An end to house and tree

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Dead tree, Ruined house © Steven Willard

The tree just gave up and died, the house is for sale and will likely be torn down; it sits an a beautiful piece of land between Woodbury and Washington, Connecticut. The tree will be removed to make way for a much grander house. I’m not sure which affects me more.

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Olympus OMD-EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom, processed in Snapseed.

Post 4th of July

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In honor of 4th of July

For me the 4th of July used to be a much more colorful and joyous day. I miss those times when things weren’t so dark, when our country was more hopeful.

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Spring meadow

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Spring wildflowers and hay bales © Steven Willard

I had driven past this spot countless times knowing there should be a picture here, but always finding it lacking something, until this day. The wildflowers in front, the rolls of hay beyond, all lit by a soft overcast provided a shadowless effect.

Olympus OMD EM-1 with Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 zoom, processed in PS Express and Snapseed.

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Approaching Storm King

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Storm King Arts Center © Steven Willard

I finally got around to visiting Storm King Arts Center, which is located just north of West Point, about an hour from New York City. It was well worth the trip.

Panasonic Lumix GX85 with the Leica designed 15mm f1.7 lens.

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The Conversation

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The Conversation © Steven Willard

Panasonic Lumix GX85 with Lumix 45-150mm f4-5.6 zoom.

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Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park © Steven Willard

One of the most interesting places I’ve ever visited, Joshua Tree is about as different from the green, tree covered Connecticut where I have lived for more than twenty years as Mars is from Earth. Everywhere I pointed the camera there were more images to be had than time to make them. I could easily spend a week there.

Olympus EM-5 with the Olympus 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 II R kit zoom. Processed in Snapseed.

My Side Garden

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My Side Garden © Steven Willard

I have always liked the English country garden. Do you know what I’m talking about? Not the formal prissy things that need a full time gardener. No, I’m talking about the sort of garden one might find in front of a thatch roofed little place in some Cotswold village. The flowers would all be old fashioned, not something you are likely to find in the front pages of popular catalogs. The gardens always look just a bit disheveled, maybe “casual” is nearer the mark. I picture Miss Marple with an ancient trug* on her arm gathering blossoms for her table. The light is soft, just a slight breeze and the sound of a few bees working late as the sun starts to set on a late Spring evening.

*No, that is not a misspelling.

Olympus OMD EM5 with 15mm body cap lens. I processed the in camera black and white jpeg in PS EXpress and Snapseed. Can you tell I paid less than $20 for the lens? The gardeners among you will no doubt recognize that everything growing in my little patch is a weed, but aren’t they lovely?

Along the Housatonic River

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River Pothole, Kent Connecticut © Steven Willard

Just upstream of Bull’s Bridge, a covered bridge across the Housatonic River a few miles south of Kent, Connecticut, is a diversion dam operated by one of the electric companies. When the need arises they can virtually shut off water to the natural riverbed, and in the process, reveal a number of river potholes to the curious photographer. This is one of those locations that could keep a photographer coming back over and over, finding more potholes and perspectives, the limit being the alarm that sounds when they open the sluice gates and the sudden rush of water.

Pentax K10D with kit zoom.


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Leftovers, Woodbury, Connecticut

Cleaning up around the place and happened upon these remains from last year. I thought about rearranging them, but in the end I simply made a couple of exposures which I tried to develop to look like a platinum/palladium print using Snapseed on my iPad.

Pentax KIIs with 50mm f1.4 lens.

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