DAY ONE – THE SEVEN DAY NATURE CHALLENGE

I am honored to be chosen by the fabulous Cee Neuner  to participate in the Seven Day Nature Challenge.

To take part in the challenge I’m supposed to post one photo per day for seven days. The subject can be anything from the natural world. Each day I will try to nominate a new participant.  I’ll do the best I can with that, but if you would like to participate … especially if you are a nature photographer … please, contact me. I prefer to not draft people without asking first.

I have more than 100,000 archived photographs, about 90% landscapes and other natural subjects. Autumn, the Blackstone River, water fowl, sunrises are all favorite subjects. This as an opportunity to show off pictures I’ve taken, but never processed.

THE GOLDEN HOUR

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I took this photo from the scenic overlook called Attean view, a few miles south of Jackman, Maine. It was late afternoon, just before sunset during the last week of September, 2014. The angle of the sun was directly in our faces while we were shooting and the glare made this picture very hard to work with … but thanks to new filter sets, I have been able to make this one work.

My first selected participant is a wonderful photographer from New York. I’ve been following A Day In The Life for years and she just gets better ever day!

DESERT, RIVER, MOUNTAIN, CITY, AND TOWN – LANDSCAPE

LANDSCAPE is this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme. Since I’m a landscape photographer, though I also do other kinds of pictures, this leaves me in the awkward position of trying to pick a few favorites out of thousands of favorites.

So I’m going to pick one from each of my favorite photo venues.

From the Arizona desert:

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From the mountains of Maine:

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From Vermont in autumn:

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Along the Blackstone River:

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Sunrise and moon-set from my bedroom window:

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An urban landscape, Brookline (Boston):

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The Blackstone Canal:

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And our town by night near Christmas:

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I participate in WordPress' Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

EARLY GREEN

March is not particularly green, at least not in New England. It’s a fickle month with warm days, cold nights, sudden thaws and freezes … and of course, snowstorms. Just to remind us who’s really in charge.

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Two days ago …

Today, I went looking for signs of green and found a few.

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The trees are bare, but fat buds are beginning to appear — a promise of leaves to come.

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But there’s more. On the ground, despite two snows in the past few days (and another on the way), the day lilies are coming up.

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A huge number of them are several inches out of the ground forming a blanket in the garden in the backyard.

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They are looking very enthusiastic! I’m expecting a great year for the lilies.

ODDBALLS AND SUNRISES: CEE’S ODDBALL PHOTO CHALLENGE

EARLY IN THE MORNING, JUST AS THE SUN WAS RISING

This time of year is dominated by the sunrise. Or, at least it is for me. This year has not been spectacular, but it has been lovely.

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Are these oddball? I can’t say. I took them all very early in the morning. Just at or immediately after dawn. I shot from a window off my bedroom where I keep a camera in case I see something.

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It could be the dawn, a bird, clouds, or anything else. I can grab a picture before it gets away and often, these pictures are so ephemeral, they exist for mere seconds.

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Moreover, I took all of these without benefit of eyeglasses. I’m was not entirely sure what I got — if anything — until I download the pictures to my computer sometimes days later.

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All of these were taken on the morning of my birthday. It was a lovely morning. A rosy dawn, a golden sunrise. A good day to be alive.

LOVING LIFE

ONE LOVE?

The universe is telling me to focus on love. What is it saying to you?


Just one?

I cannot fit my love into one image. There is too much I love. People, activities, art, beauty, nature.

And then, there’s life. Which is love.