Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving Thanks

Too cute too eat! Our photo club has been doing Monday Morning walks and I took this a few weeks ago walking around by White Horse Beach.

For Ian's 18th birthday we went birding, well Joe and I went with him while he birded, his favorite thing to do. Looking for an elusive sparrow here.

Not just birding, Ian also has a keen interest in dragonflies and damselflies.

Another pretty place in Plymouth, MA.

The nice thing about birding is all the lovely places you visit looking for birds, or photographs :-)

In back of the dump on Beaver Dam Road in Plymouth, MA

Ian getting ready to leave on his 3 month trip to Peru. He has a great blog describing his adventures at Birding Across the Globe.

Ready to backpack, camp and look for beautiful birds in Peru.

Dropping him off at Logan was difficult. I'm happy to see him pursue his dreams, sad to not have him around.

Joe feeds the squirrels.

Another bunch of Monday Morning walk photos.

Bittersweet, nice to look at, don't pick it and spread it. Highly invasive!

Our band of photographers cruising the streets at 9am.

My Dad and my brother Nelson in Morristown, NJ.
My Dad with his therpist learning how to speak and move again after a small stroke. All better in less than a week.

Me, my Dad and Nelson who has done wonders taking care of our Dad.

Joe and I drove to NJ to help out. Joe's also been a big help.

Found this in the family home, I think it's my grandfather Mario from Sicily.


My Dad's bookcase in his home that we cleaned up while he was in rehab.

At the moment my Dad is recovering from a quadruple bypass at 82 and is doing amazingly well, although some days he doesn't think so :-) So I have a lot to be thankful for this year, more than my usual bounty of blessings.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fall in Beautiful New England

The most beautiful color can be found during Fall in New England and I take my camera everywhere. The Plymouth Digital Photographers club is going strong, we've had 45 meetups since June 15th and are now 243 members and growing daily. I'm even giving a talk to the Kiwanis on Monday night, and I attended a vocational advisory dinner at the high school last week. Community outreach at it's finest! I am loving organizing meetups, making new friends with like minded photographers and seeing others doing the same, so rewarding. My best 'job' ever, a labor of love.

We've been out shooting, a lot, and here are some of my favorite images.

Purple Coneflower after the petals have dropped.

Rick, a member of the photo club, did a presentation on HDR yesterday for our club and I downloaded the free trial version. A very cool program to bring out the details in your photos, easy to use and this is from one exposure, not the traditional 3. HDR is all the rage, stands for High Dynamic Range.

Morton Pond. I stopped by here late in the afternoon and what a beautiful catch, for me and the fisherman.

Looking through these photos I noticed how many have water in them. Maybe I have a thing for large bodies of water??

Ting and Ric's home in Walpole, NH.

HDR apples from Alyson's, NH.

Ting and Gail, the Waybacks, picking apples and resting in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Plymouth Harbor and gull.

A happy mistake at a sunrise meetup.

Milo hanging onto the money.
Troy, NH.

Oliver Mills Park in Middleboro, MA, a meetup led by Greg on how to shoot moving water.

I stopped the car on the side of Rt 3 southbound to take this photo of a stump studded marsh.
I won't do that again, the traffic was going way too fast for comfort!

Rick talking to a fellow photographer.

Ed Randall's cranberry bog, a lovely day to enjoy this very well kept water harvested bog. Some bogs are dry harvested.

Processing the cranberries into the truck.

Churning up the berries to get them off the small bushes that are under the water. They float to the top and are corralled then sucked into the truck.

Ed Randall's home.

Jim and Mary.

The 3 of us celebrating Joe's birthday with a vegan banana peanut butter cake. Photo by Jess.

Hydrangea in the fall.

This year the leaves of the Hydrangea by the front door turned a beautiful shade of purple.

Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk at Plimouth Plantation. He was so young he didn't know he wasn't supposed to pose for us.

Tail end of a chicken.

Club member Ken.

18 of us showed up to shoot the sunrise last week on White Horse Beach.

Looking back at the light on the beach homes.

My friend Julie's family portrait, maybe for her Christmas card?? Danika, who just turned 3, and I spent the afternoon together and what a fun time we had! Being a grandparent must be a blast...