Photographs by Frank

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

17 January 2020

Harrisville

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

Tuesday morning I had an appointment in Keene. After the appointment I did a bit of shopping and met my friend Al, a commercial photographer with a studio in Keene, for lunch.

On my way home, I stopped in Harrisville and pointed my camera obscura at the mill buildings.

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Mill Buildings #1 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #1 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #2 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #2 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #3 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #3 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #4 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #4 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building Detail (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building Detail (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #5 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #5 (Harrisville, NH)

12 January 2020

More Local Landscapes

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

Yesterday afternoon, with broken and fast moving clouds (perfect for landscapes) and the temperature around 60 degrees F (downright tropical for mid-January and perfect for photographers) I headed out with the camera obscura and made the rounds of some of my favorite spots in Hancock.

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Powdermill Pond with North Pack in the Distance
Powdermill Pond with North Pack in the Distance
Crotched Mountain / Powdermill Pond #1
Crotched Mountain / Powdermill Pond #1
Pump and Farmhouse
Pump and Farmhouse
Barn
Barn
Crotched Mountain / Powdermill Pond #2
Crotched Mountain / Powdermill Pond #2
Meetinghouse & Vestry, Hancock, NH
Meetinghouse & Vestry, Hancock, NH
View from High Street (North Pack and Pack Monadnock))
View from High Street (North Pack and Pack Monadnock))

10 January 2020

Local Landscapes

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 8:30 PM

Wednesday, mid-afternoon, I thought that the clouds were breaking up. I hoped that maybe we would have a break in the cold, gray skies (and accompanying flat uninteresting light) that has characterized the past week. Alas, this was not to be. By the time I gathered up the camera and got out the door the gaps in the clouds were closing up and the snow showers began.

I persisted anyway and made a short drive around Antrim with my camera obscura.

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Meetinghouse Hill #1
Meetinghouse Hill #1
Meetinghouse Hill #2
Meetinghouse Hill #2
Hedgehog Mountain on a Snowy Day
Hedgehog Mountain on a Snowy Day

9 January 2020

Slow Finish

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 10:30 PM

Last year (2019) ended on a slow note. Since we returned from our trip in October, I made exposures on only a handful of occasions.

Here are a few from December…

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Framed
Framed
Ice #1
Ice #1
Ice #2
Ice #2
Ice #3
Ice #3
Should Have Headed South
Should Have Headed South

22 December 2019

Adams Dozen – 2019 Edition

Filed under: Adams Dozen — Frank @ 10:00 PM

It has been my habit at the end of each year to choose an ‘Adams Dozen’ of photos made during the year.

This is my ninth installment. The first iteration was 2011 and for the sake of organization, here is last year’s version. One can find the rest of the years by searching the blog for “Adams Dozen”.

Here is this year’s selection.:

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Williamstown, MA
Williamstown, MA
Untitled
Untitled
Sugar House
Sugar House
Amaryllis
Amaryllis
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Halloween Pennant (immature male)
Halloween Pennant (immature male)
Hedgehog Mountain (with camera obscura)
Hedgehog Mountain (with camera obscura)
Untitled
Untitled
Three Peppers
Three Peppers
Schoodic Peninsula, ME (with camera obscura)
Schoodic Peninsula, ME (with camera obscura)
Atlantic Sunset #2
Atlantic Sunset #2
Cape d'Or Light (with camera obscura)
Cape d'Or Light (with camera obscura)

For those keeping count, my Lightroom catalog says that I made 9648 exposures in 2019 and that I processed 1643 (or 17%) of the photographs. This is about a thousand less total exposures and a couple of percent more processed than last year.

3 October 2019

2019 Trip – Other Subjects

Filed under: Road Trips — Frank @ 11:00 AM

As we travel, I make photographs of random things that catch my eye.

Here are some of those photos from our recent trip…

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Tidal Pool Crab
Tidal Pool Crab
Tidal Pool Snail
Tidal Pool Snail
Untitled #1
Untitled #1
Rose Hip
Rose Hip
Beach Rose
Beach Rose
Untitled #2
Untitled #2
Lobstah
Lobstah
Dinghy
Dinghy
Bouys
Bouys
At Sea / At Peace
At Sea / At Peace
Fisherman's Memorial, Lubec, ME
Fisherman's Memorial, Lubec, ME
Covered Bridge Interior (detail)
Covered Bridge Interior (detail)
Pitcher Plant Flowers - End of Season
Pitcher Plant Flowers - End of Season
Stone Stack
Stone Stack
Sunset Reflected
Sunset Reflected
Cheticamp Island Bovines
Cheticamp Island Bovines
Semipalmated Plover (juv.)
Semipalmated Plover (juv.)

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.

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
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