Naples, Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi Coast

Margo and I had a wonderful trip to Italy in early November.  Our son Peter joined us in Naples for a long weekend and we visited Pompeii and the Naples National Archeology Museum.  Peter returned to Madrid where he is teaching and Margo and I went on to Capri, Positano and Sorrento.  We had some wonderful hikes and fabulous meals and we celebrated Margo’s birthday while there.  Here is a selection of photographs from the trip.

Wildlife of C&O Canal National Historical Park

I have continued to explore the environs of the C&O Canal National Historical Park on my morning walks.  I have been as far out as Sycamore Landing and milepost 27, although most of my walks are closer to home.  I never imagined I would make these photographs of birds and other creatures.  I’m happy that I can share them with you here.

More birds and a beaver

Recently I was walking on the C&O Canal towpath when I was surprised to see a large lump of fur in the canal.  It turned out to be a beaver.  I thought it would swim to the opposite shore and disappear but instead it slowly swam upstream, paralleling my path.  When it got out and crossed the towpath headed home to the Potomac River I was struck by the contrast of the grace of its swimming versus the waddle of its walk.

I have shared some of the accompanying bird and critter photographs on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter but wanted to add them here as well.

Oh deer.

I spotted lots of deer out around Great Falls this morning.  One doe was unfazed by my approach and continued eating as I got within 50 feet.  A trio on the C&O canal were more wary and finally crossed the canal at a shallow spot before I could get too close.

Cuban flag flies again in D.C.

Cuban embassyA little after noon today I saw the news that the Cuban flag had been raised at Havana’s embassy in D.C. at a ceremony marking the reopening of the embassy. This the first time the flag has flown there in 54 years.

I just had to see for myself.  I knew that the embassy in on the west side of 16th St. and that if I hurried the flag would be still be in the sun and that the facade of the building would already be in shade.

This marks another historic moment in the restoration of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.Signs and flag

Gone to the birds

My friend Jeff Snyder says I’ve got the “bird bug,” and he’s right.  I’ve been taking lots of bird photographs on my morning nature walks and posting them to Instagram and Facebook.  Check out the gallery below.

4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks at Iwo Jima Memorial

On the 4th of July I photographed Washington, D.C.’s fireworks at the Iwo Jima Memorial.  I have shot fireworks from this angle before but not in over 20 years.  This was a rough year for fireworks photography.  Around 5 pm a storm hit and police cleared out the grounds at the Memorial.  I was finally allowed in at 6 pm and set up my tripod in my favored spot.  The rain did not return but low clouds lingered and the air was heavy and damp.  There was very little breeze and smoke from the fireworks built up obscuring the view from my vantage.  But ultimately patience paid off and I made one nice frame.  When I got home I posted on Instagram and Facebook and it was well received by friends and colleagues.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A LARGER VERSION.

Beauty in our (nearby) world

Flowers-1I have been spending many of my mornings walking on the C&O Canal towpath, the Crescent Trail and around our neighborhood.  It’s a great way to get a little exercise while listening to audio books or music.  I often stop to take photographs, some with my iPhone and some with a real camera.  I’ve been sharing these on Instagram/hbeiser, Facebook/hdarr and Twitter/hdarr.  If you haven’t already seen these posts click on the links above and check them out. Below is a gallery of some of my images taken along the C&O Canal.  Thanks for looking!