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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!

 

Beneath The Button-Ball Tree. January 26, 2012

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While waiting for my car to be repaired (again!) I wandered out behind my mechanic’s place to a big Sycamore tree and took this picture:

This is along the banks of the Deerfield river, and the shoreline here was drastically changed by Tropical Storm Irene, leaving water-worn cobbles of every size and description where grassy banks used to be:

That trio of stones may have been arranged by a neighborhood kid, as they’re right in the central village.

I took my newly nimble steed for a test drive, finding little of interest photographically until I passed through upper Cummington at the end of the day and stopped for this lone maple, which I thought would look nice as a black and white photograph:

So, a light day of posting here at LBT.

And so it goes, and so it goes…