04.20.2014-2 Bloodroot about to open

It is still a bit early…at least in my usual haunt.  I have seen images from our part of the world that are more advanced but it is a bit of a ride from here.

This isn’t the most pristine of blooms, but I thought it would make a nice study in monochrome……and I liked the state of openness…or lack thereof. :-)  Tomorrow it will be open.Bloodroot-Opening-BandW-042014-900Web

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04.20.2014 Owens Pond redux

Have I mentioned my fondness for returning to favorite sites? :-)  Sorry, bad humor. :-)  Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I repeat myself to distraction.

I was a little late this morning and saw the nice clouds in the sky so rushed over to Owens Pond as the closest place I could think of to be on time.  And at that I was a few minutes late.  Getting to this spot was good cardio.Owens-Pond-Dawn-042014-900WebI really liked the ground fog hanging over the water.

I did find one bloodroot flower to photograph and that will show up later.  It is still a bit early, but I’ll go again tomorrow when I think more of the bloodroot will be open and maybe some of the purple trillium buds will pop later today.  We’re getting there.

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04.19.2014 The gift that kept on giving

I didn’t get out this morning so no new images.  We went to Monson to pick up my lotus print (honorable mention) and now I am taking a break from yard clean up.

Here is another view from last Monday…a few minutes prior to my previous sunrise posting on the 14th from Gate 5.  Similar but different…..or different but similar if you prefer. :-)Gate-5-Sunrise-041414-900Web

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04.17.2014 A couple for some blog pals

The other day, I looked at quabbinite’s blog post regarding Gate 5 which was the subject of two recent posts of mine.  He mentions his first view of the Quabbin tower from there, so while photographing the dawn the other morning, I made a quick click of the tower and am posting it for his nostalgia.Quabbin-Tower-04142014-900WebAnd here is an older image from a much closer vantage point.Quabbin-Tower-at-DawnJames Hunt remarked on another post how clear the water was.  I had noticed a couple of the rocks in that area and made an image of them that highlights the clarity of the Quabbin’s water.  Of course, this is only a few inches deep, but the detail through the water is quite clear.  I enjoyed the reflected clouds and the way it changes the textural impression along with the contrasting blue and clouds.Quabbin-Rocks-Gate-5-041314-600Web

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04.15.2014 A slow start and a slower finish

I don’t know about these titles.  I am not sure naming these posts is my strong suit.  Well, it’s more about the images than whether or not I am clever….I am not in case you need clarification with that. :-)

The sky was a bit iffy on Friday morning, but there was a sliver of open sky amongst the clouds so I started out with hopes of some color in the clouds.  Didn’t happen.  Just a little light before the sky snapped shut over Owens Pond.  Please click the images to see a larger view.Owens-Pond-dawn-041114-800WebSo with the threat of rain I thought about packing it in but went to Amethyst Brook instead.  This image is from 2011 and looks much better with the green than it did Friday.  Just a teaser for what’s to come in a few weeks.Amethyst-Brook-Cascade-and-Falls-800FBAs it was a bit bleak, I decided to explore the other side of the road and got a couple of images worth sharing as we wait for Spring to really kick in.  I hope you enjoy them.

The black and white image:Amethyst-Brook-041114-600WebAnd one in drab but living color.Amethyst-Brook-2-041114-600WebI’ll be very happy when I can present you with images containing green for a background or maybe even a flower or two.  Soon. ;-)

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04.14.2014 Gate 5 revisited

Have I ever mentioned that I like to go back to favorite places a lot.  Favorite for a reason.  I wasn’t sure how the morning would be as there were high clouds over the horizon which seemed promising, but after yesterday’s brief sunrise I wasn’t sure.  Today turned out similar but without the sun showing itself at all.  It did warm the sky pretty well, I think.Gate-5-Sunrise-041414-2-1000WebThe water was quite choppy with the strong breeze this morning, so in addition to the circular polarizer, I added a 6 stop neutral density filter to allow the water to go smooth.  I don’t really like choppy water.  I don’t think this will be a candidate for black and white. :-)

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04.13.2014 Twins

The clouds on the horizon caused the sun to be reflected at a height that created a second star.  I’ve not had this happen before.  Probably not a wall hanger, but something different.Gate-5-Sunrise,-041314-600Web

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