20160423 Moose Hill   Leave a comment

Late spring means, among other things, lots of salamanders. Almost every time I picked up a rock, there was an Eastern red-backed salamander beneath it.

 

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Salamanders are not all you see under logs and rocks.  There were lots of sowbugs — but I didn’t get to see any sowbug-killers, spiders belonging to Dysderidae.

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This spider (Linyphiidae?) was hanging around doing some yoga:

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Note sure yet which version I like better.

 

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Backlit leaves are always nice.

Posted 2016-04-25 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160306 Moose Hill   4 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the camera out for a walk.  Late winter is more like early spring this year.  It’s a season of change.

 

DSC09913.JPGThere was still snow on the moss in select places, as you can see.  Not sure if I like that photo better, or this one:

 

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There was some kind of cockleburr that was very amenable to macro photographs:

 

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I spent most of my time lying on the edge of a vernal pool.  I got to see some very nice Dytiscid beetles swimming underwater, though I couldn’t get any photographs.  It was still worth getting wet for.

Posted 2016-03-06 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160124 Beaver Brook   4 comments

It’s always nice to go out soon after a snowfall. We didn’t get Snowmageddon, but we had a bad time last year, so we deserved not to.

I cannot believe I’ve never really explored the Beaver Brook trail. I was happy to make good on that today.

I tried hard to capture the feeling of the snow drifting through the air, captured in the sunlight. Can’t say I nailed it, but will keep trying.

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Posted 2016-01-24 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160117 Devil’s Rock   2 comments

This boulder was dragged in by the glaciers thousands of years ago, and is enormous. I was trying to give a feel for its brutal sense of massiveness by not giving the photograph (and the viewer) too much breathing room on the right. I hope it worked.

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Ice crystals preserved in a hole in the wood, perhaps made by a beetle grub:

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Posted 2016-01-17 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Christmas at Borderland State Park   1 comment

We went for a Christmas Day walk at Borderland State Park to enjoy the special weather. There were prominent sundogs in the sky, as well as this circumzenithal arc :

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November and December are the brown months. The spectacular fall colors are gone, and the snow usually hasn’t coated the ground yet. It takes a little more effort, but what stand out at this time are the more subtle patterns from the bare branches.

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Another crop of the same photo:

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Posted 2015-12-28 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20151025 Devil’s Rock   Leave a comment

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Continuing my obsession with this particular view of wood and rock. One of these days I’ll get this photo right; so far, every one I’ve taken has had just that one thing wrong with it.

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Posted 2015-11-29 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Stony Brook Mass Audubon   2 comments

It is a sin to miss a beautiful fall day in New England. We went to Stony Brook Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary in Norfolk: trees, water, birds and the late evening sun.

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Even the ducks know when it’s time to go.

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Posted 2015-10-23 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

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