12.02.2019 Back to my regular scheduled programming

I may have more of the icy abstracts, but yesterday saw a nice sunrise ahead of our incoming snow event.  So far here in South Amherst we’ve only received about 8″ and right now at 4:15 a.m. nothing is happening.  However more is on the way if one can believe the forecast.  My neighbor and I had planned on bringing our snowblowers in for annual maintenance but he had to wait for his truck to come back from being loaned to his son.  That happened last weekend and we did take our machines in.  OOPS. The small engine mechanic was on a week-long hunting vacation. 😳  Boy did we have bad timing. It did give me an excuse to buy an electric snow shovel.

I’ve photographed this farm and shared it previously but from the south side of the farm, formerly Mad Woman Farm and more recently Thistlebloom, and with the sun in its winter quarters the north side was a better composition.

Regarding the composition…I’d rather the tree not be interfering with the view of the barn, but this was the position needed to get the colorful reflection in the windows. I did not open the shadows very much to mitigate the tree’s distraction.

Well, time to do some shoveling.  🙂

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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29 Responses to 12.02.2019 Back to my regular scheduled programming

  1. Mike Powell says:

    I love New England, but definitely do not miss the shoveling. Your sunrise photo is amazing with such vibrant colors and wonderful cloud formations. The reflections in the windows are a nice plus.

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    • I am pretty much resigned to it but can’t think of a time that I enjoyed the clean up. OTOH, I can’t picture myself living anywhere else. The contrasts in the season make each one a joy to experience…sans shoveling of course. I don’t like being cold but nature provides some exciting opportunities when things freeze.
      When I woke at 3 the sky didn’t look promising but from my house the horizon isn’t visible. Once out the high clouds to the east said something was gong to happen and it did.
      Thanks, Mike.


  2. I take it Mad Woman Farm and Thistlebloom are your ways of referring to the place rather than actual names.

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    • Those were the names the owner had painted over the barn door over time. She was a character, I guess, never having met her. Her upstairs window in the linked photograph had her painted as a Carmen Miranda type character and below was a painting of her wrapped in a towel after bathing.. Don’t strain your eyes, they aren’t visible but take my word for it. I guess she considered herself a mad woman before deciding Thistlebloom was a better name considering that, as a doctor of psychology, she was seeing psychotherapy patients there.

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      • shoreacres says:

        I’d be willing to bet she was referencing Jean Giraudoux’s play, The Madwoman of Chaillot. There’s a plot summary of that play here, and if you do an image search for ‘Madwoman of Chaillot’ you’ll find a painting of Lucia Sturdza Bulandra as the madwoman, done by George Ştefănescu in 1967. I’d bet there are some similarities between the Carmen Miranda type character painted at the farm and Ştefănescu’s painting.

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      • I do see a resemblance to the window. I never met the former owner and have no idea where she is now so cannot ask. It’ll be interesting to see if the new owner keeps the painted window. When I was in college I decorated a window like that but with a country scene. For several years after I had left the window remained until the rooms were rehabbed into offices. It has now been razed and a new building erected.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Ugh, what a day not to have a snowblower. Take it easy, Steve. Hope your driveway is short. 😉
    I’m looking forward to seeing your snow pix. It certainly changes the landscape, doesn’t it?

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    • I’m looking forward to them too but I don’t think I’ll be shooting anything today. Just finished the driveway, 50 feet double with all that heavy stuff at the bottom. The plow guy was nice when he came by a second time and picked up the blade when he got to me. Now our sidewalks need to be done. Ugh indeed. 🙂 Mary Beth did the paths for Bentley in the backyard. Ordinarily I do a path to the woodpile and another to the compost bin as well as into the woods for woodstove ash disposal but this time I’ll just lift my feet higher.
      I hope you are getting some nice shots of your yard with all the fresh snow.


      • Eliza Waters says:

        I just got in from an hour plus of shoveling, ugh! I sometimes think we are getting too old for this! 😉 As I shovel I think of all my friends that live in warm places and wonder what is wrong with me, but then I remember I really do love living here. 😉

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      • Those are my exact thoughts as well, Eliza. And, of course, drudging through winter makes our return of Spring all that much sweeter. At least that’s what I try to convince myself to believing as I shovel away. 🙂

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  4. Beautiful timing for the shot, awful timing for the snowblower. I do hope to see some pictures of the snow blanket once you’re able to get out.

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  5. Lignum Draco says:

    A lovely photo with beautiful dawn colours. The tree in no way distracts or detracts from the quality of the overall scene.

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  6. melissabluefineart says:

    If I had a farm, I would be sorely tempted to call it Mad Woman Farm. Or Wild Woman Farm. But ThistleBloom is nice too. This photo is stunning~what an eye you have. Me, I like the tree. I’m glad it is there. For me a tree by a house is like a dog by one’s side…it should just be there.

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  7. Beautiful Image Steve! Love the colors!

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    First, what you said about the photo’s conmposition makes sense to me – it’s lovely. Then, I have to say, electric snow shovel? I’ve been away from it all for too long. I’m sorry you guys missed on the sno-blower maintenance, but it’s good that you do have an alternative. Just don’t shovel any more than you need to!

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    • Thanks, Lynn. Yeah, that is a thing. It’s only slightly better than just a plain old shovel and once I started using it I decided I’d rather the non-powered variety. It still needs to be pushed and while it does throw the snow it is only six inches high and not very good in heavy packed snow. Maybe it will get used when there is just an inch or two when I wouldn’t bother with a snow blower. We’ll see. I really didn’t expect much for $50. 🙂
      I got the yard cleaned by the end of the afternoon. Then it started snowing again after dinner. 🙂 We got another 4-6 inches so I started all over again this morning.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    Speaking of getting back to regularly scheduled programming, here I am, trying to get caught up with blogs instead of boxes. Thank goodness I finally have more blogs to read than boxes to open, and thank goodness I don’t have any snow to shovel. I was pretty surprised about that electric snow shovel. I think you’re right, that it would be far more effective with less snow, but of course with less snow, a regular shovel does just fine.

    The reflection in the windows is a lovely note. I understand your frustration with the tree, but I’m wondering if the movement of the sun over time might make a treeless reflection possible. I suppose it depends on how the barn’s oriented, and whether you can get onto the property at the right angle. Back in my old apartment, there was a week or two spring and fall when the windows of the Hilton Hotel across the lake would gleam like that. Then, as the sun moved, everything went black again until another six months had passed.

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    • The advantage with the power shovel is the distance it throws the snow…@25 feet. ..which keeps the borders lower.

      Slow and steady wins the race. You’ll have all the boxes empty in no time and be caught up on the blogs too.

      The sun’s travel definitely makes a difference. But with it still below the horizon there could be many days when the spreading glow could be reflected as, for a short while, there is no point source for the light. I didn’t realize that the house is currently empty although there are signs of renovation work. I didn’t go onto the property for a different angle but I guess there was nobody to protest. I guess the tree is a minor distraction.

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  10. Dave Ply says:

    Lovely colors. I’m familiar with snowblowers, but I’ve never heard of an electric snow shovel. Are they useful?

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    • Thanks, Dave.

      Not as much as I had hoped. It was just a fill-in for the one storm and didn’t handle the heavy snow all that well. It was worth the $50 dollars. Maybe a more expensive model would have done better. Cheap is cheap. You still have to push it and if the snow is deep hold it above the surface and chop into it. Manual shoveling is easier although the power shovel tosses the snow up to 25 feet. I guess it would be good for someone unable to manage wrestling with a snow blower. That could be me in a couple of years.

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