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Here is the back of the blind I built. It’s about four feet tall and the back wall section is about three feet wide, the walls come apart, so if I wanted to move it I could easily disassemble it, they’re held together by carriage bolts and wingnuts. I decided to not put a roof on it, right now it’s just a piece of plywood temporarily set on top. The only reason the concrete blocks are on it is because the plywood was warped so I use the blocks to weigh it down and keep it flat. I stapled some tarpaper to the top plywood to keep it waterproof. The sides also have been watersealed so they’ll stay water resistant.

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This is the front to show the opening where I stick the lens through. I put some camo screening over the opening so it makes it easy to see through, because it’s brighter outside, it hides my movements somewhat. I just cut slits in the screen to allow the lens to get through. The first day I was sitting in the blind a chickadee landed on the end of the lens but it saw me through the screen and quickly flew off.

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Here’s what it looks like looking through the door with the camera set up and ready to shoot.

The first part of this post was written two years ago when I first built the blind, it’s been in my draft folder since and I had forgotten about it, so it’s been two years since I set it outside. The blind has worked well for me and a lot of the photos I’ve taken from inside have been posted on here. The only problem I’ve had is the siding did not fair well with the weather. I used luan plywood, luan is actually used as a floor underlayment, I used it because it was thin and light and I wanted to keep the weight down in case I needed to move it. I thought by waterproofing it, it would help with the weather but over time that didn’t prove to be true. After two years, there are things I realize I could do to improve the blind, so this summer I plan on building another and applying the modifications. This version cost less than 50 dollars to construct, I’m sure the next one will cost more since lumber has gone up in price and I plan on making it a little larger and  using a more durable plywood. I’ll take photos of the construction process.

5-25-14 Blooming Apple Trees

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After a long hiatus it’s time to get back to posting on a regular basis. The local apple orchards are in full bloom right now so I took a ride Sunday afternoon to one of them and photographed the blooming trees. One of the more enjoyable experiences of this day was the sweet, spicy aroma of the apple blossoms filling the air as I wandered the orchard.

7-14-13 Baby Loon Under Wing

 

After taking the first photo I posted of the baby loon and the adult I decided to leave the loons alone and paddled off. I got about a hundred yards away but decided to turn around and it’s a good thing I did. I noticed the baby wasn’t swimming around the adult any longer, when I put my lens to my eye I saw a bump on the adults back. As you can see by the photos, it was the youngster hitching a ride. Most of the photos I took, the little one was sleeping.

6-21-13 Vaughn Brook

 

I visited Vaughan Woods in Hallowell for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t know the place existed.  I was impressed with the easy access and the well kept trails. I didn’t have my camera on my first visit so I went back last week. The rocky brook reminds me of the type of streams that can be found in western Maine where the terrain is rockier like in Grafton Notch State Park. There are three stone bridges like the one in the top photo, I only photographed this one because by the time I made my way upstream to the other two the sun had come out. I prefer overcast lighting conditions when photographing moving water, it’s easier to get the silky effect. The bottom photo is of the same falls and bridge but from a more straight on angle and I decided to try black and white. I plan on going back real soon to take more photos and I think this area would be beautiful in the fall when the leaves have changed.

6-23-13 Vaughn Brook BW

Dripping Branches

 

I took this photo from my deck, we had a snow storm yesterday and this morning was kind of warm and sunny. I liked the way the sun backlit the branches with the melting snow and falling water droplets. A slow shutter speed caused the droplets to streak and show movement.