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Amherst Orchid Show, 2013. February 27, 2013

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Uncategorized.
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My yearly intro to Spring is this presentation of the Amherst Orchid Society, incongruously held in neighboring Northampton.

This year I was less zealous than in the past; in lieu of my usual 400 photos, I took less than fifty, most of which were entirely serviceable despite being hand-held at 1/30th of a second or longer, and shot at ISOs of 4000 or higher.

I hope that means I’m becoming a bit more discriminating, though I suspect it speaks more to my becoming lazy as I get old and fat.  😉

Anyway, here are some orchids:

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A close-up:

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…and some paphiopedilums,  all relatives in the “Lady Slipper” family:

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…as well as some more ornate sprays, which I haven’t a clue about:

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This was a fun outing – it’s late enough in our New England winter so that flowers make me smile!

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Enjoy these in the knowledge that Spring is on its way.  🙂

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Ice Carvings! February 3, 2013

Posted by littlebangtheory in Politics and Society.
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Here are a few shots of ice carvings from this weekend’s Greenfield Winter Carnival.

A chubby penguin over on the west end of town:

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Cute, that.

A unicorn right in the center of town:

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Careful with that chisel, Eugene!

This was my favorite, a little polar bear carved by Sue O’Sullivan of Royalston, MA:

Polar Bear

…with two chainsaws, a chisel and an electric iron. Who knew?!?   🙂

Not in the judging was this professionally carved swan, donated to the event to get people psyched:

Swan

I did everything I could to get a clean shot of this, including laying in the mud, but urban environs aren’t conducive to clean backgrounds… guess that’s why I’m a nature photographer!  😆

The Winter Carnival went on all weekend, but I only got these few “drive-by” shots. The sponsoring Greenfield Recreation Department is happy to have people photograph for free, but I can’t be that guy.

Hey, a man’s gotta eat!

To All, A Happy New Year! January 1, 2013

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death.
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Well, 2012 is behind us.

What a tumultuous year!

For me, it was 365 days of juggling large bills with little income, layered onto a massive effort to turn my photography into an income stream. I can’t say that I succeeded at that, but I will say that I had fun trying, and learned a hell of a lot in the process.

Here’s to a most productive 2013 for all of you who read this, and for everyone else as well.

Love and Thanks to you all,

Ralph

The Cunning Runt.