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Cherry blossoms reach for the bright sunlight admist a bright blue, clear sky

Seattle Cherry Blossoms

Washington, D.C. might get the “Best in Show” award for cherry blossoms, but Seattle’s cherry blossoms come in a close second. As winter begins to exit, birds begin to sing, and temperatures begin to warm, the Seattle cherry blossoms bloom as if on cue to welcome spring.

A multitude of colors are cast in the sky at sunrise over the frozen Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Best Photos of 2018

Another year come and gone. As we count down the final hours on the year 2018, I’m taking a look back on the best photos of 2018 that I shot. According to Adobe Lightroom, I took 11,368 photos over the past 365 days so whittling the list down was a bit of a challenge! In true New Year’s fashion, here’s a countdown of my ten favorite photos from the past year. And here’s to more great photos in 2019!

The multitude of trees in the forest at Shenadoah National Park glow many shades of reds, yellows, and orange at sunrise.

Peak Foliage in Shenandoah National Park

Sure, if you want to see the leaves change color during autumn the northeast United States is clearly one of the best places to leaf peap. But if you want to truly see the best fall foliage then Shenandoah National Park is the place to be.

The sun shines overhead on a ice covered, frozen Potomac River

Winter in DC

Whatever you call it – bombogenesis, nor’easter, or winter storm Grayson – one thing is for sure. It’s cold! While we get our fair share of winter storms from time to time, winter in DC isn’t quite known for the inches of snow left behind. More often than not it’s the deep freezes we find ourselves in. And these past two weeks of below freezing temperatures throughout the area sure has left the city entirely frozen!

Antares rocket standing on the launch pad, ready for liftoff, as sun breaks on the horizon

Orbital ATK OA-8 Launch

A successful launch, after scrubbing on the first attempt, of the Orbital ATK OA-8 commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station (ISS)!

Full totality of the sun as the moons passes in front during a total solar eclipse

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

The final countdown started. The sky grew darker in every direction. 10, 9, 8… Look, there’s Venus! 7, 6, 5… Glasses off, glasses off! 4, 3, 2… Woah, look at that diamond ring! 1. For over a year, I had planned for the 2017 total solar eclipse. However, at the moment of totality, I realized I hadn’t prepared at all. Not for this.