Not much of a day for photography, so I decided to try a night picture. (If this bud looks familiar, it was the rainy day photo on March 19.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Not the show of color that I showed you yesterday. It still surprises me how much the 50 miles to Washington makes in the appearance of flowers every spring. The clematis around our lamppost is starting its growth. When the temperature gets a little warmer, it will grow a foot a day and and completely encase the lamppost. For a preview of June color, check out Marianne's post from last year. Around the clematis is a green ground cover called snow on the mountain.
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Saturday, March 29, 2008
There are several traditional rites of spring in Washington and today they coincided: cherry blossoms, kites, the National Marathon, baseball and crowds. Marianne (see her pictures here and there) and I went specifically to photograph the cherry blossoms and in the process found the two of the other rites. I thought we could photograph the blossoms and Jefferson Memorial from Lady Bird Johnson Park across the Potomac. Wrong! The entrance is blocked due to road construction in the area. So we crossed the river into DC to go to Hains Point, which is lined with cherry trees and away from the more famous tidal basin. We quickly found the crowds, still in their cars looking for a place to park! So we followed along and eventually found a place to park and take some pictures.
First, the beauty of the cherry blossoms
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Today was just not very Spring like and the plants haven't changed since Monday when Marianne took a picture of the lilac bud. So as I sat at my desk pondering subjects for today, I spied this little camel. My daughter brought back a bunch of them from Iraq in 2004. This one hung on my bulletin board at work until I retired and now hangs on my desk lamp.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I was in Virginia today and many of the trees are in bloom. I took this across a parking lot along Leesburg Pike at dusk. Spring usually arrives near DC three to four weeks before it gets to us (about 50 miles southeast).
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Two for the price of one today. I saw the fountains today outside a place that makes headstones, statues and other monuments for cemeteries. The picture below was taken at dusk yesterday as I was filling the gas tank. Just one small cloud drifting across the darkening sky.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
In our travels looking for Easter related scenes, we wandered down a country road with a small, picturesque stream running along side. The green moss gave us the tie to Karin's theme. Marianne's picture was taken a few yards up stream from this one.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Did some one say "starlings"? Marianne's green field was invaded today with a hundred or so starlings. Just before the above picture was taken, they were in our yard. The four below stayed behind. Their heads and necks have an iridescent shine in the sun that is quite striking.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Marianne wanted to photograph horses today, so we wandered around some of the back roads near us. The cows were out, but the horses were in the barns or somewhere else. Near where she spotted the llamas, I stopped to take this picture of a solitary tree and the road ahead. A few miles further down this road we found the horses.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Frederick Airport does not have commercial service, but it does have business jets and smaller aircraft. The AOPA has offices here. The September 11 restrictions on aircraft in the Washington, DC area increased traffic at Frederick and other further out airports.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Passenger rail service is provided by MARC with 3 trains going to Union Station in Washington, DC in the morning and 3 returning in the afternoon and evening. MARC operates 3 different lines: Brunswick (which serves towns west of DC) and two others which run east through Baltimore. The ride from Frederick to DC is about 90 minutes.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Marianne and I went out late this afternoon searching for transportation (Karin's suggested theme for this week) subjects to photograph and get a bite (actually a burrito) to eat. We saw this colorful little vehicle as we were leaving. The questions are "Is this the car used to escape the bicycle?" or "Is this advertisement to get us to escape the car?"
PS: The bicycle shop is next to the burrito place.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
When I went into the store for a few things, the sun was shining after a day and a half of rain. When I came out there was this eerie look to the apartments and dark clouds above. Turning my camera to the east, I found blue sky with a silhouette of the roof and trees. This was a fast moving thunder storm that caught me in a few blocks after leaving the parking lot.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I spotted these in my travels today. Above are two chillers on top of the Morningstar dairy processing plant on the east side of Frederick. Below is the front of Panera Bread restaurant near us. We often get soup and sandwich here for dinner.