Places

Signs of Spring

Who says we can only look at spring photographs in the spring? On my site, in this little virtual world I’ve created, spring comes whenever I want it, and now’s a perfect time for it. Here’s a set of photos of spring flowers, with a heavy concentration of daffodils. And if you’d like to see even more such gorgeous photos, see this post. Enjoy!

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Places

North Bethesda and Rockville at night

Here are cityscapes of North Bethesda and Rockville at night. Most are taken from a vantage point in Grosvenor Park while some are taken from the walkway above the I-270. I do love it when cities and architects take the time to think about color casts and the impact they will have on the way their places are seen at night. The right lighting can make a place look magical at night. And let’s not forget about incidental light from cars and other road vehicles, which has its own amazing charm in long exposure photographs.

There are more photos in the gallery below. Click on each thumbnail to view the images in full-screen mode. Enjoy!

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Thoughts

Summer scenes from Grosvenor Park

For the past several years, we’ve lived in a beautiful community in North Bethesda, MD, called Grosvenor Park. The community was built inside a forest that stretches from Bethesda to Rockville. This is a video recorded in that forest, on the shore of a brook that makes its way through the community, in the summer of 2008.

The nature that surrounded us while we lived there was a constant source of inspiration and relaxation for us. I wrote and posted photos taken in Grosvenor Park in the past, too. If you’d like to see more, here’s where you can start:

You can also see several hundred photos from Grosvenor Park and from North Bethesda in my photo catalog.

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Thoughts

Reassurance

One photographic subject I never tire of capturing is the sky. It’s quite an amazing subject. No other in nature changes colors and shapes like the sky. The fantastic hues of its sunrises and sunsets, the cloud movements, especially before a storm, the amazing variety of its makeup, all make for wonderful photographic moments. (And I mean moments, because it can change very quickly sometimes.)

Reassurance

Take this photo, for example. It was taken just a few minutes after the photo shown below. This one makes the viewer think a storm is just breaking up to reveal better skies, but the weather was fantastic. It just so happened that by using a 100mm lens and getting closer to the clouds, I was able to get a different atmospheric mood. Skies are quite amazing that way. Have a look at this next photo, and you’ll get a fairer picture of what the weather was like that evening.

The majestic ones

Photos taken in North Bethesda, MD.

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Thoughts

Great day to be alive

It was mid-afternoon and I couldn’t believe how beautiful the sky was. These puffy white clouds were strewn about like cotton candy. I had to get my camera and take photos. Just had to. Of the photos I got that afternoon, I think I like this one best. It looks as if you can climb onto those trees at the bottom, then keep going up from cloud to cloud until you reach heaven itself. It’s my stairway to heaven. 🙂

Great day to be alive

Taken in North Bethesda, MD.

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Events

Radiate

The sky really was this radiant that morning. I was as amazed to see it as you are now (I hope) and quickly got my camera out. I’ve never seen a sky like that before, and I don’t know what caused those cloud formations. All I know is that it looked fantastic.

Radiate

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