Autumn Gallery 18

I tried my darnedest this year to keep the camera from blocking my view and enjoyment of the autumn. In this season, there are photos everywhere I look. I stop on the way to work, I stop on the way home, to bathe in the breathtaking sights. Alas, too many fascinating subjects called out to me, and I did, in fact, take pictures of all those autumn-y things; colorful foliage, golden sunrises, rich, red sunsets, deer on the move, migrating geese. Somewhere in there I became obsessed with capturing the texture of water droplets after the rain, on a variety of surfaces. I also captured a number of frames of the wide variety of mushrooms and other fungi that seem to leap from the ground on a daily basis in this season. I tried to capture a little sense of the state of the trails, and the in-between season, between fall and winter. It’s one of my favorites.

A break from the monthly Galleries, this is a seasonal one. Photography, like all the other facets of my life, advances and recedes in activity level, based on other distractions and goings-on. Readying for winter occupies a goodly portion of one’s time in autumn. Rest assured, the camera is never far from me, and we’ll continue to compile images for your perusal and entertainment.

Take care,

 

Paz

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Da Bear, and other Trailcam pix

Here he is, without further ado. The Holy Grail for my trail camera, the black bear.

Black Bear

And some other highlights.

Also shot two thousand frames of waving grass until I mowed in front of the trail camera. If you use one of these, be sure to keep the grass cut as the motion triggers the camera. Or put the cam away until “Seeing Season” returns!

The Trail Cam has been a lot of fun. We’ve caught a bear, many deer, coyotes and turkeys. Some neighbor cats, possums, skunks, dogs, an owl, raccoons and a Chupacabra! The camera ran til August, about ten months, on a set of batteries. No doubt would have lasted a year if it wasn’t taking countless snapshots of empty grass. A new set of batteries and winter’s approach, and we’ll be ready for another great season!

 

Paz

Photoshoot: Kerry’s Wedding

 

Daughter Kerry and her beau Kenyon decided on a spur of the moment to legalize their domestic cohabitation by getting married. Not ones for pretense, they set up an awning and pulled some machinery out of the barn, and were ready. The “official uniform” at Parson’s Farm is the custom printed T-shirt. Everyone who works on the farm or at the stand, myself included, wears a Parson’s Farm shirt. They have tag lines that change from year to year. So for the wedding, everyone was required to don a red T-shirt. Coincidentally, this year’s tag line is “Parson’s Farm: Where the vegetables are sweet and the women are bitter.”.  An unfailing sense of humor will carry this couple through their lives with fewer heartaches and tears than most.

After vows, we proceeded to the barn as it rained outside. A little food, a little music, a little cake, a little champagne, and you have a recipe for a grand time. For the famous cake-feeding shot, Kerry hammed it up and made a little mess. Then it was dancing, dancing and more dancing as we dined on the generous spread before us. Across the road from the farm, sadly, is a GIANT distribution warehouse. For the dancing-in-the-barn shots, I slowed the shutter speed because I wanted to show motion. When I looked at a couple preview pics, I saw that the shots were backlighted by the outdoors, the couple almost silhouetted, and the over-exposed outdoors made the distribution center disappear!

The rain continued as darkness fell. Indoors, I relied on the tripod for those low light shots, and ran the ISO up considerably. Youngsters one by one began to tire. Elders continued the ritual of dance and drink, and the party lights made a colorful atmosphere in the old barn. On the occasion of the bouquet toss, both granddaughters (Lizzy and Maddie) seemed to grasp the flowers simultaneously. Outside, away from all this foolishness, Elly and Evan took advantage of some high grade puddles. Alas, finally we had to take our leave, as the Mother of the Bride had had all the excitement she could stand for one day. 

And so, I present Mr. And Mrs. Kenyon Parsons!

The Happy Couple

Until next time,

 

Paz

July Gallery

So, I shot so few frames in July I couldn’t come up with 31 pix for the gallery. High point of my July was the annual camping trip to Forked Lake in the Adirondack Mountains with son-in-law Matt and grandson Maximus. Also joining us this year, my son Terence’s son, my grandson Kacey. Fishing was phenomenal, weather was perfect, and I enjoyed it so much I almost forgot about photography! Without further ado…

 

Paz

 

June Gallery

What? August? Okay, so here’s the June Gallery. Three shoots really occupied me in June. First, granddaughter Ellie graduates from Pre-Kindergarten. Many pictures for Grampa to cry over. They grow so fast! Kids at that age are always photoworthy and touch the heart. Then, a trip to Forked Lake with son Ryan and pal Carl. Clouds rolled over Blue Mountain, and I sat and shot dozens of frames. Worthy of its own post, watch for “The Many Moods of Blue Mountain” as a Photoshoot post. The other biggy: Daughter Kerry surprises us with an impromptu wedding, as she makes an honest man out of her long-time beau (and domestic partner) Kenyon. A unique wedding by a unique couple, the whole thing took place right there on the farm, the reception in the barn. Without a doubt one of the best weddings I’ve ever attended (being Father of The Bride had no influence, I’m sure). I’ll do a Photoshoot post for that, too. It was a great time with some great pix, and some trix and pointers.

-Paz

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May Gallery

May hath 31 frames.

 

Well, I had a tough time digging up 31 images that are postworthy. In fact, the extreme closeup of the goose is a little too close and not sharply focused. Nonetheless, here they are, my 31 entries for May 2018. I frequently visit the Hudson River on lunch break, and a gaggle of double-breasted cormorants came up the river, following the alewife run. (Alewives are small fish, like sardines. There’s a “run” in spring, though I don’t know if they’re heading north to mate or if it’s fingerlings headed south toward the sea.) So the cormorants entertained me, and I shot a LOT of frames trying to catch their treading-water takeoffs and their splashy landings. The Mallard ducks and a lone Canada goose hang out around this fishing hole. The mallard shots brought some welcome surprises between the look of the water and the brilliant colors of the birds. As always, these are “raw” images from the camera, without any post-processing.

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May brings the “Garden Party” to Sharon Springs. Mostly farm and garden vendors, but a little of everything. Daughter Kerry’s farm set up for both days and had fine weather, and provided me another photo opportunity (with a couple of my favorite subjects!)

June’s Gallery is bound to step it up a little.  Until then, keep snapping!

 

Paz

April Gallery

Thirty Frames Hath April.

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Much of April’s gallery is made up of photos of birds around the feeder on the side porch. Usually I look out this window from my comfy chair, and see all varieties of feeder birds. They thrill me with their beauty and entertain me with their antics. I was going to do a post called “Outside My Window”, or something, just filled with these shots. They’re less than perfect as they’re all shot through window glass. Still, you can’t diminish their beauty with just a piece of glass. Trout fishing in the snow was a new experience for me. Grandson Max is in the photo. As always, these are raw, unaltered “proofs” right from the camera.   -Paz

 

More Trail Cam Pics

An update from the Trail Cam. This is my Wild Game Innovations trail camera which has been running since last November (on the same set of batteries!) It has taken around 600 frames since then. Here are some of the better shots of interesting and exciting wildlife (and some humans). I left out the 400 pictures of the rabbit. I swear it’s the same rabbit in every one. When the rabbit was not stealing frames it was the Fox Squirrels. Plenty pictures of them, too. Click any image to start a full-size carousel.

The trail cam cost just $40, plus eight or ten batteries and an SD card. As stated, it has run continuously for about five months on the original batteries. I thought sharing these pics would enlighten others to this fun way to watch wildlife from afar, and also so folks can see the kind of pics we get out of it. At night, it uses infrared illumination, not a flash. Photos in daylight are about as good as any. At night, the shutter speed is slower and the infrared is powerful enough to light up game forty feet away, so when subjects are closer to the camera they tend to be over-lighted and sometimes show some motion blur. More expensive game cameras may have faster shutter speeds, and there are those that will shoot short videos as well as still images. It’s been a lot of fun. How often do you get to see coyotes and bobcats up close like that? Well worth the sixty bucks invested!

 

Paz

March Gallery

Thirty-One frames hath March.

March brought us two blizzards, one after the other, piling about 40 inches of snow on Engleville. It’s been a beautiful winter, and I hate to see it end, but alas, I have no say in the matter. The deep snow keeps whitetail deer pinned down deep in the forests. These are referred to as their “winter yards”. You can tell it’s been a tough winter when they all break out en masse at the first chance, to forage for food needed urgently as the new fawns are born. And on we go to Mud Season…er…I mean Spring!  -Paz

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February Gallery

Twenty-Eight frames hath February.

Nothing like being two months behind. February, the short month, departed as quickly as it came. Not nearly enough time to enjoy the cold and snow.

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