 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hahn/Cock and the CapitolHahn/Cock and the Capitol"Hahn/Cock", 2013, by Katharina Fritsch (German, born 1956) on the roof of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Glass fiber reinforced polyester resin fixed on stainless steel supporting structure. In the background is the Capitol.

I recently visited the National Gallery of Art, here in Washington, D.C. and really liked this 14½ -foot sculpture of a blue rooster ("Hahn/Cock" by Katharina Fritsch). When I was younger, I was a big fan of the classics and some of the early modern artists, such as the French impressionists. I never cared for abstract expressionism or contemporary art. But as I grow older, I find myself gravitating more towards the later modern artists and contemporary art, like this enormous blue rooster. It's the creativity that impresses and speaks to me the most.


Memorial Day

May 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Marine Corps War Memorial SunstarMarine Corps War Memorial SunstarSunrise at the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) with snow on the ground.

Next Monday is Memorial Day. I took the image above and the image below at the Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the "Iwo Jima Memorial") back in March. I really like these images and I would have published them sooner, but I thought publishing them right before Memorial Day would be appropriate.

Snow at the Marine Corps War MemorialSnow at the Marine Corps War MemorialEarly morning at the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) with snow on the ground.

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