Jonathan Foust

January 9, 2010

The River in Winter

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 4:26 pm

A few shots from early morning ramblings to the river:

The last snowfall left about two inches of powder on everything so the first soft breezes carried the flakes into space.

I love smell of gooseprints in the morning.

I love the smell of gooseprints in the morning.

Geese among the ice flows.

Geese in the ice flows.

This Canada goose and Coots share the limited open water.

This Canada Goose and Coots share the remaining open water.

November 11, 2009


Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 9:24 am

Just as the sun peeps over the horizon, the light bounces off the water and hits the Paw Paw trees.  Details and colors from the decaying leaves jump out. Here are a few ‘leaf portraits.’

The equipment has a lot to do with the detail and color saturation.  For the geeks, these are shot with a Canon T1i with a 70-200mm 1:2.8L series lens and a 1.4x teleplus pro extender, the latter a new addition with thanks and gratitude to Kevin McDonough, my photography benefactor and dharma buddy.

fall leaves1

fall leaves2

fall leaves3

October 14, 2009

Good Mornings

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 11:50 am

My morning ritual is pretty simple.  Roll out of bed, get dressed, use the bathroom, grab my camera and paraphernalia, roust the dogs and head out into the woods.  I’m either in pitch darkness or with some light from the moon.

The dogs are in full bliss state and it’s easy to tap into their alertness, joy and enthusiasm.

Whatever route I take through the woods and fields to the water, I’m almost always there to catch the sunrise.  My dear Uncle Dave, who taught creative writing most of his life, used to often gripe about how our language doesn’t reflect reality.

“It’s not sunrise,” he would often say, “It’s actually earthturn.”

So here are some choice Earth Turn photos from the past ten days:

sunrise rosy

sunrise salmon

sunrise grey

sunrise moody


September 28, 2009

Shot of the Day

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 9:05 am

From this morning just after sunrise, tracking migrating geese heading for the horizon.

Geese in flight

September 20, 2009

Buddha on the Beach

Filed under: Dharma, Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 12:12 pm
Relax, open the senses and hang out here long enough and something happens.

Open the senses, hang out here for a while ... and something happens.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

– Lao Tzu

I’m back from a daylong retreat we called “Buddha on the Beach:  Meditation in Nature”.

We alternated between gathering together in our room at the Biden Environmental Center and wandering on our own in the woods, dunes and beaches of Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware exploring the two fundamentals of meditation:  Deep Relaxation and Paying Attention.

Retreats are for me a sacred balance of ‘being alone together.’  At the end of the day we sat in meditation then shared an insight from the day.  As we went around the circle I was touched at how an environment of caring community and natural beauty  fosters such inner balance and joy.

The Insight Meditation Community of Lewes is a wonderful little sangha by the sea.  When you’re in town and would like to connect with wonderful folks, look them up.

Thank you all for your wonderful hospitality.

September 17, 2009

Come to Paw Paw

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 7:04 pm

You may not know that it’s Paw Paw harvest time, a season which lasts between three and five minutes.  Paw Paw trees line much of the Potomac River and the fruit shifts from being ripe to being rotten right in front of your eyes.  That’s why, if you’ve ever tasted this local banana/mango tasting fruit, it’s probably been in a jelly or jam.

I didn’t know there were ‘tropical’ type fruits in this region.  If you’d like to learn more than you’d ever really want to know, you can check out this link on Wikipedia.

Incredibly sweet.  Nice fruit, too.

Exotic. Rare. Nice fruit, too.

Emptiness … and Form

Filed under: Dharma, Nature, Observations, Video — jonathanfoust @ 3:15 pm

This is mind-blowing.  Scientists pointed the Hubble telescope at ‘nothing’ and ….found something amazing.  My English major brain has trouble taking in this data.

This reminds me of Sri Nisargadata’s famous statement:

Wisdom tells me I am nothing.

Compassion tells me I am everything.

Between these two my life flows.

(Thanks, Mark.)

September 15, 2009

Morning on the River

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 9:32 am

One nice thing about the fall is I don’t have to get up so early to catch the morning light.  A few select shots from earlier today:

Sunrise was at 6:49 this morning.

Sunrise was at 6:49 this morning.

Heading up river in morning light.

Heading up river in morning light.

geese jetstream

August 31, 2009

Down the River

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 3:54 pm

Sunday I did a solo kayak trip from Algonkian Park in Sterling, VA to River Bend Park, right near our house. It was 3+ hours of pretty consistent paddling.

I don’t have a waterproof camera and only yanked out my little Canon A640 a few times, but wanted to share just a few of the images on the trip.

Part of what makes this trip interesting is navigating through the  Seneca Breaks, a mile and a half long section of class I and II rapids.  After all the rain this last week, the Potomac was a riled up muddy mess, but it made for some fun scooting through the fast sections.

When you put in at Algonkian, at least on a Sunday, you’ll find yourself sharing the river with party boats, speedboats, bass boats, jetskis, canoes and kayaks.  The further down river you go the more remote it becomes and below the rapids I had a few hours all to myself.

As the humans thinned out the wildlife became more bold.  I saw white egrets, quite a few bald eagles, hawks, herons, jumping fish, a fox drinking on the bank, turtles and heard hidden, chattering songbirds.

At first I thought this was a giant insect.

At first I thought this was a giant insect.

Taking a break in Seneca Breaks.

Taking a break in Seneca Breaks.

eagles at seneca breaks

Two Bald Eagles messing around on a hot afternoon.

August 24, 2009

First Signs

Filed under: Nature, Photography, Quotation — jonathanfoust @ 10:55 am

It’s coming.  The Fall.  I love this coming season and I find myself already missing the summer, which is kind of ridiculous, as it’s gorgeous out right now.  The quote below says it all when it comes to all the seasons we live through.

The first leaves in transition.

The first leaves in transition.

“What is the secret to your serenity?,” asks the student.

“Wholehearted cooperation with the inevitable,” said the Master.

– Anthony De Mello

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