Sunday, November 30, 2014

Let me explain my recent absence

I know I’ve been a little off and on lately. Let me explain what happened. Of course, here in the United States, we celebrated our Thanksgiving holiday last Thursday. Alas, we got a load of used, wet air from off the coast of Florida that screamed up the eastern seaboard. My original plan was to go out Wednesday, but since we were set to get hit by a significant Nor’ Easter, I decided to leave for my parents house in New York Tuesday night. It was a last minute decision to get ahead of the storm. Thus, I was not able to set up my posts.

The storm hit Wednesday and blew threw early Thursday morning. The family decided to postpone our celebration until Friday because we had other family members traveling in from Vermont and some were without power.

Usually these storms are accompanied with a lot of wind afterwards. This one was not. I had a golden opportunity to go out to get some great snow shots!

This is a derelict railroad station in Eagle Bridge, New York. I’ve often wanted to shoot it, but it really does not have good curb appeal and the light has always been terrible. But Thursday was my opportunity.

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I did not know that there is a Pan American Railways company. I arrived as the track inspectors were setting out to ride the rails after the storm.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Barred Owl in a White Pine Grove

This is one of the most difficult photo shoots that I’ve pulled off. I was walking through Appleton Farms and herd a bunch of Blue Jays scolding in a pine grove. After listing to the Jays bicker and complain for a while, I saw a large shape fly through the white pines. He landed in close to the trunk and was in the shadows. It was about 50 feet in the above ground and the pine grove was thick and dark.

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The Blue Jays started to scatter as I came in, but the Barred Owl didn’t mind my presence. Eventually the Jays disappeared which perplexed me because the jays were not afraid to harass the owl, which may like to dine on jays, but they were afraid of me, a creature that has never tasted a jay.

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Nevertheless, the Barred Owl was not the least bit afraid of me and let me take some shots. This is my favorite!

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Eventually he found another branch and started preening as the sun started to go down. What you are seeing here is its foot with the claws retracted. For a brief moment, the sun peeked through the clouds.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Having captured my images, I left it in peace. Perhaps he was happy that I came by an spooked the jays away. Or maybe it just didn’t care.

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Be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Forgotten Photo Friday, wine shots

Bartholomew Park Merlot with apples and avocadoIt seems a like a long time ago, maybe it was. We used to have a wine blog. It gave me something creative to do. Each post included photography. Believe it or not, most of these were shot with only a 3.5 Mpx point-and shoot with absolutely no studio gear! IMG_0146






Thursday, November 20, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker

My first encounter with this bird was in Tennessee in 2006 when I was living there for a brief period. When I started birding in the ‘80s, the Red-bellied Woodpecker was not found in Massachusetts. Now they are a common visitor to my yard.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hey, dude, you’re in my shot.

My brother likes to photograph lighthouses, too. I was taking a selfy to let my brother know that I got one that he didn’t have. Further proof that some people belong behind the camera.

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This lighthouse is know as the Seven Foot Knoll Light. It was initially installed on a shoal of that name, locate at the mouth of the Patapsco River. It was moved to this location in 1988.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pride of Baltimore

I was strolling around the Inner Harbor area near the convention center in Baltimore. I found the Pride of Baltimore II. If you have been a long time follower of the blog, you will have seen her posted before on SMU when she comes up to Gloucester.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Monday, November 17, 2014

Statsraad Lehmkuhl

My hotel was right around the corner from the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl was in Baltimore. Here are three cell phone images.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I’m back, again

What a busy fall this has been. I have never never mixed my blog life with my professional life before. I was an early adopter of LinkedIn and keep my professional life over there and keep SMU separate as my playpen.

This past week I was at a the American Vacuum Society symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. Symposium is one of my favorite words. It sounds so impressive. It is a Latinized word from the Greek symposion, loosely meaning, “to drink together”. Yah, I’ve seen some derivations that boldly proclaim “old men’s drinking club”.

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Regardless, I have a pretty cool job. I’m fully responsible for all of the vacuum technology for the major business unit of a company that specializes in making machines that make computer chips. 

“So, Steve”, you may ask, “what is the big deal about being over all of the Hovers and Electroluxes in a company?” Well, that’s not what I do.

A vacuum is defined as being a volume with all of the matter removed. Think of it this way, you mock up a metal box and pump all of the gas out of it. That is a vacuum. That’s what I do. I have achieved the goal of many a man. I get paid for nothing. Put it in other words, I know a whole lot about nothing.

But why would any sane company be so interested in nothing? You see, when you make computer chips, sometimes you need to remove all of the air from the chip’s environment. If there were air, then the process wouldn’t function. Perhaps the process involves heat. In this case, oxygen would destroy the chip. Sometimes we have to bombard the chips with particles to create the devices. If there were air in the chamber, we couldn’t get the particles from the source to the target. Thus we do a lot of processes in a vacuum.

I would bet my last dollar that the device that you are reading this on has chips that have been processed by one or more of our machines and thus have been in vacuum environments that I have helped to engineer. Yes. I have a pretty cool, low pressure job.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Forgotten Photo Friday: Two years later

It’s been two years since we put up our wind turbine. It has generated over 7.5Gwatt-hrs. of juice so far!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Hairy Woodpecker

It is not very often that we see Hairy Woodpeckers in our area. Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers look similar, however the Hairy is larger, has a longer bill and lack black spots on the white tail feathers.

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Here is a Downy for comparison.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Wilmington, Vermont

Today I have an early fall image of a farm just north of Wilmington, Vermont on Rt 100.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Forgotten Photo Friday, Burnham Boat Yard

I took this photo in November 2010.  It is hard to believe that so much time has gone by since the Ardelle’s keel was laid.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Scenes from where I grew up

I grew up in Wells, Vermont on Lake St. Catharine. Here are a few images of what I left behind.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Green River in Guilford, Vermont

This was the view of the Green River in Guilford, Vermont last September.
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The covered bridge is getting a new footing and some restoration.
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©2014 Steve Borichevsky
I come here from time to time so you can see what the area looks like when it is not torn up.
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