Destination: Kayaking Swift Creek Lake at Pocahontas State Park, VA

I enjoyed kayaking when we lived in Florida, but I haven’t done much of that since moving to Virginia. So recently I got myself a new kayak (more on that in a bit), and hope to use it a lot more in the near future! Today I loaded it up for a wander to Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield VA, about 20 minutes from home. I hit the waters of Swift Creek Lake for a lovely morning paddle. Come along!

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Gear Up: Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro and Focus Shift

In my Canon EF-mount kit, one of my favorite lenses was the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro. It was solid and sharp, with snappy autofocus and good stabilization. So when I moved to an RF-mount system, I definitely wanted to pick up the new RF version, which is an improvement in just about every way: […]

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Gear Up: Canon RF Long Lens Shootout at Dutch Gap

I’m the lucky owner of both Canon’s RF 800mm f/11 and RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L lenses, so I thought it might be interesting to compare them out in the field, using the Canon RF 1.4x teleconverter to make the 100-500mm a 700mm f/10 lens at the long end. So I packed them up with my R5 […]

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Shutterbuggery: Shooting Summer Fireflies

If you live in a place where they can be found, photographing summer fireflies is an interesting challenge. Like astrophotography, it takes a little more work and patience–but the results can be pretty awesome! Living in the Virginia piedmont region, we’ve got lots of fireflies this time of year. I’ve been practicing in my backyard […]

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Wander: James River Parks, 42nd Street Entrance

The weather’s warm as summer approaches, so yesterday I headed to the James River in Richmond for a short excursion. I visited the 42nd Street Entrance of the park system, which I was surprised to find I’d never been to. It was a nice little wander, and I ended up with some nice photos and […]

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Wander: Neabsco Creek and Huntley Meadows Park, VA

I recently decided to upgrade from my Canon R6 (which I adored) to an R5 (which I think is even more awesome). In this wander I give the new camera and my legs some exercise, exploring at the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk and Huntley Meadows Park, both not too far from Washington DC. Bonus Content: Some […]

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Wander: Crabtree Falls to Charlottesville VA

The weather promised a warmer day as we head into the end of winter, so I took a day to wander over towards the Blue Ridge. My plan was to hit a few different waterfall hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but after my first stop at Crabtree Falls, I discovered the BRP was essentially […]

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Wander: Shenandoah National Park

My first-ever visit to Shenandoah National Park was a cold and misty one, but amazing just the same! I stopped for a leg-stretcher at Alum Spring Park in Fredericksburg, then headed into SNP to hike the Stony Man and Dark Hollow Falls trails. I also spotted some deer along Skyline Drive, and checked out the […]

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Day Tripping: Cumberland County, Virginia
Cumberland County, VA

I hit the road early this past Sunday morning for a proper wander–I had one initial destination in mind, and from there I thought I’d just explore and see where I ended up. And it turned out the answer was: Cumberland County, Virginia. It wasn’t a particularly long excursion, but I was pretty pleased with […]

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