Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, South Pitt Street

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, South Pitt Street
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, South Pitt Street. Nikon D200, 135mm 2.8 AI, ISO 125, f/8, 1/200 sec.

The afternoon light was beautifully skimming this section of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I love the texture and color of the building, and the way in which the light emphasizes those characteristics.

Canada Goose, Huntley Meadows Park

Canada Goose, Huntley Meadows Park. Nikon D200, 75-300mm AF @190mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250 sec.
Canada Goose, Huntley Meadows Park. Nikon D200, 75-300mm AF @190mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250 sec.

It’s not a turkey, but it’ll have to do for today. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Glass Harp Player, North Union Street

Glass Harp Player, North Union Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.
Glass Harp Player, North Union Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.

The glass harpist is a fixture of the Old Town waterfront. He plays all sorts of classical favorites and popular songs, and there’s always a crowd of folks standing around listening—and watching. It’s a fascinating instrument and quite the visual spectacle. What’s more, he’ll explain the history of the instrument to you if you stick around long enough.

Autumn Pastels, Jones Point Park

Autumn Pastels, Jones Point Park
Autumn Pastels, Jones Point Park. Nikon D200, 135mm 2.8 AI, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/250 sec.

These delicate flowers were hanging out just underneath the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. I’d imagine that they could be pretty easy to pass by, but I happened to notice them. I love the soft quality of the colors and textures in this photo.

Does anyone know what these flowers are called? A bit of web searching on my part proved futile!

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Huntley Meadows Park

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Huntley Meadows Park. Nikon D200, 75-300 AF @300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250sec.
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Huntley Meadows Park. Nikon D200, 75-300 AF @300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250 sec.

Here’s another photo from my birding exploits. In this instance, the joy was more in the hunt than in the actual photo. I saw this red-bellied woodpecker near the edge of the path and ended up following him through the woods for the better part of half an hour.

It was February, but not brutally cold, and so I remember working up a bit of a sweat tracking him through the forest. He led me through thickets, over brambles, and across dead logs. I finally got close enough to get a few shots, but I would have loved to have been even closer. Still, a beautiful bird and an enjoyable memory.

Misha’s Roasting Room, South Patrick Street

Misha's Roasting Room, South Patrick Street. Nikon D200, Tokina 11-16 2.8 @ 11mm. ISO 800, f/4, 1/40 sec.
Misha’s Roasting Room, South Patrick Street. Nikon D200, Tokina 11-16 2.8 @ 11mm. ISO 800, f/4, 1/40 sec.

If you know me, you know I love coffee. And when it comes to coffee, there are a handful of really nice coffee houses in Alexandria.

Misha’s is a favorite spot of mine for a number of reasons:

  1. They roast their coffee in-house, right in front of you.
  2. The cups are orange, my favorite color.
  3. Nice selection of scones, muffins, doughnuts, etc.
  4. An iPod packed with an eclectic mix of jazz plays over the house speakers.

Maybe I’ll see you there sometime.

Bridge & Sky, Jones Point Park

Bridge & Sky, Jones Point Park. Nikon D200, 50mm 1.8 AF, ISO 100, f/11, 1/100 sec.
Bridge & Sky, Jones Point Park. Nikon D200, 50mm 1.8 AF, ISO 100, f/11, 1/100 sec.

Sometimes you just have to look up…

This photo was taken underneath the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on a beautiful fall day. I’ve seen this image in my head a few times while walking there, but the conditions were never quite right.

If you stare long enough, the clouds begin to move.