A continuation of my Walking Pictures page just because the original was
getting too big. I fairly often take 100 pictures a day or so and only a
small fraction of those make it even this far. I got my current camera
10/23/2013 and by 5/1/2014 I'd taken 3600 pictures with it.
Prints of these are available, made on a color laser printer from the full
resolution images. firstname.lastname@example.org I hope to sell them in local
stores, don't have any shopping cart set up for buying online. Paypal
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I don't know what these are called but a few days ago they were just strange
looking bumps that hadn't opened yet. Then it was pouring out for a couple
days, finally I got back out there.
Don't miss the fauna. It's about 60 and muggy, so when I brought my camera
up from the cold basement the lens fogged up and I had to wait for it.
Interesting effect but I didn't include them here.
Looking south, from down over the hill east of where I live. Makes me think of
the wallpaper file Microsoft calls "pastoral" that shipped with
Windows XP. Clouds are a cheap trick, they always look good.
I like how the evergreens stand out here among what are otherwise dormant
It's a whole different world over on top of Burnt Hill where they raise
The house I lived in until I was 5 or 6. I don't usually go past about here
because I don't like to be in peoples' dooryards taking pictures. It's a
long enough climb home from here anyway. An early ibuprofen night, the backs
of my thighs were really sore. I need to walk up and down hills more often.
These are front yard flowers, honest, they just happen to be the same colors
as the ones in the back yard. I think in a couple more days the sun might
come out, these were done with the flash on because it was dark and raining
on and off.
If there's any doubt you can tell by the lovely peeling paint. Masonite
siding with latex paint. The peeling places are where I scraped down then put
on 2 coats of primer and 2 finish coats, they looked better before I did
anything. Within a year they peeled completely. Oil based paint seems to
work better but that's outlawed in Massachusetts.
Americana, at least where I grew up. Tractor driving down a dirt road with
a kid hanging off the back, mailboxes, crossroads. I didn't decide to take
this until they were almost out of sight so they're kind of blurry and out
of focus, no planning involved. Strangers, I don't know anyone around here
These guys usually watch me from a distance. Even if I brought them some
treat they don't get close enough for me to feed it to them. Guess they feel
safe inside their fence from that bearded long haired country boy walking by.
Wish there was a Photoshop trick for taking out fence wire, here it's
The road home from my ½ mile turning around point. Back down this then
left for another ¼ mile and I've done my mile for the day.
The road beyond. There's not a lot to see out there, just more woods and
the stone wall. When I was about 20 I used to drive my unregistered bug up
here then go down a side road on the left to sit and smoke a joint in peace.
40 years ago.
Don't know what these are, almost missed them. Cindy or someone else must
have planted them, they're right at the end of the driveway. I doubt
they're wild. Not dandelions, smaller, might be related. So ½ mile
out I'm wobbling around trying to take closeups, this is one of about 6
tries. Didn't have my reading glasses either, so no manual focus.
Not sure what this was really. I thought it was just a bucket but it's got
2 attachment points through the bottom on either side of the hole. This is
on land my family used to own so it should be more familiar.
Same place, different flowers, cloudy day so the colors are worse. I worked
out this method where I put on my reading glasses, put the tip of my stick
about a foot from the flower and hold the other end under my arm. Then I
steady the hand that's holding the camera against the stick. By the time
I've walked over here I'm tired enough so it would be really hard getting up
off the ground if I laid down to get a real closeup. That'll improve.
I'm beginning to suspect this little tractor doesn't run. It's been sitting
here for months, just outside the shed where there's an empty spot for it.
The M's back inside.
Ferns, I finally spotted some. I'll try to get a closeup next time, this
was on the way home so my legs were barely working. Tomorrow looks dry, then
Looks like somebody's getting rain now, I made it home dry. I'd rather walk
in a snowstorm than in rain.
Ferns again. This was a case of looking closer and seeing something I never
expected. Grapes! Not really, but little green beads which will grow into
Same thing, less zoomed in. OK, they're maybe not beautiful but they're
This is sort of a more classic fern picture but now that you know what's in
there you can see that there are hundreds of the little green beads.
Not sure what this is: a violet? I didn't expect them this early in the
season. Some laurel leaves too.
Got closer today, maybe I have to go every day. I probably could have petted
one but he grazed the gate on the far side while I was fiddling with my
camera then never came back. I've been walking a mile a day for 3 days in a
row, if it rains tomorrow I'll be glad of a day off. No, I'm not up to
trying 2 miles yet.
End of the shed scene again. Leaning against a telephone pole for
steadiness. It's not as tranquil as it looks here, there's clutter on both
sides I'm leaving out. Not sure if I like the tractor tire in there or not
but seeing daylight between the boards is nice. This one isn't cropped at all, I
have exactly the same thing in a 4896 x 3672 size, 7 megabytes.
The house I live in was built by/for Olin Whipple whose last career was
blasting, as in with dynamite, nitro, black powder. He was pretty good at it
and did work for several towns around and probably the state. These are
some concrete bunkers he had built in the late 1960s to hold his supplies.
These sit at the far side of the field near where he lived, about ½
mile away. The wall to the right is on the side facing the road. I didn't go
in either one, maybe next time. These were to mostly contain the blast if
his supplies ever blew up. Now they remind me of abandoned World War II
fortifications years after his death. Both have solid-looking inner steel doors,
I imagine they're probably empty by now.
The house where I live, at the top of the hill, I have pictures of the back
side of the nearer one (the back is red). I was intending to walk farther
down the road today until I spotted the bunkers. I'm walking about as far
as I'm able to at this point without running serious risk of falling down
again, doing about 1 mile, my legs feel like rubber. From here you can see
that the hill east (right) of the house is steeper than the other way.
I don't come down this way often because frankly it's ugly. There's a little
mini-dump here, this is an old insulage chopper/blower (maybe). At the
bottom of where the green part connects to the yellow part is a blade almost
like on a rotary lawnmower which turns fairly fast and blows stuff up and out
the chute. This looks like it's for blowing into a trailer rather than up a
pipe to the top of a silo, but maybe it just needs more sections of pipe
bolted in. Very noisy when running, these used to fascinate me since I was
too little to have to do any of the actual work. I'd be up at the top of
the silo walking in circles on the insulage to pack it down.
Two old axles with spoked wheels. Many times I've wished I had one of
these, mostly for building a log hauler. The nearest one supplied power to
something, maybe a manure spreader or rake, from being towed. It's possibly
old enough to have been pulled by horses originally.
An old picnic table in the barn yard, maybe for taking lunch breaks. You'd
have to sit carefully at the moment.
Like I said, this farm is ugly. This looks like a chicken house or a garage,
or maybe it was converted from one to the other. There's new and old
equipment scattered everywhere outdoors, half a dozen tractors, lots of old
broken junk. But it's out of sight except to people going up and down this
Looking inside the barn. This was the first 70 degree day of the year,
bright and sunny, I was walking in a tee shirt. So why are these guys
indoors eating hay instead of outdoors eating fresh grass? For one thing
they're all young, maybe small enough to get under fences. I'm not sure if
they're free to go in and out or not.
This is Stanley, by his tag, who's learning a valuable lesson in not getting
his chain tangled up. Seems to be about 5 months old by the date on the
tag. I'm not sure why he has such a tag instead of a number, if he's a pet or
breeding stock. I left him to contemplate his situation since I couldn't
really climb in there to help him.
This guy doesn't have a tag. However ornery they may be, there's a certain
innocence about all of these. This is one of about 4 who were outdoors
instead of in the barn.
Some part of a tree, the one at the corner of two roads that doesn't look
like it could possibly be alive because it's all split and looks like it got
hit by lightning. See here
Everybody's got a jungle of these, right? Some of them we have to prune
back when they get in the way.
The neighbor's trying to get a whole summer's worth of hay in one cartful.
Dual rear axles this time. This could make a good float in the fair. This
was just built this past weekend, still smells nice.
Still tying to find the perfect angle for taking this picture from, then
I'll promote it into my gallery of pictures to try to sell. I walked down
there this time instead of zooming, gives a different perspective.
I guess this tractor hasn't been moved all winter judging by the front tire.
If I didn't already have one that's not running I'd ask how much he wants
for it. I don't like the narrow front ends anyway, they tip over too
Violets in a natural arrangement. In all my taking pictures of flowers this
spring I haven't picked a single one.
Beyond the road beyond. This road keeps going for about 2 miles and
eventually comes out on Dell Road. This is still in many databases and GPSes
as Royer Road, some people get stuck trying to drive over it. I was looking
for the left turn I used to take but my legs were too tired to keep going
since I had to walk ½ mile home. I'm starting to feel ike I could keep
going as long as I can take rests, but I do that a lot already.
The driveway to what was Mike & Cindy's place with spring foliage just
Focus on infinity again instead of autofocus, makes bigger files because
there's more detail. I've worked with photos from old box cameras with a lot
of detail, I think now that's because those were permanently focused on
infinity. Having bigger format film helps too. Instamatics, especially
the little ones, were terrible: about the same film area as 16 mm movie film.
A lucky shot of a sparrow standing on a dirt road. Maximum zoom, as
steady as I could hold the camera. It flew off before I got another
Some kind of tree in blossom, I haven't seen apple blossoms yet, or even buds.
It was a cloudy day with showers predicted for the next 5 days but I hadn't
seen this color combination in these before so I wanted to get it before
they were gone by.
A little lighter with dark edges. Even with flash and tweaking the images it
isn't as good as a sunny day.
And while I was out there I heard the beginning of hummingbird season.
These aren't very good, just handheld from about 10 feet away, but they're
usually around until Labor Day so I'll do this again.
I heard him once so I stood there a couple minutes and he came back.
Almost doesn't look real, looks like a fishing lure or something. So
hummingbirds have clear eyes and chickadees have black eyes, I guess. Hard
to imagine something like a bigmouth bass or a pike not grabbing one if they
got the chance.
Seems to be scrutinizing the feeder. These guys are pretty fearless: if the
level of sugar water gets low they'll come find you and buzz your head to let
you know about it. They seem to have a sense of humor too, from experience.
So next sunny day I'll set up the tripod and the radio shutter release and
wait for these guys and the bluebirds. This isn't quite the same as the
last picture but I probably should have left it out. I used all I had.
I just know these as "blue-its", I've liked them since I was
little. They're wild, usually at least, and grow in clumps. They're tiny,
maybe ½ inch across the face of the blossoms.
I never mow this part of the lawn until the blossoms are gone. There should
be a few patches of daisys coming along that I also mow around.
Got these when the sun was out this time. This color combination is more
interesting than some.
Coming in for a landing. That beak looks like the tip of a dart or a
hypodermic needle here, I wonder if it doubles as a weapon for self-defense.
I guess that's a normal feeding postion, that beak is long enough to reach.
Just about noon, the sun was overhead which left the near side of the face
Taking a break. Before they eat they usually do this great swooping U-shaped
dance in the air over the food to let other hummingbirds know where it is.
I had to get out of the way, this dance was about 20 feet wide.
There's a pair of them, I saw them both together today for the first time
this year. This is the female I think, less gaudy than the male, or else
it's a different species entirely. This is about 6 PM, the flash is lighting
up the eye.
Nothing special, just a spring day. Showers possible so it's cloudy and I
didn't walk far.
A brook in the woods west of the house. I don't walk here often because
there are a lot of hills.
Apple trees in blossom from a distance. This is a nice little area when you
can isolate it from what's around it.
No, I can't possibly mow the lawn right now, perish the thought.
Nothing special, just valley fog and the Charlemont windmill. It'd been raining
for about 3 days and a little sun came out about 6 PM so I went out to shoot
lilacs and apple blossoms. The clouds didn't cooperate though, we were under
a cloud but the valley wasn't.
Went back out at 7 PM and everything looked different. Most of these are
still just buds. I wasn't going to walk in wet grass for apple blossoms.
Spring colors on the hills with long shadows.
A formal panorama taken from the bottom of the driveway where I live. Put
the camera on a tripod, point it east, take a picture, then turn it, take
another, getting a little overlap, keep going. No special software. For some
reason when you do this along something straight like this stone wall, the
wall always looks like it has a right angle bend at the camera in your
A swallow, I think, has taken over a bluebird house. They do that, but there
are about 5 houses and I can only hope bluebirds will be back in this one
next year since it's most visible from the house.
It was raining somewhere west of Springfield, we got a few sprinkles while
it was sunny. No thunder. I had to lean against a car to not fall over
backwards trying to take this.
Notice the cyan-magenta-yellow (CMY) flares near
the top, (look like pastel jellybeans) not RGB. There's no film or dyes
involved, the camera must work in CMY colorspace. I keep my lens really clean
for such pictures where the sun hits the lens.
I can't get Paul Simon's Kodachrome out of my head so I looked up
the lyrics to get them right. I remember when it came out, had several Simon
& Garfunkel albums/tapes. (8 track!) I wonder if Nikon paid Paul Simon
anything for that? They could certainly
afford to. But I'm on my 4th one and I wouldn't buy anything else now.
When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn't hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away
If you took all the girls I knew
When I was single
And brought them all together for one night
I know they'd never match
my sweet imagination
Everything looks worse in black and white
Wild strawberries growing in the lawn.
Purple daisies. No critter but a spider web.
Blossoms on a choke cherry tree. Don't think every picture I take comes
out, I toss about 10 for every one I use. I'm coming up on my 5000th
picture with this camera after 7 months. I haven't actually sold any of
them but I haven't tried very hard either. Just keep taking them and
staring at them, once in a while one makes you go "wow". That cloud
picture's got me at the moment.
Blue-its again. These are about 6 inches tall. Mostly I've seen little
clumps but this patch is about 6 feet across. They aren't totally white,
there's a little bluish tint, except for one clump which is
Common dandelion, with an ant. The only flower I've picked this year. I
threw it away and let the ant go.
Kayem beef, natural casings. I love it when they burst. I miss Whorles but
I don't know where to find them anymore. I get bored with either one, want to
switch to the other. Back to kielbasa.
Cloudy day, different kind of apple tree. The colors here make me think of
the colors in an apple core.
Trying to frame the horses with apple tree branches.
This is the tree I walked over here to see. None of my closeups came out.
Beside being cloudy it was windy enough that I couldn't even hold a branch
still, and it was looking and feeling like rain any minute. I didn't even
have a plastic bag to keep the camera dry.
On the way back I spotted this one on the other side of the road, looks like
the same kind but I went right past it before. If the sun were out this
would really be something. Maybe about Thursday, it's Monday now.
By the time I got near home the day looked like this. The tree I went to
see is the white thing at the far side of the field in the middle, about ½
mile around by the road. I needed the exercise, that's the main reason I
came out today.
My tractor, with my stash of bigger satellite dishes and some lilacs. 1956
Ferguson TEA, made in England, haven't had it running in a few years.
Went to the mailbox and found this on the way. I don't need to know what it
is but it looks a little like Swamp Pink. No swamps within about ½ mile.
Supposedly Swamp Pinks have a distictive smell these don't have.
I pestered this guy with the flash until he flew away. I'd like to think I'm
doing something more significant with my life than chasing butterflies, but
not lately. He's not alone, look near the bottom left of the flower, a
miniature bee. Mourning Cloak
Don't know what this is other than bad autofocus but I was surprised to see
the dandelion/milkweed/cotton type fluff when I looked closely. This is some
I really think I annoy these horses but I happened to catch the tail up in
Not the same picture, honest, look at the front foot.
Swamp Pink-ish again. It's just such an outrageous color I had to take another
one. I caught a little patch of sunlight on them this time. I used the
eyedropper tool and took a sample of the color but I got just a boring pink.
It's the glisten effect that makes it what it is. I guess I'm building my
portfolio, maybe I should sell calendars.
A plethora of mini/micro/proprietary USB plugs. The top one (micro) fits a Kindle
Fire and a Raspberry Pi, the lower left (mini) fits my MP3 player, The lower right
is Nikon proprietary and only fits 1 of my cameras. Most of these I have 2 of, one
upstairs and one downstairs. I need USB hubs just to keep the cables
plugged in. And just how durable are these tiny wonders? I haven't started
finding that out yet. Crappy rainy overcast day, took the camera to
Shelburne Falls because I had to get a prescription filled, never took it
out of the car. I had Bridge of Flowers pictures in mind, or Potholes, or
the river but there was a constant mist falling. First time in 2 weeks I've
had an excuse to go anywhere.
The barnyard next door. I used to live here in the 1970s but it didn't look
quite like this. No fence, hay wagon, horses, harrow. Probably the same
These petals looked a lot better on the tree 3 days ago. I hurried back here on
the first sunny day but by then they'd fallen or the rain washed them off.
Next predicted sunny day is 3 days away.
Riddle place with dandelions. Cropped a little tight because I climbed up
over the bank to take this then for some reason had the camera tilted 7°
and had to rotate the image back horizontal again. I was thinking what
waiting for an ambulance would be like if I fell down the bank.
See, there really are bluebirds (look in the upper left). This house had
twigs in it in the spring, so probably swallows last year. The swallows and
bluebirds switched between this house and the one to the south of the house.
There are goldfinches too, no cardinals.
Wider shot. It's a big field (for around here anyway).
It stopped raining for a few minutes but this doesn't look as interesting as
I saw before I went to get the camera. Then I got a whole 4 pictures taken
and it started raining again. 2 more days until the next predicted sunny
day. The darkness of the nearby trees is because there's a cloud over them
but not over where the fog is rising. Beyond the nearest valley is under
clouds again. This happens all summer long after thundershowers. Looking
generally toward Sugarloaf, I'm not sure what mountaintop is what.
Daisies with lawnmower chaff
I happened to be standing on this part of the lawn so I used the trees for
framing. I just hit 5000 pictures on this camera in 7 months. And I took 3
Pollination in action, or sugar coating the scary end of a bumblebee.
Written under Firefox 5 (who can keep up?). I basically don't care how it
works in that Microsoft thing.
I'm setting colors by name, some are ugly in some browsers.