Sunday, December 5, 2021

Beach Therapy

Salisbury Beach is one of our favorite beaches. We walked along a good expanse of sand and rejuvenated by observing the gulls and watching and listening to the ceaseless waves. Beach therapy cures many ills. This was a midweek visit after the summer season so there weren't many other folks around.

It was high tide and the ocean's ebb and flow created quite a smooth crest of sand that the waves would occasionally spill over to where we were walking. In a few of the photos the sea gulls are on the other side of this crest from the camera, so the sand line in the images can appear quite strong near the bottom of the frame.

Here's a sandpiper having some lunch:

Sandpiper Clamming

Several gull photos follow, mostly strolling, a few in flight:

Shore Gulls #1

Shore Gulls #2

Shore Gulls #3

Shore Gulls #4

Shore Gulls #5

Shore Gulls #6

Shore Gulls #7

Shore Gulls #8

Shore Gulls #9

Shore Gulls #10

Local color:

Restorative Walking

Splash Zone

There were two people flying in wind and fan powered chutes!

Over the Rooftops

Flying Machines

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Fall Day at the Res

The photos below were taken on October 31 (Halloween!) during my walk around the Res. None of the subjects were particularly close to me, however my (600mm equivalent) telephoto zoom lens brings them in *much* closer for our enjoyment.

As part of my photography exploration, I challenge myself to bring only one lens sometimes. I used to occasionally regret not having a wider lens when I only have my telephoto and vice versa. Now, I choose to see the world through the lens I have with me.

Floating leaf peepers

Streaming Network

Mixture Far Above

The leaves really do look this red.


Colorized Too

Mid-Gust Drama

Water Carpet

Do You Mind? I'm Eating

Not a "black swan", ... a "grey swan" maybe?

Swan of a Different Color

Red Back Atcha

Bicolored Leaves

Leaves Above the Fray

This last set of three are variations on a similar theme.

Fall on Glass

Artist's Palette

Towards Open Water

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Season of Color

Deb and I went for an autumn walk at Whitehall Reservoir in Hopkinton. We'd done paddle boarding there, and thought we'd check out the path around the reservoir. While we didn't have time or energy to go around the entire body of water, we did go partway, and I took some photos. Deb took a few of these as well, but we're not entirely certain exactly which ones.

I took the last few shots in this collection at the Ashland High School.

Reflecting on Fall

Floating Expanse

Stick in the Water

We encountered another hiker/walker with his dog. He said he was okay with me photographing Baxter, who seemed polite enough around us, even if he half hid behind a tree. Baxter has a certain charm, don't you think?


Dancing Green

Center Stage

We sat down on a dock, warming in the sun, and took several pictures from that vantage point. Deb took it, and I post-processed it.


We think Deb took this one as well, maybe by accident. The camera movement may not have been intentional, but the result is quite satisfying.

Fire Down Below

Half and Half

My zoom lens allowed me to get in close - not nearly as close as this photo would suggest - as this dedicated kayaker went paddling by. His identity is unknown. He seems very engaged in the task at hand.

Paddling Dedication

A Simple Peace

Communicating Kayaks

As mentioned earlier, these next two photos were taken at the high school. This fall color is seen immediately adjacent to the brick building, which is a nice plus for the students.

Bursting on to the Scene

Color Toppers

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

First Fall Photos

While September 22 was the first official day of autumn this year, the leaves in my area begin to show their colors several weeks later than that. Mid-October is generally when the colors begin to show in earnest.

Sometimes temps are not even particularly chilly yet. I took these photos in lovely 72 degree weather, two days ago, during yet another walk around the Res. (Have you figured out that I walk around the Res. a lot?)

As you can plainly see, the leaves are definitely beginning to turn their wonderful fall colors.

This is a glorious time of year to be in New England.

All photos are taken with my cell phone.

Reflecting Life

Here is a wider panorama.

Mirror Trees

Scene from the Edge

Though they are quite tiny in this next photo, those are cormorants on logs in the "center" of the image. I often see them relaxing atop those logs. The natural wide angle view of my cell phone is a little deceiving in that the cormorants are actually much closer to me than the furthermost trees seen in the photo, which are just beyond the reservoir dam.

Cormorants Blissfully Basking

Yellow Leaf Zone

Roots and Leaves Discuss

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