April 1

And thus begins the longest six weeks of the year — when it should be spring, but it won’t be till the lilacs bloom and the garden stores open around Mother’s Day. New Englanders know this as the fifth season — mud season. Mud season is the name given to the period between winter’s end […]

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As good as it gets

Spring begins with a full moon, setting within minutes of sunrise. It’s 6:48 a.m. and I’ve been rushing around in my puffy coat to get the right lens, the correct settings, and a good point of view. This is it: just the blushing moon contemplating her reflection in the water. Tech: 1/160 sec at f/8, […]

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Sister Moon

5:25 a.m. here on the edge. 28°F. and calm. A dusting of snow. The waxing gibbous moon will set at 6:06 a.m., but I better get a picture before it sinks behind the cloud bank. Hope the bright moon and the chill air energize me for the rest of the day. Tech: 2 sec. at […]

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Stars over Ontario

3:30 a.m., 16°F. and calm. Coat over pajamas. Hat over headlamp. Crampons over boots. Gloves. Camera on tripod, set to 30 sec., with 16mm lens at f2.8, ISO 1600. The constellation Casseopia is the W in the upper right corner. The standout star near the horizon, left of center is Capella, the biggest and brightest […]

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Gusty day on the edge

26 mph west winds, gusting up to 43 mph. Only a dusting of snow, but I had to brace myself from being blown over. Hard to capture the drama, but you get the idea. The span of ice over the lake disappeared but now thickly covers about a third of our bank. I’m fantasizing that […]

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Winter Moon over Ontario

Watching the full moon set over Lake Ontario is a winter treat. For several months the northwesterly azimuth is right, but… with great lakes come thick clouds. I’ve learned to try to get a photo as soon as I see it. Waiting till it’s a huge orb low on the horizon usually means disappointment. Today, […]

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Lake Ontario nightglow

4 A.M. The moon won’t rise till 6:01 and the first pre-dawn glimmer won’t appear till 5:47. And yet, above the faint orange streaks of Canada light pollution, the horizon glows. I guess it’s nightglow (or airglow), an atmospheric phenomenon. The physics of it escape me, but I love its bright mystery. I saw it […]

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