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Spring update

(May 18 3:23 p.m.)

Between sunny days and rainy days.

(May 21 3:23 p.m.)

It has gotten pretty green out there.  Compare to nearly two weeks ago:

“Porch plant” forming leaves. (May 10 1:53 p.m.)
(May 2 3:58 p.m.)

It also got a bit purple in the sky.

(May 3 5:03 p.m.)

So let’s start from the turn of May, and observe the progression from there. Continue reading Spring update

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Leaf on tar, hard focus

A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part III)

(Jan 4, 2017 4:48 p.m.)

The new year begins where the previous left off.  And where we live, that means winter is still lingering around, with snow (and ice).

Pink sunset. (Jan 19, 2017 4:34 p.m.)
(Feb 3 1:29 p.m.)

Eventually, that white stuff clears up. Continue reading A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part III)

The warm before the storm

(Jan 3 1:32 p.m.)

So it was a relatively warm day, the third day into the new year.  22°F.  Still cold, yes, but not bitter cold; walking outside wasn’t painful.  I still had the idea to put on gloves, since yesterday, due to the low humidity with the cold; a few fissures have formed on the back of some of my fingers.  (Some spots of blood.)

It seems the warmth contributed to how I slept for maybe 9 hours.  (Not that my memory or thinking is sharp.)

Thick ice on a railing. (Jan 3 1:56 p.m.)

It had been around zero Fahrenheit for days, and it shows.

(Jan 3 1:57 p.m.)

The icicles in this photo would be longer if we weren’t breaking them.  I spent some time removing ice and snow from tree branches hanging low due to frozen water weight; one branch around back was up to around head level after I was done with it.  The small porch tree also has its share of ice, as you can (partly) see above.

Branch debris. (Jan 3 1:50 p.m.)

A larger tree along the path had already lost enough ice and snow thru melting to be well over our heads.  The weather (and our own actions, moving branches out of the way) left a lot of small debris.

(Jan 2 11:54 a.m.)

Tuesday was still a cold, droopy Winter mess scene.

(Jan 3 1:51 p.m.)

Icicles had been forming all over the place; Wednesday, I found that some have dropped.

All this warmth, of course, isn’t going to last.  There is a winter storm approaching.  Meteorologists call what has been forming a “Bomb Cyclone.”  Much of the world is hot, while north America is cold.  There’s snow in Florida.  A frozen switch (or the confusion of one) in Savannah led to a train derailment.  This storm weather comes almost exactly 20 years after the 1998 ice storm that left millions without power for days upon days and cost billions of dollars in damage.

Yeah, from the looks of it, it seems impossible to enter. (Dec 29 2:37 p.m.)

So… soon people in the northeast (including me) are going to be seeing more of this stuff and then some.

Diffuse sun during light snow. (Dec 29 2:37 p.m.)

And less of the sun…

Last photo taken for the year. (Dec 30 4:51 p.m.)

…and the moon.  And no, I didn’t bother to take a photo of the January 1 supermoon; it was way too @%!#ing cold for that.

(Dec 29 3:05 p.m.)

We’ll see, about the storm, how bad it will be for us.

(Dec 29 2:04 p.m.)

Wish us luck! 🙂

Well, that’s it for now.  I have more December photos to share, but it’s now 3 in the morning, and I would like to get something up before the power potentially goes out.

Until next time…

(Jan 2 12:51 p.m.)

May 2018 be a good year.

Snowblower fumes, day two

(Dec 26 9:30 a.m.)

It was the greatest Christmas present Maine could offer: a snowstorm.  (It would also be noted that ‘great’ can mean ‘greatly bad.’ …And also we weren’t the only state to be hit with snow; Pennsylvania just got 53″ over two days.)

But I’ll start with the more peaceful aspects of the past few days.

(Dec 23 10:17 p.m.)

The small (plastic) tree was adorned with some lights, and presents were gathered. Continue reading Snowblower fumes, day two

Well, that went fast

(Nov 14 2:20 p.m.)

The first snow of the season, here, melted quickly.  Turns out you don’t need many daylight hours for most of the white stuff to evaporate.

Tire tracks. (Nov 13 4:52 p.m.)

This is what it was like the night before.  It wasn’t deep enough to warrant shoveling, but the coating was a thick enough to paint the town white.  At least for a short while.

(Nov 13 4:44 p.m.)

Double exposure in the process of HDR can produce some interesting effects… A car’s brake light stands out — one exposure has the car / light / shadow; the next, no car.

Continue reading Well, that went fast

Autumn colors

(Oct 28 4:31 p.m.)

When you live around trees, you’re bound to see the transitions of their leaves, their fruit, etc. But even if you regularly engage in photography, you still may miss the best moments to capture the colors. Windows of opportunity can be short; I was lucky to capture some reds last year.

(Sorry for the HDR artifacting.) (Nov 4 4:45 p.m.)

This year, the reds hit brown by the time I got there.  (Of course, it’s November now.)

(Nov 5 1:00 p.m.)

A mixture of weather patterns makes for a mixture of colors. Continue reading Autumn colors

A candle-lit Halloween

(Oct 30 8:34 p.m.)

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets. —Paul Clifford, Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

(And, oh, were the winds intense, Sunday!  I was afraid it was going to leak again.)

As you can see by the title, this isn’t part III of Winds of Change (which, unbeknownst to me, was a title of a song).  That’s because the power has been restored.  (Yay!  I can finally write a complete post on the PC.  In theory.  And take a shower.)  It came back on just before noon, making the time “off” about 2 days and 11 hours.

(Oct 31 1:29 p.m.)

Now, this wasn’t ice storm of 1998 bad, which knocked us out for five days (worse for others) and tested our versatility in different ways.  (Winter in Maine.)  Being into electronics at the time, I wired batteries to lights taped to the wall, and even powered a CFL (via inverter).  The lack of heat was the bigger problem.  This decade’s problem: we have batteries in the living room we need to recycle.

(Nov 1 5:36 p.m.)

This week, it was: driving to the city for internet… and a chicken dinner.  And popcorn.  (Hey, my mother wanted popcorn.) Continue reading A candle-lit Halloween

Midsummer vegetation

(Aug 6 11:49 a.m.)

Half of the season is already over.  (In the U.S., anyway.)  And I checked, mathematically: the midpoint was August 7… at around 2 in the morning.

(Aug 9 2:56 p.m.)

The yellowing is more apparent now in the second half.

(Aug 6 11:41 a.m.)

To update you on things, I’m still having trouble sleeping.  But I’ve had good days.  Seven hours total this morning.

(Aug 3 10:51 p.m.)

No squirrels in the ceiling so far, thank god.  Maybe they finally “got it” that it’s not worth it.  This one—above—barked at me; later, two barked at each other.  And, on my daily walk, I hear little chipmunks hiding from me… into the cracks of the side of the house. Continue reading Midsummer vegetation

The more things change…

(Jul 10 7:14 p.m.)

The difference five months makes.  This is the trail that runs next to the house.

Upon entering. (Jul 10 7:13 p.m.)

Last time on this blog, the area was covered in snow; now, it’s green with vegetation.  Or, as one commenter put it: lush.  This Monday, I was a bit annoyed with the stagnation in the house— being unable to deal with the squirrel that’s in our roof, for one; I stormed out.

Roof.  And two trees which enable the squirrels access to it.  I’d cut them down if I could. (Jul 9 6:37 p.m.)

I soon returned to grab the iPhone to take some pictures of the trail for the day.

(Jul 10 7:17 p.m.)

The bucket’s still there, as well as the chairs and collapsed table(s). Continue reading The more things change…

Ratfish

(Jul 1 4:51 p.m.)

So I managed to attend Saturday group.  It seemed more welcoming this time around, and I responded to questions from across the room, though few.  I know it doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment to speak up, but it was better than not responding at all, which happened in a past month… probably last year.

God, so much time has passed so fast.

(Jul 1 4:51 p.m.)

Time becomes a blur when you avoid the difficulties of the day.  But I know time isn’t lost; the memories can become compartmentalized, harder to access when less involved or interconnected.

(Jul 1 2:42 p.m.)

During break, virtually everyone left the room.  Some walked outside; I did just that.  It was an opportunity to get better, newer photos of the park area. Continue reading Ratfish