Monday, November 17, 2014

First snow

At least the first snow cover this season in 2014. It is still a bit too warm for it to stay for long, but there is more on the way... up to six inches over the next 24 hours.

The first few snowfalls are kind of nice, seeing the autumn mix with the winter, but after a month or so it gets pretty old. But that is life in western New York, so we make the best of it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Shoot the moon

I wasn't going to post this as it was just me playing with my old EF 75-300 lens (at 300 mm) plus a Tamron 1.4 tele-extender and some cropping. On my MFT camera I calculate an effective focal length of 840 mm equivalent (but I am not very good at math).

But the apparent Rosetta Mission landing on a comet got me thinking... we can look to the night sky and fathom the concept of going to the moon, but thinking about landing on a relatively tiny object that we cannot see (unaided) that takes ten years to get to? It is really beyond believability.

PS: As usual I have added the location GPS coordinates but "moon" only came up with Moon, PA (who knew?).

Monday, November 10, 2014

Red, white and blue

In pictures like this it is sometimes hard to determine scale... but I can tell you that the wheel chocks are 2x4's.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hydrangea

I like making pictures of hydrangea. I think it is beautiful all season, from the pastel blossoms in spring, to the deep Wedgwood blue of summer, and the faded purple colors of autumn. The look in late fall is particularly interesting with the plant showing the effects of a fulfilled season and inevitable decline to dormancy. This last phase is perhaps the best episode of all.