04.11.2021 A new favorite tool

Well, the 5D Mark IV is still the favorite but the Singh-Ray Bryan Hansell All-in-One GND is near the top of the list as well. I have used reverse grads but this offers a softer horizon transition and helps control the brightness in the middle of the frame while balancing the sky and foreground.  I used it for the birches image I posted yesterday also.

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04.10.2021 Sun Fire

I’ve been driving by these birches for years and always thought I should stop but never did until this morning when the rising sun was washing them with fire.

I happened by at just the right time as ordinarily I’ve spent a while in the North Quabbin area and drive through here mid-morning.  I did shoot sunrise but made it here shortly after that. Dumb luck but I’ll take it. The layers of light and color really worked out well, I think.

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04.09.2021 Fog Friday

Just a bit of ground fog over Harvard Pond but with a starburst and a hint of color in the sky.

The Water was fairly calm although earlier a beaver caused a few ripples. It won’t be long before I can add an ‘r’ to the title.

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04.08.2021 Oaken Sunrise

Around the corner from yesterday’s post.

This tree has appeared here before.  It will probably return again.

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04.07.2021-2 Foggy Sunrise

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04.07.2021 Wordless Wednesday-Catchlight

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04.05.2021 Monochrome Monday-Jennison Road

Mountain Laurel branches develop some nice shape. Although dead, I liked the curves combined with the stump.

Last year was a downer for Mountain Laurel flowers.  The year before was glorious and I am hoping for a rebound this year.

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04.04.2021 Sunday 🕷

I was running the splitter for next year’s firewood and there was a whole lotta shakin’ goin on. I guess this fishing spider wanted to join the party.


  • I have many fishing spiders 🕷  in the woodpile but no fish. There’s lots of bark and other ground debris so maybe it’s a silverfishing spider. 😬
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04.02.2021 A little more skunk seepage

Another shot from the Quabbin Park seep as the skunk cabbage buds start to swell.

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03.31.2021-2 Happy Waterfall Wednesday

Kind of happy. It looks like WP has done away with the classic editor and now only the block editor remains. Maybe they hid it somewhere different? Anyway…it is Wednesday and a waterfall is alliterative. And…I got number two today so just have to hang in there for another 14 days to be fully vaccinated. I won’t be changing my behavior from how I’ve operated for the last year, but will have a bit more confidence that I won’t be another statistic.

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