Dan Kehlenbach Photography: Blog http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Dan Kehlenbach Photography dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:06:00 GMT Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:06:00 GMT http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v161/u122910686-o492538875-50.jpg Dan Kehlenbach Photography: Blog http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog 101 120 Tybee Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/lighthouse-keepers-quarters It was a nice surprise to see the keeper's quarters at Tybee Light open to the public and restored to the way it looked in the 1930s.  Normally when keeper's quarters are opened, access is quite restricted.  At Tybee, however, we were free to roam about and photograph.  It was nice to catch a glimpse of life for the Keeper's family.  Here are a few photos:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Lighthouses http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/lighthouse-keepers-quarters Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:05:53 GMT
Dawn at Tybee Light http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/dawn-at-tybee-light It was enjoyable watching the sunrise over Tybee Island.  Here are two photos from about an hour before sunrise at Tybee Island Lighthouse:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Lighthouses http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/dawn-at-tybee-light Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:43:21 GMT
Spring colors http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/spring-colors After living in the Caribbean for the past couple of years, it's really nice to see some color appear in the landscape.  More and more color appears every day!

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Colonial Parkway Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/spring-colors Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:18:46 GMT
Favorite photography destinations: Colonial Parkway http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/favorite-photography-destinations-colonial-parkway *Updated 3/29 with new image

 

The Colonial Parkway in southeast Virginia is a 23-mile road that connects the historic cities of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.  With sweeping views of the James and York rivers, it is a very pleasant drive or bike ride, particularly early mornings or late afternoons.

 

Throughout the seasons there are always interesting photographic opportunities.  In springtime, flowering dogwoods resembling popcorn speckle the roadsides, summer brings out the wildflowers in all their glory, autumn colors rival New England's and winter sunrises and sunsets make you forget about the cold.

 

Here are a few of my memorable photographs along the Colonial Parkway:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Projects Virginia Wildflowers http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/favorite-photography-destinations-colonial-parkway Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:17:02 GMT
Morocco photos revisited http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/morocco-photos-revisited From time to time, I enjoy going back through my photo library and seeing if there was anything I missed in the initial edit, or if anything else catches my eye.  It's been a little over a year since the Morocco trip, and found some other photos that brought back memories.  Here are a few that caught my eye:

 

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Destinations Morocco http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/morocco-photos-revisited Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:31:56 GMT
Keeping an eye out... http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/keeping-an-eye-out Updated 1/14/17

This is turning into a fun project!  While strolling along trails and throughout town, I often come upon a couple of trees with some interesting bark patterns.  They appeared to be staring back - almost like watchful eyes in the forest.  I'm glad I keep my camera with me, and will continue to keep an eye out for more eyes in the trees!

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Virginia iPhone http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/keeping-an-eye-out Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:33:35 GMT
To know a place http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/to-know-a-place (Updated 1/10/17)  Taking advice from world-renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg, I simply had to look in my own neighborhood to find nature's splendor.  The Greensprings Nature Trail in Williamsburg, Virginia is home to many species of wildlife, several ponds, and a wide variety of plant life.  Taking time and exploring the trails on a regular basis allowed the ordinary to become extraordinary.  Here are a few of my memorable photographs:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Projects Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/to-know-a-place Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:46:20 GMT
A rare treat.... http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/a-rare-treat After living in the Caribbean for 3 years, it was nice to see some snow.  Officially Williamsburg received 13 inches yesterday, which is quite a lot for this area and everything came to a standstill.  This morning we took a stroll around Colonial Williamsburg to enjoy the winter scenes.  It's not going to last, however, as it is forecasted to be in the 60s by midweek.  Here are a few images from this morning:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Colonial Virginia Williamsburg http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/a-rare-treat Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:59:01 GMT
Wreaths of Colonial Williamsburg http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/wreaths-of-colonial-williamsburg Colonial Williamsburg is a fun place to stroll around, especially during the holidays.  The colonial homes are adorned with traditional decorations and handcrafted wreaths.  Here are a few of the wreaths along Duke of Gloucester Street:

Collage created using TurboCollage software from www.TurboCollage.com

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/wreaths-of-colonial-williamsburg Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:14:53 GMT
Postcards from The Outer Banks http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/postcards-from-the-outer-banks A few image from The Outer Banks in North Carolina.  Looking forward to more visits!!

Wright Memorial

View from the hill in which the Wright Brothers tested their gliders

Spot where first flight occurred

Marker of the first flight

Bronze Memorial

Bodie Lighthouse images

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/postcards-from-the-outer-banks Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:58:48 GMT
Keeping an eye out... http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/keeping-an-eye-out This has turned into a fun project!  While strolling down a trail along the York River in Virginia, I came upon a couple of trees with some interesting bark patterns.  They appeared to be staring back - almost like watchful eyes in the forest.  I'm glad I had my camera with me, and will keep an eye out for more eyes in the trees!

*Updated with new images

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Virginia iPhone http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/keeping-an-eye-out Sun, 06 Nov 2016 13:45:33 GMT
Ongoing project: Blending In http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/ongoing-project-blending-in *Updated 9/9/16 with new images

 

Blending In is a project I started a couple of years back that has been a lot of fun.  I have been inspired by Art Wolf's book Vanishing Act, and thought it might be fun to try something similar.  

 

For many thousands of years, the very survival of many animal species has depended on their ability to blend into the environment in order to catch prey, or become prey themselves.

 

Here are a couple of photographs from the project.  Can you spot the animal?

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Projects Wildlife http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/ongoing-project-blending-in Fri, 09 Sep 2016 22:33:34 GMT
Eastern Shore Seaside Towns http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/eastern-shore-seaside-towns The Chesapeake Bay area is crab country.  We just returned from a trip to Virginia's Eastern Shore.  Our ultimate destination was Chincoteague Island, but along the way we stopped at several seaside communities that have picturesque working harbors with crab boats, shacks, and all the equipment for catching Callinectes Sapidus, the blue crab.  Needless to say, the crab cake sandwiches were dynamite.  Here are a few pictures of the towns of Cape Charles, Oyster, Saxis in Virginia and Crisfield, in Maryland.

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Nautical Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/eastern-shore-seaside-towns Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:55:13 GMT
From one place..... http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/from-one-place I recently finished reading The Forest Unseen by biologist David Haskell.  In this book, David observes one square meter of forest in Tennessee for an entire year.  With a biologist's eye and a poet's pen he reveals the hidden world of this little patch of forest, and is perhaps one of the best nature books I have come across.

 

Reading this book gave me the idea of trying something similar.  I frequently stroll through Greensprings trail and find myself drawn to one area in particular - a boardwalk area that traverses a beaver pond.  Regardless of what time of day I visit, there is usually some sort of wildlife activity.  So, I have decided to spend one year observing this little patch of nature.  I've always had much better luck photographing wildlife from a single location versus hiking around.  I've always been a firm believer in letting animals come to you.  Should be fun!

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/from-one-place Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:26:56 GMT
Experimenting http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/experimenting The past few days have been really hot here in Virginia (upper 90s and low 100s), so I have been getting out early and visiting my favorite spot at Greensprings trail.  Not much activity there - perhaps it's a bit warm for some of the wildlife as well.  Nevertheless, it's a great spot to sit and observe.  Dragonflies were out and about catching their morning meals, and the clouds rolled in and out causing some interesting shadows over the pond.

 

Out of the corner of my eye I noticed some vegetation growing out of the pond being lit almost like a spotlight by the morning light.  The surrounding water went quite dark, so I captured a few images before the light changed.  This particular image reminds me of a Japanese minimalistic aesthetic - sometimes less is more.  It was a nice surprise on an otherwise quiet morning.

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Greensprings Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/experimenting Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:41:19 GMT
Powhatan Creek http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/powhatan-creek Took a quick trip back to Powhatan Creek this morning.  I wanted to see how far north I could get - there's virtually no development in the area and it looks like a great area to continue my project on Wetlands.  This part of the creek is ideal for paddle-craft - there's no way powered boats can negotiate the shallow water and many obstacles in the water.  The water level was quite low, but I was surprised how far up the creek I could travel.  It should be really nice come high water or after some good rains.

 

On my way back down, I came across a dragonfly on the surface of the water.  I picked him up, let him dry off a bit and then set him on some vegetation to recover.  Lots of dragonflies in the area, and they are quite fun to observe and photograph.

 

I couldn't resist converting a scenic photograph to a toned black-and-white.  I really enjoy the timeless quality to the areas that I have been paddling.  Here are some photographs:

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Kayaking Powhatan Creek Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/powhatan-creek Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:38:17 GMT
Symbols of Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/symbols-of-virginia It's always fun learning a bit about our new duty stations.  So far we have lived in New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and now we are back in Virginia.  In looking through my library of photos, I came across the different state symbols of Virginia:

 

State bird - Northern Cardinal

State insect - Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

State reptile - Garter Snake

State flower & tree - Dogwood

State boat - Chesapeake Deadrise

 

Now to try and get a photo of a Brook Trout, the state fish.......

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/symbols-of-virginia Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:25:48 GMT
Waller Mill Reservoir http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/waller-mill-reservoir The Waller Mill Reservoir supplies drinking water to our area and paddle craft and electric motors are permitted.  Most of the reservoir is crystal-clear providing great viewing opportunities for fish, turtles (some enormous snapping turtles), and the plant life at the bottom.  This morning I paddled the north side of the reservoir, leisurely exploring some of the small coves.  While in one of the coves, an Osprey dove into the water about 30 yards ahead of me in search of fish.  

 

There are a couple of Wood Duck nesting boxes throughout the reservoir.  I've been trying to photograph one from my kayak (my kayak is a 12' Wood Duck from Chesapeake Light Craft).  No luck this time.

 

This will be a spectacular place to return to when the leaves turn this fall.  I'll be ready!  Maybe they'll be some Wood Ducks to keep my Wood Duck company.

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Kayaking Virginia Waller Mill http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/waller-mill-reservoir Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:47:50 GMT
Morris Creek - Revisited http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/morris-creek---revisited While paddling Morris Creek the other day, it struck me how timeless the area is.  It's probably not all that different looking when Captain John Smith explored the area in the early 1600s.  In going over my photographs again, they didn't particularly reflect that intent.  Revisiting them in Lightroom, I applied a toned black & white conversion to a few photographs that I believe more authentically represents that timeless element.

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Kayaking Morris Creek Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/morris-creek---revisited Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:02:44 GMT
Morris Creek http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/morris-creek Today was another day for paddling.  I forgot how much I have missed kayaking over the years.  I took a trip up Morris Creek which is part of the Chickahominy Wildlife Management area.  Once on the creek, the 21st century vanishes very quickly.  There are a couple of homes along the creek, but as you meander up the creek they quickly disappear.  This part of Virginia is where the 2006 film The New World was filmed.

 

There were many Ospreys, Bald Eagles, and Great Blue Herons looking for a meal.  Photographing birds is challenging enough - photographing from a kayak makes it even more tricky.  Drifting along, many songbirds can be observed in the trees and flying about.

 

The creek narrows considerably as you head north.  This is the perfect environment for paddle craft - I'd imagine that the power boats would have a very difficult time negotiating the many bends and shallow water.

 

I definitely plan on returning and exploring some of the tributaries of the creek.  Viewing the natural world from a kayak is a very special experience.  Here are a few images:

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Kayaking Morris Creek Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/morris-creek Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:02:54 GMT