Sunrise on the Water

Back when we owned a sailboat – an old used sailboat, mind you – we docked it down at the tip of southern Maryland, in a quiet backwater of the Potomac River. It was secluded, filled with clear water, had lots of older trees and growth, was home to a plethora of land and aquatic creatures – and had some of the best sunrises and sunsets in the region.


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Sunrise at the marina
Point Lookout Marina
Ridge, Maryland
July 2013
Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5R digital camera

A Living Church in a Ghost Town

Ukrainian Catholic Church – Centralia, Pennsylvania

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Pennsylvania is one of the few structures of the entire town of Centralia that remains standing — after a disastrous coal mine fire that began back in May 1962, which is expected to burn for hundreds of years. The rest of the town was declared a disaster zone and virtually all of the homes and businesses were razed, except for a few stubborn hold-outs. The church remained open — even though the town vanished around it — and a 1987 survey discovered that the building was on bedrock rather than coal, so plans to demolish the it were abandoned, and it remains open to this day.


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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church
Centralia, Pennsylvania
November 2013
Sony 10-18/4.0 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5R digital camera

Bison on the Move

Bison (Bison bison) on the move – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Bison are one of my all-time favorite creatures – always have been, always will be. To think that they once numbered in the millions and were almost hunted into extinction is baffling to me. And now they are numerous enough to be seen in places outside of national parks and zoos again, which gives me hope for their future survival.


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Bison
Yellowstone National Park
Fossil Forest, Wyoming
May 2013
Sony 55-210/4.5-6.3 zoom lens
Sony NEX-5R digital camera