Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Silverware photo by Ed Bacher

I certainly can't claim that this is an original image or idea, but the silver was lying out on the dining room table waiting to be put away, and I just grabbed my camera and shot a single frame; I like it.

Iceout at Lincoln Pond

Lincoln Pond, Amherst, New Hampshire. April 12 2008 photo by Ed Bacher

The ice on Lincoln Pond broke up just over a month ago. I was on my way to the dump and had my camera in the car. I saw it in color of course, but I think this works better as a black and white image.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Motel 6

The Motel 6 rate in Nashua just went up again, from $45.99 TO $49.99 in anticipation of the Memorial Day weekend. I don't think there will be much politics going on, so it must be the weather.

UPDATE (Friday, May 23): The price went up again to $59.99 today.
UPDATE (Tuesday, May 27): And back to $49.99 again.

Monday, May 12, 2008

NY Times on Mountain Biking in the White Mountains

Last Friday, the New York Times' Escapes section had a piece by Matt Furber, who spent several days riding around the White Mountains with some NEMBA (New England Mountain Biking Association) members.

Some riders have called North Conway the Moab of the East, even though it is a forest habitat rather than high desert. The area is more famous among road bikers because of the 7.6-mile Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb every August, or the annual Crank the Kanc, a hill climb that takes place along the Kancamagus Highway in late May.

Link to NY Times.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Joseph Elliott in Southern New Jersey

Whitesbog Village, Burlington Country, NJ

Southern New Jersey is peopled mostly by a half-mile wide strip of humanity along the shore and another crowd near Philadelphia to the west. In between are miles of pine barrens, tidal marshes, sand roads, cranberry bogs, and dozens of small rivers. It's mostly flat, so sometimes you can see all the way to the horizon.

If you want to read the classic work on this region, find John McPhee's The Pine Barrens.

Joseph Elliott took this picture near Whitesbog Village & Cranberry Bog, Whitesbog Road, Pemberton Township, Burlington County, NJ, for the HABS/HAER project. The year was not listed, but from the cars I saw in some of the pictures, it looks as though he took these pictures sometime since 1990. In any case, the terrain has not changed much in many years.