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Tag Archives: Sunrise

Warm And Sunny In The Dead Of Winter


Mid-morning at the beach
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina — January 2014
Leica IIIf + Leica Summicron 50/2.0
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Totally Ignored By The Sun Worshippers


Field of sunflowers in the early morning
Central Maryland — August 2014
Leica M 240 + Voigtländer 35/1.2 ASPH II

A favorite location for bright summer blooms while on my morning commute to work.

Sunrise For My Sweetheart


Central Maryland — August 1989
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

Another watercolor painting from one of my love letters to Cindy.

A New Day For General Grant


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


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


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


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


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.