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Spring is here! …mostly.

(Apr 11 5:05 p.m.)

Yeah, it snowed again, about a week ago.  But that’s Maine for you.  It can snow “unexpectedly” in Spring.  That isn’t to say we’re the only state that gets snow in April.  Some parts of the U.S. got blizzard conditions.  (And Texas got a dust storm.)

(Apr 13 4:31 p.m.)

But, with rising temperatures and rain, it soon began to clear up.  The white stuff vanished in two days, save a few patches.

(Apr 13 4:32 p.m.)

The mini-lake in the driveway is depleted, but some of the ground is still saturated.  Squish, squash, splosh. Continue reading Spring is here! …mostly.

Winter update

(Mar 14 8:15 a.m.)

Yeah…. it snowed again.  And unexpectedly; it wasn’t supposed to look like this Thursday.  The forecast temperatures for that part of the week were above freezing…. But “supposed to” is a fallacy.  Us humans can’t tell the weather what to do; we can only predict it.

Supposedly, this was in part due to a “bomb cyclone.”  The weather across the U.S. has been a bit crazy this month.  Very low temps this winter.  Tornadoes in the south.  Over a dozen fatalities in the midwest alone… and that’s just January.  Fierce winds and fallen branches.  Hail …in Britain.

(Mar 6 10:47 a.m.)

Here?  Some winds.  Cold.  Nothing much happens in Maine.  But so many blue sky days.  And I’m talking bluer than these photos here.

…And then the clouds roll in. Continue reading Winter update

Iced, slushed and sugar-high

(Dec 28 2:42 p.m.)

Tis winter and a new year, and places have been closed for the holidays… due also to road conditions.  But the white stuff melted throughout winter.

Pre-bad path conditions. (Dec 23 10:00 a.m.)

Until it snowed again.  1.5″, and sleet and…

Bad path conditions. (Dec 28 4:15 p.m.)

…slush.  At its worst, the daily walk can become an obstacle course, sometimes with mini-lakes in the driveway, and sometimes with this kind of mixture you wouldn’t dare put your shoes in.  I’ve walked the sidelines… in the snow, instead of the path that’s… made so you don’t have to walk in the snow. Continue reading Iced, slushed and sugar-high

The end is nigh … for 2018

Pink. (Nov 21 6:39 a.m.)

Winter’s approaching fast, and the snow is… significantly evaporated since the scene above.

(Dec 10 9:09 a.m.)

Dirt is exposed once again.  Freezing rain and sleet made for something mushy then icy.  But days of precipitation in southern Maine have been few.  Brine has been put on roads as a precaution.  But unlike other states, we just haven’t seen any more snow.

(Dec 10 9:15 a.m.)

Blue skies.  The kind of blue & sun that makes the snow look purple.  Sunny all week.  But cold.

(Nov 21 6:44 p.m.)

Visually, the snow— while it lasts— can make for some remarkable photos.  There are days where the mixture of snow and moonlight make for scenes you have to see in person… especially if the camera can’t handle low light conditions very well.

Dark at 6 o’clock at night. (Nov 21 6:48 p.m.)
(Nov 20 7:50 p.m.)

Maybe you can see a bit of what I mean by remarkable moonlit snow scenes.

(Nov 20 7:52 p.m.)
(Nov 21 6:47 p.m.)

First snow was on Nov 16.  Nothing over half a foot, so far, as measured by the yard stick.

(Nov 22 4:07 p.m.)

First pumpkin pie was on the 22nd.  And it was one of those store brand pies that had a bit of pecan and coconut in the flavoring… which makes it kind of special, come to think of it.  Mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a bird… an understated Thanksgiving that went by too fast.

(Dec 3 7:27 a.m.)

The days are still for the most part ordinary, but colorful sometimes.  Last Monday morning was foggy/misty.  When the fog lifted, the overcast sky had a bright tint of blue until the yellow of sunrise.

Red-headed woodpecker, just below center of frame. (Dec 8)

Some animals are still out.  I saw and captured a woodpecker on video; I’ve seen a chipmunk using our stick pile as shelter; and today, I saw a herd of deer from our kitchen window, before they entered the woods.

(Dec 2 8:37 a.m.)

As for the holiday season, the tree is up.  First ornament, from a close friend.  See if you can spot it. 😁

(Dec 3 10:24 p.m.)

A few more ornaments added since.  The basic cellotape doesn’t do a good job of holding up the star.

(Dec 3 10:30 p.m.)

The lights went up first.  And as always, bright light sources don’t pick up well with most cameras.  The little incandescent bulbs, for example, aren’t very bright, but a basic camera will make their light a big bright blur.

Low ISO, higher exposure time. (Dec 3 10:27 p.m.)

To the naked eye, the hot filament in a clear bulb looks like a hot filament.

Low dynamic range… but low noise. (Dec 2 8:34 a.m.)

Adjusting for the outside in LDR (so the out isn’t washed out in blurry whiteness), you get the opposite effect: the foreground is too dark.  For conventional cameras, the required dynamic range is too high for an accurate photo.  (It’s even more difficult when the sun is in frame— a much higher DR.)  Long exposure is necessary to reduce noise with the iPhone SE… not a professional camera… so I digress.

(Dec 10 9:15 a.m.)

The climate has been dry.  The kind of dry that you get static shocks when you least expect them.  Even with faucet water.  (An odd sensation.)  Skin has cracked and fissures have formed.  My hands don’t look too great right now.

The cold has all but kept me indoors.  And the fact that it’s now the last month of the year, that had gotten me to look at 2018 in review.  But since the restoration of our cable— as Spectrum killed off the analog channels in our area, forcing us to replace the degraded line to get any channels at all— much of my indoor time has actually been spent watching BBC America… which reruns Star Trek: TNG and The X-Files.  I’m a fan of those shows, so… yeah, the TV has been on in the overnights.  I even checked out some Dr Who with Doctor #13, played by Jodie Whittaker.

Uneven LED backlighting decay. (Oct 13 12:23 p.m.)

And this increased use of the TV comes despite backlight discoloration.  The photo above was taken in October; it’s worse now.  LED backlighting isn’t so great after all— at least during this crappier stage of LED panel design to lower prices.  Two color temperatures for balance and control …and two temperatures that decay unevenly.

…On the matter of lighting, incandescent light bulbs may make a comeback.  Using infrared trapping, MIT has managed to make an efficient tungsten bulb.  Nothing commercial as of yet.  But imagine the natural light of classic light bulbs, but about as efficient as LED. 🙂

(Dec 2 6:01 p.m.)

Well, that’s it for now.  It’s been kind of a struggle to write as it is.  Writer’s block… or vegging out with the TV and/or YouTube… it seems I need to get back to nature to write anything.  And sleep.  I can never seem to get much done, and I always need more sleep.  We are addicted to our screens, and so are our kids.

Having gotten up at 2-something in the morning, I am a bit too tired to continue to stare at screens right now.  So I will bid you all adieu.  Have a good night, morning, or afternoon— wherever you are in the world. 🙂

Until next time…

(Nov 20 11:28 p.m.)

Warming up

(Apr 4 2:21 p.m.)

The spring season is visibly underway… save today’s snow.  The greens are rising, and the flies are out. …And so are the ants.  It’s ant season.  I’ll spare you photos of those little bastards.

(Apr 4 2:22 p.m.)

Not only are we seeing sprouts but plants in early stages.

(Mar 29 11:28 a.m.)

And new grass.

(Mar 29 11:24 a.m.)

The tulips just outside the USM Portland library entrance are coming along nicely.  The cigarette butts littered around the bench are the opposite of nice.  (Read: No Smoking!)

Continue reading Warming up

Spring ahead

(Mar 20 4:00 p.m.)

So the country has switched over to Daylight Saving Time (save Arizona), and spring season is here… in name, anyway; it’s Maine.  The clouds parted on Saturday, and it’s been blue ever since, until this afternoon.  The geese have appeared here or there; but they may have figured it’s still too cold to migrate back yet.

Not a great subject for hard focus. (Mar 16 1:44 p.m.)

There have been some fierce, pushing-your-car-door-closed winds, and branches have fallen.  But the sunlight has been noticeably strong.

(Mar 20 3:18 p.m.)

The living room plant sure sees spring. Continue reading Spring ahead

About to get it again

White-out. (Mar 8 11:36 a.m.)

Sigh.

(Mar 8 1:48 p.m.)

Well, we got about 11″ inches of snow last week, with some negligible flurries after Thursday.

Proof of 11 inches. (Mar 8 1:59 p.m.)

As for the next coming days, we’re in the region, forecast-wise, expected to get 1 to 1.5 feet of new snow this week.

(Mar 8 2:11 p.m.)

Yes, feet. Continue reading About to get it again

Where winter and spring collide…

(Mar 4 12:03 p.m.)

Heading into late winter, some sprouts and buds have been popping up in Maine.

(Mar 4 12:01 p.m.)

…All of which are now, I’m sure, under a coating of snow.

(Mar 7 5:40 p.m.)

And I’m sure it’s worse in other parts of the northeast.  “Thundersnow” — a combination of a thunderstorm and a blizzard.  Reportedly, there are of tens of thousands without power for a week, in winter (cold) weather.  (But I can’t imagine it being nearly as bad as what Puerto Rico continues to go through.) …But here?

(Mar 7 2:45 p.m.)

“Meh.”

Continue reading Where winter and spring collide…

Winter update

Ice coating. (Jan 23 4:17 p.m.)

Ice, snow and fog.  You’ve kind of seen it all before.

(Jan 23 4:20 p.m.)

However, it’s not often that ice covers everything.

(Jan 23 4:37 p.m.)

And the trees dip, and branch fragments fall.

(Jan 20 2:07 p.m.)

And dead leaves are sandwiched in between it all.

Neighborly blue lights, still up. (Jan 12 6:24 p.m.)

And Christmas seasonal lighting colors the fog.

Continue reading Winter update