Oh my.... My husband and I went away Thursday nigtht to stay at a B&B in Middleburg, VA (the Red Fox Inn). We took Friday off of work and went to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum out by Dulles Airport. Then, because beltway traffic was bad (isn't it always?), we stopped at Great Falls NP in VA.
Sounds like quite a trip and I took LOTS of pictures. I'm scared to count how many and I'm not sure when I'll be able to go through them all. I did preview a few and was pleased with some of what I saw. In Middleburg, I had some flower pictures which were okay. If anything, they were a learning experience of things i might want to do in the future. I had gotten up very early and caught some interesting shots around field of a fence and of a farm in the morning light.
The Air & Space Museum was cool. I was in awe of the planes and spacecraft and I did not hesitate to snap the shutter. I took as many pictures as I could. I think part of it is a learning experience to see what works and to understand better what is at the museum. My husband liked the pictures and wants copies of them, so I guess that is a good thing. I hope to be better prepared when I go back.
Great Falls was wonderful. The weather was beautiful and the park was not very crowded. We explored the three different lookouts and again, who knows how many pictures I snapped. I was switching between my 18-55mm and my new 70-300mm lens. I haven't worked much with that zoom lens so I wanted to get to know it -- find it strengths and weaknesses. I hope one day to buy a 70-300mm or 80-400mm VR..
We actually visited the park twice, as we got hungry and left for dinner. Before dinner we saw lots of herons and some kayakers. To my surprise, we saw one kayaker go down the falls. It was cool. I also got a great shot of a dragon fly. I was using the 70-300mm. I was surprised it sat still enough for me to take several shots. (Actually my husband laughed because he said it sat still enough for me to change lenses.) I suppose I will have to see how the 70-300mm looks and perhaps consider the 70-180 micro lens that Nikon used to make.
As we were returning from dinner, we saw vultures in the picnic area. They were obviously a regular cleanup crew as they were not too scared of me. There were black vultures and turkey vultures and both are really ugly birds. Back at the water, we saw another kayaker go down the falls and I was prepared. I caught some more pictures of herons, plus some other birds as they were squabbling. I even saw an eastern bluebird (which was a surprise). Both my husband and I were tired -- it had been a long day, so we decided to head home at almost 8PM. My regret was that we didn't stay until sunset as the sky looked beautiful when we got home. On the other hand, I was tired and I think I got enough pictures for one day.