Photographs by Frank

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

 

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

 

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

 

20 February 2017

A Few from Keene

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

About a week ago (Tues., 14 Feb, to be exact), I headed to Keene to run some errands.*

I parked in the Gilbo Street lot.

As I returned to my truck, I noticed the nearby snow-covered skate park. Upon wandering over to investigate, I noticed the tracks of a single individual going into the park and over to a pile of stuff on the ground. The pile of stuff turned out to be a memorial for a Pabst-drinking skateboarder.

After photographing the memorial under snow, I pointed my lens at some of the nearby structures.

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Memorial #1
Memorial #1
Memorial #2
Memorial #2
Memorial #3
Memorial #3
Keene Structure
Keene Structure
Church Steeple, Keene
Church Steeple, Keene
Syd's Snooze Room
Syd's Snooze Room

* I know… I’ve been a bit slow in processing these!


 

21 January 2017

Thursday Meander

Filed under: Landscapes,Winter — Tags: , — Frank @ 8:00 PM

Thursday evening was the first session of the new Photo Salon at the VCP. I left in the early afternoon so that I would have plenty of time to meander and still get to Brattleboro by six.

My route took me through Troy, NH then down through Hinsdale and into Northfield, MA. I crossed the Connecticut River in Northfield and headed back north on route 142 into Brattleboro.

Despite the heavy overcast (and dull light) I added to my collection of “building tops” in both Troy and Hinsdale. I resisted the urge to add more as I passed through Northfield.

One has to have limits and thus far the building tops series is pure NH; I have also resisted the urge in Vermont!

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Town Hall, Troy
Town Hall, Troy
Troy, NH
Troy, NH
Town Hall, Hinsdale
Town Hall, Hinsdale
Church, Hinsdale
Church, Hinsdale

Derelict trucks are another issue. I’ll photograph them where ever I find them.

These three and the “steam” shovel were sitting at the edge of a field along route 142 in Northfield (or possibly Gill).

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Truck #1
Truck #1
Truck #2
Truck #2
Truck #3
Truck #3
Shovel
Shovel
Detail #1
Detail #1
Detail #2
Detail #2
Detail #3
Detail #3
Detail #4
Detail #4
Detail #5
Detail #5
Detail #6
Detail #6

 

1 January 2017

Happy New Year

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,Wildlife,Winter — Tags: — Frank @ 6:09 PM

Around noon today Joan’s cousin Liz called to say that there was a barred owl sitting, clearly visible from the dining room window, in a tree at the back of her house.

I did what any self-respecting wildlife photographer would do. I headed out the door headed to Liz’s house as soon as I gathered up my gear! Joan came along too.

These two photos were taken from Liz’s bathroom window with my 300 mm lens. The first was made through the storm window and the second after I raised the storm window. The owl was completely unperturbed by my raising either the regular window or the storm window even though it was maybe twenty five feet away.

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Barred Owl Yawn
Barred Owl Yawn
Barred Owl
Barred Owl

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

 

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