Summertime sunset on Mt Abe

Mt. Abe is one of the taller peaks in the Green Mountains and is south of Camel’s Hump. Having this height it gets a full set of seasonal changes and weather changes during the seasons. I’ve made different photos of this peak; this is one of my favorites since it shows most of the western face.Travel photos Mt Abe seen from West Hill Rd and Brown’s Rd, Lincoln VT, 08/27/2003

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Think the grass is greener

When the summer heat is on, the blacktop shimmers and the mirages appear in parking lots and you just long for those cold days of winter…remember there is another side to heat relief. One forgets that the green grass on the other side of the fence, has to be mowed. Guess who gets to do that?
So here is something to help you along in your wish for heat relief.
Enjoy the cooling thoughts.Ice damage on Rte 276 Rte 276 where it crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina 12/26/2009

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Winter pasture

During one of the photo trips I was returning back home and decided to come back up the middle of the state. Taking Rte 4 from Rutland, at Killington, I took Rte 100 North. Above Stockbridge I came upon this image of the horse in the pasture hard up against the mountains. At this point Rte 100 enters the valley running between the east and west sections of the Green Mountains.Winter pastureRte 100 Stockbridge Vermont 03/04/1972 Nikon F 85mm Nikkor lens Ektachrome 64 f5.6@500 sec

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Up on a hill

This is one of those images one finds by driving around on roads that you don’t know where they go. We drove up to Forest City, NC and came back a different route which proved fortuitous.
I actually saw this and drove past, went up the road, turned around and came back. I had to sit for a few minutes because the clouds obscured the light. then they blew away and the light became right. I posted this in color awhile ago but I like it more in sepia. In B&W it’s too cold.
Always play with the image, sometimes the change brings on a timelessness that color can’t produce.Barn and fence Rte 221 South of Rutherfordton, North Carolina 12/31/2012
I looked at this place on Google Earth; the image there was taken in the summer. With the tree leafed out the impact of the skyline is gone, just a routine scene.

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Back when I roamed the byways and rural hills of the states looking for photos for stock agencies, I traveled with another photographer who also did the same kind of work. She shared the driving so hat each of us had a chance to get the photo from a more busy road. By the time the trip was over the passenger side foot well was filled with empty film boxes.
Sometimes we got a motel room other times we slept in the car because we had a place we wanted to be before sunrise so as to capture the before, during and just after of the daybreak.
This photo of the field hand was made in western Maryland toward sundown from the moving car. (We weren’t going that fast, almost no traffic) One of those serendipity moments that one grabs. A minute earlier or later and the light is wrong or the hand is doing something else.Migrant worker 1Leitersburg Smithburg Road, Leitersburg, Maryland 08/22/1970 Nikon F Ektachrome 64 200mm Nikkor @f5.6/250/sec (All the data is recorded in a notebook which I kept of all work)

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Day’s End

This barn was bathed in the warm glow of he late summer evening. There were some thin clouds filtering the light giving this tint to the image plus the dust in the air that isn’t present in the morning. I had just bought my first digital camera, a Sony F8F and was out working with it.
BarnVermont barn, Hawkins Road, Ferrisburgh Vermont 06/22/2005

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At the farmer’s market

In farm country, the farmer’s market is on the weekend a place to meet and exchange gossip and farming ideas. One also buys what isn’t grown on your place and usually you sell your product as well. There is always room for something to pretty up the house.Travel photosCobleskill Farmers Market Cobleskill, NY 07/24/1972 Nikon F Ektachrome 64 f4@500/sec 85mm Nikkor lens

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A bit of history

For those of you old enough to remember the early ’70’s, maybe with fondness, maybe not, here’s an image I made while working for the papers. I don’t remember the reason for the visit, probably some urban removal project so favored at those times. This was in White Plains, NY more than likely for the bestowing of loot on the city to fold spindle and mutilate some blighted section so the Poobahs needed face time. The other characters were County figures and city puppets. Just thought I’d take you back in time.
Back then papers were black and white with a rare color image. It is so helpful to learn to compose in B&W; it makes for strong photos. There isn’t any color to help a weak image.
News VP Spiro Agnew White Plains, NY, 06/01/1971 Nikon F Plus-X 200mm Nikkor lens

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With a green thumb

Growing tomatoes in pots is easy. Watering is fast, no weeding, bugs are non-existent, minimal fertilizing and easy picking. One plant in a 5 gallon tub, good soil and a modicum on attention early on will give you more than enough tomatoes for tour use. These are cherry tomatoes, success can be had with grape, and any 70-72 day growing plants. Cage them water well but don’t over water or you will blossom end rot. Two plants will provide more than your can use. Grow them on your patio or deck, city or country. Happy eating.Cherry tomatoes Inman, South Carolina, 0702/2015

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The Surfers

Cape May Boardwalk running along Beach Ave is a quiet place before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. The locals get a change to enjoy the ocean particularly in April and early May. The water is cold, it’s windy and damp and the waves are driven by the weather. So why not get the boards and work those free waves and barren beaches.Boarders on the Boardwalk Beach Ave, Boardwalk Cape May, 04/12/1971

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