Photographs by Frank

19 January 2018

An Interesting Mile

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Uncategorized,Winter — Tags: — Frank @ 1:00 PM

These days, I often walk the mile between our house and the bridge down by the lake.

Some times, I take my camera along on the walk.

This sort stretch of rural road contains much of interest if one looks closely.

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Mailbox?
Mailbox?
Stop?
Stop?
Icicles
Icicles
Danger?
Danger?
53 - Feather
53 - Feather
No Trespassing
No Trespassing

Passing vehicles, leave traces on our snow covered dirt road that would be missed if it were paved.

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Tracks #1
Tracks #1
Tracks #2
Tracks #2
Tracks #3
Tracks #3
Tracks #4
Tracks #4
Tracks #5
Tracks #5

8 January 2018

What Is White?

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Winter — Tags: , — Frank @ 7:00 PM

A few days ago (before the “big storm”) Joan and I made a snowshoe trek on Gregg Lake. I noticed all sorts of interesting wind-made patterns in the snow on the lake. I had not taken my camera with me on this day and the sky was overcast. Thus the light was flat and boring.

Yesterday, noting that the wind had cleared most of the fifteen inches of snow that had come down in the “big storm” from the ice and that the light was “nice” (there were high, thin clouds but the light was still fairly hard), I had the notion to head out on the lake again with my camera.

I waited until mid-afternoon, when the sun would be low but not so low that the lake surface would be in shadow,  strapped on my snowshoes and headed down to the lake. The temperature was about 10 degrees F. It was about 3:15 when I arrived at the lake and already about a third of the surface was in shadow. I spent the next three-quarters of an hour chasing the edge of remaining sunlight across the lake and making photographs all the way.

The title of this post refers to the notion that, although all of the snow I saw was ostensibly white, in reality white is merely an illusion.

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Winter Abstract #1
Winter Abstract #1
Winter Abstract #2
Winter Abstract #2
Winter Abstract #3
Winter Abstract #3
Winter Abstract #4
Winter Abstract #4
Winter Abstract #5
Winter Abstract #5
Winter Abstract #6
Winter Abstract #6

 

31 December 2017

Adams Dozen — 2017

Filed under: Adams Dozen — Tags: , , — Frank @ 10:00 PM

In keeping with a tradition that I began back in 2011 (see this post), here  is my “Adams Dozen” for 2017.

It was not an easy selection. (It never is!) I could have easily chosen a dozen just from either the trips* we made this year.

Instead, I tried to choose photos from throughout the year from both “exotic” locations as as well as from the “neighborhood”.

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Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Pine Bough in Snow
Pine Bough in Snow
Willet with Prey
Willet with Prey
Green Anole
Green Anole
Meetinghouse (Greenfield, NH)
Meetinghouse (Greenfield, NH)
Juvenile Green Herons
Juvenile Green Herons
View of Brattleboro, VT
View of Brattleboro, VT
American Rubyspot (female)
American Rubyspot (female)
Rutting Bison #2 (Yellowstone NP)
Rutting Bison #2 (Yellowstone NP)
Mountain Bluebird #2 (Yellowstone NP)
Mountain Bluebird #2 (Yellowstone NP)
Autumnal Abstract
Autumnal Abstract
Derelict Truck
Derelict Truck

*Florida in March or Yellowstone and other points out west in September.


 

21 December 2017

Park Hill Meetinghouse

Filed under: Landscapes,Winter — Tags: — Frank @ 11:07 AM

Back in September, I “discovered” the Park Hill Meetinghouse in Westmoreland, NH. The photos, I made on that day were okay, but the sky was a “nice” even overcast gray. In that post, I said that I would be heading back in November looking for a better sky.

Well, I have been trying for at least two months to get the right combination of sky and light, so that I could make “the photo” of this wonderful meeting house. The weather has not cooperated, we have had many overcast days and some completely clear blue sky days and rarely anything in between.

Yesterday looked promising and I made the thirty five mile to Westmoreland, arriving just before two in the afternoon. The skies behind the meetinghouse were pretty good, but there was a mostly solid block of clouds to the west and thus the light was quite flat. I made some photographs anyway and waited, for roughly two hours, hoping that the light would get better; it never did.

Finally, driven by the cold (it was in the mid thirties), wind and fading light of the shortest day of the year, I pack up and headed home. I’ll be headed back again at some point!

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Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH) #1
Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH) #1
Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH) #2
Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH) #2
Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH) #3
Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH) #3
Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH) #4 (made with camera obscura)
Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH) #4 (made with camera obscura)
Untitled #1 (Westmoreland, NH)
Untitled #1 (Westmoreland, NH)
Untitled #2 (Westmoreland, NH)
Untitled #2 (Westmoreland, NH)

 

15 December 2017

Between The Snows

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Winter — Tags: , , — Frank @ 10:00 PM

We had our first significant snow (three or four inches) of the season last Saturday/Sunday night. It snowed again (a similar amount) on Tuesday.

On Monday, between the snows, I took my camera along for my daily walk.

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Between The Snows #1
Between The Snows #1
Between The Snows #2
Between The Snows #2
Between The Snows #3
Between The Snows #3
Between The Snows #4
Between The Snows #4
Between The Snows #5
Between The Snows #5

 

4 December 2017

Thursday Walk — Details

Filed under: Landscapes,November — Tags: , , — Frank @ 11:30 AM

Last Thursday I carried my camera while I took my daily walk.

The sun was low in the western sky. It dipped below the ridge about a half hour before astronomical sun set; I was only half way back to the house on the return leg.

I seem to have had an eye for details this day.

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Detail #1
Detail #1
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Detail #2
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Detail #3
Detail #4
Detail #4
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Detail #5
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Detail #6
Detail #7
Detail #7
Detail #8
Detail #8
Detail #9
Detail #9
Detail #10
Detail #10
Detail #11
Detail #11
Detail #12
Detail #12

 

17 November 2017

New Ice, Early Snow

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: , — Frank @ 10:00 PM

Last Sunday (the 12th of November), after a stretch of cold nights (as low as 10 deg F), the north end of Gregg lake froze solid.

Tuesday morning we awoke to the second significant snow fall of the season. Winter is here!

Tuesday afternoon, I took my camera along on my daily walk.

Today (Friday), the ice is mostly gone and the snow is completely gone. In between we had a few days nearly steady temperatures (mid 30’s F both night and day) including a day of nice cold rain. Yuck!

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New Ice #1
New Ice #1
New Ice #2
New Ice #2
Early Snow #1
Early Snow #1
Early Snow #2
Early Snow #2
Early Snow #3
Early Snow #3
Early Snow #4
Early Snow #4
Early Snow #5
Early Snow #5

 

3 November 2017

Derelict Truck

Filed under: November — Tags: — Frank @ 7:00 PM

I am a sucker for derelict trucks… they are just so photogenic.

A couple of days ago, I noticed this truck sitting in the edge of a field that I pass by regularly. I never noticed the truck before, but I think that it just appeared there recently. I have no clue how it got there.

This morning I went back back to photograph the beauty… a Ford dump truck of unknown (to me) vintage.

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Derelict Truck #1
Derelict Truck #1
Derelict Truck #2
Derelict Truck #2
Truck Detail #1
Truck Detail #1
Truck Detail #2
Truck Detail #2
Truck Detail #3
Truck Detail #3
Truck Detail #4
Truck Detail #4

 

28 October 2017

Photo Pairs

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , — Frank @ 6:00 PM

I made a few new Autumnal Abstracts this past week.

Inspired by this post (at The Online Photographer), I decided to present the new work in pairs.

Choosing the pairs was a interesting process. Starting with about two dozen photographs total, I made and discarded many pairs before settling on these three.

The first pair is comprised of two different exposures of the same small scene (a pair of brightly colored leaves, if my memory serves). I chose the second pair because they both have somewhat linear patterns and they have contrasting palettes; warm colors vs. cool colors. The third pair was chosen because they have similar palettes and both include red in the lower right quadrant.

None of these pairing were planned.

The last pair, however, were intended to be displayed together from the moment I pressed the shutter release back in August (see this post).

What do you think?

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Photo Pair #1
Photo Pair #1
Photo Pair #2
Photo Pair #2
Photo Pair #3
Photo Pair #3
Photo Pair #4
Photo Pair #4

 

6 October 2017

Good Oak

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank @ 10:00 PM

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery,
and the other that heat comes from the furnace.

To avoid the first danger, one should plant a garden, preferably where there is no grocer to confuse the issue.

To avoid the second, he should lay a split of good oak on the andirons, preferably where there is no furnace,
and let it warm his shins while a February blizzard tosses the trees outside. If one has cut, split, hauled,
and piled his own good oak, and let his mind work the while, he will remember much about where the heat comes from,
and with a wealth of detail denied to those who spend the week-end in town astride a radiator.

 

The words above are the first three paragraphs of the entry in Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Journal  titled “Good Oak”.  Among the many memorable passages in this classic work, this one is always foremost in my mind.

Recently, Joan and I had occasion to visit the Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

These folks are the caretakers of the Leopold family’s “shack” and of the Parthenon. While we were visiting, I was delighted to find that the site of the “good oak” whose demise under the saw Leopold goes on to describe in his essay had been marked for posterity.

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The Leopold Shack
The Leopold Shack
The Parthenon
The Parthenon
The Good Oak
The Good Oak

 

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