I have Peripheral Arterial Disease, PAD, (deprecated name: Hardening of the
Arteries) which is almost crippling at times.
One PDF from NIH I read says walking an hour a day 3-5 times a week for 3-6
months can make a significant improvement. So I've been bringing my camera
with me. It just happened to be foliage season when I started. This page
is patterned after my old Facebook "Walking Pictures" album, not
necessarily in the same order. The larger images are the same size as
Facebook's: 960 x 720.
Prints of these are available, made on a color laser printer from the full
resolution images. firstname.lastname@example.org I hope to sell some in local
stores, don't have any shopping cart set up for buying online. Paypal
accepted by prearrangement.
Choose a background color:
Horses next door. They usually won't have much to do with me.
I aroused this one's curiousity, but I didn't bring any treats for them.
I haven't tried getting into the pasture, which would technically be
trespassing and my legs don't climb very well any more.
Those are burdock burrs on her forehead, they were gone by next time I saw
Where the magical driveway meets Royer Road. I've seen one car out here once
in several weeks, it turned around about here and left. No one lives out
The driveway early in the foliage season on a cloudy day. Everything is
sort of pastel. It was the first day I'd walked this far, 10/11/2013.
The Riddle place from South Road, one of many pictures taken not far from
where I live.
2 1/2 cords of assorted hardwood I should be stacking.
Looking along the east side of the field where I live.
A house I used to live in with Burnt Hill behind it across the first valley.
Burnt Hill is called that because they burn it off every year and grow
Very near the last picture, there used to be 2 llamas in this field a few
Looking back up Schoolhouse Road about at the steepest part. I probably
stopped to rest my legs.
The view south from where I live, without a wide angle lens, 10/13/2013
A tree in the yard of the Riddle place, lopsided without intervention. Maybe
the right side was a branch that fell, I don't remember. I used to live here
Trees in front of the Riddle house 10/14/2013.
Near the south entrance to Royer Road. This is within my walking range and I
rarely see people out here.
Trees along Royer Road.
This is a driveway on a sunny day at the peak of foliage season. My friends
Mike & Cindy used to live out here in the 1980s, right now no one does.
Gatepost to the driveway 10/14/2013
Looking south out Royer Road. The colors in this make me think of a
A haywagon rebuilding project. These are used to haul bales of hay from the
fields to the barn, piled about 8 feet high. The cross pieces rotted off
the one in the foreground.
A leaning tree in the yard of the Riddle place. This dropped a big dead
branch when I lived here, we got a lot of firewood out of it.
This is looking up toward Bassett Road from South Road after South Road
bends right at the crossroad.
This bench is probably a nice place to sit when the bugs aren't too bad.
A stretch of South Road, Chief's driveway is on the left just after the
A swamp or small pond with a house in the background, on the south side of
A house to the north of South Road, just east of the Rainville place.
Another stretch of South Road. Notice how it drops off here: we used to drive
this really fast and the wheels of the car would come off the ground in at
least 2 places. That's probably not safe now that there are more houses and
A wasp or Yellow Jacket nest in Chief's driveway. He was just coming home as
I walked by and invited me in to take the picture.
The Riddle house between 2 trees on South Road.
This is a Farmall B I think. Original 6 volt electrical system and battery
but with a 12 volt alternator. Parked beside South Road just uphill from the
equipment shed, it's been there for a few weeks.
The front of the Farmall B. This is a popular picture.
"HD" view from the front yard where I live taken 10/24/2013 in the
wide angle zoom position.
Clouds and sky, could be from anywhere but I recognize that tree from the
Some apples on the drawf apple trees in the yard. These are a pain in the
butt to mow under, I wonder why they didn't think of that when they invented
Wood to be stacked, a 2-1/2 cord load dumped from a dump truck.
The equipment shed at Nichols (was Riddles) from the north end. A small
backhoe in the near stall, then a four wheel drive Yanmar tractor with
bucket loader, Ford F-250 pickup, small John Deer tractor, Farmall H
The horses today didn't ignore me as usual, but I wish they were trained as
models. They kept moving too fast: I have a nice blurred closeup of a nose.
This is how the power line gets to where Mike & Cindy used to live rather
than running down the driveway. I tried several times to take this when the
leaves were on the trees but they were in the way too much.
This is Royer Road beyond where Mike & Cindy lived. Just a logging road
but it's in some database as a regular road so every once in a while some
poor city slicker gets directed to drive through it if they're going by GPS.
It is passable with four wheel drive and good ground clearance.
The driveway to where Mike & Cindy lived without foliage. The wind has
blown it clear of leaves, but they're always getting rearranged.
Royer Road looking south. It takes me about half an hour to walk here, but
exercise is why I'm doing this.
This is where Royer Road joins onto South Road at a bend. South Road is
just above to the left, you can only see the edge of it. Riddle house (now
Nichols) in the center, barn across the road, the Farmall B at the right
side of the picture.
Here's the haywagon project, the Farmall B and the equipment shed taken from
Leaning tree in the yard of the Riddle house. The signpost in the foreground
used to have a sign saying "Tennesee Walking Horses" but they seem
to have only a pair left.
I think these are both mares and this is the mother of the other one. This
one seems to like me some days.
I think this one's younger.
That looks to me like a worried look but maybe she always looks like that.
I've never seen them being ridden, I don't know what their names are.
A spring-tooth harrow waiting for spring (that's not a pun). This was
probably originally pulled by a team of horses but it's common to hitch them
behind a tractor.
The pond at Mike & Cindy's place. This is about halfway down the
driveway on the south side.
Trees and sky somewhere on Royer Road. I liked the similarity in the bends
of the branches.
A woodpecker hole in a tree. The focus isn't very good, I'll reshoot it if I
can find it again.
The back of the Farmall B outside the equipment shed. I didn't realize it
had a pulley for a flat belt, I remember a few of those. There's usually a
metal splice that makes a ticking sound twice every revolution as it goes over the
This is the owner of the beef cattle around. They're organic beef and this
isn't manure he's spreading, it's some processed, dried sludge from a sewage
treatment plant somewhere. He buys it by the truckload. No smell, just the
diesel smell from the tractor.
He saw me with the camera and kept his head turned away.
My collection of horse pictures taken on 11/4/2013, no matter how badly they
came out. Notice the nose that's 2nd from the left in the 2nd row down.
Trying to climb inside a woodpecker hole. Fill flash, macro mode, full wide
angle, camera about 1 foot from the tree. There's really stuff in the
center of this tree. There's a woodpecker around that goes crazy on the
mailbox here in mating season to make an impressive noise. I'm still not
happy with the picture, it doesn't give the impression of the hole being as
deep as it is. The hole's a little above my head, I have to tilt the LCD
viewfinder so I can see it and hold the camera up. Maybe I need to
experiment with having the camera off the hole's axis more. 11/11/2013
An abandoned saw rig sitting off in the brush. I don't see any table with
this, maybe that's why it's been abandoned. I think the owner cuts
everything to stove length with a chainsaw. These are nice, and possibly
safer than a chainsaw, but not as fast as a sawbox with a chainsaw.
What mail delivery here is like if you live on a road that isn't on a
normal route. You have to come here to get your mail, still easier than
going to the post office 2 miles away. I bet this is fun when the snowplow
buries it. 11/11/2013
The acid test of any zoom lens. This was my bare Nikon Coolpix P520 on a
tripod, best shot of about 12, cropped then scaled down to 960x720. 11/14/2013
A horse intently watching something in the distance, I never figured out what. 11/16/2013
The barnyard with the exercise pen, probably about the best shot I can get
without going inside the fence. 11/16/2013
This hideous garish thing is what's now at the end of the driveway where
Mike & Cindy used to live. I don't like it at all, I almost wish I
hadn't walked this far. 11/16/2013
The simple little cottage Mike & Cindy lived in. They used to heat this
with about 1 cord of wood for a whole year. 11/16/2013
The pond over at Mike & Cindy's old place. I thought there was something
strange about it: there's so much scum on the top that it looks like the
ripples are frozen in place. There used to be trout in here 30 years ago.
The 3 buildings over here now. That's a little barn to the right of the
I don't know anything about different moss types, this is back yard moss. :)
Lichens, I think, on a tree. Less interesting than moss.
Some mushrooms on the side of a tree, I don't think I ever saw them in a cluster
A couple of young steers off by themselves being naughty.
This tree is alive still, I'm not sure what happened to it. It's far enough
from the road so a snow plow probably didn't hit it. Maybe lightning.
A mini-stash of acorns in the end of an old log. Could have been squirrels
or chipmunks that did this.
This is driveway moss (from beside the driveway). It looks like something
you'd find beside a pond and it was too wet to sit in because the eaves from
the garage drip here.
The old Will Rainville place from the back yard where I live. It's about
¼ mile away.
Valley fog again. Those aren't islands, they're mountain tops.
Looking out across the field on a cloudy day. I just liked the lines here, the
tracks by the spreader and the immediate hillside diagonally in the foreground,
the treeline diagonally at the left, the horizon in the distance.
This is the field that runs parallel to the fairgrounds. It was a cloudy day
and about 3:30 in the afternoon by the time I was on my way back from the dump.
Gamma was tweaked on some of these and at least one had the white level changed.
Zoomed in on the house at the far side of the field. I've heard who lives
there but I forget.
Looking east from up by the fairgrounds.
Zoomed in. I think the valley beyond the first ridge is where Greenfield is.
The Dickenson house, there's only one member of this family still alive. There
might be some connection to Emily Dickenson's family, they've always been
mysterious about the possibility.
This is a Farmall M that for several decades was part of the town road crew's
equipment, now retired.
This was the Heath Center school house, then a Grange hall, now it belongs to
The Historical Society as a museum. It's right in the center, that's Bray Road
just left of it.
This is a house over toward Fort Shirley. From looking at the bricks in the
chimneys I think it's actually old, not just designed to look old.
A cute little camp near the edge of Mohawk Estates
Mount Greylock from up above Heath Center. It's about 20 miles away.
The house below Dickenson's on the opposite side of the road.
Two houses down from Dickenson's. I can remember this selling for an unheard of
amount of money at the time like ¼ million back in the 1980s.
Howland's house in the center.
A strange leaden sky, there was a little sleet later. This was on a Sunday
barely into deer season and I could hear about 1 shot per minute off in
different directions. The season goes on until the 14th.
I finally got the wood in, it gets harder every year. There are 3 stacks here,
each 16 feet long. That seam in the concrete wall behind them is the 8 foot mark,
so this is roughly 3 cords. Since the stove doesn't use electricity this is
a guarantee of being warm all winter no matter what the weather brings.
The driveway without the wood pile. I still have some chips and bark to clean
up then I can get on with something else.
The windmill at Berkshire East from Heath, a rainy day in December, I just
liked the sun coming through the clouds.
A modern working barn, nothing special about it unless you're from a city
and you've never seen one. The roof extension over the upper door is a little
The bulk of generating this page was done by a program I wrote back in 2008.
It's written in perl, I forget why exactly. It needs the jpeg library
installed, or at least it expects to find cjpeg and djpeg in the path. You
can download it here. It's a lot shorter than this page.
You edit the output to put in your comments, but it makes the staggered
tables that put the images and comments on opposite sides, also calls cjpeg
and djpeg to make the thumbnails. It won't put in the background color
changer, you'll have to write your own or copy the one here. I just worked
it out 11/8/2013 and I'm tickled pink with it.
Written under Firefox 13 (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.