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Spooky Tree Stumps Remind Us Why We Need Earth Day

No matter how one feels about commercial clear cutting for timber, Joe Freeman’s haunting images of the desolation left after a big clear cutting operation are incredible.

These images were shot with a large format camera at Snoqualmie Pass, east of Seattle, Washington of a clearcutting job that was probably done close to 100 years ago. The trees were preserved because the area was turned into a reservoir and under water.

[via PetaPixel]

National Airport, Washington, DC

National Airport

Flickr member L. Shanley has posted a very nice image of (Ronald Reagan) National Airport in Washington, DC taken with a Sony RX100.

National is one of the few major airports I’ve not been to over 50 times (Dulles 100s). I avoided it because the idiots in Congress made it close by 10 pm because they didn’t like the sound of planes overhead. Noise isn’t okay for them but it’s okay for the rest of us. I was once in a US Air plane bound for Hartford and it was 9:59 pm and we were rolling down the runway. The clock struck 10 pm and the pilot had to cancel the takeoff because his wheels weren’t off the ground at 10 pm. We went back to the gate and we had to stay the night in a hotel near the airport, at our own expense. This did not endear me to Congress or the FAA for letting them make this insane rule.

I remember landing there once in a small commuter (curtain between pilots and passengers) just after it was renamed “Ronald Reagan National Airport” and the pilot came on the intercom and said: “We’ll be landing at Washington National Airport in ten minutes. Sorry, but I refuse to use its new name, George Washington was a great President.”

Many of us clapped.

Coneflower

Coneflower

Macricostas Preserve, Steep Rock. Washington, Connecticut. There’s a nice butterfly garden off the parking lot where we start the hike up to Waramaug Rock and we thought we’d shoot some flowers before setting off. Today was the hottest, muggiest and worst air we’ve felt all summer. This flower was the highlight of the day.

Amazing that this was shot with the PowerShot S100, handheld. It’s not a 5D and macro lens but it does a decent job.

Plane Truths in Washington

Plane Truths in Washington

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s photographs of airplanes are currently being shown at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Mr. Milstein has been fascinated with the modern jet since childhood, earning his pilot’s license while he was a teenager. He loved hanging around the end of the runway at Los Angeles International Airport, feeling that he could almost touch the planes as they went by. He still loves spending time on the runway, and often shoots the aircraft as they are flying directly overhead at close to 200 mph. Mr. Milstein: “I shoot mostly at LAX, as the planes are coming in for landing. I hand hold a Contax 645 camera body with a Phase One digital back… After capturing the image I mask and neutralize the sky so as to show only the aircraft in perfect symmetry. This isolates it like a portrait.” “AirCraft: The Jet as Art,” is on view through Nov. 25.

Fantastic. I’d love to to see this exhibit.

Queen Anne’s lace with snow

Snow on Queen Anne's Lace

Washington, Connecticut. At the start of a short winter hike up to the Pinnacle Dave and I got distracted by Queen Anne’s lace with snow cones on them.

Dave photographing Queen Anne's Lace

The flip out LCD on the G11 meant that Dave probably didn’t have to break his back for this shot; he could have swiveled it to allow him to stand up strait and use it like a vertical viewfinder.

Snow on Queen Anne's Lace

Fun experimenting with the G11 meter to best catch the plant and the sun going down.

Snow on Queen Anne's Lace

We stayed out on this field shooting plants a bit too long, the temperature dropped fast as the sun went down and after I took this we headed for home.