Return to Ice

Well, just two days after a snowfall, we got hit again only this time it was an ice storm. No worries though, I made the best of it by staying busy with office work and helping some neighbors with downed trees. After all was said and done I had that itch to get out and capture the beauty of the thick ice that covered…

Be Beautiful, Be Sad

I don’t know about my fellow americans here on the east coast, but living in the mid atlantic lately hasn’t exactly been a joy. Snow every week, not being able to get to work, and so much salt on the roads that the trees that line them are white. I don’t know how many times you vacuum your house without losing it. Speaking of…

Fort Frederick

In my hunt for fall colors last year, I came upon an old fort on my way to “Big Pool”. This Fort Frederick in Big Pool, Maryland. It was built in 1756 and was primarily used as a supply depot during the French and Indian war. This building is an old log house that I believe was erected well after the initial fort was…

Hunting Creek

After eating a big fat breakfast that Sheila made me this morning, I packed up my car and headed out for some landscape photos. I had something very specific in mind: Hunting creek that runs down the Catoctin mountain near Thurmont MD. Last week during the “Polar Vortex” that we all went through I went out for a drive to the mountain to see…

Worthington House

A day or two after Christmas we had a fifty degree day so Sheila and I took full advantage of the situation and loaded the dogs into the car and went to our favorite place – Worthington Farm, which is part of the Monocacy Civil War Battlefield here in Maryland. As usual, I brought my camera with us because here the dogs are easy…

Black Water

As many of you great people who follow me may have noticed, some of my landscape shots include some body of water that is either black or close to it. This because having black still water is something I look for in my shots if possible. I won’t throw away a shot if it doesn’t mind you, but it is this type scenario that…

The Bridge at Roddy Creek

Welcome to the new year, I hope everyone is coping well. As many of you know, the east coast here in the U.S. is going through some very cold and severe winter weather and it seems like we are getting snow here every week. Yesterday the sun finally came out and I thought that I would revisit some old haunts to get a different…

Return to Ruin

On occasion I will go back to places that I have visited to shoot before for various reasons. Different time of day or year. Different lenses. Or maybe there was something about the particular subject that was left unsaid from my previous visit. The truth is that the same story can always be told more than once, just from a different perspective. Such is…

Where The Vultures Are

Here on the east coast winter has come early, and as a photographer, venturing outside with my camera has become more and more limiting. As a consequence, I have resorted to carrying my camera out while on errands such as getting gas, going to the store, etc. This way, if something along the way strikes my fancy, I can just hop out the car…

Disintegrate

Canon 5D markII, ISO 1250, 1/250 @ f/8

Forward

A few months ago Sheila and I were driving way out in the country when I spotted a field of sunflowers. I quickly pulled over to the side of the road, grabbed my camera, and proceeded to get a few shots. As I began shooting, two things jumped out at me about this situation. One: even though the flowers where blooming, they were only…

C&O Cushwa Basin

This is the Cushwa Basin part of the C&O canal. It is in Williamsport, MD and I stumbled upon it by accident during my “Big Pool” adventure. This shot is one of those “Happy accidents”. I was on my way back to the car when I glanced to my right and saw this. Needless to saw my jaw just dropped. Many photographers will talk…

C&O Hancock

Here is a shot of behind the aqueduct on the C&O canal in Hancock, MD. I took this on the great day I had that I mentioned in my “Big Pool” post. Canon 5D markII, EF 50 1.2 L, ISO 160, 1/50 @ f/8

BIG POOL

This year I made a conscious effort to shoot fall colors here in Maryland. In my spare time I have driven many miles chasing the leaves of color, even driving as far as at least four to five hours away from my home. The problem is that here in the Mid-Atlantic the fall colors can be quite fickle. One day the colors are almost…

Old Anglers Inn

There are national treasures all over in this great country of ours and here in the DMV (D.C.,Maryland,andVirginia) one of the best is the C&O canal. Since I live in central Maryland the various locks in the canal are easy access as I never have to drive too far to get to one. Over the years I have spent many hours hiking the canal…