November 15, 2020

     We skipped Fall colors this year.  Everything just went brown.  Unusually warm weather wrecked the natural cycle of things, and it just seems that nature directly went from green to brown.  There are ponds and small lakes around the city.  They're a nice contrast to the tree lines.  Brown and blue and green.  The paths around town are great for the walkers to find the views....

September 1, 2020

     It's now September, and whatever was growing in the gardens at the local park is now past its harvest date.  It doesn't look like much was grown or harvested.  Someone let the sunflowers grow.  That's about all that you can recognize.  Some of the gardens are brown and wasted.  Others are overgrown, and the gates are closed.  There are a few flowers inside, but not much else....

August 15, 2020

     In addition to red, there is a lot of blue in the gardens at the local park. Most of it is the same as the red -- fence posts, old material, plastic liners, plastic barrels, bird houses, plastic containers, to name a few things.  Here then is the blue stuff.

Gear Photos were made with a Nikon D750 and a Nikon 50 mm f/1.8 D.

August 1, 2020

     The gardens at the local park have a lot of red stuff in them -- fence posts, old material, plastic liners,  plastic barrels, bird houses, wheelbarrows, plastic containers, water hoses, and berries, to name a few things.  Here are some more photos of the red stuff.

Gear Photos were made with a Nikon D750 and a Zeiss Milvus 35 mm f/2.0.

July 15, 2020

     The gardens at the local park have a lot of red stuff in them.  Mostly, you perceive green as you walk through the gardens, but the red stuff is there, piled in corners or strung up on fences or hanging from posts.  The red stuff stands out. Some of it is translucent, and some of it is faded, and some of it is rusted, and some of it is freshly painted, but all of it is in contr...

July 1, 2020

     Spring has turned to summer and the gardens at the local park have turned green and begun to flower.  There is produce on the vine.  The corn is standing high, and the tomatoes are climbing their stakes. Some new fencing has gone up.  The gardeners are out more frequently.    Admirers walk the paths in the afternoon.

Gear Photos were made with a Nikon D750 an...

June 1, 2020

     There are public gardens next to the local city park.  People pay the city to rent 30' x 30' patches of earth to grow something.  Some use their gardens as a retreat. They build a shelter and sit by their gardens in the evening.  The great anti-social quarantine slowed Spring planting this year, but some of the plots have been plowed neatly and planted nevertheless....

March 15, 2020

     It's warm again in Virginia, and time to hike the trails.  The sprigs are turning green.  Even a dreary day has some color.  Soon, the matted masses of brown brush will become walls of green. You won't be able to get close to the creek, or see it, except from above.  Lately the creek has been low.  Surely we'll get a surge in the spring.  And then it will look like the Amazon.  The kids will...

January 15, 2020

     There are a lot of conventions to landscape photography  --  put the camera on a tripod, stop down, use focus stacking, make everything sharp across the frame, use long exposures, have foreground, mid-ground, background interest, etc., etc.  But the cardinal rule is: Make a pretty picture!  Can you make a pretty picture on a dreary day?  Here are some photos from along the Rivanna Trail  -- h...

December 1, 2019

     There are trails and walkways all around Charlottesville.  The Rivanna Trail circles the entire city.  Local paths cross the RT and provide short cuts to get around neighborhoods and parks everywhere.  In the Fall, you can pick a local trail and fill your camera with photos.  Here are some photos from October and November 2019 along different trails around the city....

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