On a trip through Hawley, MA to it’s namesake bog, I noticed this brook cutting through the woods alongside East Hawley Road. The brook eventually contributes to the water in the bog where there are orchids, pitcher plants and many other wetland plants. This scene grabbed my attention and I recently reprocessed it adding a few touches and cropped with a new eye for featuring what really attracted me.
A bonus was this cool leaf beetle (Calligrapha suturella) hanging out along the roadside, possibly enjoying the view as much as I did. I never did ID those galls. There are at least 50 species of these beetles with a wide variety of elytra patterns that distinguish them.
Well, I went a bit far afield into the beetle but the scene is what I really wanted to sure. I hope you enjoyed both. 🙂
Posted in Closeup Photography, Insects, Landscape, Nature Photography, Patterns in Nature, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Calligrapha suturella, Hawley, Hawley Bog, landscape, leaf beetle, Potash Brook
Another old (1994) Acadia image recently reprocessed. These two Atlantic Cedars have an obvious attraction to each other. When visiting Acadia last year, I saw that their grip was as strong as ever.
This same trail presents this mystery as well.
Posted in ecology, Intimate Landscape, Landscape, Maine, National Parks, Nature Photography
Tagged Acadia National Park, Atlantic Cedar, Bubble Pond trail, intimate landscape, landscape, Maine, New England, tress grown together, woodland details
As summer moves along and autumn approaches, there are certain flowers one starts to anticipate. For me, it’s the gentians. First appears the closed or bottle gentians. In today’s post, the Meadow-bottle Gentian-Gentiana clausa.
This is about as open as they get. The petals are almost completely fused with just a bit of separation at the top. About the only pollinators that can get in there are bumblebees that spend a lot of time at the gym.
I’ve found these in a few locations, but the ones with the most profuse populations have been along water edges. In this case it was a pond in the Berkshires here in Western Massachusetts. I’ve seen some large numbers along the Westfield River in the Chesterfield Gorge as well.
There were quite a few clusters like this one in this spot.
Now we wait for another few weeks until my favorites, the Fringed Gentian-Gentianopsis crinita to start blooming. I will still seek them out in the wild, but this year I planted a few in the yard so am hoping to see them here too.
Posted in Flora, Nature Photography, Wildflowers
Tagged Closed Gentian, flora, Gentiana clausa, Massachusetts, Meadow Bottle Gentian, native flowers, native plant, native wildflower, New England, western massachusetts, Wildflowers
Yes, this is a familiar view, one I have shared many times. But as with most things repeated here, there is always something a bit different. In this case it is the closest view I have shared, made with the new lens out all the way to 400mm. I could get closer with the extender but I think this is close enough for now.
This was a few moments after the black and white zig-zag shot of a few days ago. Quite often the sky to the north displays a color described somewhere between pink and salmon, I guess. Naming colors is always difficult for me. Definitely peaceful and contemplative. Maybe not a wall hanger, but I enjoyed seeing a bit more intimate view of the overlapping hills.
This perspective is from New Salem looking into New Hampshire.
Yesterday morning when I arrived at the New Salem Overlook I did just a quick drive through. The sky was clear so I moved on to look for other places since I prefer clouds at sunrise to catch some color. Everywhere else was the same and not very photogenic. I went by the overlook and decided to take another look. There was not a cloud in the sky but plenty in the valleys.
At first it still didn’t appear there was much to work with, but a thorough search turned up that nice combination.
I am sure many relate to the title but just in case.
Posted in Black and White, Landscape, Nature Photography, Patterns in Nature, Western Massachusetts
Tagged fog, foggy landscape, landscape, Massachusetts, New Salem, Quabbin, western massachusetts
I’ve been wanting something with a bit more reach for shooting animals. My 70-200 is often enough for obliging frogs and turtles that allow approach and the 180 macro works well for smalls like red efts. But birds, even large leggy ones, mostly elude me. The crop required to fill a frame in post-processing often leaves them softer than desired. So, not really in the positition to drop 5G’s on a Canon 500, I recently purchased a Tamron 100-400.
I set out yesterday for the Norwottuck Rail Trail and Poor Farm Swamp here in Amherst. I had hoped for one of those leggy folks but would have settled for another frog. After hiking about a mile, I decided to turn around as I had a lot of chores, including custom splitting our already cut and split firewood, so kept it short. To my surprise and possible reward for heading back for the responsibilities of home ownership, I was presented with this:
For a pixel peeper, it’s not as crisp as I would expect the Canon 500 to capture but for a financially limited guy like me I am pleased just the same. It was a choice between a Sigma or Tamron and I’ve never owned a Tamron. But the Sigma had no option for a tripod ring mount so Tamron it was. I’ll have to give it more time but I think with careful use I’ll be satisfied enough.
Since the Great Egret-Ardea alba was backlit and I didn’t want to blow out the background, I dodged the bird’s plumage to brighten it up some.
Posted in Amherst, Animal Behavior, Fauna, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Ardea alba, Birds, Great Egret, Massachusetts, New England, wading birds, western massachusetts