New DSLR


A few weeks ago I lost my lens cap, while having an EPIC BATTLE, with a one day old Harbor seal!   I swear his cuteness made me drop my lens cap…

Anyway, I went to the camera store to get a new one and BOUGHT A NEW CAMERA…. cause that is what you do with your tax return…Invest it in your future!  I picked up the Nikon D7000 with a 18-105 lens, I love it so far.  Here is a taste of what it can do, this is the first test picture I took…

MouseGuardTest

 

I should be doing photoblog posts more regularly again 🙂

-TheGrav

An obsession with sunsets…


I take lots of photos of the sunset here are a few recent shots:

IowaSunset

On the road, between Des Moines and San Diego…valleycenter1

Playing with the depth of field and focus at my mom’s place in Valley Center, California…valleycenter2

 

Same shot, new focus…

-TheGrav

Mason’s Monument to Washington, Photoblog


Free Mason‘s Monument to George Washington..

 

Full view, I admit in these few photos… you gotta wonder if Dan Brown knows something.  Very imposing and totalitarian architecture.

 

 

 

Totally had a Kung-Fu Panda Moment..

 

During this DC trip, I somehow started catching all sorts of Orbs.

 

FRONT DOOR!  It was made for Giants!

 

Washington Accepting a surrender in a mural.

 

OMG A CEILING!

 

Room built to look like an original Mason Lodge, the chair in the background was Washington’s at one point.

 

 

 

More pictures and items from that same original Mason hall.

 

Dentist and surgeon… had a set of twin dueling pistols.  Apparently “do no harm” was not part of the code back in the day.

 

Cool crest in the museum part…

 

The Desk Washington took to war, the other side of the desk would have been used by his adjunct.

 

 

 

 

Relics from the Washington household…

 

Old brick buildings in Alexandria 🙂

 

View from the top of the tower, into Old Alexandria.

 

View into the Capital Mall from the top of the Tower in Alexandria.

 

Masonic symbol seen from the tower…

-TheGrav

DC Photoblog, Capital Mall


 

Another set of my sight seeing photos from DC.

 

Look, they decided stuff there!

 

Statue!

 

Art!

 

Smithsonian Portrait Museum… I think… Could have also been just the Art Museum…

 

Same Building, different angle…

 

Another Smithsonian building, not sure which one..

 

Safest place to wait out a zombie apocalypse… totally devoid of brains…

 

Washington OBELISK TO THE SUN!  I mean Monument… 😀

 

Washington Monument from another angle.

 

Suddenly a Wild Sister Appears!

 

Base of the Monument, it was late June, so can’t remember why we were at half mast..

 

The white roof in the background is the White House, this is as close as we bothered getting 🙂

 

EXTREME ANGLES!

 

Food and Drug Admin…

 

-TheGrav

Georgetown… a Dad guided tour…


A hundred years ago, exactly one year before I was born(according to my sister…), my Dad went to Georgetown.  In fact I think he may have been there, or still in the area when a certain set of steps became famous worldwide.  Hint: That is a reference to a Horror movie, and a priest…

What better person to give you a guided tour… here is what Georgetown looks like:

Old brick buildings…

This house was for sale… 6.5 Million, IIRC

Between The Exorcist stairs and the old trolley station, HUGE house…

Graffiti at the top of The Exorcist stairs, reminded me of Operation: Mindcrime and Max Payne.

The Infamous stairs… Apparently no one that goes to Georgetown likes them, cause they are a bitch to use, not because some dude flew down them at the end of a movie..

Steps up the to the Main Campus…

No clue why I took this one…

Awesome, Crazy, Building…

Founding crest mosaic…

Washington gave one of his speeches form this porch, just across from the Jesuit living quarters…  You can Taste the history in some of these places.

The new and the Old, the Building on the right was not as big when my Dad and Mom attended Georgetown.

These are the buildings where my parents learned how to do SCIENCE!

Dad and Little sis..

So much brick…

Yep, This is in fact DC Cupcake.. but wait till you see the line…

And I couldn’t get the entire thing…

Awesome window… and this was pretty common for some of the more swanky places…and yes it is done on purpose 🙂

One of the oldest banks in the area…

The Canal… the path on the right is where mules would walk to pull the barges…

Same Canal, Facing DC Proper…

 

More to come from the area soon.

-TheGrav

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A walk in Virginia


Nature walk in Virginia

Lots of birds out and about, I think this one was a quail of some sort.

Bug…

A Cabin, in the woods, Circa 1800s…

Another little beetle…

Old Rust bridge…

Remains of an old dam…

Nature framed by industry…

More birds…

Hard to look out on this view, and not imagine our ancestors living in this setting, hunting, being one with nature…

Last one, I think there is a chipmunk somewhere in there…

-TheGrav