a teatray in the sky

skyland restaurant

Posted in 5D Mark II, Food, National Parks, Photography, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia by firthefirst on October 18, 2010

since I’m really not old enough to remember the good old/bad old days, I have no idea what national park food used to be like.  what I do know is, the in-park dining options these days may lack diversity but certainly don’t lack in quality.  the service can be hit-or-miss (in yellowstone it’s all miss, in shenandoah it’s usually decent) but you can be fairly confident your taste buds will be rewarded once the food hits the table. (more…)

when the sun goes down

Posted in 5D Mark II, National Parks, Photography, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia by firthefirst on October 12, 2010

the week at work is shaping up to be half looney bin half zoo so there won’t be much substance with today’s post.  going to keep it short and let you enjoy / be amused by my continued attempts at night sky photography, this time from shenandoah. (more…)

you say goodbye, I say hello

Posted in 5D Mark II, National Parks, Photography, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia by firthefirst on October 11, 2010

I’ve been in a bit of a panorama mood ever since I got back from yellowstone (see?) and I wanted to keep that streak going.  my tripod handling speed is still not quite where it should be at, and as we all know, practice makes … better.

so, a few fridays ago, tina and I took off after work on friday and managed to reach the north gate of shenandoah national park just before sunset.  the place was practically devoid of people, everyone else long since gone home or gone to dinner.  perfect.  no traffic, empty overlooks, enchanting silence. (more…)

into the woods

given that the longwood gardens series (one two and three) are collectively the most viewed series of posts on this blog, its apparent that people like their nature shots cute and fluffy.  but that’s not really what you’re thinking when you go into the woods though, is it?  you don’t want to hug that ivy.  you don’t want to lick that shroom.  actually, I can think of a few of my friends who would hug that ivy and lick that shroom.  I guess this post is for you. (more…)

it’s raining [zombies] in baltimore baby

Posted in 30D, National Parks, Photography, Shenandoah National Park, Software, Virginia by firthefirst on March 26, 2010

… but everything else is the same.  still a pile of stuff to push out before 4 PM (after that, hitting the weights).  so since I didn’t have a lot of time to put something out, I dug around in the archives for a bit and came up with this. (more…)