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Under Threatening Skies. October 23, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Politics and Society.
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Saturday’s Errand Gone Wild  found me driving through the fertile plains of Hadley and Sunderland, long famous for producing some of the finest broad-leaf tobacco on the planet, coveted for use as wrappers on expensive cigars.  While a whole lot less of that crop is produced here now days, there’s still some production, though it seems to vary from year to year.  This year, this particular field didn’t get a tobacco crop, but it looked interesting to me under tumultuous skies:

I took that from the roof of my vehicle, hand-holding two crossed graduated filters as I held my breath, as though that detail might negate the effects of a buffeting wind.

The clouds at left were piling in like they intended to unleash a torrent on me and Elliot, and as I turned to appraise the situation, this shot was framed in my mind, and shot in situ:

Elliot pulled both of these shots off commendably, even though I was rushing like crazy to avoid the impending deluge.

But the deluge never materialized; instead, I got to drive up Mt. Sugarloaf and snag this photo of the spottily-illuminated valley below:

Taken from Deerfield, looking into Sunderland across the Connecticut river.  I had hoped for more color, but autumn wasn’t its usual vibrant self this year.

At least the end-of-day light was nice.

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1. Lisa Golden - October 23, 2011

The drama of these shots is amazing! I’m running out of words to describe your talents, CR!

2. Bob - October 23, 2011

Holy crap, Cuz… all I can say is… what Lisa said!

3. littlebangtheory - October 23, 2011

You two are too kind! Yeah, I got lucky, “right place/right time” kinda lucky. Plus, I guess, a bit of mudding through other people’s fields, climbing on top of my car and going for the photography-three-hands thing. I’m glad it payed off (much more so than this format reveals,) and that you liked these.

4. Carol Steinel - October 23, 2011

Been too long since I looked at yer pics. Breath-taking. PortlyDyke

5. noodleepoodlee - October 24, 2011

Beautiful. I can feel the moisture in the air.

6. littlebangtheory - October 24, 2011

Carol, long time no hear! It’s SO good to reconnect with you, I’ve missed your mind! 🙂

Thanks for liking these. I should have been working at my Sweetie’s house, but the light abducted me. I was relieved to actually get something worth the bad karma earned by blowing off an obligation. 😆

np, thanks. I’m pleased that your reaction was so tactile. 😉

7. beatgrl - October 24, 2011

wow, that last one. just, wow. i need to see it bigger…

8. littlebangtheory - October 25, 2011

bg, I could probably post these as thumbnails which could be viewed larger, but I have delusions of someday generating income from my better work, and am therefore reluctant to put out larger files for the taking. I might just be dreaming, but that’s where I’m at with the dinky photos.


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