Category Archives: Photos

Sunrise Safari At Disney's Animal Kingdom

So my personal high­light from this year's Disney trip was the Sunrise Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This is (or was) an extended version of the regular Kili­man­jaro Safari ride plus a buffet break­fast avail­able for a modest, by Disney stan­dards, price to DVC members staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sadly this has been discon­tinued (perhaps due to ongoing expan­sion work at Animal Kingdom or in connec­tion with the planned expan­sion of regular Safari hours) though our guide said that a replace­ment was being planned which would focus on the animals in the Savannah's at the Lodge itself. That being the case I'm really glad I got a chance to do this Safari. As the name suggests it starts early. Everyone gathers in the Lobby at the Lodge around 7am and is loaded into a couple of buses to be taken to the back entrance to Animal Kingdom. On the way the guides, who work with the animals, offer up lots of back stage infor­ma­tion. Once there we are treated to an extended (roughly double the length) safari that offers two major advan­tages over the regular ride.

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World Wide Photo Walk 2014 — Harpers Ferry

This is the second year in a row that I've partic­i­pated in Scott Kelby's World­wide Photo Walk. Last year I joined a walk at Gettys­burg, this year I stayed closer to home and partic­i­pated in a walk at Harpers Ferry. Orig­i­nally I planned on doing a different walk since I take photos at Harpers Ferry on a semi-regular basis, but I thought it would be inter­esting to view the place from other people's eyes and see what that brought to light. One of the reasons I like these photo walks is that they force me to slow my pace down a bit. I have a tendency to walk fast and snap photos.

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Loudon Heights Overlook

Here's a different look at Harpers Ferry. This time round I hiked up Loudon Heights rather than Mary­land Heights.While the walk up Mary­land Heights is pretty much straight up (well round and round up I suppose) Loudon Heights is a bit more spread out. First you go up, then you walk along the spine of … Continue reading Loudon Heights Over­look

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Amber Waves of Grain

Okay well tech­ni­cally it's just regular grass but work with me here. It's also actu­ally a Civil War site, but again, let's not be picky.This panorama is at Harper's Ferry National Histor­ical Park, but it's no at the bit everyone goes to. This is the Murphy-Chambers Farm.While not nearly as visited as the primary site, it … Continue reading Amber Waves of Grain

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The Old Vault At Mount Vernon

  As the sign explains (though the text is prob­ably just a little too small in this photo) this is the old Wash­ington family vault at Mount Vernon. George and Martha Wash­ington along with assorted other family members were interred here until the new tomb (which George Wash­ington had instructed be built) was completed in 1831. … Continue reading The Old Vault At Mount Vernon

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George Washington Distillery From The Outside

Here's a more picturesque shot of the George Wash­ington Distillery at Mount Vernon. The building itself is not espe­cially distinc­tive but the setting is certainly very attrac­tive. The water course adds to the compo­si­tion of the picture, plus I got lucky with a nice cloudy sky. A little bit of extra processing in Photo­shop pulled … Continue reading George Wash­ington Distillery From The Outside

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How Much Wood Would A Wood Chuck Chuck?

I went with my son on his recent school outing to Mount Vernon. An inter­esting place to visit certainly. As part of the trip we also stopped by the George Wash­ington Grist Mill and Distillery. This partic­ular photo is in front of the Distillery portion of the site where a group of people dressed for … Continue reading How Much Wood Would A Wood Chuck Chuck?

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