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Washington DC and environs: I've spent a lot of time working in Washington, D.C. in 2002-2004. In addition to getting shots of the usual monuments, I also visited wildlife refuges in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Click on any image to load larger image and start slide show.
Panda at National Zoo, 2004 Ducks at National Zoo. Tiger at National Zoo, 2004. Cheetah at National Zoo, 2004. Red Ibis at National Zoo, 2004.
Flamingos spar at National Zoo, 2004. Heron at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland, 2004. Egret at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware, 2004. Blackbird at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware, 2004. Robin at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware, 2004.
The view from our agency lunchroom, 2004. Eagle at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Hall, Maryland. Eagle with a fish at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Hall, Maryland. Osprey at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Hall, Maryland, 2003. Osprey with a fish at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland. I was on a trail and heard a crash in the tree above me. It was the osprey landing with this big fish, still thrashing around.
Osprey with a fish, Blackwater NWR, Maryland, 2003. Osprey at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland. I was stopped in my car and saw this osprey coming toward me. I was able to grab the camera and get the window down quickly enough to get this shot. Eagle perched on dead tree at Blackwater NWR, Maryland, 2003.  This tree is visible from the Visitor Center and the several times I have been there, there always seems to be an eagle perched there. Red-winged blackbird at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland. Red-bellied Woodpecker at Masonīs Neck National Wildlife Refuge south of Alexandria, Virginia, 2002.
An eagle cruises above the bank of the Potomac near Alexandria, Virginia. I was somewhat discouraged after a day of not seeing eagles at Masonīs Neck NWR. Halfway back to Arlington I stopped at a park along the Potomac to see if I could get a decent sunset shot when this eagle swooped past. I was able to get this somewhat blurry shot before it disappeared. U.S. Capitol in the afternoon light. In late afternoon, the marble of the Capitol and other structures along the Mall almost glow in the golden light. Photo note: Taken with Fuji 6x9 medium format camera, Provia slide film. Note the sharp details. Washington Monument at dusk. I was rushing to get to the west of the Washington Monument as the sun was going down, but as I walked down a hill to the south this sight made me stop there and attempt to capture the view of the circle of flags. It can probably be done better with some actual planning instead of just stumbling across it, so this might be worth trying again someday. Photo note: Fuji 6x9 medium format, Provia slide film. U.S. Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, Va. looking across toward the National Mall. Tulips at the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Va. looking across to D.C. This site is between the Iwo Jima Memorial to the north and Arlington National Cemetery to the south. Photo note: Taken with my 2 megapixel Elph and the day was very windy, so wonīt be making any posters out of this shot.

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