Tuesday, January 12, 2016

foggy forest

In the space of a few weeks, it's gone from feeling summery to wintry.  Over the weekend we had one cool, foggy, misty day - which I enjoyed while traipsing through shenandoah national park - and then a day that started out feeling like April and ended up feeling like, well, January.   The hike was led by a natural history expert so in addition to stopping to catch my breath, I stopped to learn about my surroundings.   There were some amazingly beautiful rock formations in this part of the park.





  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Potomac Heritage Trail

In the last two months of the year, completed two hikes and approximately 25 miles of the Potomac Heritage Trail -- "an evolving, 710-mile network of locally-managed trails and routes that embraces both sides of the Potomac, from the mouth of the river at the Chesapeake Bay to the Allegheny Highlands in the upper Ohio River basin."   So says the National Park Service.











Hike number one was in November (right after getting over the first of three colds in an eight-week span).  We had some beautiful fall foliage that day.

 
  








The second hike was two days after Christmas (right after getting over cold # 3 of 3).  
And it reached nearly 70 degrees.  Go figure.  











Amazing to find so much beauty in nature so close to the city.

Wishing all a happy 2016.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Thanks

Taking a moment to give thanks for the things that keep me sane, such as exploring a new trail in an old park with friends, both old and new.  For streams and leaves and colors and trees, and the joy of photographing it all.

Gateway Trail ~ Catoctin Mountain Park



Saturday, November 7, 2015

fall fun at sugarloaf

On a recent outing to Sugarloaf mountain, had fun capturing the fall foliage, both straight up and playing with the picture-taking to create different effects.  






Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lost River State Park

While life may have me feeling a little lost right now, hiking at Lost River State Park perked me right up.  A state park in West Virginia not too far from the George Washington National Forest, this nearly 11 mile hike with 2,200 feet of elevation gain was a perfect way to spend a fall day.  Definitely worth the 6:15 a.m. start to the day and the 2+ hour drive.







Sunday, October 4, 2015

Remember September?

Although the summer weather seemed to drag this year, September blew by in a fast fall breeze.

Early in September I did a 10 mile hike along the Catoctin trail in Maryland, picking up from the end point of August's hike, and ending just outside Cunningham falls state park.













Then, had a lovely stroll with my friend Maureen around Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in the middle of the month and remembered just how much i enjoy that park past its peak.







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.