Capitol Building – Washington, DC

Posted on 18 October 2015 | No responses

DSC00169U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, DC. September 25,2015 © Ben Gundy –  All Rights reserved.

This last August, work was started to replace the badly damaged and unstable historical cupola windows in the U.S. Capitol Dome. The glass was made using a traditional process, similar to what was used to create the original 1860s windows. This method is used to recreate the wavy “metal chilled” surface texture of the current windows while updating them to today’s standards.

The inside Rotunda is also being restored, over time, weather and age have led to extensive damage to the cast-iron Dome. Water has leaked through more than 1,000 cracks, damaging paint, cast iron, stone and decorative elements both in the exterior of the Dome and in the Rotunda.

All work being completed before the Presidential Inauguration in 2017.

Text, photographs, and other media are © Copyright Ben Gundy and are not in the public domain and may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from Ben Gundy.

 

Image taken with Sony RX100 MkIV

Feeding Coyote

Posted on 24 May 2015 | No responses

CyoteFeedingFeeding Coyote, Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe, CA. October 16, 2014 © Copyright Ben Gundy – all rights reserved.

In another part of Taylor Creek I photographed this Coyote feeding in the upper creek. Again , this was my first trip to Taylor Creek and although I never saw any bears feeding, I learned that the salmon provide food for the different local animal life.

To allow the Kokanee salmon to run up Taylor Creek to spawn, the Forest Service breaches the Beaver dams near the lake. The Forest Service then gathers the eggs and transfers them to a local hatchery later replanting back into Lake Tahoe. This cycle happens every year, hopefully, I can catch a bear or two feeding in 2015.

Text, photographs, and other media are © Copyright Ben Gundy and are not in the public domain and may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from Ben Gundy.

 

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L at 300mm

ISO 1250, 1/640 sec at f/11

 

Bit Off More Than Can Be Chewed

Posted on 31 January 2015 | No responses

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Bit Off More Than Can Be Chewed, South Lake Tahoe, CA. October 15, 2014 © Copyright Ben Gundy – all rights reserved.

I was up in South Lake Tahoe at Taylor Creek trying to photograph the black bears feeding on the Kokanee salmon. Well, no bears showed up while I was there so I had to photograph other interesting happenings.

There were several Mallard ducks feeding on the spent Kokanee salmon after they spawned which I have never seen a duck do before, especially a Mallard. We have a lot of Mallard ducks here in the Bay Area and I have only seen them feed on the vegetation on the bottom of a shallow waterway. I never did see this particular Mallard drake swallow his prize Kokanee meal…not sure he could get the tail section pass his bill.

Text, photographs, and other media are © Copyright Ben Gundy and are not in the public domain and may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from Ben Gundy.

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L at 300mm

ISO 1250, 1/100 seconds at f/11

 

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