So, which is more dangerous? Running with scissors or running with D3s. If you guessed the latter, you are correct. The wrath of a mad mom watching her equipment travel breakneck up a steep and cluttered incline while a small dog was jumping up and trying to grab the runner’s shorts was pretty intense. And, no, the T-shirt didn’t help his cause. Life is UNFAIR when you disobey your mother, even if you’re cute and contrite. The punishment? After putting […]
It was a beautiful spring morning, and I took advantage of the weather and time in between deadlines to ride at Skyland Farm before meetings and projects took over the day. The first ride was aboard my old friend Escada, a beautiful gray, warmblood mare that has been previously featured in my blog. I hadn’t ridden her for several months, and it was fun to reunite with her and enjoy the sights and sounds of a morning on the farm, […]
I’ve found myself looking up from under flowering trees this spring while out on hikes and photo expeditions. I spent some quality time with this forsythia last week and experimented with different angles while working with my macro lens. It seems more natural for me to shoot down into flowers, but sometimes looking up offers an altogether different perspective that makes for a fun image.
I have fond memories of Earth Day from my childhood. I recall many special events, field trips and volunteer efforts where I got my hands dirty, cleaned up streams, planted trees and hunted for salamanders in window wells. As a student at John Muir Elementary School and then a Natural Resources major in college, I learned to appreciate Earth Day from the ground up as I studied ecosystems, geology, Rachel Carson, the extinction of species, biochemistry, botany and global deforestation […]
The Clarke County Crew had a tough game in Fredericksburg, Virginia this afternoon. Even though Cam tried his best to defend the goal throughout the game, the FASA Classic Hotspur Plus team was on fire and dominated, with a talented offense that could successfully score from all over the field. Cam had some wonderful saves, and, with help from his pal Robbie who plays defense, he did the best he could in a difficult game where it seemed he was […]
I apologize to those of you who may see this gallery twice. My attempt to reblog this post from the Skyland Farm website failed to materialize on my site and appeared as random photographs from last summer, so I deleted it. Here are some of the images I took this past week on a lovely spring day at Skyland Farm in Middleburg, Virginia. To visit the Skyland Farm website and for more information about this hunter/jumper show barn, please click […]
I spent an afternoon photographing my “backyard” yesterday with Elliot Stern, the owner of Blue Ridge Photography Workshops. He joined me out in Hunt Country on this day to spend some time exploring a new area and to also scope out some possible sites for future workshops. It was an overcast, and sometimes drizzly, day that finally did turn partly sunny. Our first stop was Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, Virginia, where we spent more than an hour walking around the […]
Categories: Scenic • Tags: artistic, black and white, Blue Ridge Photography Workshops, Color Efex Pro, Nikon D800E, photography, Silver Efex Pro, spring, Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville, Virginia
While out on my travels today, I stopped in my local grocery store to have some prescriptions filled. As I was there waiting, I meandered around and stumbled upon a Goldfinch Thistle Sock that happened to be on sale. I’d never seen such a thing, so I picked one up. We’ve had a few goldfinches in the yard this spring, so I thought they might find it interesting. Little did I know how popular this feeder would be! After only about […]
Today’s Macro Monday Photo Challenge worked out well for me. Peppermint and I walked four miles at the park and passed by many beautiful flowering trees. In addition to adding beauty to our walk, they attracted a number of different birds, which allowed me to work on my IDs in preparation for the upcoming bird surveys for the Virginia Working Landscapes Program. I had my Audubon app out and enjoyed listening to the birds answer when I chose the right […]
Even though the spring flowers are providing lots of colorful inspiration, I’ve thought in black-and-white lately for a variety of reasons. So, as Peppermint and I explored the State Arboretum of Virginia this week, I paused to work on this image. As I walked by this area I noticed a plein air painter set up underneath a tree and focused on this general vicinity. It did look lovely, with hints of green against a bright blue sky, reflections of subtle […]
I enjoy spending time in our woods during all of the seasons, but spring is my favorite. These small white flowers are among the first to bloom, and they’re found throughout the forest floor. I like their contrast to the dull, brown leaf litter. They don’t last long, but they always make me smile. Just after Cam started walking, we were out in the yard one spring afternoon and he picked a handful of these flowers and brought them to […]
It is my 13th birthday, and I am a full-fledged teenager. Yay! My dad isn’t as excited as I am. Today my Mom and I went on a hike down the Appalachian Trail to celebrate my birthday. So I took the 13 best photos of my 203 photos that I took today (It was not easy) for this guest blog. I had fun today. I know this blog is short compared to my mother’s posts, but I’m tired and I’m […]
It was the first warm spring day of the year on the mountain, so during a quick lunch break I took Peppermint out for a walk around the yard and to check for emerging flowers. We didn’t make it far. While I paused to search for the daffodils along the driveway, she sat down and could barely keep her eyes open. So, I joined her to see what it felt like, and it was pretty darn comfortable, with the sun […]
What a difference a firmware update makes! When I purchased the Nikon D800e last year, I was so excited about having a camera that I could use for landscapes, nature, portraits and birding. I have always loved my D3s for sports and low light shoots, but I knew it wasn’t quite the right tool for some of my new explorations outside the horse shows. While the D800e worked wonderfully in some capacities, especially on the tripod for landscapes and macro photos, […]
My trip to South Carolina this week has been so full of fun and photography that I ended up killing my laptop during a batch of downloading. I managed to revive it today, but it’s still quite under the weather. Thankfully I brought two portable hard drives so I didn’t lose any images, but editing has been put on the back burner until I return home. My old faithful MacBook Pro is long in the tooth, and I’ve been carefully […]
I noticed in my recent posts I’ve highlighted most of the birds who visit our feeders, however, I’ve left out the sparrows. Today, I focused on these plain but cute birds that generally travel in a flock and are usually the ones that clean up the spilled feed on the ground. A few of the braver sparrows do take their turns at the seed bell, and that’s what this one was up to when I caught him waiting for an […]
It’s 31 degrees with a windchill in the 20s, and the Clarke County Crew soccer team members aren’t deterred. I, on the other hand, only managed a 15-minute walk on the trail with Peppermint before my hands and ears were nearly numb. I know spring is officially here, but someone needs to tell Mother Nature!
Spring. What a glorious word. Despite the patches of snow remaining in our yard, I felt spring in the air today. As I went outside to load the Tahoe with recycling this morning, I heard a familiar song. It took me a moment to brush the cobwebs from my brain and realize that the song I heard was the Phoebe. They had returned to our yard to nest as they had for the past couple of years. As I made […]
This summer while Cameron was away in Michigan visiting his aunt and uncle, I received a letter from Magnolia Plantation & Gardens addressed to him. Because we had both entered their spring photo contest, I had a feeling it might contain good news. With just a twinge of guilt, I opened his letter. That guilt evaporated when I read he’d received Honorable Mention for one of the two photos he’d entered. He was ecstatic when I told him that evening […]
The Hill School tree looked beautiful today with fresh green buds and a field of bright yellow flowers at its base. It was the perfect model for my iPhone and the Pro HDR app. Peppermint and I took a walk up to the tree and admired the scenery now so bright green and fresh. I’m so glad spring has arrived here in Virginia, and I look forward to spending more time outside with my camera.