Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

It is that time of year when there is frost on the pumpkin. Halloween marks the end of foliage season here in the Atlantic North East. Normally each year at this time I take you to the grave yards and burying grounds in the region to show you funerary art.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

If there is one thing that I’ve noticed, it is that some of New England’s best colored trees can be found in grave yards and cemeteries.

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If you’d like to see some of the headstones from the area, just click the Graveyard Shift link. In those posts you will find a rich history of gravestones from Boston, Essex, Ipswich, Salem and Manchester by the Sea plus other locations.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A little photo study from Appleton Farms

The colors are starting to drop. But that’s okay because some of the trees that were late to turn are still putting on a show. I went to Appleton Farms to get our moo juice for the week and found this row of maples.

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Walking around a bit, I found the milking barn was framed nicely. This made for a fun little photo shoot.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

This is a great time of year to be out and about.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sundry fall birds

The weather is getting cooler here in Massachusetts. The foliage, so ephemeral, is dropping rapidly. Soon it will be stick season. We have a lot of cheery little fellows to help us get through the cold season. The ever present Black-capped Chickadee gets my vote for being the one of the toughest. This wad of skin and feathers makes it though the tough Northern winters. And he eats poison ivy berries.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Moving back into the region is the White-throated Sparrow. I think he has the sweetest call. In fact, much to my delight, one was calling in the back yard today.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Our American Gold-piggies are still in town, chowing down the thistle. Even the hens are a little more drab. This one I found on a walk in the woods enjoying some alder cones.

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Here is a Yellow-rumped Warbler, A.K.A “Butter But” eyeing some poison ivy berries.

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Okay, I’m a supposed to be a big boy and ID my own birds now, but I’m having a bit of a time deciding what this thing is sitting on an elderberry bush and hopping in and out of the phragmites. The filed guides state that the streaking on a Lincoln Sparrow is bold, but some show the streaking rather washed.  If you look real close, it is in the exact same position as the White-throated Sparrow above. It is a smidge smaller. If you have a definitive answer, could you let me know?

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

When I got home the other day, this Sharp-shinned Hawk was sitting on a post in the yard by the driveway. I dove right by him. Ha! I had my gear in the trunk. I drove around to the back of the house, got out the camera and went back to shoot it. It was fine until I pulled the camera up to my face and it flew off. Then it gave me the stink eye.

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Yes, this sharpy has been hanging around the house. Feeding songbirds sometimes means feeding the hawks. I don’t have a problem with that. It is neither good nor bad. It’s they way it has been going on for hundreds of thousands of years. Besides. I rather like Sharpies.

In other news, I heard a Barred Owl calling in the woods a week ago.

Be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mill in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

Remember back on October 15th I reported that I took a road trip up to the Northeast Kingdom? Well, this was my target. I learned about this mill and just had to take off like a bat out of hell to get up there before the foliage dropped. Ha! I was about three days too late. There was a big rain and wind storm that knocked down the foliage. Bummer, but I really love this shot.

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It just goes to show you how neurotic I get in the fall. I drove three and a half hours just for this one target. Would I do it again? In a heart beat. This photo is included in my new 2014 New England Calendar:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

More fall foliage photos from my daily commute

Over the seven years since I’ve been in the area, I’ve gotten to know some of these trees can be counted upon to give a good show in the fall. Below are a group of trees in a cemetery here in Ipswich. 

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Below is a photo from the Essex River where Herald Burnham has his ship yard. The trees there usually give a good show. This year, I’ve been trying to get there at high tide during a calm wind and peak foliage. It just didn’t come to pass this year. Oh, well. I’ve shown you these trees over the years.

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At the intersection of 1A and Rt 133 in Ipswich, you’ll find this group of trees which never disappoint.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Castle Inn in West Gloucester, MA

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imageLike many places in Gloucester, Massachusetts, this building has a chunk of trivia attached to it. Yes, for those of us that were born before the days of bicycle helmets and our parents used to make us go out for the school bus by ourselves, you may remember LePage’s School Glue. Sure you do, it came in an hour glass shaped bottle and had a red rubber cap. Whereas I’m not as old as the the advertising card above, I do remember the glue bottle.

The Spruce Manor in Gloucester (as it was originally) was built by the Brooks family in 1900 for the construction cost of $14,200.00. The family were co-founders of Russia Cement, the company that produced LaPages glue. The LePage Glue Factory was founded in 1876 and used fish waste to make their product until about 1951 when it was moved to Toronto, Canada.

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Today, the inn serves as a B&B. I’ve enjoyed a few dinners here. It is a warm and inviting place and I couldn’t resist stopping by and snapping a foliage shot.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Forgotten Photo Friday, good by old friends.

Last week, I took a few images of the sun rising behind a swamp maple in the front yard. I had no idea that when I would come home from work that evening, the tree would be gone.

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Also the maple tree in the background is gone. My survivor has been felled.

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That area is part of a habitat restoration project and taking down the trees is part of the program. I’m a bit disappointed, but life goes on.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bubble Cars

Today I have a follow up post for yesterday’s Andy Warhol’s Art Car with another BMW. The Isetta is an Italian designed car that was built in several countries. BMW started mass-producing these in 1955 and sold 161,728 of these cars. Three liters of gas will get you 100km in one of these. ©2013 Steve Borichevsky

The Isetta above is on display at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Below are two Isettas that participated in the Hemmings Motor News Concorurse d’Elegencance held in Saratoga Springs this past September.

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My, oh my. The police budget must have been tight in Germany back in the ‘60s.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

I though the I finally found a Beemer that I could afford until I did a little research. The owners that have them for sale are asking for some serious change.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Andy Warhol Art Car

This is the first Warhol that I’ve personally been in the same room with. This is the BMW M1 Procar Racer that Warhol was commissioned by BMW to work on. BMW commissioned eighteen Art Cars. Pretty cool. It is on loan at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Monday, October 21, 2013

Three scenes that are along my way to work

Yes, this is what I see on my way too and from to work. While many of my buddies are fighting traffic, I’m kicking back an chillaxing.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Be sure to visit Our World Tuesday this week.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Appleton Farm Foliage

This is where we get our dairy. Appleton Farms is rich with old maple trees which makes it a great place for an autumn walk.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

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