Photographs by Frank

18 April 2018

April’s Fooling Us

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

Spring has been v—e—r—y  s—l—o—w in coming this year.

However, by the end of last week the majority of the winter’s accumulation of snow was gone and things were looking up. I even got to try out the grill Joan had bought me at Edmund’s Hardware Store ladies night back in December.

There was so little snow left that the treasure hunters were out. On the 11th (last Wed.) I ran into a fellow with a metal detector while I was walking the un-maintained section of Brimstone Corner Road. He had found four very old buttons by searching around one of the old cellar holes.

Then, on Sunday and Monday,  we got two inches of frozen rain (i.e. ice pellets) and, for good measure, some 35 degree rain on top of that!

Spring be damned!

Today, Joan and Ben Pratt headed out on Gregg Lake to do the first water sampling of the year. The temperature was about 35 degrees and there was a stiff breeze blowing when they headed out about 9:30 this morning. The temperature was up to 45 degrees by mid-afternoon when they returned home from delivering the samples to the lab in Concord. They report that the water temperature was 4 degrees C from top to bottom!

Here are some random photos made over the past week.

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Random Objects at the Willard Pond Boat Launch (11 April)
Random Objects at the Willard Pond Boat Launch (11 April)
Joan's Vernal Pool (11 April)
Joan's Vernal Pool (11 April)
Old Buttons (11 April)
Old Buttons (11 April)
Oh how cruel! New Grill (16 April)
Oh how cruel!  New Grill (16 April)
Water Sampling Crew Heading Out (18 April)
Water Sampling Crew Heading Out (18 April)
Gregg Lake (18 April 2018)
Gregg Lake (18 April 2018)
Gregg Lake Panorama(18 April 2018, 5 frames))
Gregg Lake Panorama(18 April 2018, 5 frames))

 

8 April 2018

Shadows of the Road

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

Yesterday, hoping for good light, I took my camera along on my walk.  The hope was just that.

For most of the walk the sun was out full resulting in harsh, direct light.

The problem (for photography) with harsh, direct light is too much contrast; harsh, deep shadows accompanied by bright, hot highlights.

When nature hands you lemons make lemonade:

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Shadows of the Road #1
Shadows of the Road #1
Shadows of the Road #2
Shadows of the Road #2
Shadows of the Road #3
Shadows of the Road #3
Shadows of the Road #4
Shadows of the Road #4
Shadows of the Road #5
Shadows of the Road #5
Shadows of the Road #6
Shadows of the Road #6
Shadows of the Road #7
Shadows of the Road #7
Shadows of the Road #8
Shadows of the Road #8

 

The Last of the Snow… Hopefully.

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

The calendar says “spring”. The weather says otherwise.

We are still having daytime temperatures in the high 30’s and low 40’s; night time temperatures have been generally below freezing and as  low as the high teens. This is perfect weather for maple sugaring and from what I hear this has been a banner year for such.

This past week brought a few inches of new snow. Fortunately, it is April and the new snow was mostly gone within a day. However, there are still pockets of the winter’s snow still hanging on here and there in the woods.

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Still Sugaring
Still Sugaring
April Snow #1
April Snow #1
April Snow #2
April Snow #2
April Snow #3
April Snow #3
Remnant of Winter #1
Remnant of Winter #1
Remnant of Winter #2
Remnant of Winter #2
Gregg Lake - 7 April 2018
Gregg Lake - 7 April 2018

 

28 March 2018

Snow People

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank @ 1:00 PM

On Sunday afternoon, scattered along about a quarter mile of our road, we noticed an invasion of snow people.

They seemed to rise phoenix-like from the slowly receding snow pack. Or maybe they stand guard like the Moai monoliths of Easter Island. Take your pick of metaphor!

We are grateful (for this bit of fun) to the suspects involved in their construction; you know who you are!

 


 

26 March 2018

March II

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Winter — Tags: , — Frank @ 12:00 PM

 

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Waiting... Hoping... for Spring
Waiting... Hoping... for Spring
Spring Thaw Coming?
Spring Thaw Coming?
Anticipation (Sap Bucket)
Anticipation (Sap Bucket)

 

23 March 2018

March

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: , — Frank @ 11:00 PM

March… that awkward in between month. Thus far, winter is still ahead.

However, the sap is running well. It looks to be a good year for sugaring.

From yesterday’s walk down the ‘civilized’ section of our road:

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Shadows #1
Shadows #1
Stone Wall Under Winter Blanket
Stone Wall Under Winter Blanket
Shadows #2
Shadows #2
Pine Cone
Pine Cone
Sap Bucket
Sap Bucket
Granite Shark?
Granite Shark?
Gregg Lake in March
Gregg Lake in March

 

20 February 2018

Brimstone Corner Road Enumerated

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

This is what I noticed on my daily walk on the “civilized” section of our road this afternoon.

Why I had never seen this before? Hmmm!

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28 January 2018

Dereliction, Too

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

On Friday, I had a leisurely lunch and great conservation with my friend Victor at Fiddleheads in Hancock.  After we parted ways, I meandered back home looking for photographs.

A while back, I photographed a derelict truck. Derelict buildings also have a place in my heart. I have passed this old house many times but never stopped to photograph it before.

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Dereliction, Too - Door
Dereliction, Too - Door
Dereliction, Too - Icicles
Dereliction, Too - Icicles
Dereliction, Too - Details #1
Dereliction, Too - Details #1
Dereliction, Too - Spade Handle
Dereliction, Too - Spade Handle
Dereliction, Too - Window Detail
Dereliction, Too  - Window Detail
Dereliction, Too - Tom
Dereliction, Too - Tom
Dereliction, Too - Details #2
Dereliction, Too - Details #2

 

24 January 2018

Wintry Mix

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Winter — Tags: — Frank @ 6:00 PM

Monday night into Tuesday (yesterday) we had a wintry mix of precipitation. The temperature hovered right around freezing and, depending on the moment, it was raining, sleeting or snowing.

By early afternoon, the precipitation stopped and just before sunset, blue sky began to appear.

Overnight it warmed up some and by morning most of the ice coating the vegetation was gone. I wish that I could say the same for the driveway!

The first five photos below were made yesterday afternoon, after moving the daily ration of firewood. The remaining four were made this afternoon while on my daily walk down the road.

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Twig Under Ice
Twig Under Ice
Pine Under Ice #1
Pine Under Ice #1
Beech Leaf Under Ice
Beech Leaf Under Ice
Pine Under Ice #2
Pine Under Ice #2
Ice Storm / Breaking Weather
Ice Storm / Breaking Weather
Winter Berries Under Ice
Winter Berries Under Ice
Ice Abstraction #1
Ice Abstraction #1
Ice Abstraction #2
Ice Abstraction #2
Ice Abstraction #3
Ice Abstraction #3

 

22 January 2018

Self-Portrait With Hat

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank @ 6:00 PM

I would not, in any way, describe myself as a portraitist.

However, some times one needs to get out of one’s comfort zone. Thus, I have volunteered to make portraits at the Antrim Senior Center for Valentine’s Day.

Last week, I bought a lighting set (LED lights, stands, umbrellas, etc.) suitable for portraiture.

This afternoon, with a 33 degree drizzle happening outside, I decided to get some portraiture practice. I set the lights and camera up in the basement and corralled the closest subject… ME!

The last of these photos is modeled after a late nineteenth century ancestral portrait which hung in my in-law’s house. The stern look and the unusual pose always intrigued me.

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Self-Portrait #1
Self-Portrait #1
Self-Portrait #2
Self-Portrait #2
Self-Portrait #3
Self-Portrait #3

 

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