Photographs by Frank

18 December 2011

An Early Winter Meander

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

The “in between” season… in between the last foliage and reliable snow cover… is a difficult time for a nature photographer. There is not much wildlife about and the landscape is rather drab.

However, I get antsy if I do not get out to photograph at least once a week so I headed out yesterday afternoon under slate gray skies.

I had no real goal in mind but I headed south through Hancock and Peterborough figuring that I would scout for vantage points from which to photograph Pack Monadnock  and North Pack Monadnock when we finally get some snow cover.

I ended up over in Harrisville, site of a old but well maintained mill complex, thinking that architecture is a good “in between” season subject. The mid-afternoon (around 3 PM) light was at a nice low angle and very soft due to the cloud cover. One of the mill complex’s bell towers was already in shadow but the other was still nicely light, as was the tower on the town library. The mill buildings are a tough subject; there are wires and poles galore making it difficult to find angles clear of signs of modernity.

Heading back towards home, I stopped (at about 4 PM) to photograph the sunset over a small wetland in Hancock and about forty five minutes later (after a stop at the store) I got a shot of the very last light over Gregg Lake.

I arrived home with very cold hands (aluminum tripods are great heat sinks despite gloves); the thermometer was reading in the mid-twenties.

1 Comment

  1. Great selection this week! The first two steeples are sharp and clean while the final two sunsets are very well done. Looking forward to the results of this advance scouting party!

    Comment by Just Joe — 18 December 2011 @ 10:57 PM

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