10.03.2020 One year ago today

Eliza’s post from Hawley Bog for Wordless Wednesday reminded me that a) I hadn’t been there yet this year and b) I had been there last year on this day. When I went back and looked at some of the files from that visit, I noticed this image which needed some additional processing.

I think that I was standing pretty close to the same spot she was. I am hoping to visit the bog next week when there will most likely be no one else there in the early morning. I was told by a local friend that the place was swarming with people looking for something to do during the shutdown and many turned to the outdoors. I generally don’t like shooting with other people around so hope I don’t see another car when I get there. I usually just keep going when that happens.

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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42 Responses to 10.03.2020 One year ago today

  1. So I now notice that the image is not clickable. Is there something I need to do in the new editor to fix that? Kind of disappointment if its permanent.

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    • When I go to my list of scheduled posts, if I hover my mouse over the title of a post, a second row of choices appears: “Edit | Classic Editor | Quick Edit | Copy | Preview.” When I click Classic Editor I get taken to a view of that scheduled post in my good old familiar editing window where everything looks and works the way I’m used to.

      That got me to thinking I could click Copy on a scheduled post and then in the window that came up just replace the text and pictures to make a new post. However, when I click Copy I find myself in an editing window that isn’t the old familiar one.

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      • That’s good to know but I don’t schedule posts. I do ’em fresh. I use that trick at work when I have to send a job quote or invoice. Just grab an old Excel document and start replacing the cells with new figures. Are these all scheduled posts that were created with the old editor? I wonder if that would work with the new one creating them ahead of time.

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      • When I was experimenting with the things I mentioned in my comments this morning, I created my first post with the new editor and scheduled it for next week. When I then went to the page that shows all my scheduled posts, the new one was there in the list. However, if I click Classic Editor to open it and do any further work on it, I get a message saying that the post was created in the block editor and that if I go ahead and open it with the Classic Editor, some formatting might be lost. I’ve yet to do that to see whether anything that’s important to me got lost.

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    • I found out how to make an image clickable / enlargeable. In the editor, click the image to select it. From the icons in the bar across the top left of the editing window, click the one that is a stylized chain link (if you hover your mouse over it, the words “Edit link” will appear). Of the two pop-down choices, choose Media File.

      To center a photograph, click it to select it. From the icons in the bar across the top left of the editing window, click the one immediately to the left of the link icon (strangely, if you hover your mouse over it, no words come up to identify it). Clicking that icon lets you choose from left, center, and right alignments.

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  2. Like you, if I see too many cars parked near where I’d planned to go photographing, I skip that place and find another; an exception is if I can go to a part of a property that probably no one else will care about going to. On weekends I rule out in advance places that have an actual parking lot, as opposed to properties where I park along a nearby street. “Vacant” lots are still a primary source of pictures for me.

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    • Around here there are very few vacant lots.Our builders and realtors are very aggressive and if there is a lot there will be a house on it.Fortunately a lot of land has been set aside, in most cases forever, and those are the spots I gravitate toward.

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  3. melissabluefineart says:

    With a view like that, I hope you are able to be there alone.

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    • Most often I am basically because I go there at dawn. There are some colleges that do research there. The spot is protected by the Nature Conservancy of MA. The only people I have shared the spot with were friends who were along with me….just twice.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Very nice, Steve. A lovely view always, the red maples set the bog ablaze, so beautiful. I can’t imagine that there would be many folks there at dawn on a weekday. Early bird that you are!

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    Such a lovely scene…hopefully, even if there are one or two cars, you’ll still be able to find a place to be alone and concentrate. Or relax! Or both! Things have certainly gotten busier around here since spring but mostly I can find times that are quieter. It’s a two-edged sword – I’m happy more people are benefiting from the outdoors but the outdoors isn’t necessarily benefiting from them.

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    • As Eliza mentioned above, I am out so early that it is somewhat unlikely to have others visiting the bog at time. Mid-week should afford that better. Visiting the bog requires staying on a boardwalk so the delicate plants and mat are not harmed so avoiding people in a quiet spot is not possible.
      I’d say in too many cases the outdoors is suffering from increased visits. Not just from footpath wear but people are being slobs. There’s a meme going around showing two scenes, one with trash everywhere and one with a clean environment. Animals don’t trash their homes, be like the animals is the tagline.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Of course, a bog needs a boardwalk and that would make passing people riskier, plus it would make it harder to stop for long. That makes sense.
        I’ve seen an increase in trash here, too. Yesterday I honestly was annoyed to see store-bought flower petals scattered all over a portion of one of my favorite trails. At least those will decompose quickly! Animals are less destructive – but there’s a “secret” place at a park nearby where otters pull out and rest. I’ve never seen them there but the evidence is very, very clear: piles of tiny bits of shells from their meals, matted grass, and piles of excrement. The other day the spot looked like it hadn’t been used in a while. I went further and found a new spot, complete with odor! I guess they moved to a cleaner place. Maybe they’re rotating “crops.” šŸ™‚

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      • Of all the things I see littering the wooded trails flower petals would be the least objectionable but, of course, why litter anything.
        Speaking of otters, I was at Moosehorn Pond yesterday looking for frogs. I had not got the camera out yet and noticed an otter pulled out and on the side of a beaver lodge. Although distant, I could make out the whiskers and popped open the hatch to get the camera out. By the time I had it in hand the otter slid down and swam away. I could see evidence of it in other parts of the pond and waited for it to possibly return but it did not. It was fun to see it even without photographic proof. šŸ™‚

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Oh, that’s cool. Once when I was walking around Cranberry Lake, a shallow lake here with obvious beaver activity, someone explained some little shell heaps. Even in that lake, otters were not only present, but were finding crayfish, I guess, and dining along the shoreline. That really opened up my eyes. I’ve only seen an otter there once and there was no way I could photograph it – a wide-open bay is a much easier place to observe and photograph. But it is rewarding enough to see them. šŸ™‚

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      • Which should be a photographer’s goal aside from being on assignment. Love of nature followed by photographic evidence. šŸ™‚

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  6. krikitarts says:

    Thanks for the flashback, and the extra processing seems to have worked out very well. May you continue to find your dawn solitude.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    Just a couple of added notes about the editor. I found the way to begin a new post in the old, classic editor, and have it stick, even through editing.

    1. Don’t click “Add New” at the top of your Posts page that includes published and drafts. Instead, go to the admin bar on the left, and click “All Posts.” When that page opens, you’ll see a drop down menu attached to “Add New.” You can click the arrow, and you’ll get a choice for the block editor or the classic. Fill in something — even a temporary title — and click “save draft.” There you go.

    2. Once a post is published, if you want to edit, go to that same admin bar, and click “All posts.” Find the one you want to edit, and notice that underneath you’re given a choice for the classic editor. Click that link, and you won’t get thrown into the block editor.

    And, I might add — you won’t get bogged down! Your photo of the bog is lovely. What’s the plant in the foreground — the one that’s framed against the water? It looks like Gaura, but I can’t imagine it’s still blooming there (if it is one of your plants).

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    • Thanks for all that, Linda. I tried that, I think, but still ended up with the same basic view of my editor but with the tool bar above.It said that I was in the Classic Editor but didn’t resemble it at all and there is no menu of suggested archived tags. I have to start each one and then the suggestions pop up. Maybe I am not seeing what you describe or maybe it is theme related but I tried everything that said add new. The box at the top with the drop down arrow only offered me the block editor. I was able to find “Classic” in the menu you get by clicking the three lines but it still looked like the block editor but with the tool bar I mentioned.
      I honestly don’t have any idea what the plant is. I didn’t pay much attention to it but I hope to go there this week and will try to answer that. Eliza might know.

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