Photographs by Frank

2 October 2019

2019 Trip — Landscapes

Filed under: Early Fall,Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 5:00 PM

This trip was mainly about the landscape and it did not disappoint.

As much as possible, we stuck to local roads and hugged the coast beginning with coastal US1 from Brunswick to Calais, Maine. We spent time at Acadia National Park, both on Mount Desert Island and on the Schoodic Peninsula.

At Calais, we crossed the border into New Brunswick and followed the north shore of the Bay of Fundy. We spent time at the Bay of Fundy National Park. Eventually, arriving in Nova Scotia, we hugged its western coast and spent time at Cape Brenton Highlands National Park.

Turning back towards home, we explored the northern shore of Bras d’Or Lake on Cape Brenton Island and the eastern shore of mainland Nova Scotia. We turned north towards Turo before we got into Halifax (we like to avoid cities) and then turned westward at Turo to follow the coast again. Heading back into New Brunswick, we retraced our outward bound route down the coast and home. We were gone two days short of three weeks.

We could have stopped to photograph at many more places than we did… we would still be on the road if we had!

One subject that we ignored this trip were the wonderful little churches found in almost every village and hamlet we passed through. Many are perched scenically on a high point of land. One could spend an entire trip just photographing churches. Maybe someday I will!

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Acadia NP, ME
Acadia NP, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, Lubec, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, Lubec, ME
Nr. Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Nr. Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Nr. Capre Enrage Light, NB
Nr. Capre Enrage Light, NB
Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Highlands NP, NS
Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Surf
Surf
Hopewell Rocks, NB
Hopewell Rocks, NB
Campobello Island, NB
Campobello Island, NB
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Surf
Surf
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Laverty Lake, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Laverty Lake, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Watherfall, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Watherfall, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Atlantic Sunset #1
Atlantic Sunset #1
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Atlantic Sunset #2
Atlantic Sunset #2
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Otter Cove, Acadia NP, ME
Otter Cove, Acadia NP, ME
Acadia NP, ME
Acadia NP, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, ME
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Cape d'Or , NS
Cape d'Or , NS
Hopewell Rocks, NB
Hopewell Rocks, NB

1 October 2019

Close Encounters of the Avian Kind

Filed under: Birds,Early Fall,Monadnock Region,Wildlife — Frank @ 11:00 PM

This afternoon I took a break from editing the photos I made on our recent trip and took a walk up the un-maintained section of Brimstone Corner Road.

As I started down the hill towards the Hancock border, I flushed a red-tailed hawk from the middle of the road maybe twenty or thirty feet in front of me.

Initially, the bird flew up to a perch in a tree at the edge of the road where it paused for only ten or fifteen seconds — long enough for me to see the chipmunk in its talons — before flying out of sight in the woods.

It must have just caught the prey since, despite a careful look, I did not find any evidence of chipmunk “pieces” on the road; not even a tuft of fur/

No photos… I was not carrying my camera. Besides, it all happened too fast for framing a photograph. Sometimes it is best to just watch.

Close encounters with animals usually only seen at a distance are always special.

6 October 2017

2017 Road Trip — Landscapes

Filed under: Early Fall,Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 9:00 PM

When in Yellowstone one must make photographs of the geothermal features. Here are mine!

The microbial mats around the geothermal features are a source of constant fascination to this retired biochemist.

TAC polymerase which makes the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) possible was isolated from Thermus aquaticus, a bacterium that lives in hot springs.  Possibly, this fact is the source of my interest in these mats.

 

Yellowstone NP

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Geyser #1
Geyser #1
Geyser #2
Geyser #2
Microbial Mat #1
Microbial Mat #1
Geothermal Pool #1
Geothermal Pool #1
Geothermal Pool #2
Geothermal Pool #2
Geothermal Pools
Geothermal Pools
Geothermal Pools/Microbial Mat
Geothermal Pools/Microbial Mat
Firestone River #1
Firestone River #1
Firestone River #2
Firestone River #2
Geothermal Pool Outflow
Geothermal Pool Outflow
Geothermal Vent
Geothermal Vent
Geyser Cone
Geyser Cone
Geyser #3
Geyser #3
Microbial Mat #2
Microbial Mat #2
Microbial Mat #3
Microbial Mat #3
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Untitled
Lewis River
Lewis River
Untitled #2
Untitled #2
Microbial Mat #4
Microbial Mat #4
Geothermal Pool #3
Geothermal Pool #3
Geothermal Pool #4
Geothermal Pool #4
Untitled #3
Untitled #3
Mammoth Hot Springs #1
Mammoth Hot Springs #1
Mammoth Hot Springs #2
Mammoth Hot Springs #2
Mammoth Hot Springs #3
Mammoth Hot Springs #3

 

We also spent a very cloudy drab afternoon in Grand Teton NP. The afternoon included a stop at the overlook where Ansel Adams’ well know photograph titled “The Tetons – Snake River” was made; the view has changed much since 1941-1942.

 

Grand Teton NP

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Snake River #1
Snake River #1
Snake River #1
Snake River #1
Tetons #1
Tetons #1
Tetons #2
Tetons #2
Tetons #3
Tetons #3

 

Other Black & White Landscapes

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Red Rock Lakes NWR #1
Red Rock Lakes NWR #1
Red Rock Lakes NWR #2
Red Rock Lakes NWR #2
Red Rock Lakes NWR #3
Red Rock Lakes NWR #3
Aspens #1
Aspens #1
Aspens #2
Aspens #2
Hot SPrings (Yellowstone NP)
Hot SPrings (Yellowstone NP)
Untitled #1
Untitled #1
Untitled #2
Untitled #2
Untitled #3
Untitled #3
Untitled #4
Untitled #4
Monmouth Hot Springs #1
Monmouth Hot Springs #1
Monmouth Hot Springs #2
Monmouth Hot Springs #2
Monmouth Hot Springs #3
Monmouth Hot Springs #3
Monmouth Hot Springs #4
Monmouth Hot Springs #4
Heat Decayed Rock
Heat Decayed Rock
Untitled #5
Untitled #5
Progress?
Progress?
The Lonely Road
The Lonely Road
Lone Tree
Lone Tree

 


 

2 September 2017

Stonewall Farm

Filed under: Early Fall,Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Summer — Tags: , — Frank @ 1:30 PM

Yesterday afternoon I spent some time at the Stonewall Farm an agricultural education center (among other things) in Keene, NH. I took a walk on their extensive trail network, but I found many things to photograph right near their buildings.

After leaving the farm, I meandered toward Brattleborough and discovered a new (to me) meetinghouse, the Park Hill Meetinghouse in Westmoreland, NH. I’ll certainly be heading back here in the light of November and hunting for the ‘perfect’ sky.

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Barn Board with Tassels
Barn Board with Tassels
String Beans
String Beans
Pumpkins
Pumpkins
Peppers
Peppers
Nelly
Nelly
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Untitled
Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH)
Park Hill Meetinghouse (Westmoreland, NH)


 

16 August 2017

On the Road… Again*

Filed under: Early Fall,Monadnock Region,Summer — Frank @ 5:30 PM

Yesterday afternoon I turned right at the bottom of our driveway and headed down the unmaintained section of “our” road.

As I walked, I noticed small patches of color on the road. I began to photograph them.

As I made photographs, I began to think…

Journeys can be measured by distance or by time.

While I walked roughly two miles on my afternoon journey, the small patches of color on the road reminded me that autumn is almost upon us, yet again, and that the annual cycle by which we measure our lives marches on relentlessly.

This neither good nor bad… it just is.

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* Literally and with a modicum of  apologies to Messrs. Kerouac and… Nelson.


 

23 September 2016

Pack Monadnock Hawk Watch

Filed under: Birds,Early Fall,Monadnock Region,Wildlife — Tags: — Frank @ 11:00 AM

Yesterday, I finally made it up to the Pack Monadnock Hawk Watch… on day 22. And what a day it was, perfect weather and lots of hawks.

I arrived just before noon, the the show started shortly there after and continued until around three. I left about 4:30.

The total was about 2,800 birds, about 2,700 of which were broad-wings. Katrina’s official report can be found here.

The 10,000 birds for the season mark was reached and the traditional group photo around the tally board was made (with Katrina’s camera, but I am sure that it will appear at some point.)

While the bird watching was great, the conditions for photography were not ideal. The raptors were kettling pretty far away; only a few appeared close to the summit. The resident turkey vultures made fairly close approaches at times and I was able to make a few mediocre photos.

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Kettle of Hawks
Kettle of Hawks
Turkey Vulture #1
Turkey Vulture #1
Turkey Vulture #2
Turkey Vulture #2
Turkey Vulture #3
Turkey Vulture #3


 

21 September 2016

Two from Today

Filed under: Birds,Early Fall,Monadnock Region,Odontates,Wildlife — Tags: , , — Frank @ 9:30 PM

Today was a glorious day weather-wise.  The temperature was in the high 70s F, the humidity was low and the skies mostly clear.

While we ate lunch on the deck, we were entertained by the birds at the feeder and by a couple of male autumn meadowhawks perching on the dead flowers nearby. After watching the odes for some time, I finally gave in and got the camera.

Later in the afternoon, Joan headed out for a kayak ride. She called from the beach parking lot to say that there were “brown headed ducks” down by the bridge but that she did not have her binoculars with her so that she did not get a good look at them. I stashed Big Bertha in the passenger seat, threw the tripod in the bed of the truck and headed down the road the mile to the bridge.

Those “brown-headed”ducks turned out to be a family of mallards. I watched and photographed them for about an hour.

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Autumn Meadowhawk (male)
Autumn Meadowhawk (male)
Mallards - youngster, female, male (l-r)
Mallards - youngster, female, male (l-r)


 

19 September 2016

A Short Road Trip in Vermont

Filed under: Early Fall,Landscapes — Tags: , , — Frank @ 11:30 PM

Yesterday (Sunday, 18 Sep) I had engagements in Brattleboro mid-morning and mid-afternoon. I filled the interval between engagements by taking a short drive to photograph.

Heading north from Brattleboro on Route 5, I stopped in Bellows Falls for lunch.

After lunch, I headed west on Route 121 towards Grafton. In Grafton I turned south towards Townshend; there Route 30 took me back to Brattleboro via Newfane and Dummerstown.

The ride was scenic and covered territory that was mostly new to me. I stopped three or four times to make photographs.

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Barn, Grafton, VT
Barn, Grafton, VT
Hillside #1 (Townshend, VT)
Hillside #1 (Townshend, VT)
Hillside #2 (Townshend, VT)
Hillside #2 (Townshend, VT)
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Untitled
Model A Truck (?)
Model A Truck (?)
Model A Truck (detail)
Model A Truck (detail)


 

A Dollar and Half’s Worth of Fun

Filed under: Early Fall,Garden Flowers — Tags: — Frank @ 6:00 PM

A few days ago I spent $1.50 at the Tenney Farm for a stalk of sunflowers.

The next morning I spent a bit of time in the yard photographing two of the flowers. By the time I finished the sun was getting high and harsh so I moved inside to my table top studio in the basement to photograph the two remaining blossoms.

At some point I stopped for lunch and to make a trip to the mail box. On my way back up the drive way, I picked up a couple of apples  from under one of the trees. In the evening I got back to the studio to photograph the apples.

A buck-fifty well spent!

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Sunflower #1
Sunflower #1
Sunflower #2
Sunflower #2
Sunflower #3
Sunflower #3
Sunflower #4
Sunflower #4
Apple #1
Apple #1
Apple #2
Apple #2


 

13 September 2015

Powdermill Pond Shorebirds

Filed under: Birds,Early Fall,Monadnock Region — Tags: — Frank @ 1:00 PM

The water level in Powdermill Pond remains very low due to the work on the paper mill dam. (See Solitary Sandpipers for more information.)

Yesterday (Saturday, 12 Sept), Joan and I spent the afternoon paddling the pond from the launching spot on Route 202 to the covered bridge and back*.

Amazingly, the only company we had during the roughly three and a half hours we were on the water was a lone fisherman in a kayak. We did, however, see a large group of birders (the spotting scopes and binoculars, were the field marks we used to make this ID!)  scanning the pond from a spot on South Elmwood Road.

We saw a nice assortment of shorebirds, but no really rare ones.

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Solitary Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Killdeer #1
Killdeer #1
Killdeer #2
Killdeer #2
Killdeer #3
Killdeer #3
Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs with Prey
Lesser Yellowlegs with Prey

* We also spent some time out on the pond last Thursday afternoon. We saw lots of migrating shore birds, as well as a juvenile bald eagle and at least two dozen great blue herons. The skies were heavily overcast and thus conditions were lousy for photography; I did not get any “keepers”. Yesterday, the skies were mostly cloudy but the clouds were thin, This made nice light for photography.


 

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