My vision for Transilvania

What follows here is a subjective, ideal scenario for my native region of the world, so if it doesn't sit well with you, read this first sentence again. I was born in a Saxon town in Transilvania called Medwesch. Its name in Romanian is Mediaș and in German, it's Mediasch. However, its name originates from [...]

A spring outing to the forest

There's a forest near the village of Pelișor (where we're restoring the fortified church and parochial house through our NGO) that we love to visit. It's the same forest where I took these other photos. It's a welcoming place with lovely trees, mostly oak and beech, where we can walk undisturbed or sit down and [...]

Spring fog

We had some lovely fog during this week. Dreamy but driveable, as I call it: enough visibility on the road to see where you were going, with enough atmosphere to make everything seem otherworldly. As I'm wont to do, I gallivanted through the local forests with my camera, enjoying myself. I couldn't do it too [...]

The Manor at Malancrav

Funny name, beautiful place. Even in Romanian, the name makes no sense, but we sure enjoyed our visit to the manor at Mălâncrav. It's located in Sibiu County and it was one of the houses of the Apafi Family, which was one of the most important aristocratic families during the reign of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The [...]

A walk in the forest

I took these photos about 5½ years ago on a walk at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, MD. They have such lovely fall foliage in their forest. As I edited the photos for the website, it brought back some fond memories of some of my first years together with my lovely wife. This [...]

Spring rain

Have you felt the drops of a spring rainfall on your face? They fall softly, blessing each leaf and bud and flower. They remind us of winter and of melted snow but they're tinged with hope, looking forward to summer. They chill and yet they warm.  

National Arboretum – Part 2

A little over four years after publishing the first series of photographs from the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, here's part two, containing a mix of photos from the outside gardens and various enclosed ones, including the Bonsai Exhibit. Selected photos from the set are highlighted below and you can find all of them by [...]

Fall colors in Rock Creek Park

These are photos from a wonderful walk we took in Rock Creek Park (on the Maryland side) in the fall of 2006. It was a beautiful autumn day, the light was wonderful, and the fall foliage was a delightful sight. This is the oldest tree in Maryland. It's an oak that dates back to even [...]