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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.

Because… Science!


Submillimeter Array (SMA) radio telescopes
Summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii — April 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Yes, this is the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Yes, this is considered to be in the tropics.  Yes, that white stuff is SNOW!  And YES, this is posted to show support for the March for Science in Washington, DC — today!!!

Were I not still recovering from my recent prostate cancer surgery (science), I would be an active participant in the march down on the National Mall later this morning.

I benefit from science each and every day — food that I do not raise or grow myself, electricity to illuminate the darkest parts of where I need to see, potable water to drink from the tap, fire from the gas cooking range, a warm home that is safe from the elements, the automated cleaning and drying of clothing and dishes, canned goods, computers, the Internet, refrigeration, air conditioning, automobiles, cameras, life-giving surgeries (multiple times), vaccines (YES!), the list is endless.

The attacks on science and technology must end, as without science and technology our lives would surely be snuffed out.

Color And Aroma


Lavender in bloom at the US Botanic Garden
Washington, DC — February 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

One of my favorite blooms to have in the garden and the fragrance is just heavenly.

Art — Then And Now


I thought it would be worth trying to see if I could replicate the viewpoint that I had when I painted the watercolor scene in the upper left en plein air back in 1989. Continue Reading →

Embrace The Suck — Pathology Report


Cherry blossoms in peak bloom at the Tidal Basin yesterday
Washington, DC — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

I spoke with my prostate surgeon two days ago and have since been processing what he shared with me, as it’s the classic good news / bad news report that you really never want to hear.  And part of my way of dealing with it was to go down the the Tidal Basin in DC, and partake of the lovely cherry blossoms, which are currently at peak color (taking photos to use for later reference as the basis of watercolor paintings is my own special version of self-medicating). Continue Reading →

The View From Tom’s Place


The steps of the Jefferson Memorial, with the
Washington Monument in the background
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

A dear friend of mine once referred to the Jefferson Memorial as “Tom’s Place”, and it’s a phrase that has stuck with me ever since.

The Old Guy Whom Is Now The FNG


Cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial
Washington, DC — March 1989
En plein air
Watercolor on paper — 22″ x 30″

I recently announced here on my site that I was getting back into watercolor painting after a hiatus of nearly 25-years.  When I initially posted that intent, I was just planning on doing my own thing and thought that I would likely share my finished work on an occasional basis.

However, as I’ve reacquainted myself with my tools and paints, and dug more and more into the subject again, I’ve come to realize that the art world as a whole is a completely different beast from when I last played in it so long ago.  So I figured I’d share the joy, the pain, the fun, the frustration, the wonder, and the WTF moments of this old guy… whom is now the FNG (the Effing New Guy, in case you don’t know).

What follows is a little long-winded, so please bear with me.

Continue Reading →

Royal Purple


More orchid goodness at the US Botanic Garden
Washington, DC — February 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

How many more of these do I have, you ask?  Hundreds, easily.  Orchids are my favorite flowers and I always like taking photos of them when I get a chance.