The weather team at The Washington Post calls the DC area a “snow hole”. In many years the big winter storms go north or south, leaving us with little to nothing other than cold and damp.
This season, for the first time in three years, we got a measurable snow. The few other times we got winter precipitation it came in short bursts of the dreaded wintery mix – ice, sleet, and/or freezing rain, with a little bit of snow mixed in.
In an interesting essay from his blog, tech writer and photography enthusiast Om Malik makes the case that that the iPhone is today’s version of the Brownie Camera.
First released in 1900, the Brownie was the very successful centerpiece of Kodak’s attempt to make photography easy and inexpensive for the average person.
Travel, of course, has been very limited over the past year, so I’ve been making short trips to interesting local sites never visited to photograph. In October, we discovered Fort Washington National Park in Maryland south of the District, a beautiful place for a fall photowalk.
A few times this summer I cautiously emerged from quarantine to do some longer photowalks. When the Smithsonian National Zoo reopened in August, we spent a morning wandering and taking pictures. Recently we spent some time with the birds, turtles, frogs, and other creatures at Huntley Meadows, a local marshland park with a name out of a dime-novel murder mystery.
Below are a few shots from both trips and more can be found at the other end of the links above. Hopefully more will be coming soon as we figure out what can be done outside of the house, while still avoiding the virus.
Last month I broke quarantine for a day to go on a socially-distant, masked, small-group photoshoot in a 19th century woolen mill in southern Pennsylvania. While the building appears to be from the latter part of that century, the equipment in place looks to be more recent, maybe from the 1930’s and 40’s.
Here are a few images from my day and more are in this gallery.