Another early morning sunrise, with wonderful golden light. We loved going to this specific marina because it had such a nice natural environment. There were lots of big trees, clean water, and tons of critters to observe – both above and below the water. The only downside was the lengthy commute… on days with bad traffic, it could take us as long as four hours to reach it, which was a huge downside to having our boat there.
Yet another place that has a name that irritates me… this is the “National Aquarium” – when it actually isn’t. It’s not located in DC, it’s not part of the Smithsonian Museum, it’s not associated with the federal government, and – most important of all – it’s not free. And the source of my irritation? They stole the name from the REAL National Aquarium – which *was* in DC, which *was* associated with the US Department of Commerce for 140 years, and which *was* free! Granted, not a lot of visitors went to the aquarium in the DC, but for years there was a lot of confusion over which location was the one tourons were trying to go to. And these days? Only the aquarium in Baltimore survives, which costs a family of four an astounding $140 one-day entrance fee.
I don’t shoot many wildlife images for the simple fact that it can take an extraordinary level of patience and effort to capture decent looking photographs. This one in particular took nearly an hour and a half, and many dozens of exposures for me to finally capture one that I was satisfied with. I found that autofocus was useless because the osprey was arriving and departing too quickly, so I had to slowly setup manual focusing with each new arrival to the nest.