A Year Ago This Week on ISBAA : Early Morning on the National Mall and A Tufted Titmouse

mall in morning

Washington has some great vantage points. One of the best is probably the view from the top step of the Lincoln Memorial.

I took this photo after photographing the cherry blossoms earlier this year. It was an early day for me. Left home about 5 AM so I would be at the Jefferson Memorial by sunrise. Afterwords I walked over to the Lincoln Memorial for some additional photos.

I like this photo for its graphic appeal. The Reflecting Pool on the mall always adds some interest to a photo, with the Washington Monument and the tippy top of the U.S. Capitol seen in the water. Since this photo was taken, the scaffolding has been removed and the Washington  Monument has reopened to the public. (please see more below)

On that day, about half of the Washington Monument was surrounded by scaffolding. When I was in Washington last week, the scaffolding surrounded the entire monument.

I prefer this photo in black and white as there was not a lot of color in this image to start with, and frankly the colors detract from what is going on.

Tufted Titmouse

Rob paine nature Audubon

The first time someone told me there was a titmouse on my porch I did not know whether I should call pest control or start taking pictures.

Fortunately I have learned a lot about birds since then and I have come to appreciate the tufted titmouse.

Titmice have character and like to stand still, which makes them great photo subjects.

The photo above was taken this morning under the canopy of trees that covers our porch.

The foliage is so heavy this time of year I almost feel like I am shooting inside a gigantic soft box. The light is fantastic and the dark leaves provides a nice solid backdrop free of the clutter that can really be distracting when trying to highlight wildlife.


  1. I too like it for the graphic appeal, plus it is not scene that way often. Beautiful Rob. Funny on wondering on calling pest control. The bird does have a funny name.


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