Nature Notes

November 27, 2009

A painterly approach

Filed under: France,Processing Tips — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
After the flood

After the flood

It had rained for a few days before the town of Argenton-sur-Creuse flooded. This is the day after and the skies are finally beginning to clear.

Argenton-sur-Creuse is a beautiful town in the Loire valley region of France.

I processed this in what I thought of as a painterly style. A bit of HDR to bring out shadow detail, especially of the trees, and a find edges filter to provide lots of contrast.


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November 26, 2009

Hamilton Falls: Vermont Waterfalls

Filed under: Vermont,Waterfalls — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am


Hamilton Falls: Vermont Waterfalls

Hamilton Falls: Vermont Waterfalls

This is one of the best waterfalls in Vermont. To reach it, Route 30 to West Townshend and go north on Windham Hill Road about 4.3 miles. Turn west on Burbee Pond Road for a a mile and west on West Windham Road. Drive for about 2.8 miles and look for a  a small sawmill on your right just after a sharp bend to the right. The short trail is on the other side of the road.

This falls slips between a worn channel in the rock in a spectacular fashion. Be very careful, this can be a dangerous place as evidenced by the sign which is there. (See image below).

GPS Location: N:43.13677 W:72.76350

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Warning: It can be dangerous to view and photograph waterfalls. The footing can be wet and slippery, and an accidental fall can result in serious injury or death. Note also that many sections of waterfalls are on private property. Please respect these rights.


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November 25, 2009

Synesthesia

Filed under: General — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
The Color of Music

The Color of Music

Mixed Senses

To view the air instead of merely hear
it. See it wrap its arms around my waist
and brush its slender fingers on my face
and hair. If I could hear the colors, how
would red or blue appear? Would one be round,
the other having sharpened edges? (I
think blue would be the less abrasive.) Just
to taste the sound of trumpet, strong and with
a little tang of vinegar. To feel
the smell of mud, that musky memory
producing scent! And fragrances of thought;
would hatred smell as ugly as it feels,
and love as clear and crystal clean as I
suppose? What could I write with thoughts like those?

A wonderful poem from Patricia Emerson Mitchell at the pattyo

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November 23, 2009

Kidder Hill Covered Bridge, Vermont

Filed under: Covered Bridge,Vermont — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 8:24 am


Kidder Hill Covered Bridge, Vermont

When Built: 1870

Builders: Unknown

Description: On a quiet road near the village of Grafton.

GPS Position: N:43.16894 W:72.60523

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This is part of a series on Vermont’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

 

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November 20, 2009

MallardXBlack Duck Hybrid

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

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In eastern North America, this is one of the most common hybrids. This may be due to the fact that the two species are considered close genetically, in fact some have suggested that the Amercian Black Duck is merely a color variation of the Mallard.

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Mallard X Black Duck Hybrid

Mallard X Black Duck Hybrid


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November 19, 2009

Intersex Mallard

Filed under: Morphism,Ontario — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

Intersex Mallard

Intersex Mallard

I saw the bird above in the Hamilton harbor area, here in Southern Ontario. It is a wintering area for waterfowl and it is not unusual to see hybrids of Mallard and American Black Duck. However this bird seems to show only Mallard characteristics, although some male and some female.

A little research shows that this is not unknown and that is probably a female Mallard with decreased estrogen.

Joseph Morlan was kind enough to send me some links to information on this.

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/feb00.htm

http://users.utu.fi/hlehto/photo/color/anapla_koirasnaaras.shtml


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November 18, 2009

Hall Covered Bridge, Vermont

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Hall Covered Bridge, Vermont

Hall Covered Bridge, Vermont

When Built: 1982 rebuild of the 1870 original

Builders: Unknown for the original, the rebuilt was by Milton Graton and Associations

Description: The original was destroyed by an overloaded truck in 1980. The replacement was completed in 1982, built in the authentic manner.

Hall Covered Bridge

Hall Covered Bridge

This is part of a series on Vermont’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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November 17, 2009

Photoshop Tutorial – Polar coordinates

Filed under: Photoshop Tutorial — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

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A few days ago I posted a HDR image of a Ukrainian Church. I had some fun in photoshop to produce the above. If you would like to try it, you need to have an image which is relatively plain on the top and the bottom, and the middle portion is at about the same level on each side, because they will eventually be joined.

Here is the procedure

Go to Image>Image Size and make your image square ( you need to have Constrain Proportions Unchecked)

Flip the image over Image>Image Rotation>Flip Canvas Vertical

Filter>Distort>Polar coordinates (Check rectangular to polar)

Now you need to do some cleanup to get everything to match.

That’s it. Have fun.

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Index to Photoshop Tutorials.

This tutorial is a part of the Photoshop Workflow Series


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