Saturday, June 12, 2010

Monochrome Weekend and Shadow Shot Sunday



Camera Critters

This is Omar, our friends' boxer. I adore him and never miss an opportunity to photograph him when our friends bring him along to visit. The above photo was actually the final one of his visit:  he's waiting patiently for his people who made him get into the truck, only to stand around and gab for another fifteen minutes. He's a patient boy and posed nicely for me. This is my favorite shot of the series I took of Omar.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Watery Wednesday and Sky Watch Friday

I live on the bank of the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts, close to the Vermont border. The River is a sourse of enjoyment for my family and me, both for recreation and its natural beauty and wildlife.  Here are a few photos taken last week over the course of a couple of unusually hot early June days. I hope you enjoy them.

Pagan Sphinx

The French King Bridge
The French King Bridge is a three-span "cantilever arch" style bridge[2] crossing the Connecticut River on the border of the towns of Erving and Gill, Massachusetts. The bridge carries automobile traffic and is part of Massachusetts Route 2.

 The geese are fun and we tolerate them, though they go on shore and make a terrible mess!

The above photo of the mallard was not touched up in any way. The right combination of factors caused the water to look like smoldering glass. I liked the accidental effect. 
The swans on the river are a source of both frustration and enjoyment for us locals. Though they are very pretty, they are not a native species, brought over from other geographical locations and are therefore considered "invasive". They pose a threat to the native wildlife and eco-system and have no natural predators. I believe this is the mute swan. 

Mute swans (Cygnus olor) are increasing their populations in Connecticut and cause damage to plants which provide food for other waterfowl as well as outcompeting other waterfowl for nesting habitat.

A form of river lily pad. There are thousands that grow up out of the river bottom in certain sections of the river.

Above we are getting close to sun set, facing east to the docks where we keep our boat. We anchored, ate our sandwiches and Oranginas and waited for the setting sun to display its beauty.

It was well worth it!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Ruby Tuesday Goes to Boston

I went back over my old files to March when, on a sunny but cool, crisp March day, I visited my daughter who attends Boston University. On these visits, we walk, talk, shop, talk, dine and talk some more. And as always, I take my camera along.  Enjoy!

Getting a good shot of this colorful cyclist, wasn't easily achieved. When he was waiting for the light, there were people and signs in the way and when he took off on green, he flew by me with all the confidence of an urbanite!

Old South Church
Newbury Street

The patio of Kashmir's; an Indian restaurant on Newbury Street

My daughter over lunch at Kashmir's, keeping up with the rest of the world via cell phone.
(I have since been corrected by my lovely lass that we had, in fact, been taking turns talking to her sister in California. "I stand corrected, albeit while sitting!"

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Long May You Runaway, Louise Bourgeois

 Not too long ago, I featured the work of Louise Bourgeois in one of my Artist of the Week posts. A few weeks ago, this dynamic, energetic and fascinatingly creative woman died at the ripe age of 98 last May. She continued to work until the day she died, and was, in fact, in the process of setting up an exhibition at the Magazzino del Sale in Venice at the time of her passing.

A photo of a sculpture series I photographed at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts:

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