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So the typical photo rule is that you avoid shooting in the middle of the day. Especially if you want long exposure shots of cool creeks like this. But thanks to my friend, Kyle who told me about this 10 stop filter he got from Amazon, I thought it would be the perfect time to test it out. It’s only 30 bucks and super fun to play with. I just kept it in my shirt pocket and it was so easy to take on and off. If you’re in the market to try out a new filter, I’d try this one.

Lately I’ve been obsessing over flowers. I don’t know, I just love them. They make me feel so happy and especially after the cold winter, it’s so nice to see some color in the neighborhood.

DC is known for the cherry blossoms, but we have so many other beautiful flowers blooming throughout the city. I thought I’d take the time out to highlight some of my favorites.


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Magnolias trees in the Smithsonian Gardens behind the Smithsonian Castle


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By the Washington Monument


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Lower Senate Park with gorgeous views of the Capitol


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Water lilies in Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens


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McKee Beshers WMA in Poolesville, MD


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Tulip library near the Washington Monument

“Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Without fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves.”- Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Let me know if I’ve missed any spots because I’m always up for a new place to shoot 🙂 Especially when there are some pretty petals to be photographing.
Happy Spring 🙂

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Over the weekend I met up with  IGDC​, a fantastic group of photographers for Instagram​’s World Wide InstaMeet and an Earth Day celebration combination. We met at Rock Creek Park​ along the Soapstone Valley Tail​ and we were supposed to be picking up trash along the way. However the girl scouts called and asked if we left it. They’re suppose to be doing a pick up the following week and need the trash there. So there was a compromise and we just picked up the litter at the end of the trail 🙂

It’s a super easy hike if anyone is interested and the views are gorgeous! Have fun next week, girl scouts!