Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Purple Mountains and Amber Waves

I don't know what happened to me in the last month. I thought keeping this blog would be easy...a single shot every day. Surely I could keep up with that, right?

Oh so wrong.

So now that I'm getting around to posting these, the colors are gone and decaying on the ground and the trees are bare. But the sky? It's always beautiful, and I never get tired of that!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ghost Trees

Those bare trees look like white birches, but they aren't. The trees themselves, actually, don't have white bark; they are brown. They are covered, though, with some sort of greenish-white mold-moss, the color of those glow-in-the-dark stars kids stick on their bedroom ceiling. They are eery, almost, sticking out like ghosts among the healthy, red-leaved trees around them.

Shenandoah National Park, November 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mountain's Majesty

I took a trip up to the Shenandoah National Park this weekend, hoping to catch some fall colors. At our house not too far away, the trees are bright oranges and reds and, although at the tail end of peaking, still beautiful. Up in the mountains, however, there was already snow, and the trees above 2,000 feet had lost their leaves. The cloud-bedazzled sky and lower trees still  made for some pretty pictures, though.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Yes, I know these are essentially the same photo, but I liked them both, and it's my blog, so here they are.  :)

I think of summer and spring being the time to shoot all the wildlife that wanders through our yard, but it seems like fall is vying for a spot as well. As long as they aren't in the house, I'm okay with that.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Another Guest Moves In

When I was sitting outside on our stairs reading this weekend, this guy dropped from the tree behind me and flipped over on his back in his web. I couldn't see a bug, but he started rolling this small white bead of thread. As I looked through the lens, I could see he was creating it with his own silk. You can see it coming out of his abdomen! How cool is that!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Five years ago I participated in a Freedom Walk in Washington D.C. in remembrance of 9-11. It was an amazing experience, walking with thousands of others, flags everywhere, solemn, but proud. I loved the feeling of triumph - that the terrorists couldn't destroy what was most important about this country. These pictures are from that evening.

When the administration changed two years ago, the Freedom Walk was done away with.