Sunday, January 25, 2009

Smoky Sky

A picture I've been meaning to post for a while, I believe its from last winter.

I'm not sure if the swirls are the result of a jet contrail dispersing, or the mixing of two types of clouds, or some other odd conditions. I've never seen anything else quite like it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

All Eyes on Washington

Just over a year ago, we were in D.C. for some blustery sightseeing, and this photo is one of the results.

Today, many more people were freezing on the National Mall to be witness to a historic event, and many more were watching from their homes or offices. It seems like this will be one of those moments when, years from now, people will ask, "Where were you when ... ?"

Looking back, the first national news item that really left an impression on me was the explosion of the Challenger in 1986. There were plenty of other important news headlines from that era, but as a six year old, I couldn't really grasp politics. But I did understand what happened to that space shuttle and how sad it was. Of course many other headlines have affected our lives since then, good ones and bad. Which ones really stick with you?

Monday, January 19, 2009

River Ice

We had flurries most of the day, which amounted to a foggy atmosphere and about two inches of really fluffy snow. Down at river level, the ice was fractured and heaving, and the lovely little coating of snow was just icing. It's only been in the last week or so that the cold has sustained itself long enough to freeze the river completely.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Breath of Summer

In the midst of this cold cold cold, I had to dig into my summer photos for some mental relief.

This is a dandelion-style poof of seeds, but I'm not sure if is actually a dandelion or not. It might be goatsbeard or something similar. In any case, its a memory of a warmer time. Tomorrow I'm facing reality and heading down to the frozen river, to see what winter images might present themselves ...

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Monday, January 12, 2009

My Collection of Domes, Large & Small

Over the last two years, I have been under a number of round things. While most are pretty local, one is nationally known ... any ideas?

For identification, see the comments to this post. The locations are posted as the first comment.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Winter Blahs

For whatever reason, the winter blahs have captured my photographic mind. But I wanted to do a post before everyone becomes convinced I'm never coming back. This one is from deep in the archives, a geranium blooming in front of vertical blinds.

Be prepared for more random shots to come ...
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