The Greater Boston Soaring Club has been using Sterling Airport as its base for years. Tonight I spent an hour and 375 photos watching the gliders lift off and land. There is a single tow plane that pulls a glider into the clouds using a rather skimpy nylon rope. When the glider is at an appropriate altitude, the glider pilot will disconnect. To see them land a few feet away is not what grabs you. What stays with you is the sound as they approach, Open your mouth a bit and gently breath out - that is the sound they make. Stealth! And then to know they have one chance to hit the landing. Just one chance. Although they take off from a narrow strip of black-top, they land quietly on the grass.
Nikon D610, 1/1000 second at F/22, ISO 400, 28mm (28-300mm) - 4049
Such a nice day today after the storms yesterday afternoon. Always seems that a storm blows away the humidity and brings us fair weather. This is Wachusett Reservoir from a vantage point I had never visited. Beyond the ridiculous high-tension wires, you can follow the shore line for quite a ways. It's quite peaceful and beautiful. Liked this color combination. Next time, I will need to get in the habit of taking a garbage bag with me for all the trash the fishermen leave - it baffles my mind.
Nikon D610, 1/250 at F/22, ISO 400, 30mm (17-35mm) - 3961
We have lived in this house for near 40 years and we have never seen hail like we saw today. The storms that passed through this afternoon were pretty ferocious leaving a half inch of hail on our deck and in our yard. It has caused its own weather system deep in the woods. We do not know what lurks in the fog of the forest so we tread no further. A couple was headed down this path towards the Bog of Poutwater Pond. Fare thee well.
Nikon D610, 1/15 second at f/13, ISO 400, 28mm (28-300mm) - 3920
I am not an early riser, never have been, suspect I never will be. So, in summer, I need to find special light after sunrise. I went looking for it this morning, not too early, but early enough that the sun was still low in the sky. The green reflection of these bushes drenched over the slow moving river really caught my eye. It is peaceful, calming and easy on the eyes and the spirit. You can almost hear the quiet just for looking.
Nikon D610, 1/45 second at f/19, ISO 400, 300mm (28-300mm) - 3886
The similarities between the Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion, the largest helicopter in the military, and this beast is uncanny. Look it up. The wing design is a bit different, but the capabilities are the same. Lift, forward, backward, left, right and hover. The complexity of the muscular configuration of this dragon fly is remarkable. Insects of all kinds like to catch the rays of the early morning sun, not unlike us. Happy to share morning coffee with this super stallion.
Nikon D-610, 1/250 second at f/22, ISO 400, 105mm - 3829
Even though we have been cooking Italian dishes all week and I am shopping for a Fiat 500 (seriously), we miss Italy very much. We haven't been back a week and it almost seems like a dream that we were even there. We needed to refresh our spirit and get a serious taste of Italy so we went to Boston and shopped at the Haymarket Farmers Market on Blackstone and Hanover Street. It wasn't Campo de' Fiori, and the variety of local vegetables were not what you can find in Rome, but it is pretty fantastic and the best we have. We ended with lunch at one of our favorites in the North End, Ristorante Sareceno. I must admit, if I can't be in Rome, Boston is a great place to be! Molto Bene!
Nikon D610, 1/30 second at f/9.5, ISO 100, 17mm (17-35mm) - 3736
I am Robert McKay Jones, a photographer from Sterling, Massachusetts and North Fort Myers, FL. I take photographs almost every day. I post my favorites here.