Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hiking. And then photography.

This weekend was an even balance of hiking and photography.  Saturday I got up early to join a group that hiked from Gambrill State Park in Maryland along the Catoctin Trail.

Sunday I got up even earlier to join a (new to me) photography group that was shooting sunrise at at Meadowlark Gardens in Virginia. 

I still wanted to stop and take a few more pictures on the hike, and I still got a little impatient standing around and trying to take pictures of hummingbirds at the gardens (with seriously inadequate equipment compared to others there whose lenses were on steroids).  You can kinda see one below.

But I do feel slightly more in balance at the moment.  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

kenilworth photo walk

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.

 And dragonflies.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Catching up

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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

welcoming spring

Spring sprang and thus began the annual rituals of wandering around town in search of blooms.  
In search of virginia bluebells along the potomac river. 

 In search of cherry blossoms on the mall.
And fun capturing dancing water from newly refilled fountains, like at the world war II memorial.

These all with the "small" camera to give my crotchety back a break.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

White Oak Canyon -- goodbye winter??

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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

and more snow, at Great Falls, VA

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!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

finding snow at Catoctin

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.