Photographs by Frank

18 April 2018

April’s Fooling Us

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

Spring has been v—e—r—y  s—l—o—w in coming this year.

However, by the end of last week the majority of the winter’s accumulation of snow was gone and things were looking up. I even got to try out the grill Joan had bought me at Edmund’s Hardware Store ladies night back in December.

There was so little snow left that the treasure hunters were out. On the 11th (last Wed.) I ran into a fellow with a metal detector while I was walking the un-maintained section of Brimstone Corner Road. He had found four very old buttons by searching around one of the old cellar holes.

Then, on Sunday and Monday,  we got two inches of frozen rain (i.e. ice pellets) and, for good measure, some 35 degree rain on top of that!

Spring be damned!

Today, Joan and Ben Pratt headed out on Gregg Lake to do the first water sampling of the year. The temperature was about 35 degrees and there was a stiff breeze blowing when they headed out about 9:30 this morning. The temperature was up to 45 degrees by mid-afternoon when they returned home from delivering the samples to the lab in Concord. They report that the water temperature was 4 degrees C from top to bottom!

Here are some random photos made over the past week.

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Random Objects at the Willard Pond Boat Launch (11 April)
Random Objects at the Willard Pond Boat Launch (11 April)
Joan's Vernal Pool (11 April)
Joan's Vernal Pool (11 April)
Old Buttons (11 April)
Old Buttons (11 April)
Oh how cruel! New Grill (16 April)
Oh how cruel!  New Grill (16 April)
Water Sampling Crew Heading Out (18 April)
Water Sampling Crew Heading Out (18 April)
Gregg Lake (18 April 2018)
Gregg Lake (18 April 2018)
Gregg Lake Panorama(18 April 2018, 5 frames))
Gregg Lake Panorama(18 April 2018, 5 frames))

 

8 April 2018

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)

 

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

 

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

 

11 March 2017

A Short Walk

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,The "New" Yard & Environs — Tags: , — Frank @ 2:03 PM

Woke up this morning to 4 deg. F and a stiff wind blowing. The temperature finally made it to double digest by noon.

I’ll have to head outside eventually… we need a resupply of wood

Yesterday was not so extreme weather wise. We had flurries most of the day but it was in the high 20s F.

By mid afternoon cabin fever kicked in and the dusting of new snow looked tempting.

I headed out, camera in hand, for a short walk around the neighborhood.

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New Snow #1
New Snow #1
New Snow #2
New Snow #2
New Snow #3
New Snow #3
New Snow #4
New Snow #4
New Snow #5
New Snow #5
Pine and Snow
Pine and Snow

 

30 October 2016

Experiments

Filed under: Autumn,Landscapes — Tags: , — Frank @ 10:30 PM

Yesterday afternoon found me in the lovely village of Grafton, Vermont.

On Thursday evening, in snowed at the higher elevations in both Vermont and New Hampshire and there were still remnants on the ground on Saturday afternoon.*

These photographs were made by photographing the ground glass of a camera obscura.

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Field, Grafton, VT #1
Field, Grafton, VT #1
Field, Grafton, VT #2
Field, Grafton, VT #2
Dodge Pond, Lempster, NH
Dodge Pond, Lempster, NH

*Here in Antrim we got mostly sleet and just a trace of accumulation. A fellow from Marlboro, VT said they had about six inches and there was still patches of snow in the woods at higher elevations, including  the upper reaches of  Lempster Mountain (about 20 miles from Antrim).


 

30 January 2016

Margins

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

Last Tuesday dawned cold and clear. However, by mid-afternoon the temperature was near 40oF and there was a thin, high overcast to soften the light.

Thus, camera in hand, I headed out for a walk around the edge of the lake. Because the sky was uninteresting, I concentrated on the intimate landscape.

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19 October 2015

First Snow

Filed under: Autumn,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: , , — Frank @ 1:00 PM

All of a sudden it is seemingly winter!

The foliage is definitely past peak and Saturday night we got about an inch of snow. Sunday dawned cold (the high for the day was 39 oF) and sunny. The sun made quick work of most of the snow. By the time we (Joan, her friend Sally, and I) headed out to hike the Bailey Brook loop in the early afternoon it was mostly gone.

However, during the couple of hours we were out, the clouds moved in and we experienced three or four periods of snow showers and flurries. The combination of colorful leaves on the ground and traces of fresh snow made for some interesting photography.

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Season's First Snow #1
Season's First Snow #1
Season's First Snow #2
Season's First Snow #2
Season's First Snow #3
Season's First Snow #3
Season's First Snow #4
Season's First Snow #4
Season's First Snow #5
Season's First Snow #5
Season's First Snow #6
Season's First Snow #6
Season's First Snow #7
Season's First Snow #7
Bailey Brook Falls (detail)
Bailey Brook Falls (detail)

 

24 February 2015

Two More Photos From Sunday

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

As usual, I also photographed the “landscape” while we were out on the lake on Sunday. I was hoping for some nice wind sculpted snow on the lake but there was not much to see in that regard.

However, I did make two “non-porcupine” photos that I thought blog-worthy.

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Winter Lakeshore
Winter Lakeshore
Boathouse in Winter
Boathouse in Winter

 

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