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21 Feb 2011

PhotoShelter likes rose photo

Grover Sanschagrin at PhotoShelter selected one of my photos for his blog post 10 Cool Photos of Water Drops. Thanks Grover!

19 Jul 2010

What’s good: The beauty before the storm

As I was letting the dogs out yet again this evening, I noticed the setting sun was illuminating large thunderheads to the east. There were storm clouds all around and some occasional thunder, but the lightning wasn’t too good. It reminded me of my early days as a newspaper photographer when I made one of my all-time favorite photos. There was a large thunderstorm rolling across the flat fields of Central Indiana. I drove down a small country road to […]

04 Jul 2010

What’s good: America

  I was watching the HBO mini-series John Adams last night. It didn’t really do much for me, I hate tippy camera angles, especially video. But it did strike me how much the men, and their families, put on the line when they signed the Declaration of Independence. They risked their freedom, their wealth and their life. The TV show tried to show how the men had a feeling of “now what?” after they voted to declare independence. Tomorrow I’m […]

14 Jun 2010

What’s good: Bird bath reflections

It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Seeing my picket fence reflecting in my bird bath will do it.

10 Jun 2010

What’s good: Watching the clouds rolls by

It seemed like the weather couldn’t decide if it was going to storm or clear off this evening, which made for some nice clouds and color just before sunset.

03 Jun 2010

What’s good: Back to NJ and nature

I walked out the door this morning to go work feeling fairly blue about not being in Vermont and out amongst nature. I opened the garage door and looked down the alley behind our house. There was a bump on the asphalt that looked a lot like a turtle. It is about two blocks to a little creek, so it was pretty strange to see a decent size box turtle crawling around. Of course, I went over to say hi […]

26 May 2010

What’s good: Things are looking up

After dinner I pulled a chair out into the backyard and just looked up and watched the sky. It was a clear day with a few light clouds rolling past. Being 35 miles from NYC and Newark airport, there is almost always a jet flying by, some days we are on the landing pattern, some days they are just leaving when they pass over Somerville. Tonight was a landing night. As I was watching the clouds and planes, a few […]

25 May 2010

What’s good: A clean bicycle

After a long, wet ride along the Jersey shore through sand, salt and crushed sea shells, my bike was a mess. So it got its first bath of the year after I got home from work. I took a bike repair class at High Gear Cyclery before I did my cross country ride. I thought it might be smart to be able to fix my bike if I broke down in the middle of nowhere. I didn’t use any of […]

24 May 2010

What’s good: Being home

After being away all weekend, it is good to be home and get some rest. I’m still worn out from the long bike ride. There are a couple times a year when I look at our garage in the back yard and the sun is sweeping across the end.

21 May 2010

What’s good: Zian, the Bernese Mountain Dog

We had a recent additional to the household – Zian, another Bernese Mountain Dog. Zian is about the same size as Sophie, our other Berner. That gives us about 170 pounds of dog in a house that should have about 50 pounds of dog. Zian and I were out in the yard this morning as the first light of the day came streaming across his head. It sure made him smile.

19 May 2010

What’s good: Looking close in the yard

After I got home from work, I thought I would walk down to a nearby park and see what was there. It was another rainy, gray day and I needed to find something good to lift my mood. I threw my tripod over my shoulder and headed toward the gate. Like I’ve said before, our yard isn’t an arboretum. There’s really only about four flowers growing in the yard and the dogs think plants are for stomping. At the side […]

17 May 2010

What’s good: The neighbor’s flowers

We don’t spend much time working in the yard, and it shows. Every couple of years we get out there and play around, so we don’t have much growing that is pretty. Fortunately, our neighbor does. Peeking through the fence is a pretty clematis, a lovely flower that climbs up and around the fence.

15 May 2010

What’s good: Moonset, Somerville

After dinner, I noticed the moon was setting and just a slice was illuminated. I loved the way it looked, so when I got home, I got out the camera and made some shots from my back yard.

12 May 2010

What’s good: Raindrops on an iris

I woke up and it was rainy. Went to work, rain. Watched out my office window all day as the rain fell. The sky was solid gray all day. People were grumpy all day. I left work and it was misting, hey better than rain. So what better day to shoot some flowers in the back yard? Our yard isn’t exactly ready for a magazine, OK I had about three different things to choose from, so I went to the […]

02 May 2010

What’s good: Trouble deciding what to send to NYT Lens blog

The always-cool New York Times Lens blog thought it would be cool to have people around the world take a picture at the same time and send it in. The time they picked was at 11 a.m. EDT today. So I went out in the back yard with the dogs and made some shots. Sophie had her big, stuffed monkey and was bouncing around the yard with it. I made a bunch of pictures and being the old photo editor […]