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Views Of Rocky Neck Marsh

This series includes 4 views of the back marsh at Rocky Neck State Park in Connecticut.

Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

These photos were shot at mid-day, in direct and harsh sun light. In order to capture the clouds and blue sky without washing out the marsh grasses or water reflections ND Grad # 4 filters were used.  This also softened the overall feel of the images.

Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

There was a purely technical reason for shooting this late in the day with filters. I like to sleep in.

 

Morning Art Work

This week, after the sun had come up and the fog rolled in, we walked along the Connecticut river trying to get close to a flock of Egrets. They usually don’t come this far up river so it would be a nice photo to capture.

We never did see them again because we were side tracked by the mist flowing over the meadows we passed.

Spider Web Misty Morning Field - Click To Enlarge
Spider Web Misty Morning Field – Click To Enlarge

The trail side was like an art gallery. The dim light and webs wet with fog gave us these amazing views.

Spider Web Misty Morning Field - Click To Enlarge
Spider Web Misty Morning Field – Click To Enlarge
Spider Web Misty Morning Field - Click To Enlarge
Spider Web Misty Morning Field – Click To Enlarge

I have never seen a meadow filled with lace. It was quite a sight.

 

Sunrise Connecticut River

I don’t do mornings. But that’s about to change (a little).

One cup of coffee is not enough to get to the river, find a spot in the dark woods, and don’t get me started on the tripod setup.

August Sunrise Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
August Sunrise Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

There is no time to waste either. The light, sky, and just about everything else changes minute by minute. But it’s great because you get totally different shots with each change.

August Sunrise Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
August Sunrise Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

The color and lighting is an adventure, and lesson, in camera settings. Since there is no light you better know your equipment.

August Sunrise Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
August Sunrise Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

After the sun had come up I assumed the opportunities were over. Not even close. It seems a lot goes on while I’m still sleeping.

There are still plenty of images to finish processing of the morning golden hours.

I think I will probably do this again, soon.

 

American Goldfinch

Recently I have seen other photographers’ great Sunflower pictures. I had not seen any fields with enough for even a half decent shot.

Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut
Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

That changed by surprise last week. On a walk in the Pomfret Connecticut Audubon Center (500 acres of woods) we tried in vain to find a clear path to a back beaver pond. However at the end of a stand of trees we hit right up against an entire valley of Sunflowers.

Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut
Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

Hidden within the flowers was a single Goldfinch. He moved around between the drying seed heads like a kid in a candy store. No competition here and he just stuffed himself.

Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut
Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

With these perfect colors to blend in there may have been another thousand birds we couldn’t see. I’ll be happy with this single bird and the colorful show we had.

 

 

French River, Massachusetts

This is one of those times where a glance in another direction would have caused us to miss the view entirely. A small sign on a path told me it was the French River.

French River Massachusetts
French River Massachusetts- Click To Enlarge
French River Massachusetts
French River Massachusetts – Click To Enlarge

There had been a mill here at one time. This small river ultimately flows into Connecticut, a few miles down stream, and finally joins the Thames river. That’s all the information I found.

A path, water falls, a sign, and pretty view.

Most Ancient Cemetery

Every small New England town has one. The ‘Most Ancient Cemetery’. Which is exactly how the town sign will read too.

The one near me is dated around 1712 – 1713. We consider anything pre-revolutionary war old. I’ve seen sites dating back to the 1300’s yet this still seems ‘ancient’ to me.

Most Ancient Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Most Ancient Cemetery – Click To Enlarge

There was definitely a style to the headstones in the early to mid 1700s.

Most Ancient Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Most Ancient Cemetery – Click To Enlarge

It’s probably a bit morbid but I find these old grave stones fascinating. I have a headstone photo hanging in my office I shot well over 30 years ago.

At least I’m consistent.

B-29 Bomber Art

From pin up girls to the Sunday comics WW II B-29 bombers had art work on the planes somewhere. There are only 22 bombers left now, just 1 can still fly.

The following photos are from reproductions or renovated planes.

B-29 Bomber Nose Art - Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art – Click To Enlarge

All we needed was the Andrew sisters or Glenn Miller playing while we photographed these.

This old photo of ‘Raidin Maiden’ displays a good example of the quality of the art in the field at the time.

Raidin Maiden - B29 Bomber WW II
Raidin Maiden – B29 Bomber WW II

Each painting always included the number of bombing runs and operations the plane participated in.

B-29 Bomber Nose Art - Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art – Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art - Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art – Click To Enlarge

The New England Air Museum has an incredible collection of this folk art, as well as one of the few remaining B-29’s.

B-29 Bomber Nose Art - Click To Enlarge
B-29 Bomber Nose Art – Click To Enlarge