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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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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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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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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tomb of unknown soldier Arlington National Cemetery

I took this photo in 2008, on one of our visits to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. I don’t think that anyone leaves this spot without some reflection on the sacrifices made to preserve and defend our democracy. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that…

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Brady or Mahomes? It’s Super Bowl Sunday, even though it really doesn’t seem like it. Do we really have to pick a side, or can we just enjoy the game (and commercials)? I really have no opinion. To me, football is a distraction until baseball season begins. Go Nats!

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monticello 2009

Nestled atop the Southwest Mountains outside of Charlottesville, Thomas Jefferson’s neoclassical home, Monticello, is the centerpiece of his plantation that spanned more than 5,000 acres. Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 and is buried on the grounds. The home is a testament to his intellect and reflects many of his academic pursuits. I had a…

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The hour immediately after sunrise, and the hour preceding sunset, is known to photographers as the golden hour. The photo above was taken in Hilton Head, SC at 07:00 in the morning, August 2014. It was taken with the oldest and cheapest lens in my bag. Go figure. There are many technical reasons why this…

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I took this photo in 2004 from the front porch of my in-laws home in Rockingham County, Virginia (boy do I miss my Kodachrome). On most days, the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from their porch is breathtaking. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, and being able to look out my window every morning to…

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