Wander: Northern Virginia with my Canon R7
My Best Shots of 2022
On my way to an evening concert up in the Washington DC area, I made it more of a day trip by stopping by a few parks between here and there. Two (Neabsco Creek Boardwalk and Huntley Meadows Park) I’d visited before and really enjoyed, and the third (Scott’s Run Preserve) was a new one […]
Wander: Peaks of Otter and the Sharp Top B-25 Crash Site
At the end of each year, I really enjoy going through the year’s photos and whittling down my keepers to an even 100 that I think represent my best for that year. It’s a great exercise in seeing what worked and what didn’t, how my shooting and editing style changed, and mentally revisiting some of the most magical places and moments of the year. Come along and see!
Gear Up: Canon RF 800mm + RF 1.4x TC
With fall color still near peak, I headed back over to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a wander. The destination: The Peaks of Otter area, with an eye towards finding the site where a B-25 bomber crashed into Sharp Top Mountain in 1943. Come along and check it out!
Destination: Opening Night 2022 at Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt
I wandered to a new-to-me location, the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery in Charles City, Virginia. I thought it might make a good place to see what I could do with the combination of my 800mm f/11 IS STM and the Canon 1.4x RF teleconverter–would 1120mm and f/16 produce decent results? Come along and see!
Wander: Hawksbill Summit at Shenandoah NP and Barboursville Ruins
Last year I only made it to the Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion once, very late in the run. This year I hit it on opening night, and will definitely be going back again. It was a busy night, of course, but I had a ball checking things out. Come along!
Destination: Kayaking Swift Creek Lake at Pocahontas State Park, VA
I took a day off to make a long birthday weekend for myself, and headed for my happy place: the mountains! My main goal was to hike the Hawksbill Summit Trail, to reach the highest point of Shenandoah National Park. It was a beautiful and crisp day, the first full day of fall, so I also added a couple shorter trails: Lewis Mountain Trail and Stony Man Trail. As a bonus, I made a sunrise stop on the way to check out the Barboursville Ruins. Come along!
Wander: Pump House Park, ACL Railroad Bridge, and My New Mini 3 Pro!
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!
Wander: Neabsco Creek and Huntley Meadows Park, VA
A few months ago, I decided to sell my DJI Air 2S drone and pick up a new Mini 3 Pro when it came out. I loved how solid the Air 2S was, and I loved its features and image quality–but it was a bit too large and noisy for my taste, so I found […]
History In Site: C&A Railway Power Plant, Charlottesville 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 […]
Every time I drive into Charlottesville on westbound Interstate 64, I notice a tall, ornate smokestack standing not far off as I cross the Rivanna River. I always assumed it was the remains of an old mill or something. Whenever I spot something like that, I have two thoughts: What is that? And: How can […]