LOOKING OUT OUR BACK (OR FRONT) DOOR — IN BLACK & WHITE

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Outside Your Home or View

The autumn leaves are getting pale, though probably down by the river they are still bright. Here, though, they are pale. It’s definitely a result of the prolonged drought. I hope the drought is ending. We got a inch and a half of rain earlier in the week and we are supposed to get more over the weekend. We have a big water deficit to make up: about 9 inches in Boston and about 7 or 8 inches locally. I hope we are (finally) on our way!

These were taken by Garry and me between August and October 2020.

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IN THE HOUSE IN BLACK & WHITE

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Inside Your Home

I love the edges and reflections in the house and the angles. I love the little things. Books and clocks and dolls and toys.

HORNS: COWS, GOATS, AND SHEEP

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Horns

I live in a valley where horned animals also live. Cows and goats, mainly. I found one other kind of horn — in our jeep.That’s all the horns I could find.

Farm cows — with horns! Photo Garry Armstrong
Horn in a jeep
Goats on the farm

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BLACK & WHITE – SHOES, FEET, HUMAN & ANIMAL

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Feet or Shoes, Human or Animal

This Cee Neuner, this week her topic is Feet or Shoes, Human, or Animals. Enjoy being creative if you feel like it, and have fun with the challenge.

Duke’s paws
Gibb’s paws
Summer sandal
Furry boots
Naked feet
Youthful feet
More summertime feet
Winter boots

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SHADOWS & REFLECTIONS – CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows & Reflections)

I ran out of room before I ran out of pictures. We must do this one again sometime soon! Shadows are mostly at home. The reflections are on the canal. We are having a very bad drought here right now. The rivers are drying up and the fish, with no place to swim, are dying. The herons fly as far as they must to find food. it was in 2016 that the eagles left, moving north to the Merrimack which is a bigger, deeper river. This is the worst drought since 2016 when you could see the bottom of the rivers – all mud and sand. There was barely a trickle. These were taken in June, when we still had water. We need some rain soon. Meanwhile, let’s look back on the river when its still waters reflected shadow and light.

Faded reflection of the river and bridge
Photo: Garry Armstrong
Painted, faded river and bridge
Shady backyard
Shade and fuchsia
Shady Duke
Faded daylilies
Reflections in the Canal

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BLACK, WHITE, AND LIGHT

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge:
Lighting of Any Kind

The light in black and white is different than in color. You need not only light, but usually shadow or rays to show the light off to advantage.

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FROM BEHIND IN BLACK & WHITE

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: From the Back


A lot of my best pictures have been from the back, but most of them are not (yet) in black and white. I spent most of yesterday processing photographs. Between the time I picked up the camera and a little while later, put it down, I took 120 pictures. It took me a while to sift through them. I also had t go out on the deck and move the plants so i could actually see anything. Some of the pictures I regretfully didn’t use were taken through the leaves. For some reason, my camera will do that. The areas shot through leaves look like there’s a green fog in front of them. I saved some of them. At some point, I might find something interesting to do with them.

At the tolls, it’s always from the back
Back of Titmouse
And just a few more cows
Photo: Garry Armstrong
Local cows (good milk)
Photo: Garry Armstrong
The Duke
The Terriers
Definitely from the rear
Back end of bird
The end

Given that the past few weeks have been downright frantic, I took the archival way out today and spent almost all day, other than making supper, listening to a book. And REALLY enjoying listening to the book. liking it so much, I might listen to the whole thing again tomorrow.

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BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CAMERAS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, OR EQUIPMENT

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge:
Cameras, photographers or equipment


I love taking pictures of people taking pictures and I also love taking pictures of my cameras. I still have the same cameras I’ve had for years except for a recently acquired Pen F.  I don’t expect to buy any more cameras, though there are lenses for which I still yearn.

Camera-wise, I’m pretty wrapped up everything I want.

Glass on a lens
Picnic table with camera – Photo Garry Armstrong
Hands around the camera
My favorite toys
Garry with camera
The TV camera in waiting
OMD
On the set

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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letter R – at least 6 letters per word


There goes the neighborhood! Garry came back from the deli looking very dangerous!

Ruthless!
Remember the real Garry

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HEADS AND FACES IN BLACK & WHITE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features

I don’t do a lot of portraits anymore. I used to. Back when I was more mobile, I got to do weddings and portraits for fun and occasionally, for a few dollars. So now, I shall dig deep into my archives and see what I can come up with.

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START YOUR ENGINES PLEASE! – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge:
Anything with a Motor or Engine


I probably have a lot of engines in my folders, but they are all in folders by month and year, which makes locating them pretty difficult. I do, however, have an absolute favorite engine picture.

This amazing car hangs from the ceiling of the dealer where we bought our last three cars. I sometimes stand under it, camera in hand, with just a little brain tickle that the car might fall and crush me, and marvel at it.

Plymouth Prowler
Hoisted Plymouth Prowler – a very rare car!

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WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels


I love wheels.

Shiny wheels, rusty ones, big puffy ones, and old wooden ones. I like them with a lot of gleaming and carved of wood. These photographs are drawn from my archives. Some are more than a decade old, others more recent.

And of course, everything is in black & white. Click on any picture to see it larger and more detailed.