Saturday, June 11, 2011
I was up on the roof of our office building yesterday (Friday) taking practice shots for a company photo on Tuesday. This just caught my eye.
Poppies are in full bloom in the yard these days. I think I can make a drug out of these plants.....hmm.
Stopped at the pond by the house because I thought I saw that dang beaver. Instead, I got a photo of a dragon fly. Not sure if I told you, but I had the beaver in my sights last weekend. I was about 20 feet from him in the kayak. He came out of his den and didn't notice me....I had been waiting about 20 mins. As soon as I was about to take the photo, my cell phone started ringing and spooked him under the water. Thanks Mary!
No time to shoot these days. Just too much going on. Took this one morning from the car while stopped at a light about a block from the office. Nice days in Cambridge lately.
Those signs you see from everywhere that say "Stop and Look, Motorcycles are Everywhere" really annoy me. A lot of the motorcycle clubs put them up on streets and in their yards. But then you have yahoos like this idiot who is trying his best to make the Darwin Awards List. I see 2-3 bikers everyday doing this on the way into work....zipping and weaving down the centerline, between lanes, at 15-20 mph FASTER than the moving traffic. Just can't say enough about how diluted our gene pool has become.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Becky, our neighbor, opened her hive up today. She said there were over 40,000 bees in there. I was able to get in real close with no problem. The top photo is of Becky pulling out one of the honeycomb slats that is filled with honey and drone larvae. In the lower photo, she is pointing to the Queen, which has the white dot on it. The dot is painted on so she is easy to find. It was amazing to watch all the bees working and how much honey they produced in just the past few weeks.
Painted turtle sunning himself in Spofford Pond (taken from the kayak). I was fortunate to get a nice reflection in the background from the angle I was shooting.
The deer came to our bird feeder overnight and trampled some lupine plants. This lupine is laying sideways (hence, supine) in a vase and photographed indoors in a photo cube. I love the alternating color pattern.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Came upon this little "accident" on the way into work yesterday. This is an on-ramp midway up the Tobin Bridge (the Mystic River is quite a long distance below at this juncture). The semi on the left was broken down when the Peter Pan bus tried to squeeze through and hit the truck and got stuck. Traffic was in gridlock behind these two vehicles. Luckily I came up the main portion of the bridge (to the right of this frame), pulled over, and got this photo. I'd like to see the bus driver explain this one to his company.
After a couple years of incresing turkeys (hens and young), last year we had none. A local Fisher (mean animal in the weasel family) came in and wiped out the nests of 3-5 hens last year. So we were happy to see this hen 2 days ago in our backyard. She has 9-10 chicks that we will follow to see if they all make it.
I was driving through town on Monday morning and came across our town's Memorial Day Parade. Luckily I had the camera in the car and decided to take part in the parade. My leg got pretty darn swollen after this.
Title says it all. Rather than get in close with my macro lens, I stepped back about 6 feet and used my 300mm f/4 lens. That lens does a great macro job on larger objects like flowers and butterflies.
Out of time on this day and approaching sunset fast. So I talked my beautiful model into letting me take photos of her biking again. The 5-8 shots after this one had a menacing glare.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Went Cod fishing with 16 guys on a private charter. Our 3rd year doing this. Lots of fish, beer, stories, and another absolutely gorgeous day.
Ok, so I really like this photo. The iris' were about ready to pop open last week when I took this photo. It was late in the day and the sun was setting, casting a nice warm light through trees in the front yard. The flower bud is in shade, but the pachysandra ground covering behnd the iris is in dappled sun, creating perfect light for a soft focused background.
Thought I saw the beaver swimming in Spofford Pond on the way home from work this day. I missed him, but took a picture of the water grasses reflecting on the surace.
Emily was playing and "supposedly" got stuck in one of Bailey's scratch towers. Best Shot I could get this day.
I have no idea if this is indeed a Starburst flower, but hey....I'll take anything on a sunny day. This is one of several oddball flowers we have in the yard.
Thick fog again on this morning. At first it was difficult to see across the pond, but I caught a break.
Had an excellent meal at Kincaids Bayside Restaurant. This was taken from the deck (with my crackberry, again) and the restaurant had 365 degree views of the bay. It was close to the airport and I had a red-eye flight back to Boston on Friday night after the meeting. Had dinner with a couple of friends from Pfizer and ate WAYYY too much food. I don't every recall being so uncomfortable on a plane, which was completely full, and then having to fly all night. Yes, it was hell. I got a hangover halfway through the flight from the wine we had at dinner. To top it off, I got home around 8:30am on Saturday, went to softball tryouts, and tore my calf muscle. Should have warmed up first, I guess.
I had to travel to San Fran for a conference on Thursday and Friday. Knowing that I would be busy at the meeting both days, without any time to play downtown, I decided to leave my camera and home and use my Blackberry to take photos for 2 days. Well, my Blackberry really sucks at taking photos, but at least I did not miss a day in this 365 challenge. This photo is just a small portion of the Genentech campus taken during a meeting break. To the right of this photo is the bay, but it really didn't look that good with industrial stacks and parked cars in the foreground. Not that this is any better. I need a better blackberry.
These reflections caught my eye while driving through Boxford on another grey morning. I think bright sunlight would have wrecked this photo. The original photo captured about half of the trees above ground, but I cropped down to get the photo above. The original one looked too distracting.
This morning was very foggy and in the middle of a long stretch of rainy, drizzly, foggy days that we had around May 17th. Spofford Pond photographed here on the way to work. There was a nice white swan in the middle of all the fog, but my car spooked it off when I pulled up. So you have this photo instead.