Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Laurie and I have "liked" this

Thumbs up from both of us!

(Not, we didn't buy it.  It was in a parking lot.)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tulips should be opening soon

There's a small bed of tulips in the foundation plantings on the side of the house facing the road.  They are not opening yet, but they will be soon.  I took this picture early this morning before the sun evaporated the raindrops on the plants.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The last (?) of the snow melting away

I missed the last of the snow in our front yard, which melted away yesterday (Saturday).  But before dinner I did capture the very last of the huge pile (mostly from my shoveling snow off the porch roof) of snow on the deck.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Below are four short video clips I made while skiing Sunapee on Thursday.  They're very amateur!  I tried to do a dialog while videoing, but the sound of the wind (actually, there was no wind, except what was created by skiing) drowns me out; except in the second video where I was riding up the chairlift in the Sunbowl.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sunapee: Perfect spring snow conditions yesterday - 9 pix

Skiing alone today, I decided to make the short trip to Sunapee rather than drive further north to Cannon or Waterville.  Sunapee is only 1 1/2 hours and 85 miles from home.

Not only was the snow perfect, but the weather was perfect!  Temps were 32F at the bottom and 25F at the top when I got on the lift at 9am and rose to 40F over the entire mountain by 11am, and stayed at that temperature for the rest of the day.  And not a single cloud.

When you see the imags below, it will be hard to believe that Sunapee will close for the season on Sunday.  But I guess they just don't get enough skiers to make it worth keeping open.

Snowmaking central (turned off for the season)

Lake Sunapee viewed from the top of Skyway

The only bare spots I was able to find

A couple of happy skiers

Killington or Okema in the distance

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The schooner Bowdoin has turned 90 years old

The schooner Bowdoin has turned 90 years old.

It was built during the winter of 1920-21 for the artic explorer and researcher Donald B. MacMillan, a 1898 graduate of Bowdoin College. It is an 88 foot long, 21 foot wide, 60 ton two-masted schooner which MacMillan sailed for 26 voyages through the artic.

It was sold to the Navy in 1941 and bought back by MacMillan in 1945, after the end of the war. He sailed it to the artic one last time, in 1954. The vessel was restored at Mystic Seaport and is now used at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where according to information from the Web site of Bowdoin's Peary-MacMillan Artic Museum, it is used for training runs to Labrador and Greenland.

Here are two pictures I took while we were in Castine last summer.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Glasswing butterfly

Yesterday morning I visited the Butterfly Place in Westford and took a bunch of photos.  My favorite is the Glasswing butterfly.

The Butterfly Place gets their Glasswings from Costa Rica.  The natural habitat of this butterfly ranges from Mexico to Panama.   

My eleven "keeper" images, including images of a few other species, have been posted in larger size on my photo Web site here, but below are blog-sized images of the Glasswing. 

[For those who are interested in such things, the camera was hand-held and a shutter speed of 1/250th second was used.  I used a high ISO so that I could use a small aperature to maximize depth of field. Though I tried a flash on some shots, the results were all terrible so I deleted those images as they looked unnatural.]

Friday, April 1, 2011

Yesterday at Cannon: Great skiing and no crowds

Cannon has a ton of snow.  Can't recall seeing a bare spot anywhere on the mountain and we skiied every trail (except the lower trails to the right of the Peabody Chair Lift).  To be fair, the shot inside the lodge is the "old" lodge and there were more folks at the new lodge; but even at 8:45 this lodge is usually full of skiers putting on their boots.

This next picture was taken aiming down the Zoomer trail off the Zoomer lift (seen to the left).  To give you some perspective on how steep this slope is, the "clouds" in the background are really blown snow and ice on Echo Lake!  And, the snowy area in the middle-ground between the trees is actually a horizontal surface