Friday, September 30, 2016

Old Neighborhoods

Pardon me for dwelling on matters that are of only very local interest, but I was fascinated by the information on these two historical markers. So many of the old neighborhoods have passed under the spade, as it were, in favor of newer communities and yet the names somehow persist. Live here long enough and you will almost certainly have heard the names Barcroft and Arlington Mill mentioned even though you might not ever associate them with the old places where people actually once lived and worked. So I appreciate these reminders.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Arlington Loop

Some of the places I've taken you to recently and that I'll be taking you to in coming posts have been along the so-called Arlington Loop. I've biked it a couple of times now. 

Tom asked where this picture was taken. It was taken in Glencarlyn Park. Glencarlyn used to be a summer community for Washingtonians who wanted to escape the heat of the city. That's hard for me to imagine. But I guess back then this might have been a welcome rural retreat. Now it's as densely populated and built up as the "city" across the river. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Two planes about to take off from National. I rather like Southwest Airlines' Canyon Blue livery (above) the best, although I do like the colors on Delta's Upward & Onward tail feathers (below).

"Delta's current livery is called 'Upward & Onward'. It features a white fuselage with the company's name in blue lettering, and a widget on the vertical stabilizer. Delta introduced its current livery in 2007 as part of a re-branding after it emerged from bankruptcy. The new livery consists of four colors, while the old one (called 'colors in motion') used eight. This meant the switch saved the airline money by removing one day from each aircraft's painting cycle. The airline took four years to repaint all of its aircraft into the current scheme, including aircraft inherited from Northwest Airlines." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


The trails around the Merchant Marine Memorial are quite popular with both runners and cyclists. And since some of you mentioned it :-), I'm actually shooting from above and across a lovely garden surrounding the memorial that's just a bit past its prime but which still supports some beautiful blooms like the example shown below.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Merchant Marine Memorial

Thanks to everyone who responded to yesterday's question concerning bicycle lighting. Clearly, those preferring flashing lights won out. So maybe I'll have to overcome my aversion and switch. :-)

Speaking of bicycling, I recently biked again the Arlington Loop here in NoVA which takes you past some pretty interesting places, including the Merchant Marine Memorial located in Lady Bird Johnson Park.  Here are a couple of detailed shots. I'll share a couple more tomorrow.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


The change of seasons has meant more time spent riding in the dark. So I've recently boosted my lumens. I'm undecided about which settings to use. I hate the flashing mode. Seeing these come at me on the trail just makes me crazy. On the other hand, I also can see how a single steady beam could simply blend into all the other lights people see out there on the roads, especially on our busy city streets. 

What's your take? Do you better notice flashing lights or steady beams? 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fly Away

Sadly, this is where my retrospective on this past month's visit to the Outer Banks ends and we all fly away back to NoVa. I greatly enjoyed my morning walks along the shore. You never really know what scenes you'll come across or what kind of lighting situations you'll encounter. Every day was an adventure.

John Denver & Olivia Newton-John

Monday, September 12, 2016


This is a blue crab that somehow escaped the pot. Maybe it was because of that shadow. :-)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sand Dollar

My first sand dollar after many summers of searching.

"The term sand dollar refers to species of extremely flattened, burrowing sea urchins belonging to the order Clypeasteroida. Some species within the order, not quite as flat, are known as sea biscuits." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, September 8, 2016


"A group of ducks can be called a flock, brace, raft, team or paddling. A group of ducks is referred to as a flock while they are in flight. They are more often referred to as a raft, team or paddling while the group is on water." ~

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tag Team

So I watched with amazement at how these two spelled each other to dig for a crab that somehow had managed to elude them--for a while.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Maddie & Dylan

Photos taken earlier this past month when the weather on the Outer Banks was more tranquil.

Saturday, September 3, 2016