Rustic Bridge

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I spent a nice day at Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, NH. This bridge spanned one of the ponds.

Beaver Brook is an environmental center with 2100 acres of conservation land, 30 miles of mapped trails which are open free to the public 365 days per year dawn to dusk. Hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, dogs on a leash are allowed on designated trails. Educational programs are offered year round for all ages. Our naturalists visit schools, libraries and other groups. –  Information on Facebook  Page

Rustic Bridge by John Poltrack on





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I was cold all day with the exception of the opportunity to play some music with local folks at a music jam. After a relatively warm winter, I awoke to a sub zero temperature (Fahrenheit). It seems like a good idea to post some warm photos. We attended a wedding in Bimini in May of 2009. Here are a few photos depicting warmer climes. Enjoy.

Sky, Water and Sand by John Poltrack on
Sky, Ocean and Land


Bimini Beach by John Poltrack on


Three Views of Cape Cod

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Good morning, it is a chilly 17 degrees but the snow stopped in time for our first in the nation presidential primary.  I was lucky enough to see a few of the candidates in town meetings and rallies.

Today’s post features three ecosystems in Cape Cod.

Cliff Pond by John Poltrack on
Tree by Cliff Pond at Nickerson State Park


Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon Sanctuary in Wellfleet, MA


5 AM by John Poltrack on
Morning at Coast Guard Beach


Marconi Beach

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Brrrr, 16 degrees (-9 C) outside. Many of you have to dig out of snow drifts this morning Surprisingly here in New Hampshire I see bare ground in the back yard which is fine with me.

The photo theme for today is #BeachSunday and I’m including some photos from 2013.  In just 6 months all that snow will be gone and you’ll be on a beach somewhere.

Marconi Beach
I’m not a fan of crowds, but I love the beach. My strategy is to take a stroll until it thins out a bit.
Marconi Beach
Marconi Beach in Wellfleet
Marconi Beach
July 24, 2013

Beach Sunday

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Good morning readers, did you have your coffee yet?

The winter continues to be weird here in New Ipswich. It’s January 10th and it is raining, not snowing. Temperatures are comfortably above freezing. It’s not natural.

The photo theme for today is Beach Sunday. I’ve gone into the archives and picked a few analog photos that I took on the West Coast when I was in the Navy. In retrospect I wish I had taken notes about the exact dates and locations for these photos, I can only guess.

Click on any photo to open the Beach Album of photos.


California Girls by John Poltrack on
California Girls


La Jolla 1970 by John Poltrack on
La Jolla


Beach Stroll by John Poltrack on
A stroll along the Oregon Coastline


No Surf by John Poltrack on
No Surf


Driftwood by John Poltrack on
Pacific Northwest


Sunset at First Encounter Beach

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Good Morning, it’s a chilly 37(F) degrees outside. I may already be tired of winter and it hasn’t even arrived. I’ll post a photo taken in warmer days.

I’ve been experimenting with various WordPress blogging themes which give this page its appearance. Themes are style sheets that control the layout of the menus and sidebars. Since this is primarily a photo blog, I was looking for the best way to display images, however I also wanted the functionality of the sidebars. It’s impossible to do both with limited real-estate.

However today I discovered that I enable to image to link to its hosting location which will show the original image. In this photo the image lives in the Google Cloud. So what does this mean to you dear reader.

Simple, if you want to see a larger version of a photo simply click on it.

I’ve only done this with only a couple of  photos but will eventually retrofit more. I’ve added a white border around the enabled photos to indicated that they are linked.Try it and let me know what you think.

…. and stay warm, think summer.

First Encounter
Sunset at First Encounter Beach in Eastham, MA

Long Beach on Vancouver Island

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Going through the archives I discovered some photos taken in the 1980s when we traveled to Vancouver Island to visit family. These are a good choice for the photo theme #CoastalThursday. Sadly like so many of my slides the dyes had deteriorated before I was able to scan them into a digital format.

Long Beach
Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is very typical to see a large amount of timber along the shoreline. This beach is quite popular with surfers. In this shot the mountains are obscured by the clouds.
Long Beach
Long Beach is the largest beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Fire Island Sunrise – September 21, 2014

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Good morning readers,

We attended a family wedding in September of 2014 at Fire Island in New York. It was a great affair, but I was especially taken with the beauty of the landscape. I would awake to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic. Wonderful place.

Photograph Fire Island by John Poltrack on 500px