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03 Oct 2010

Vermont fall foliage finally shows its colors

Colorful fall foliage is reflected in Lime Pond in Pomfret, Vermont. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Colorful fall foliage is reflected in Lime Pond in Pomfret, Vermont.

I went to a little pond, Lime Pond, that I’ve driven past several times in Pomfret, Vermont. I seen the trees full of color and knew it would make a nice reflection as the sun got low in the sky. The foliage was looking good and may not be at peak. There are still plenty of green leaves on the hillside so it will probably be good all week.

24 Sep 2010

Searching for moose in Vermont, but finding only fog

Autumn in Vermont: fog covers the hills surrounding Lewis Pond (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Fog covers the hills surrounding Lewis Pond.

I got away to the northern part of Vermont. I was hoping to find some moose, but all I saw was more highway signs saying “moose crossing next five miles.” I swear those are put up by the Vermont Department of Tourism. I asked everyone where to find moose and spent lots of time on back roads and everywhere moose should be, but no moose. I had read about an overlook onto Lewis Pond that was supposed to be spectacular. It was a cloudy, rainy, foggy day and the overlook is good for leafpeepers, but photographers wouldn’t find it very good. You can see the pond but it isn’t worth the long drive on a one-lane dirt road.

Fog settles into a swamp after the sun sets near Island Pond, Vermont (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Fog settles into a swamp after the sun sets near Island Pond, Vermont.

I traveled up and down Route 105 east of Island Pond hoping a big bull moose would wander up along the highway. It sure looks like prime moose territory, but none showed up. I had to settle for a nice scene after the sun went down.

05 Sep 2010

What’s good: Pigeons on a roof at sunset

Pigeons sit on a Main Street Somerville, NJ, building as the sun  gets low in the sky. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Pigeons sit on a Main Street Somerville, NJ, building as the sun gets low in the sky.

I took a little stroll around downtown Somerville, NJ, this evening just before sunset. I like walking through alleys and see the back side of things, especially when the light is hitting everything at a low angle. I saw pigeons lined up on a roof, so I walked up the street to see if they would make a shot. The pigeons weren’t too exciting but I liked the way the light hit the yellow building as the pigeons sat on the edge of the roof.

27 Aug 2010

What’s good: Birds instead of bugs

A swallow chases bugs over the Raritan River.

Last night while I was watching the sun go down along the river, I noticed bugs hitting the water. The little circles they were making looked like rain drops hitting the river. So tonight I went to the Raritan River in Manville where I thought the setting sun would be shining on the water in hopes of photographing the bugs and circles. There were plenty of bugs and circles, but I couldn’t make a picture I liked. There were swallows there for the bugs too, but they wanted them for dinner. The swallows were making sharp turns as the strong sunlight illuminated their wings. I didn’t get the bug photo I wanted but came away happy with a bird shot.

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.

06 Aug 2010

What’s good: Cars cruise to downtown Somerville

An American flag glows in the setting sun during Classic Cruisers night in Somerville, NJ (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

An American flag glows in the setting sun during Classic Cruisers night in Somerville, NJ

Every Friday night in downtown Somerville, Main Street is lined with classic cars. It attracts a lot of people most weeks, which is good for the ice cream places and pizza joints. The crowd doesn’t do much shopping in the stores, so most of the stores don’t even open anymore. Many of the merchants say they actually lose business on Fridays because the cars start parking at 3 p.m. leaving the customers no place to park. The cars look cool and always make for good photos.

05 Aug 2010

What’s good: Finding the picture at last light

A tree is silhouetted against the colorful sky after sunset in Colonial Park in Franklin, NJ (Copyright 2010, Loren Fisher)

A tree is silhouetted against the colorful sky after sunset in Colonial Park in Franklin, NJ

Today was another hot one and I went to a nearby state park that I hadn’t been to before. I hiked about a mile down a trail and there was nothing to photograph. It was pretty much an open field and I could see the next mile was going to be the same, so I headed back to the car. I was hot and kinda tired and didn’t have a picture. So I drove along the D&R Canal and didn’t see anything that struck my fancy. From too many years cruising around looking newspaper feature photos, I know that it is a lot easier to make good photos when I’m not in the car.

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19 Jul 2010

What’s good: The beauty before the storm

The setting sun colors storm clouds in Somerville, NJ

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 where lightning was hitting behind a farm house. So I stopped in the road, got out my tripod and made a great shot of lighting coming through a cloud and lighting up the farmhouse. I was pretty proud of the shot until everyone at the paper pointed out how stupid I was to be standing out in the middle of a field where the tallest object was my metal tripod.

18 Jul 2010

Alaska photo adventure slideshow


Alaska – Images by Loren Fisher

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

13 Jul 2010

What’s good: Great skies, but no Alaska bears

Clouds turn dramatic at the end of the day.

Another beautiful day. This is getting old, nothing but great scenery. We spent much of the day around the Talkeetna area, which was the town they modeled the Northern Exposure TV show.

Mt. McKinley from Talkeetna, Alaska.

There are great views of Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park from town. It is the base camp for the mountain climbers and the town has a real Alaskan feel. We had breakfast at the old Roadhouse, we you sit at a big table with a bunch of other folks. It is a great way to talk to other travelers and locals.

A pocupine in an Alaskan tree.

It was clear all day and we drove to several places looking for bears, but we only found a porcupine. It went up a tree and posed for us.

The clouds rolled through late in the day, which made for dramatic shots.

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.