Afghan Refugee Volunteer Opportunities

A number of local Washington Metro Area (WMA) organizations are asking for your monetary donations, contributions, time and advocacy to assist newly arrived Afghan families who have fled to the U.S. from Afghanistan as Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, refugees, and asylum-seekers. I will update this list frequently as additional information becomes available. I know this …

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

My wife and I actively support the Herndon Village Network here in Herndon, VA. I can’t recall how long we have been working with them, but it has been several years. They are an amazing group of people that provide a much needed, and often overlooked, service to the community. HVN drivers provide essential services, …

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A Remedy for Love

Last Saturday, I had the honor of working with (and taking photographs for) one of my favorite local charities, Food for Neighbors. My wife and I have been supporting them for the past several years and have enjoyed watching the organization grow, expand to new schools and increase the number of students receiving weekend food. …

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Fog Lifting

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

A Car is Born

I took the photograph above at a local car show several years ago. I really don’t have an intriguing story to tell about it. There is just something about the photo that appeals to me. There is also something about the photograph below that appeals to me. I’m a sucker for a car show. Old …

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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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Simple Gifts

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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Places Everyone!

My youngest daughter was very involved in the performing arts during her high school years. As parents do, my wife and I volunteered and supported the drama boosters. While most of my experience was in portrait, sports and family photography, this opportunity allowed me to learn everything I ever wanted to know about theatre photography. …

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Summer Dreams

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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