Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I've been scanning the hills for eagles all winter and finally spotted a pair today. The sun was just going down behind this hill and was so strong I could barely look towards the trees, let alone compose a decent shot -- I just closed my eyes and went click click click, hoping to get one. Hence the blur .. if I have time I'll go back in the morning - with a tripod!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
The place to be today
Friday, February 18, 2011
An extra post for today
Party just to give a taste of spring, which is in the air today (right now there's even a bit of sunshine!) and in part to share a new discovery in the world of photography - Photoshop actions. People use these shortcuts in post-processing to get various interesting effects - vintage, gritty, faded, etc - there are hundreds of them out there for free download and hundreds more that can be bought. For me, the goal in trying them is to learn more Photoshop skills - in figuring out how they were written I can expand my own knowledge of the many powerful tools available in Photoshop. This was a sweet picture right out of the camera, but it's got all kinds of filters and textures added now ... kind of nice!
Late Winter Thaw
It was warm yesterday, and will be warmer today - somewhere there are probably snowdrops struggling to reach the light. It's amazing that the drifts and piles just sort of evaporate. I was picturing epic floods as all this snow melted, and while there are puddles and muddy patches (which then freeze into super slick ice patches at night) the snow is slowly just disappearing.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
jaunty snow hat
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Not everything is beautiful...
I guess what has happened is that, over the winter, we had snow, which got covered with a layer of dirt, then more snow, then more dirt, and on and on. Now that the snow is melting, it's as if the frosting between layers of a cake disappeared, leaving only the cake, or in this case, the layers of dirt. On my back porch where I feed the birds, the whole history of the winter is now revealed - the plates I put out in December, the suet feeders from January, the orange slices, the tens of thousands of sunflower seed hulls - all were covered up by successive layers of snow, and now all are revealed -- it's an ugly sight indeed.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The Ski jumps went off this weekend, and the new jump that SWSA has built is spectacular. I haven't been there in a few years, but the crowds definitely seemed bigger! I wonder if the public will be able to come see the junior olympics? There's not much space there and I imagine it will be pretty full of athletes, families, press, etc!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
standing around waiting for spring
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Local Radio takes a hit
We still have one local station, the wonderful new WHDD. But two voices are better than one, and as much as I love public radio (it's what I listen to 90% of the time), I don't think we need more sources of Car Talk and All Things Considered - we need diversity.
WKZE no longer pays much attention to this area; heaven knows WAMC doesn't. Will WSHU care what happens in Sharon, or Canaan, or Millerton? Time will tell. And, what will happen to this building?
Saturday, February 05, 2011
I stopped by the WQQQ studio in Lakeville yesterday to say farewell and thank you to Joe, Marie and the gang. They've been an important voice in public radio over the years, helping get the word out about everything from food drives to propane leaks to lost dogs. Joe's inimitable radio voice will be missed along with his endless commitment to serving the community!
Friday, February 04, 2011
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Some of us stayed holed up indoors for the last two days, avoiding the snow and ice - both of which were a lot milder than predicted! We got maybe 7 inches total snow, not the 18 they scared us with, and the ice storm never really happened.
However there are certain people that can't stay inside - the plow drivers, postal workers, the grocery store and gas station owners, and of course the dog walkers - they must go out no matter what the weather. I caught up to this pair and noted how well-furred the dog was - when I observed she must love the snow, her owner demurred - tolerates, he said, not love or even like!