Sunlit Cherry Blossoms

Sunlit cherry blossoms – Washington, DC

This image always reminds me of sweltering hot summers in Washington, DC, even though it was shot during the bracing spring days of mid-April. It just has that color and atmosphere to it that evokes heat in a big way. As I recall, this image was actually taken in temperatures around the mid-30s, on a still morning that just felt utterly frigid.


Photo info:
Sunlit cherry blossoms
Tidal Basin
Washington, DC
April 2015
Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5N digital camera

Covered in the Morning Dew

Ladybug covered in dew – Poolesville, Maryland

I was taking photos of local crop fields – wheat, maybe? – early one day, when I spotted this tiny ladybug covered in morning dew. It was completely still and unmoving, possibly asleep or trying to keep warm. I wonder how many hours it can take for them to dry out and be able to fly again, after they have been so saturated with water like that.


Photo info:
Ladybug covered in dew
Local crop field
Poolesville, Maryland
June 2012
Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5N digital camera

Not This Year

The Mt. Washburn fire lookout tower – Canyon Junction, Wyoming

It doesn’t seem possible that as much time has flown by as it has, but here we are. While exploring Yellowstone National Park, Cindy and I hiked up to the Mount Washburn fire lookout tower back in 2014 (2014!!! Jeez, it seems like yesterday!), and had a marvelous time doing so. As hikes go, it’s not terrible – unless you’re out-of-shape flatlanders, which we were at the time. The views from the trail are beautiful both on the way up and down, there are lot of critters to view both up close and through binoculars, not a lot of fellow hikers on the trail, wonderfully crisp air, and an absolutely spectacular 360° panorama at the top.

However, the Mt. Washburn trail is closed this entire year, due to the following road construction:

Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Junction

Improvements: This segment of road remains largely unchanged since the last improvements in the 1930s. This construction project will widen the road and provide additional/improved pullouts; create a larger, safer parking area at Tower Fall General Store; and improve the trail and overlook for Tower Fall. To fund this project, the park received a grant through the Nationally Significant Federal Lands Program and will match it with fee dollars collected in the park.

Access: The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon Junction will be completely closed for the 2021 season, which includes Tower Fall Campground and Tower Fall General Store. There will be no access to hiking trails in the closure, including Mount Washburn, Calcite Springs Overlook, and Tower Fall. From early November through March, Tower Fall and trails in the vicinity will be open for skis and snowshoes, snow-permitting (follow all closure signage posted at Tower-Roosevelt). The anticipated completion date for this project is May 2022.

The National Park Service

We hope to hike this trail again in the future, but it’ll have to wait until road access is reopened.


Photo info:
The view from the fire lookout tower
Mt. Washburn, Canyon Junction
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
September 2014
Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5N digital camera