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Monday, November 9, 2020

SUSPENDED OVERHEAD

When I started taking drone pictures it gave the ability to climb a 400-foot ladder so to speak creating different angles for a picture.  

I have taken some interesting pictures directly over a subject.  I came up with several names and through polling selected the name above.   Hanging Around,  A Bird's-eye View, and From the Top Down were also in the running.

In any case here are some pictures in no particular order.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Foliage Run - 2020

I wanted to take some foliage pictures as the leaves change.  Pam and I decided to go on day trips instead of staying over somewhere due to Covid.
Foliage this year ended up being early due to drought conditions.  We didn’t think the leaves were quite as colorful this year.  We took a quick trip to see our new grandson.  The leaves had just started to turn so I took a couple pictures.
It was peak around Franconia, etc. which would have been nice to see but we didn’t want to deal with the traffic since we weren’t staying over.  It was a good call seeing the traffic congestion on the news at a standstill in that area.  The weather was a mixture of clouds and sun.  I think it was more clouds.  Sun hitting the colors on the trees make them really pop but clouds and grey sky make colors stand out in a different way. 
Our first destination was the Woodstock, VT area.  We decided to stay off the highway and take backroads Northwest to Claremont, cross over the bridge into Vermont and continue our Journey. 
We took nice winding roads with very little traffic.  As usual, we were looking for barns that could be nice pictures.  We were also looking for dirt roads to explore.
Many towns have old church buildings or town halls that were nice.  The frustrating thing I see often is telephone poles and powerlines all around them.  Nice buildings but the poles, transformers, wires, etc. don’t really do it for me.  I took a couple pictures anyway.  I suppose church buildings could be a new blog post for me.
As we traveled north, we saw the colors improve.  When we got to Woodstock it seemed like it was past peak a bit.  We had rain and high winds earlier in the week so some of the leaves were already on the ground. 
We went down several unmarked and class 4 roads.  At one point we had to have been 5 miles in the woods.  2 UTV’s approached so I pulled my jeep off the trail.  They stopped and I asked where this trail went.  They said it went to a big mud hole but didn’t come out to a road.  I was told there were more UTV’s coming and sure enough there had to have been 15 more pass by all mudded up.  Once they passed, we discussed and decided to be safe and turn around.  My though was no winch on my jeep, no one with us to help if we got stuck, no cell service, and a long trail walk back to anyone unless I run into the UTV’s again.  If Kevin was with us in one of his jeeps it would have been fun to continue.
From Woodstock, we would head through Barnard and did a slow loop.  We jumped on the highway heading home as it started to get dark.
Our second destination was west toward Spofford, NH.  We stayed off Rt101 going west so we could explore.  Again, nice winding roads, small towns, some good color, etc. 
We both enjoy exploring and the colors made it that much more enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Beaver Brook Association - Hollis, NH


When walking in
Beaver Brook I take my camera just in case I see something interesting.  I found a couple nice areas where the deer consistently move from the swamp up the ridge and down the other side.   I jumped a couple deer but didn’t get good pictures of them. 

When I hike I want to be prepared so I carry my smallest pack with first aid, water, hand warmers, flashlight, headlamp, knife, multi tool, matches, rope, space blanket, tree saw, extra socks, gloves, granola bars, etc.  I tell Pam where I am going but I still want to be prepared in case something happens to me or I walk up on someone hurt.  If I am on a 3 or 4 mile hike and something happens I could be miles from my vehicle and could be on my own for a night.

As the ice on the ponds started to melt I was on a trail and spotted a Hooded Merganser.  When I tried to get close it flew away up the pond.  I followed in the woods, tried to get close again and the same thing happened.  I decided to go further in the woods and loop around from the other side.  It worked !!  As I approached I spotted 3 males and one female.   I got close enough to take a couple pictures.  The female was a good decoy as the males lost interest in my movement. 

Ice gone … bugs out … leaves coming out to block the views … critters warming up.  Forgot to pack the Deet … Pam hiked with me around one of the new ponds I found.  She is afraid of snakes so isn’t real interested in going with me once the weather warms up.  We had a great time exploring some new trails.


I spotted this 3 foot Northern Water Snake cruising close to shore looking for fish, frogs, or anything else edible.  Pam would never go back to this part of Beaver Brook if I told her where I was.  Shhh … I tell her I only take her to “Posted” areas where "Snakes are Prohibited”.  I have a picture in one of my previous posts from Beaver Brook of a water snake in the process of swallowing a fish.  It spotted me and tried to spit the fish out and run but the fish was too far in.  The snake ended up swimming off with half the fish in and half out.

Megan and Kevin hiked in a new section with me.  She spotted this male tree swallow off the trail.  We continued to some large rock formations with open cracks.  I saw porcupine scat below one of the openings.  As we were contemplating looking inside Megan spotted what she thought was a big earthworm.  It was 4 ½ inches long.  As I went to pick it up it rolled and I saw lots-o-legs … BOO …  It was a Millipede.  I grabbed a stick and lifted it off the leaves.  Megan held the stick while I took a picture.   Most comments from the picture are along the lines of gross, ewe, sick … what’s with that?  

I researched and this is an eastern millipede (Narceus Americanus) and is common in the woods of New England.  It cannot bite and defends itself by rolling up in a tight spiral and/or uses its orange/brown chemical defenses that must make it taste bad and maybe smell bad.  We didn't stress out this millipede so no spiral or chemical defense.  I set it back down and watched it disappear in the leaves.   

On one of my hikes I walked the Porcupine trail.  I often asked myself "What's with the name?"  That is until I spotted this little fella off that trail.  Go figure!!
 
Always a work in progress … 




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