Sunday, November 12, 2006

Fall

Some fall pictures taken in late October/early November 2006 by me.



The Crepe Myrtle in front of my house was very nice this year



A nice fall day at the white house.



Sailing in Southern Maryland on the St. Mary's River





Canada Geese resting at Lake Artemesia, in Maryland near the D.C. border

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Yard Pictures

Here are a few pictures from my parent's yard in Southern Maryland taken in late September, 2006. You can find a lot of neat things if you look close.

An elephant ear leaf with the sun hitting it and shining through:




An Black and Yellow Garden spider awaiting his prey. This is a type of orb-web spider weaves intricate patterns in the center of its web to help camouflage itself from insects that might and stumble into its web and possible attackers.


Monday, September 18, 2006

Mountain Flowers


Encountered these flowers growing high up on the slopes of Cotopaxi volcano, mentioned below. Even in the harshest conditions, enduring cold temperatures, wind and rain, life adapts (in this case by hugging the ground). Below is a photo of a frailejon, a member of the daisy family that grows above the tree line in the Andes. It can reach over 10 feet tall, with a short trunk and strange shape.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Cotopaxi Volcano



Cotopaxi, at around 19,350 feet, is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Located only about 30 miles south of Quito, on a clear day you can catch a glimpse of Cotopaxi's peak and equatorial snow from the cobbled streets of the Ecuadorian capital.

Cotopaxi is dramatic. It stands alone, its perfect cone shape rising out of the western side of the inter-Andean valley just north of the city of Latacunga. It is powerful. It has erupted more than 50 times in the last 300 and years and destroyed Latacunga at least twice. Being active, it could erupt again at any time. Ecuadorians were reminded of the power of volcanoes this past summer when Volcan Tungurahua erupted and caused deaths and the evacuation of several villages.


My girlfriend and I took a guided hike on the slopes of Cotopaxi up to about 14-15,000 feet. We had to breathe deeply and walk slowly in the thin air. The winds threatened to knock me down as they forced changes between mist, rain and sunshine. Even on the equator, at that altitude the weather is too harsh to support much plant life. We stood on a barren surface of volcanic rock that looked like the moon less than 50 miles from the lush Amazonian basin. It's amazing what altitude can do.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Julian Alps

The Julian Alps, in northern Slovenia along the Austrian border, have the same the jagged peaks of Italy's nearby Dolomites. Verdant valleys, rushing streams filled with snowmelt and quaint villages bring to mind the best of the old world in this changing corner of Europe.

All pictures taken by me in late September 2004.


Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Netherlands

My mother was born and raised near Amsterdam in the Netherlands and her side of the family still lives there. A beautiful, crowded country of low sky, flat green open spaces and tidy cities, this supposed stronghold of liberal policy has sadly been in the news in the past few years because of clashes between the ethnic Dutch and immigrant Muslim population.

All pictures taken in September 2004.

Cyclist and passenger in Amsterdam

Some of the biggest hills in the low countries. Limburg province.


Canals and windmills are ubiquitous. North Holland near Vijfhuizen.


A cyclist friend approaches in the morning light. Loenen in Utrecht province.

Monday, May 08, 2006

April in Maryand

Just some pictures I took last month in Calvert and St. Mary's county in southern Maryland.




Dogwoods put on quite a show in the woods here

The river is always a great place to be on a sunny day

Azaleas add color everywhere for about 2 weeks in April Blue sky= blue river