Friday, March 26, 2010

Creation Sings!!!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Take a journey through nature by photographs at the exhibit, "Creation Sings!!", Vienna Arts Center, 115 Pleasant St. NW, Vienna, VA 22180, just off Maple Ave, behind the Marco Polo Restaurant.

At the exhibit of "Creation Sings!!", my intent is to take you on a journey through aspects of nature where you will see waterfalls, leaves, flowers, a spider, dog, cat, National Parks and birds. I love nature and find it relaxing and maybe even therapeutic, to take a walk through the woods at various times through the year. Many times, I take a walk in the same park and the same spot because the scenery changes with the season or lighting or I just may have not noticed something before.

Although you will find photographs taken at National Parks, I primarily focus on the beauty of nature found in Northern Virginia parks and West Virginia.
The exhibit runs through May 1, 2010 at 4 p.m.. The artist reception is Saturday, March 27, 2010, 5 - 8 p.m., please stop by and say "hi." I would enjoy meeting you.
The image shown here was taken at Great Falls National Park in October 2009 on a foggy morning. I left home to photograph at Great Falls on a bright sunny morning to find a heavy fog at the park. Fog has always fascinated me so I went to the river and began photographing. This image is on display at "Creation Sings!!" printed on canvas.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Historic Winter III

WOW!! The winter season is over- went fast despite the feeling that I would never ever see the snow melt or that I would have to mow my yard around the mounds of snow. It was an incredible season. More snow than I have ever seen, 63" was the final total. It was a beautiful season. Not sure I would want to go through it again, hence I am not moving north unless the good Lord requires that of me, I will stay here in Virginia and enjoy these surprise winters. Thanks to a friend who taught me to see Winter's beauty, the season was beautiful.

Although today is the first day of spring and I plan to spend it outside enjoying what is supposed to be an unusually warm day, I want to share a few more images with you taken during our Historic Winter season. I hope you enjoy these.
This photograph was taken from an overlook on the Virginia side of the Great Falls National Park. The rock formations got my attention while the snow added a touch of winter's beauty.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Historic Winter II

The snow, although at the time seemed endless, was a beautiful experience as I mentioned yesterday. I used to not enjoy winter until my friend Jaimi showed me the beauty of winter. In many ways, Winter is a good season to photograph as you can see birds and wildlife easier as well as snow and ice.
This photograph is a purple cone flower with seeds from last season covered in snow. I used my macro lens again and was experimenting. I enjoy taking my camera and playing around with it. Sometimes I get my best images that way.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Historic Winter

This winter has been historic. Record setting snowstorms and colder temperatures. We've had 3 major storms, at least two of them were classified as blizzards. Thankfully, during each storm God had my family and I in safe places!

I have never seen so much snow in my life. At one point, the snow was up to my knees which is about 35-40 inches. Our final snow total (at least as of the writing of this blog) is 63".

What I found interesting about the snow was it's simplistic beauty. Normally, a winter for the Northern Virginia area consists of snow and ice, which is not the prettiest combination and is a much more dangerous. The snows this winter were gorgeous... watching the snow fall and create such a beautiful white blanket was an awesome experience. And, some of the snow drifts were amazing to see. Nature did a beautiful job this winter.
The winter gave me some great opportunity to photograph snow. Over the next few wreeks, I plan to post a few of my works from the historic winter of 2010. Hope you enjoy them and, please let me know your thoughts.