Tag : silhouette

09 Oct 2011

The foliage in Vermont is running late

Fog hangs in the hills before sunrise in Woodstock, Vt.

This weekend is usually peak season for fall foliage around the Woodstock, Vt. area but things are running behind schedule this year. Most trees are still green and some just lost their leaves without a colorful fight. At least the weather is great this weekend, last week it was nothing but steady rain. I wandered out before sunrise today and went past Billings Farm before heading along the Ottauquechee River and then through Hartland.

This time of year there usually is a ground fog before the sun comes up and burns it off, and as I headed past Billings, I saw a couple of horses in a field. It was well before sunrise, so the sky was pink as I jumped out of the Jeep and grabbed a camera and tripod. By the time I got set up, the pink was gone but the fog hung in the hills behind the horses.

Early morning in Hartland, Vt.

I went to a hill in Hartland I’ve been several times for sunrise. The vista extends well into New Hampshire and the fog comes off the Connecticut River and filters through the hills. Today I didn’t make my favorite image from that spot, but I like the backlit fog as the sun comes up.

26 Aug 2010

What’s good: Hanging out at the river

The Raritan River pours over a dam in Bridgewater, NJ as the setting sun illuminates overhead clouds. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

The Raritan River pours over a dam in Bridgewater, NJ as the setting sun illuminates overhead clouds.

I headed down to the river after work. That’s what we called it when I was a kid. Going to the river was always a fun place, whether we were fishing or just throwing stones. Tonight I went to a small dam on the Raritan River in Bridgewater. It was therapeutic to sit along the river and wait for the sun to fall beyond the horizon. It was peaceful hearing only the sound of the water going over the dam and the frogs in the trees. Sitting along the river always brightens my mood.

22 Aug 2010

What’s good: Shopping after the storm

Clouds start to clear over Raritan, NJ

It rained all day and then thunderstorms rolled through before clearing off. I went out to walk the dogs and the setting sun was making everything a strange yellow. I took the dog back in the house, much to her confusion, grabbed my camera and tried to make a picture of the light. I couldn’t find anything right in my yard to shoot, so I hopped in the Jeep hoping to find a better place. I knew I had to get up high but by the time I found a good place a few blocks away, the light was gone. I went back home defeated but Robin wanted ice cream so I went to the store. The sun had already set but the sky was still funky. The wet parking lot pavement added to the scene.

18 Aug 2010

What’s good: Blues skies after sunset

A storm rolls in over Woodstock, Vermont after sunset. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

A storm rolls in over Woodstock, Vermont after sunset.

After dinner I noticed a storm rolling after the sun went down. The light looked great, so I headed out to make some pictures. The clouds rolled past and the light looked good. Another beautiful Vermont day.

07 Aug 2010

What’s good: Wading in the Delaware River

A man wades in the Delaware River near Bull Island, New Jersey. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

A man wades in the Delaware River near Bull Island, New Jersey.

I headed out to the Delaware River at Frenchtown. There wasn’t much going on at Frenchtown so I went upstream to Bull Island State Park where there is a foot bridge across the river. The sun was setting behind the hills which made the river turn a purple color. There was a man wading in the water while he was fishing. It made a good angle from the bridge.

18 Jul 2010

Alaska photo adventure slideshow

Alaska – Images by Loren Fisher

These are some of my favorite photos from my trip to Alaska.

06 Jul 2010

What’s good: In-flight WiFi

The wing of our plane as we head west.

The plane for Seattle was delayed for two hours. So much for making our planned connection to Fairbanks tonight. There’s always a silver lining, or in this case, an orange lining. The light on the horizon as we are in flight is brilliant orange then topped by a deep blue. It is gorgeous, what a way to start a photo adventure. Then the plane has WiFi internet connection, so I’m close to heaven.

02 Jul 2010

What’s good: Sunset on the work week

The sun sets in Hillsborough, NJ

I stopped by my friend Walter Choroszewski’s house this evening to go over final plans for our Alaska trip next week. After we wrapped up, I drove through the country keeping an eye on the setting sun. I came across these trees on the other side of a field just as the sun set and the colors lit up the sky.

30 Jun 2010

What’s good: Fountain of light

The sun shines through a water fountain.

The humidity left town but the sun stayed. So I went over to a large fountain as the sun was getting low. The water shooting up with the sun shining through made some nice patterns.

15 Jun 2010

What’s good: Seeing the farm

Farm after sunset in South Branch, NJ.

When I first came to New Jersey for a job interview in 1987, I wasn’t too sure about leaving the Midwest for N.J. I’d been through the state a couple of times, the last being on a bus while I was at USA Today and we came up to play a softball game against David Letterman in Central Park. The bus came up the NJ Turnpike, which is packed with cars and goes past tons of oil refineries. Not where I want to be. I drove around a lot after the job interview and soon came upon two grain silos. That was a good sign for me. It is great to see that 23 years later the silos are still there on the working farm.

15 May 2010

What’s good: Moonset, Somerville

The moon sets over 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.

22 Apr 2010

What’s good: Ducks know how to celebrate Earth Day

A Mallard duck swims across a pond in Colonial Park in Franklin, NJ. as raindrops start to fall.

I’d love to say I was out celebrating Earth Day all afternoon, but I sat in my office looking out the window. My East Brunswick office is known as The Basement. My office has windows, they are four feet up from the floor and right at ground level. Sitting at my desk and looking out the window, all I can see is the bottom of a bush and the sky.

I like being able to see the sky so easy. All afternoon it was sunny and there are frequently birds circling high in the thermals. They are mostly buzzards or gulls in flight after vising the nearby Edgeboro landfill, one of New Jersey’s largest. At least the wind wasn’t blowing the stench over the building today.

After a sunny afternoon, a thunderstorm rolling in right at 5 p.m. and then a drizzle. I had hoped for a nice sunny drive home, but it didn’t look good. The storm cleared and by 6 p.m. when I left the sun was fighting with the clouds to shine.

I took the scenic route home and went to Colonial Park in Franklin. The clouds were winning the battle with the sun but I could tell there would be a break. I walked along a pond and waited for the sun to pop out. About the time it did, a Mallard duck paddled out into the pond and posed for pictures as sprinkling rain made little circles in the water.

13 Apr 2010

What’s good: Chasing a hot air balloon

A hot air balloon lands at dusk.

When I left work in East Brunswick, it was drizzling and pretty chilly. As I got closer to home the rain stopped and I could see the clouds were starting to break in the west. I saw something strange in the sky and drove a couple of blocks out of my way to see what it was.

There was a hot air balloon floating to the west. They aren’t uncommon, the country’s largest summer balloon festival happens about where the balloon was flying. But they usually aren’t around this early in the year.

It was about and hour before sunset, so I went home, took care of the dogs and went out to find the balloon. I knew about where it would be, so I headed out as the sun was setting. I spotted it a couple of times and then I lost it. I went to the airport where it probably took off and all was quiet. I stopped to shoot the late sunlight hitting an old abandoned farm silo. Not a bad shot but I thought I would find something better after sunset.

I looked up and there was the balloon off in the distance. It was about five minutes before sunset, which is when they no longer can legally fly, so I knew it would land soon and I wasn’t very close. I drove through several neighborhoods trying to get on the east side of it so I could have the colorful western sky behind it.

About five minutes after sunset, I spotted it low over the trees and I still wasn’t close. I thought it was landing so I just kept driving. I pulled out onto Lamington Road and there it was, floating well above the trees over an former horse farm, looking for a place to land. I pulled off the road a couple of times and made some shots. I finally came to where the chase vehicles were and watched as the balloon crossed the road to land in an open field. I love riding in balloons and watching them is almost as much fun.

A fence row on Villettown Road in Tewksbury, NJ.

I was close to a hill that I ride my bicycle up quite often and I thought there might be a good shot there. It is a fairly steep hill for around here and there is a house on top that looks neat during the day. I’ve never been there after sundown, so I thought I’d take a look. I drove up the hill and saw a dramatic rail fence. Bingo. I spent the next 15 minutes kneeling in the wet soil to get the right angle. Two silhouettes in two days, rare for me, but I like them.

12 Apr 2010

What’s good: Robin in the tree

A robin hops around branches of a backyard tree.

After dinner on my sister-in-law Penny’s deck, Penny, Robin and I were chatting when another robin flew into a nearby tree. It was chirping away and hoping around the branches.