DAY THREE – THE SEVEN DAY NATURE CHALLENGE

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

The challenge calls for posting one photo a day for seven days. The subject can be anything from the natural world. Today, I thought I’d stay close to home. Show you some pictures of the Blackstone River. It’s the main river in this watershed valley.

Forty-eight miles of river from where it begins in the Worcester hills to its outlet in Narragansett Bay near Providence, Rhode Island. Along its course, it drops 450 feet and generates a lot of power. Mills and factories used to crowd the banks of the Blackstone.

This is where the American Industrial Revolution began, but it also caused horrible pollution. Pollution which is lingers yet. Better than it was, but not gone. There are always people who refuse to believe it’s a bad idea to dump waste into your drinking water. It’s a level of stupidity I have trouble comprehending.

But I digress.

THE BLACKSTONE RIVER

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These were all taken in March in Whitinsville, the next town west of us along Route 122. The swans and seagulls were having a party and they let us take the pictures.

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Cee and I are acquainted with most of the same groups of photo bloggers and pretty much anyone I can think to nominate has already been nominated. If by some quirk of luck, you have been overlooked, PLEASE participate. Consider yourself nominated and chosen! Especially if these are the kind of pictures you usually post, it’s no stretch to just post them as part of the challenge. Come one, come all!

DAY TWO – THE SEVEN DAY NATURE CHALLENGE

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

I am supposed to post a 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 thousands of photographs, about 90% landscapes and other natural subjects. Autumn, the Blackstone River, water fowl, Arizona, and sunrises are all favorite subjects. This has encouraged me to go back into my files and process pictures that I’ve never worked with.

THE SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS

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I took these photographs on one wonderful, long day in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. It was mid January with the sun high in the sky. The Superstitions (locally called “the Supes”) are impressive and forbidding. Beautiful to look at and a joy to photograph.

This final photograph has the distinction of being unprocessed except for a bit of cropping. It looked exactly like this, except maybe better.

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We took thousands of pictures in Arizona. I haven’t gotten to processing more than a quarter of them. I tried to limit myself to one picture today, but I failed. Sorry!

Cee and I are acquainted with most of the same groups of photo bloggers and pretty much anyone I can think to nominate has already been nominated. If by some quirk of luck, you have been overlooked, PLEASE participate. Consider yourself nominated and chosen! Especially if these are the kind of pictures you usually post, it’s no stretch to just post them as part of the challenge. Come one, come all!

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

SUNRISE AT THE APPROACH OF THE EQUINOX

It only happens twice a year when the world approaches the equinox. I know because suddenly, the first light of dawn shines straight into my bedroom window and directly in my eyes.

It happened the other day and I was glad. Because no matter how screwy the world of people may be, mother Nature rolls down her own pathways. The sun rises and sets on schedule. Winter ends, spring begins.

Captured from my window, just the other day as dawn rose over the trees in my woods.