It was very pretty in the woods today, if a bit slippery due to icy paths. This was near the stream crossing in the wildlife sanctuary at Stanley Park. It was nice to get out, but I think I'll wait until the ice recedes before heading back there.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Experimenting with different angles and closeups: this is from the sundial at Grandmothers' Garden in Westfield yesterday. I love the curves, the texture of the raised design and the rust, and the bit of ground partially covered in snow visible at the top.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Some of the puddles down at Stanley Park today had bubbles rising up through the mud.
They would come up as little bubbles:
Then they would start to merge into larger bubbles:
Then they would pop, and the whole thing would start all over again.
Yes, I am easily amused. *g*
Friday, February 13, 2009
From the archives, and updated: a new crop of an older photo I took in Grandmothers' Garden in Westfield, when leaves were green and water was unfrozen.
I love the way water droplets lay like jewels in the folds of this Lady's Mantle, and how the large one in the center magnifies the creases like facets.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
On a day like today, I really can believe that spring is on its way. It's a lovely 56 degrees here in East Longmeadow, and it was delightful to get outside for lunch. So much better than the single digits and 'teens we've been having so much of this winter!
I'm sure we'll get more cold and snowy weather, but soon we'll be looking for things like these grape hyacinths popping out of the ground.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
It goes on to give tips on how to get the most out of the camera you have, including reading the manual, take your camera with you everywhere you go, and more.
I have no illusions about being a great photographer, but I've learned the limits of my camera and how much I can push them. Yes, I take a lot of pictures that are nothing special, but once in a while I get one that I really love.
Sure, I wish I had that Nikon with the 18x zoom and image stabilization, but I do pretty well with my little old Kodak Easy Share. It's an old friend that I can depend on for most of what I need.
Monday, February 09, 2009
I caught tonight's sunset from the South End Bridge on the way home from work. Traffic was actually moving, which is unusual for rush hour, but I stopped just long enough to stick the camera out the window and snap a quick one. We haven't had a lot of really nice sunsets this winter.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Another nice day today! Wow, two in a row, and on a weekend to boot. Maybe Mother Nature feels badly about all the lousy weather we've had this winter.
This lovely scene is in the wildlife sanctuary by Stanley Park in Westfield, where the paths are still snowy, but the river and streams are thawing nicely.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
This morning's 10-degree weather is making me long for summer all the more. Days of flowers and butterflies, and green grass, and short sleeves.
The light at the end of the tunnel is within view, though. In a month, we'll be looking for signs of crocuses, and watching the buds swell on the trees.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
I'm touched! The rules say I must pass it along to five worthy bloggers, providing links to each and back to the original post. Three of the local blogs I read have already won (AboutAmherst, Exploring Western Massachusetts, and in the valley), but I'm going to give it to them all again because they deserve it. If you haven't already, check them out!
Next, to Mike Dobbs' Out of the Inkwell. In the interest of full disclosure, Mike's a coworker, and fun to geek out with on SciFi movies & TV. His blog is full of interesting stuff, from movie reviews to local news.
Last but not least, to Heather Brandon's Urban Compass. Heather does a great job of covering local politics, in both Springfield and her new home in Hartford.
There are a lot of great local blogs, and you can find more of them on BlogNet.
Monday, February 02, 2009
While walking through the woods yesterday, I heard the distinctive call of the Pileated woodpecker. I never caught sight of him, but I found evidence of his passing on a tree along the path.
Just under the tree, wood chips littered the snow.
That's one industrious bird!
Sunday, February 01, 2009
It was a beautiful day for a walk today, so I headed down to Stanley Park and the wildlife sanctuary this afternoon. This is inside the covered bridge at the park. Today is the ancient festival of Imbolc, or Candlemas, which marks the halfway point of winter. Spring is only six weeks away!