|Hampton Beach Dawn|
Yesterday was a busy photographic day and it reminded me of an
axiom that I first heard in college; "Some days you eat the bear, other days the bear eats you.". One of the things that makes photography exciting is that, despite all your efforts, you don't always get what you hoped for, it just makes the occasional successes much sweeter. Yesterday started and end with disappointment, but as always you have to make the most of what is given. At least in this case the unfortunate lack of Snowy Owls in the morning and the agonizing Patriot's loss sandwiched the
the Frozen Sections
Quest for the Snowy
With all the excitement about the unusual numbers of Snowy Owls along the mid New England coast, I decided to come over early to try to capture these remarkably beautiful birds. I have been following the great images from a number of my new friends in the New England Photography Guild, and although I have always been only an accidental bird photographer, I had to give it a shot. I rolled out of bed at 4AM and got to the New Hampshire coast at 6:30, just before sunrise. I slowly cruised the shore from Seabrook to Rye, stopping
|NH Marine War Memorial|
Eventually duty called and I had to reluctantly surrender the search and report to the Casino where the Plungers were gathering. Photographing the Plunge primarily involves getting shots of the excited folk enthusiastically running to the water, which was an unusually toasty 42 degrees, and shots of the triumphant and numb faces as they run back up the beach to the welcoming towels. The event is exciting and the plungers have a surprisingly great time, but, thank you very much, I will stick to the Photography. Once again this year our Frozen Sections won the "Super Flock Award" for raising the most money, over 32 thousand dollars, but the Special Olympics was the big winner raising a total of over 500 thousands dollars. For more about the Plunge you can check out my blog from last year.
|Frozen Sections Victorious|
The primary focus of the trip home was trying to stay awake. Thank goodness for books on tape and a mix of photography and political podcasts. Despite the exhaustion, I couldn't resist stopping to check out a favorite brook just off route 9 in Antrim New Hampshire.I was rewarded with a nice cascading flow and interesting light. Finally something worked out the way I had hoped.
|North Branch River|
As for the Super Bowl, all I can say is that we hosted a nice group of friends, the food was excellent, the game was exciting and the ending sucked. I guess some days the bear does eat you.
|Only Birds in Sight|
Well done Jeff and at least you were there to enjoy a wonderful sunrise. To me there is nothing better than being up to watch the sunrise. Of course ask me that a 6AM when I'm enjoying the warmth of my nice warm bed and I might give you a different answer... :-)ReplyDelete
Great post Jeff. I know the feeling of disappointment of not finding a Snowy owl. I was fortunate to find one on my first outing here in Southeast MA, but when I returned a few weeks later, the elusive owls escaped me!ReplyDelete
Clouds or not, you captured a beautiful sunrise........love the lighting on the statue images......the plunge images are just plain fun......and your last image is beautiful. You were lucky to get some snow with the winter we are having (or not having) :-)