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Monday, January 31, 2011

Winter creek in the park

The Suzanne R. Kane Nature Park in Purcellville, Virginia features a meandering stream bordered with young trees. The sounds of plentiful birds make this a tranquil place to explore within walking distance of downtown. The park is located between Hillsboro, Hirst and Hatcher roads.

Seven inches of new snow made this hike a bit challenging, but a worthwhile endeavor. It was a good way to pursue photography while taking in local nature.

While shooting another section of the creek, a hawk flew across my lens and onto a tree about 20 yards away. In an attempt to take photographic advantage of the opportunity, I thought of ways to encourage the hawk to fly again. I began whistling loudly in the most annoying way possible. The hawk became visually agitated after a couple of minutes, then finally flew away. The bird can be seen flying away in this photo. Was it worth five minutes of nutty whistling while standing in the woods alone? If nothing else, sharing the story was.

Loudoun photography

Friday, January 28, 2011

Urban Hike - Snowfall in Purcellville

This week, Loudoun received six to seven inches of snow. It was a fine opportunity to walk about Purcellville and capture town moments as the snow fell. Enjoy this short video of my experience.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fog and Fire

The Blue Ridge was under siege by heavy rolling fog during this colorful, early fall day. The tops of the younger trees appear to be on fire, enhanced by the thick atmosphere.

Much of the ridge in Loudoun features younger trees. Older legacy trees here are rare  due to fire and disease in recent decades. Tall forests of younger trees afford great views in these conditions, especially when doused with racing fog. The photo was taken in northwest Loudoun County.

Side note:
Thanks to the Washington Post for mentioning my latest show in Leesburg. Click here to read the mention.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Solo show opens at Loudoun County Government Center

My landscape photographs are now on display at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg, Virginia, through the end of February. This show features twenty-two photographs representing some of Loudoun's most beautiful places. In addition to the framed pieces of various sizes, you will also find unique aluminum prints. The photographs are located in the lobby area, just outside of the Board of Supervisors meeting room.

This link points to the related press release issued by the Loudoun County Government:

I would like to thank Magnolia's at the Mill, located in Purcellville, for hosting my photographs in their fine restaurant through the end of 2010. It was a terrific showing opportunity.