The Southwest | How I Long For Thee

It is now just under one year since I went out west to Utah and Arizona for photography. But instead of being satisfied with my trip and pictures I find myself longing to return more each passing day. I think it is safe to say the American Southwest has a hold on me. The only saving grace is I am still able to pull a few images out of my RAW archives from that trip. Here is one I just edited tonight:

Upper Antelope Canyon
Upper Antelope Pano
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Afloat In Havre de Grace ~ Big Things On The Horizon


Another sleepless night made getting up for sunrise easy. I decided to go up to Havre de Grace, MD and see what was going on. I had not been to this location for several years. I arrived at Concord Point just before the sky began to glow. The sunrise was nice but the golden hour was great. I found this sailboat anchored just off shore and I was able to line it up with the glow in the sky. But in the end I decided to flip it to black and white.

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Rules Of Composition

I went out photographing tonight to clear my head. A long day in the “office” and visiting a sick relative really saps your creativity. To spark some creativity I started going through the rules of composition while looking for a scene to photograph. I was going to the Prettyboy Reservoir, a place I have photographed and explored extensively. So pulling an original composition from here would have been a feat. I settled for a familiar trail with a strangely foggy river.

Gunpowder River Fog
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Family Of Flycatchers

Its that time of year again, young birds are out and about and demanding food! At Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge I found two family of Eastern Wood Pewee. Eastern Wood Pewee are a type of Flycatcher. They were so cute sitting on a stick together!

Family Of Flycatchers
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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

I was recently asked why I travel all the way to Bombay Hook NWR when there are so many birding spots closer to home. It stopped me for a moment, after all, Bombay Hook is 2 hours away from home and there are several tolls along the way. I thought about it but did not have an immediate answer. Sure, the density of birds is greater there then anywhere else I’ve been in the state of Maryland. But if that was all surely I could break even in “birdiness” by going more often to closer locations. It must be more than that. So I got up early the next morning at 3am and headed for Bombay Hook.

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