01.28.2016 South Congregational Church

I am mostly about nature photography, but there are occasions when I see a structure that interests me.  I have photographed sunrise from this church’s parking lot, but one morning I noticed the pair of weather vanes and lined up the rooster with the bell tower.

South-Congregational-Church,-Amherst,-June-19,-2011--600WebI was tempted to reverse the image as the directions are opposite what they should be, but that was the uniqueness of the day, I guess.

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01.27.2016 Wordless Wednesday

Cascade-Close-up-Dean-Brook-011116-960WebWell…a few words.  This is a closeup of the cascade you saw a few days back of Murphy Falls in Dean Brook.  It is now frozen solid or was as of this past weekend.  Two days of 40° might have thawed it a little.

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01.26.2016 Dawn over Quabbin Tower

Lean pickings this weekend with only the one day of ice shooting.  Here’s a shot from a warmer time last May looking at Quabbin Tower atop Quabbin Hill from my oft-visited spot in Belchertown at the end of Old Enfield Road.

Quabbin-Tower-at-Dawn-051214-960WebI’ve been hearing a lot of folks say they are ready for spring. We haven’t even had winter really.  It’s been cold enough to freeze up streams and waterfalls, but so little snow.  Everything will suffer a bit if we don’t start to build a good snow pack for a strong spring melt.  It was 43° today and most likely will be tomorrow as well.  I haven’t used a heat pack yet.

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01.25.2016 Cold Cascade

One last image from my trip to the river on Saturday.  I did make one recognizable image while there.  And I know I am going to catch some “heat” for not making a video of this as it sounded wonderful.  But it was cold enough that I must have been suffering from brain-freeze.  Or the onset of senility.  Probably both.

Cascade-and-Ice-012316-700WebAnd no debate about monochrome or color…this is still in living RGB.

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01.24.2016 Ice Bubble Galaxy

When I visited the spot that gave me yesterday’s post, it was bubbles on my brain that brought me there.  And bubbles is what we have here.  Along much of the cold-sculpted ice edges on the riverbank, one can find bubbles trapped beneath the ice.  Most are free bobbing and in constant motion, but in a few places they have frozen.  I posted a similar shot a ways back in 2014.

When I found today’s image, I was happy to see that there was nothing to compete with the bubbles.  I am pleased with the one linked above having nice warm pine needles to dress the image, but wanted something with just bubbles.

Ice-Bubble-Galaxy-012316-960webI guess it’s not really galactic but that’s what it made me think of.

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01.23.2016 Your choice Saturday

Yeah, I know…lame, it’s been done before.  But that was Tuesday and this is Saturday, so big difference.

Anyway, when making this image, my naked eye (not really naked as I wear glasses) could not see the prism and other colors and it was my intention to have this in monochrome.  But upon seeing the color I am now feeling so terribly conflicted.     :-)

The color is pretty cool but the black and white emphasizes the shape more which was my attraction.  What do you think?

Ice-Shaped-Color-012316-700Ice-Shaped-B-W--012316-700I’ve shown you ice prisms before.  As much as I do like them, I am more enamored with the shape, contrast and sense of shine that the monochrome provides to a greater degree.  Having said that, I am betting color wins the poll.

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01.21.2016 More from Amethyst Brook

Here are the final two from my time at the falls on Monday.

I had scouted this spot on Sunday after the sun had risen too high and created strong contrasts.  A mix of bright sun and deep shadows isn’t what I like in locations like this so I just checked things out for the following day.  Overcast worked much better.

The first thing one would notice at this particular time was a gathering of ice cakes floating on the water by a cascade I wanted to shoot.  I don’t look for swirls in water images, but will occasionally make an image with one.  The cakes were non-stop motion, so I lined them up with my cascade.

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My main interest here was the cascade with icicles and I tried to eliminate as much of the distracting swirl as possible while still maintaining a good composition with the elements that interested me.

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Although this weekend is starting to not look like the Nor’easter originally forecast for us, the Mid-Atlantic seems the place to be for that, we may get some fluffy stuff.  We’ll see.  If not, there will be ice.

 

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