We had a fairly nasty winter storm covering much of New England yesterday. Inland, it was just another snow storm. On the coast, the seas sadly became a lethal hazard. My home is blessed with a back yard that faces conservation land just twenty feet or so from our back windows. Until the snow covered the windows, we could see into the forest and experience the storm in a way that was very intimate. I don’t do well with enforced staying at home, but the forest offered some considerable solace.
You have to admire the ability of nature to withstand it’s own barrage. Were we all so resilient.
Technical Note: These images were made with 6K photo on a Panasonic GH5. It is perfect for capturing action like this. You hold the shutter down for several seconds capturing thirty 18 mp. jpgs. You can review the individual images in capture and save those that may have appeal. It’s a fascinating strategy that I suspect has a great deal of utility for a variety of situations, particularly family and sports.
It is Memorial Day in the United States. This is a day on which we remember those we have lost. In particular of course we remember those who sacrificed so much to maintain our freedoms and our way of life, as well as our family members and friends. I don’t handle loss particularly well, but I am reminded on days like this that we have a great deal to be thankful for, so I’ll take it in that direction. Here’s a very short video I made recently of something for which we all should be grateful (or at least those of us who are lucky enough to have access to it) fresh drinking water. This is from Fever Brook as it cuts its way through the Federated Women’s Club State Forest in New Salem, Massachusetts. Fever Brook feeds into the Quabbin Reservoir, source of drinking water for much of Eastern Massachusetts. Our drinking water exists in large measure because of the sacrifice of those who came before us. Sacrifice, painful as it is, is what makes all of what we value possible. (This video looks infinitely better in HD, but if you don’t have a good connection, hit the HD button in the lower right and you’ll see it at a lower resolution.)
Tech Note: This video was actually shot on the new Panasonic GH4, in 4K believe. It is then down sampled to give a better looking HD video, at least that’s the theory. We’re still working on the implementation here I think but you will hopefully see some better work in the future.