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An October Surprise. October 30, 2011

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So, we got the predicted foot.  It’s just making a cameo appearance to promote its upcoming epic story, “Winter!”

It’s nice to look at, but like cement to move:

…and this happened without losing power!  That was a big relief, it makes everything so much harder.

This snow won’t last, sitting between unfrozen ground and above-freezing air.  It is  October, after all.

My back lasted almost as long as the shoveling job, then I grabbed my kit and headed for the hills.

Up in Florida (!) I found some oak leaves standing up and taking notice of the change in the weather:

The driveway shot, by the way, was with Ziggy, who usually does my macros; the oak leaves are Elliot’s dirty work.

But the days are so short this time of year that by the time I got to Hawley the sun was sinking low, and the few maple leaves that had survived the snow were picking up some color:

…and I had miles to go, dinner to cook and a hungry wood stove to feed before I slept, so I booked.

I hope you all survived your weekend as well.

See you sooner.

Li’l Bits ‘O Heaven! October 12, 2010

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As much as I’ve lamented the lackluster autumn foliage season this year, I’m happy to say that there are some spots making reasonable displays of color.  Here are a few shots which I took this past week.

First, a ride through Upper Buckland gave nice views of the hillsides on the east side of route 112:

There are some nice country homes out that way ; too bad they have to suffer with such unfortunate views:

😉

Closer to home (from my yard, in fact) Gizmo (my 400mm lens) was able to snag a few shots of isolated snippets of the surrounding hillsides in the last long rays of the setting sun, when the colors were optimized against the growing shadows.

Hemlocks stand guard over a hillside of maples helplessly ablaze with the last light of day:

White pines wind their way toward the valley bottom as their bedtime approaches:

…but are forced to huddle together as they’re surrounded by phalanxes of fiercely yellow ashes and cherries:

Meanwhile, stoical oaks stand above it all, unmoved by lesser trees’ rush to color:

They’re rock steady, those old oaks!

There may be a few more foliage posts left in this season, but things are fading fast, and time will tell.

Peace, Out.

Closer To Home. April 7, 2009

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It’s been a mixture of nice Spring weather and gnarly, bone-chilling days here this past week.  “Nice weather for ducks,” you might say:

mallard and mate

A mallard and his very well camouflaged mate endure a steady rain with aplomb.

All this rain has the rivers rippin’:

Shelburne Falls damscape

…and the pastures beginning to green up:

oak tree

…which, of course pleases even the most discerning of grazers:

horse's eye

The maple buds are popping just as the moon is waxing:

moon over maples

I’m hoping for some nice skies as the full moon approaches – it’s been a couple of monthe since the weather cooperated with that!

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!

Trees. September 21, 2008

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As seen along the way.  An oak:

A field row of elms and maple:

The colors are a bit behind this year.