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Jefferson Memorial

A quick post and dash today, friends. This week has landed me in the very busy zone while I work on 2 upcoming projects simultaneously. Normally I'd be looking forward to the weekend but 1 of these projects takes place then so... I'll be catching up to your creative postings during odd hours. Today's image was taken during the Summer of 2011 on one of my trips to the nations capitol. Previously I posted this inside look of the Jefferson Memorial and geez, that seems so long ago. A truckload of images have been processed since then. :-)

This is one of those images that I had looked at many times but passed it over since this place has been photographed more times than anyone can count. This time I decided the image had been in the file long enough. After running it through HDR Efex Pro and masking out many of the people, it was given a little Topaz Adjust and an S-curve to soften the harsh midday light.

Jeffeson Memorial
Jeffeson Memorial

The staircase was initially fairly crowded but I used 4 other images and brushed in some areas with no people. The guy in the lower right is probably wondering what happened to the 2 ladies that were following him. :-)

Have a great day and we'll catch up to you soon.

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Quiet Morning

Welcome back and thanks so much for your comments and support on the previous post. Much appreciated! Today's image was pulled from the archives where there are many awaiting processing (good problem to have). ;-) I came to realize long ago that you have to be in a certain mood for some images. When I saw today's it took me back to last Summer when I was out early one Sunday morning. In fact, I took this shot across the street from these arches. Anyhow, the neighborhood was very quiet, like most on an early Sunday, and I was drawn to the nicely bricked street leading to a small residential area. Not a creature was stirring, as they say.

Can hardly wait for those wonderful Spring and Summer mornings ahead.

Enjoy!

Quiet Morning
Quiet Morning

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Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!

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Lady Maryland

Welcome back, friends. I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Today's image shows the stern of the schooner Lady Maryland, now spending the Winter in Dry-dock for some needed repairs. I snapped this shot in Summer (2011) on a hot and humid day.  The ship was built in 1985 - 1986 with it's mission of serving as a floating classroom. This is the flagship of the Living Classrooms Foundation and has taken thousands of children on educational excursions, teaching them about life on the Chesapeake Bay, it's history and ecosystems.

What an awesome way for students to learn!

Lady Maryland
Lady Maryland

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We'll have more images of this wonderful schooner in future post.

Thanks for visiting!

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White Gazebo

Quick post and run today, as I've been called in on a last minute project for the county. I'll be site visiting later in the day. Today we roll back the clock to Fall of 2011 when I came upon this white gazebo nestled in the woods. It appeared to be just sitting there waiting for a wedding party to arrive, but since nuptials are usually not exchanged on Sunday mornings around 7:00 am, the area was very quiet and peaceful. Sort of reminds me of the lonely gazebo I posted about not so long ago.

Enjoy!

White Gazebo
White Gazebo

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Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

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