Brookside Gardens

My girlfriend and I took a stroll around a quiet neighborhood in Maryland this past Saturday.  The following day, we took a trip down to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Maryland — http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/.

 

The gardens are absolutely gorgeous.  The most impressive attraction is the butterfly exhibit.  For a small entry fee, $6 per person,  you can spend some time in an enclosed area with dozens of butterflies (both exotic and domestic).  Highly recommended.

 

Here are a few photos from the weekend.  All photos were taken with my om-d and either the 60mm macro or the panasonic 100-300mm.  Enjoy.

 

Spinning

 

 

The Summit

 

 

Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Concentric Colors

 

 

Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Eyeing a flower

 

 

Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Atala

 

 

Blue Morpho in Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Blue Morpho

 

 

Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Hello there…

 

 

Gaithersburg, MD

Dragonfly

 

 

Gaithersburg, MD

Water Strider

 

 

Gaithersburg, MD

Caught in the vortex

 

Jellyfish at the National Aquarium

I recently went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore with a friend.  It was a ton of fun and I managed to get a few decent photos out of the visit too.  My favorites from the trip are the four jellyfish photos below.

 

Each photo was taken with my om-d and new 60/2.8 macro lens.  The autofocus performed quite well given the challenging lighting.  I wish that there were a way to have a little window in the viewfinder showing a magnified view.

 

I experienced some frustration with the autofocus when it was in manual override mode — it seems as if one has to keep the shutter half pressed while manual focusing.  Otherwise, the camera refocuses.  Rather frustrating, but I guess I could go to full manual focus.  I don’t own any other autofocus lenses anyway so it wouldn’t be much of an adjustment.

 

Enjoy.

 

Floating through the stars

 

 

 

Jellyfish – Abstract

 

 

 

Metroid

 

The RX100 Goes Flying

I recently went on a short, but absolutely awesome vacation with a group of close friends.  We went to Las Vegas and, it goes without saying, that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so I won’t be sharing any photos from the city itself in this post.  That said, I think it would be fine to share some photos from the return flight.

 

All of these photos were taken with the Sony RX100 compact camera.  This really is a very impressive little camera.  It is tiny.  It fits in a front pants pocket easily (or dress shirt pocket) and has a remarkable sensor.  To be sure, it is rather expensive for a compact camera, but I think it has no competition in its class as far as image quality is concerned.  Enjoy!

 

Larger versions may be viewed in the portfolio.

 

Sunrise

 

 

 

 

Lonely Wandering Cloud

 

 

 

 

Golden Cloudy Sunrise

 

 

 

 

 

Incoming Cloud Tide

 

 

 

 

 

Coming and Going

 

 

 

 

 

Gray Clouds Go Streaking

 

 

 

 

 

Cloud Floes

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Walking on Air

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Sky

 

 

 

 

Just After Dawn

 

 

 

Incoming Cloud Tide

 

 

 

Sprawl

 

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