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.

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

 

October

November

December

Throwback Thursday December 2008

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Like many of you I’m getting a bit tired of winter. Our snowfalls have been light and fluffy, which was not the case in December of 2008 when we were devastated with our ice storm. After our power was disabled the temperature plummeted and it started to snow. That was winter to remember.
If I had a choice I would pick snow over ice every time.

Bob Kincaid’s truck did not fare well against this maple tree

Warm up the generators

A common scene in that December

The ice was thick and heavy 
Encased in Ice
My Road

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Goodbye Marcus, who’s next?

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A fond farewell to Winter Storm Marcus. They are already predicting another storm for this weekend. Yikes. what a year.

Thanks for the calories, really enjoy this

A Chickadee ponders his (her?) environment

Could this possibly be a sign of Spring?

Red bellied Woodpecker gives me the eye
Weird name because his belly is not red, just his head

Getting deep out there

Along Taylor Road
Property is now owned by Field of Dreams

From the 2010 archives – Faith and Lynda doing some maple sugaring
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Time for Snowshoes

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Woke to some “brisk” temperatures. It was below zero (F) this morning here in New Ipswich. But yesterday the temperatures were relatively mild (balmy 20s) during a snow storm and we had the opportunity to don some snowshoes and venture out.
Relatively mild temperatures while we broke the trail through the woods.
I was reminded again that different muscles are used when snowshoeing. Sore today.

Easy to spot my neighbor and her dogs in snow

Not much traffic this morning

Snow is getting deeper and more is expected this weekend

Bridge is out on Taylor Road and as a result the plows cannot get through
This is “Mount Taylor” you can barely see  the sign Bridge Closed sign

Angelika ascending Mount Taylor

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Brrr, it’s cold in New Ipswich

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It has finally warmed up to 0 degrees F. I don’t relish going outside to remove a mountain of snow from the cars. But winter does have a certain beauty. With this last snow I will definitely get a chance to don some snowshoes and take a walk around. It’s a great way to get around, good exercise that warms you up and let’s you get into the woods. These are a collection of photos taken in previous years, new ones to come.

Ollie Niemi walking his dog across Smithville dam in February 2013
This dog loves to run in the snow

Snowshoeing along the Souhegan River in New Ipswich

Wind effects

Windbreak

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Throwback Thursday (Snowstorm Edition)

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We were spared the fury of Snowstorm Juno here in New Ipswich. We got about 18 inches of fluffy snow, didn’t lose power, and didn’t have high winds. For #ThrowbackThursday I’m taking a look at previous snow events.
I wasn’t too keen on this snow business back in 1947
Stamford, CT

A flashback photo taken at Windblown X-County Ski area here in New Ipswich
We rented these antiques from the lodge
An ordeal getting those bindings on

This is the way to throw snow
My neighbor cleared my driveway in about 3 minutes
This was winter storm Nemo
Februaru 2013

My son clears away our Subaru after Nemo
Much easier with Juno
Morning Walk cold but beautiful
Damsite 35 New Ipswich
Harley takes Ollie for their morning walk in New Ipswich
February 2013

Ollie Niemi enjoying the snow (I think)
Snowstorm Saturn
March 2013
New Ipswich, NH

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Not so deep in the catalog – March Madness 2008

2185 days ago in New Boston, NH

I am approaching the mid point of this decade of digital photos. 2008 gave us some very interesting weather, starting with a prodigious amount of snow in March and ending with one of the worse ice storms ever. Here are some photos taken in New Boston on March 2, 2008.

A winter’s view

Buried

Running out of room to move it

The tunnel to the garage

These shots were taken at my mother’s house in New Boston on March 3, 2008

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Deep in the catalog – March 2, 2007

2519 days ago

It is brisk 0 degrees F this morning. Last night while adjusting the downstairs thermostat to RAISE the temperature, I inadvertently turned the damn thing off. I awoke to a chilly 52 degrees (F). The good news is that the pipes didn’t freeze. Making the slow climb back. 
Today I’m posting some photos from March to make you dream that winter will end and we’ll be back to the warm pleasant days.
Winter doesn’t end in March

Note the snow is blowing SIDEWAYS!

John leads the way followed by faithful “Bud” the dog
Our morning walk over the Flood Control Dam in Smithville

Dick Martin’s house in New Ipswich
A classic New England colonial

Deep in the catalog – February 23, 2007

2524 days ago

My morning walk with John and Angelika
In 2007 their son would get to ride in the backpack
Our criteria for walking is that he temperature had to be at least 10 degrees F

As I write this, the thermometer is hovering at 8!

Angelika’s dog Bud would accompany us on our walks for several years
He would brave any weather even as he grew more infirm
There is a lesson for all of us with this attitude. Don’t give up!

Deep in the catalog – December 8, 2004

3307 days ago

Lunenburg Church
I was on my way to work in Marlboro, MA
I’m glad I had my camera with me, because you just never know what you might see

1/500sec  f/7.1
Canon PowerShot A80 (Point and Shoot)