Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hitchner's Elm

Here are a few shots of Hitchner's elm from the other day. I should've used one of these for the recent Old challenge at Lens Day. The elm is said to be 130-150 years old.
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More late night UMaine snow photos

That's Hitchner's elm, again, from another angle and very different lighting. A little snow on the lens, too. I'm sure we'll get another storm or two so I can try and get a shot without snowflakes melting on my lens.

Mother Nature seems to be stuck. Guess it could always be worse. At least we've had a little rain to melt a little of the snow we've gotten. Further north they've just gotten snow. Even though taking night photos of all this snow has its pluses, I'm more than ready for Spring to arrive.

Lens Day challenge - Old

Definitely weather-beaten. Looks old to me. Submitted to Lens Day's 'Old' challenge.
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Wrought iron Web in Winter

Another shot from last Monday's foggy afternoon. Submitted to Photo Sunday's "W" theme.
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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Unique's photo challenge - Capital Cities

Since I don't have any shots (at least not since going digital) of Augusta (Maine's capital city), here's a shot of Richmond (Virginia, not Maine (Richmond, Maine is very near Augusta)) getting ready for the 2006 National Folk Festival. Brown's Island is on the left and Tredegar Iron Works (now a Museum) is the building with the smokestack.
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Another snowy morning commute

Another snowy morning commute today. At least this snowfall was the light and fluffy variety. We only got a few inches instead of a foot (which is what we've been getting most of this 2007-2008 winter when mother nature feels like letting her hair down and blanketing us with the white stuff) or more.
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Friday, February 22, 2008

It's a cushy job, but someone's got to do it

Submitted for Shutterday's 'Eyes' challenge.
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thursday's challenge - Winter

There's no shortage of winter pictures here at the Whittling Fog Blog, especially since we've had more snow this winter than the past few. I've had this shot kicking around on my hard drive for a while. It just says winter in so many ways.

Snow-covered grill shot added to make (guest photographer) Jenny WhyMe's comment make sense.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lens Day's 'Monochromatic' challenge comes at a very good time...

...since Monday (2008-02-18) was a monochromatic day in Bangor. We did a little more shopping than shooting, but took a few minutes to capture a wee bit of Bangor in the fog.

Back yard.

A couple at Stephen King's house.

A very fog-shrouded Standpipe. I like how the wires almost disappear.

And the monochrome version of the shot above - submitted to Lens Day's 'Monochromatic' challenge.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Puddling in Bangor - Not shaken and most definitely not stirred

Yesterday's storm (snow and then rain) created lots of messy roads and there were plenty of places for water to pool. On my way home from work I went looking for puddles in Bangor and found a few. I don't know if I'm too old to jump in puddles, but I think I'll save that activity for springtime (or at the very least a much warmer day). Some of these would've swallowed me up, though, so it was probably best not to dive in. I might've gone looking for a few more, but I had to get home in time to watch The Daily Show (especially since the writers are back!).

State Street near EMMC.

Howard Street traffic circle.

Most of my travels don't take me by Howard Street. But since they put barriers up to keep traffic from turning left onto Howard Street from State Street I've made it a point to travel on Howard Street whenever I can. Tonight I was rewarded with a nice puddle. With any luck I didn't wake anyone when my tires decided to spin muchly before gaining traction on the slush/mush/ice that was substituting for pavement.

Garland Street.

Central Street.

Bangor PD pulled alongside me to ask if everything was ok just after I took this shot.

I wasn't even singing! But it was nearly 1AM.

I like the shot I submitted, but can I change my entry for this week's Lens Day 'Wet' challenge to this Central Street shot?

Larkin Street.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Two entries for Lens Day's "Wet" challenge

If we'd gotten a camera out today we could've had many, many shots that would fit the 'wet' category. 'Wet' pretty much sums up today's weather, in one word, in the greater Bangor area. 'Wet' was very much what my snowblower was throwing around. It was raining pretty steadily when I cleared the mush from today's storm (we got several inches of snow before it turned to rain) from the driveway. 'Wet' fully describes my status at the conclusion of an hour's worth of walking behind the snowblower. Too bad it's not spring yet as the snowblower, today, made for a very good sprinkling system. Alas, no one got a camera out, so I'll just submit some archive photos for the "Wet" challenge.

Did I say, yet, that it was very wet in Bangor today?

Top photo from the 2007 North Atlantic Blues Festival. Several folks improvised with their head gear when it started raining. Walter Trout's Sunday set had to be aborted because of the thunderstorm that arrived in Rockland in the late afternoon.

Guest photographer Jenny_Whyme took the other photo at the 2007 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race last April 21st. Headgear not improvised, but definitely amusing.
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