Photographs by Frank

10 March 2020

Today’s Meander

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,March — Frank @ 11:00 PM

This week is town meeting week. Elections for town offices were held today and the town meeting is Thursday evening.

“Meeting” is one of the three “M words” associated with March in northern New England. The other two are “mud” and “maple”. Mud season has been unexciting this year. Judging from the great plumes of steam emanating from local sugar shacks, the sap is running well.

After I voted this morning, I meandered, with cameras in tow, through Hillsborough and Deering with short traverses through “corners” of Hennicker and Francestown. I stopped at a favorite farm on Bear Hill Road in Hillsborough and discovered a new (to me) church in East Deering.

By the time I got to East Deering the interesting skies had turned smooth gray and it had begun to drizzle. I’ll be returning to East Deering when the conditions (light and skies) are better.

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Farm Pond, Hillsborough, NH
Farm Pond, Hillsborough, NH
Barns, Hillsborough, NH
Barns, Hillsborough, NH
Shed Window
Shed Window
Church, East Deering, NH
Church, East Deering, NH
Church (detail), East Deering, NH
Church (detail), East Deering, NH

12 February 2020

Canterbury Shaker Village Redux

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes — Frank @ 11:04 PM

Today, I made a return visit to Canterbury Shaker Village. After my first visit I felt that there were more photographs to be made. I still think that this is true even after a second visit. We’ll see.

The large majority of the photographs I make with the camera obscura are intended to be black and white. In my mind monochrome is just part of the “feel” of these images.

However, every once in a while, an image just begs to be left as a color photograph. This was the case today. The yellow of the Ministry Shop in contrast with the blue sky was just too much to lose!

Anyway, here are a few of the photos I made today. The last one was made in Canterbury Center; a few miles from the Shaker Village.

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Dwelling House, Canterbury Shaker Village
Dwelling House, Canterbury Shaker Village
Sone Wall, Canterbury Shaker Village
Sone Wall, Canterbury Shaker Village
Garden Barn & Shed, Canterbury Shaker Village
Garden Barn & Shed, Canterbury Shaker Village
Meeting House (right) and Ministry Shop (left), Canterbury Shaker Village
Meeting House (right) and Ministry Shop (left), Canterbury Shaker Village
Church, Canterbury Center
Church, Canterbury Center

5 February 2020

Enfield Shaker Village

Filed under: architecture — Frank @ 11:00 PM

Today, I headed up to the Enfield Shaker Village. It is very different from its partner in Canterbury. Not nearly as bucolic and photogenic.

Many of the buildings are used for commercial purposes and the site is not at all secluded. The two main buildings, a church (which is not a Shaker structure) and the “Great Stone Dwelling” (the main residential building) are imposing stone edifices.

The many roof top ornaments in the neighborhood caught my eye on this mostly sunny day; any clouds around were high and thin.

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Enfield Shaker Village - Mary Keane Chapel
Enfield Shaker Village - Mary Keane Chapel
Enfield Shaker Village - The Great Stone Dwelling
Enfield Shaker Village - The Great Stone Dwelling
Go And Teach All Nations
Go And Teach All Nations
Chapel Detail
Chapel Detail
Untitled #1
Untitled #1
Stone Dwelling Cupola
Stone Dwelling Cupola
Untitled #2
Untitled #2

4 February 2020

Chichester & Canterbury

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Winter — Frank @ 12:05 PM

A few weeks ago, I passed through Chichester. At the time, I was not able to stop but I added it to my the list of places to explore photographically. Yesterday, I returned specifically to make some photographs.

I had a quick sandwich for lunch at the Chichester Country Store and successfully resisted the cider donuts which they are apparently famous for. After lunch, I headed towards Canterbury.

In the many years I have lived in New Hampshire, I have never visited either of the Shaker Villages in NH (Canterbury and Enfield). That changed yesterday.

The buildings are closed for the winter but I walked the grounds making photographs with my camera obscura. The place was deserted except for a young fellow, Dan, who had set up his easel and was making a small oil painting. We chatted briefly, but the light was beginning to fade and he needed to finish his painting so I did not dally. Dan said that this lovely spot is his go to place when he needs peace and quiet. I can see why!

I’ve put Canterbury on my list of places to return to and I think that I will try to get to Enfield in the near future.

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Chichester Barn #1
Chichester Barn #1
Chichester Church
Chichester Church
Chichester Barn #2
Chichester Barn #2
Chichester Barn #3
Chichester Barn #3
Chichester Barn #4
Chichester Barn #4
Chichester Barn #5
Chichester Barn #5
Canterbury Shaker Village Firehouse
Canterbury Shaker Village Firehouse
Canterbury Shaker Village Cow Barn Foundation
Canterbury Shaker Village Cow Barn Foundation
Canterbury Shaker Village Ministry Shop
Canterbury Shaker Village Ministry Shop
Canterbury Shaker Village Dwelling House and Tree
Canterbury Shaker Village Dwelling House and Tree
Canterbury Shaker Village Orchard Shed
Canterbury Shaker Village Orchard Shed

23 January 2020

Harrisville Again

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

After my last visit to Harrisville, I had the nagging suspicion that I had missed something… that there were more photos to be had. Thus, this afternoon, I headed back… just to see what else I could find.

When I arrived, I parked next to a red Subaru with adornments one could only find in Harrisville (see the last two photos)!

I made a few more photographs, but I think that I got most of the interesting photos that could be made with the camera obscura the first time.

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Mill Building #6 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building #6 (Harrisville, NH)
The Vestry
The Vestry
Mill Buildings #7 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #7 (Harrisville, NH)
Outlines of the Past (Harrisville, NH)
Outlines of the Past (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #8 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #8 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building #9 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building #9 (Harrisville, NH)
Stairway to Heaven?
Stairway to Heaven?
Only in Harrisville! #1
Only in Harrisville! #1
Only in Harrisville! #2
Only in Harrisville! #2

1 October 2019

2019 Trip – Lighthouses

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes — Frank @ 12:00 PM

Joan and I left on our more-or-less annual fall trip on the 9th of September and arrived back home last Friday evening (the 25th). As usual, we towed our teardrop camper and stayed mainly in parks; filling in with nights in commercial campgrounds when necessary.

This year we headed east and north… to Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. We visited Acadia National Park, the Bay of Fundy National Park, Cape Brenton Highlands National Park and many points in between. As is our habit, we stayed off the highways and traveled mainly on the local roads, hugging the coast on this trip.

Thinking that this trip would be mostly about the landscape (and not about wildlife), I brought along my camera obscura in addition to my regular camera gear. This thought turned out to be true. Although we did spend time watching birds in a number of places and whales from shore at the Head Harbor Light on Campobello Island, NB the opportunities to make good wildlife photographs were few.

If one is going to photograph the landscape in this part of the world, one will eventually point your lens towards a lighthouse… or two… or three… or more! I certainly did!

My favorite lighthouse — not for its architecture, but for the people — was the Cape d’Or light in Advocate Harbor, NS. Cape d’Or is located at the head of the Bay of Fundy right where the bay splits into two “forks”. We arrived at this lighthouse one foggy morning shortly after breaking camp and parked at the end of the road.

Getting out of the car, the first thing we noticed was the noise of moving water. My thought was “this is going to be a good place to photograph crashing waves”. Heading steeply down the drive to the lighthouse proper, the noise of the water got louder but there was no surf to be found! The noise was caused by the Dory Rips, roiling currents caused by the tidal movement of water around the point. We had timed our visit perfectly to observe this phenomenon. By the time we left, a couple of hours later, the waters were quiet.

In addition to the lighthouse, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the keepers house was now a guesthouse and restaurant. When we arrived at the light, I began photographing mainly with the camera obscura. We seemed to be the only souls around although there was music gently wafting from the restaurant. After a few minutes, a fellow poked his head out of the door and shouted out to me asking if I was so-and-so. I said that I was not and continued to photograph.

When I was done, I headed into the restaurant to introduce myself. The fellow who shouted out was Darcy, the chef/proprietor. He said that there is a guy who looks like me (scary!) and sometimes photographs at Cape d’Or with a large format camera. Darcy was in the process of cleaning up after breakfast — the overnight guests had left shortly before we had arrived — and he offered us coffee and the last of the four-berry crisp leftover from the previous evening. We gladly accepted and spent some time chatting with Darcy and his girlfriend (whose name I don’t know but who is a medical student at the Univ. of Rochester).

As we went to leave, Darcy would accept no payment for the “leftovers” as he put it. (I’ll be sending him a few photographs!). On our way back up the hill to the parking lot, we met another couple on the way down. They would get no berry crisp… timing is everything!!!

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Bass Harbor Light, ME
Bass Harbor Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
Cape Enrage Light, NB
Cape Enrage Light, NB
Cape George Light, NS
Cape George Light, NS
Enragée Point Lighthouse, NS
Enragée Point Lighthouse, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
Mulholland Lighthouse, Campabello Isssland, NB
Mulholland Lighthouse, Campabello Isssland, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
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Bass Harbor Light, ME
Bass Harbor Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light
West Quoddy Light
Cape Enrage Light, NB
Cape Enrage Light, NB
Cape George Light, NS
Cape George Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB

20 June 2019

A Short Drive in the Rain*

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 9:30 PM

This afternoon, despite the rain, I headed out to Tenney’s , our local farm stand. I was in need of a real local** strawberry fix; the first of the all-to-short season.

Of course, I took along my (current) favorite optical tool… the camera obscura. After the strawberries were safely stowed behind the seats in my truck, I decided that the rain was light enough for some photography and thus went on a short drive.

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Bandstand & Vestry (Hancock, NH)
Bandstand  & Vestry (Hancock, NH)
Bench, Hancock (NH) Green
Bench, Hancock (NH) Green
Meetinghouse (Hancock, NH)
Meetinghouse (Hancock, NH)
Dam & Powerhouse (Bennington, NH)
Dam & Powerhouse (Bennington, NH)
Meetinghouse (Greenfield, NH)
Meetinghouse (Greenfield, NH)
Bench, Greenfield NH
Bench, Greenfield NH
Bandstand (Antrim, NH)
Bandstand (Antrim, NH)
Coke & Wood Pile
Coke & Wood Pile

* The fourth post today. I think that that is a record!

** We have been subsisting on those inferior substitutes — the grocery store variety — for some weeks now. They are better than nothing, but not by much.

22 April 2019

Around Town

Filed under: architecture,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 11:30 PM

Yesterday afternoon our friend Diane asked me to makes a few photos of the Peace Bridge in Memorial Park. The bridge is scheduled for replacement in the very near future.

Last evening, the sky and light were pretty nice so I took a drive to town to see if I could make the photos Diane asked for. While I was downtown, I made photos of a couple of other landmarks that were bathed in the evening light.

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Peace Bridge - Memorial Park
Peace Bridge - Memorial Park
Bandstand - Memorial Park
Bandstand - Memorial Park
Presbyterian Church, Antrim NH
Presbyterian Church, Antrim NH

10 April 2019

A Foggy April Day

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 12:30 PM

What is the difference between the first day of spring and the first spring day?

The answer, at least here in northern New England … “Six weeks!!!”

Over the past few days we have had periods of sleet. Just a thin coating accumulated on things and most of this disappeared pretty quickly. However, it has been cold enough and cloudy enough that that, even more than a day after it fell, traces of sleet were still hanging on in some spots.

Yesterday dawned foggy and stayed that way most of the day. After lunch I headed out for a walk to see if I could capture the “feeling” of our lovely spring day; the temperature was 33 degrees F.

About half way back on the return leg of my walk it began to rain lightly. About a half-hour after I got back inside, it began to snow. The snow lasted roughly an hour. When it stopped we had an inch or so on the ground.

Ahhh… Springtime in New England!

I ended up with two series of photographs from my walk.

Jane’s Barn:

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Jane's Barn #1
Jane's Barn #1
Jane's Barn #2
Jane's Barn #2
Windmill
Windmill
Barn Board
Barn Board
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Untitled
Bran Door Window
Bran Door Window

Along a Foggy Woods Road:

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Foggy Woods Road #1
Foggy Woods Road #1
Foggy Woods Road #2
Foggy Woods Road #2
Foggy Woods Road #3
Foggy Woods Road #3
Foggy Woods Road #4
Foggy Woods Road #4
Foggy Woods Road #5
Foggy Woods Road #5
Foggy Woods Road #6
Foggy Woods Road #6

6 April 2019

Meandering Home

Filed under: architecture,Early Spring — Frank @ 11:29 PM

This morning one of my monthly therapy photography groups met at the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, VT. After more photo talk over lunch I headed back across the river and pointed the truck in the direction of home… well sorta!

I meandered through West Chesterfield, Westmoreland, Walpole, Alstead, Ackworth, Lempster, Washington and Hillsborough before arriving home in Antrim around 6:30. Along the way, I even made a few photographs in some of those towns.

Shown here are the photographs made using my camera obscura.

I also made additional exposures with my regular camera for an experiment that came out of the discussions this morning. Those will require some thought and processing before they are ready to be shown… all in due time.

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Church, West Chesterfield, NH
Church, West Chesterfield, NH
West Chesterfield, NH
West Chesterfield, NH
Park Hill Meetinghouse, Westmoreland, NH
Park Hill Meetinghouse, Westmoreland, NH
Meetinghouse, Ackworth, NH
Meetinghouse, Ackworth, NH
Trees, Ackworth, NH
Trees, Ackworth, NH
Ackworth, NH
Ackworth, NH
Washington, NH #1
Washington, NH #1
Washington, NH #2
Washington, NH #2
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