Nikon D7500, 16.0-80.0mm @46mm, 1/60 sec., f/7.1, ISO 250

As mentioned in my last post we spent the second week of July out near the Shenandoah Mtns. The photograph above was taken on our last morning there. I was looking to capture the sunlight coming through the trees at sunrise. The sun was already risen and past the “golden hour”, but because of the mountains I was still able to capture some of the nice light. I also wanted to capture it coming through the trees.

Lands Run Falls

Nikon D60, 18.0-140.0mm @30.0mm, 1/100 sec., f/5.0, ISO 400

A week ago my family took a vacation to the Shenandoah NP region of Virginia. Spent much of the week hiking and driving along Skyline Drive. One of the hikes we took was to Lands Run Falls which is where I took this photograph. In addition on Friday morning while drinking my coffee on the deck of our rental, I saw this bear walking across the back lot. This was the second bear I saw, the first was crossing Skyline Drive, he was about 60 ft. away.

Black Bear


Nikon D7500, 55.0-200.0mm @55.0mm, 1/200 sec., f/4.0, ISO 250

Took this photograph a couple of weeks back while I was walking in a park near my home. When I initially looked at it I did not like it that much. I went back to the group of photographs I took that day, and made some adjustments to this one. I’m still not completely satisfied with it, not sure if it is too dark, but it is not as bad as I initially thought. I may revisit this scene in the future and try some other angles, exposures, etc.
If you look through the photograph you can see the Monocacy River in the back. There is a island to the right and as the summer progresses the stream that separates the island will mostly dry up, in some areas it has already done that, making it easy to get to the island. For now though this pond/puddle provides a nice reflection in the early morning.

Beech Mountain

Nikon D60, 18.0-140.0mm @34.0mm, 1/160 sec., f/8.0, ISO 200

Back again to Maine and 2017. This was taken while my family and I were hiking the Beech Mountain Loop Trail. I pretty sure this is Long Pond.
Last month I was reviewing pictures for a contest and this was on of the ones I selected to enter. Nice thing about the contest was that in made me go back and look at some older photographs, since one of the rules was that they needed to be taken before 3/1/2020. I picked this because I like the sharp blues and greens. I also like the way the trees framed Long Pond.