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Chandler Hill Cemetery. September 8, 2010

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Visited the Chandler Hill Cemetery in Colrain over the weekend:

It was like stepping into a time machine; stones carved in a style gone from modern times:

…scripture quoted in words lost in antiquity, memorials to people who wrested a life from these rugged hills long before there was a United States.

“James Stewart, b.1680…”

One Reverend Taggart apparently made quite an impression, serving both his congregation and his community in an early incarnation of our Congress:

I liked the time-worn workmanship of his stone:

Thanks to Lizz and Holly for sharing with me this very cool old piece of our local history.

Black And Whites. May 1, 2010

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Passing a nearby cemetery this week, I noticed that a crypt door was open.

Call it morbid curiosity, but I had to stop and look inside.

And take a picture, of course:

It was, predictably, empty.  But it was none the less creepy, and I spent very little time with my back to that open door, until I got distracted by these pussy toes:

I didn’t have Elliot mounted, but my Sweet Sixteen did admirably for such a windy afternoon.

Thanks, SS!

With And Without. May 18, 2009

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Here’s a shot I took at the end of the day, when the light was just skipping across the surface of things.  There were these odd, bud-like wildflowers rising on elegant stalks in this cemetery up in the hills, and I had to pull over and try to get that image.  Sorry to not know the mame of the wildflower (though “weed” would be widely accepted for such an unknown species.)  I’ll look it up.

Anyway, the photo did indeed capture the drama inherent in the light:


and I dug it.

But I’ve lately been playing with my images a bit, and in particular, I’ve been sadisticly  enjoying stripping them of a goodly amount of their colour, rendering them “washed;” not black and white, but drained of their messy reality and rendered as ghost/surrogate images, with a different feel and intent:


I like this effect; it seems to pare things down to their skeletal forms without losing all attachment to reality.

Let me know if I overdo it with this technique – I’m trying to keep it to situations where it’s actually a value-added thing rather than just another way to look at a photo.

Random Shots. May 12, 2009

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A few from today.

The newly refurbished Bissell Bridge, where I worked today:


The Mill Brook is really nice through this section.

A cemetery in Colrain, with a wash treatment:

cemetery wall, washed

I like this treatment better than the full color original, though that was interresting to me as well:

cemetery wall color

…and as long as we’re seeing in color, here’s a shot of evening on the Deerfield:

Dfld evening

…and a sunset over Mount Todd:

Todd sunset

Hope you like ’em.

Ruby Tuesday! April 7, 2009

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After a bit of a hiatus, here’s one for Holy Week – an appropriately adorned statue in a local cemetery:


Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for this fun little meme!