Last weekend I did something I've long said I was going to do - led a group on a "photography hike." This one at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. It was more of a stroll and the photography wasn't too serious. But quite enjoyable, and the heat held off until later in the day. Had fun trying out a relatively new telephoto lens, which did pretty well for hand holding and no tripod.
The lotus were in full bloom and quite tall.
And had fun trying to capture the heron catching a fish
(i didn't, though caught him stretching his neck).
The water lilies were past peak, but still a few beauties around.
Not much posting lately. Late April through mid-May spent photographing national parks in Utah, and still haven't gone through those photos (!).....soon. More catching up to do.
Before my trip, revisited the potomac heritage trail in Northern Virginia, with a one-way shuttle hike of 13 miles or so, scott's run to roosevelt island. The bluebells were most definitely in full bloom!
And redbuds too.
And over Memorial Day weekend, explored a new (to me) hike in Shenandoah's central district, Bear Church Rock.
Very scenic, with a steep climb along a woodsy trail, leading to a scenic overlook.
I especially enjoyed the beautiful Staunton River and its small falls along the way.
A few weeks ago did a tough 8 mile trek, up the White Oak Canyon trail in Shenandoah, where the smaller falls were frozen, slogged through a snowy side trail, and down the steep, icy Cedar Run trail, where, notwithstanding microspikes and hiking poles, I fell twice. Exhausting, but beautiful every which way I looked.
The past two weekends I've hiked through Great Falls National Park, VA, and neighboring Riverbend park. A late afternoon slush fest two weekends ago, and a very slick icy late morning last weekend. With another 5-8 inches predicted for Thursday, I think there may be more snow to come!
A few weeks ago I was a little starved for snow (not so much now) and was rewarded by the 8.5 mile loop at Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland, 1 hr 20 min outside of DC. The snow depth ranged from just a few inches to almost a foot at different parts of the mountain.
With the latest winter storm in DC (fed govt closed today!) more opportunities for snow and ice pics. To be continued.