Friday, April 30, 2010

Forgotten Photo Friday: The Turtle

I found this turtle exactly one year ago on the banks of the Ipswich River in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  He was sunning himself and was kind enough to pose for a couple of photos.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rockport Commuter Train

I heard the Rockport Commuter Train coming through Dogtown so I hopped up on the bank a grabbed a quick video.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Black-capped Chickadee

I stopped by work Saturday to see if I could find some of those birds that thumb their noses at me during the work week.  They know that I have to work and cannot take pictures when I’m on the clock.  When I arrived I found a pair of Black-capped Chickadees cleaning out a nest in a snag, right out side of my office!

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They were busy working on their new nest sight and allowed me to get in fairly close.

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This shot is a little blown out, but I wanted you to see his beautiful brown iris.   Black-capped Chickadee 4-24-2010 9-48-22 AM

Last night, when I left for home I could hear a Northern Cardinal whistling right out side my office.  I found him right outside my office window. There is no winning with birds at work!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Shorttail Weasel

I can count on one hand the number to time I’ve seen weasels in the wild. Each time has been memorable. I’ve seen two Longtail Weasels in Colorado. This is my first Shortail Weasel. I saw him taking a late Sunday afternoon walk in Dogtown. I watched him for about five minutes as he scampered around the brambles and a long a stone wall.

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I only got two shots off. I had to take the lens out of autofocus mode and focus the shots manually. It was much easier to do in the good old days with manual lenses and cameras. The manual focus rings on these autofocus lenses are rather course. However for shooting through the brambles, between sticks and twigs, it was the only way to document my weasel.

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Tonight!

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MONDAY, APRIL 26 @ 7:30PM Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street in Gloucester

Join us for the fourth “G-GAP” (Gloucester Guerilla Art Project) as we present on our screen the work of the following wicked talented folks:

DAVID COX – back shore surf pictures set to Willie “Loco” Alexander’s song “Bass Rocks”

JAY ALBERT – A “St. Peter & Mother Nature” photo show, featuring the song “The Sunset” by Stephan Carroll, written especially for G-GAP

STEVE BORICHEVSKY – A breathtaking “Gloucester: Land, Sea & Air” photo show

EMILE DOUCETTE – Three short films: “Hold” (a 2009 48-Hour Film competition entry featuring the voice of comedian Jonathan Katz); “Pallino” (a 2010 24-Hour Film competition entry); “Homemade Parade” (about the Lanesville 4th Of July Parade and made for the 5-Day Doc Challenge in which “The Greasy Pole” also competed)

Cover’s just $7.00, and we give money from every ticket sold to the effort to repair Gloucester High School’s Newell Stadium. It’s a fun, all-local night out, and we hope you’ll join us and be a part of it!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rocky Neck Rainbow

A brief presentation of the April 22nd rainbow.
 
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Scenic Sunday

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I’ve got a complex

I took a walk in Dogtown today.  I’m happy to say that there are definite signs of spring.  Like this Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly that I saw.  I thought that was pretty cool.  Then I saw this pair flutter down to the ground and started doing it in the dirt.

©2010 ShootingMyUniverseWhen I verified the identification of the Eastern Tailed-Blue above, I noticed that the two below were not Eastern Tailed-Blues.  (See the underside of the Eastern Tail-blue from last fall.)

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The closest identification that I can make is what is called “The Spring Azure Complex” in my field guide.   Thinking back on my walk, I did notice that there were two sizes of little blue butterflies fluttering about.  My romantic couple above were extremely cooperative.  I photographed them with my Cannon point-and-shoot set on digital macro from just a few inches. This is the first bug-shot that I’ve taken with the Cannon and I’m quite happy.

The Eastern Tailed-Blue above was shot with my 80-300 at 300mm from about 5 feet which is the minimum focus distance.  I’m looking forward to more opportunities to shooting dragons with the point and shoot.  My main complaint is that it is difficult to get the camera to execute my intentions.  It likes to think it knows what is best to center the attention on and would be just as happy to focus on a pebble off to the side.  A case in point, when I shot the photos for Hotel Food, the camera kept trying to focus on the pictures of the faces behind food which was the main subject. (One of its main “features” is face recognition.)  My Nikon D80s would never pull a crazy stunt like that!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Forgotten Photo Friday, Cogswell’s Grant, Essex

I took this photo on June 20, 2008.  Lost deep in the database, I’m dusting it off.  This photo of the Cogswell’s Grant farm was taken as the started to go down.

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MONDAY, APRIL 26 @ 7:30PM Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street in Gloucester

Join us for the fourth “G-GAP” (Gloucester Guerilla Art Project) as we present on our screen the work of the following wicked talented folks:

DAVID COX – back shore surf pictures set to Willie “Loco” Alexander’s song “Bass Rocks”

JAY ALBERT – A “St. Peter & Mother Nature” photo show, featuring the song “The Sunset” by Stephan Carroll, written especially for G-GAP

STEVE BORICHEVSKY – A breathtaking “Gloucester: Land, Sea & Air” photo show

EMILE DOUCETTE – Three short films: “Hold” (a 2009 48-Hour Film competition entry featuring the voice of comedian Jonathan Katz); “Pallino” (a 2010 24-Hour Film competition entry); “Homemade Parade” (about the Lanesville 4th Of July Parade and made for the 5-Day Doc Challenge in which “The Greasy Pole” also competed)

Cover’s just $7.00, and we give money from every ticket sold to the effort to repair Gloucester High School’s Newell Stadium. It’s a fun, all-local night out, and we hope you’ll join us and be a part of it!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rocky Neck Rainbow after the Storm

At 5:30 pm tonight we had a storm pass through.  I saw a steak of sunlight poke through the window and knew that this meant that a rainbow was imminent.   ©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

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Gloucester Guerilla Art Project Presents

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MONDAY, APRIL 26 @ 7:30PM Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street in Gloucester

Join us for the fourth “G-GAP” (Gloucester Guerilla Art Project) as we present on our screen the work of the following wicked talented folks:

DAVID COX – back shore surf pictures set to Willie “Loco” Alexander’s song “Bass Rocks”

JAY ALBERT – A “St. Peter & Mother Nature” photo show, featuring the song “The Sunset” by Stephan Carroll, written especially for G-GAP

STEVE BORICHEVSKY – A breathtaking “Gloucester: Land, Sea & Air” photo show

EMILE DOUCETTE – Three short films: “Hold” (a 2009 48-Hour Film competition entry featuring the voice of comedian Jonathan Katz); “Pallino” (a 2010 24-Hour Film competition entry); “Homemade Parade” (about the Lanesville 4th Of July Parade and made for the 5-Day Doc Challenge in which “The Greasy Pole” also competed)

Cover’s just $7.00, and we give money from every ticket sold to the effort to repair Gloucester High School’s Newell Stadium. It’s a fun, all-local night out, and we hope you’ll join us and be a part of it!

The Tug Independence.

I remember the first time I saw this tug come through the front yard.  A big boat.  This is the offshore support vessel, Independence. It is a 119.5 foot, steel hull tug built in 2009. It will do 13 knots minimum at full speed.  IMG_0001-1

Its deck crane can lift 10 tons.

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It sport two Fi-Fi water cannons.

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The Independence functions as an offshore support vessel based in Gloucester, Massachusetts and under long term contract with Neptune LNG, an affiliate of Suez LNG North America.

You know you want a ride.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Listen my children and you shall hear…

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

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The Old North Church sports a really cool weather vane.

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You can read the full poem here.

Scenic Sunday

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Green River Covered Bridge, Greenfield, MA

Down river, not too far from the Green River Covered Bridge in Guilford, VT is the Green River Covered Bridge in Greenfield, MA. This bridge was reconstructed in 1972 and is closed to road traffic. It makes a very bucolic setting. Looking at the river we can pretty much guess why it is called the Green River.

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A little historical trivia reminding us that life was not without stress in the early 18th century.

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Scenic Sunday

Friday, April 16, 2010

Forgotten Photo Friday, Annisquam Light

These forgotten photos of Annisquam Light were taken last August at sunset. Annisquam Light is in Gloucester at the mouth of the Annisquam river where it empties into Ipswich Bay.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Three Deep Woods Birds

These three birds are fairly common in New England and were all photographed in Dogtown. The first is the Eastern Phoebe. They are just arriving for the breading season.Eastern Phoebe 4-10-2010 9-52-44 AM
Next we have the Hermit Thrush, the Vermont state bird. Their flutelike song is a familiar sound in the woods but the Hermit thrush is shy and tends to prefer brushy undergrowth. This was one of two that I saw. Are they staying or just passing through?
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Finally is the Black-capped Chickadee. Always delight to have as a companion in the woods.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Tick

I grew up in the woods of Vermont.  As a kid, we never worried about ticks.  We were in the cow fields, the woods and hay fields.  I never had a tick on me.   In Colorado, we had to be careful of ticks because of Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever.  I found one or two in the 16 years that I lived there..

In Tennessee, I actually had two latch onto me in the 12 months that I lived there.  Here in Massachusetts, we have ticks.  I’ve flicked off four so far this spring.

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This one was a frisky little guy.  I actually had a difficult time shooting it as I contorted around as it crawled around my leg.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Otter!

Sometimes you never know what you will see when you take a walk in the woods. I was walking along a swamp in Dogtown in Gloucester when I heard some loud, agitated sniffing.  I could see some disturbed water but couldn’t quite figure out what it was.  Then it popped its head up. 

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It was an otter!  This was my first otter sighting ever and to get off some shots made it all the more fun.

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Visit Watery Wednesday

Monday, April 12, 2010

Palm Warbler

Warblers have odd names.  The Tennessee Warbler which just migrates through Tennessee, the Prairie Warbler which is more at home in the forests of the eastern United States than on the prairie and the Palm Warbler that nests up in Canada.  I looked in my copy of The Dictionary of American Bird Names to see why this cheery little fellow is called Palm Warbler.  The book states “as first describer probably found it in palm trees in Hispaniola.”  Okay, I’ll capitulate.  This bird does winter in the Caribbean. Palm Warbler ©2010 ShootingMyUniverse

My specimen was found Saturday migrating by a vernal pool in Dogtown.  I’m really excited about this picture because in the woodsthere can be lighting problems.  Plus, warblers are do not have time to sit around looking pretty.  This little animal has to keep his energy up and get up to Canada and have a family.  Good luck and thanks for stopping by Gloucester for a meal.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun is returning to Gloucester at 8:00 Saturday morning. 

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The Midnight Sun at Saint Peter’s Marina in Gloucester.

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Scenic Sunday
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