Saturday, April 30, 2011

Common Garter Snake

No, this is not Rudyard Kipling’s Kaa, but he does have a hypnotic look. Actually, it’s just basking in the sun, mildly annoyed, maybe thinking about fleeing.©2011 Steve Borichevsky

“Dude, you’re blocking my sun.”

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Forgotten Photo Friday, Ladybug

I shot this in Palm Springs, California two years ago. I totally forgot about it. The supporting character in this picture is a Black-throated Sparrow.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tufted Titmouse

This was a bit of a treat. I don’t get to shoot Titmice because of their rather timid nature. Many of my blogging buddies have the luxury of having them at their feeders. But my feeder birds are pretty much gulls, so I need to shoot these guys in the woods. That puts me at quite the disadvantage since the in the eastern woods the canopies are generally closed and the light levels are low, or you cannot see up in the canopy at all. But this time of year is rather fun because the birds’ hormones are surging and the leaves have not come out yet. Therefore you can sometimes find one that is more interested in what its male competition is up to than it is getting away from the biped with the big scary camera thingy.

This little guy was singing his brains out, chattering to the other titmice and was happy to pose for me about thirty five feet up in a tree.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brown Creeper

On my Dogtown hike last Sunday, I heard a song that I have never heard before. I’ve been birding for quite a while and can recognize a couple hundred birds calls without difficulty. In my birding semi-retirement I usually hear a song and think to myself, “I should know what that is.” But this time, I thought, “I have never heard a song like that, what is it?!?”

It took me a while to find the little devil. It has a very high frequency song that is difficult to locate. But I managed to triangulate it and narrowed it down to a large maple tree. Then I found out another reason I was having a tough time finding it. There were two or three singing in a bout a 100 yard radius.

The second problem that I had was that it is very well camouflaged. Have you spotted it yet?

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There it is! The Brown Creeper makes a living by looking for tasty morsels in the nooks and crannies within the bark of trees. If you care to hear the song of the Brown Creeper, check out the recording at the Cornell Ornithology Lab. The first part of the recording is what I heard. The second part, the “tsee-tsee” call is what I’m used to hearing.

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Oh, by the way, these are the first half decent pictures I’ve ever gotten of Brown Creepers. It isn’t only that they are well camouflaged, they are very active in their hunt for food and they are usually found in low light forest conditions.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dewdrops in the sun

I woke up Sunday morning after a rainy Saturday night to find that the sky was blue, the fog was lifting and the temperature was headed for the low 70s. I grabbed my gear and headed out the door with a bolt of energy that I had not felt in a long time. After being cooped up for so many months, it was great to get out.

Here are a couple of photos that show the promise of things to come. First is Canada Mayflower which covers the forest floors on Cape Ann.

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Next is a shot of a blackberry cane still dripping with due from the misty fog that gently rolled over the landscape earlier.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Jean Elizabeth

The Jean Elizabeth fishes for lobster in the front yard so I’ve been able to watch their activities over the years. These are a few shots in no particular order.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Things are looking up in Gloucester

Yes, it’s Gloucester and things are looking up. And what do you see when you look up in Gloucester? Gulls, of course!

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Forgotten Photo Friday: Earth Day

This post is targeted at those that probably have never seen my photos. Although they will never read it, or even stop by. Maybe, in some small way it will have some effect. I make my decisions using a different set of criteria than most. I’m making a statement on Earth Day. This is the way I have rolled all my life.Humpback Whale

I make my decisions based on the hypothesis that if we live more than once then we will inherit the world that we created. Before you freak out, or click the red x in the upper right corner, be sure you understand the word hypothesis and hear me out. I make no assertions that this hypothesis is valid or that you have to believe it because I won’t let you be my friend if you don’t.

mad dogs and englishmen 002Suppose just for the moment that the one that dies with the most toys not only wins, but finds himself pooping in a new diaper without those toys. Could happen. You cannot prove that it doesn’t.

So back to this hypothesis that we will inherit the world that we create. Look at what we are creating. On a personal level, we have our gardens, our art work, this is all fine. But I’m going to ask you to look beneath the carpet and find out what is being swept under it and ask yourself in light of our hypothesis, is this rational behavior?

And that is going to be our acid test, rationality. Here is an example. A bloke decides that all bicycles should be painted purple. He sells purple bicycle paint and he gets a law passed. He makes a lot of money selling purple paint. Later in his next life he wonders why there are all these purple bicycles. Wouldn’t it be great to have a blue or a red bike? Sure, but there is a purple bicycle law some fool got passed 40 years ago.

Calves 13 Apr 08 008See where I’m going yet? If this hypothesis is correct in one lifetime, the man that is making millions and billions producing atomic bombs comes back in the next generation where he finds himself crouched in fear wondering when the bright flash is going to come and wonders why he has bone cancer.

But maybe it doesn’t have to be on such a grand scale. He may wonder why so many species went extinct in the 21st century. Wow, did the polar bears really live in the cold? You mean that New York City was built above sea level? And who was the dork that decided it was okay to create super bacteria by feeding antibiotics to farm animals?

If more people would adopt a philosophy that what is happening on this planet has something to do with them, perhaps things would change. Maybe this hypothesis is just the thing we need. After all, our politicians have absolutely no back-off on mortgaging our children’s and grand-children’s futures on building bombs and Big Brother cameras that deteriorate our liberty. And we let them.

We go to our doctors and do not set them straight on anti-depressants that make people depressed and crazier than junkyard dogs. Don’t even get me started on the absolutely chicken-shit education system that allows Nurse Ratched to drug our children. When we were kids we lined up for milk in school, not Ritalin.

We have a pretty cool planet. It’s green in places.

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Sometimes it turns really wonderful colors. There won’t be anyone around to appreciate it if we don’t change the way we do business.

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What you do in life makes a difference. Three years ago, I did my own market research to find out the directions that our customers were going with energy efficiency. It wasn’t popular but my senior supported my efforts. I partnered with my key vendors to develop equipment I needed and drove my organization towards implementation based on lower cost of ownership.  I took delivery of the first evaluation equipment in October. In the six months since the first installation, my configuration has delivered equal performance and saved two tons of CO2 emissions. Now our clients are telling our CEO that we are the ones pioneering green initiatives in our field. 

I’m pleased that on Earth Day, I have sent two of my configurations into the field and I have several orders piling in. You just got to care about the planet. For each implementation, that will be 4 tons less CO2 emissions per installation per year. This is going to be huge.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fitz Henry Lane

This is a statue of the local 19th century artist Fitz Henry Lane, also know as Fitz Hugh Lane.

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It is very possible that his statue is located in the same spot that he painted this scene of The Fort and Ten Pound Island. I discovered his paintings after moving to Gloucester. You can see his painting at the Cape Ann Museum.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Colorado in Gloucester

This place is a bit like me. A piece of Colorado in Gloucester. I had a hose of a similar style on the side of a canyon in outside of Denver.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Eider Decisions

It’s Thursday and the temperature is a whopping 60 degrees F. I haven’t been out for a walk after work for about six months. And why not? It was so nice out, I though I woke up on the wrong planet.

Down by the Maritime Heritage Center, I found two male Common Eiders and a female. The boys were puffing up and displaying. Eiders are so laid-back. They hang out together and it seems that they never bicker or fight. The males seemed more interested in doing their short display (they throw their head back and whistle) than fighting over the female. Wait, what’s that? My cell phone is buzzing in my pocket. Darnn, I don’t get opportunities like this every day.

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It might be the Mrs., I better check. “What, you’re still at work?”

“Noise, what kind of noise.” “Like a Mustang, a loud mustang?”

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Crap. (This little expletive is usually reserved for times of moderate annoyances, like the time the California Sea Lion sneezed on me in Monterey.) “Where is the noise coming from?” By now, if you haven’t guessed, I’m holding the cell phone in one hand and shooting with a 300mm lens in the other.  Click

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“Where? You don’t know?”…”When does the noise start?”

“When you start the car, oh.” “When was the last time you had to replace your muffler?”

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“You’ve never had to replace your muffler?”

“Honey, you’ve been in New England for over four years and never had to change your muffler? I’ve replaced my three times since we got here.”

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“Okay, I’ll meet you at the car shop.” 

“I’m on my way. I’m ten minutes from home and then ten minutes from the shop. See you in a bit.”

I took her out to dinner after I picked her up at the car shop.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Washington on Boston Commons

This statue of George Washington riding across the Boston skyline is found on Boston Commons. A fitting photo for starting Patriot’s Day weekend.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Forgotten Photo Friday, Death of a Dory

This dory has been slowly deteriorating. This picture was taken in September of 2008.

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Here we are in April of 2011.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

North Channel, Gloucester Harbor

Looking down the north channel of Gloucester Harbor.

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The Captain Novello heads home after off-loading at Whole Foods.

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Looking over to Rose’s Marina, one of the ship yards.

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Plan B is getting some maintenance done.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Babson Reservoir

This was Babson Reservoir last fall after a dry summer.

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This is Babson Reservoir last weekend taken from roughly the same vantage point. What a difference 84” of snow makes.

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