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.
Tag Archives: Sunrise
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.
From one of my regular early morning visits to Baltimore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.