12.07.2014 May Day

I am tired of the cold and damp already.  I’ll make the best of it, but May can come along any time it is of a mind to.  Yesterday was a chilly mixed precipitation day.  Today is cool with strong winds……bare trees and mud abound.

So my todaydreams will resemble this Spring view more than a snowy meadow or quiet woods with frosted trees.

Rainy-day-at-stream-across-from-gate-52-2-051306-700WebThis little vernal stream runs down the hill across from Gate 52 in Quabbin Park.  In the Spring, besides the skunk cabbage here, there is also a large number of Jack-in-the-Pulpit, False Hellebore and several varieties of ferns.

Have a fine Sunday everyone. 🙂





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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16 Responses to 12.07.2014 May Day

  1. Jim in IA says:

    The picture creates some visual illusion for me. Ignoring the large green plant, the ‘stream’ looks about 6-8′ wide as it tumbles among boulders. Then, there is this illogically large green plant stuck in the middle as if by a photoshop trickster. I like the way that works visually. Interesting.


    • Pictures can be deceiving and now with Photoshop one sometimes does wonder what is real. This is real. Really. It is. 🙂


      • Jim in IA says:

        I do believe you. My mind was playing games with me trying to set a scale of size.

        I agree, it is really hard to tell what has been doctored. Some people are really good it. I admit to having played around that way at times. One time we had a family photo done during a reunion. A son in law was missing that day. I inserted him in the back row. Another time, I removed someone no longer married into the family. Another time, I put a large brontosaurus in the trees behind our house.


      • I would be willing to bet that example number two might be the most used Photoshop alteration. I am also willing to bet that example number three was not fooling anyone, but was the coolest of the three. 🙂

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  2. Happy Sunday to you! This splash of spring was most welcome this morning. Look at that cute little sedge growing from the moss.


    • Happy Sunday to you too, Melissa. When I went out this morning I passed this spot and as I looked up the hill I tried to imagine this scene. It was still quite chilly. I like seeing a few other plants poking out of moss but I am pretty sure the moss will endure and the sedge probably not.

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  3. Very pretty scene. Good for you for taking the time to notice and to take the time to capture this intimate little corner of your wood. D


    • Thanks, David. Today was back to reality with a very cold wind despite being a sunny day. Maybe 10° tomorrow morning so it’s a return into the deep freeze.


      • Yup. Had a nice day yesterday and was out for an hour with the camera (with only mediocre results, but they’ll have to do). Now we’re in for more snow tomorrow and Wednesday. No time to capture any images before the inundation … bad weather always requires preparation at the farm. So, today (after work) I’ll be moving hay into position to feed during the worst of it, and getting stock water heaters souped-up. I’m too lazy right now get the chains on the tractor, but I did quick-attach a half ton of concrete to the three-point to provide traction in the absence of the chains. The chains only give me the advantage on ice. You are lucky to have such a nice archive of un-posted images … it encourages me in the belief that spring will come … eventually. By the way, hope to order the 16-35 this week. I plan to stick with screw-on ND filters for the near future. Perhaps a Lee system will happen sometime later. I thought about how often I’d actually need a GRAD and thought that that was something that could wait. How often do you actually use the GRAD? D


      • I just use them for sunrises, sets, David. And not all the time. Depends on the horizon and the light balance too. They are handy. Taking it slow with the purchases just makes good sense. It’s best to be sure you need and will use an item…especially the pricey ones.


  4. shoreacres says:

    It looks like a tiny garden perfectly designed for elves. Speaking of which, do you see the little guy at the top of the photo trying to climb onto the rock? He’s dressed like an elf, with a little pointy hat and his arms spread out. He’s better than a brontosaurus. 🙂

    Sorry about that weather. I was just happy to have weather cold enough for fireplace fires while I was gone. Granted, we got a little over-enthusiastic one night and had to open the door to cool things down, but anything for atmosphere, right?


    • It took a while, but I finally did see Ernie. Would have been easier if he had a cookie.

      I envy your fireplace fire. I haven’t been to one of those in years. I can watch the fire through the door of the wood stove, but it’s not the same.


  5. This photo caused me to do a double take. But it is a real beauty. So typically springlike.


  6. Lyle Krahn says:

    Simply stunning. No wonder you want spring back! Snow helps to keep our world beautiful.


    • If I had to pick one season, I am sure I would pick Spring, Lyle. The gentle greens and returning flowers are so lovely and uplifting.
      But a nice snowfall fresh and unsullied is a beautiful thing. And it also does a fine job of recharging the brooks and streams for some nice waterfalls.


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