Dragon(flies) in the park

dragonfly, park, Kenilworth, festival, rain, Washington, DC,

There is a beautiful aquatic garden in Washington, DC along the Anacostia River. The main attractions are the ponds featuring waterlilies and lotus flowers. There is also a board walk over and into a wetlands area. It is a great place to see water birds, beavers, dragon flies, song birds and other small creatures.

I like to pick a spot where I see some dragon-fly activity and wait. I watch to see what they are doing. Dragon flies often have a favorite perch they use to observe what is going on. Many dragon flies are territorial and use this perch to watch out for intruders. Once I spot a dragon-fly I want to photograph, I’ll prefocus, lock it down and fire away. I often get several chances even if they fly away because of their habit of returning to the same spot.

I find photographing dragon flies a nice way to spend a few hours in nature. At Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, there are dozens of different types of dragon flies to try to capture.

A bit of sunshine in the rain

sunflower, McKee-Beshers, rain, WMA, Maryland, cloudy, farm, field,

Sunny even in the rain

I didn’t intend to photograph in the rain. I had spent the morning at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. I left the gardens because of a few drops of rain and headed west into the sunshine. By the time I arrived so had the clouds. I was out in the field when the rain arrived. I had an umbrella along so decided to make a few images anyway. I liked the effect of the overcast sky, rain drops and water dripping off the leaves.

 

Mr Lauren Bruner

Mr Donald Stratton

On Wednesday, two (of the remaining five) survivors of the sinking of the USS Arizona arrived in Washington, DC. They were not here for a sight seeing tour but were on a mission to petition for recognition of their fellow sailor who saved their lives that Sunday morning in 1941. More of the story can be found here: http://www.azcentral.com/…/honors-forgotten…/364303001/

More images can be found on my site here: https://goo.gl/VauTkQ

Circus came to town

circus, Smithsonian, Festival, "Flying", dancing, Big Top, Washington, DC, Sarasota,

Dancing on Air

The circus came to town in the form of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Dozens of world-class circus performers showed off their skills in the Big Top and many other outdoor and indoor locations on the National Mall. More images can be seen on my image site here: https://goo.gl/pjSq9E