Snowy Branches, Commonwealth Avenue

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Snowy Branches, Commonwealth Avenue. Nikon D200, 50mm f/2 K, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.

Here’s a little snow to remind you that it’s actually still winter in the northern hemisphere. Also, not a bad example of some of the beautiful architecture here in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

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Potomac Sunset, Riverside Park

Potomac Sunset, Riverside Park
Potomac Sunset, Riverside Park. Nikon D200, Tokina 11-16mm 2.8, ISO 100, f/11, 1/3 sec.
I love photographing at Riverside Park, which is down on the southern part of the George Washington Parkway. There’s something exhilarating about scrambling down to the rocks and setting up while trying not to fall in the Potomac River. What follows is the serenity of listening to the waves while waiting for the light to change.

Long exposures are typically my favorites down there, showing motion in the water and, in this case, the subtle motion of leaves and flowers.

Great Blue Heron, Huntley Meadows Park

Great Blue Heron, Huntley Meadows Park. Nikon D200, 75-300mm AF @165mm, ISO 500, f/11, 1/250 sec.
Great Blue Heron, Huntley Meadows Park. Nikon D200, 75-300mm AF @165mm, ISO 500, f/11, 1/250 sec.

With a little patience, you can get really close to the great blue herons at Huntley Meadows Park. I was able to achieve a studio look to this portrait by shooting after the sun had gone down.There was very little ambient light left, so I could make the background go totally black while illuminating the heron with flash.

Backlit Flower, Jones Point Park

Backlit Flower, Jones Point Park
Backlit Flower, Jones Point Park. Nikon D200, 135mm 2.8 AI, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1250 sec.

It’s Christmas Eve and I’m posting a flower photo. I know.

It is red and green though… sorta. It also feels like spring outside, so hey—why not? In actuality I snapped this photo in November, just a month or so ago.

Abstract Ripples, Shipyard Park

Ripples, Shipyard Park
Abstract Ripples, Shipyard Park. Nikon D200, 105mm 2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/16, 1/5 sec.

This photo was created by panning the camera across the already existing ripples in the water. The Potomac River was reflecting the sky at dusk and I wanted to try an impressionistic approach to this beautiful scene.

Abstract Leaf, Jones Point Park

Abstract Leaf, Jones Point Park
Abstract Leaf, Jones Point Park. Nikon D200, 60mm 2.8 AF Micro, ISO 400, f/8, 1/200 sec.

Followers of this blog will know that I am a huge fan of looking for texture and patterns. I recently picked up a used macro lens (my first!) and have begun experimenting with it. The backlighting on this leaf provided the perfect opportunity to try it out. Keep an eye out for more macro photos appearing in the future!

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!

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.

Great Egret, Dyke Marsh

Great Egret, Dyke Marsh. Nikon D200, 75-300mm AF @300mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/500 sec.
Great Egret, Dyke Marsh. Nikon D200, 75-300mm AF @300mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/500 sec.

Dyke Marsh is a little retreat just south of Old Town. There’s a short walking path that leads out into the heart of the marsh, with nice views of the Potomac. In order to get this photo of the egret, I wandered off the path a bit. The backlighting was beautiful at this time of day and I hung out in this cove for a while, enjoying my time with this graceful creature.