January 8, 2013
We drifted eastward along Bealls Island heading for this pair of mallards. I knew that they would take flight once we got too close so I started taking shots several yards away. All of a sudden both of them seemed to explode into the air, practically straight up, leaving a shower of water drops in their trail. The entire image shows a lot of energy and motion as the birds are lifting off and the drops of water are backlit by the late afternoon sun. I love images like this.
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Whether a newcomer or an "oldcomer" like me, I urge everyone to explore Riverbend Park and the Potomac as it flows by Great Falls.
For the past several years I have been photographing the landscapes, landmarks and wildlife of this place we call Great Falls. During this period I have been to Riverbend Park numerous times with my camera, but in May 2012 I noticed a sign near the boat rental area that listed the rates for each type of craft such as canoes, kayaks and aluminum flat-bottomed jon boats.