Mount Kearsarge Tradition

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Julian and I hiked Mount Kearsarge for what I believe is the seventeenth consecutive year Tuesday. We have hiked all 4 of the major trails but our favorite route by far is up the steep Winslow Trail and down the longer Barlow Trail, named as a memorial to a friend and paddle tennis partner and opponent.

The Winslow Trail is mostly composed of roots and rocks but we glided over them with ease, or at least one of us did.

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Julian carried his camera and probably took more photos than I did.

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Below is a 13-shot panorama from the top. If you click this image you will be taken to a page where you can zoom in and read the labels of many of the VT and NH mountains.

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Clouds over Montana November 7, 2013

I spent a wonderful day exploring a beautiful part of Montana with my Mother after an 18-day adventure on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. If you click HERE or on the image below, you will be taken to a page of panoramic images you can zoom into and explore.

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Rainbow Over Sunapee

DXS168--Double-RainbowThese was a nice rainbow over Lake Sunapee Thursday evening. You can see an image that you can pan into and move around HERE.

Great Blue Herons 2014

Dancing Great Blue Heron

Dancing Great Blue Heron

It seemed that everywhere I looked this summer, there was a Great Blue Heron. I did some private photo instructions for a person who really likes them. We did not plan to look for them, and I told her not to expect to see any. But in the two plus hours we were together we saw 4.

In the old days of slide film it seemed much harder to get a decent photo of one. Perhaps they are more acclimated to people these days, but I suspect excellent AF, high ISO with reasonably low noise, and fast burst capabilities of the current generation of DLSRs raise the odds considerably.

They are interesting, large, sometimes graceful, beautiful birds. You definitely do not want to canoe or kayak under their nests. Their defence mechanism is to dump the partially-digested fish they were going to feed their young on you.

Two slide shows follow. Be sure to see the second one because it shows how I got the heron to dance.

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You saw the dancing GBH at the top of this page. How did I get it to dance for me? Here is the real story with 8 photos taken in a bit less than 2 seconds.

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