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Moon in the Clouds Before Dawn on a Winter Morning at Great Falls
Winter Sunset at Old Rag
Winter Sunset at Old Rag
Winter Sunset at Old Rag
Full Moon Setting Over the Martin Luther King Memorial on the Morning Before Martin Luther King Day
Sunrise and Bench at the Tidal Basin as High Tide Breaks the Ice
Hawk in a Tree Silhouetted by a Winter Sunset at Big Meadows
Inauguration Dawn - A New Day in the United States of America
Looking Out of White Oak Canyon Late on a Winter Day
Frost on the Windshield on a Winter Morning
Milky Way Panorama from the Bacon Hollow Overlook on Skyline Drive - Photo Composite (In Progress)
Sun Stars in the Cherry Blossoms at Full Bloom
Orion in the Night Sky Over the Rave's Roost Pine Tree with Light Pollution and Star Glow Filters
Star Trails Over the Ravens' Roost Pine Tree on an April Night - Composite of ~ 400 individual photos
Great Blue Heron in Flight Below Great Falls
Star Dune Before Sunrise - Great Sand Dunes National Park
Milky Way Near Monument Valley
Grand Canyon Sunrise at Grandview Point
Grand Canyon Sunrise at Grandview Point
Bison Mother and Red Dog (calf) on the Move in Yellowstone National Park on a Spring Day
Geyserbow(?) Over Castle Geyser While Waiting for an Eruption - Yellowstone National Park
Grizzly 793's Daughter and Grizzly 610's Son Roughhousing in Grand Teton National Park
Milky Way (and clouds) Over Old Faithful on an Early Summer Night in Yellowstone National Park
Milky Way Over Devil's Tower National Monument on an Early Summer Night
Sunset Over the Shenandoah Valley Through Thin Clouds on the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park
Fourth of July Fireworks Over the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument Reflected in the Potomac River
Rainbows Over The Virginia Piedmont from Skyline Drive
Perseid Metoerites Over Shenadoah National Park - Composite Photo
Full Moon Over Memorial Bridge Very Early on a Late Summer Morning
Backlit Spiderweb in the Woods
Milky Way Emerges Over Shenandoah National Park as the Waxing Moon  Descends Towards Hawksbill
Moonlight, Mist and Stars in the Barnyard
Fox Hunters Checked Up After a Run
Sunset at Crescent Rock in Shanenadoah National Park
Skyline Drive at Dawn on an Autumn Morning
Sunstars in Maple Leaves
Hounds Crossing Creek
After the Rain, Autumn Morning  on Difficult Run
Autumn Sunrise Over Sugar Hollow
2021 Lunar Eclipse Composite
Dawn Colors Framed at Hazel Mountain Overlook
Geminid Meteor Shower Over Old Rag and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Shenandoah National Park

January 13, 2022

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If you liked the "slideshow" above of my favorite photos from 2021, please take a moment to watch the video with some addtiional photos and some background music.

Devils Tower, Milky Way, stars
Last May I had a great trip through a small portion of the American West and I had hoped to revisit some of those spots last fall before life got in the way. I am now planning to head out west at least twice this Spring/Summer.

washington, dc, dawn, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol
I have created several time-lapse videos over the last week or so as we approached and passed the autumn equinox. During the equinox, and the few mornings on either side, the sun rises almost in a direct line from the Lincoln Memorial through the Washington Monument and to the east of the US Capitol. I posted the videos to my Facebook Page, and the direct links are Sunday September 19th from the Netherlands Carillon, Monday September 20th from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and Sunday September 26th at the USMC War Memorial though I chose to use the Memorial as my foreground instead of looking across the Potomac in the final time-lapse.

fox, magazine cover
If you live in or near Charlottesville or otherwise have a connection to Albemarle County, you may have seen the latest issue of albemarle magazine which features several of my photos of the foxes who used to live in my backyard. I enjoyed talking with albemarle magazine's editor about my backyard foxes as well as the opportunity to share the photos with a larger audience. Here are the photos in the article, and here is the full gallery of backyard fox photos.

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.

Dark Hollow Falls, stream, Shenandoah National Park, autumn, waterfall
I created a new gallery of Waterfall Photos to collect some of the photos from my Rivers & Streams, Autumn, Winter and other galleries. This new gallery only contains a few of my many photos of Great Falls of the Potomac, and it doesn't contain photos of kayakers and canoeists running waterfalls, which you can find in the various Whitewater galleries.

fox hunting, hounds, riders
Galleries with all of, or at least all that I'm going to publish of, my photos from the 2021 /2022 season are accessible on my Farmington Hunt Club page. This includes Boxing Day (December 26) from Millington, with the Blue Hole photos, Yadkin on December 21st, Hometrack on December 18th, the Joint Meet at Keswick on December 4th the 2021 Thanksgiving Hunt, and the 2020 Junior Hunt. Details and the most up to date information on my FHC page.

Orionid Meteorites - Composite Photo
Over the last year, 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.

grizzly, bear, Grand Teton National park
During my trip out west, I captured quite a few photos of wildlife in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and I have added those new photos to my Wildlife gallery to go along wiht the ducks and herons along the C&O Canal, the deer at Big Meadows that seem to always be grazing in the late afternoon when I'm up there for sunset and other photos, and of course the photos of the bison and the Lamar Valley Wolf Photos from my 2019 Yellowstone Winter trip. The wildlife gallery also is a home to the bird photos I've been taking in my backyard during last year's "stay at home" period and other local wildlife that doesn't fit in the Wilderness category or I have trimmed from the Wilderness gallery. I still have the separate galleries for my Abbott Lane Foxes.

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 aslo be adding a few more slalom races and other kayaking and canoeing photos in the Whitewater galleries in the next few days.

Farm Driveway as a Storm Gathers Over the Blue Ridge
I created a new gallery of my Spring Landscape photos which either didn't fit into the Flowers gallery or were somewhat lost amongst all the closeup and macro images in that gallery. Some of the images overlap with the Flowers and the Rivers & Stream gallery. Most of the photos are of scenes here in Virginia especially in or near Albemarle County and other picturesque spots in the Piedmont.

Website Updates

I've made some changes to the shopping cart. You can now get the form to add a photo to your shopping cart directly from the popup window that opens when you click on an image thumbnail. The form will open when you click on the "Buy a Print / Copy" button, and the form doesn't take you to the shopping cart page after you've added the photo. Let me know what you think.

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.

Several people have asked questions like, "What (shutter speed, aperture, lens) did you use for this photograph?" Now, you can find the answer if you click on the "Camera Info" button when you click on a photo thumbnail to get the zoomed in view, and if it is one of my newer, digital images.

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, I have posted the photos I took at the June 29th and July 20th home meets and before the start of the Progressive Dinner. Please contact me if you need your login credentials.

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.)

I have enjoyed taking photos at the indoor swim meets over the years, but now that Elena is through with High School swimming and moving on, I won't be taking photos during High School or USS meets in the future. I will leave the photos that I have taken up on this web site for a while, and I will be happy to sell you prints or electronic copies.

If you are a Lee Graham Swim or Dive Team parent, please contact me me to gain access to those galleries.

If you are looking for the photos I have taken at some of the High School swim meets, you can try the Gallery Search to find the gallery. Contact me if you need the gallery password.

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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