I always post a lot of photos from Cape Cod, and have done a late April post every year. I wasn’t 100% happy with my late April photos this year, but I am a bit happier with the ones I took in mid May.
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
Every year I do a short “Spring Break” on Cape Cod and every year I do a photo post when I get back. I feel a little bad this year, because I took so few good photos, but I’m going to post some anyway.
From my Weekly Smile last week:
I took a short vacation at the end of last week. yes, I only visited my cottage on Cape Cod, which I typically do a couple of times a month, but I took time off of work. Continue reading
Over the weekend, being stuck inside due to ill health, I finally looked at the photos I took earlier in the month. It was amazing to see that despite the late spring-like temperatures of February 24, how bad the weather was just 11 days before that, on February 13. We had snow on average of every other day for the first two weeks of February, including a couple of decent size storms. We also had some very cold temperatures to go with all of that snow. And then, two weeks later and it is 74 F/23 C! Almost all of the snow is gone! But then, I see in the long range forecast that they are predicting a large snow storm in about week. Winter may be back. Continue reading
A few weeks ago I did a short hike near my house in New Hampshire. The trail follows Purgatory Brook and goes by all three waterfalls, but I only stopped at the first. It was relatively warm day, but the path was icy in spots. For the most part, though it was a great hike.
One special thing about the hike was that I brought my camera and the new lens. The bad thing is that I had forgotten to change the battery so it continued to flash at me that I was losing power. I still took a few pictures, most of the ice covered waterfall, Lower Purgatory Falls. Continue reading
Last week I talked about my new lens. I haven’t had any time to really use it, but I’ve continued to take pictures around the house. I think we all do that when we get a new camera or lens, just take little test shots. But it’s been fun! And my pets usually don’t get this much photographic attention.
This is the beginning of the second year of The Weekly Smile! Notice the new graphic? Well,it is slightly cleaned up. Last week I posted a new smile every day to celebrate and to remember the origins in A Smile a Day. Now back to our regularly scheduled program ;)
Tuesday I finally received my Christmas gift. It was half a gift from myself and the other half from three other people. I bought a new lens for my camera. It is a “regular” lens in that it has what many consider the most useful range – 12-40 mm (28-80mm 35mm equivalent – I use micro Fourthirds). It is a bright/fast lens in that it is f2.8 for the entire range. It is a good piece of glass and was on sale ;) Continue reading
So, what should I do with my brother on Friday afternoon after he gets into town? I wasn’t super worried about this question, but I did want something to do. There are a lot of short hikes close to my house, some with a lot of country charm (i.e., fields, meadows, etc.), some with small lakes/large ponds, some with stands of ancient trees where you can walk through trees that were all alive before any European settlers where in the area. There is also a nice little hike that has three waterfalls. 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