Introducing Murphy, dapper man about the house and sleepy hound.
Some things just aren’t going to be happening above freezing. And then there are things that don’t happen above 20°. The closer we get to zero, the better the chance for hoar frost. So, despite the fact that I cried UNCLE!!! a few days ago, this morning’s cold was welcomed as an opportunity for something crisp and frosty. Maybe the last time all year. March should not be this cold, but the weather has become anything but usual so who knows.
Upon arrival at the Middle Branch of the Swift River I noticed these snow capped rocks and some wisps of stream smoke. I set up on an ice shelf and composed this scene.I noticed a couple of other compositions I liked and as I shifted my weight a bit the shelf I was standing on broke into two pieces floating into the scene underneath the shelf surrounding the foreground rock. Bummer.
Onto the frost. Here’s something simple and to the point.
As I looked a bit more I found these crystals along with a couple of frost stars. The stars often form around a solid object like a curled up bit of dried leaf leftovers.By this time the Raynaud’s was kicking in so I was getting ready to leave when I saw this rock with its surrounding frost and ice.I think it is my favorite of the day with the nice sheen on the ice and the crispy crystals.
Just dropping into the 20′s tonight after hitting 32° this afternoon, so who knows whether any frost will remain tomorrow.
Posted in Abstract, Black and White, Closeup Photography, Ice, Intimate Landscape, macro photography, Nature Photography, Patterns in Nature, Water
Tagged Black and White photography, cascade, hoar frost, ice, intimate landscape, New Salem, Quabbin, winter photography
Ask and ye shall receive…well, if I can most often but not always.
So after I posted yesterday’s picture here, I then posted it on FB followed buy another from yesterday’s wonderful sunrise. Andrew likes it even better and requested that it be published here as well. What with him being such a kind soul, I could not deny him so here it is. A much better posting on the blog as the resolution and compression are dealt with much better by WP than FB. Here is the sunrise that followed yesterday’s posting. Please click for a larger image.And, here’s a bonus shot from my arrival. This time a few minutes prior to yesterday’s posted image.As you can see, I am experimenting with frames for the web.
Posted in Central Massachusetts, Landscape, Quabbin, Sunrise, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Clouds, Dawn, landscape, Massachusetts, New England, Quabbin, sunrise, western massachusetts
It’s been a quiet winter for me photographically. But I got out this morning and was treated to a lovely sunrise. This is looking to the northeast from the Pelham Overlook of Quabbin on Route 202. I usually try to get something in the cleft of the overlapping hills with the reservoir in view, but all the action was north of the reservoir. It’s too bad, for us photographers, that there are antennas sitting atop the mountain, but from this distance they are barely visible. I hope you enjoy the view. :-) Please click for a larger image.
Posted in Central Massachusetts, Landscape, Nature Photography, Quabbin, Sunrise, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Clouds, Dawn, landscape, Massachusetts, Mount Wachusett, New England, Quabbin, sunrise, western massachusetts
I hope that is not bordering on plagiarism. The quiet, in this case, is cloud banks. Two days in a row I looked upwards and saw stars. Often that is just the arthritis in my neck, but yesterday and today it was a partly cloudy sky. So I set out from home in the dark with visions of colorful sunrises dancing in my head. Nope…just a thick line of clouds cluttering up the horizon. It is funny sometimes how clouds can be wonderfully spaced above yet, come dawn, they have all joined to create something thick and impenetrable. Obviously, those spaces probably still exist, but the angle of view has compressed them into a solid mass. Well, enough of that already.
This morning allowed me a few moments with some color in the sky above the clouds and I managed this non-prize winner from a view at Pelham Lookout over Quabbin. I do enjoy the angles and division of color, light and shadow.Afterwards, I decided to go into the park and see if I might get some images of beech trees in the fog. Per my usual bad timing, they decided to drop their leaves, thinking it was Spring already with all these warm days, so that did not work out. On the way out I stopped by a beaver pond next to the two lane highway that runs past Quabbin and made this image. I’ve always liked these trees….there had been one other rather spectacular skeleton of a tree that fell into the water a few years back…so I lined them up along with some of the grass hummocks and here is the result.It was a foggy day in Quabbin town. Actually, Quabbin is made up of four submerged towns, but that is another story and one already told a few times here.
Ciao, babies…it is almost Super Bowl time.
Posted in Black and White, Intimate Landscape, Landscape, Nature Photography, Patterns in Nature, Quabbin, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Black and White photography, Dawn, fog, intimate landscape, landscape, Massachusetts, New England, Quabbin, western massachusetts
It’s hard to believe that January is just about over. Seems it was only just the beginning of a new year and here we are getting ready for the start of a new month. I have begun putting together a print portfolio to show to gallery owners and that has used a bit of my free time. The weather hasn’t always been the best for the images I have visualized so I haven’t been out as much as I would like…and when I did get out things didn’t seem to go in my favor. But that’s nature…you take what is presented to you.
Thus today’s image. Saturday morning I headed up to my favorite sunrise spot in New Salem. The sky was looking promising but upon arrival, the clouds were all mushy and the sun was behind a hill covered with trees. Not what I had in mind. For plan B I hoped for some brilliant color to the north over Mount Monadnock which has been a subject of mine often. If subtlety is brilliant, then I got what I was looking for. The deciduous trees are barren of all leaves and the conifers are rather dull and dark. But I really like the quiet feel to this and the pleasing, inspiring soft color and light over Monadnock. I think this goes into the portfolio.
Posted in Landscape, Mountains, Nature Photography, Sunrise, Uncategorized
Tagged Dawn, landscape, Massachusetts, Mount Monadnock, Mountains, New England, New Salem, soft light, subtle landscape, sunrise, western massachusetts
Anyone in the mood for a cold shower?
Chapel Brook Falls is made up of two upper sections as well as a few lesser falls below the main two. See here for some warmer times at this location. My position for this image was between the two upper sections and, as you can see from the link, the second upper falls is like a water slide. So, as I was kneeling behind my tripod setting up for this shot, I thought about how, if I fell through the ice even though it was thick, the strong flow would suck me under the ice and I would spend the rest of the winter encased on that slide. My paranoia stems from a fall through ice when I was 10. Amazingly, I bobbed back up into the same hole I fell through….at least I think I did. Maybe this is all a dream as I am drowning. Time for that cold shower, methinks.
Enough with the waltz down memory lane…here’s the image for today.If this is all a dream, then that would be odd, wouldn’t it? I mean….usually it is your past life that flashes before your eyes. What an odd post.
Hmmmm….I had to delete a couple of smilies as they didn’t work. They were supposed to be WP smilies and I had used them before.
Posted in Black and White, Ice, Intimate Landscape, Trustees of Reservations, Waterfalls, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Black and White photography, cascades, Chapel Brook Falls, ice, intimate landscape, New England, New England Waterfalls, Trustees of Reservations, waterfall, western massachusetts