Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Daily Photo Themes

I had some issues with the images I used in this blog which are embedded  from my Flickr Albums. That issue appears to be resolved, so I'll post a few as a test. There may be some repeats

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Tuesday theme picture for #TuesDecay

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I've always found abandoned buildings to be an attractive photo subject. I have no idea where and when I shot this 35mm slide. I suspect it was at Prince Edward Island in the early 1970s.

It's probably fallen over by now!

Monday, November 07, 2011

HC-1 Helicopter for #MilitaryMonday

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The Kaman "Seasprite" UH-2 was used for Search and Rescue (SAR) aboard the USS BonHomme Richard (CVA-31).

I was an avionics technician assigned to HC-1 Det 3 out of Ream Field, Imperial Beach, CA. We deployed for Vietnam in 1970.

Monday photo theme - #MirrorMonday

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Face painting booth at the 150th Children's Fair in New Ipswich, NH.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Sunday photo theme - #SkySunday

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There are times I wished I lived out west where you can watch a storm from afar without having it rain on you.
In New Ipswich, NH the hills change the storms path so often they appear in our southern sky. This storm was unique because stars and later the moon was visible as it passed on. No rain on that day and the color was close to that weird purplish glow.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Daily photo theme for today is #SongbirdSaturday

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One of my favorite songbirds is the Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). Although their "Chick-a-dee-dee-dee" is more of a scolding than singing when the feeder is empty.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Today's theme is #TuesDecay

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I keep waiting to see a tree pop through the roof of this car I see everyday in my home town.

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Gas was cheaper back in the day

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Rust and paint

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Wasps found a nice nesting place

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Seems a bit expensive doesn't it?

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy #Caturday

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Buster yawning. His teeth aren't the best but he manages in spite of that.

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Our late cat Sam, a fine cat. Buster never accepted him as a friend. Wandered off to an unknown fate.

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Our late cat Pickles,  one of the toughest cats we have ever had. He came as a stray and was impossible to keep indoors. Oblivious to weather he would bring us dead rodents daily. He tangled with animals and had his share of scars and even a missing fang.

Buster was afraid of him, but he was gentle with the family. He was a Samurai cat.

Sadly something must have got him in his journeys but we know he went down with a fight.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Flowers for #FloralFriday

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Star Magnolia  - April 27, 2011


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Helleborus - April 21, 2008


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Eastern Pitcher Plant flowers (Sarracenia purpurea) - Jun 2, 2011


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Thistle flower - Unknown date
Scanned transparency (also qualifies for #FilmFriday)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

First snow of the 2011 winter season

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October 27th 2011, the first visible snow of the fall-winter season. At this point it is not yet a nuisance, just a interesting mix of fall colors with a white tinge.


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There is a bit of danger to plants that have not dropped their leaves. This is a wet heavy snow.


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Summer persists as long as it can. This climbing hydrangea still has green leaves. This shot was taken beneath pine trees which tend to be warmer, thus the lack of snow.

Highland Light for #LighthouseThursday

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Highland Light in Truro, MA on Cape Cod


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Highland Light in March of 2004


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My Uncle Henry at Highland light  circa 1930s

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lowell Folk Festival for #WeLoveMusicWednesday

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The Lowell Folk Festival is an amazing FREE event featuring musical and dance performances. On a side street   I stopped and listened to these street musicians playing my favorite genre of music.

The festival will be held from July 27th to July 29th in 2012 in downtown Lowell, MA.

Man in window for #WindowWednesday

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I have a vague idea about the details for most of my slides, but this one baffles me. It may be a shot taken in Spain in 1971 or '72. I really don't know.

Needless to say, having photos in the digital medium has solved a lot of problems with keeping track of time and place.

This is my choice for #WindowWednesday. Thanks for viewing.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chinese train for #TransportTuesday

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I'm having fun with these daily photo themes on Google+. I usually find that I have a photo or two for each category.

In 1985 I traveled to China to do some work for Digital Equipment Corporation. I needed to travel between Shanghai and Wuhan and I was lucky enough to trail via rail.

What amazed me was the sight of so many coal driven steam engines in operation. In the states they are more of a tourist attraction. One night in Wuhan I heard one whistle screaming as the train went over the Yangtze River Bridge. It reminded me of every train song I have ever heard that  has a lonesome whistle lyric.

The photo was scanned from a 35mm slide, shot with my old Nikon. This explains the dust marks. The film was developed in China with some questionable quality standards and color balance.

Goodbye old friend for #TuesDecay

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This barn  had become too dangerous to enter. It had shifted off it's stone foundation, had gaping holes a buckled floor. A chain was attached to a support beam and pulled by a tractor. At first the beam popped out leaving the barn unscathed.

A few more attempts (and beams) and the old girl lurched over in a cloud of dust and escaping bats.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Two bug shots for #MacroMonday

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One of the good guys in the bug world. One of the fastest insects in the world. Predators of mosquitoes and deer flies. I love them.

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Multicolored Asian Lady BeetleHarmonia axyridis (Pallas) - "Halloween Ladybug"


A bit of a pest in my estimation, they are everywhere in October. They have displaced the native ladybugs. They are beneficial because they eat aphids, but are a bit disgusting for home owners. They nip just enough to be felt, gather in every crevice in your house, and reflexively bleed a smelly liquid.

A-4 Skyhawk for #MilitaryMonday

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Silhouette of an A-4 Skyhawk fighter taken aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) in 1970. This shot was scanned from a 35mm slide (Nikkormat FTN - 50mm f1.4 Nikkor lens).

I was stationed at Ream Field at Imperial Beach, CA with the HC-1 Helicopter squadron (Detachment 3). We deployed to Vietnam in 1970 aboard the "Bonnie Dick".

While researching this photo I came across some photos taken by a photographer's mate and posted on Flickr under the username of exENRON.

His album may be seen here.

He sent me a nice email:


I was the last photographers mate to leave the ship on decommissioning at Bremerton and I rescued many photos on their way to the dumpster. I will try to dig through them and sort out a few of the HC-1 helo shots. Many of the photos that I have were taken by PH2 Crouse and PH2 Lowry on HC-1 ships. Thanks for your support of OP division operations. Also do you recall on that cruise when three Chinooks landed on the aft flight deck and unloaded some VC and NVA POWs?






Sunday, October 23, 2011

Some selections for #SacredSunday

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I found it a bit ironic to see this broken headstone at a Mason, NH cemetery.

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Tibetan monks constructed an intricate sand mandala at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, NH

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Detail of Mandala

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Monks would chant before and after a day of constructing the mandala.

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At the conclusion of the manadala construction, the sand is swept up and dumped into the Contoocook River at Depot Park in Peteborough, NH. This is representative of the transient nature of things, even things of great beauty.