Trying to stay seasonal here, but this winter is not cooperating. Here’s a nice winter abstract to keep things going. I’ve been posting it all over the place, so many of you will have seen it. Unless things cool off soon…and they should for this weekend…offerings will remain lean until Spring. Fingers and eyes crossed.
This is my second successful dive into a ditch for an image. The previous is here. Every once in a while I decide to get fancy with the presentation.
I am alive!!!! Yep, just a brief interlude of quiet time on the blog and, with great apologies, lots of non-comments on all your blogs. I will try to catch up but may miss quite a few.
As far as ice goes, this is a few years old. Nothing like it to be seen in these parts since a while back. Maybe last Saturday when it was 15 below zero but I no longer go out when it is that cold. Zero would be alright, but 15 below and with strong winds was a bit much for this geezer growing soft. I just stayed curled up with Murphy and caught some extra zzzzz’s
So to the business at hand…here is this bit of cool ice tapers that I found hanging from a branch a few years back along the shore of Quabbin Reservoir.Looks pretty cold doesn’t it?
I’ll try to get out tomorrow, but it is going to be around 40 as a low tonight, so no ice…maybe it’s time to find some artful mud.
Posted in Abstract, Black and White, Ice, Quabbin, Water
Tagged abstract ice, Black and White photography, ice, intimate landscape, New England, Quabbin, shapes in ice, water, western massachusetts, winter closeup, winter macro
I rarely visit Google+. Andrew got me interested a while back and I frequented the social site for a while but, for some unknown reason, it just doesn’t appeal to me in the same way as Facebook. And there is only so much time in the day. But while spending time there this past summer, I had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of Ebenezer Baldwin Bowles and Crow’s Cottage Some of you may have already seen/read the collaborations of Ebenezer and Andrew and Eb and I did one before.
A short while back I posted some images of lotuses and Ebenezer took a liking to one in particular. I provided him with that image and some mumblings of my own which he has spiffed up quite nicely and turned into a very nice post regarding the history of the Sacred Lotus. Please click the image to see the article.I hope you enjoy Ebenezer’s work as much as I. And thanks for taking a look.
Posted in Autumn Color, Closeup Photography, Fall Foliage, Fauna, macro photography, Nature Photography, Photographer's Websites, Reviews
Tagged Corndancer, Crow's Cottage, Ebenezer Baldwin Bowles, Fall Foliage, flora, lotus history, lotus leaf, Stephen Gingold
So amidst all the 40° days and 30° nights recently, we had one cold day this past Saturday. I decided to visit Dean Brook and see how the ice was shaping up thinking of frozen cascades. Surprisingly, even at 10° the water was moving too quickly after our recent rains and very little ice was forming. But further down the brook there were pools where the water was able to sit and ice was forming. Forming before my eyes. It was really cool to look through the lens and see the water starting to freeze.
In this first image, the water is spreading over some already formed ice. You can see how the water is engulfing the ice but the surface tension, I believe that is the term for this, is creating an edge rather than the water just spreading evenly. So there are depressions within the water for short periods before it all is submerged. You can also see the crinkling of the forming ice on the surface.Of course if I don’t explain things, maybe it can pass as a B&W abstract.
And abstract was just my idea in this second image. Kind of an icy Ying/Yang with the reversal of shading between the two crinkling sides.I suppose it would have been even more fun had I done a video, but to be honest, that is a capability of my camera that doesn’t interest me. Maybe someday.
It sounds like we might get a little snow or mixed precipitation tomorrow but I am not expecting much ice this weekend. Maybe there will be some attractive mud.
Posted in Abstract, Black and White, Closeup Photography, Ice, macro photography, Nature Photography, Water
Tagged abstract ice, Black and White photography, blue ice, Dean Brook, ice, water
Well, I am sort of embarrassed to be giving such a romantic title to this image. But it seems appropriate so I’ll stick with it…unless someone comes up with a better one. I am open always to suggestions. Maybe “The Creation of Adam” would be a good alternative. LOL
I was going through some old folders and found this which I had never shared here or on FB. It is one of those things…you just forget they are there after enough time goes by. Anyway, here is an image I noticed while doing a lap around the Quabbin Tower parking lot several years ago. It probably does not matter where it was but it seemed like a fun fact about where one might find an image.I hope everyone has had a nice weekend. It is turning to winter here. 18°F here this morning with 15-20mph winds and then some strong gusts. Already looking forward to Spring.
Posted in Autumn Color, Central Massachusetts, Fall Foliage, Intimate Landscape, Landscape, Nature Photography, Quabbin, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Fall Foliage, fog, intimate landscape, landscape, Massachusetts, New England, Quabbin, western massachusetts
Back in October I was wandering around in New Salem literally and figuratively in a fog. We were not having a particularly typical autumn with wild color abounding everywhere. Most of my favorite places were fairly dull with spotty color. On my way to an orchard that looks out over the northern end of the Quabbin Reservoir, I noticed that the maples on the green in New Salem’s center were a rich orange and stopped for a few moments.
It was difficult to limit the inclusion of the surroundings with the green being small and encircled by roads and houses but I was able to get close enough to this one scene. In this composition there are three trees lined up to give the effect of one. The closest tree was fairly barren of leaves, so stacking them in line gives the impression of one full tree. The way the limbs are displayed reminds me of the many armed Hindu deities.
Or if you prefer, the cover of “Axis Bold as Love”. Go ask the Axis…. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
Posted in Autumn Color, Fall Foliage, Intimate Landscape, Landscape, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Fall Foliage, fog, intimate landscape, landscape, maple trees, New Salem, western massachusetts