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Something, Um… Different! October 21, 2010

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Went for a short ride this evening, hoping for a glimpse of the rising nearly-full moon through the swirling clouds of a departing storm.

Well, that didn’t happen; instead the clouds closed in and a cold drizzle began to fall.

I drove on, though, thinking I might catch something different in the gray light.

How’s THIS for “different:”

Yeah, heheh, a black and white photo of a rainbow arching over a blazing sugar maple.  Not quite the traditional rendition of such a scene, but I was curious to see how it would look, and rather like the effect.

And just in case you’re not as easily amused as I am, here’s how it actually looked when I took the shot:

It was a really intense rainbow, and not a half bad consolation prize for the moon-shot I missed n the rain.

Hope your evening went as well.  😉

The Other “Foliage Season.” April 18, 2010

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While tourists flock to The Berkshires to see “the Colors” in September and October, we locals get to enjoy a subtler “foliage season” in the Spring, uncrowded by swivelheads.

The steeple of a church in Shelburne rises above the buds, catkins and nascent leaves of our mixed-hardwood countryside:

This time of year, with its unsettled weather, seems somehow more appropriate to the character of “traditional” New England than the Disney-esque rainbows of Autumn.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

Phall Pholiage Photos (With A Hat-Tip To Phydo.) October 15, 2009

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Pardon, if you will, my Ph imbalance; it’s just one of the many imbalances I’m dealing with these days.

This year’s foliage season seems to have peaked while Susan and I were fully engaged in moving in together, and thus went largely undocumented. It’s a time thing, you know?

Anyway, I snapped an occasional picture, and since it’s been such a while since I blogged, they’ve piled up to the extent that I might reasonably be judged to have “been there,” when in fact I’ve been speeding past this phase of my life on the way to somewhere else.

So here they are, unceremoniously dumped before tomorrow’s forecast of snow renders them irrelevant.

A calm stretch of the Deerfield river, with the Bridge of Flowers in the distance:

bridge of flowers from a distance

Ferns gone by in the high country of Monroe:

yellow ferns

A farmscape in nearby Cheshire, where affluent suburbia crowds a traditionally agricultural valley:

Cheshire farmscape

A late-greening field in the high hills of the intentionally misnamed Florida, which has a growing season which makes the blink of an eye look like stop-action photography:

florida fields

The same farm on a different day, from a different angle:

Florida barn close-up

Hey, I got a million of ’em.  Guess I’ll have to come back soon to finish ( or at least further) this dump.

Later then,


Late September. September 27, 2009

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Massachusetts, like any place else, has its better moments.  And a disproportionate number of them happen in September.

Mind you, I’m prejudiced; I happen to have happened in September as well.  But that notwithstanding, the mix of warm wet air and cool dry wind do produce an invigorating perceptual pallet, weather permitting, of course.  This year the weather wasn’t particularly permitting, delivering oranges when reds were expected and substituting browns for the yellows I ordered.

But still, it’s been pretty:

Cheshire view

Looking down into Cheshire on the way home from work.

The niches in the landscape which had access to daily fogs and vapors fared well this past month, with dense fogs down at the river rising with the sun, misting the steep valley slopes before dissipating into a bright blue sky.

Mosses loved it:

moss in Florida

…as did I.

Hey, what can I say.  I’m a Libra.

Anyway, expect light posting for a couple of weeks, as Susan and I are moving in together; that is, we’re each moving to a mid-way location so we can both keep our jobs.

This past weekend saw the bulk of my moving, with my brother and me doing most of it (Susan is having health complications, and despite a laudable willingness of spirit, her body isn’t really cooperating.)  I’m certain it was a sight – he, at 5’4″, is the family giant, and though he’s fit as a fiddle, he recently injured his back.  Between that and my totally destroyed shoulders and right ankle, we must have looked like the Jerry’s Kids Moving Company!  🙂

And next weekend we do it all again with Susan’s move.  So you’ll likely only be hearing from me when I can’t stand up any longer but am too wound up to sleep.

Come to think of it, this may devolve into nightly posts after all!

Ruby Tuesday! September 30, 2008

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Man, what to do with all these pictures of red things?

I know…  join the fun at Work of the Poet, where every Tuesday is Ruby Tuesday!

Here’s a barn along a winding road, from last weekend.  It ran red in the rain , heavy with permanence, the functional heart of a nearby farm:

…and a long, slow shot of a leaf beneath the surface of a knee-deep brook, taken as my awareness of the cool water disappeared into the still, misty air:

And today after work I was compelled to hang a u-turn and pull over across the street from a particularly stunning maple to pick out fragments of it’s splendor with my new 400mm lense:

Still getting the hang of that one, and will be for some time, I do suppose.

Hope that put a little extra Ruby in your Tuesday!

Oh, and H/T to The Pagan Sphinx for hooking me up with this beautiful site!