Saturday, April 24, 2010

A few rock climbing images from Jaimie's facebook page

Jaimie just updated her Facebook page with these fine pictures.  They were taken in Pinkham Notch, NH, at Square Ledge.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

25,000 Daffodils

Tower Hill's 25,000 daffodils are in bloom  Pictured here is a section of the field that is covered with them, another is my favorite shot of the morning.  I posted a few more pictures, particulary the blossoming trees, here:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cool barn

This barn made me smile.  I had to turn around and go back for a picture.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pistol shooting with Reed at Smith & Wesson

Last Friday Reed took me pistol shooting in Springfield at one of the Smith & Wesson shooting centers.  Apparently they still manufacture guns in Springfield.  No pictures of me, though I am probably responsible for the bullet holes on the perimeter of the target!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chickadees are singing for mates

A little underexposed and heavily cropped, but an unusual angle!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

By the rude bridge that arched the flood

This line from the Ralph Waldo Emerson poem was quite appropriate this past week.  (I don't recall from high school English whether there was any deep meaning to the word "flood", so for now I think I will just take it literally.)

I took a couple of pictures of the Old North Church this past Friday during late morning as I drove from my physical therapy appointment (tennis elbow) to work, and then early Saturday morning Laurie and I grabbed a cup of coffee and went back.  The light was a bit softer in the early morning (second image), there were only one or two people around, and none were on the bridge itself. One visitor was quite obvious (third image). 

I have seven larger images of the bridge last week at

Monday, April 5, 2010

Flooding in Conantum

I have a few more flood pictures below, all taken during my two trips to Conantum last week.  Getting to my mother's was a bit complicated, with only one route open (Williams Rd. to Old Road to Nine Acre Corner to Sudbury Rd, through the baracade). One morning I even went to the West Concord Pharmacy to get her pain meds because the delivery man couldn't find his way "in" to Contantum.  I tried to direct him by telephone but he ended up lost in rush hour traffice somewhere in Maynard.

I have more (10) and larger images at

Conantumites had to ignore this Road Closed sign at the corner of
Sudbury Rd and Old Road to Nine Acre Corner.

Garfield Rd was closed at Rt. 117

Brigham's Farm parking area was underwater
at the corner of Rt. 117 and Garfield Rd.

Sudbury Road was closed (here, looking north across Heath's Bridge)

View from Heath's Bridge looking north to Rt. 2. 
Will auto insurance cover this, if you decide to ignore the road closed sign?

Heath's Bridge Road

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Flooding in Concord

Concord, Sudbury, and Wayland were hard hit by the final March rainstorm.  Many roads are still today closed, including Sudbury Road and Route 117. 

Driving from my office to see my mom in Concord was very interesting this afternoon.  First, I was surprised when driving west on Route 2 that Sudbury Road was closed with sawhorses right there at the Rt. 2 traffic lights.  My guess is that there is some flooding on the Route 2 side of Heath's Bridge.  I would bet that Heath's Bridge Road is also flooded.

I continued on Route 2 to the next exit, which is Emerson Hospital.  Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, however, was closed after the hospital entrance, so I took the detour along Old Marlboro Road and then ignored the "road closed" sign on Williams Road.  Since I knew that Rt. 117 was closed, Williams Road was the only approach remaining for getting into Conantum.  It worked fine.  Williams Road got me back onto Old Road to Nine Acre corner at the merge next to Williams Farm.  It took me to Sudbury Road, where I then turned left, and drove between more sawhorses and a "road closed" sign.  I got to mom's by turning right from Sudbury Road onto Garfield Road. 

But before going to her house, I drove to the end of Garfield where it enters Route 117.  I wanted to see what the water looked like at this well-known low spot.  Here are a couple of pictures from the end of Garfield Road at the T-junction with Rt. 117.  The farm shown in the third image is Brigham's.  As you can see the river is completely blown out and has crossed over Rt. 117 and onto the farms' parking lot. 

That's a Land Rover, by the way, in picture #2.  Guess he's practicing for a safari.