08.21.2016 The illuminated cloud

The wisps were so serendipitous at the moment the large backlit cloud began to glow from the rising sun.

North-Quabbin-Illuminated-Cloud-081416-800This was another case where the sky looked like it would be disappointing until it wasn’t.  You just never know where the light will find a gap in the clouds.    🙂

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08.19.2016 Quabbin Shoreline

Here’s another view of the reservoir from the shore made last Saturday.  The water level is down seven feet last I heard.  It would take a lot of rain to approach full again.  If we experience an active hurricane season, something no one really wants, we might see one inland and get full before winter.  The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a rough winter so the snowfall could take care of things.

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08.18.2016 Connecticut River Sunrise 2

I’ve already expressed most of what I have to say about yesterday’s and today’s images.  I set up a little to the left of this image for number 1 and then by a fisherman for this one.  We both appreciated the sky as he waited for one of his poles to tip.

Connecticut-River-Sunrise-2-081516-800There is another vantage point a bit up the river from this spot which may give a better view of the sun which was coming up behind those distant trees on the right.  I’ll go there next and shoot despite the clear view of the marina.

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08.17.2016 Connecticut River Sunrise 1

I would not say that I am stuck in a rut or losing interest in my regularly visited landscapes, but it is good to add new locations for variety in image-making and I will admit to sometimes not feeling inspired as I leave the house when going somewhere familiar. That was the case on this past Monday when I checked out Google Maps and The Photographer’s Ephemeris for sunrise over the river. I enjoy sharing our local landscapes and variety is the spice of Nature Photography.

This spot, near Mass. Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in nearby Easthampton, on the Oxbow offered the view I was hoping for.  Well, almost.  The sun was rising a little south of my perspective, but the side-lighting of the clouds as I looked northward made for some wonderful light.

Connecticut-River-Sunrise-081516-800As you may have guessed, there is a number two image made a few minutes after this one and that will show up here tomorrow…or later today.

And…possibly the name Oxbow is familiar, aside from it’s utilitarian identity, but also as a favorite work of art from The Hudson River School‘s Thomas ColeView from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm-The Oxbow. Lots of links (4) in that one sentence and six altogether.  🙂

This really exceeded my expectations.



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08.14.2016 Eyes of Newt

Red efts, the juvenile terrestrial form of the Eastern Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens), are a forest floor constant during the summer in the Quabbin Reservoir…especially when the ground is wet.  We finally have had a few storms come through the last couple of days, maybe another today, and that has helped moisten things up a bit.  They’ve been quick hitters, but we’ll take what we can get.  A nice day or two of prolonged rain would be best.

These little guys are hard to pass up.

Red-Eft-face-shot-081316-960Even with my tripod splayed out and the camera tilted to 90° on the ball head, I still was just a hair above eye level. As with frogs and toads, a slow approach at ground level allows for getting quite close.  Here we are about 15″ away and pretty much as close as the 180 macro will allow.

The eft retains this coloring and terrestrial habit for a few years before maturing and returning to the ponds to reproduce.

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08.12.2016 Quabbin Shoreline

Looking north from Gate 5.  The color isn’t always to the east.    🙂

Quabbin-Shoreline-Gate-5-072516-800I am always looking for peace and serenity while shooting.  This spot often provides.

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08.11.2016 New Salem fog

There was a “crowd” at the Lookout Sunday morning, so I went looking elsewhere and came up empty.  As I drove by a second time on the way home, I noticed conditions were still interesting, sans people, so stopped and made a couple of images.

Looking northward towards New Hampshire.

Foggy-Harris-Hill-and-Pack-Monadnock-080716-800As the sun climbed a bit higher, looking eastwards

North-Quabbin-Valley-in-fog-080716-800In both cases we are studying layering effects on the landscape.  Both are effective, I think, and I guess which is preferred would be a matter of taste.

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