As The Sky and Sea Burn Gold

I was a little later getting to the beach that morning but the delay was fortunate because this was the sight that greeted me as I reached the sand dunes. As pretty as sunrises are, they get very samey if you don't have something of interest in your foreground. The beaches at Ocean City Maryland are well tended but there's not much in the way of natural features left, which can result in a bland photo. The fencing here made for some ideal framing.  

Potomac Panorama

On the Maryland side of the Potomac you can walk from Harpers Ferry all the way up to Shepherdstown or further courtesy of the C&O Canal. On the West Virginia side things are a little more limited. But you can walk along the river a way. Which is what I did here, walking until I reached an old rubble dam usually refered to as Dam # 3 (but originally apparently called the Armory Dam). As you can see it makes for an impressive panoramic view of the river.

Sunrise On The Potomac

This is another spot that I photograph on a regular basis. This is where the Shenandoah (on the right) and The Potomac (on the left) meet and the Potomac then heads through the Blue Ridge Mountains and on towards DC. It's also essentially where three states meet with Maryland on the left across and Virginia on the right, while I am standing in West Virginia. Plus... it's pretty. This panorama is stitched together from about a half dozen images taken in portrait orientation. The same shot could basically have been achieved using about three landscape photos but I've switched to using portrait for the simple reason that it gives you a much higher …Read more  »

Made It, Ma. Top Of The World!

Okay, not actually the top of the world. The headline is a lie! But it did feel like it. I took another walk up to the top of Maryland Heights this morning. And for the first time there wasn't any cloud cover there so I could actually see (well occasionally in-between all the trees at least). This shot is right on top walking along the spine of the mountain and looking east towards the Potomac. I had to zoom in a bit to get the shot I wanted and there was a lot of haze because of the distance. However, a bit of tweaking in Photoshop brought out the details …Read more  »

Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, usually referred to as the C&O Canal  runs parallel to the Potomac River from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington D.C. A length of around 184 miles. It operated for almost 100 years (from 1831 to 1924). It is now maintained as a National Historical park and makes an excellent walking/running/cycling route. This photo was taken opposite Harpers Ferry. The fog from my other photos is still clinging to the hillside here.