Yesterday I took a couple of hours and zipped through the hundreds of photos I have taken in the last few months. I didn’t look at every photo – I barely even glanced at the photos of flying osprey, of which there were hundreds, but grabbed one from this weekend: Continue reading
There are many streams and rivers in and around Wilton, New Hampshire. Since Wilton is also on the edge of the bigger hills of southern NH, there are several waterfalls.
Just a few miles from my house there is a very pretty falls that everyone knows about and visits. Actually, I haven’t been in a few years, but I used to go all of the time. Here is an older photo of it taken in early winter (yes, that is snow).
A little farther out, and just over the border into Mt. Vernon and Milford, is Purgatory Brook with the three main Purgatory Falls, Upper, Middle and Lower, plus many pretty smaller falls. Last year I did a post on this beautiful hike. Here is a photo from Monday. Continue reading
I was on Cape Cod for a week in late June of this year. As usual, I took a ton of photos. I finally got a chance to dig through them. There were just too many ;) The hard part was weeding them out and picking my favorites. Not always the best. For instance, I like this Osprey with a stick:
Not as good as the photo at the top of the page, but I like the stick. I actually took a few photos of osprey with sticks, and some with fish, but most didn’t come out very well. Continue reading
I spent a few days in Ohio back in early June. This is a yearly trip to visit family. And that’s what most of it was about – visiting. Of course, part of the visiting where the “eagle hunts” with my father. We did two of them: one to McGee Marsh and the other, more local to my parents, to Old Woman’s creek.
Even though we saw a lot of the same types of things as usual, there were a few special things. Some I didn’t notice until I was looking at the photos.
I took quite a few pictures of a great Blue Heron in Lake Erie out at McGee. Later I discovered that a snapping turtle was right next to the bird. I can see the head in almost a dozen photos. Here is one. Can you see it? Continue reading
I take a lot of photos. One problem is going through all of those photos, finding the best, and then editing them to post here (or use in other ways). I finally had a chance to go through all of my photos from the trip I took to Ohio in early June. I was surprised by a few of them. For instance, I took a lot of pictures of a great blue heron in Lake Erie. As i was going through the photos, I noticed that you can see a turtle in about a half a dozen of the shots. It was swimming around the bird. Looking at the head, it must have been a huge snapper. Was it looking for poultry? I have a few shots of another great blue shaking the water off like a dog. I take a lot of pictures of the moon, and I think I took my clearest yet. Continue reading
In the last few weeks I’ve posted quite a few photos from my new camera on Facebook. Yesterday I took a quick shot of the sun setting across Swan Pond, the small body of brackish water that is about 100 yrds/meters from my house. Yes, there is a landing there were I launch my kayak.
Anyway, so I took a quick phone photo and posted it to Instagram and Facebook. It’s OK, but the real thing had so many colors that my hone didn’t capture, shades of purple, etc. I have rarely received as much attention for a photo. One person said it was the best photo I’ve taken in a while – a person who saw all of the waterfall and Cape Cod photos I’ve posted recently. And it’s a phone photo… Continue reading
There are several nice little hikes close to my (New Hampshire) house. I’m talking within 2 or 3 miles (under 5 km). There are some more mountainous hikes within 10 miles (15 km). I don’t take advantage of these trails as much as I used to or as much as I should. I’m going to try to change that…
One of them is a trail up Purgatory Brook (Milford and Mt. Vernon, NH) that hits three larger (not huge) waterfalls and a handful of smaller falls, including, in the wet weather, a stream that cascades down the steep valley into the brook. This is a very pretty hike. Last autumn I rediscovered it when my brother came to visit. I used photos of the hike in several posts, including this one. In early February I did another short hike (not seeing the upper two waterfalls) and posted about it here.
A little over a week ago I revisited it. One of the reasons I wanted to go was that I had just picked up a new camera and wanted to field test it. Continue reading
In about a week I am going to share some photos of today’s hike. I just wanted to post this teaser…
This is Middle Purgatory Falls. I used a very slow shutter speed, but it is handheld. I have a new camera and this is a test shot… Do you think it passed? ;)
I started my exploration of digital photography with an Olympus 2020. Yes, a whopping 2 megapixals! It was a great camera, but I soon moved onto a pseudo-DSLR, the Olympus E-10.
The E-10 had the prism, shutter, etc. of an SLR but worked a little different. One thing it did is “split” the light beam between the eyepiece and the sensor, so the light was actually reduced. Not good back in the day when ISO 320 was considered a high ISO shot!. ISO 320? Yes, because of the reduced light hitting the sensor, the E-10 used ISO 80 as its base, then ISO 160 and ISO 320. In other words, the E-10 was a great good weather camera! Continue reading
I know I’ve talked it about it quite a bit and even had posts about it, but just in case you didn’t know, I went hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains exactly a month ago, on November 19. In fact, my Weekly Smile for week 47 was a write up about the hike. Look at it for details. OK, here’s a short excerpt:
We got up bright and early (or actually still very dark and early) Saturday morning and drove up to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Specifically we went up to the Franconia Notch area and did the loop around Mt. Lafayette. The loop is about 8.9 miles (14.3 km). The top of Lafayette is around 3000 feet (915 m) above the trail head and the total climb (since there are several peaks in the loop) is about 3900 feet (1190 m). It is not an easy trail, but it is a fun one.
I also posted about the fall I took while hiking. I am still not 100% recovered. The worse of it was past in a week or two, so a month out I’m fine, but there are still times I can tell I injured myself. Continue reading