Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snow On The Coast of Maine

This past weekend was the annual Christmas by the Sea weekend in Ogunquit, Maine. Saturday's weather was cloud filled as a coastal storm approached and we waited for the snow to start. By mid afternoon it had begun snowing and by Sunday morning, as the skies cleared, there was between five and six inches on the ground.

This was a perfect amount of snow for photographs while still allowing easy walking along the Marginal Way. The entire 46 image gallery can be viewed at Here are six examples from Sunday morning.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Starting Up December

We'll start off December with some shots from Peebles Island this morning which relate to posts from earlier this year. For one day only back in April, I saw a pair of Cooper's Hawks on a nest that, after that day, saw no activity. That post can be viewed here.

This morning a Coopers Hawk being harried by a bunch of crows landed in a tree just above me right at my favorite Eagle nest vantage point. I was carrying my Canon 7D and the 70-300mm DO lens. The second shot is actually at 275mm it was so close to me. Nothing here is cropped.

These shots would have been better if the bird was better lit with a darker background but it is what it is. Back in June I posted about the wooden extension on the dam between Peebles Island and Bock Island which had been washed away. You can view that post here.

This morning the water was really low on this portion of the Mohawk and I think they were diverting the water around another dam so they could repair the wooden extension. In any case, there is a new wooden structure on top of the concrete dam. We'll see how long it lasts before it too is washed away.

I will say that this new extension appears sturdier than the previous version which is shown in the earlier post.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Closing Out November

My highest ever number of posts in a calendar has been 73 back in 2013. This is my 73rd post in 2017 and I've still got the trip to Maine for Christmas By The Sea coming up.

This post has photos with the 5D Mark III with the 40mm pancake and 24-105mm lenses and the 7d with 70-300mm DO zoom lens. First is this past Saturday's Christmas parade and tree lighting in Waterford with the 40mm pancake lens.

Tuesday morning I walked around Peebles Island with the crop sensor 7D and the DO zoom. I wanted to test this combination on the Eagle nest to see if it will be sufficient for any documentation I want to do over the Winter and Spring. I think it'll be fine as long as there's enough light for low ISO and contrast.

There are four slightly different vantage points. This one is the closest but not my favorite which is farther away and lower but (at least last year) it has a better view into the nest as that side of the nest is less built up.

100% crop sized to 1500x1000

And yesterday, around noon, a front came through with some nice clouds but lots of wind and I went over to the Cohoes Falls. These are with the 5DIII and 24-105mm zoom.