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Zombie-Proof Yourself! October 31, 2010

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People, they’re everywhere – on the streets, at your job… and they want YOUR BRAIN!!

It’s not too late to save yourself, though.  Follow this link and Zombie-Proof yourself!  Watch them lurch right on by in their quest for brains!

‘S OK folks, you can pay me later.

All Souls’ Day. October 31, 2010

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To those of you who observe such heathen traditions…  Happy Halloween!

I got home this evening to find this ghoulish sight, the handiwork of Ms. LuMena.  We’re a dark mile from the village center and probably won’t get any tender little mooches for the stew pot, but we’re making the best of it and sacrificing a chicken.

Gotta go now, I left the broom double-parked.

Photo Quickie! October 30, 2010

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Because my internet has been in-and-out for the past several days (mostly out!) I’m gonna cut to the chase and just dump these photos on you.

Sunrise and sumacs:

St. James Episcopal in Greenfield:

The French King Bridge over the Connecticut River in Gill, MA:

The Westfield River as it runs through Chesterfield Gorge:

And lastly,Pegasus makes an appearance at sunset:

Now to hit the “send” button before I pop offline again…

A Certain Kind Of Sky. October 29, 2010

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So there’s a certain kind of sky I’ve seen through the years which, while not completely uncommon in the Northeast, happens only occasionally and is somewhat under-represented in New England landscape photography: the Dark Sky Over Sunlit Earth.  It almost always occurs as a powerful afternoon storm moves eastward, clearing the  western horizon and letting in the slanting rays of the sun.

While it’s mostly a summertime sight, I was moved to pull over in the hills of Colrain this evening as departing rain clouds formed a dark backdrop for sunlight on a stand of birches on the slope below me.

But I was barely out of the car when the patch of sun disappeared, leaving me with just the dark clouds over an unspectacular post-peak landscape:

Without my graduated filters, I blew out the sky trying to get some detail in the unlit trees; I guess that’s what happens when one wanders around without one’s tools.

But then, as I tracked the line of storm clouds southward, one of them dropped its gifts through a low band of slanting light, creating this marvelous surprise way down-valley:

I found this scene dramatic in a way which reminded me of things I’ve seen out west, and was pleased to be where I was for the minute or so that it lasted.

I hope you like it too.  😉

At The “Potholes.” October 28, 2010

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Along the Deerfield River in downtown Shelburne Falls:

Courtesy of Elliot, who provided less than a degree of “tilt” to produce a photo with acceptable clarity throughout despite low light and a brisk breeze.

This one’s nearly raw out of the camera.

Thanks, Big Guy.

Inside My Dinner. October 28, 2010

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The inside of a yellow pepper, on its way to my belly:

Went well with asparagus, red onions and tofu!

North Adams, MA October 26, 2010

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Drove into work this morning in the dark, through mists and fog, to arrive at North Adams, one of the Commonwealth’s smallest cities.  Dawn revealed a tableau of sad shops, proud steeples and under-utilized factory buildings:

North Adams was known world-wide as “Tunnel City,” sitting as it does between the infamous Hoosac Tunnel to the east and this shorter tunnel to its west:

An eerie mist drifted from it’s dark maw as the sun struggled to burn through the gray blanket above us:

The Hoosac River runs through town, tamed by an Industrial Age concrete channel:

The Autumn colors make the place look almost hopeful – in fact, the sprawling Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, occupying the old Sprague Electric plant, is a ray of hope, drawing both tourists and stimulus dollars for roadscape improvements:

This afternoon the sun came out, illuminating a scene of ridiculously red maples beneath a deep blue sky:

The day ended warmly, with tee-shirts all around.  There won’t be many more like this one until Spring.

Good evening, my friends!

Dang ‘Puterox!! October 25, 2010

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The Interwebz has been in and out on me for the past two days, mostly out, and now that it’s back in, I’m out, or off rather, to bed.

That’ll teach it to stay out late, then expect me be up for it when it finally comes around!  No “Ruby Tuesday” for YOU, smart-ass ‘puterbox!!

…well, ok, maybe just a little Ruby Tuesday:

A little peek skyward, and that’s all yer gonna get – now git!

And if you want more, go see Mary!


Reflections. October 21, 2010

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Shelburne Falls, the Shelburne side, reflected in the Deerfield river:

I think the dappling of the water’s surface makes the shot look rather painterly, if you know what I mean.  Kinda European, very not-New England.

Now that I’ve seen the result of this effort, I’m going to pursue this thread as opportunities arise.

I hope you like it.

Something, Um… Different! October 21, 2010

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Went for a short ride this evening, hoping for a glimpse of the rising nearly-full moon through the swirling clouds of a departing storm.

Well, that didn’t happen; instead the clouds closed in and a cold drizzle began to fall.

I drove on, though, thinking I might catch something different in the gray light.

How’s THIS for “different:”

Yeah, heheh, a black and white photo of a rainbow arching over a blazing sugar maple.  Not quite the traditional rendition of such a scene, but I was curious to see how it would look, and rather like the effect.

And just in case you’re not as easily amused as I am, here’s how it actually looked when I took the shot:

It was a really intense rainbow, and not a half bad consolation prize for the moon-shot I missed n the rain.

Hope your evening went as well.  😉