This year, winter in Washington was long and dreary. We had lots of that hybrid rain and snow that we call “wintry mix.” It seemed like it would never end, but now it has. I cannot imagine a more dramatic end to such a winter than the arrival of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin. It’s a truly magnificent sight. I feel so blessed to live here in Washington and to be able to experience the arrival of spring with the cherry blossoms.
I recently came across a bald eagle here in Washington, D.C. I was very excited to see it and have my camera with me! I absolutely love raptors, especially bald eagles, and I'm thrilled to have these photos!
This bald eagle wasn't the only bird I saw recently. I also came across this blue jay. We don't have a lot of blue jays here in Washington and I'm very fond of of these birds too. I feel very fortunate to get this photo.
On the other hand, we do have lots of ducks here in Washington. Here are two mallards. I love the coloring of male mallards.
We also have lots of birds of the metallic kind, such as this jetBlue passenger airplane taking off from National Airport.
I had no idea that January could be such a great time to shoot birds.
Every year, I try to shoot the Capitol Christmas Tree. Usually I shoot it just after sunset, when the tree lights are on, but it's not so dark that the sky turns black. This year, I decided to try shooting just before sunrise. However, I wasn't sure whether it would work at that time of day and the overcast sky did not look promising.
When I arrived, the reflecting pool was perfectly placid, creating an amazing mirror image of the Capitol and tree. Then, after taking only two pictures, the wind picked up and destroyed the reflection. I might have packed up to go home then. The cloud cover was discouraging. An overcast sky should have ensured a drab sunrise. Instead, I stuck around and only five minutes later, the sun found a small break in the clouds, right along the horizon, and turned the sky a brilliant fuchsia color.
It was a brilliant sunrise! I'm glad I experimented with the sunrise and stuck it through after the wind picked up. Incidentally, if you look past the Christmas tree, you can see the inauguration stage under construction in the background.
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 powerful reminder that the world is a beautiful place.
Here are a few photos from a recent, peaceful morning at the Tidal Basin. The world is a beautiful place.
Autumn is now in full swing here in Washington, D.C. The leaves take a little longer to turn here because the weather stays warm longer. The fall foliage first appears in the north and west and then gradually makes its way here. When it finally arrives, one of the best places to appreciate it is in Rock Creek Park.
Here are two recent photos from Rock Creek Park. The first is of Boulder Bridge and the second is of the rapids just north of Rapids Bridge. I shot them both with a polarizer to get rid of glare from the water. I think they turned out great.