Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flower Time

Monday I took a day off work and traveled to Longwood Gardens with friends Sara Howell and Karen Rexrode. Longwood is a favorite location for shooting flowers this time of year. I hate to admit it, but I’m seriously out of practice in regard to shooting flowers. I’m planning 1 or 2 more trips to Longwood before spring arrives here in Virginia. Hopefully I can find my groove by then and I’ll post a flower gallery after my final trip.

The shot about is a 6 shot vertical panorama taken with a 15mm lens.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Big Devils Stairs and Big Duke

That is my hiking buddy pictured above. Yesterday we spent a few hours in Shenandoah National Park hiking and doing some location scouting. When I was a Boy Scout we used to hike Big Devils Stairs. Back then we would enter the park from the base of the mountain and hike up the canyon. It was pretty much a rock scramble and hiking up alongside a stream and waterfall.

Entering from the base of the mountain is no longer permitted, it’s rumored that hikers were not respectful of the private property at the base of the mountain and access was denied. I also read somewhere that the trail was damaged a few times due to flooding during heavy rain and it was decided that the trail would be rerouted.

So Duke and I started at the top of the mountain and hiked down to the overlook shown above. The trail stays in the forest until you arrive at the top of the canyon pictured above. Not many photo ops along the way, but we had great time and I grabbed the abstract below on the way out of the park.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fort Washington

This past weekend friends Alan, Greg, and budding photographer Christopher (he’s 6) went to Fort Washington on the bank of the Potomac River. I had not been there for 20 plus years and was thinking it might make for a good outing. I think we were all pleasantly surprised with the photo opportunities and agreed it was a venue we were willing to revisit.

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