09.03.2014 Ricker Pond, Groton State Forest, Vermont

I am getting ready for something.  I’m not sure whether it will be Lightroom, a new computer or possibly an NAS backup system.  Or all three.  Whatever it will be requires my ducks to finally get assembled into their proper rows.  In doing that, I came across this image from 2012 which I don’t think was posted here before.  If it has…well, I cropped it a bit and touched up the contrast a little, so a different take.

In 2012, I made my first visit, yep only the first, to Vermont for a week of foliage photography.  Shockingly, it rained all but one day.  This was between rain showers, but all the wetness gave the foliage some pleasing saturation (both the wet kind and the vibrant kind)…note, that is not foilage or folidge-two pronunciations (not pronounciations) that bug me.      🙂

Add to that the building excitement of the approaching autumn season and I decided to post this little bit of Vermont goodness.  I enjoyed the combination of evergreens and deciduous color all reflected in the almost calm water. Ricketts-Pond-3,-Blog-600WebWe are seeing just the slightest bit of change.  The nights, for the most part, are starting to get cooler and, with the relatively mild summer we had, foliage season 2014 is not far away.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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33 Responses to 09.03.2014 Ricker Pond, Groton State Forest, Vermont

  1. Just Rod says:

    That is a beautiful image Steve. Such a wonderful combination of colours and textures


  2. Oh, my the colors of nature. Nothing compares to capturing so much beauty. You should be very proud of this one. It is a delight for the eyes. Where in Vermont did you find this beauty?


  3. Andrew says:

    We don’t get anything like that, Steve. Make the most of it, rain or shine. Lovely taster of what is to come.


    • I will, Andrew. I realize how fortunate we are to live where we get to see so much color. I don’t have to travel to Vermont or the other New England states for this, we have plenty right outside the door here, but it is nice to see different landscapes than the familiar.


  4. Etymologically speaking, foil comes from Old French foille, which meant ‘leaf,’ so foil really is related to foliage. On the other hand, it’s doubtful that anyone who says foilage knows that etymological connection.

    As for the pronunciation folidge, it’s at least a Southernism (and maybe now more widespread). Southern dialects typically turn diphthongs and consecutive vowels into single vowels. For example, buyer gets pronounced as if it were bar. When I taught math, I tried to get kids in Austin to stop pronouncing the four-syllable variable as if it were the three-syllable vair-uh-bul, which is unfortunately how some of the other math teachers pronounced it.

    Anyhow, let’s hope you get an abrupt enough cooling down of the weather to trigger some colorful three-syllable foliage.


    • Up a bit early today, Steve?

      It has become evident that many people decide to pronounce words as they wish and eventually it becomes accepted, I guess. That is reflected in the additional dictionary pronunciations.
      Another one that bugged me is finance….now more popularly pronounced finnance…apparently long vowels are on their way out.


      • Yeah, I woke up in the middle of the night and didn’t fall back to sleep, so I took a trip to Blogland.

        We’re old enough now that we notice the ways the language is changing around us. It’s like standing barefoot on the ocean shore and having waves wash the sand out from under your feet.


      • My mother used to work at Merriam-Webster and she was not enjoying watching the language change.
        I feel your analogy is appropriate for many of the changes we are seeing. Morals, ethics, civility, integrity, decency…….ouch.


  5. Jim in IA says:

    I like mirrored images like that. Try rotating it 90 deg clockwise. It’s a very different look. (You are old enough to know the meaning of ‘clockwise’)

    Good luck with the duck in a row and new equipment. I find it always takes more time and fussing than expected.


    • Interesting you suggest that, Jim. I know a few people who take such images and make mandalas with them turning them around, taking pieces and creating kind of a single image kaleidoscope effect.

      Well, I have been fussing with this for over a year now, never able to make up my mind definitively as to which direction to take things. Arrggh.


      • Jim in IA says:

        I’d be willing to give you an opinion as to what to do. My opinions are free for the asking. They don’t come with guarantees, tho. Those cost a LOT more. :mrgreen:


      • Oh, it is mostly about my filing system, Jim. It isn’t too badly out of control but I put things off and then have to catch up.I tell myself that I will get going with LR once I catch up, but then I fall behind again and tell myself that once I catch up…..
        I think that soon my computer will ,need to be replaced. It is 4.5 years old and starting to slow down. And my backing up is all done by hand, one subject per day at a time….so if I shot 10 different flowers then that’s a lot of folders to create, which is why I fall behind. With LR I can throw them all into one big folder and have it find what I need with a bunch of keywords….if I would ever catch up.
        But I am thinking of an NAS backup system that will do a day’s backup automatically. Life was so much easier when it was just a hanging folder full of transparencies.
        So what do you think? 😆


      • Jim in IA says:

        I don’t take nearly as many pictures as you do. But, I am pretty disciplined about giving each set a proper name. My system puts the year, month, day first, then a title that goes with the folder, followed by a number series. 2014_0904Castor.xx If I don’t keep up, I get a big mess. I don’t take the time to put keywords on everything.

        I use Macs. The Time Machine backup system is great. It automatically backs up on a schedule I set. Having a BIG hard drive(s) is critical. Very important irreplaceable stuff is on DVDs in a safe deposit box.

        When my folks died, we went through Mom’s filing system to divide up the photographs she kept. Dad was not the photographer. She had a 4 drawer dresser full of pictures. That took some doing. But, we did get a lot of laughs sitting around the living room going through them.


      • I use a similar naming system, Jim. For my RAW files it is gingold_20140905_xxxx with the x’s being the file number automatically generated by the camera. I do keyword everything including IPTC information as well as other information that can be picked up by Google’s spiders. None of that is included in the info that travels the internet with my jpegs as noted by Bob in an earlier post. The complicated and time consuming part, aside from the keywording, comes when I save the RAW files in separate subject oriented folders. Flora>wildflowers> wildflowers (as opposed to wildflower seeds, shrubs, trees, etc)>orchids>lady’s slippers> rose pogonias>rose pogonias-090514. Quite a data tree. 🙂
        My processed files go in their own folders which are less complicated….amphibians, flora, intimate landscapes, etc. All of these are packed up twice on external hard drives.
        My Dell computer has an i7 processor, 12 gb of RAM, and 2 1TB hard drives…one for data and one for the OS. On my desk are 5 external hard drives.

        I envy you your family pictures, Jim. When my mother died, my father decided, without conferring with my brother or me, that all the family pictures belonged in the landfill.


      • Jim in IA says:

        Oh my…in the landfill? That’s too bad.

        When I think of all the pictures people take. Most of them don’t have a clue as to where they are and what they are named. There is a vast wasteland of lost photos out there.

        You can tell your camera what naming conventions to use? I need to check that out.


      • No, the camera just creates a filename like 2875.crw if Canon for instance. So the 2875 becomes part of the new custom name “gingold_20140905_2875.crw”. Lots of folks use a subject name instead of the 2875.


    • shoreacres says:

      My cat’s giving me the eye, wondering why I broke out into laughter. This: “You are old enough to know the meaning of ‘clockwise.'”

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  6. I too am anticipating the change in seasons. And we did see some ever-so-slight hints of what’s to come on our way back from VT/NH this past weekend. Bring it on I say. Two things which, in all my years of teaching, I am still surprised to discover most folks cannot explain are why deciduous foliage changes color (and the nature of the colors) in fall and why seasons occur in any event! D


  7. It isn’t that fall is coming, it is really here. Your photo is like looking in the mirror and recognized that a lot of time has slipped by.


    • That isn’t really the effect I was going for, but I do understand your meaning, Charlie. I was recently able to start my retirement…partially…and receive my SS benefits. I made it to 66!!!!! 😎
      OTOH, it does seem like it went by awful fast.


  8. quabbinite says:

    I’m with ya on the “Folidge” thing, but my main irritation is when it’s misspelled “Foilage.”


  9. Lottie Nevin says:

    Steve, this is Tree-mendous! What a fantastic shot. An absolute corker. BRAVO!


  10. shoreacres says:

    I do like the mix of colors and textures in your photo. It reminds me of Colorado and Utah, where the aspen and assorted pines and firs combine. The older I get, the more I miss the change of seasons I grew up with. And I haven’t yet found a way to trek north this fall, so I’ll have to enjoy your offerings. I’ll try to keep my jealousy under control.

    Just out of curiosity, have you ever been to the Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro? It’s a little kitschy for some, I suppose, but a friend who went a couple of years ago said it was great fun, and ever so much safer than the running of the bulls. I must say, there are some good-looking cows in Vermont.


  11. Sandra says:

    What a nice autumn mood! Can’t wait for the colours of 2014 🙂
    Good luck for you as well!


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