Wednesday, June 01 2011 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Text and photos by Patrick Flynn
Roger Maki and I first made friends through the Traveler's Photographers Network photo posting forum, on the new TPN 3.0 a few weeks after it launched. Roger had posted a photo of a Richmond battlefield memorial, and I asked him in a comment whether he was a Virginian, expressing an interest in getting together for a joint photo shoot at some mutually agreeable location.
Roger emailed me soon afterward, and it turns out he is a Marylander from the Eastern Shore, actually a couple of hours away from my home in Northern Virginia, USA. His distance from my home was farther than I expected, but such trivial distances are seemingly insignificant to TPNers, as Roger almost immediately agreed to join me for a photo shoot at the famous Great Falls along the Potomac River just outside of Washington, D.C. Great Falls is famous for attracting the elusive blue heron species, due to the excellent fishing that is typically available at the bottom of any waterfall which pushes such a great volume of water through such a narrow strait. Great Falls is known regionally to kayakers as the best rapids within several hundred miles - and is known equally well to herons as the best location for, almost literally, shooting fish in a barrel!