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This shot was taken from Cape Flattery, Washington State, the most northwestern point of the lower United States.


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night with US Capitol background

"Todos estamos sentenciados de por vida a la soledad en la que nos encierra nuestra piel."

Tenessee Williams


My very first and completely unplanned night shot. Exposure 0.3 sec, quality is hugely questionable, but I still like all the reflections. May be one day I'll take longer exposure image the right way, but this was not the day. Oh, and it was taken on 10/10/10, but unfortunately at 9:30 PM. Thirty minutes short of another 10.

It's a gloomy day in Washington, just because the government wanted to give affordable health care to people, something many other countries have. Really amazing stupidity

on the part of Congress.

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Some pics from the fireworks on the Mall, Washington DC

Taken just before a thunderstorm

This classic Washington DC view of the United States Capitol at night is taken from the grass near an asphalt area on the East Front that appears to be used by news crews to provide a capitol backdrop.


Tripod rule notes: I used a tripod for this photo (seven bracketed frames). For anyone looking to use a tripod at the Capitol, you can obtain a free, one day photography permit. I was told that it allowed me to setup anywhere in the grass. The permit itself is free but it could take a while to obtain it. The officers need to walk you through the capitol (two or three elevators down) to the security office. The process itself is quick but it takes a while to be escorted down and back. If they are busy, it could take longer so plan the time into your schedule. They were friendly and not busy when I was there and it still took a while due to the security office location.


Explored: April 8, 2014

Washington Avenue Bridge over Hwy 58, Golden, Colorado.

A little more from Washington Oaks. At this point the sun came out a little more and clouds gave way to the light. It wasn't for long though. I had to take advantage of the small window of opportunity and get to work!. I think the sun was visible for about 20 minutes and then..... gone for the day again.

At any rathe I was able to get somewhat decent light for a couple of captures.

This is truly a beautful place, worhty of several visits. I definitely plan to make it there again during the summer.

I used 4 captures for this final piece. 2 for the foreground and middle ground and 2 for the sky. I blended them manually using layers and selections in CS5. No filters used in any of the single files.


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Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889.

The Washington Monument and reflecting pond bask in dawns early light. The equinox sun casts this amazing even light to compose this shot. I am awestruck with the mirror like water and the tonal range in the sky. Venus(?) is just about out of frame... was really bright, looked like a plane coming in!

Washington's Headquarters from April.

Another one from the morning at Washington Oaks State Park, just a few minutes south of Saint Augustine.

For those of you who have been to Blowing Rocks before, this place is very much like the one we photograph in Jupiter, only difference is that in Washington Oaks you have a few miles of these coqiina rocks. It is a great place!.

I captured this one minutes after the one previously posted.

This is a manual blend of 3 files using layers. 1 for the foregorund, 1 for the middle gorund and 1 for the background.

Also used a Singh Ray 3 stop GND.


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The lovely and colorful blossoms of the Yosino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin were close to the Peak Bloom where about 70% of blossoms are open just before Good Friday in Washington DC in 2016. The juxtaposition of the 555 foot marble obelisk that is the Washington Monument behind the colorfully blooming Yosino cherry trees make a beautiful contrast and at the same time combination of natural beauty and man-made architecture. Making a pilgrimage to the District of Columbia at peak bloom has proven to be quite an undertaking over the years for me because only the good Lord knows when those blossoms are going to bloom and even the folks that actively watch change their predictions as the time gets closer because weather is so variable in the Spring. The bulk of the actual festival activities in Washington is this week into the next, a week after peak bloom; if you check this link you’ll see how variable the peak blooms have been in recent history [ ].

I’d love to say third time’s a charm, but this is actually the fourth time I tried this endeavor and actually had success for a change. The first stab was in 2012, when the Washington Cherry Blossom Festival was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the gift of the 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo Japan to the city of Washington, DC missed peak by a week, then too early, then too late again. In 2016 the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary with events going on all over the USA at National Parks including the National Mall which the Tidal Basin, the Washington Monument and so much more are all under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The Tidal Basin significance to the cherry blossom is important because back in 1912 it was where President Howard Taft’s wife First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador planted the first two trees on the north bank of the basin this was years before the Jefferson Memorial would eventually be located in this same vicinity. There are multiple factors that play a pivotal role in getting good images of the cherry blossoms, the peak is one, but the weather, again Spring and spring showers can literally rain on your parade. So as I took the Metro from Maryland to DC, it was a little overcast, but as the train passed RFK Stadium I saw the skies were getting bluer, the sun was coming out from behind the clouds so I must had a big smile because a fellow passenger said you look happy….the happiness that photographer gets when things are going well. Good Friday I got up early, hoping to get capture some more cherry blossoms, but it was cloudy and eventually rainy. Good thing there are still so many Smithsonian Museums that I have yet to see.

Interestingly here in New Jersey, in Essex County where I now reside, there is park, Branch Brook where there are more trees than Washington DC’s Capitol District but trees around the basin, the majestic national monuments that adorn the National Mall in DC are just magical, definitely worth the trip if you can time it right.

Captured with Olympus E-5 with Olympus Zuiko 12-60MM F2.8-4.0 SWD lens hand held, HDR of 5 RAW exposures processed in Photomatix and cleaned up in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.


washington dc monumnet flags night

Washington National Harbor is a 300-acre (1.2 km2) multi-use waterfront development on the shores of the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Maryland just south of Washington, D.C. near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. It is being built by the Peterson Companies. The project is expected to cost over $2 billion. In addition to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, which opened on April 1, 2008, National Harbor will contain five new hotels, waterfront condos, offices, retail stores, nightspots, a marina, and a new location for the National Children's Museum.


Apples in Washington State


Washington produces about 42% of the apples grown in the United States, and 60% of those grown for fresh consumption. Bearing apple acreage in Washington is estimated at about 192,000 acres, about 8,000 acres of apple orchards are non-bearing.


During 2007-2009, production averaged about 130,000,000 "bushels," with an average of 100,000,000 packed boxes sold as fresh, and 30,000,000 bushels (boxes) processed yearly. (Bushel = about 44 lbs-20Kg.)

Value of Washington apples as sold as fresh or processed product is estimated at about $2.2 billion USD yearly.


From 28 to 32 percent of the crop is exported yearly, with major markets in the Asian Pacific Rim, Canada, Mexico, and South America.


The cost of production of an acre of apples is about $5200 to $7400, depending on a number of common orchard variables. Greatest expenses are labor for picking, pruning and hand fruit thinning. Packing and marketing costs an additional $5,600 to $7,500 per average acre of production, about half of which is labor costs.

Another shot from New Years Day. I had just a very brief visit to

Washington, D. C. while on my way to the airport.

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A passing summer storm drops it's load over the Capitol Mall and the area monuments.

US réportage Best view in SlideShow


the National Monument

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