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Calm Reflections Photography shares beautiful photographs that can be placed on mugs, mouse pads, canvas, puzzles, T-shirts, coasters and prints. Joanna Macaulay makes souvenirs of St. Mary’s County for tourists and local residents. Information about St. Mary’s County attractions, travel, events and photography can be found at her site. She now does pet photography as well.

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Yucatan Mexico Trip February 3, 2018

We returned to Merida , our main trip destination and a good hub for exploring the Yucatan.  Many of the cities in Mexico now ...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Wee Bit of Christmas

      Pottery Barn Kids Window at    Westfield Mall in Annapolis

    Pretty Tree Decorations 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

Bald eagles in flight

This past week I spent a fair amount of time making some new products for a little Christmas sale at my church, some mini picture frames and some small colorful lanterns with electric tea lights.  The sale well received.

I took a few interesting pictures of a visiting bald eagle pair in flight that you might enjoy seeing.  A recent wildlife lecture suggested that the best bird flight photos have their wings up.  What do you think?

     Bald eagles flying

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Longwood Gardens Holiday Display Visit

While in Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving, we spent a lovely day at Longwood Gardens.  We had lunch, watched the children at the miniature G sized trains, sang holiday songs at the sing-a-long, toured the magnificent organ pipes, visited the conservatory, admired the lighted trees and watched the musical colored fountains. Oh, and we visited the gift shop too!

I would definitely recommend a visit this year.


     G trains

     Organ pipes








     Orchid room behind glass


     Pitcher plant

     Bird of Paradise

      Children's fountains

     Christmas trees


     Holiday Gifts

Monday, November 23, 2015

Raptors at Nature Visions Expo

We attended the Nature Visions Photography Expo in Manassas last week.  Joe McNally was the most well known presenter this year, a photographic generalist.  

Besides learning some interesting photogrsphic lessons, we signed up to photograph some disabled refuge birds.  The birds can no longer live in the wild due to injuries and mental difficulties.  1 pm wasn't exactly prime photography time,  so I tried to reduce the harsh shadows on the birds with a neutral density filter (darkens the bright sun) and a fill flash to lighten the shadows.

Here are the best results:
     Red tailed hawk

     Red tailed hawk

     Harris hawk

   Harris hawk

     Peregrine falcon

     Peregrine Falcon

     Peregrine Falcon

     Peregrine Falcon

     North American Kestrel

     North American Kestrel

     North American Kestrel

The Kestrel was my favorite, only about 6-8 inches tall or so.  
Which ones do you like the best?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Winning photos for the St Mary's County Camera Club

I got 5 winners this year!

Congratulations to all the End of Year photo winners from the St.Mary's County Camera Club! 

Digital – Novice

1st – “Socks At Loch Buie” – Steven Thoman

2nd – “Back In Black” – James Kwong

3rd – “Bryce Sunrise Pano” – Steven Thoman

HM – “Niagara Falls” – Kimberley Tomlinson

 Digital – Intermediate

1st –  “Lisa” – Warren Salmon

2nd – “Vintage Silk” – Katherine Norris

3rd – “Angel” – Dave Briggs

HM – “Landscape” – Dave Briggs

HM – “Strawberry” – Dave Briggs

HM – “Chapel” – Dave Briggs

Digital – Advanced

 1st – “Baby Gorilla” – Joanna Macaulay📸

2nd – “Windansea Sunset” – Anh Nguyen

3rd – “Bald Eagle Pair” – Joanna Macaulay📸

HM – “Boardwalk” – Jack Goodman

HM – “Brooklyn Bridge” – Anh Nguyen

HM – “Halawa Beach” – Joanna Macaulay📸

HM – “Niagara Ice” – Emily Baldwin

Digital – Theme

1st – “Fire Orbs” – Dave Briggs

2nd – “Pink Waterlily” – Joanna Macaulay📸

3rd – “Rick” – Nikki Goodman

HM – “TIMEs Square” – Stefie Bartley

HM – “Snow Mail” – Tonya Freed

HM – “Taking a Ride” – Dave Briggs

HM – “Night Bloomer” Joanna Macaulay 📸

HM – “Sand of Time” – Anh Nguyen

Print – Advance/Intermediate

1st – “TJ Memorial”- Stefie Bartley