Are you there?

When I started this blog, I intended it to be a photo blog and nothing more than that. The events of yesterday changed my plan. Yesterday, I immediately thought of Fred Rogers: “if you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.”  Seven helpers …

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When the fog is over

The Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday is an official day of service and celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, it wasn’t until 2000 that all 50 states observed it as a state holiday. On August 23, 1994, …

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13,363

It’s been a good ride. Today, 31 December 2022, is my final day of Federal employment after serving for almost 37 years. The last few weeks have made one thing very clear to me—it’s incredibly hard to step away from something you’ve been doing every …

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The Day is Done

This past Tuesday night, I was at National Airport waiting to pick up my daughter. Instead of snoozing in my car, I decided to venture out into the darkest darkness and attempt some of the most challenging night photography you can attempt. At night, the …

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Gravelly Point

I stopped at Gravelly Point yesterday and happened to have my camera bag with me. I was dropping off my daughter at National Airport and had an opportunity to stop and take a few photos. When I moved to the DC area in 1986, I …

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The Blame Game

In 2007, my oldest daughter was assigned a school project that involved us going downtown to the Freer Gallery to view ancient Chinese art. My wife was ill that day, so my two daughters and I jumped on the train and headed to the gallery, …

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Spring

I took this photograph, using a film camera, early one morning during the DC Cherry Blossom season in 2010. Looking at this photo, this poem by Ada Limón seems especially appropriate for this year. Instructions on Not Giving Up More than the fuchsia funnels breaking …

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Regrets

Every now and then, you are somewhere without your camera and it happens. You are standing front of a perfect shot and all you have is….your phone. That is what happened with the photo above. It was a dark December evening in 2016. My daughter …

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A New Beginning

Every four years, we celebrate the inauguration of a new President. This peaceful transfer of power is the backbone of our democracy. Even though it creates headaches for those of us that live and work here, the momentary inconvenience is worth the celebration of this …

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On This Spot

Over the past 35 years, I have looked down this reflection pool hundreds of times. In my earlier years, I would run or bike here several times a week and often recovered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to contemplate life decisions or maybe …

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