Spring…in Summer

Today was a highly unusual day. It was 84 degrees with low humidity. In late July. In Virginia!! It was THE perfect day to take a day off from work and walk around Lewis Ginter. Still plenty of colorful flowers in bloom and butterflies fluttering about.

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Gettysburg & Hershey PA 2011

It occurred to me that I hadn’t posted the Pennsylvania vacation we took a couple of years ago. But then again, it’s the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, so in a way, I waited on purpose ;-) Well, it’s a few days late, but that’s the story I’m sticking to.

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We started in Gettysburg at the visitors center, of course, where we grabbed maps of the 2-3 hour self guided driving tour around the park.

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There were statues and monuments everywhere. I think it would have taken a week if you stopped to look and read them all. So we settled for taking pictures instead.

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Everywhere!

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Aw man, really? Had to put the metal detector away :(

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We did get out and walk around a little in The Valley of Death.

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I don’t think this barn had anything to do with Gettysburg, just someone’s home, but it looked serene and I couldn’t resist taking a picture ;-)

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We stayed the night in Harrisburg. Not much to do in Harrisburg, except take pictures of the Capitol building.

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The next day we set off for Hershey!

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Not much in Hershey either, unless you’re 8, so we set off for Amish Country to look for some of the old covered bridges.

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Except that it was pouring down rain, and rain is not a photographers friend…

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So we headed home a little early. I would like to go back some day and actually see some of the covered bridges under nicer conditions  ;-)

Fireworks on the 4th! – 2013

I love fireworks! And thanks to my new camera, I can take REALLY good pictures of them! Ok, it’s a little bit of a cheat, there is an actual fireworks display function specifically for fireworks, but hey, as long as I get the shot, I don’t really care how I get it ;-)

I typically only see fireworks on the 4th in D.C., but we didn’t go this year. So instead I went about 2 miles away from my house to the fairgrounds. I can usually see some of them from my house, but the tree line is a bit too tall to see them really well. I braved the traffic and the crowds and ended up getting a pretty good spot! Out of the 150+ shots I took, here are the best of the best (and there are still 30 or so, just couldn’t seem to cut them down any further!).

Happy Independence Day!!

Here we go…!

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I really like the residual streaks in this one.

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This show was very impressive! Some of the fireworks had distinctive shapes. This one was a heart ;-)

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Grande Finale!

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If I’m not in D.C. next year, maybe I’ll try the downtown fireworks. Only reason why I haven’t before is because the traffic, not to mention the parking, downtown is AWFUL! But I would love to get shots with the fireworks reflected in the river. Maybe I’ll hire a limo, HA!