2016 Retrospective

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I have 9,326 photos that were created in 2016 (not counting the ones that I’ll be taking on New Years Eve).  Some of those were scanned from older photos, some were screenshots, or downloads. A lot of the files were duplicates or bracketed shots for HDR. I ignored those and chose a subset for a retrospective of the year. It was an election year and I have a few photos of some of the candidates, even one of the guy that won. Enjoy the tour.

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October

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December

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Lula Wiles Concert in New Ipswich

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Lula  Wiles performed many of their songs at a summer party in New Ipswich, NH.

The party was held in celebration of their newly released CD of original songs.

Lula Wiles
LULA WILES is Isa Burke: vocals, fiddle, acoustic and electric guitars Ellie Buckland: vocals, fiddle, acoustic guitar Mali Obomsawin: vocals, bass, acoustic guitar

Time for a Climb — New Hampshire Garden Solutions

It’s blueberry picking time in these parts so last Saturday I thought I’d visit one of our most popular blueberry picking sites and get a climb in as well. The day was supposed to be hot and humid as so many have lately so I got up early and headed out to Pitcher Mountain in […]

via Time for a Climb — New Hampshire Garden Solutions

Spatterdock Pond

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Good morning,

Last weekend I took a short walk around the wildlife pond at Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, NH. I parked at the area right off of Route 130. The trails are well marked and I opted to take the wildlife trail. A few folks were fishing and lots of people were taking advantage of the nice weather. I plan to measure the distance on my next visit and will update this posting to reflect that.

It is a bit early for the spring flowers such as trillium to emerge, but noticed these lily pads with a purple hue. I saw a log that was covered with resting painted turtles but I didn’t have a telephoto to capture the shot. It is a great place and I plan to visit again.

Beaver Brook Pond Hike by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Spatterdock Pond, note the purplish lily pads and one of the beaver lodges

 

Lowly Weeds

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This year folks will dose their lawns with gallons of broadleaf herbicides in their vain attempt to eliminate certain flowers they consider weeds. Personally I’m in awe of how these plants can continue to survive in the midst of the onslaught of chemical warfare.

I’ll never have the pristine solid carpet of green that one sees on advertisements, but I can do get the opportunity to look closely at these “weeds”.

Taraxacum officinale by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Dandelion the king of lawn weeds, time to make some wine

 

White Violet by John Poltrack on 500px.com
I see a number of both white and purple violets in my lawn. Time for a flower salad

 

White Ledges

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Good Morning from the Granite State,

There is plenty of granite to be seen in New Hampshire and what can’t be seen will found when one attempts to plant a garden. Recently I heard of an outcropping of white stone in nearby Temple, New Hampshire. With the help of a few folks on Facebook and a passing motorist, I found White Ledges on Kendall Road.

It is a short hike along a beautiful tree lined road next to field to the Ledges. I was told to be underwhelmed but the walk was delighful and I saw a number of people walking their dogs.

Logging  Allée by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Nice walk, no black flies biting, but I did see them fluttering around

 

White Ledges by John Poltrack on 500px.com
First indication of the Ledge. at the end of the path

 

White Ledges by John Poltrack on 500px.com
I’m guessing that the rock is smoky quartz with a touch of rose quartz. It covered an extensive area and is clearly visible on a satellite view on Google mapssatellite view on Google maps

 

White Ledges by John Poltrack on 500px.com
A touch of other color

 

White Ledges by John Poltrack on 500px.com
I wonder how deep this ledge goes

 

White Ledges by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Along the ridgeline

 

White Ledges by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Lone tree

 

White Ledges by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Nature prevails as this lichen grows on pure rock

 

Goats

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Good morning,

I was browsing through some photos the other day when I came across a few from 2014 taken when I visited Susan Durville in New Ipswich to see her baby goats. These little guys were so much fun to watch as they bounced around fighting for the milk. Her goats were as interested in me as I was in them, what fun.

Feeding baby goats by John Poltrack on 500px.com
You can guess by my expression how much I enjoyed this opportunity to feed these cute little guys

 

The Spokesman by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Billy, the spokesman had a few words to say

 

Goats by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Giving me the eye

 

Antler by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Antler

 

What time is it? by John Poltrack on 500px.com
What time is it?

 

Down on the Farm by John Poltrack on 500px.com
I would be remiss as a photographer if I didn’t click a shot of a weathered barn

 

Impermanence

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The Drepung Gomang monks created a peace mandala which was dismantled with a closing ceremony held at Mariposa Museum in Peterbrough, NH. The colored sands were swept up to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. A portion of the sand was given to the guests and the remainder carried in a procession by the monks to the conjunction of the Contoocook and Nubanusit River, where it was ceremonially poured to disperse the healing energies of the mandala throughout the world.

Peace Mandala by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Completed Peace Mandala

 

Peace Mandala by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Going

 

Peace Mandala by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Going

 

Peace Mandala by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Gone

 

Ceremony at the Nubanusit River by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Depot Square Park where the Nubansit and Contoocook Rivers meet

 

Ceremony at the Nubanusit River by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Blessing for the world

 

 

Tulipa

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Emerging Tulips by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Garden bed at All Saints Episcopal Church in Peterborough, NH

I was pleased to see this bed of tulips looked so healthy. It is not the case in my garden. After a mild winter, my daffodils and daylilies sprouted a bit early. Around Easter the daffodils had well developed flower buds, just on the verge of opening.Then we got an unseasonably cold evening in the low teens. The plants went limp, not dead but hurting. Even the daylilies which are as strong as iron show signs of yellowing.

I’m not sure if any damage was inflicted on my Star Magnolia flower buds, but hopefully not. There is just no way to depend on New England weather.