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Maryland Mountain Getaway   Leave a comment

Pics of a lovely visit to Swallows Falls State Park in Maryland.

Posted November 9, 2020 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Landscapes

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Bold fox   Leave a comment

This fox has been all over our neighborhood, and doesn’t seem fazed by nearby humans:

Posted October 24, 2020 by Lutz Braum in Animals, DC, Nature

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Shrooms!   Leave a comment

Look behind trees while walking through the forest and you’ll find remarkable colonies of mushrooms:

Forest mushrooms on tree

Posted September 23, 2020 by Lutz Braum in Macro, Nature

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Morning commute   2 comments

My commute nowadays is a short walk through the woods behind our house. The light is hopeful and other creatures have created more beautiful structures than I ever could. 10 minutes of serenity and I’m ready for whatever the day holds in store for me.

Posted September 6, 2020 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature

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Vermont Woods   Leave a comment

I looked for bears in vain. The forest was beautiful nevertheless. All you could hear was the summer heat making all creatures lazy, while pine needles cushioned my feet and a caterpillar crossed my path.

Posted August 31, 2020 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature

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Sunset over Virginia swamp   Leave a comment

Posted April 29, 2020 by Lutz Braum in DC, Landscapes

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Out the window   Leave a comment

Not many photo opportunities when you’re quarantined, except the view out the window. But what a nice view it is:

Posted April 26, 2020 by Lutz Braum in DC, Landscapes, Nature

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Springtime in Virginia   Leave a comment

Posted March 17, 2020 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Nature

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Markets of Bengaluru   Leave a comment

Captured on my last trip to India:

Posted March 2, 2020 by Lutz Braum in India, People, Travel

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Faces of Bengaluru   Leave a comment

Captured on my current trip to India:

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Shot on iPhone 11, edited with Snapseed

Posted February 16, 2020 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, India, People

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Philly visit   Leave a comment

Captured during a one-day business trip to Philadelphia. Not much time for photography except while waiting for my train at beautiful 30th Street Station:

Posted January 27, 2020 by Lutz Braum in America, Architecture, Travel

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The last leaf…   Leave a comment

…of fall is hanging on for dear life:

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Posted December 1, 2019 by Lutz Braum in DC, Nature

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Fall Forest Find   Leave a comment

Posted November 30, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, DC, Nature

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New family member   Leave a comment

This is Tally, who already is enjoying her new home:

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Posted November 24, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White, DC

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Forest Stream   Leave a comment

Captured on a sunny fall day:

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Posted November 23, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes

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Fall is here   Leave a comment

Well, at least on my blog. The woods around our house have looked like this for a while now:

Posted November 17, 2019 by Lutz Braum in DC, Landscapes, Nature

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LA impressions   Leave a comment

A 1-day business trip to Los Angeles didn’t leave much room for photography, except for a few shots of downtown:

 

 

 

Driving Miss Tally   Leave a comment

We spent the last few days driving across the plains from Denver to Virginia with our new dog, Tally. There wasn’t much to photograph while driving:

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Shoot, shoot, shoot!   Leave a comment

Captured at the local YMCA:

Posted November 9, 2019 by Lutz Braum in DC, People

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Washington Nationals Fan   1 comment

Captured in a previous season – but now it’s a timely post. Congrats, Nats!

Posted November 3, 2019 by Lutz Braum in DC, People

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Mechanic shops in Bengaluru   Leave a comment

Captured in the KR Market near ChickPet:

 

 

 

Posted November 3, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, India

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DC Vertigo   Leave a comment

New office building in DC – I get dizzy looking at it.

Posted October 31, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, DC

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Art or function   Leave a comment

Even a mundane hallway feels artsy at the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC.

Posted October 29, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Architecture

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Simple deterrent   1 comment

Whether it works I don’t know, but it certainly made me think. Captured in Delhi near Haus Khaz, a popular dining area.

Posted October 27, 2019 by Lutz Braum in India, Travel

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UFO   2 comments

Spotted on the way to Chicago:

Posted October 13, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Things, Travel

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Dogs of Delhi   Leave a comment

Captured at Fort Hauz Khas in Delhi:

Posted September 20, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White, India

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Rickshaw with a view   1 comment

Captured while riding a rickshaw through Old Delhi.

Temples Galore   Leave a comment

Here are just a few of the hundreds of temples tucked away between markets and commercial streets in Bengaluru.

Posted August 31, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Uncategorized

Storage nightmare   Leave a comment

I hope those files don’t contain anything important:

Captured in Bengaluru market.

Posted August 30, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, India, People, Travel

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Bengaluru Impressions   Leave a comment

Captured during an afternoon stroll through one of Bengaluru’s many scenic markets. Click on any image to see in slideshow format.

 

French countryside   Leave a comment

Captured in the early morning just before landing at Charles de Gaulle airport outside of Paris. I can almost smell the croissants that a bakery down there probably is serving up right now.

French village in the country side, seen from above

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Posted August 22, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Landscapes, Travel

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A no-photo post from India   2 comments

You came here to see photos, I know. But let me tell you what you’d miss if you saw my latest pictures from India, where I am now:

Before I took up photography, I used a journal to record my impressions of the faraway places I visited on business: Rio, Singapore, Taipei, Caracas. But like many of us, I’ve succumbed to the immediate gratification of a snapshot taken with a phone.

Unfortunately, pictures don’t do India justice. They may convey the shimmering colors of women’s silk saris, or the deep azures, vermillions and magentas of ceremonial powders displayed in such perfect cones that one doesn’t dare disturb them through a mere purchase.

But pictures can’t convey the constant honking of cars, cabs, trucks, buses, motorcycles, scooters, and the ubiquitous yellow-and-green autos (aka tuktuks, everywhere else) as they all jockey for better positions on crowded boulevards or as they wind their way through streets so narrow that pedestrians have to escape into store entryways to make room.

Pictures don’t transmit the shouts and hawks of vendors in the market as they invite attention to their wares with melodic bellowing or urge buyers to make up their mind with the staccato-like hectoring of ‘balla-balla-balla-balla’.

Pictures don’t portray the close proximity of people, the constant brushes against others as you try to pass on too-narrow sidewalks or enter too-narrow doorways.

Pictures don’t let you smell the mix of spices, rotting fruit, exhaust fumes and wet asphalt, the fragrance of burnt nuts and corn-on-the-cob wafting in clouds above the rolling food carts that meander through traffic, the aroma of fresh flowers being weighed using hand-held brass scales, the occasional whiff of cow manure, the bouquet of spicy coffee served in paper espresso cups from corner stalls no bigger than a coat closet.

Pictures don’t let you feel the invisible dust that covers your skin as soon as you step outside, or the cool air wafting out of stores fortunate enough to have a fan, or the heat that stings your skin as soon as the sun breaks through the monsoon clouds.

Pictures don’t convey the drizzle that threatens to turn into a monsoon downpour that never comes, or the screech of a bird that is so jarring because it is so rare, or the dogs slinking through the throngs of people looking for scraps of food and getting no affection, or the thousands of smiles flashed at you in the hope of a bit of charity.

Pictures don’t let you feel the flakyness of a barota dipped in masala sauce, or the crispness of a roti served with an assortment of chutneys, or the softness of a slightly charred naan combined with butter chicken.

Pictures don’t convey the near-misses between cars inches apart in heavy traffic, or the flow of traffic around pedestrians crossing the street without any sign of hurry or panic, or of commuters boarding a bus that has already pulled away from its stop, its doors left open to allow stragglers to jump aboard before picking up speed, or the haggling that precedes the boarding of any conveyance.

All that is lost with photography. What’s also lost is our attention span — we see something, we snap a picture, we move on. Gone are the days of quiet contemplation triggered by a desire to ‘remember the moment.’ Our memory has been outsourced to photo storage in the cloud.

I don’t recall the few pictures I took so many years ago in Rio, Buenos Aires or Provence, but my recollections are nevertheless vivid, indelibly stored in my mind through the act of writing them down. So if you want lasting memories of your travels, maybe it’s time to put down the camera and pick up a pen?

Posted August 18, 2019 by Lutz Braum in India, Writing

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Morning in Guanella Canyon   Leave a comment

Captured these while driving toward Guanella Pass in Colorado. I was most excited about the moose sighting. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Posted July 5, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, Nature, US

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Morning over the Flatirons   Leave a comment

Here’s another shot – this one more panoramic.

Posted June 24, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Nature, Panorama, US

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Flatiron view   3 comments

Enjoying the view on a beautiful morning in Boulder, CO.

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Posted June 23, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Nature, Panorama, US

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DC Metro Impressions   Leave a comment

A fine example of man-spreading:

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DC Metro Impressions   Leave a comment

Rare sighting!

A millennial a)reading a book, and b) a classic (The Count of Monte Christo) and c)in public. All is not lost.

Woman reading on subway

Shot with iPhone, edited with Snapseed

Posted June 14, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, DC, People

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DC Sartorial Style   2 comments

Washington, DC is a place where tie clips are still a thing, where bow ties are still worn in seriousness, and where men still wear fedoras.

Men wearing fedoras

Captured on DC Metro with iPhone.

Posted June 3, 2019 by Lutz Braum in DC, People

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Look up!   2 comments

Or you might miss sight like these window washers high above K Street in DC.

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Backyard beauties   Leave a comment

Shot on iPhone,

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Posted May 14, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Nature

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Sunrise glow   5 comments

Morning light captured on Hilton Head.

Captured with iPhone, edited with Snapseed

Posted April 21, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, US

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21 Cormorans   Leave a comment

Captured with iPhone, edited with Snapseed

Posted April 20, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Nature

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Sunrise on Mars   Leave a comment

Just kidding – it’s just a beach scene.

Posted April 19, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Nature

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Still life with leaves   Leave a comment

Posted April 18, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Macro, Nature

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Beach impressions, part II   Leave a comment

 

 

Posted April 17, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Landscapes, Nature

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Beach abstraction   Leave a comment

Shot with iPhone, edited with Snapseed

Posted April 16, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Landscapes, Nature

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Beach approach   6 comments

On Hilton Head:

Posted April 14, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Nature, US

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Inside Ed Ruscha   Leave a comment

Captured at the Glenstone Museum.

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Posted March 9, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, DC

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Flowers Galore   3 comments

Flower garlands at Mysore’s Devaraja Market.

Posted March 3, 2019 by Lutz Braum in India

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Flower buds for sale   2 comments

Captured at Dewaraja Market in Mysore:

 

boy selling flowers in India

Posted March 2, 2019 by Lutz Braum in India, People

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