Monday, December 30, 2013

Deep in the catalog - April 4, 2005 (Hibernation is over)

3192 days ago

My first bear encounter (notice remains of bird feeder hanger) right in the back yard

Since this photo, I've lost a few feeders and even saw one of these guys in full sunshine (impressive)
I have a fence charger on the feeder which seems to work for bears, squirrels and people

I chased this guy away by firing a roman candle at it. The photo is grainy because this was taken at 7 PM with a point and shoot Canon PowerShot

1/60 sec f/4.9 (with flash)

My neighbor called me to tell me about the bears and I snapped this photo
This was taken before they visited me
1/60 sec f/4.9 (with flash)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Deep in the catalog - April 9, 2005

3186 Days Ago

I started this project as a way to categorize and edit 10 years with digital photography. What is surprising is seeing how quickly the earliest years are proceeding. I started with a March photo in 2004 on December 18th and I've already jumped into Springtime in 2005. My first digital camera was a  Canon PowerShot A80 point and shoot. The "A" series was a good choice because it used regular AA batteries. When I went digital I left the comfortable world of SLRs and had to rely on a display screen. I would eventually remedy that obstacle.

I thought I was being clever with the name "Deep in the Catalog" but at some point it will be "Middle of the Catalog" or even "Shallow in the Catalog".

I loved this plant, but couldn't keep through the winter
1/1000 sec
f/3.2

Houseplant Cactus (still have it)

1/500 sec
f/5.0

St Paul Bluegrass Jam - Gardner Massachusetts

I can't think of a better way to end the year than jamming with folks playing my favorite genre of music. Some great picking this evening, this recording doesn't do it justice. The next jam will be held at Dunn State Park in Gardner on January 5th, 2014.



Saturday, December 28, 2013

Deep in the catalog - December 8, 2004

3307 days ago

Lunenburg Church
I was on my way to work in Marlboro, MA
I'm glad I had my camera with me, because you just never know what you might see

1/500sec  f/7.1
Canon PowerShot A80 (Point and Shoot)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Deep in the catalog - October 13, 2004

3362 days ago

A view of Water Loom Pond from River Road, my favorite scenic road in New Ipswich

Canon PowerShot A80 (Point and Shoot)
1/500 sec f/2.8

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Deep in the catalog - October 13, 2004

3361 days ago

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. It was wonderful being with friends and family. I'm getting back into my daily routine of posting photos.This is a shot taken on Waterloom pond in New Ipswich. It is heavily processed in Lightroom. I experimented a bit with the graduated filters and clarity settings just for fun.

September and October are my favorite months in this town.

Autumn in New Ipswich

Canon PowerShot A80
1/60 sec f/4.5



Monday, December 23, 2013

Deep in the catalog - July 30, 2004

3433 days ago

One view of the Seattle Space Needle
Obviously a UFO

Canon PowerShot A80
1/800 f/8.0




Hanging out with my buddy Gort at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle
 

Klaatu barada nikto

 


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Deep in the catalog - July 27, 2004

3435 days ago

Along the coastal trail on Nootka Island

This part of the trail needed to be crossed at low tide
I only traveled a short distance to meet our friends who were coming from the other direction and had hiked the entire 35km (22 mile) trail

Canon PowerShot A80
1/500 f/7.1


Tensions between the Nuu-Chah-Nulth1 peoples and Britain escalated and, in 1803, Chief Maquinna (the son of the Maquinna who greeted Cook), attacked the trading vessel Boston. Only 2 of her 27 crew survived the attack, they were kept as Maquinna's slaves. An account of their ordeal was published in White Slave of the Nootka, by John Rogers Jewitt (ISBN 0-919214-51-7).

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Deep in the catalog - July 26, 2004 on Nootka Island

3435 days ago

Totem at the cultural center on Nootka Island
Formerly a Roman Catholic Church originally built in 1889, replaced in 1956 after being destroyed by fire

Interior of the center

A view of Friendly Cove along the trail away from the center
Cabins may now be rented along the beach

Graveyard along the trail

The "beach" is comprised of small very smooth stones which is surprisingly difficult to hike on, almost like walking on ball bearings. Sandals are no good, because the stones get in between the webbing

An amazing place to visit, such natural beauty



Friday, December 20, 2013

Deep in the catalog - June 9. 2004

3481 days ago

Imagine a plant that would burst into flames

Dicatmnus albus

This was a great plant that I would pick and touch off with a match, it would flare up with an overpowering smell of citrus. Sadly it didn't seem to last in the garden

1/200 sec at f/2.8
Canon Powershot A80


J.S. Bach - Christmas Oratorio BWV 248





Thursday, December 19, 2013

Deep in the catalog - Moving Day

3519 days ago


"Deep in the catalog" is my project of reviewing ten years of digital photography from the earliest to latest.  In the film years, I was limited to 24 or 36 exposures per roll of film,  a manageable amount of shots.

With digital photography the number of shots is almost unlimited, which is both a blessing and a curse. As a result I have a "deep catalog", so deep I don't even know what I have,  just like the shoebox of photos you probably have in a closet.


This project is an attempt to find out what is there, delete the chaff, tag and share the better shots . Some folks organize their sock drawer, I find this more relaxing. Thanks for viewing.

I can't count the number of times I've helped move my kids
They always manage to live on the third floor of buildings with narrow staircases
 Josh (moving in) and Erik (helper) take a water break

May 2, 2004
Canon Powershot A80
1/500 f/3.5


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Deep in the catalog - April 29, 2004

3520 days ago

"Deep in the catalog" is my project of reviewing ten years of digital photography from the earliest to latest.  In the film years, I was limited to 24 or 36 exposures per roll of film,  a manageable amount of shots.

With digital photography the number of shots is almost unlimited, which is both a blessing and a curse. As a result I have a "deep catalog", so deep I don't even know what I have,  just like the shoebox of photos you probably have in a closet.

This project is an attempt to find out what is there, delete the chaff, tag and share the better shots . Some folks organize their sock drawer, I find this more relaxing. Thanks for viewing.

One of the strangest flowers that appears in the spring is that of the Japanese Butterbur
Canon Powershot A80
1/500 f/3.2
Petasites japonicus



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Code Red - Keeping citizens informed - Providing the link for New Ipswich

Code Red Website Link


I was confused today when I received a call from Code Red  telling me I could sign up for our town emergency communication notification. The call pointed me to the website which was of no help. However by browsing back 90 days the link was present which I have posted here. A good idea since we have had a few emergencies over the years. Remember 2008..... ?

12 days without power for me, how about you?

Click Here for Link


Deep in the catalog - Coast Guard Beach, off season

Deep in the catalog - 3560 days ago

We awoke today to a balmy minus two degrees temperature reading (-18 Celsius), an event that makes me think of warmer days in the sun at the beach.

One of my favorite beaches is Coast Guard Beach, located on the National Seashore on Cape Cod. I have many photos of it in August and July at the height of the vacation season, but not many off season. We spent a weekend in March of 2004 for my wife's birthday. It was cold that weekend, but it wasn't -2.

In the summer the shuttle buses would be stopping here

At least the snow was off most of the sand

Coast Guard house, a great photo subject

Almost monochrome in a appearance, the Atlantic ocean

All photos March 3, 2004
Canon PowerShot A80 (Point and Shoot)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Happy 7th Birthday! to my first (and favorite) blog

I started this blog on December 16, 2006 with a posting about Bill Richardson, who had showed up in my hometown. Originally I conceived the blog as a way to share family photos and news but quickly discovered that it was too public for that.

In the seven years I have posted 423 items with 53823 page views.

Top pageviews by USA but a surprising number from China
Maybe I should post more photos from my trip in 1985

I was surprised by the number of pageview of our stolen sign post
The sign was never recovered but a few similar ones remain on other roads
Over the seven years I have had some fun with this. I've changed the format and name a few times. I've added advertising, mostly as a way to justify the time spend on this. Trust me, this is pennies, but it makes it seem like I'm getting paid. Thankfully I have a real job.

I'm not a writer, I love photography and this provides a convenient way to share photos with an audience. Currently this seems to be a good medium to share current events with my community. So many of the later posts are of town events and activities.

I'd like to thank all the folks that have added to that page view count. I hope to bring you interesting contents as we grow into our 8th year.




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Santa at Nennies

Posing with Santa at Nennies
Toys for Tots collection

Jeannette poses with her kids

Toys for Tots also takes monetary contribution - Click for for the site

Marine Corps sponsors the Toys for Tots program
The Jolly Old Elf

Add caption

Future Shutterbug
We need a little snow for Santa

Deep in the catalog - Sanguinaria canadensis

Deep in the catalog - 3516 days ago

Moving forward through the photos taken with a digital camera, I'm choosing ones to post and deleting others. We are waiting for a predicted snow storm, so it was nice to find a photo from April 29th 2004

Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)
The root does have a red colored sap

Taken with a Canon PowerShot A80
1/400 sec f2.8
April 29, 2004

Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Ipswich Photo Club

The New Ipswich Photo Club meets in the New Ipswich Library on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00PM.

Just recently I joined this friendly group. We are working on photos for the alphabet (photo of an apple for A, E for Egg etc), and a theme (festive trees for December). We discuss photography and take a look at photos we have taken over the month. The group decides on a field trip location for a photowalk. For December we visited Sawyers farm in Jaffrey.

I've taken the liberty of creating an Google Community called New Ipswich Photo Club which hopefully might be of use to the group and of interest to the community. I've made it private.

I'll share a few of my choices for my "festive tree" theme for December.

Our tree in Hyperspeed
Experimenting with zooming in a long exposure

Another experiment

Doing some "light painting" moving the camera



Monday, December 02, 2013

Happy Cyber Monday


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Hopefully you spent the time with family and friends avoiding the Back Friday madness and mayhem

Time to shop for Christmas the civilized way, click on the convenient link on this page and people will deliver your gifts to your house, while you drink cocoa and listen to Christmas music.






Saturday, November 30, 2013

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday


Black Friday at library - No fighting or stabbings, just pleasant local folks

Avon items at Library Black Friday

Tupperware, new innovations!

Children's books for all ages

Maybe a gift certificate from our local Hair Salon
Small Business Saturday

Mary Kay at Library

Cookware at Library

Scents for the holidays

Another Small Business destination



Wildflowers



Consign of the Times for Small Business Saturday





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