Monday, February 20, 2017

Snowshoeing in New Boston

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It was a wonderfully warm day on Sunday and I took the opportunity to snowshoe along the Piscataquog River with my sister in New Boston.

Mill Pond Conservation Area

Oops, someone lost a hat
Susan enjoying the warm weather

Susan in the middle of the footbridge that spans the Piscataquog River

The trail markers are numbered to assist rescue personnel to locate injured hikers

Great day for a hike

Ice floes on the Piscataquog


A hole in the river


I have a new blog: Take a Breath

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Tramps & Hawkers

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This weekend I spent some time taking photographs and playing music with friends. Phil Rabinowitz did a great cover of one of my favorite Jim Ringer songs. I'm not sure if Ringer penned it because it has an "old" sound attached to it.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's March - Boston

I had the opportunity to be part of the women's march in Boston, MA.  It was an amazing display of solidarity. Hopefully this energy will be translated into action to make America GREATER. The New York Times published photos of marches on every continent. Here are a few of the photos that I took at Boston Common.

Reminded me a bit of the 1960s
Off in the distance Senator Elizabeth Warren and other notables spoke to the crowd. This was the closest we could be to the venue.
“Yesterday, Donald Trump was sworn in as president. That sight is now burned into my eyes forever,” Warren told the crowd, which the Boston mayor’s office estimated was reached many as 150,000 people. “And I hope the same is true for you — because we will not forget. We do not want to forget. We will use that vision to make sure that we fight harder, we fight tougher, and we fight more passionately than ever — not just for the people whom Donald Trump supports, but for all of America.”
“We can whimper, we can whine, or we can fight back. Me? I’m here to fight back,” Warren continued. “We come here to stand shoulder to shoulder to make clear: We are here, we will not be silent, we will not play dead, we will fight for what we believe in.”

Most of the signs were homemade

Not all signage was negative

Fired up and ready to go


Shepard Fairey posters were seen throughout crowd

I shared this photo with The Obama Foundation because I believe in the sentiment

Someone needs a spell check on misogyny


Strong opinions

No Walls, build schools, bridges and libraries

Make America Kind Again

Statue of William Ellery Channing  at Boston Common wearing a pink pussy hat. This was a popular photo-op with the crowd (below).
Photographing the statue
I attended with the women in my life, my daughter and wife.


This was not necessary, the weather was perfect, almost springlike.

Arlington Street Church - Note "Muslims Welcome" sign

More pussy references

My daughter quipped that "Girls have to have their coffee"

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Trap Falls

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The New Ipswich Photo club chooses a monthly photo theme each month. We choose a  photographic subject or technique to encourage us to try new things.  I confess that I usually "cheat" by digging into my own archives. However this year I am going to stretch out a bit and use only current photos. The theme this month is "streams or flowing water". I took the short drive to Willard State Forest in Ashby, MA to Trap Falls and was pleased to find plenty of flowing water. I visited in the summer and it was bone dry.

Waterfalls are such a common photographic subject that I'm not sure how to produce anything that hadn't been done before in a thousand ways. The common approach is taking a long exposure to soften the flow and since I didn't have any ND filters, the slowest shot I took was at 1/30 second.

I decided my photos looked better in black and white or in this case sepia

The falls had a mix of ice and running water and I shot this into the light to capture the spray. This was taken at the relatively slow shutter speed of 1/30 second

High structure photo brings out the stones

A fast shutter hides the movement of the water. But I took a video too!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Gem├╝tlichkeit 2017

Once again we celebrated German New Years in New Hampshire at the reasonable hour of 6 PM, EST. No need to wait any longer.  We had sky laterns, chinese food, fireworks and a Feuerzangenbowle. That is all that is needed to ring in the new year.

Parker Hammon fires off an incendiary device

Parker Weber lights the second sky latern

These are not safe devices and we only did this because the ground is completely covered in snow. Still this one managed to get caught in a tree. No damage to life or property.

Continuing a New Years tradition of fire, we watched a rum soaked sugar cone burn and drip into spiced wine.

Drip, drip drip

Friday, December 16, 2016

It's My Birthday

Make the world go away

Where did the time go? I started this blog ten years ago with a posting about New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's appearance in New Hampshire, two years prior to the presidential primary. What was my motivation to start a blog? Why spend time on something like this?

I was looking for an online way to share photos, letters and other artifacts with my extended family. I maintained an email distribution list, sending out photos on folks birthdays. Not everyone was happy with so much spam, and it proved difficult to maintain. I moved on after that to a Google Group forum which proved popular until the 2000 election which got quite heated. I felt I had created a monster. Later I settled on this blog as the principal means of sharing family news. It was passive, no email lists, no fighting in the streets. Folks could read it or ignore it. 

I was able to share photos and scanned documents, even the lyrics to Hupaj Siupaj. I included some family history such as a slideshow of the Rockland Hotel. I threw in other tidb
its too, such as our experience with a roasted mouse and the famous sign controversy of 2007.

Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites have taken over the role of folks sharing photos and experiences but I see no need to stop doing this. I have a number of recurring themes which seem to be popular such as Look What I Saw at the Green Center.  This would be nothing if I didn't have folks that take the time to read it and in some cases povide comments. Thank you for your readership and the 170,457 page views.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NBHS - 5th Annual Holiday Party

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The New Boston Historical Society held their 5th annual Holiday party on Dec 11, 2016. These are a few photos from the event.

Early Toys exhibit
- Terrie, Sue, Debbie and Lisa, all in red. 
      Terrie Wallace and Debbie Harpe are NBHS volunteers; Sue Carr is my sister.

- and the special toy exhibit.

John got right into the toy barn with his camera. 
The barn was made by Willard Williams for his sister Betsy Moody when her daughter Sarah was little.
Dick Moody says it is an accurate model of the Moodys' barn, right down to the posts and beams and horses' names written over the stalls (not visible in photos

Betsy Whitman lead  us in sing-a-long of Christmas Carols

Mom and Susan

A very nice selection of Christmas goodies served next to the fireplace

More treats

Patty Grosso and Betty Poltrack on either side of Frances and Howard Towne. 
      Howard received the Boston Post cane given to NB's oldest citizen.

Jim Dane
Rubber molded figures

The barn was made by Willard Williams for his sister Betsy Moody when her daughter Sarah was little.
Dick Moody says it is an accurate model of the Moodys' barn, right down to the posts and beams and horses' names written over the stalls (not visible in photos).
Farmer and chickens in the barn
Even a dog
MILLIONS play it!

Radio Car

China doll with multiple wigs
A fire added to the festive atmosphere

The honeymoon express

No plastic in those days

Buddy L truck from the 1920s

Watching the late afternoon sun