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High Ledges. June 3, 2010

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.
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The High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary tops a tall hill in Shelburne, and is a great place to spend a few summer hours.  It’s beautiful this time of year, with the mountain laurels starting to pop, and an idyllic view:

…overlooking the village of Shelburne Falls, with the Bridge of Flowers in shadow at the left:

That’s a way tele shot, and cropped to boot, but the people on the bridge are very differentiable in the full-sized original.

Hats off to Gizmo.

I hiked the trails looking for Lady’s Slippers, and found plenty:

The rare yellow ones, sometimes plentiful, had gone by, so you get the pinks.

I wandered the woods, taking a chance on this fun little loop:

Pay no attention to those pesky signs, I’m sure this is a fine place to hike alone, miles from medical help.

This trail brought me past a bog where pitcher plants were blooming:

…and there were small animals, some disturbed by my passing, including this baby porcupine which waddled along the trail ahead of me, muttering (I swear!) ’till it hung a quick left and climbed a tree:

Sorry ’bout the picture quality, but I was set up for wildflowers, with mirror lock-up, manual focus and a two second delay, and this all happened pretty quickly.

So up the tree he went:

…then off to home I headed, relaxed and smiling from a good walk in the woods.

I hope you enjoy it too!

Wild And Wooly! May 6, 2009

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Took a quick run up Mount Negus this evening (well, part way up) to see if the vernal pool had anything interesting goin’ on.  I was thinking along the lines of wildflowers or moss treasures, so I had Ziggy, my 50mm macro lens, on the camera.

Turned out there was something interesting going on, of the fur-bearing variety; but by the time I got changed over to my 400mm telephoto lens the wind had shifted, and all I got was the “Buh-Bye” shot:


So long, Ms. Bear.  I’ll be back.

The wildflowers weren’t happening, but I got a shot of the pool, full and dark and deep:

negus vernal pool

And on the way out, this little guy munching happily away in a tree top:


“You cain’t awlways git what yew waaant…”

…but I’ll take it.


Hello There! June 28, 2007

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.

Here’s a pic I shot the other day. I remembered it after seeing Phydeaux Speaks‘ post on feeding the animals.


I found this guy scurrying to the best of his stout little ability to get out of the road… I think he was hit by a car before I arrived. I followed him a little ways to take the photo, and he seemed to be moving alright.

Send good energy up to Florida, Massachusetts, ‘k?