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Archive for March, 2012

Photo #1228 – 03.26.12

Tiffany at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City contains such a wide array of exhibits, and at times, it is fairly easy to almost overlook some beautiful pieces.  In the large courtyard of the American Wing, for instance, there are many things that could catch your eye, including an area of Tiffany stained glass that includes some large wall panels.  If one didn’t look up, it would be easy to miss a few rather large and decorative Tiffany lamps hanging from above.  Check out a photo on the Met’s website of the impressive Tiffany section of the courtyard by clicking here.

Photo #1227 – 03.25.12

Along the Buttermilk Falls Trail

While I have featured photos of Buttermilk Falls {photo #835} in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, I haven’t posted any photos taken along the rest of the trail beyond the waterfall.  This trail climbs about 1000 feet over a distance of 1.6 miles from the falls to the Appalachian Trail along the ridgetop.  The photo looks northward toward Stoke State Forest and was taken about halfway up the trail.  There were also some nice views just a little further up the trail that looked down at the valley below…it felt nice looking down and feeling like I had done a good deal of climbing!

Photo #1226 – 03.24.12

Ralph, the Bowler

Why do I have a wooden cane?  Why am I wearing a bowling shirt with the name ‘Ralph’?  What’s the deal with the plaid-patterned hat?  What happened to my beard??

I can only answer two of these four questions – the bowling shirt was from my Uncle Ralph, and this photo was taken a month before I went to the Yukon and came back with a beard.  I’m not sure about the cane and hat, but hey, it can be nice to lean on a cane from time to time.

Photo #1225 – 03.23.12

Late Afternoon on the Frozen Wheaton

(for a larger version of this panorama, click here!)

From our location deep in the Wheaton River Valley, the sun disappeared from our view by late afternoon.  But luckily, it stayed bright for a while after that, due in no small part to the snow-covered mountains that were still lit up for a while as the sun continued to fall.  This particular day ended with some fluffy clouds, a beautiful blue sky, and a small patch of the frozen Wheaton River that appeared to be opening up ever so slightly as daytime temperatures slowly increased.  This vantage point was one of my favorite places to view the dynamic and expansive landscape of the Yukon wilderness.

Photo #1224 – 03.22.12

Tilly & Leggs, Best Buddies?

On a lazy, sunny afternoon in February, Tilly and Leggs decided to put their differences aside for a bit as they relaxed on our comfortable bed.  It’s not that they don’t get along, but they generally avoid one another.  Sometimes Leggs runs over Tilly when he goes to chase his ball.  Sometimes Tilly swats at Leggs’ nose for no obvious reason.  But I guess deep down inside, they’re buddies of some sort…especially when it comes to sharing a comfy bed.

Photo #1223 – 03.21.12

Icicle Drops

Well, the spring season has officially sprung, although it’s feeling right now more like we just skipped by spring and went right to summer!  While freezing temperatures certainly aren’t out of the question, it currently seems fairly unlikely that we’ll be encountering big icicles like this one anytime before next fall/winter.  This set of icicles was rapidly melting in the sun on a warm January day last year, and while I had a rather difficult time capturing the many drips (making sure they were in focus, getting the timing down, making sure the nearby drips weren’t splashing on the camera, etc.), I thought a handful of the photos came out well.

Photo #1222 – 03.20.12

Wedding Ring Hearts

A year ago, Heather’s Uncle Todd and Aunt Patti got married, and I had fun throughout the day taking photos of anything and everything.  By the end of the evening, I thought I had managed to capture a good selection of the day’s festivities that Todd and Patti could look back on to remember the day.  At one point, I was playing around with their rings and took the above photo after I recalled seeing a photo incorporating rings and a bound book to produce shadowy hearts.  The light was just right, and I thought it produced a great effect!

Photo #1221 – 03.19.12

A Care Bears Birthday

Wow, I was pretty excited to see these three candles on my birthday cake as everyone sang Happy Birthday.  It looks like I was barely able to contain myself.  Not to mention that the cake was a Care Bears-themed cake with the symbol of Brave Heart Lion (I had to look that name up, and I’m guessing he was probably my favorite, but I cannot quite remember…).  Did you know that the Care Bears were originally created by American Greetings to be used on greeting cards??  I didn’t, and I’m guessing you didn’t either, so now you know.

Photo #1220 – 03.18.12

Adirondacks Moose

If you **really** squint your eyes while looking at this photo, you very well might think a moose is walking through the water right in front of you!  Otherwise, it’s pretty obvious that this is just a moose cutout with a couple of stakes holding it up.  Even so, it made for a nice quick stop as we drove through the Adirondacks on this off-and-on rainy day.  Interestingly, moose were hunted out of existence before the Civil War but started to wander back in the 1980s, although with relatively low numbers, they are still a very rare sight in these forests.

Maybe next time we’re up in the Adirondacks we’ll spot one of the real ones.

Photo #1219 – 03.17.12

The Pot o’ Gold is Over Yonder

It’s difficult to capture a great rainbow photo — they can appear and disappear very quickly, they’re often associated with rain (so not the best conditions for pulling out a camera), and they can cover a large amount of sky that doesn’t quite fit in the focal length of the camera.  This particular rainbow did arc across the whole sky, but the most vivid portion was this section that descended behind some trees.  A close look will reveal a faint supernumerary bow on the inner edge of the main bow (What’s a supernumerary bow?  Click here to find out!).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Best of luck finding your pot of gold!

Photo #1218 – 03.16.12

Gentle Flowing Drips

Waterfalls can be just as interesting up close as they are when viewed in their entirety.  This particular area of water was falling over a sheer rockface and was tumbling much more gently than along the rest of the rockface.  I thought the brightness of the flowing water combined well with the dark rock and vibrant green growth in the background, and for me, this photo invokes a tranquil feeling rather than a “feel the power of nature!” sort of feeling that I might associate with more typical waterfall photos showcasing rushing waters.

Photo #1217 – 03.15.12

The Necessary House

The necessary house (more commonly known in the 20th and 21st centuries as a privy or outhouse, among other names…) was a nice thing to have as an 18th century colonist.  This particular reconstructed necessary house is located behind the George Wythe house at Colonial Williamsburg.  There is a bit of uncertainty regarding whether necessary houses were widespread in Williamsburg, and even if they were, historians seem to think they were likely not as highly-styled as this modern reconstruction or even painted at all.  But it is nice to think about sitting in this one and being able to look out the nice windows into the expansive surrounding gardens.

To read an interesting story about necessary houses (well, I thought it was a bit interesting!), click here!

Photo #1216 – 03.14.12

Happy Pi Day 2012!

You just cannot go wrong with a table full of pi!  This delicious spread was the dessert for last Thanksgiving…and even after a huge turkey meal, I think I tried more than a few pies…

Today is Pi Day (3.14), and since I can be a math nerd at times, this is a fun day to celebrate that nerdiness!  This year I was able to memorize the first 50 digits of Pi – 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510…let’s see how many I can get to for next year!

Photo #1215 – 03.13.12

Happy 8th Anniversary, Michael & Robyn!

It was 8 years ago that Michael and Robyn said their vows to each other on a chilly but beautiful March day.  This photo of Michael, Robyn, Hannah, and Noah was taken this past June when we had gotten together to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday.  What a great family!

Happy Anniversary!!

Photo #1214 – 03.12.12

Lush, Green Tunnel

With recent warm temperatures, it is only a matter of time before everything starts turning green as the spring season gets underway.  This particularly lush corridor was nearly overgrown with all kinds of invasive and native plants when this photo was taken in mid-June a few years ago.  This former rail bed offers some good wildlife viewing as it travels nearly straight through a variety of habitats.

Photo #1213 – 03.11.12

Twilight Through Dormant Trees

Growing up in a house in the woods meant that for most of the year, the setting sun was obscured by the forest of trees all around.  But come winter, the evening sky was able to shine right through the bare trees, allowing us to enjoy the sunset and ensuing twilight period.  This photo was taken one winter evening as the sky just above the horizon was all aglow, and thanks to the dormant trees, I was able to watch.

Photo #1212 – 03.10.12

Stars and Light Pollution During a Power Outage

Back in October, while in the middle of a multi-day power outage due to the unexpected snowfall at the end of the month, I decided to enjoy the somewhat-darker skies to enjoy a bit of star gazing.  Our complex was completely in the dark, so instead of street lamps and light-filled windows, everything was just black (except for the occasional flickering candle, other small light, or a car’s headlight).  However, surrounding areas had power, so there was still a good amount of light pollution making it difficult to see all of the sky, as you can see in the photo above showing the a silhouette of the apartments.  Still, I was able to see more stars that night at the apartment than I ever had before.

Photo #1211 – 03.09.12

Who Are You Lookin’ At?!

Who knew a bunch of pairs of sunglasses could be so much fun??  Last month, my niece Jada stumbled upon some sunglasses that my mom had gathered for the kids to play with, and all of a sudden, she was handing out glasses to everyone.  They ranged from typical sunglasses to a pair of big purple heart glasses.  Jada looked the coolest in her shades, though, especially when she lifted them just a little bit for the camera.

Photo #1210 – 03.08.12

Iced Coffee Lake

No, I don’t believe this lake is filled with iced coffee…but then again, it was frozen over, so I cannot be certain of what was below.  But this lake, named Coffee Lake, was definitely frozen over as we enjoyed a scenic lunch break along the Robert Campbell Highway in the Yukon.  The mountains in the distance looked magnificent against a brilliant blue sky.

Photo #1209 – 03.07.12

Salsify, a.k.a. Goatsbeard

Salsify may be the process by which delicious salsa is made, or it may be what happens to someone that learns how to dance the salsa.  However, in the context of this photo, salsify refers to the name of what is commonly thought of as a giant dandelion.  Also known as goatsbeard, this flower does look similar to a dandelion, but it is certainly larger, as the seedhead can be up to 4 inches across.  Heather took this photo of a salsify that was just waiting for a good wind to come along and help disperse some seeds.

Photo #1208 – 03.06.12

Heather and Leggs Love to Hike

On a chilly but nice Sunday afternoon, Heather and I went for a short hike at Kittatinny Valley State Park and brought Leggs along for the fun.  He definitely liked sniffing everything and leaving his mark…and overall, we enjoyed our walk along Lake Aeroflex, including a quick posed shot at the lake’s edge.  There aren’t a great number of trails at the park, but we’re looking forward to checking more of them out.

I’m sure Leggs is looking forward to it as well!

Photo #1207 – 03.05.12

North Carolina Mountains from Clingman’s Dome

On our visit to the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we did not have the best weather for enjoying far-reaching views of the surrounding mountain landscape.  But then again, the Smokies have their name for a reason!  Even with the low cloud cover, the vistas from near Clingman’s Dome in the center of the park were fantastic.  This particular view is looking at the North Carolina side of the park, with Clingman’s Dome and the Tennessee side of the park directly behind.

Photo #1206 – 03.04.12

Here Comes a Wave!

Madison and Hannah love playing in the ocean, although a visit to the shore this past summer had us fighting some pretty rough surf for the day.  Before it go really bad, though, these two had plenty of fun in the water.  Here, they decided to sit down in the sand as a big wave was about to crash on shore, and you could sense a mixture of hesitation and fearlessness.  Hannah stretched out her hands and exclaimed, “Woohoo!” or something like that, just as the churning waters were approaching.

They definitely got drenched, but after taking a moment to recollect themselves, they were both ready to face the crashing waves once again.

Photo #1205 – 03.03.12

Cascade at Top of Silver Spray Falls

The silky smooth water tumbling down this rock face was captured by a longish exposure (2 seconds), although reflected light caused a few areas of the falls to be blown out a bit in terms of exposure.  Silver Spray Falls is not a very popular waterfall, and it might be partly for that reason (in addition to its overall beauty) that some people have told me it’s one of their most favorite places to visit.  This photo was taken on my first trip to the falls and I haven’t been back since…but I think a return trip is definitely in order!