All posts for the month May, 2013

5-20-13 Bear River Grafton Notch


Conditions were perfect this morning, overcast and no wind, to take a ride to Grafton Notch State Park to do some stream photography.  I was there for a total of three hours so I took plenty of pictures  but shortly after this image the sun came out so I called it a day. I actually had to wait for a cloud to obscure the sun before snapping it.  I’ll be posting more in the future.


5-9-13 Sabattus River and Moosewood Blossoms


I went to Sababttus River in Lisbon Falls this morning and walked the Papermill Trail. I never get tired of going to the river, there is always something new to photograph and I’ve been going there for over 25 years. These moosewoods are currently blossoming, I’ve seen them in the past but they are on the opposite side of the river from the trail.  I’ve never gotten near them usually because of high water.  This year the water is extremely low for spring time. Two factors contribute to this, the lack of rain we’ve had and the dam in Lisbon washed out last summer. For the top image I used my polarizing filter and a four stop ND fliter to get the soft water.

Below is a close up of the moosewood flowers.

5-9-13 Moosewood Blossoms

5-6-13 Peeking Squierrel


The other day I noticed my cat sitting at the base of a tree staring up at a hole about four feet off the ground. Last week he caught a red squirrel so when I saw him staring up at that hole I figured it must be a squirrel nest. A few days earlier I had seen three small ones playing in the upper part of the same tree. I shooed the cat away and put my ear to the hole and could hear some scurrying around so I knew for sure it was a  nest. Yesterday while doing some yard work I looked up and noticed this little guy sticking his head out of the hole. I got my camera and went back out but when I got close of course the squirrel went back into the hole. I stood in one spot for an hour and half to get this photo. I hope the cat doesn’t get him too.

4-30-13 Painted Turtles

4-30-13 Three Painted turtles

4-30-13 Single Painted Turtle


I went kayaking on the Sabattus River on Tuesday afternoon, the temps were warm and the painted turtles were everywhere. I must’ve seen 65 to 70 sunning themselves on the shore, on rocks and fallen logs. A lot of them would slip back into the water as I paddled past but a few turned out to be less skittish, those are the ones I photographed. I only bothered to photograph the ones where the water was  the background, I also saw a couple of snapping turtles but they were submerged and I wasn’t able to get a picture. The only bad part about this paddle is I lost my brand new pair of polarized sunglasses that I just purchased at LL Bean, it was the first time I used them, now they rest on the bottom of the river.