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Is It Always Winter Where You Take Pictures?

No, of course not.  I had a buyer ask me just that question though, regarding a collection of black and white imagery, which included quite a few infrared images.  Light reflected off certain materials, when photographed with an infrared sensitive camera (or rather one that is sensitive mostly to infrared and not to most of the visual spectrum we normally see) will indeed appear white, a bit like snow.  This is an approach to photography that has a long storied tradition. Infrared film, made mostly by Kodak and Ilford was the tool of choice.  Kodak no longer makes their brand.  The film was very difficult to use, but still (though I never had the chance to use it myself, or rather was never forced to use it myself), the results were often worth it. Why?  In my view, the mood.  Infrared speaks to us of other worldliness, or being out of the ordinary.  It captures beauty, tinged with just a touch of anxiety, a feeling one might expect when in an unusual place.  Perhaps anxiety is also a part of the spiritual sense of some places.  I happened to hear today about a new video game based on the work of Thoreau, arguably one of the best writers of all time when it came to describing the experience, the mood of being in nature.  A video game? Interesting concept.  I wonder if the gamers will be able to capture that complex sense of being alone in a beautiful wild place?  This image is from today, spring 2012, Connor Pond in Harvard Forest.  (Click on the image for a better view.)

You’ll see a new splash page when you open the site as well as a new banner at the top of my blog.   This is a panorama, not big enough for Gigapan I’m afraid, of the Harvard Pond, in Harvard Forest, Petersham.  This is a lovely spot, right off Route 122.  We happened to be driving by and noticed this beautiful island with some very interesting tress.  The autumn foliage colors made the day.  Harvard Forest is owned by Harvard College and represents a significant effort on their part to engage in ecological research and practice related to forest management.  This is a very worthwhile place and you can read more about it here:

http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/