Morning after the blizzard
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I took this the morning after our "blizzard." Though I'm glad I shovled my driveway once it didn't seem like I had by this time.
I stopped by the Herndon Museum yesterday. They have an interesting collection of W&OD railroad and Town of Herndon artifacts. They have a nice collection of photos from as old as the late 1800s.
It has been quite a while since I posted anything. That is what happens with the new born. It isn't that I haven't been taking photos; its is just that most of them are of the kids and the ones that are not sit on my hard drive waiting to be processed.
This one is of the stairs and hitch between two of the dining cards at Strasburg Railroad. We saw Santa there too.
I pulled off the road to take this picture just before sunrise on the way to work. I was able to get to work a bit early and with daylight savings time ending soon I will have to get up an hour earlier to get this shot again.
It has been a while since I've been able to post a new picture. New baby and all, time is short. No, this is not Ryen. This is a particularly aggressive goose who wouldn't mind eating out of your hands and getting a finger or two if you aren't careful. Interesting angle using the camera to keep him from getting too friendly.
We stopped by great falls recently to see if we could catch some nice colors in the setting sun. Unfortunately the best clouds were to the left, but we ended up with something reasonably nice anyway.
While walking around the pond with the family the sun was getting low and really lighting up the moon. I liked the blue sky and clouds with moon shining brightly through it. Nothing like an unusually cool summer evening.
We went to a picnic at Turkey Run. We took a walk up to the Claude Moore Colonial Farm to show Brenden the animals. He enjoyed seeing turkeys, geese, and the pigs. This is one of the pigs who came over to say hello.
I don't do a lot of macro work, but it was this or another shot of the great blue heron. This wild daisy had a beetle visitor on Saturday morning. It is kind of amazing what goes on around us that we are usually unaware of. Now only if the darn ants would be as inconspicuous....
I'm not looking forward to the day when my eyesight starts to go. I'm pretty sure it will as both my parents started with great vision and worked their way into a variety of types of glasses. No one and nothing, it seems, is immune to the aging process.
This great blue heron is my neighbor. He's lived here for quite a while. He was out fishing as I took Candy for a walk. He hung around long enough for me to get a nice shot even with the dog sitting next to me. Meanwhile a pair of great blue heron's were flying back and forth and another set of three flew overhead. I never would have figured that this is heron country.
I've always liked this plane. Apparently it can fly so fast that the heat from the friction of the air causes the engines to expand by 12 feet. Really a remarkable plane. We went to the Udvar-Hazy center with my parents, wife, and son. He liked watching the airplanes fly in.
This portrait was taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. It is a private zoo that was referred to me by Scott Bourne. I like his blog PhotoFocus. The tip was much appreciated and I came away with a whole lot of keepers. This Snowy Egret was preening himself. You can see some of the down stuck on his bill.
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I went to the Tidal Basin in DC Saturday with Sue and Raj. It was a great day beautiful weather with a bit of wind and great cherry blossoms. This is one of the many pictures I'm sorting through. If you haven't been to DC during the peak it is worth getting there early and braving the crowds.
You may have guessed that I like bird photography. Well today I was out on my way to take some photos of the Cherry Blossoms and still managed to get a bird picture. We were walking from the car toward the tidal basin and saw this Osprey fly into the tree right in front of us holding a fish. I didn't have the bird lens to catch the flight but the light was good and he hung around.
For quite a while I've wanted to get a good picture of a bald eagle. I finally have a good start. I went down to Mason Neck State Park and saw a couple of eagles flying around. Unfortunately they were a bit too far away for a good picture. I then went up to the GW Parkway to check out the new eagles nest and was surprised by all the activity. The observers think they recently laid eggs. This is the female as she flew right by us maybe 20 feet in the air heading back to her nest.
I spent the morning out at Mason Neck Refuge and State park. It is a nice park with quite a bit of wild life. I was able to see quite a few birds even though it is between seasons. This scene was taken overlooking the water this morning.
This view of the Potomac was taken on a short trip to a local park. It is on the Virginia Birding Trail. I was skeptical at first, but there were lots of wood peckers some blue jays and cardinals. There were a couple of hawks. One came screaming in above me. Unfortunately he was moving too fast to capture. On one trail there was one in a tree I didn't see until he flew off. Anyway, nice view of the river.
I have driven by this place many times and never found the opportunity to take a picture. Today I had to run to the grocery store so I stretched my errands into a small photo trip.
It was Brenden's 1st Birthday on Thursday. He has so many toys now but loves them all. Even with all those toys books are still his favorite. He chose the pencils and books at his chut-dol. He had a great extended birthday celebration lasting almost two weeks. It's good to be the prince.
This is a resident red shouldered hawk. I've seen him as I drive by countless times. On the way out to do errands I had a very nice close view of him as I pulled up. As I was distracted for a second to address the radio I just missed him. His toes are in the edge of what is now a picture of a tree.
On the way home was in a good spot so I grabbed a few frames.
One of these days I'll get a closer one.
In between eagles and geese I took this shot on "assignment." It was on the other side of the lake. the small trees in the middle-ground are reforestation efforts. The bald eagle flew and sat in a tall tree just to left of the trees on the water.
I went to Little Seneca Lake with a friend this morning to take some pictures. After some photographing some geese and yellow finches we talked with a group of water foul enthusiasts who were doing a bird watch. Before they could finish telling us that there is a nesting pair in the area, my friend spotted this one flying in.
This is my first bald eagle in the wild. See the making of here.