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 →
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 47was 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 →
I really didn’t have a lot of time for photography this Autumn, but I was able to get the camera out a couple of times and I took a lot of phone pictures. Although I shared some of the phone pictures before, I redid them in Photoshop. In some ways I like the Instagram versions better, but I’ll leave these up as a contrast. Like this picture out of my Kitchen window up in Wilton, New Hampshire.
Did you recognize it? It has been posted before, an early November scene of grey and the last glowing embers of autumn. Continue reading →
Yes, only a couple of months late, I have finally had a chance to look through all of the photos from my trip to Cape Cod in early September. OK, those who follow my blog know I am down there all of the time, but I am talking about a trip that lasted more than a week, a trip that had my parents spending most of that week of it with us.
It was a stormy week, with a hurricane coming at us. There was some stormy weather, but then it fizzled out. We spend a day at the beach watching in the rain as the waves lashed the shore. There was actually some seals in the surf! You can see one in the gallery below. Continue reading →
Earlier in the week I mentioned how beautiful it is right now but how hard it is to get out with a camera. Well, I remedied that by taking a couple of phone pictures out of my upstairs kitchen window. These pictures made me smile ;)
Oh, and a tree in my back yard from the neighboring parking lot (another phone pict): Continue reading →
I didn’t take quite as many photos in July as I have previous years, but I think one or two of these are pretty good.
A few things – I took a lot of pictures of egrets, both snowy and great, but had zero come out. Bummer. The swans are more standoffish this year so I have fewer pictures of them.
On the plus side is the osprey. I saw the oddest thing – an adult osprey sitting on the back of a newly fledged young osprey. They were both making a racket. When I got pretty close the adult flew away, but as I was passing it came back again. Just after I passed by they both flew away. I have no clue what was going on. OK, a clue – every year I see adults beating up on newly fledged young birds. I can only guess they are trying to get the young ones to fend for themselves. usually it is a young one sitting in a tree or on a pole and the adult attacks making it fly away. (Young = gold eyes, adult = yellow eyes)
Oh, my guess is these are the same osprey I photographed earlier since it was close to the nest (Photo below from June 25, 2016).
I hope you enjoy the photos! As always, click on a photo to bring up more detail. When you bring one up you can scroll through them all. Enjoy! (All photos on or around Swan Pond/Swan River in Dennis and Dennis Post MA on Cape Cod.)
People who read my blog, and particularly those who read the coffee posts, may remember that I spent a little over a week down on Cape Cod a few weeks back. Those same people may realize that I visit there quite often, like usually a couple of times a month, and take a lot of pictures. Well, I didn’t take quite as many pictures as usual and didn’t carry my camera ll of the time. But I did take some pictures, some which I think are pretty good.
Maybe there’s a slight disappointment that I didn’t carry my camera around as much as I usually do, but I hope you won’t be disappointed in the pictures themselves – I think there a re a few pretty good shots in here. But I’ll let you make up your own mind. (All of these pictures where taken from the kayak either on Swan Pond in Dennis/Dennis Port or on the Swan River in Dennis or Dennis Port.)
As usual, click on a picture to see the full version with more detail. Once the picture is up you can go through them like a slide show.
We were on the way back from eating out when we decided to stop and try for one more chance of getting a good picture of the local eagles. My dad and I had our cameras and my mom and my parents’ “Chinese Granddaughter” came along just to stretch their legs. Actually, they had little choice since my dad and I had already decided to stop.
We saw a couple of eagles at a distance, but the setting sun was just in the wrong position, blotting out any view across the estuary. Other people came and went, mostly walking through but stopping to see if they might get lucky and see an eagle or other sight. Continue reading →