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The Simpler Life


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In  a week in which David Letterman was defended as some kind of charming rogue for committing serial sexual harassment of his female co-workers, while the President of the United States was denounced in many circles for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, I just had to get out of town.   So, after lunching on Friday with “the most powerful women of Washington” (a great group, I’m honored to know them!) I tied my kayak to the top of the car and raced to one of my favorite local mind-clearing spots:  the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore.

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No pollsters or pundits here, only herons and eagles and miles of waterways and forests.  It’s a simpler life out here in nature.   The order of business is generally this:


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Mug for the camera:

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Fly Around a bit:

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Sit and stare:

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Show cool disdain for what Rush, Glenn, Bill, George, Chris, Katie, Brian, etc etc etc have to say:

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Do the sunset show for the gawkers:

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I feel better already!

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The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is about two hours from DC near Cambridge, Maryland, and well worth the trip.   Learn more about it from the Friends of Blackwater

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3 Responses to The Simpler Life

  1. mcguirep says:

    Thanks for your nice comment, Evelyn. I use a Nikon D300 with a fairly long lens for the wildlife photos — a Sigma 150-500mm. I have found that nature photography is a very relaxing hobby that’s also healthy…! I’m glad you received the Trinity alumnae update and please keep visiting our website, there’s so much going on at Trinity! Thanks for being in touch.

  2. Evelyn Williams '02 says:

    Wow! What great pictures. I enjoyed “The Simpler Life” as much as you. What type of camera did you use? I need to buy a new one. By the way, this is my first reply to a blog. I don’t normally read blogs or do the online “social networking” because a) there are too many out there, and b) I don’t want to make it a habit because I don’t have the time. Having said that, your blog is the one that I do try make a point of reading when I get the Trinity Update email. It’s your fabulous photos and your insightful writings that capture my attention. Thanks for sharing. – Evelyn ’02

  3. Elizabeth Palmer '92 says:

    Wonderful pictures and an enviable getaway. No wonder you love it there.

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