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Black Bear Cub Climbing a Tree, Grand Teton National Park
Pronghorn Antelope at Golden Hour in Badland National Park
Pelican in Flight, Grand Teton National Park
Rose River Falls on a Cloudy Spring Morning in Shenandoah National Park
Aurora Borealis over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley from Shenandoah National Park
Diamond Ring During the 2024 Solar Eclipse as Totality Begins
Pink Rose #3: Virginia
Black and White of Gardenia in Bloom Macro: Virginia
Dogwood Trees in the Wind #2: Albemarle County, Virginia
Pink Dogwood Flower Macro: Virginia
Purple Iris in the Rain: Virginia
Indian Paintbrush by the River #2: Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana
Apricot Beauty Rose: Virginia
Tulip Macro #2: Virginia
Red Fox Kit Outside Their Den Under my Shed: Falls Church, Virginia
Timber Wolf on Road - Lamar Valley
Great Blue Heron in Flight Below Great Falls
Otters on the Ice - Yellowstone River Above the Falls
Blondie and Cubs in Grand Teton National Park
Bull Elk in Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park
Harlequin Duck at LeHardy Rapids on the Yellowstone River
Harlequin Duck at LeHardy Rapids on the Yellowstone River
Milky Way zFramed by the Trees of the Hazel Mountain Overlook in Shenandoah National Park
Milky Way Panorama from the Bacon Hollow Overlook on Skyline Drive - Photo Composite (In Progress)
Milky Way Over Hawksbill Mountain in Shenandoah National Park on a September Night at the Crescent Rock Overlook
Star Trails Over Desert View Watchtower - Grand Canyon National Park
Orion Over Big Meadows on a Windy Night
Star Trails Over the Ravens' Roost Pine Tree on an April Night - Composite of ~ 400 individual photos
Orion Nebula
Late Season Milky Way Core Over a Barn in the Blue Ridge Mountains
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Moonrise at Seneca Rocks #2: Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
Scotts Run Waterfall in the Snow
Lake Erie Sunset
Horses in Pasture with the Tetons on an Early Autumn Morning: Grand Teton National Park
Mount Moran and Reflection in the Snake River on an Autumn Morning: Grand Teton National Park
Bison in the Gibbon Meadow
Moon and Climbers: Arches National Park
Dawn Colored Clouds over the Tetons and Snake River: Grand Teton National Park
The Sun Rises Between the Clouds on an Early Autumn Morning in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Ravens Roost Sunset
Sunrise at Forrest Gump Hill
Sunrise on a February Morning from Skyline Drive
Sunlight Through the Trees and Steam at the West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon Sunrise at Grandview Point
Autumn Sunset Over Hawksbill from Crescent Rock
Moonset & Memorial: Washington, DC
Remember: Rose at The Wall: Washington, DC
Fireworks, Lincoln Memorial & Washington Monument #10 (B&W):  Washington, DC
Martin Luther King Memorial and Full Moon at Dawn #2: Washington, DC
Moonrise at USMC Memorial: Washington, DC
US Capitol and Reflection at Dawn: Washington, DC
Washington Monument and Reflections in the Tidal Basin, on an Autumn Morning - #1: Washington, DC
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Family on an Autumn Afternoon
Family on an Autumn Afternoon
Family on an Autumn Afternoon
Family on an Autumn Afternoon
Family on an Autumn Afternoon
Breaststroke Swimmer - Pencil Effect
Winter Twilight in Paradise Valley - Dry Brush Effect
Orange Day Lily with Water Droplets & Fireworks Composite
Hilltoppers on Fox Ridge Driveway - Oil Paint Effect
Rime Ice Covered Tree at Mud Volcano - HDR Effect
Barn at Dawn with a Dusting of Snow on the Blue Ridge Mountains - Edited
Doug Gordon at 1983 Slalom World Championships - Dry Brush Effect
Rock Climber #1: Great Falls National Park, Virginia - Oil Paint Effect

June 27, 2024

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swim team collage
Swim and Dive Team Parents,

Please go to the Team Photos page to order portraits or pre-order team photos.

If you missed your team's Picture Day and still want a portrait of your swimmer or diver, send me an email and copy your team rep to request a makeup session. I will schedule a makeup session if there's sufficient interest.

If you are having any difficulty ordering prints or collages from my website, please use the option to email me your order during the checkout process. Please also contact me if you have any questions about the image sizes, magnets of your swimmer's or diver's portrait, et cetera.

399, grizzly bear, cub, yearling, Grand Teton National Park
My trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone was cut short, and I didn't get a chance to get photos of many of the critters or scenes that were in my plans for the trip, but I was very happy to get some good photos of 399 and her yearling cub called Spirit, Rowdy, Uno and possibly other names by the wildlife photographers there in the Grand Tetons. Please check out the Tetons and Yellowstone 2024 gallery for more photos from this trip, and my 2023 Western Trip (last fall), 2022 Western Trip (May, June and July), 2021 Western Trip (May and June), and Western Trip 2018 (my first fall trip) galleries for more scenic and wildlife photos.

aurora, northern lights, shenandoah national park, virginia, blue ridge mountains
I was completely blown away by being able to see the Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis here in Virginia. I expected to find a narrow band of color at the horizon. Instead the aurora more than filled the frame at 14mm, which is a really wide angle. Here is a gallery of my photos from that night, and I created a short time-lapse video to show how dynamic the aurora can be.

Blondie, grizzly bear, cubs, Grand Teton National park
This is my photo the juror selected for Falls Church Arts' Flora and Fauna show. The show continues until June 9th, and as of today this photo hasn't sold. If it doesn't sell during the show, I will add it to my Framed Prints gallery in June when I can get a photo of the way Tom Gittins of Art & Frame of Falls Church framed it for me.

I was so happy to get photos of Blondie and her two new cubs last October after her three cubs from 2022 were killed by a male grizzly who wanted to mate with Blondie. The female grizzlies won't come in season if they have cubs, and the cubs normally stay with their mothers until they are entering their third year. Knowing that the male grizzlies tend to avoid the areas near the roads, many "famous" grizzly bears like Blondie, 610, and the most well known 399, raise their cubs close to the roads to use the crowds they draw as a shield.

2024 solar eclipse, composite photo, partial phases, totality, corona
I wound up in northern Maine to find clear skies for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, and it was an incredible experience. I created this composite image to show the partial phases, the major "must have photos" at the beginning and end of totality, and the corona that is only visible during totality. I chose to make the beginning and ending of totality images at the cardinal points of the layout to emphasize those photos. I have other composites with the partial phases and totality, a "panorama" of seven images during totality, and the individual images in the Eclipse-2024 gallery.

Please also take a look at my photos from the 2017 Solar Eclipse where we had about one and a half minutes of totality when Elena and I travelled to Ashton, Idaho. I actually think that my diamond ring photo from 2017 may be better than the diamond ring photos I captured in 2024.

New Year's Sunrise at the Jefferson Memorial
Please check out my Best Images of 2023 gallery for my favorite photos from 2023. I tried to limit the number of photos from my Western Trip in the gallery, and I also tried to avoid overloading the gallery with my astrophotography, Shenandoah National Park or wildlife photos.

dawn, shenandoah national park, blue ridge mountains
I have created a new gallery with (almost) all of the photos I post to Facebook and Instagram except for my fox hunting albums. The photos in the gallery are in, roughly, reverse chronological order from newest to earliest, and, by default, you will see the photos I have posted in the current year since I have posted a lot of photos over the years. You can select another year or All if you want to through the filter just above the gallery thumbnails.

hooded merganser, hen duck, ducklings, huntley meadows
I have finally created a solo gallery with my photos from Huntley Meadows Park. The gallery brings together my bird, wildlife and scenic photos that I've taken in this park. The photos in the gallery are in, roughly, reverse chronological order from newest to earliest, and, by default, you will see the photos I have posted in the current year since I have posted a lot of photos over the years. You can select another year or All if you want to through the filter just above the gallery thumbnails.

2023 Virginia Field Hunter Champion
Here are my photos from the 2023 Virginia Field hunter Championship that was hosted by Old Dominion Hounds on Sunday November 12th. Congratulations to Mo Baptiste of Piedmont Fox Hounds who is the 2023 Champion.

grizzly bear, Blondie, 793, Grand Teton National park, cubs, COY
In late September and early October of 2023, I had a really good trip trip through Glacier, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Arches National Parks and some other spots on the way to or from those parks, and all the pictures that I've processed, so far, are in the West-2023 gallery. Seeing the grizzly bear known as Blondie with two healthy cubs may have been the highlight on my trip, since Blondie's three cubs from 2022 were killed shortly after I left Yellowstone / The Tetons in June of 2022.

In 2022, I made stops in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Monument Valley at the Utah/Arizona boundary, Capitol Reef National Park, the Grand Canyon and, very briefly, Bryce Canyon National Parks before I headed North to Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks for about two weeks in May and early June, and then I had another week and a half in the Tetons and Yellowstone in mid July before coming home. In 2021, I visited Arches, Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, the Tetons, Yellowstone and Devils Tower.

You may also like to check out my photos from my 2019 Winter Trip to Yellowstone, with a separate gallery for the sequence of my Lamar Valley wolf encounter, and my gallery of autumn photos from my West 2018 trip.

White Tailed Deer Buck in Shenandoah National Park
I have been getting a lot of photos of the White Tailed Deer in Shenandoah National Park, so I have created a new gallery for all my white tailed deer photos, and I will be going through the Shenandoah National Park and Wildlife galleries to reduce the number of deer photos in those galleries.

Barred Owl, flying, shenandoah national park
If you have been following my Facebook Page, you know that I have taken a lot of bird photos in the last few months. I have created a Birds gallery for just my bird photos, and I removed most of the bird photos from my Wildlife gallery.

huntsman, hounds, staff,  fox hunting
Please check out my Farmington Hunt Club page for all my fox hunting photos. This includes February 10th Joint Meet with Keswick at Millington, December 30th at Schoolhouse Field, December 23rd at Millington, photos from earlier in the hunting season, and my photos from previous years.

Dark Hollow Falls, stream, Shenandoah National Park, autumn, waterfall
I spend a lot of afternoons, nights and mornings in Shenandoah National Park for sunsets and sunrises, the stars in between, and the wildlife and scenery, and I have collected most of the photos I have taken in Shenandoah into this gallery. The colors are mostly gone now at the higher elevations, but the wildlife are still active, and I am hoping for some clear skies for a little more astrophotography in the coming weeks.

Milky Way, Seneca Rocks, west virginia stars, astrophotography
Over the last few years, my fascination with pictures of the rising or setting moon has grown to encompass many photos of the Milky Way and other astrophotography images, which you can find in my Stars & Other Astrophotos gallery. There is some overlap with the photos in my Moon & Nighttime gallery for now just as the moon photos overlap with photos in my Sunrises and Sunsets gallery. The Sun & Moon is a bit of an orphan now though I occasionally do add photos there as well as in the more specific galleries.

sunset colors lighting Yosemite Valley
I have scanned some of my old slides and uploaded a lot of images from places like Mount Baker, Yosemite National Park, the California coast, and spots closer to home. Check out the Wilderness and Ocean Images galleries in particular. I will also be adding a few more slalom races and other kayaking and canoeing photos in the Whitewater galleries in the next few days.

Website Updates

I added a field to the filter form, so that you can now search for photos taken in a specific year in my larger galleries. The form field should only appear when the gallery contains photos from multiple years.

If you are still having problems with the shopping cart, you can always send me an email with a list of your favorite photos, and the size(s) you wish to purchase.

Let me know what you think of those changes or if you discover any new bugs.

All of the URLs on my site should now be a lot easier to remember and share. Instead of the old format with the gID=XXX in the URL, you should now be able to simply enter a URL like www.CathySummers.com/2017-NVSL-All-Stars to find the photos I took during the NVSL All Star meet, or www.CathySummers.com/Abbott-Lane-Foxes to see the photos of the foxes who used to live in my backyard. You can always use the Gallery Search page to find a gallery by name or part of a name.

If you login when you start your visit, you can now mark photos as your favorites, and then you can look at all of your favorite images on a separate gallery page. I hope this will really help those of you trying to collect images from multiple galleries as you try to decide which one to purchase. Once logged in, you will see "Your Favorites" as the first item in the "Your Galleries" menu.

The Framed Prints gallery now allows you to look at zoomed in photos of all the framed prints I currently have and are ready for immediate pick up or delivery.

I have added a limited search capability to the gallery pages. You can now filter the images in a gallery by how I have rated the photos, if you want to see which ones I think are the best, and you can search for keywords if, for example you just want to see my rose photos without looking at the other flower images. Please let me know what you think of this change, or contact me with other suggested improvements.

Remember to follow my Facebook page for additional updates including previews of images that I add to the galleries here. See the button below.

Swim Photos

Lee Graham Parents,

Please contact me if you need access to the Dive or Swim Team Picture Day galleries. I also posted a gallery of photos from the July 2nd A Meet versus Vienna Aquatic Club for your enjoyment. While I will be out of town for the next few weeks, I can fill ordered for ePrints (higher resolution copies of the photos without the visible copyright watermark) while I'm on the road if I can get a good internet connection. I will be able to make prints when I get home in late July / early August.

Swimming is a highly photogenic sport with water flying off the swimmers' hands or cascading down over their faces, or with the distortions provided by the water, and sometimes I think the pictures can be enhanced with various effects in Photoshop, so I created the Swimmers as Art gallery to showcase some of those treatments and otherwise dynamic images. (If you have a favorite photo of your swimmer, contact me if you want to see if I can apply any of those transformations.)

If you are looking for the photos I have taken at some of the High School or other "winter" swim meets, you can try the Gallery Search to find the gallery. Contact me if you need a gallery's password. I will leave the photos from the High School and other swim meets on this web site for a while, and I will be happy to sell you prints or electronic copies.

With Elena now too old for swimming in NVSL meets, I will not be as tied to Lee Graham pool on my summer mornings. Please contact me if you are interested in discussing having me do your team photos.

Cathy


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