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Common Loon

Flapping the wings

A Common Loon in an uncommon situation. Loons frequently can be seen along the eastern coast where they migrate. It is a bit uncommon to see them on a suburban lake. This male has been here for about three weeks. He seams to be healthy i.e. fishing and moving around the lake. There has been some concern the lake is not long enough to provide a “runway” for him to take off. No one has reported observing any attempt by the loon to takeoff. Other extralimital bird species have visited the area and stayed for extended periods then, disappeared while no one was looking, perhaps the loon will, too.

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Welder

Welder Reston Metro-7145

I got off the METRO at the new station which is still under construction. A welder was working near the exit. Great gobs of molten metal would fall and splatter on the floor below. Fortunately I had a camera with me.

Welder Reston Metro-7154

 

It was a bit of a challenge to get a decent exposure. The work lights are not nearly as bright as the sparks. The sparks kept over exposing and losing color. I finally hit on a compromise and finished it in post.Welder Reston Metro-7179What a fun challenge to try to¬†get a shot like this on the fly. I wouldn’t offer it for sale, but it is fun to look at here.