Autumn On Baxter Lake

On the shore there is fire, and that fire is beautiful.

fiery autumn shore on baxter lake, nh

As I eagerly await this years first autumn visit to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I’ve looked to autumns past for inspiration. Here’s an image from “our” lake captured a few years ago.

Edit: I just realized that this is my 200th post :-D

Five Minutes To Sunrise.

Sunrise, and a five-minute walk.

Sunrise over Baxter Lake in Rochester, New Hampshire

One of the things I love most about living on a lake are the ready-made photo opportunities it presents me with.

Even when I have no set plans to go out making pictures, all it takes is quick glance out the window to have me reaching for my camera and tripod.

With less than a five-minute walk bringing me to waters edge, there’s almost always time to make a picture.

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Is there a place close to home that inspires you to grab your camera, even when you had no plans to do so?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

A Black Among The Green.

Being “Unique” makes this American black duck drake stand out among a crowd of mallards.

Standing on a mud bank, surrounded by four green headed drake mallard ducks, and two hens, a lone drake American Black Duck, strips of iridescent green on the sides of it's bowed head, stands out amidst the flashier "green heads." Four more hen mallards float in gently rippled water in the background.

Who doesn’t like the mallard duck? With its beautiful iridescent green head and mahogany breast feathers, a beautiful bird my anyone’s standard. For me though, the American Black Duck, a drake seen above bowing to the camera, is a more attractive bird. Not being a very flashy guy myself, perhaps what draws me more to what most consider a rather drab looking duck, is the subtle beauty of the iridescent green visible only on the sides of the drakes head, compared to the “in your face,” bright green covering the entire head of the much showier mallard. Does anyone really like a show-off?

Often mistaken for a hen mallard, the black duck has darker plumage and while the violet-blue speculum on the mallard’s wing is bordered by white on both sides, the black ducks usually has no, or only one faint white border on the speculum’s leading edge.