Photographs by Frank

25 April 2016

WPPD at the VCP

Filed under: Pinhole Photography — Tags: — Frank @ 11:30 PM

Yesterday was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD).

The Vermont Center for Photography held its annual celebration of WPPD with a small (about a dozen) but enthusiastic group of participants.

Here are a few of the photos I made in and around the VCP yesterday afternoon.

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The VCP Entry
The VCP Entry
The VCP
The VCP
WPPD Participants
WPPD Participants
Pinhole Photo #1
Pinhole Photo #1
Pinhole Photo #2
Pinhole Photo #2
Pinhole Photo #3
Pinhole Photo #3

20 April 2016

Spring Birds

Filed under: Birds,Spring,The Yard,Wildlife — Tags: — Frank @ 12:00 PM

Monday (18 Apr) afternoon was warm and sunny. I spent a few hours watching (and photographing) the backyard birds.

In addition to the year-rounders (nuthatches, chickadees, titmice and woodpeckers) a number of returning migrants have appeared. There were good numbers of American goldfinches, sometimes as many as a dozen or so at one time. I am always amazed at the brilliance of the yellow coloring of the males at this time of year. Smaller numbers of purple finches were also present.

Small flocks of juncos (eight or ten) came and went all afternoon. I am unable to get a sense of what stimulates the entire flock to make an exodus. When they leave en mass they seem to startle everyone else (including me!) and often cause all of the finches to flee as well.

Lastly, I saw two singletons… a red-breasted nuthatch (which I did not photograph) and a chipping sparrow.

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White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Purple Finch (male)
Purple Finch (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Purple Finch (female)
Purple Finch (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
American Goldfinch (female)
American Goldfinch (female)
White-breasted Nuthatch#2
White-breasted Nuthatch#2
Purple Finch (male) #2
Purple Finch (male) #2
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

 

30 March 2016

Spring Break Road Trip, Part 3

Filed under: Birds,National Wildlife Refuges,Odontates,Spring,Wildlife — Frank @ 4:00 PM

On the 2oth, we pointed the car north and headed for Georgia, specifically the Stephen Foster State Park within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Arriving in the late afternoon, we were treated to hordes of dragonflies in and around the campground. We had seen small numbers of odes here-and-there in Florida, but they were out in full force in Georgia.

The next morning, we took the boat tour out into the swamp offered by the park. They have kayaks for rent, which we would have done except that Joan’s shoulder was bothering her enough that she was taking regular doses of ibuprofen. Thus, we decided on the boat tour.

We spent the rest of the day out on the boardwalk entertained by all of the widllife.

Okefenokee NWR —

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Alligator #1
Alligator #1
Little Blue Heron (juvenile)
Little Blue Heron (juvenile)
Alligator #2
Alligator #2
Alligator #3
Alligator #3
Cypress
Cypress
Squirrel
Squirrel
Alligators Piled High
Alligators Piled High
Great Egret #1
Great Egret #1
Great Egret #2
Great Egret #2
Great Egret with Prey
Great Egret with Prey
White Ibises (juvenile on right)
White Ibises (juvenile on right)
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer
Green Anole
Green Anole

Okefenokee Odes —

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ID Needed
Eastern Pondhawk (immature male or female)
Eastern Pondhawk (immature male or female)
Blue Dasher (immature male or female)
Blue Dasher (immature male or female)
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ID Needed
Eastern Pondhawk (male, almost mature)
Eastern Pondhawk (male, almost mature)
Blue Dasher (male)
Blue Dasher (male)
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ID Needed
Blue Dasher (male) #2
Blue Dasher (male) #2
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ID Needed
Blue Corporal (male)
Blue Corporal (male)
Blue Corporal (female)
Blue Corporal (female)

We continued north on the 22nd, headed to Assateague National Seashore in Maryland, and camping enroute for a night in North Carolina. We spent the afternoon of the 23rd at the Virginia section of the National Seashore before heading to the campground in the Maryland section.

We spent the late afternoon/early evening of the 23rd as well as most of the day on the 24th exploring the various parts of Assateague before heading toward Lewes, Delaware where we were expected for dinner at our friend Sally’s house.

Assateague National Seashore —

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Laughing Gull #1
Laughing Gull #1
Laughing Gull #2
Laughing Gull #2
Bald Eagle with Food
Bald Eagle with Food
Bald Eagle (immature)
Bald Eagle (immature)
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Great Egret #1
Great Egret #1
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Great Egret #2
Great Egret #2
Moon Rise
Moon Rise
Assateague Horse #1
Assateague Horse #1
Assateague Horse #2
Assateague Horse #2

Sally and her boyfriend David showed us around the Lewes area, including stops at Cape Henlopen State Park and Prime Hook NWR.

Lewes, DE area —

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Last Year's Seed Heads
Last Year's Seed Heads
Chickadee Chin-ups
Chickadee Chin-ups
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher

Sunday (the 27th) morning we headed home, arriving about 8 PM; just as it was getting dark.

We were glad to have made the trip and glad to be home!


Photo note: I made roughly 2500 photographs during the trip. I processed about ten percent of them and have presented 111 photos (approximately five percent) in the three blog posts. The large majority of the photographs were made with “Big Bertha” (i.e. my 600 mm lens); my 300 mm lens was used for a small minority. I think that I broke out a shorter lens only once… I guess that I was not “thinking” landscapes this trip!

 

Spring Break Road Trip, Part 2

Filed under: Birds,Spring,Wildlife — Frank @ 2:00 PM

On the 18th, we moved to a campsite on Pine Island. It is amazing how different two adjacent islands can be.

We spent both afternoons we were spent on Pine Island at Galt Nature Preserve (a tract preserved by Lee County). This small and out of the way preserve was very productive and definitely worth the visit.

Galt Nature Preserve —

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Black-crowned Night-Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Bald Eagles (adult and nestling) on Nest
Bald Eagles (adult and nestling) on Nest
ID Needed
ID Needed
ID Needed
ID Needed
Red-shouldered Hawk #2
Red-shouldered Hawk #2
Wood Stork
Wood Stork

On the 19th, we spent most of the day at Audubon’s Corkscrew Sanctuary on the western edge of the Everglades in the Naples area.

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Brown Anole
Brown Anole
Racoon
Racoon
Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting
Blueflag Iris
Blueflag Iris
Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Turtle
Turtle
Anhinga
Anhinga

More to come…


 

Spring Break Road Trip, Part 1

Filed under: Birds,Odontates,Spring,Wildlife — Frank @ 1:30 PM

Joan and I just returned from a “spring break” road trip. We left the day after town meeting (i.e. Friday, 11 March) and arrived home on Sunday evening having driven 2840 miles all told.

After spending a couple of days in the Washington, DC area (visiting Katrina, my sister Cyndi and my parents) we hie-tailed it south and arrived on Sanibel Island (in southwest Florida) in time for an evening swim on 16 March.

On the morning of the 16th we headed into Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and spent the day driving the wildlife loop. Late afternoon found us driving to the north end of Captiva Island. While Joan went for a swim, I photographed the peeps foraging on the beach and one half of a nesting pair of osprey that was perched in a palm tree near the nest.

Ding Darling, Day 1 —

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Reddish Egret Hunting
Reddish Egret Hunting
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret
White Pelicans & Reddish Egret
White Pelicans & Reddish Egret
White Pelican & Double-Crested Cormorant
White Pelican & Double-Crested Cormorant
Trio -- White Pelican, Double-Crested Cormorant & Reddish Egret
Trio -- White Pelican, Double-Crested Cormorant & Reddish Egret
White Pelican
White Pelican
Little Egret
Little Egret
Fiddler Crab
Fiddler Crab
Double-Crested Cormorant with Willets
Double-Crested Cormorant with Willets
Peeps (Willets, Yellowlegs & Ruddy Turnstone)
Peeps (Willets, Yellowlegs & Ruddy Turnstone)
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Double-Crested Cormorant
Double-Crested Cormorant
White Ibis (juvenile)
White Ibis (juvenile)
White Ibis
White Ibis

Captiva Beach —

(Peeps to be identified, but in the interest of timely posting, I’ve put this off.)

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Willet #1
Willet #1
Western or Semipalmated Sandpiper #1
Western or Semipalmated Sandpiper #1
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Willet #2
Willet #2
Willet #3
Willet #3
Willet #4
Willet #4
Western or Semipalmated Sandpiper #2
Western or Semipalmated Sandpiper #2
Western or Semipalmated Sandpiper #3
Western or Semipalmated Sandpiper #3
Ruddy Turnstone (back) and Western or Semipalmated Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone (back) and Western or Semipalmated Sandpiper
Osprey
Osprey

On the 17th, we drove the wildlife loop in the refuge a second time and then walked a section of the Indigo Trail.

Ding Darling, Day 2 —

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Eastern Pondhawk (female)
Eastern Pondhawk (female)
Golden-winged Skimmer
 Golden-winged Skimmer
White Ibis (juvenile)
White Ibis (juvenile)
White Ibis (juvenile) #2
White Ibis (juvenile) #2
Little Blue Heron with Prey
Little Blue Heron with Prey
Little Blue Heron (juvenile)
Little Blue Heron (juvenile)
Tricolor Heron
Tricolor Heron
Little Blue Heron with Prey #2
Little Blue Heron with Prey #2
Little Blue Heron with Prey #3
Little Blue Heron with Prey #3
Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret
Little Blue Heron with Prey #2
Little Blue Heron with Prey #2
Double-crested Cormorant with Prey
Double-crested Cormorant with Prey
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Osprey on Nest
Osprey on Nest
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Building Nest
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Building Nest
Anhinga Pair Building Nest
Anhinga  Pair Building Nest
Roseate Spoonbill Feeding
Roseate Spoonbill Feeding
Blue-winged Teal (male)
Blue-winged Teal (male)
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Blue-winged Teal (female)
Blue-winged Teal (female)
Roseate Spoonbill #2
Roseate Spoonbill #2
Tricolored Heron Hunting
Tricolored Heron Hunting
Anhinga Silhouette
Anhinga Silhouette
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Building Nest #2
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Building Nest #2
Green Heron #2
Green Heron #2

More to come…


 

9 March 2016

Spring Training

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,The Yard — Tags: — Frank @ 10:15 PM

Just like baseball players, the skills of small bird photographers get rusty over the winter. Thus for the past two days, in anticipation of spring bird action,  I headed about twenty feet out the back door for a bit of spring training.

Even though it was 70 degrees F this afternoon, the tufted titmice and the chickadees still seem to be in their winter mixed-flock mode. At times, there were seven birds at the feeder (with nine feeding ports). Also present were white-breasted nuthatches  and downy woodpeckers. A single red-bellied woodpecker made a brief appearance as well. There were also blue jays and crows present nearby but, as is usual,  neither species showed much interest in the feeders*.

All of these species spend the winter in our neighborhood and there was no sign of any spring birds these past two days. We did, however, catch a glimpse of a purple finch at the seed feeder a few days ago. I also heard the call of a pheobe this afternoon on a number of occasions.

Spring can not be too far away.

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White-breasted Nuthatch #1
White-breasted Nuthatch #1
Tufted Titmouse (doing a Nuthatch impression)
Tufted Titmouse (doing a Nuthatch impression)
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Downy Woodpecker #1
Downy Woodpecker #1
Tufted Titmouse #2
Tufted Titmouse #2
Downy Woodpecker #2
Downy Woodpecker #2
White-breasted Nuthatch #2
White-breasted Nuthatch #2

* In the depths of winter we will get an occasional blue jay on the suet, but not when the ground is bare.


 

19 February 2016

Chaos Will Rule/Kisses in the Morning

Filed under: Winter — Tags: — Frank @ 11:47 AM

Yesterday afternoon, I had an hour to kill in downtown Brattelboro, VT. I spent the hour roaming the back alleys along Main Street photographing the public art.

Here is the result:

Brattleboro, Vermont
Feels like a big city
When one lives in a town of 2600 souls

Graffiti both edgy and tender
Edgy preponderate
Feels right

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Chaos Will Rule
Chaos Will Rule
Inch-Mile
Inch-Mile
Bogus Lives
Bogus Lives
Slayer
Slayer
Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear
Woke Up -- Yuck
Woke Up -- Yuck
Brat Town
Brat Town
Doorway #1
Doorway #1
Doorway #2
Doorway #2
Doorway #3
Doorway #3
Peace
Peace
Harm-Empathy-Compassion
Harm-Empathy-Compassion
U R Loved
U R Loved
Hobos Always Win
Hobos Always Win
Vegan Power?
Vegan Power?
Kisses In the Morning
Kisses In the Morning

 

30 January 2016

Margins

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

Last Tuesday dawned cold and clear. However, by mid-afternoon the temperature was near 40oF and there was a thin, high overcast to soften the light.

Thus, camera in hand, I headed out for a walk around the edge of the lake. Because the sky was uninteresting, I concentrated on the intimate landscape.

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12 January 2016

Adams Dozen – 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank @ 1:00 PM

This is the fourth year*, I have picked an “Adams Dozen”… that is, twelve of my favorite photos for the year.

The process seemed more difficult this year that it was in years past. I “exposed”  16,914 frames in 2015**. On my first pass through, I ended up with nearly eighty candidates for this years “Adams Dozen”.

Here is my final selection:

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Winter Vegetation
Winter Vegetation
Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Woodpecker
Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker Feeding Interaction
Hairy Woodpecker Feeding Interaction
Botanical #1
Botanical #1
Zealand Lower Falls
Zealand Lower Falls
Abstract
Abstract
Cattails
Cattails
Star Island Kite Festival
Star Island Kite Festival
Autumnal Abstract
Autumnal Abstract
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Botanical #2
Botanical #2

* See this post for the first year’s selection and for a more detailed explanation; see this post for last year’s selection.

** This is maybe a bit more than the recent past. My LightRoom catalog says I exposed 12,832 frames in 2014 and 11,735 frames in 2013.


 

13 December 2015

Herba Senex*

Filed under: Monadnock Region,Winter — Tags: — Frank @ 8:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I roamed the yard with a pair of scissors and a cardboard box and collected a bunch of “past prime” plant matter. My intent was to make black and white photographs of the brown stalks against a black background in my “studio” (i.e. a table in the basement).

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon actually making the photographs that were floating around in my brain.

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* That’s Latin for “Old Plants”!


 

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