I took this photograph in June 2017 at around 6:00 am in the morning. I felt fortunate to be there when the ducks were waking up with the morning fog lifting off the still water. “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Meadowlark Gardens Vienna Virginia

After having played in these gardens dozens of time over the years, I think my daughters know every inch of these bridges at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, VA. As I sit silently in the pre-dawn darkness of the garden, I can almost hear them laughing and giggling between each other like it was 20 years…

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If I had to pick one song that comes to mind while I’m walking in a forest or garden, it would be the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts”. The tune, written in the late 1800’s to celebrate the Shaker principles of simplicity and humility, has been used by other composers over the years. Many churches use…

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Lake Anne Reston Virginia

The weather report for this weekend has me longing for summer. Lake Anne in Reston is one of my favorite places to spend a hot and humid summer Saturday morning. Just typing those words took the edge off the weather report. Under the watchful eye of the statue of Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon, the…

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ducks at lake anne reston virginia

We have all heard, and at some point experienced, the theory that everything comes in threes. Once you are aware of this expression, it is almost impossible to not anticipate the third thing happening after the second. You might think – and I am going out on a limb here – that we are actually…

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During the summer, on any given Saturday morning, you might find me at the Reston Farmers Market. On this particular occasion, I decided to take my camera, as it was a gorgeous morning. The colors at the market are amazing, as are the farmers you encounter there. Even in the chaos of the twisty green…

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This is a photo of the Herndon Fortnightly Library in Herndon, VA right before a storm moved in. Storms bring rain, lightening and thunder to our lives. We stop to take shelter, watch, listen and absorb the majesty as it draws closer to us. For that brief moment in time, we are reminded of how…

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