Category Archives: Environment

February 2018 Wallpaper

You may have seen this photo on my Instagram feed.  I mentioned that we had found a waterfall nearby.  I realized afterwards that the photograph gave the impression that this bit of falling water was the waterfall….  Oh no….

A few weeks ago Betsy and I were taking a short hike in the land behind our home in Fitchburg (we share a border with some power lines and then Cogshall Park).  Back in the fall I had ventured over to a section with Cayla (our grand-daughter) but it dropped into a steep ravine and I thought it might be a bit much for her.

I knew there was a stream at the bottom so we thought it would be nice to see it.  Indeed there is a wonderful brook running through the woods.

Downstream would head into private property and, eventually, Route 2.  So we headed upstream.

And we were greeted by a 40-50 foot waterfall!

While it is rather difficult to get to, suffice it to say that I’ll be exploring this jewel in my “backyard” quite a bit in the coming months…   Indeed these photos were taken about a week after the “discovery” when we had a bit of snow falling.

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Technical: Fujifilm X-T2, Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8, 1/10 at f/16, ISO 200.  Gitzo Tripod. RRS ballhead.  NEOS Overshoes.  Processed with Lightroom CC.  Basic contrast tweaks given the wide dynamic range of the snow and dark rocks (shadows +57, whites +3, blacks -18, clarity +34).  Mild masked sharpening.

December 2017 Wallpaper

Winter, so far this year, is coming in like a lamb with crisp mornings vs. snowy storms.  Best wishes to everyone for a happy and safe holiday season.

Here are your wallpaper options:

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Technical: Canon 1D Mark II, 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/250 @ f/4, ISO 400.  Processed with Lightroom CC.  Camera Landscape profile, minor exposure tweaks (whites +25, blacks -35), linear tone curve, somewhat aggressive masked sharpening (+100), masked clarity (+20).  Apparently I missed a dust spot.  Sigh!

November 2017 Wallpaper

We were on vacation the first week of November in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We visited 5 National Wildlife Refuges (and could have easily added another 3 or 4 if we had the time).   While, sadly, the migrating birds had yet to arrive we enjoyed the bears at Alligator River NWR and this peaceful sunset at Pea Island NWR.

(As long as I have your attention…  Our National Wildlife Refuge system is currently under attack by the current congress and administration.  Please consider supporting organizations like the National Wildlife Refuge Association, League of Conservation Voters, and others that are trying to give a voice to these precious national (and global) assets.)

Here are your wallpaper options:

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

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Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

Technical: Fujifilm X-T2,  XF 100-400mm f/5.6 at 230mm; 1/3200 at f/10, ISO 200.  Processed with Lightroom CC, minor contrast tweaks, medium contrast curve.

October 2017 Wallpaper

Autumn painting the landscape along the Assabet River in 2008.   Here’s hoping this year is as colorful.

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Technical: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 at 70mm; 1/200 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200.  Handheld from a kayak.  Processed with Lightroom CC, Camera Faithful profile, strong contrast curve, vibrance +15, clarity: +25, masked sharpening.

September 2017 Wallpaper

Cedar Waxwings are particularly handsome birds and they were plentiful on Aziscohos Lake a few weeks ago.  They tend to travel in flocks and a group of them were bouncing around on an island as we paddled by.

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Technical: Fujifilm X-T2, Fuji XF100-400mm at 400mm, 1/640 at f/5.6, ISO 400, handheld from kayak.  A small amount of processing in Lightroom CC: masked sharpening, clarity +8, whites +20, green luminosity -10 (just enough to make the birds pop a bit more), linear contrast curve.