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The French King Bridge. January 13, 2010

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On route 2, between Montague and Erving:

The light was right.

Thanks,Elliot.

A Tree. January 13, 2010

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Incongruously, in Florida.  The radio says it’s cold down there.

I hope it ain’t this cold:

’cause if it is, your citrus crop is toast.

And that would suck.

Love,

The Other Florida

Self-Portrait, With Truck. January 12, 2010

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A black and white from this afternoon:

This was an interesting site, recommended to me by Susan.   She’d spied it up in Bernardston, don’t ask me how, and I was glad to find it in good light.

Here’s a color shot:

Rusted, glassless and wrapped in vines.  But still muscular and elegant in its proportions.

This spot has more photographs in it, and I hope to get back there soon.

A Cloud At Sunset. January 12, 2010

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Here’s a shot of a cloud which got its glow on just as the sun set:

I expect the tag “pink and juicy” ought to boosts my views considerably.

😉

Back To Reality. January 12, 2010

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This, believe it or not, is a full color photograph of the woods up on the Whitcomb Summit:

Taken in dense, blowing clouds which were freezing on every available surface/twig.  It was nasty enough out that I took this from my driver’s seat, and didn’t hesitate in rolling up the window as soon as I finished.

Wish you were here.

😉

Ruby Tuesday: Dreaming Of Spring! January 12, 2010

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I’m a big fan of winter here in the Berkshires, but when it comes to Rubyliciousness, things tend to lean out after the Holiday rush.

So here’s one from the archives, a farm up in Hawley, with forsythia bushes:

I posted a version of this when I first took it back in ’08, but I don’t think it was a Ruby Tuesday post.

Enjoy!

Oh, and scope out more Ruby Tuesday posts by following the links over at Work of the Poet!

Florida, Massachusetts. January 10, 2010

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Perhaps my favorite town, not just for its name, so unlike it’s presence, but because it lives up in the clouds.

It ain’t easy, living up there in the hills.  Passing clouds freeze on any exposed surface, coating the landscapd in atmospheric ice:

It’s a wonderland, but it’s also a harsh place to live.

Florida, as I saw it on a recent day.

A cabin in the woods:

A Florida skyline bathed in a patch of sunshine:

…and my favorite shot, a Gizmo-eyed view in close, which is basically why I got the thing:

Good shot, Mr. Gizmo.

Our National Bird. January 9, 2010

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They’re big, they’re bold, they’re beautiful.

And they seldom settle down, so I felt lucky to snag this one with my point-and-shoot:

Above the Deerfield river in Charlemont.

Long may they live.

A Stealth Shoot. January 9, 2010

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The local landmark known as “The Pot-Holes,” a.k.a. Salmon Falls on the Deerfield river, has of late been heavily posted “No Trespassing,” and in fact fenced off with a quite formidable deployment of barbed wire.

I protest.

Yes, I understand that every summer throngs of people descend on it, lying about in the sun, littering like it didn’t matter, and jumping off high ledges into pools of exceedingly variable depth.  And yes, I know that almost yearly, some city-boob out to prove that Darwin was right, follows a local kid off a high perch and misses the “sweet spot” and has to be helicoptered out on a long board, and that sometimes they don’t make it.

That, I contend, is the price of freedom, the dance of life and death, the continuing story of existence on a planet fraught with hazards and opportunities, but it is not a valid reason to deprive me (or anyone else) of my right to access to public property.

And year-round waterways are, below their usual high water mark, exactly that.

Here are some legally acquired shots of Salmon Falls, with the circuitous approach managed in the pre-dawn twilight so as not to bother the natives.

A half-moon over the hamlet of Shelburne Falls:

Strangely beautiful disks of ice twirl and spin on their laps ’round the eddies as the eastern sky pinks up:

They gather beneath the falls, witnesses to the new dawn:

…and here’s a redux of the first shot, now in the dawn’s early light:

The skies were less than ideal on this exploratory outing and I lacked a few crucial gear items, but I’m expecting to return soon, having ‘scoped things out and assured myself of the access/accessibility.

See you then.

Boston, In Living Color. January 7, 2010

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As promised, some full-color shots (well, if photographing things in a sleet storm qualifies as “full-color) of my recent visit to Boston.

First, some Back-Bay apartments in the snow:

I know, they’re just buildings.  But we country boys are easily impressed.  Besides, I liked the way the old copper flashing oxidizes green:

Consider all of these as experiments in shift photography, though I used Elliot’s tilt capabilities to some extent on each one.

Here, Old Brick Boston meets New Steel and Glass Boston:

The Prudential Tower (right) was for a long while the tallest building in Boston; the smaller, but IMHO more interesting 111 Huntington Avenue (the oddly domed building to the left) was completed in 2001.

Here’s a color shot of the Old South Church which, despite the intensifying sleet, came out crisp from front to back:

Elliot and I are gettin’ it on.  Don’t tell Susan.  😉

And lastly, here’s the ultimate (for Boston, at least) Old vs. New, the iconic Trinity Church in Copley Square, dwarfed by the glass and steel monstrosity known as the John Hancock Tower:

Don’t get me started on this mess.

Well, OK, get me started.  The Hancock, currently the tallest building in New England, had the oafish bad manners to overstress its foundation walls, buckling adjacent streets and damaging surrounding buildings including the Trinity Church.  Then it began to shed its 500 pound glass plates from 700+ feet above street level, and if you live in a city, I invite you to imagine what that was like for the people of Boston.  And then it became apparent that the reason people on the upper floors were puking all over the place was that the building swayed horrifically when the wind blew.

So much for the inexhorable advance of civilization.

At any rate, all of these adverse effects have been mitigated at the expense of many more millions of dollars, except that it’s still butt ugly and casts a long shadow.

Well, that’s all I have from Boston.  I’ll doubtless be back soon, and if there is a God, the weather will be better.

See you then.  😉