Farm to Table Dinner, Celebrating Prince William County Agriculture

Protected Places Media (i.e., Ernie Sears and me) just released this short documentary video produced for the Prince William Environmental Excellence Foundation. The foundation held a Farm to Table Dinner to honor county farming and raise funds for their environmental education programs for youths and adults.

Protected Places Media will be releasing the fourth issue of  by the end of the month of October. Featured articles include Climate Change and Coal Ash Toxin Pollution.

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Coal Ash Pollution Protest

We (Protected Places Media) just finished a short video in support of the Potomac Riverkeeper, Dean Naujoks. In the video, shot on the Potomac River near Dominion Virginia Power’s power plant on Possum Point, Dean discusses a protest to be held on October 4, 2016, at Gov. McAuliffe’s office in Richmond.

If you live in the area and care about the health of the Quantico Creek, Potomac River and Virginia citizens, please watch the video and join Dean on October 4 in Richmond.

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Protected Places Media

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We launched our new website today! It much better describes what we do, why we do it, and some of what we have done. Now that I am retired, I will have much more time to work on various important projects in support of conservation and environmental awareness and action.

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CPWToday – eMagazine

It is with pleasure and pride that today we published the next issue of CPWToday. You can view it, and the previous two issues, at We are excited about this issue, because it contains articles on important environmental and conservation topics, such as Climate Change and Renewable Energy—Solar Power Basics and an article on the first residential solar system in Manassas, Virginia. This issue also provides continuing articles on Transportation Oriented Develop (TOD) and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and the Prince William County Landfill, where innovation has made energy out of methane gas from the decomposing trash. This issue also contains fun and interesting articles and videos on a nearby eagle’s nest containing two eaglets and the Dale City Farmers’ Market.


This issue is long, containing many articles. Therefore, we recommend bookmarking the home page and revisiting to read all of the articles and see all of the videos. Each article is accompanied by one or more videos, many of which provide aerial views not commonly seen. Make the videos full screen and turn up the sound.

 We also highly recommend subscribing to CPWToday so you will be notified when the next issue is published. We are already working on the next issue, and it will contain many interesting new topics, as well as more on Climate Change. We do not share email addresses or other personal information with any other individuals, organizations or businesses.

 We know you will enjoy reading the articles and seeing the videos, and please provide comments. We will share comments in future editions, unless asked not to publish them. We welcome alternative views.

Ernie Sears and Steve Tabone

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Potomac River Eagles

Eagle-with-Eaglets-2Yesterday, I had another opportunity to check on the status of an active eagles nest on the Potomac River. As you can see from the images in this blog article, the two eaglets are well and growing rapidly. If you check my blog article from a few weeks ago, you can see the eaglets when they were newly hatched and covered in soft, downy feathers.

Eagle-Feeding-EagletI timed it right to watch the adult eagle feed a freshly caught fish to the eaglets. In addition to taking photographs, I also shot videos, one of which is below.

Notice that the video ends with “Produced for Protected Places Media.” Protected Places Media ( is a not-for-profit business formed by my close friend, Ernie Sears, and me to use our passion for nature photography and videography to support non-profit organizations working to conserve our natural world and to positively impact environmental and conservation issues. Protected Places Media also produces a quarterly e-magazine (ezine), CPWToday, in support of the Prince William Conservation Alliance. The ezine can be read at: Check out CPWToday and subscribe to be alerted when we issue each quarterly ezine.



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Barred Owls

Barred Owls

It is a cool, pleasant evening in northern Virginia. So, I had the sliding glass door open to the back deck off my office. While working on my computer about 45 minutes ago, I heard a pair of Barred Owls calling in the trees behind my house. It was dark; therefore, I quickly mounted a speedlight (flash) with a Better Beamer (flash extender) on my camera and fired off a few shots. Above and below are a couple of the images that I captured.

Barred-OwlSeeing one of my favorite bird species without having to search for them made my evening very special.

The images were taken on a Nikon D810 with an 80-400mm lens and SB-910 Speedlighjt.


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Bulls Island Sunrise


Just a quick article to share an image that I regularly see on my desktop that reminds me of the beautiful sunrise I experienced and photographed a couple weeks ago on Bulls Island on the South Carolina coast. It was very overcast, and my expectations were low, but as you can see, it turned out to be memorable and breathtaking.

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