Photographs by Frank

8 April 2018

Shadows of the Road

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

Yesterday, hoping for good light, I took my camera along on my walk.  The hope was just that.

For most of the walk the sun was out full resulting in harsh, direct light.

The problem (for photography) with harsh, direct light is too much contrast; harsh, deep shadows accompanied by bright, hot highlights.

When nature hands you lemons make lemonade:

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Shadows of the Road #1
Shadows of the Road #1
Shadows of the Road #2
Shadows of the Road #2
Shadows of the Road #3
Shadows of the Road #3
Shadows of the Road #4
Shadows of the Road #4
Shadows of the Road #5
Shadows of the Road #5
Shadows of the Road #6
Shadows of the Road #6
Shadows of the Road #7
Shadows of the Road #7
Shadows of the Road #8
Shadows of the Road #8

 

The Last of the Snow… Hopefully.

Filed under: Early Spring,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: , — Frank @ 7:00 PM

The calendar says “spring”. The weather says otherwise.

We are still having daytime temperatures in the high 30’s and low 40’s; night time temperatures have been generally below freezing and as  low as the high teens. This is perfect weather for maple sugaring and from what I hear this has been a banner year for such.

This past week brought a few inches of new snow. Fortunately, it is April and the new snow was mostly gone within a day. However, there are still pockets of the winter’s snow still hanging on here and there in the woods.

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Still Sugaring
Still Sugaring
April Snow #1
April Snow #1
April Snow #2
April Snow #2
April Snow #3
April Snow #3
Remnant of Winter #1
Remnant of Winter #1
Remnant of Winter #2
Remnant of Winter #2
Gregg Lake - 7 April 2018
Gregg Lake - 7 April 2018

 

26 March 2018

March II

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

 

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Waiting... Hoping... for Spring
Waiting... Hoping... for Spring
Spring Thaw Coming?
Spring Thaw Coming?
Anticipation (Sap Bucket)
Anticipation (Sap Bucket)

 

23 March 2018

March

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: , — Frank @ 11:00 PM

March… that awkward in between month. Thus far, winter is still ahead.

However, the sap is running well. It looks to be a good year for sugaring.

From yesterday’s walk down the ‘civilized’ section of our road:

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Shadows #1
Shadows #1
Stone Wall Under Winter Blanket
Stone Wall Under Winter Blanket
Shadows #2
Shadows #2
Pine Cone
Pine Cone
Sap Bucket
Sap Bucket
Granite Shark?
Granite Shark?
Gregg Lake in March
Gregg Lake in March

 

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

 

31 December 2017

Adams Dozen — 2017

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

In keeping with a tradition that I began back in 2011 (see this post), here  is my “Adams Dozen” for 2017.

It was not an easy selection. (It never is!) I could have easily chosen a dozen just from either the trips* we made this year.

Instead, I tried to choose photos from throughout the year from both “exotic” locations as as well as from the “neighborhood”.

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Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Pine Bough in Snow
Pine Bough in Snow
Willet with Prey
Willet with Prey
Green Anole
Green Anole
Meetinghouse (Greenfield, NH)
Meetinghouse (Greenfield, NH)
Juvenile Green Herons
Juvenile Green Herons
View of Brattleboro, VT
View of Brattleboro, VT
American Rubyspot (female)
American Rubyspot (female)
Rutting Bison #2 (Yellowstone NP)
Rutting Bison #2 (Yellowstone NP)
Mountain Bluebird #2 (Yellowstone NP)
Mountain Bluebird #2 (Yellowstone NP)
Autumnal Abstract
Autumnal Abstract
Derelict Truck
Derelict Truck

*Florida in March or Yellowstone and other points out west in September.


 

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

 

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