Friday, July 19, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Infrared Friday

Eventually the novelty of infrared will wear off, but right now I'm having fun with it.
Cathedral of the Pines

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

All Faiths, One Family, One Earth - Cathedral of the Pines

I never miss an opportunity to stop at Cathedral of the Pines. I love this place. This time looking at it with my IR converted camera.

Inclusive, I like that

Stones and medallions from all over the world

Originally the benches were in a pine grove. The grove was destroyed in the ice storm of 2008 leaving folks sittings in the full sun. Still it is okay, the area is patrolled by dragonflies that take out the deer flies and mosquitoes.
It truly is a sacred place.

Having a bit of fun with channel swapping and other tricks. I was going for UFO fly over effect

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Tree Tuesday

Okay  it is hot, it is the middle of July, how about a few photo of a Christmas tree farm to cool us off.
My pick for #TreeTuesday.

Not snow, although there were a few flakes that day
Nov 11, 2012 - 3:03 PM
Notice the great shadows?

D.J. Hussey Farm Townsend MA

So neat and orderly

Keeping watch over the young ones

Pan Mass Challenge 2013

Johnny Kowaleski PMC - 2012

 For the 28th year my cousin will be participating in the Pan Mass Challenge raising funds for cancer research. His dad was cured of throat cancer and I still remember the rough sound of his voice when he would visit my dad for their fishing outings.

I don't know anyone that hasn't been affected by this disease. I had my turn this year with a squamous cell carcinoma which thankfully was treated with a 75 year old procedure developed by Dr Mohs.

Cancer seems especially cruel when it attacks children and I'm very proud that my cousin has done this for so many years as a "heavy hitter", meaning one of a small group that is in the top fund-raisers. I'm including his message to me in this posting, I'm sure he'll be okay with that:

On August 3rd and 4th  I will be cycling in my 28th consecutive Pan Mass Challenge to help fund treatment of childhood cancer and cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and its fundraising arm, the Jimmy Fund.  As a charity event, the PMC raises around half of the yearly funds for the Jimmy Fund, with our target north of $35M this year. I ask you to help by making a donation at JOHNK's PMC .  This url, expanded below, will send you to a secure web page at .  Alternatively, you can send a check made out to “PMC” to my home.  Part of what makes the PMC unique is that EVERY cent you donate to this cause arrives undiminished at the Dana Farber.  100%.  Every cent! Sponsors and participants pay for all the overhead;  thousands of volunteers provide the labor;  cyclist’s provide the sweat. With 5000+ cyclists and 2000+ volunteers, the PMC makes a mark on MA roads and hearts.  The MA Chief of Police organization helps us through the maze of back roads and hills along the 192 mile two day event.    The well-wishers along the roadways give us wings.  I cast a non-traditional profile on a road bike.  192 miles, even over 2 days, tests my body, mind and soul.  The training is a bit like meditation, grinding out the miles in solitude, communing with nature, cursing the climbs, the heat, the wind, the cold, the flat tires.  Fundraising the $5k minimum tests my commitment.  It all changes on PMC Saturday morning. “Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of morning can keep us from our … “ The energy during the ride has us focus on the quality of our lives and friends, and the plight of those inflicted by this nasty disease.  This year a friend’s sister has had a relapse of breast cancer and another friend who was inflicted with cancer in her youth had complications.  With all the promise of cures appearing in the media, the reality on the ground is that it is still a long slog to the cure.  Moreso with the federal government pulling back funding. I am on a team that directs its funds to caring for long term cancer survivors in a clinic that is part of the Dana Farber.   Understanding the effect of treatment on survivors and seeing to their continued care helps improve the various therapies used for cure.  And it is effective at catching early those whose cancer returns. I take the presumptive stand of thanking you in advance whether for this year or years before.  I invite you to check out pictures and words on which I shall update after the ride.  I ask you to ride along with me in spirit on the 3rd and 4th and wish me good fortune. You make this possible.
Hope you can help. 
Closer By The Mile,JohnK for donations (expansion of the above url)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Misty Monday

On a hot and humid July day in 2007, we set out for the Maine Coast, hoping to see a lighthouse or two, walk the beach and eat some seafood. When humid air meets the cold Atlantic, there is only one outcome.

Good one for a jigsaw puzzle

You would need a boat to trespass
Nubble Light in Maine in July

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Leaves on Thursday

It's another steamy morning in the tropics of New Hampshire and a perfect day to share photos with the photo theme Leaves on Thursday

Strawberries at Colls Farm in Jaffrey NH
I liked their growing arrangement of nested hydroponic growing containers. I chose this as a subject because it is mostly red and green.

Spotted these wild plants growing in a wet area near the stone bridge outside of Keene, NH.I liked the deep ridges in the leaves.

Arbor at the Yankee Siege Farm stand in Greenfield NH
I recommend a trip to see the world famous Yankee Siege  (even though it is retired).

Ornamental Kale, along with pumpkins is a fall staple at farm stands.

My daughter has a gift for finding 4 leaf clovers in our yard

Ivy in New Ipswich. I liked this better in black and white 
Frosted blackberry leaves

A whorl of leaves

Ginkgo biloba  a "living fossil". This plant was growing in my backyard, but I've lost track of it in the weeds. I need to seek it out when the mosquitoes abate a bit.

Empress Hotel in Victoria BC not too shabby as a place to stay

Original artwork by my friends daughter on wax paper

Daily Photo Themes - Sculpture Sunday

Most of the time we think of sculptures on a fairly large scale, in a gallery or a park. While attending a wedding of a friend on Saturday, I notice a rather interesting lamp at the reception at the reception.

I like this lamp at Destare Martini Bar in Fitchburg, MA the location of the Wedding Reception

Another view of the monkey sculpture

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Bench Saturday

You may notice a change in the the blog's format. I rolled back to an earlier template when the one I was using stopped working properly. You'll notice a lot more activity in the right side column, including some advertising (which helps support the blog).

On of the Google+ daily photo themes for Saturday is Bench Saturday and I have a few shots to share.

A view from Bell Island in Norwalk Connecticut. New York City skyline in the distance.
From this spot the smoke of the burning towers could be seen on Sept 11, 2001
Benches at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Taylor Road, New Ipswich

"Taps" bench at Veteran's Cemetery Boscawen, NH

New "Old" bench

Friday, July 12, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Floral Friday

I've decided to try something a little different for today's photo theme Floral Friday. I have so many flower photos that I've selected just ones of a single color. The choice today is purple which does have a dedicated theme page called the Purple Circle.

A new addition to my garden. Clematis almost looks artificial doesn't it?

I have so many photos of crocus and I understand why. After a New Hampshire winter, it's wonderful to see any signs of color. The first ones to emerge are some small orange ones followed by these reliables. At some point I need to plant some autumn crocus - Colchicum autumnale.

A water hyacinth, Eichhornia  is an interesting aquatic plant with an extensive filtering root system. The roots have a distinct purplish hue which I have tried to no avail to photograph. It is an invasive species in the south but is sold here as an ornamental for ponds. I usually place one in a bird bath.

Orchid at the Mason Hollow Nursery greenhouse. The nursery specializes in Hostas and other interesting varieties.
They have an open house July 13-14, 2013

I spend a lot of time trying to get a good photo of bees and butterflies. Tricky to do since they move around so much. I could have used this photo on Thursday for Bee Thursday , another photo theme. 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a lilac bush here in New Hampshire.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - On The Fence Wednesday

One of the daily photo themes for Wednesday is On The Fence Wednesday featuring images of fences. I decided to go through the family albums and find folks who are literally ON A FENCE.


I love this photo of my sister, niece and my family watching the cows

My Aunt Marjorie 1958

My Aunt Marjorie 1945

My Uncle Fran 1928

My Uncle Ed and Aunt Marjorie

Three Airmen (Uncle Ed on Right)
One of the classic family WWII photos

Aunt Lillian on right. Not sure of date,

Mom at college. Great hat

My cousins on a road trip along the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts - 1950

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Tree Tuesday

There is a tree located off of Witt Road in Jaffrey that I find as an interesting photo subject. I have visited it in all the seasons and times of day. I also gave it a variety of "treatments".

Here are a few for Tree Tuesday.

The tree with no embellishments. It has a great form and having Mount Monadnock in the shot is another big plus.
Jun 22, 2012

After converting a camera to IR, it was inevitable that I would visit this tree on a July day with plenty of clouds
July 7, 2013

Tonemapped HDR shot - Jan 1, 2012

Redfield Fractalius plugin for Photoshop
Jan 25, 2012

HDR processed shot (3 exposures including the first image on this posting)
Jun 22, 2012