03.27.2017 Dunlop Brook

Dunlop Brook runs through Romer Woods, a 141 acre parcel that was recently protected for Amherst’s water supply. Robert Romer sold it to the town for a nice reduced price to maintain the water quality and see it protected into the future. It includes a small  cemetery where some of his relatives are buried.  I think it is his intention to rest there as well.

My posted image yesterday was of Amethyst Brook, which is nearby to the site…two of several nice brooks in this area.

I don’t often do swirls as I am not a fan of foamy water, a side-effect of tannins, but this was mostly a bubbles incident so I took advantage of the trapped water.I have only visited this location the one time, but am eager to see what flowers and small wildlife might be seen here come April and May and June, etc.      🙂

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03.26.2017 Amethyst Brook Subduction

One way to eliminate the constant din of the world is to spend some time enveloped in the sound of moving water.

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03.25.2017 Between a rock and a soft place

After the sunrise shot from Enfield Lookout posted a few days ago, I wandered to see if there was anything a bit more intimate.  I noticed how this rock resembles a human profile, albeit a bit exaggerated, and liked the contrast with the wind-blown semi-melted snow.Maybe the rock was kissing the snow goodbye.

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03.24.2017 Hop Brook Cascade

On February 25th, I visited Hop Brook in Holland Glen off Route 9 in Belchertown, MA., a spot that had been one of my most visited places.  A few years back, I found it to be a bit unappealing as the folks who lived in the house above the brook had dumped trash, including a mattress, down the hill.  While it wasn’t in the brook, stuff like that totally turns me off and I have a hard time being creative under those circumstances.  Added was a lot of fallen branches in the water.  This time around I found the area cleaned a bit and, while there is still wind blown forest debris in the water, I went upstream and found this sweet little cascade. 
I visualized it as a black and white image, but while processing found the hints of color below and nice tannin hue above to be enjoyable and the mono conversion went downstream.

Holland Glen is part of the M-M Trail and the new New England National Scenic Trail as well.

 

 

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03.21.2017 Welcome Spring 2017!

Although the view seems a bit cold, and it was chilly for sure, this is how March 20 began here in Western Massachusetts. The snow is melting quickly as we have had several 40° to almost 50° days in a row.  Some chill is returning tomorrow for a couple of days but then it will be warm up time again.  As with most of us, I’ve had enough winter for a while and am quite eager for the return of spring ephemerals and green landscapes.

That said, this was a lovely start to a chilly day that warmed up well into the afternoon. Mount Monadnock in the distance from Enfield Lookout in Quabbin Park.

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03.14.2017 Cold and Alone

I almost always shoot solo.  Having a shooting partner is nice and offers a bit of safety when one is hiking deep in the woods or off the beaten path and I’d be wise to do so, but I almost always prefer the lack of company.  It’s a little distracting knowing there is someone else with interest of a different nature.  Several years back I went out with a good and old friend regularly.  He almost never made any images as we had different interests…having a pulse versus not…but was a good sport about patience and encouraging me to follow what I wished.  Still, it was difficult to be totally immersed in the subject at hand.  I just do better work when on my own.  I’d also like to say that shooting in peace and quiet without conversation is a plus, although the quiet part is a lost cause with tinnitus.

So here’s an image from Dean Brook on a frigid morning…cold and alone.  I can even say that I was indeed immersed in my subject.I’ve a couple of things going on.  I entered once more the annual Monson Arts Council show and also have an exhibit coming up in April at Arcadia, one of the Massachusetts Audubon sanctuaries.

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02.23.2017 Double Throwback Thursday

Most often, folks share “throwback” images of themselves from earlier years.  I don’t really have many of those as I always preferred being behind the camera.  But I have shown up in front a few times.  In this case I am behind the camera however, as you can see, I am in front quite a few times in this image from May of 2010.

Add to that our spring-like 64°F day on February 23 and my mind wandered to my favorite spring yard flower.

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