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Sunset on the D.C. skyline

May 27, 2021 - A couple of weeks ago, NASA had scheduled to launch a rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. I thought it...
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Sunrise and cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin

April 09, 2021 - This year, winter in Washington was long and dreary. We had lots of that hybrid rain and snow that we call “wintry mix.”...
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Christmas at the Capitol

December 11, 2020 - Every year, I try to shoot the Capitol Christmas Tree. Usually I shoot it just after sunset, when the tree lights are on...
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Autumn beauty at the Tidal Basin

November 16, 2020 - Sometimes when you hear or read about ugly things in the news, it's nice to go outside and watch a sunrise. It can be a...
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Autumn in Rock Creek Park

November 05, 2020 - Autumn is now in full swing here in Washington, D.C. The leaves take a little longer to turn here because the weather st...
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Autumnal Equinox on H Street 2020

October 01, 2020 - The autumnal equinox was on September 22 and it marked the beginning of fall for the Northern Hemisphere. It's a notable...
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Pink and purple skies over the Capitol

September 14, 2020 - I took this photo of the Capitol after a recent rainstorm. The glass in the foreground is from one of the big skylights...
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Going wide at Rock Creek Park

June 21, 2020 - So, I got a new ultra-wide angle lens, the Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR. I've been very excited to play with it. 8mm is...
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Blue Angels and Thunderbirds joint flyover of Washington

May 05, 2020 - On May 2, the United States Air Force demonstration squadron (the Thunderbirds) and the United States Navy demonstration...
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Socially distant spring beauty at the Tidal Basin

March 26, 2020 - The cherry blossoms are in bloom at the Tidal Basin here in Washington, D.C. We've all been self-quarantining at home, l...
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Fall foliage and the National Capitol Columns

December 06, 2019 - Fall came late this year and it seems to be leaving early. It has already started getting cold and cloudy. I'm not ready...
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Capitol dome tour

July 08, 2019 - I recently had the opportunity to go on a tour of the dome of the Capitol. It was a great experience. We climbed more th...
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One More Blossom Photo

April 14, 2019 - I was back at the Tidal Basin on the 4th with my family and took this photo. The water level in the Tidal Basin was unus...
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Spring means cherry blossoms!

April 09, 2019 - It's spring and here in Washington, D.C., that means cherry blossoms! It also means lots of tourists and terrible traffi...
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More snow

February 01, 2019 - It's snowing again today, so I thought I might share some more photos from our last big snowstorm, which happened a coup...
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Snow on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday

January 16, 2019 - Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. It was also the first mostly clear day after a big snowstorm. So I went...
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2018 Capitol Christmas Tree

December 18, 2018 - Happy holidays! Above is a photo of the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree in front of the United States Capitol, here in Wa...
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Autumn finally arrived

December 09, 2018 - Autumn is finally here. The trees around Washington, D.C., appeared to reach their peak color around Thanksgiving. This...
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Fireworks Over the Washington Monument

July 08, 2018 - Independence Day this year was miserably hot and humid, but the fireworks were fantastic! This year I sat on the steps o...
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Hahn/Cock and the Capitol

June 19, 2018 - I recently visited the National Gallery of Art, here in Washington, D.C. and really liked this 14½ -foot sculpture of a...
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Spring Is Here Again

April 15, 2018 - Spring is here again and like I do when spring arrives every year, I went out to shoot the cherry blossoms. I had severa...
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Blossoms and Wreaths at the Stone of Hope

April 09, 2018 - Last Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. I was at the Martin Luther King J...
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Dawn on the Potomac

March 26, 2018 - In March, I love to shoot the monuments in Washington, D.C. The vernal equinox is in March, so the sun rises directly in...
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Frigid Falls

January 07, 2018 - 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 s...
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Happy holidays!

December 23, 2017 - Happy holidays everyone! I shot this yesterday. The 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree is an Engelmann Spruce from the Kootenai...
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Independence Day, 2017

July 08, 2017 - Happy Independence Day everyone!
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Spring is here

March 31, 2017 - In Washington, we know spring is here when the cherry trees bloom and the tourists swarm the city. As I do every year, I...
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Happy holidays!

December 18, 2016 - Happy holidays, everyone! Here are my annual photos of the United States Capitol Christmas Tree. This year's tree is an...
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Sunrise on H

October 04, 2016 - Fall began with the autumnal equinox on September 22. The day after, the sun rose directly up the H Street corridor in W...
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Another DC Summer Sunrise

September 18, 2016 - I had another occasion to go out and shoot a sunrise. I went back across the river to Arlington and timed it so that I c...
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Good Morning, Washington!

August 23, 2016 - Good morning, Washington!
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The Corpse Flower

August 04, 2016 - This week, a corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) bloomed at the United States Botanic Garden. It's an enormous and ra...
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A Sunny Day at Kenilworth

July 26, 2016 - A couple of weeks ago, I went to Kenilworth to shoot the lotus flowers. While I was there, I also saw lots of dragonflie...
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Tree blossoms at Rock Creek

July 18, 2016 - I recently visited Rock Creek Park for a short hike along Rock Creek. I encountered some tree blossoms at Rapids Bridge.
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My photo being used to promote PBS's A Capitol Fourth

June 09, 2016 - Not too long ago, I was approached by Capital Concerts to license one of my photos for promotion of PBS's A Capitol Four...
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Amtrak Locomotives

June 04, 2016 - Recently, I was in my three-year-old son's room. I had decorated his room with various photos of our family and wildlife...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and cherry blossoms

April 23, 2016 - I have a couple of additional cherry blossom photos to share with everyone. I like this one (above) of the Martin Luther...
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Tidal Basin in full bloom

April 05, 2016 - In my last blog post, I featured a photo taken just before the cherry trees at the Tidal Basin had reached peak bloom. A...
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Quiet mornings at the Tidal Basin

March 30, 2016 - The cherry blossom bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., can be magical. I look forward to it every year. Someti...
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The cherry blossoms are coming!

March 27, 2016 - The cherry blossoms are coming! Actually, that was true when I took this photo on Tuesday, but it has taken me several d...
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Snow in Rock Creek Park

February 08, 2016 - When I heard, before the storm, that we were going to get some snow, I got excited. I thought I might drive out to Shena...
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Snow at the Tidal Basin

February 03, 2016 - In my last blog entry, I wrote about how warm the weather was at Christmas. Just a month later things have really change...
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Dawn on the H Street Corridor

September 30, 2015 - Last week I published some photos of a sunset at the Lincoln Memorial just a few days before the Autumnal Equinox. I had...
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Autumnal Equinox at Lincoln

September 22, 2015 - A while back, I decided I wanted to take some photos of the sun setting behind the Lincoln Memorial with the Reflecting...
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Victoria water lilies

September 06, 2015 - I made another trip to Kenilworth recently. One normally doesn't think to shoot flowers in August, when everything else...
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Fireworks 2015

July 13, 2015 - Every year on Independence Day, I shoot the fireworks here in Washington, D.C. This year was unique for two reasons. Fir...
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Giant Panda

July 01, 2015 - Whenever I visit the National Zoo, I always swing by the giant pandas. Unfortunately, the pandas aren't nearly as cooper...
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More cherry blossoms

June 07, 2015 - A while back, I posted a photo from my cherry blossom shoot this year. It has taken me a while, but I finally completed...
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Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

May 14, 2015 - On May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, a diverse array of World War II aircraft flew over t...
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Cherry Blossoms 2015

April 27, 2015 - The cherry blossoms made their annual brief appearance here in Washington a couple of weeks ago. As I do every year, I s...
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It's getting warmer

April 04, 2015 - Spring arrived, but it certainly didn't feel like it. It snowed here on the first day of spring. Fortunately, the weathe...
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It has been cold

March 13, 2015 - It has been dreadfully cold here in Washington. About week ago, I had the opportunity to rise early and traipse out into...
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Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2014 - Happy holidays and a happy new year to everyone! This year for my annual holiday blog post, I took two photos. The firs...
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Farewell to Fall

November 16, 2014 - It's getting cold here. Winter is still a month away, but with the colder temperatures and the trees mostly bare, it doe...
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Independence Day

July 06, 2014 - This year, I celebrated Independence Day by watching the fireworks over the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial...
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Cherry Blossoms 2014

April 16, 2014 - For me, living in Washington, DC, the start of spring is marked by the bloom of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin.
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Snow at the Arboretum

February 20, 2014 - We've had yet another snowstorm here in Washington. While others may dread the snow and all of the inconveniences snow e...
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It's cold in Washington

January 25, 2014 - We've had a bit more snow here in Washington. It's hard to appreciate the additional snow, however, since it is very col...
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Air Force Memorial at Twilight

January 06, 2014 - The Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, was dedicated on October 14, 2006. I've been meaning to shoot it for a wh...
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Happy Holidays!

December 14, 2013 - In the spirit of the holidays, I took two photos of the Capitol and the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree. The first is a phot...
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November skies

November 10, 2013 - Recently, I set out to shoot the fall foliage around the Tidal Basin. However, the skies were so dramatic that I ended u...
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More fall color

November 04, 2013 - I was walking along Rock Creek the other day and came across this turtle. It was one of those shots of opportunity. I li...
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Autumn at Rock Creek

October 24, 2013 - We're just starting to get some fall color here in Washington, D.C. Until recently, it had been dry and warm. Now it's r...
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Harvest Moon

September 25, 2013 - The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. The Harvest Moon can occur anywhere from two weeks be...
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Dragonflies

September 09, 2013 - Everyone loves a dragonfly. They're colorful, graceful, and deadly killers: African lions roar and strut and act the ap...
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Morning in the Aquatic Garden

September 02, 2013 - Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is one of those places I find myself visiting frequently. Usually, when I visit the gardens,...
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Red, White, and Blue

July 06, 2013 - Thursday was Independence Day and, as I usually do on the 4th of July, I made my way to the Capitol to shoot the firewor...
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Blue Hour at the Capitol

June 18, 2013 - In September, I took a photo of the Capitol during the blue hour (the period of twilight each morning and evening when t...
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Waterlilies

June 07, 2013 - I made another visit to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens recently. It seems the flowers are blooming a bit late this year. Non...
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Zebras, Big Cats, and Lemurs

June 01, 2013 - I made a number of trips to the zoo recently. While I particularly had fun shooting the new Andean bear cubs, I also enj...
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Andean bear cubs

May 14, 2013 - Early in the morning on December 13, 2012, Billie Jean, the female Andean bear at the Smithsonian National Zoo, gave bir...
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Dawn at the Tidal Basin

April 30, 2013 - Dawn is a magical time for me as a photographer. While the sun hasn't yet risen above the horizon, it shines just enough...
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Seeking serenity among cherry blossoms

April 24, 2013 - A couple of weeks ago, I went to photograph the cherry blossoms. It was bittersweet because of my father's recent death.
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Spring sunrise at the Jefferson

April 05, 2013 - Yesterday, I got up very early to shoot the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin. The revised estimate of the National Par...
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Indoor-Outdoor Space

April 02, 2013 - I enjoy large open spaces with lots of natural light and plenty of greenery. That's something one very rarely finds indo...
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Calder's Mountains and Clouds

March 24, 2013 - The primary feature of the gigantic atrium in the Hart Senate Office Building is a huge sculpture and mobile by Alexande...
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Lincoln Memorial Sunset

March 17, 2013 - Last weekend, the weather forecast predicted partly cloudy conditions. Thinking we might have a nice sunset, I headed ov...
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A cold winter's morning

February 09, 2013 - Last weekend was a big weekend for photography. Besides shooting the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum on Friday...
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Columns and Cumulus Clouds

February 03, 2013 - I'm a big fan of cumulus clouds. Unfortunately, it seems we only get great skies here in Washington when I'm stuck in th...
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Tomorrow is Inauguration Day

January 20, 2013 - Tomorrow is Inauguration Day, upon which President Obama will be sworn in for a second term as President of the United S...
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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012 - Merry Christmas! The following are a few photos of the Capitol and the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. This year, the...
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Washington National Cathedral panoramas

December 10, 2012 - Last year, I visited Washington National Cathedral to shoot some panoramic interiors. I recently restitched them using s...
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Image of Snowy Washington Monument now available on Getty Images

December 06, 2012 - My image of a sunset over a snowy Washington Monument was recently accepted by the editors at Getty Images and added to...
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Library of Congress

December 04, 2012 - The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is an incredibly beautiful building. I had the opportunity to p...
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Night traffic in front of the MLK Memorial Library

November 29, 2012 - I love libraries and recently I was talking with a friend about libraries in DC and he mentioned that he thought the Mar...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2012 - Happy Thanksgiving! I took this photo of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial last weekend at the Tidal Basin here in Washingt...
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Architecture near Meridian Hill Park

November 15, 2012 - The other day, I was on 14th St. NW, between Meridian Hill Park and Columbia Heights, enjoying some beautiful fall weath...
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Some urban landscapes at twilight

November 04, 2012 - This weekend, I spent some time roaming around shooting urban landscapes. I particularly like how this photo of rush hou...
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Some urban landscapes

October 22, 2012 - Last weekend, I went out on the National Mall with the intention of shooting some urban landscapes. I've always liked th...
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Twilight in Washington

October 02, 2012 - Last weekend I decided to shoot an urban landscape. I've seen some nice shots of the Washington skyline from across the...
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A Capitol study

September 22, 2012 - In 2008, Congress opened the Capitol Visitor Center to serve as a visitor center for both the Capitol and the city. The...
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August Blue Moon

September 09, 2012 - In August, we had two full moons. By modern folklore, that makes the second full moon (above) a "blue moon" (the second...
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Golden eyes

August 04, 2012 - A couple of weeks ago, I went to the National Zoo. I love shooting lions. They're probably my favorite subjects at the z...
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Summer flowers

July 22, 2012 - I normally associate flowers with spring. However, summer seems to be a great time to shoot freshwater flowers. I recen...
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Fireworks at the Capitol

July 06, 2012 - Happy Independence Day, everyone! Every year, I look forward to seeing fireworks on July 4—especially now that I've figu...
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Just missed the storm

July 02, 2012 - Friday night, I was out shooting the DC skyline from across the Potomac when my wife called to tell me that a major stor...
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The lotus and the dragonfly

June 13, 2012 - The lotuses weren't the only things worth seeing at Kenilworth last weekend. The dragonflies were quite active. I'm not...
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The lotuses are blooming

June 10, 2012 - Summer is almost here and the lotuses and water lilies are starting to bloom at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens....
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White House Spring Garden Tour

April 28, 2012 - Twice each year, the public is invited to tour the gardens outside the White House. My wife and I were able to get ticke...
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Space shuttle Discovery flies over Washington

April 21, 2012 - On Tuesday, NASA transferred the space shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Center to its new resting home at the Smiths...
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Blossoms in the afternoon sun

April 04, 2012 - In my last post, I mentioned how I visited the Tidal Basin to shoot the cherry blossoms at sunrise. Well, I returned lat...
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Fog and Blossoms

March 31, 2012 - On Thursday, I made my annual trip to the Tidal Basin to shoot the cherry blossoms. I arrived very early in the morning...
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Washington skyline at night

March 01, 2012 - On President's Day, I went across the Potomac to take some photos of the Washington skyline at night. I think this one t...
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Converging Lines

February 19, 2012 - I took this photo Friday evening while standing in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. In the very cent...
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National Capitol Columns Sunset

January 22, 2012 - One of the less frequented but very picturesque places in Washington, DC, is the National Arboretum. I'm quite taken wit...
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H Street Night Traffic

January 15, 2012 - We still have no snow here in Washington, DC. Because winter landscapes without snow can be a bit dull, I decided to try...
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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011 - I took this photo of the Capitol Christmas Tree on the 22nd. It was pouring rain, which explains the color of the sky. T...
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Winter is coming

December 01, 2011 - Now that the leaves are all off the trees, it's clear that winter is coming. I can't wait to take some winter landscape...
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Autumn twilight at the Capitol

November 11, 2011 - Autumn is in full swing here in Washington, D.C. The fall foliage has made its way down from the mountains and into the...
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Panoramas of Washington National Cathedral

July 07, 2011 - Lately, I've been interested in creating panoramas. I've been reading up on the subject and found a wonderful open sourc...
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Herons and Pickerel

June 07, 2011 - I love bird and wildlife photos and I think they're the best when they display some context. I took this photo last week...
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Rock Creek

May 06, 2011 - Last Sunday, Melissa attended a baby shower near Rock Creek Park. I gave her a ride to the shower and, despite the fact...
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An afternoon in Rock Creek Park

April 24, 2011 - Since Congress is out of session for the Easter holiday, I was able to get off work a little early on Thursday and head...
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Cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin

March 29, 2011 - In 1912, the City of Tokyo donated more than 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C. Many of the cherry trees were plante...
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Super Moon

March 20, 2011 - On Saturday, we experienced an unusually large moon known as a "super moon" or a super "perigee moon". A super moon is w...
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Full Worm Moon

March 20, 2011 - On Friday, Washington, D.C., experienced a full worm moon. The worm moon rose behind the Capitol and traveled across the...
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Exploring wide angles in the Capitol

January 26, 2011 - Last weekend I spent some time exploring the Capitol with my new ultra- wide-angle lens (Nikon 10-24mm). All of these we...
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Mountains and Clouds revisited

January 24, 2011 - In my last blog entry, I posted a photo of Alexander Calder's Mountains and Clouds sculpture, which is located in the at...
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Mountains and Clouds

January 10, 2011 - Inside the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building, you will find the last sculpture and mobile by the famous American...
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Happy Holidays

December 20, 2010 - We’re having a white Christmas here in Washington, DC. It snowed last Thursday. While nothing like the major blizzard th...
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Dusk at the National Mall

October 01, 2010 - On the Sept 22, we were supposed to get a beautiful harvest moon rising over the Capitol and then across the National Ma...
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Harvest Moon

September 23, 2010 - Moon rising over the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Yesterday, on the day before the...
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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Rain

August 21, 2010 - I got up early Wednesday morning to visit the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. I had hoped to shoot waterlilies at s...
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A Walk in the Park

August 19, 2010 - On Monday, Melissa and I got up early to go hiking in Rock Creek Park. It’s been very hot and humid here, so even though...
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Lions and Tigers

May 16, 2010 - On Sunday, I visited the National Zoo here in Washington, D.C. I’ve been to the zoo before, but I wasn’t thrilled with m...
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DC Cherry Blossoms 2010

April 03, 2010 - Close-up of cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin. Last weekend was the peak for cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
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The Snowmageddon

February 06, 2010 - On Saturday, February 6, 2010, Washington, D.C., got hit with Snowmageddon, the second major storm of the 2009-2010 wint...
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The Capitol during the Snowpocalypse

December 08, 2009 - On December 19, 2009, a large storm dumped 14 inches of snow on Washington, DC. This storm was nicknamed the "Snowpocaly...
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