Sunday, June 28, 2009

Chalk Art @ Artomatic

Artomatic visitors Sunday afternoon/evening were greeted by art on the side walk. As you can see there were a number of tributes to the late Michael Jackson. Artomatic closes next Sunday, and so far close 52,000 people have visited the mega art event. They are on track to have the largest attendance in it's 10 year history!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

DC Caribbean Parade

This weekend is the DC Caribbean Carnival along Georgia Avenue in DC. This afternoon I tag along with a friend as we checked out the very colorful Caribbean Carnival Parade.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Nats-Red Sox Game

I went to the Nationals-Red Sox game on Thursday Night. They set a new record for attendance (with a lot of Red Sox fans) of 41,985 people in the second season at Nationals Stadium. Red Sox fans left unhappy, with a 9-3 loss. It was also the first start with the Red Sox for veteran pitcher John Smoltz, had he a rocky debut.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hillwood Gardens # 2

More photos from yesterday's visit to the Hillwood Gardens and Estate in Washington DC.

This is one of my favorite, because these days with all the rain and grey skies we have been having, a blue sky is something to celebrate!

If you want to learn more about the history of Hillwood or what's inside Mansion/Museum you should check out their web site @

Hillwood Gardens DC

On this Father's Day, I was fortunate enough to have my father (and mother) visiting this weekend. On Saturday we dodged the "pop up thunderstorms" and headed over to the Hillwood Estates, Museum and Gardens in Northwest DC. Hillwood was the home of Majorie Merriweather Post. This first photo is from the Japanese Gardens.

There are many cool statues through out the grounds. This one is on the Vista Terrace.

This is shot of the mansion from the lunar lawn. The Mansion/Museum which houses very impressive collection, unfortunately you need to check you camera at the front door.

And of course the gardens have some great flowers.

More photo's from my Hillwood gardens tour later today. Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Photos on The Volunteers Facebook Page

The Volunteers posted six of my photos taken at the Velvet Lounge on Tuesday Night.. Check out their facebook page @

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Volunteers @ The Velvet Lounge

Last night I shot a band from Brooklyn called "The Volunteers" at the Velvet Lounge in DC. They were kicking off their month long tour that will take them across the country. And they were looking for someone to shoot their concert. Hopefully a few of my pictures will be on their myspace page soon. Here's a few of my favorites.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

H Street Northeast. DC next hot neighbhorhood?

Last night a friend and I went to H Street Northeast which is supposed to be (or hopes to be) the next "hot neighborhood" in Washington DC. It has a number of cool and different bars like the "Rock and Roll Hotel" and "Palace of Wonders" which is a carnival sideshow, museum, bar, and vaudeville spectacular all rolled into one. My favorite place of the night (which was filled with people watching the Stanley Cup Game 7 game) was "Country Club" which just opened a few weeks ago. In addition to a large bar, it has skeet ball, mini golf indoors, and other fun bar games.
Two down sides to H Street Northeast. There is no metro close by and neighborhood is still a little "sketchy". We saw a number of police cars with their lights and sirens on thru the evening.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Peeps @ Artomatic

Peeps are Huge in DC.. They have become a popular tradition at artomatic. Here's a sample of some of this years peep highlights.

This one is called "Thelma and Louise: Peeps on the Run."

"Peep to the Right" if you have ever ridden the Washington's Metro trains.. you know that you need to stand to the right (pass to the left) when going up and down the escalators. Tourists and out of towners are little slow to learn this unwritten rule.

"Double Peep Strike" memorializing the "Miracle on the Hudson " water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in January.

"Purple Tunnel of Peeps" a homage to the hundreds of people who were stuck in the Purple line on Inauguration Day, and didn't get to into the secure zone to witness President Obama swearing in and speech.

To see the complete list/pictures of all the peeps in the show & the artists names from the above creations check out this,

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday afternoon @ Artomatic

I spent a couple hours Sunday afternoon checking out more artists at Artomatic 2009. Here are some of the stuff I liked...

This artist in addition to showing her work, she has a long paper for patrons to right what's on their life list? It's very interesting to read what some people have written. Believe or not some still want to write the great novel (and not the great movie)...

One of a number of stages where bands are playing. This band wasn't bad.

This photographer had a great backdrop with his photos from his trip across Route 66.

Photographs from Yankee Stadium (i believe the old stadium)..

And my favorite photograph of the day
This photographer ( started a project of taking 100 photographs of 100 strangers, and then talking to them and learning a little bit about them. This guy had just moved to DC from Philadelphia, and he was reading Winston Churchill's "The Gathering Storm" via Kindle in Adams Morgan, DC.

Tomorrow I will post photographs of Peeps @ Artomatic. Don't know what a Peep is? You'll have to check back tomorrow then to find out!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In My Front Rear View Mirror...

On my way home from work tonight... I was glad I had my camera in my bag to capture this cool photo!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mormon Temple @ Twilight

New local pictures, finally! I took my new camera out (Canon Rebel XSI) Monday night to the nearby Mormon Temple in Kensington, Maryland. The temple is seen by millions of commuters and visitors daily via the Capitol Beltway (I-495), but I was surprised to find out tonight the grounds at the temple are open daily to visitors. I went the half hour before and after sunset.

These two religious men were my favorite visitors of the evening. They were very concerned about getting the best photograph.
See the plane? I Still have to master the zoom operation.

It is really an amazing building up close.