Summer in Maine

November 16, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Summer at Portland Head LightSummer at Portland Head LightSummer at Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

This summer, we drove up from D.C. to Maine for an August vacation. Maine is wonderful in the summertime. The weather was pleasant and the scenery was amazing. While we spent most of our time in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and the surrounding area, we made stops in Portland, both on our way up from D.C. and on our way back. Portland Head Light (above) was especially scenic.

Most of the scenery we got to enjoy was in Acadia. Here's a sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain:

Cadillac Mountain Summer SunriseCadillac Mountain Summer SunriseA summer sunrise from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine.

On my first visit to the top of Cadillac Mountain, I encountered thick fog and couldn't see anything. That was quite disappointing, so I was relieved on my second try to get this beautiful sunrise. There's nothing worse than getting up at 4:00 AM to take a sunrise photo and encountering thick fog. (Don't most people sleep-in when on vacation?)

Fortunately, sunset photos don't require waking up so early. Here are a couple of photos from Otter Point:

Summer Sunset at Otter PointSummer Sunset at Otter PointTurbulent ocean water crashes against the rocks during a summer sunset at Otter Point in Acadia National Park, Maine. Summer Twilight at Otter PointSummer Twilight at Otter PointTurbulent ocean water crashes against the rocks at twilight during the summer at Otter Point in Acadia National Park, Maine.

In this case, shooting the sunset meant skipping dinner with everyone else. Unfortunately, the best times for shooting landscapes happen to be the most inconvenient.

Here's another sunset, but this time at Bass Harbor Head Light:

Bass Harbor Head Light Summer SunsetBass Harbor Head Light Summer SunsetBass Harbor Head Light is a lighthouse at the head of Bass Harbor in Maine. It was constructed in 1858.

Maine is well known for its lighthouses. The following is one more of Portland Head Light:

Blue Skies Over Portland Head LightBlue Skies Over Portland Head LightSummer at Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

This trip in August was my first attempt at shooting landscapes in Maine. I think it was quite a success. We all had a lot of fun too. I'll definitely have to go back!


Some photos from last summer

October 25, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Ready to LaunchReady to Launch

Fall is here and I'm a bit behind on blog posts and such. I'll try to catch up. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos from Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens here in Washington, D.C. It's a lovely place in the summertime and I try to visit at least once each year. This time, I got a nice photo of a blue dasher (dragonfly above) posed on a pink lotus and a "Blue Lotus of the Nile" (below). Enjoy!

Blue Lotus of the NileBlue Lotus of the Nile"Blue Lotus of the Nile" (Nymphaea caerulea)


Celebrating Independence Day in the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C.

August 22, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Sunset over the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C.Sunset over the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C.The sun sets over the Arlington, Virginia, skyline, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C.

This year, I celebrated Independence Day with friends and family in the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C. We were treated with a beautiful sunset and gorgeous weather. I brought my camera and took this lovely photo of the sun setting behind the Arlington, Virginia, skyline and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. I took some photos of the fireworks as well. Unfortunately, the wind blew the smoke from the fireworks towards me, inhibiting my view of the fireworks. Oh well, I had a lovely time with everyone I was with and I especially enjoyed the gorgeous sunset.

JWB_20230704_8544JWB_20230704_8544Fireworks over the Washington, D.C., waterfront on Independence Day.

JWB_20230704_8545JWB_20230704_8545Fireworks over the Washington, D.C., waterfront on Independence Day.


Springtime at Doyles River

June 28, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Spring at Doyles River Falls (horizontal)Spring at Doyles River Falls (horizontal)Doyles River Falls in the spring in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Here are a few photos from Doyles River in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. The first two photos are of Doyles River Falls. I took the third photo upriver from the falls. I liked the tranquil pool.

If you ever have a chance to visit, the river and the falls are beautiful, but the hike is steep!

Spring at Doyles River Falls (vertical)Spring at Doyles River Falls (vertical)Doyles River Falls in the spring in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

Tranquility on Doyles RiverTranquility on Doyles RiverA tranquil pool of water in Doyles River, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.


Springtime ducklings

June 04, 2023  •  1 Comment
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