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A New Day For General Grant

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

This was shot shortly after the extensive renovation and restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC.  It had been slowly falling into disrepair for decades, but now is in spectacular condition.

Windsurfing Sunrise

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En plein air sunrise
Buxton, North Carolina — July 1989
Watercolor on paper — 4″ x 6″

One of the many benefits of having a portable watercolor field kit is being able to paint whenever the fancy strikes, such as this one.

My brother came out to visit me from the west coast, and we dashed down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for some windsurfing at Canadian Hole, a wonderfully protected area just south of Buxton.  We camped overnight, and — like always — I woke up early.  While waiting for my brother to roll out of his sleeping bag, I painted this sunrise image en plein air for Cindy, to send her in a letter.

Early Morning In The Urban Canyon

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Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Maryland — September 2015
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH II
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

From one of my regular early morning visits to Baltimore.

A Cloud Of Flowering Dogwood Blossoms

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Dogwood tree in full bloom
Central Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

This specific flowering dogwood tree (Cornus florida) is one of my very favorites in late April (yes, I have lots of favorite trees — so what?).  It’s right next to the exit of one of the many buildings where I work, and in the spring becomes just an utter cloud of creamy white blossoms — especially pretty when back-lit by the morning sun.

Each year I eagerly look forward to the day when I can just stand at this spot for many minutes at a time, and absorb the warmth and peaceful beauty that permeates that special area.

Morning Fog On Lake Champlain

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Essex-Charlotte ferry
Lake Champlain, New York — June 2005
Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

From a wonderful road trip many years ago, here’s a shot of the Essex-Charlotte ferry, just as the morning fog was beginning to lift from the surface of the lake, and the details of the far shore were slowly becoming visible.

I love road trips.

Winter On The Beach

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Cindy on the beach
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina — January 2014
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Walking along the beach after the touron season has ended is always so much more satisfying… no crowds, no noise, no distractions, no intrusions, no… anything.  Just empty.

The wind is uninterrupted and blows sheets of fine sand across the surface of the beach.  There is a certain bite to the air, both from the temperature and the light sandblasting.  Ghost crabs scurry ahead of our passage and the occasional bird wheels above us to see if we offer a treat, while the dune grasses sway and bow as the weather fronts storm through.

Glorious Fall Morning

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Blueberry bushes at sunrise
Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia — October 2015
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

This is one of those mornings… when you wake up and everything is just perfect with the world.

Crisp air, but not too cold.  A few clouds, but not enough to be overcast.  Perfect golden light, just right for popping all the reds and oranges.

A day when you just want to hug your partner close and soak in just being one with everything around you.

The Absaroka Range In The Beartooth Wilderness

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Looking toward Black Mountain
Livingston, Montana — October 2017
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

This was quite the scene, as we rounded a corner and found this tableau laid out before us.  It made it totally worth getting up extra early so we could reach this point before the sun rose any further.