First I want to say thanks to Nicole for keeping this going. I enjoy the weekly best that everyone posts. I only wish more would join in.
My submission this week is from Shenandoah National Park again. I can't help it. It's close to home and usually offers something share-worthy. My wife and I went up to the park last night for the sunset. It's not unusual to see groups of cars stopped on Skyline Drive watching something. Sometime it's just deer, but the biggest groups gather when a bear can be seen. Sure enough, we came upon a group of stopped cars watching a mama bear with two tiny cubs. The cubs couldn't have been more than a few weeks old. We had just stopped at an overlook where I had taken a few shots of distant mountains in bright evening sun, so my settings were way off for bears in the shadows. This shot required some extreme measures with the sliders, but came out pretty good considering how badly I had screwed it up.
D500, Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 @ 190mm, f/11, 1/200", ISO100
This is what I had just shot prior to seeing the bears. We don't get a clear view of Old Rag Mountain very often. It's usually much more hazy.
500_9283.jpg by Mark, on Flickr
D500, Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 @ 102mm, f/11, 1/250", ISO100
And this was our reason for going to the park yesterday evening. It wasn't the most spectacular sunset we've seen, but it wasn't disappointing either.
810_0519.jpg by Mark, on Flickr
D810, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm, f/11, 1/100", ISO64
We headed for home when the colors in the sky faded. Along the way we saw lots of deer, a couple of raccoons, and an owl sitting in the middle of the road. All in all it was much better than spending an evening in front of the TV.