The World As I See It: Blog http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C)Dorothy David 2012 davidphotography@verizon.net (The World As I See It) Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:28:00 GMT Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:28:00 GMT India - The Golden Triangle http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/india---the-golden-triangle untitled-5025untitled-5025
 

In November 2015, ten of us took an organized tour of The Golden Triangle in India.  The area known as The Golden Triangle is: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Our trip also included Ranthambhore National Park and Karauli.  We used Magical Journeys India in the US as our tour booking company.  Steve was very responsive when dealing with questions.  He customized the trip according to our needs.  The India based tour company was Eternal Journeys India.  We choose not to stay at typical American hotels, with the exception of the Sheraton in Agra.  Our hotels were:
 

I was a little apprehensive about going to India.  However, after having been there, I would go back.  India and it's people were amazing.  If you decide to go, please remember India is not America.  There will be culture shock.  I would not recommend driving, but hiring a driver. Our tour had a comfortable bus with a driver, a helper and a tour guide.  On the road you will see cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, possibly camels, cows, bulls, pigs, dogs, chickens, goats, horses, people. Highlight of the trip include the elephant ride up to the top of Amber Fort.  Just seeing everything that is different in India from the US was eye opening. We saw a wedding being set up in the courtyard of the City Palace in Jaipur. Our guide took us to a wedding venue in Agra.  The setup was amazing.  We saw a wedding parade with the groom in Agra.  Lots of fireworks going off in all directions, viewed from the roof of the Sheraton in Agra.  The fireworks were part of the wedding celebrations. An amazing temple, Galtajl in Khania-Balajl, aka 'Monkey Temple'.  The monkey photos are from there.
 

What we saw:
 

  • Delhi: Old Delhi Bazaar (and rode a rickshaw); Mahatma Gandhi Museum; India Gate and Qutab Complex
     
  • Jaipur: Amber or Amer Fort; Hawa Mahal; Water Palace; City Palace; Jantar Mantar
     
  • Ranthambhore: Lots of animals but alas no tigers.  It was fun anyway.
     
  • Karauli: Maharaja's City Palace, Kaila Devi Temple, and a chat with the Prince and Princess at our hotel, Bhanwar Vilas Palace.
     
  • Agra: Taj Mahal, Itmad-ud-Daullah aka Baby Taj, Agra Fort
     
  • Keoladeo National Park Bird Sanctuary
     


 


 

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Lonaconing Silk Mill http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/lonaconing-silk-mill This past Saturday, I went with members of the Central Maryland Photography Guild to Lonaconing Silk Mill.  The silk mill is located in Lonaconing Maryland, not too far from Frostburg, Maryland.  Although, it was a long drive and very cold inside the mill, all of us were glad we had taken advantage of this opportunity.  The mill was built in 1905 and closed in 1957.  The mill produced silk and rayon.

The owner of the mill said that he will have to decide, this summer, what to do with the Mill.  The roof isn't going to make it through another winter.  So, if you are a photographer, and want to photograph this mill, I suggest you get up there as soon as possible.  There is a charge, the building is locked.  The fee is well spent.

During processing of these photos, I could not decide whether I liked color or black/white best. So you may see duplicate images, processed both ways. 

Enjoy the photos, located in Buildings and Monuments, Lonaconing Silk Mill.

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England in August http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/england-in-august Once again, the two brothers and their wives embarked on a 10 day vacation.  Last year, we went to Glacier National Park in Montana.  Please add that park to your must see list, it is beautiful.  This year, we went to England. Deciding where to go with a limited amount of time, was difficult.  We finally settled on two days in the Cotswolds, two days in Plymouth and the rest in London.  You might find the locations strange.  We are Doc Martin fans and really wanted to see North Cornwall.  Plymouth was a good compromise to venturing too far into Cornwall. 

We booked with Kooky Cotswold Day Tours.  Lee was wonderful.  We corresponded via e-mail discussing trip options.  Lee suggested staying at Seymour House in Chipping Campden.  Sarah, of Seymour House, was wonderful, as was Claire.  We had the Playroom and the Duck Room.  The B&B was right on High Street in the center of town.  The breakfast was wonderful - homemade granola, fruits, yogurt, eggs, bacon (better than American bacon), sausages, tomato, mushrooms, dry cereals, toast, with homemade jam. Oh, of course, English tea.  I think I'm switching from Starbucks to tea. 

But I get ahead of myself.  We were picked up the first day by David.  Even though the plane was about 30 minutes early, David was there to greet us at 6:30 in the morning! We were off the plane early, having learned to pack everything for our 10 day adventure in carry on luggage.  We flew British Air.  Since it was so early, David took us to Windsor and Oxford.  We were able to see the castle from the outside. We had our first tea in Oxford, an Oxford brew.  We walked around the town, in a light rain, looking at the outside of the buildings. Since it was early on a Sunday, we could not get in.  Even though we could not get in, looking around was lovely.  After tea, we went to Blenheim Palace.  Blenheim is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and was built by the Duke of Marlborough.  The current Duke was at the palace that day, we saw his Range Rover (I think that was what it was) on the grounds.  After Blenheim, we headed to the Cotswolds.  We went to Bibury, Burford, Lower and Upper Slaughter (drive through), Stow-on-the-Wold (we were too tired to get out and walk around). We had lunch at the Swan in Swinbrook. At Burford, we toured the 'Wool Church' of St. John the Baptist built between 1160 and 1475.  In Bibury we viewed the lovely Arlington Row and communed with an otter.  After a very long day, we were delivered to our B&B, Seymour House.  Sarah had booked Sunday dinner at Eight Bells for 7:30.  However, we were so tired we headed over around 5:30 and were able to be seated.  We had a lovely Sunday roast dinner followed by a great nights sleep!

Monday, we had Lee as our tour guide.  Lee, as well as David, is very informative.  Lee also has a great sense of humor.  If you are considering visiting England, especially the Cotswolds, I highly suggest contacting Lee to see what he can do for you. We had a walking tour of Chipping Campden.  Since we were too tired to walk through the Slaughters the day before, Lee made a point to take us back.  We were able to walk between Upper and Lower Slaughters through a field filled with sheep.  We went to Broadway and saw the folly, Broadway Tower.  A must see on our list was Sudeley Castle.  Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife is buried at Sudeley.  The castle and grounds are beautiful. We also visited Snowshill, but alas the Lavendar was no longer in bloom. Sigh.  Thanks to Lee and David for wonderful tours of the beautiful Cotswolds.

Tuesday found us on a train from Moreton-in-Marsh to Plymouth via Reading.  Even though we were new to the English train system, the process was simple.  I had purchased the tickets in advance so as to get the best fare possible.  We toured Plymouth on foot, through the rain.  Dinner was at Mitch Tonks Rockfish Grill.  After dinner we met a local named Ian who gave us advice as to where to sit for the first night of the British Fireworks Championship.  We stayed at the Grosvenor Hotel, within an easy walk to the Hoe. The room was nicely appointed and we had a comfortable nights sleep.  The next morning we were met by Keith Black of Plymouth Ocean City Tours. Keith took us to Watergate Bay and Bedruthan steps, both very beautiful.  We had our first Cornish Cream tea.  We then headed to Padstow for lunch at Rick Stein's for Fish and Chips. They were very good, both the fish and the chips.  The chips or french fries, were thick and a creamy yellow potato, different than the fries over in the states.  Keith very kindly took us into Port Isaac! Oh my, the show doesn't do the road justice.  It is so narrow.  We had a look around before Keith came back for us.  I applaud Keith for attempting the drive. We were then off to Dartmoor to see the moors and the prison.  The wild horses were out and much easier to see then on the Eastern shore.  Alas, I didn't get any photos because we didn't stop near the horses.  Back to Plymouth where Keith made sure we saw the Royal William yard.  Thanks Keith for a great tour.

Thursday we managed the trains again and traveled to London.  We used our train tickets for 2 for 1 prices at the Churchill War Rooms. Since it was raining, we skipped our planned London Walk and went to Evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral.  St. Paul's is beautiful and the service was lovely. Friday took us to a state room tour of Buckingham Palace.  During the summer when the Queen is not in residence, you get to see more of the Palace which is extremely amazing.  The afternoon took us on another train ride to Watford Junction and Warner Brothers Studio.  The Harry Potter exhibit was amazing.  The sets, the props, the clothes, all very magical.  The rest of the trip took us to: Notting Hill, the British Museum, Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Tower of London, The Original Hop On/Hop Off bus tour, Thames River Cruise.  I was amazed at how easy it was to get around London either by Tube or Bus.  I wish the transportation in Washington DC was as good.

My photos of the trip can be found in England 2014. I will do my best to get the photos edited and uploaded as soon as possible.  Below is a video of Billy Beefeater, from the Tower of London.  He was great fun.

Billy BeefeaterA clip of Billy Beefeater from the Tower of London, telling us about the name Beefeater

 

 

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Spring Break in Park City Utah http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/spring-break-in-park-city-utah The David family. minus our daughters, spent Spring Break in Park City, Utah.  Some of us skied and some just relaxed.  We took a drive to Antelope Island State Park outside of Salt Lake City.  Good times with family.

 

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Glacier National Park http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/glacier-national-park Our summer vacation was spent at Glacier National Park in late July.  We flew into Kalispell, then stayed in West Glacier at the Glacier Highland Resort.  The motel was nice, and had a nice family run cafe.  Our best meal was at Three Forks Grille in Columbia Falls.  I had the Sage Creek Chicken Risotto, wonderful.  My brother-in-law said the Bison Burger was outstanding. On the East side, we stayed at St. Mary Lodge, East Motel, which is actually on the Blackfoot reservation, I believe.

Our first day, we hiked to Avalanche Lake. The hike is about 4.5 miles with a 730 feet elevation gain.  Even though the temperature in Glacier was in the low 90's (surprise!), the walk through the trail became cool when near the creek.  The view at the end was well worth the walk.

Avalanche Lake

I highly recommend taking the Red Bus tour of the Going to the Sun road, as opposed to driving it.  We took several Red Bus Tours and loved them.  The driver explains features of Glacier National Park (Thanks Glen, Lenny and Julie).  Not all of the Red Bus drivers are fanatastic tour guides, but we had 3 great guides out of 5.

Red Bus

We also hiked Fish Creek Trail where we saw amazing views of Lake McDonald; Swift Current Lake Trail, and St. Mary and Virgina Falls trail. Below is an image of Lake McDonald. Wish I were there, lovely.  One thing about Montana, is they love them some pie! We had wonderful Huckleberry Pie at several places, and then many other flavors at Park Cafe on the East Side their motto Pie for Strength.

 

Lake McDonald

I highly recommend a visit to Glacier National Park.  Be sure to visit both sides of the park and the Going to the Sun road.   My husband read that most people don't go more than a mile off the road when visiting Glacier. They basically just stop at the pull offs, don't be one of those people.

View my gallery of Glacier photos.

 

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Old Cars http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/old-cars One of the camera club members found these old cars in the Baltimore area.  They were a lot of fun to photograph and even more fun to process.  Shots like these seem to call for over the top processing.  Check out more in the CARS ablum. Enjoy!

 

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Monocacy Aqueduct http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/monocacy-aqueduct This past Monday, we went to visit the Monocacy Aqueduct in Dickerson, MD. This is part of the C&O canal. There are trails through the woods, and even camping along side the river.  We choose to go in the morning, and the skies were still gray and overcast.  I wish we had waited until the afternoon which had blue skies and great clouds.

To learn more about the aqueduct, visit http://www.nps.gov/choh/historyculture/themonocacyaqueduct.htm.

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Baltimore's Farmers Market http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/baltimores-farmers-market Under the Jones Falls Expressway, at Holliday and Saratoga is the Baltimore Farmers Market. The market goes from April to December. Next Sunday, 12/23 is the last Sunday of the season.  I think you should go.

The Market has a variety of vendors: vegetables, meats, cheeses, clothes, jewelry, Zeke's coffee, great turkey burgers, brisket, cookies, breads, and even Christmas trees. 

Learn more about the market at: http://www.promotionandarts.com/index.cfm?page=events&id=3.

 

 

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Eastern State Penitentiary http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/eastern-state-penitentiary Built to be a jail like no other the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA, opened in 1829. Their philosophy was "confinement in solitude with labor."  Many jails have been based on the same design, a center with spokes radiating out, like a wheel. Closed in 1971, the prison is now in a state of decay, but is interesting, nonetheless.  Scroll down to see Al Capone's 'plush' cell.

Visit their website at: http://www.easternstate.org/

The outside of the prison reminds one of a castle.

Cells lit by skylights.

Al Capone's Cell

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Justice http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/justice I haven't posted in a long while.  I have been out and about taking photos, but haven't been spending much time editing.  This past weekend we went down to DC to photograph, of all things, the Justice Department.

The building was completed in 1935, and encompasses the block between 9th and 10th, Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues. There are sculptural elements both inside and outside the building.  Also, there are many quotes on the outside of the building. I wanted to photograph the quotes! An odd thing to photograph, but there you go. I did. I decided to use black and white processing on the images.  You can see them on my site under Buildings, Justice Department.

Next up is the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

 

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I Love Sunflowers! http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/9/i-love-sunflowers Sunflowers, also known as Helianthus annuus, are native to the Americas. In 1597, botanist John Gerard, determined that sunflowers always face east. The sunflowers I photographed today are across the street from the Royal Farms Store at 3209 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD.  Although, you should walk up the road a bit, the ones directly across from Royal Farms are in their last stages.  If you have the chance this weekend, GO!! They are at their peak now.  Clear Meadow Farms plants the fields every 2 years, I believe. So you won't get another chance until 2014.

There were so many, you couldn't see the end of the fields.  I'm sure there were even more up the road, but the heat got to me.  So many butterflies visiting the flowers, I saw Eastern Tiger Swallow tails, yellow and black; monarchs; sleepy orange sulphur; painted lady; and, others.

There were a couple of cute little girls in the field, I couldn't resist taking their photo!

 

 

 

 

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Vintage http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/vintage This post is not about trip photos! I've been experimenting with the vintage look using textures.  While you can create your own textures, and I have some photos that may work as textures, I have used textures from Flypaper Textures.  Let me know what you think. Do you prefer photos to look like the original subject or do you sometimes prefer a vintage or grunge look to the photo?

 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Atala

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Outer Banks Vacation http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/7/outer-banks-vacation Our travels for July took us to the Outer Banks for a family vacation. All together there were 13 of us! We had lots of fun playing with the little ones and taking them to the Duck 4th of July parade.  While there, Vic and I took a trip to see the Corolla Wild Horses and Carova.  We must have seen at least 20-25 horses.  I was surprised to find that there were so many houses out on Carova, you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get out there.  The beach there was more crowded then our part of the beach in Southern Shores. 

I also took a private photography lesson from Dan Waters.  I had a lot of fun and learned more about photography and my camera. If you are interested in improving your skills, I would suggest a private lesson or a group lesson, see the link below.  For my lesson, we went to Avalon Pier at Sunrise (lesson learned: remember to turn off image stabilization if putting the camera on a tripod) and Jockey's Ridge State Park.

Dan Waters: http://sceneinadifferentlight.com/

We had a wonderful dinner at Fisherman's Wharf in Wanchese.  The seafood is fresh, I highly recommend this place.

http://fishermanswharfobx.com/

A bucket list item that we did, was to take the ferry to Ocracoke.  Vic has been wanting to do this for years.  Ocracoke is a very quaint town.

Photos for the Outer Banks are under TRAVEL, OUTER BANKS. Keep checking back, it will take me awhile to go through the 900+ photos and edit them. Of course, I'm not posting that many :)!


 

 

 


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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/kenilworth-aquatic-gardens This morning we went to one of my favorite places, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.  I love getting up early and arriving at the gardens by 7 am.  Until a couple of years ago, I had never been.  If you have never been, you should take the time to visit.  You will see flowers that live in or by water, such as lotus and water lilies; animals and insects that exist near water such as dragon flies, frogs and turtles; and many species of birds including egrets and herons.  If you visit, please take time to take the boardwalk trail and the river view trail.

If you would like to learn more about the park and how to get there, please check out the link below.

Kenilworth Park and Gardens:  http://www.nps.gov/keaq/index.htm Blue Dasher Wandering Glider

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Star Spangled Celebration http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/star-spangled-celebration On June 18, 1812 the United States declared war on Britain. On September 13, 1814 the Battle of Baltimore began and on September 14th Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner.

Baltimore has been celebrating the tall ships and the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812.  This past Saturday, we watched the Blue Angels airshow from Fort McHenry and enjoyed the tall ships at the Inner Harbor. The day was beautiful, blue skies and not too hot.  A brand new 15 star flag, a replica of the one flown 9/14/1814, was blowing in the breeze at the fort. The governor said that a big celebration will occur in September 2014 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Francis Scott Key poem.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

 

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Robinson Nature Center http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/robinson-nature-center Today we took a walk at the Robinson Nature Center on Cedar Lane.  The center has 18 acres next to the Middle Patuxent River, a beautiful nature center and hiking trails. If you are looking for a beautiful place to take a hike, consider the Robinson Nature Center.

http://www.co.ho.md.us/robinsonnaturecenter.htm

 


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Grand Canyon and Utah National Parks http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/grand-canyon-and-utah-national-parks For our April vacation we visited Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Page Arizona, and Bryce and Zion National Parks.  This was my first time visiting, and even with my limp (that's another story), I enjoyed the trip immensely.

We landed in Phoenix, rented a SUV and drive to Montezuma's Castle in Sedona.  This is a National Park, with cliff dwellings of the Sinagua people from over 600 years ago. Well worth a stop.  Next stop, Bell Rock, near beautiful Sedona.  There are plenty of hiking trails, but due to my limp, we did not take a long hike.  The red rocks of this area are breathtakingly beautiful.

We ended our first day, at the South Rim, Grand Canyon, Yavapai Lodge.  This Lodge is not on the rim, but I highly recommend it.  I believe this was the only National Park where we either could get Wi-Fi in the room or my At&T 3G service worked on my iPad.  My AT&T 3G was basically useless in the National Parks.  The Verizon iPhone was able to get internet connections, but not the iPad.  Most of the parks have wireless in the lobby, but not in the room. The 2nd day we took advantage of the South Rim shuttle bus and stopped at all the shuttle stops.  We did walk a couple of miles between a couple of the stops, along the rim.  This is an excellent way to see the grand canyon.  Photos cannot do this park justice.

Our next stop was Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, in Page, Arizona.  Horseshoe Bend is just off Rte. 89 about 4 miles south of Page.  Horseshoe Bend is approximately a 1/2 mile walk from the parking lot, down a sandy hill, to the canyon. The only way to see the Horseshoe is to be at the very edge of the rocks.  Posted signs advise not to stand on the edge of the rocks.  I crawled up a rock, laid down and peeked over the edge. Looking over the edge was terrifying.  Upper Antelope Canyon can only be visited with a Navajo Guide. We used Antelope Slot Canyon Tours, Rob was our tour guide. Be sure to book in advance, although, I believe you can get a tour the same day by visiting the canyons and selecting one of the guides at the parking lot.  The slot canyons are gorgeous. We stayed at the Marriott in Page.

Onward to Bryce, which is about 1.5 hours from Kanab.  The Hoodoos, tall spires of rock, are amazing.  I believe Bryce had the highest elevation, ranging from 8000 to almost 9000 feet.  We did traverse one of the trails into the canyon, not going very far. 

From Bryce, to Zion.  At Zion, you are in the Canyon.  At Bryce and the Grand Canyon, you are on the rim.  Zion has many level of hikes to suit everyone.  We took several easy walks, and one moderate one to the Upper Emerald Pools and Kayenta Trail - remember, I had a limp! This trail was approximately 3 miles, ascending about 500 ft. For the truly adventurous, Zion has some great hikes. We also visited the ghost town of Grafton, outside of Zion in the town of Rockville.  We had one lunch at the Whiptail Grill in Springdale, UT.  We were able to take the shuttle from Zion, to the town of Springdale, at the first stop is the Whiptail Grill.  I highly recommend the Whiptail.

Last stop, Las Vegas.  It's been a long time since I was last in Vegas.  I don't feel it has improved with time.  We stayed at the Mandarian Oriental, which was very plush.

At all the parks, we stayed in the park using Xanterra Lodging. The rooms were very nice, although there isn't TV or Wi-Fi available in the room.  The restaurants were excellent.

I hope you enjoy my photographs, which can be seen under GALLERY, TRAVEL.

 

 

Links:

Montezuma's Castle: http://www.nps.gov/moca/contacts.htm

Bell Rock: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=274

Antelope Canyon: http://www.antelopeslotcanyon.com/

Grand Canyon: http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Bryce Canyon: http://www.nps.gov/brca/naturescience/hoodoos.htm

Zion: http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

Zion - Upper Emerald Pool trail - http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-emerald-pools-trail.htm

Park Lodging: http://www.xanterra.com/

Grafton Ghost Town, Rockville UT - http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/zion/grafton_ghost_town.html

Springdale, UT Whiptail Grill - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g61001-d663973-Reviews-Whiptail_Grill-Springdale_Utah.html

 

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Wild Flowers http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/4/wild-flowers My friend Kathy and I went out to photograph wild flowers this morning.  Virginia bluebells, Dutchman's breeches, green-and-gold, narrow leaf spring beauty, fiddlehead ferns and more! If you want to see Spring wild flowers, visit the North tract of the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge off Rte. 198 in Laurel, Maryland.  Fields of bluebells.  Very beautiful and peaceful (except when the planes fly over). Calming. Relaxing. Beautiful.  Go see for yourself.

See more wildflower photos from our walk, go to Gallery, Wildflowers.

The photo of the White Throat Sparrow has been given a watercolor treatment, I hope you like it.Virginia Bluebells

Links:

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent/ -- Patuxent Wildlife refuge

 

White Throat Sparrow Watercolor Fiddle dee dee Dutchman's breeches

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davidphotography@verizon.net (The World As I See It) ferns sparrow spring wild flowers http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/4/wild-flowers Wed, 04 Apr 2012 21:11:32 GMT
Bring on the Sun! http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/4/bring-on-the-sun Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face. ~ Helen Keller

The weekend has turned gray and chilly.  What happened to the 70+ degree weather we had a week ago?  This weekend should be sunny, since it is the Cherry Blossom Festival.  But instead of giving you a Cherry Blossom photo, I'm looking ahead to sunshine and blue skies.  Here is a majestic sunflower.  This was taken last year at the McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area Sunflower fields in Montgomery County Maryland.  If you love sunflowers, you should take a visit.  Here is the link to McKee Beshers http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/publiclands/central/mckeebeshers.asp.

Enjoy the slightly chilly weather, it will be warm (hot) enough soon. 

 

Sunny Day

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davidphotography@verizon.net (The World As I See It) http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/4/bring-on-the-sun Sun, 01 Apr 2012 15:22:33 GMT
Time for the Great Blue Herons http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/time-for-the-great-blue-herons Time to fish

I went to Wilde Lake, yesterday, hoping to be able to capture a Great Blue Heron.  I was lucky and managed to photograph this fella while he/she was on the ground.  I wasn't in a good position to catch him/her when he/she took flight.  Can you tell I have no idea how to tell the herons apart? I think this was a relatively young heron because it was significantly smaller than the ones I've seen in the past.   You can find out more about herons at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_blue_heron/lifehistory/ac.

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davidphotography@verizon.net (The World As I See It) http://dorothydavid.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/time-for-the-great-blue-herons Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:09:16 GMT