03.30.2014 Single Birch in the North Quabbin

Rainy, moody and colorless day today.  Monochrome fits.A-single-white-birch-surrounded-by-evergreens-800Web

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03.25.2014 Valley View

I’m still here.  The last few weeks have found me to be very unmotivated.  One thing I did accomplish was to be selected into a juried competition in Monson, MA.  My Frosted Lotus in Autumn is hanging on a wall at the Art Barn of the Monson Arts Council.  I’ll find out Saturday (3/29) how it fared.

I manged to get out Sunday for sunrise.  I wasn’t sure what would happen as the moon was obscured by a thick haze, but sometimes that condition can lead to some nice pastel skies.  Here’s what happened.New-Salem-Dawn-032314-900Web-2a

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03.03.2014 The Murph

Introducing Murphy, dapper man about the house and sleepy hound.Murphy-030314-800Web


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03.01.2014 -2°F can be your friend

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.Middle-Branch-of-the-Swift-River-030114-800WebI 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. Hoar-Frost-3-030114-800WebBy 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.Hoar-Frost-2-030114-900WebI 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.

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02.24.2014 At the request of Mr. Ha, more sunrise images

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.Sunrise-from-Pelham-Overlook-2-23-2014-900WebAnd, here’s a bonus shot from my arrival.  This time a few minutes prior to yesterday’s posted image.Sunrise-from-Pelham-Overlook-2-23-2014-1024WebAs you can see, I am experimenting with frames for the web.

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02.23.2014 Mount Wachusett from Pelham at Sunrise

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.Mount-Wachusett-from-Pelham-at-Sunrise-022314-1024Web

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02.02.2014 All Quiet on the Eastern Front

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.Foggy-Quabbin-at-Dawn-900WebAfterwards, 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.Route-9-Pond-Trees-020214-800WebIt 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. :cool:

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