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Phall Pholiage Photos! October 10, 2012

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More colors from this sub-optimal (but still pretty cool) season.

Locally, some back roads:

A Conway beaver pond:

Bittersweet on a barn in Hawley:

A few Deerfield river shots:

The real color, though, was higher up in the hills. I’d seen The Change coming to Southern Vermont and headed that-a-way, passing through the heights of Rowe, MA on the drive, and stopped off at a seldom-visited beaver pond for a couple of quickies:

I especially liked this shot of orange jelly fungus popping out of a fallen spruce along the pond’s edge:

All of these are from Elliot, bless his little mechanisms.

In Vermont, the best colors were along Route 9 between Searsburg on the east and Bennington on the west:

Of that last bunch, the more expansive views were captured by Ollie, the last two are from Gizmo.

This year, Autumn has been a finicky visitor and seems anxious to be moving on.

Oh well, let her go, I say. Can’t stop her anyway.

I may head farther afield in the next few days, searching for a few last kisses before Bleak November arrives.

Caught In Passing. March 7, 2012

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Passing through the center of little Cummington this evening, a short ways south of here, I spied this wonderful scene of an atypically-colored maple sap bucket hanging from a tap on an atypically-colored sugar maple, and just had to share it with you:

The orange lichen on the tree bark added just the element to get me lying down on the snowmelt-soaked sidewalk, aiming Ollie skyward and muttering as passers-by slowed and shielded their children’s eyes.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall for the ensuing explanations…

I was pleased with this shot from my non-tilt zoom, probably set at around 80mm.  At f/16 the depth of field is acceptable, and at ISO 1000 my D5’s on-board noise reduction was sufficient so that I didn’t have to deal with it in post-processing, so all’s good in the world!


Stream Details. February 1, 2012

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This winter has been ugly here in Western Massachusetts, brown and dirty and lacking the cleansing effect proffered by copious new snow.  I’d looked forward to this all year, but have thus far been denied, fed instead a daily diet of the reality of Winter 2012.

But if one looks closely at the details, the coarser whole can be divided into its many beautiful parts.  Look towards the light, look around the uninvited complications, and there’s surely something worth seeing.

Along a stream tumbling down from the heights of Beartown State Forest in Lee, Massachusetts, truncated icicles depend from a birch log:

The spray from the roiling waters alternately douses anything close to its surface and washes away its frozen creations, leaving art in its place:

The cold, cold waters reminded me of a pretty little slurry with a fringe on the top:

It was a balm to me to get close to these ethereal forms, and I thanked the combination of the right lens (Ollie) and the right boots (waders) which allowed me to take these photos and share them with you