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The Alchemy of Autumn

Alchemy is the ancient "science" of turning mundane elements into gold. For a long time many people (including Sir Isaac Newton) believed it was just a matter of time before they had success. As far as I know, it has never worked. Except maybe it has.

Strangest Thing

The immortal last words of McManus (The Usual Suspects) perfectly describe what's happening with this picture on flickr - I put it up a few hours ago and it's had a hundred views coming from an unknown source.  The Unknown source gag is something that frustrates the crap out of me with flickr.  I've put... Continue Reading →

It’s the little differences

Ah that famous scene in Pulp Fiction where Vincent enumerates the little differences between the US and Amsterdam.  I had a similar experience recently and no, it didn't involve Burger King either. As you've probably gathered by now, I practically live in the woods. It started when I was a kid.  No amount of fairy... Continue Reading →

The Power of Scouting

Up until recently, I've been a catch-as-catch-can type of photographer.  If I was going somewhere, I took my camera and tried for photos as I went.  Rarely did I return to a location to do better or capture a different aspect of the place.  Now though, I understand what scouting a location can do.  Remember... Continue Reading →

Cedar Swamp and Rhododendron Preserve

Late last year I visited a nearby Nature Conservancy property called The Cedar Swamp Preserve.  Yeah, real romantic sounding place, right?  Well it's got two great things going for it - Atlantic White Cedars and Great Laurel or Giant Rhododendron as it's sometimes called.  This is a small preserve jammed between huge condo developments, some... Continue Reading →

Not your typical wildflower

Let the microscapes begin! Not the most beautiful or delicate of wildflowers, but one of the first to appear.  I went wandering in one of the many nature preserves in Andover, Massachusetts the other day and one section of the swamp was covered with skunk cabbage.  I read that they can come up so early... Continue Reading →

Spring has Sprung

Remember that scene in The Jerk when Martin ran all over yelling "The new phonebook's here!  The new phonebook's here" ?  Well I felt like doing that about spring today.  This is what tells me it's arrived - It's whitlow grass and there's a big patch of it in my backyard.  They're the very first... Continue Reading →

Up All Night

From time to time I go meet up with a few other local photographers.  We are all part of the same flickr group and it's pretty much the same core of people who go to them.  We usually try for a sunrise.  Winter shooting seems far more popular.  Probably because sunrise is at 7am instead... Continue Reading →

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