05.08.2017 Briggs Brook Cascades

Lots of rain lately…lots.  Not as much as some parts of the mid-west and Quebec most recently, but plenty enough to recharge all the brooks locally.  As you can see here, Quabbin is receiving a lot of water and is back to about 86% capacity-up from 79% earlier this year.

Although not hard enough to appear in the image, there was a light shower as I made photographs yesterday morning. Eventually the sun broke throughand started to dry things a little…enough so I could try to catch up on the mowing.  A little more to do today if we don’t get another shower.

As I made my way down the brook, there were quite a few interesting cascades although many were a little clogged with fallen branches and leaves.  Natural for sure but not quite photogenic. This one appealed to me.  I didn’t do an intimate of that center section but I’ll go back.

I’m happy to report that I did wear my Muck Boots and no slipping this time, although it is  kind of tricky to navigate all the rocks and branches lying about and there are a few surprise depths to watch out for…the boots only go up to just below my knees.  It is a little too much of a hike to wear the hip boots.

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05.03.2017 A brief moment in time

This scene is from a few minutes prior to my post the other day-“Oh, just another spectacular beginning to a day”.  I enjoyed the shapes of the clouds over the mountains in this view to the north from New Salem as the sun was reaching the eastern horizon.  The mid-range valleys are always appealing to me and quite often there are soft pink hues at a tangent to the sunrise.


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05.02.2017 Chapel Brook Falls-third level

I am confused about the lack of response to yesterday’s post and wonder whether WP is sending out notifications.  I don’t always receive notice of comments until long after the fact. Of course, maybe everybody is busy or no one cared for the image.   🙂

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05.01.2017 Chapel Brook Cascade

I mentioned my intention to visit a waterfall yesterday yesterday.   🙂    I’ve posted images from Chapel Brook Falls before and that was my intention as I set out…to capture more images of the falls, which I did.  But as I, and hundreds of others, have made pictures of the waterfalls (there are several), I decided to wander further downstream and found some nice cascades.  I think next time I will wear my knee high boots so I can get a better angle on them, but I like how this one turned out well enough.I went out again this morning looking for flowers but didn’t find much to work with. I tried Elf Meadow Trail hoping to find the white form of the red trillium I found there two years ago but just the reds this year.

Anyway, gray drizzly cool day.  Bentley is getting plenty of walks and later I get a temporary crown removed and a new replacement installed.

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04.30.2017 The unexpected sunrise

It was a bit overcast when Bentley and I went out at 4 this morning.  But anything can happen in a couple of hours.  Anyway, I wasn’t considering a sunrise shot when I left at 5:30 to visit a waterfall in one of the local hilltowns northwest of here.  As I drove west along the road I travel in leaving our neighborhood, I glanced in the rear view mirror and it said STOP!!!!!  I ran across a field and lined up this oak tree with the eastern sky.More correctly this is civil twilight.  Sometimes the best things are unplanned.      🙂

On another subject.  I stopped at W.F. again today and got another of the same sandwich.  This plan did work and I got to eat my half for today with the other remaining for tomorrow.  Bentley drove me nuts whining and begging but he got none.  Poor starving beagle.

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04.29.2017-2 Him belly full and me hungry

So much for innocence. As I sat down for lunch with my very large cranberry nut bread turkey sandwich from Whole Foods, someone came to the door to borrow my chain saw. I moved the plate back from the edge and my chair firmly against the table and went out to help my neighbor. When I came in, the little thief had moved my chair out from the table, climbed onto it and grabbed both halves of the sandwich, one of which was still in the wrapper…as I thought it was too large for me to eat. He ate ’em both and this was right after he had his own lunch. At least he left the wrapper so I wouldn’t have to rush him to the vet.  Thanks, Bentley!    🙂

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04.29.2017 I think I remember someone saying it’s all about the light.

Atkins Reservoir, North Amherst, MA. 04/23/2017Reflections and shapes and golden hour’s warm low-angled light.


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