Tag Archives: The Connecticut river

Stable Cat

This is not Texas, Arizona, or the west at all.  This photograph changes any preconceived notions about New England. There is the steer horns/skull,  Winchester gun logo, and the stable sign itself. Not what I would have expected.

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Stable Cat – Click To Enlarge

The main star is the resident stable cat. I see him most every time we walk the river.  Never close, this is a stable cat and people are to be avoided.

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Stable Cat – Click To Enlarge

When I found him warming himself on the truck, not running away, I took the opportunity to get a few quick photos.

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Stable Cat – Click To Enlarge

This proves to me, once again, you just never know what photo opportunities will come along.

 

Settling Down For The Night

While out last week I spotted a small flock of Mallards in the back part of a small lake. They were in an area that was not easy to get near and they probably felt safe. They looked to be bedding down.

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Settling Down For The Night – Click To Enlarge

I knew they photographs would not be award winners but the fading light gave everything a nice glow. Some ducks and a golden glow on the reeds made for a pleasant picture.

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Settling Down For The Night – Click To Enlarge

 

Hidden Connecticut Marsh

Early this fall we found a small marsh behind several fields and a swamp. Usually it is inaccessible, which explains why I had never been there.

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Hidden Connecticut Marsh – Click To Enlarge

A few new trails have been cut, I assume to access the fields and perhaps plow next year.

Both photographs were shot end of day, the light falling over the water from between the trees. For a small marsh, surrounded by woods, the water was surprisingly clear and still.

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Hidden Connecticut Marsh – Click To Enlarge

I had a mid-size lens, wrong for this type of work, so I shot at a slow speed to capture as much detail as possible. I was pleased with the results.

 

 

Connecticut River Moon

Early this week I published a single photograph of the full moon rising. The shot was 1 out of around 150, which is typical for me.

I did take a series as the moon slowly rose in the sky. Done at a slow speed and with a tripod I changed some of the settings as time went on. I did this first to get a little better light and also because it gets pretty boring standing there, waiting, and pushing a remote switch.

The following are a few that I liked but did not publish earlier. Each with a little different light and angle.

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Connecticut River Moon – Click To Enlarge

In this next I discovered faint stars beginning to shine when I processed it.

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Connecticut River Moon – Click To Enlarge
Connecticut River Moon - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut River Moon – Click To Enlarge

Wide F stops of 1.8 and 2.2 were used to get as much light at a fast speed.

Now that it’s getting colder these will probably be the last night shots for awhile.

 

Small White-throated Sparrow

The day before Thanksgiving I went out for a usual hike in the woods. Well, turned out I was late to the party.

One spot had 5 trucks of hunters and dogs. Plan B looked really good until I pulled into the trail head. School buses, full I might add.

Finally I went to a marsh. It was a little cold and wet, but no people.

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

By the time I was moving around the only birds I found were 2 White-throated Sparrows napping in the sun. They stayed only long enough for these quick photos.

 

Connecticut Pond Late Afternoon

There was approximately 20 minutes between each of these shots. Also they were probably 50 yards apart.

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Connecticut Late Afternoon – Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Late Afternoon - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Late Afternoon – Click To Enlarge

Since each had a different angle on the sun starting to set the final photographs could almost be in a totally different pond. I need to find the patience to do this more often.