Ashuelot River Wood Ducks

Posted on May 16, 2016 in color, photography, wildlife
Ashuelot River Wood Ducks

A raft of wood ducklings with their mother

Male wood duck standing near the edge of a river

Female and male wood ducks in a pond

Surry Bald Eagle

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 in color, photography, wildlife
Surry Bald Eagle

A bald eagle reaches with its talons toward a perch

Bald eagle balancing on a perch

Bald eagle in flight

Bald eagle landing at its nest

Lambs at Far Fetch Farm

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 in color, photography
Lambs at Far Fetch Farm

Lamb at Far Fetch Farm

Lamb at Far Fetch Farm

Lamb at Far Fetch Farm

Lamb at Far Fetch Farm

Lamb at Far Fetch Farm

Lamb at Far Fetch Farm

Lamb at Far Fetch Farm

Lamb at Far Fetch Farm

Lamb at Far Fetch Farm

Sleeping Great Blue Heron

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 in color, photography, wildlife
Sleeping Great Blue Heron

This is a true story.

Early this morning I walked the trail along the western shore of the Ashuelot River, heading away from the dam towards a spot that has a view of the area where the river divides. The spot was lit by the early morning sun, and I said aloud to the universe, “This spot is really beautiful and the light is perfect. All I need now is a heron to land on it.”

Shortly after those words left my mouth, I heard a strange sound coming from my right across the river. I could not place it — it sounded like a duck, but also like a crow. A few minutes passed, and then I saw it — a young great blue heron flying low over the river, heading towards that beautifully lit spot.

A great blue heron flying over the Ashuelot River

Seeing the spot, the heron began to pull its chest up, throwing its legs forward and dangling them toward the shore. The heron landed in the exact spot that I had hoped for, and began a long course of preening.

A great blue heron lands on the shore of the Ashuelot River

Having finished preening, the great blue heron lifted its right leg up towards its body, shifting all of its weight onto its left leg. With the warmth of the early morning sun hitting its chest, the heron eventually closed its eyes for an early morning nap.

A great blue heron sleeps while standing on one leg

Great Blue Heron Fly-by

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 in color, photography
Great Blue Heron Fly-by

Credit for the sequence of photos below goes to a gentleman named George that I met this morning, who kindly pointed out the flying heron behind me while we were chatting on the other side of the dam. Fortunately, I had enough of time to focus on the heron and track him as he flew towards the footbridge that crosses the Ashuelot River. Luckily, my camera was perfectly setup to track this kind of movement, and most of the shots were in focus.

Adult great blue heron in flight

Adult great blue heron in flight

Adult great blue heron in flight

Adult great blue heron in flight

Adult great blue heron in flight

Adult great blue heron in flight

Ashuelot River Dam Heron in Flight

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 in color, photography, wildlife
Ashuelot River Dam Heron in Flight

The planets aligned for me this morning. I had the right combination of good light, scenery, mist, and a camera configured to capture a large bird in flight as a great blue heron sprung into the air from one of the flat rocks at the base of the Ashuelot River dam in Keene. After firing a burst of perfectly focused shots (a first for me) I managed to capture the photo that I have been visualizing since I began my early morning visits to the dam over a week ago. It literally took the patience of a great blue heron to achieve this, and I learned so much about myself and this magnificent heron in doing so.

A great blue heron lifting off in the mist at the base of the Ashuelot River dam

Foggy Morning Commute

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 in color, photography
Foggy Morning Commute

A truck heads west on a foggy Route 9 in Keene, NH

Fog shrouds the Route 9 bridge over the Ashuelot River in Keene, NH

Fog obscures the footbridge in the Ashuelot River Park

Four common mergansers float on the foggy Ashuelot River

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