Photographic Thoughts — 05/21/2023 to 05/27/2023

“Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.” — Tony Benn

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

This week’s adventures.

Sunday, 05/21/2023: Posted photo — Angel of Patience

The Angel of Patience statue by Design Toscano is a majestic sculpture. Patience is the ability to endure delay, trouble, or suffering without getting upset. This statue is in one of the gardens at our church. I took this photo between masses while selling cakes for the Relay for Life.

Flower of the day: Alyssum

This aromatic bloom emits a tranquil, spiritual vibe that promotes emotional equilibrium. Apart from being a symbol of beauty, the sweet alyssum protects the wearer from dangerous situations.

Monday, 05/22/2023: Posted photo — Hiking/Newt/Big Dipper.

Monday night is hiking night. Here is a photo of some of the members of the group of hikers I lead tonight. I took them on some of the more difficult trails. Some people may consider Wachusett Mountain not a difficult mountain to hike. I could bring them on some trails that would change their minds.

During the hike, I came across a newt. A newt is a salamander. The terrestrial juvenile phase is called an eft. Newts are semiaquatic, alternating between aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

When I arrived back home from my hike, I saw the big dipper. My phone has a night sky feature so I tried it out on the big dipper.

Flower of the day: Lady Slipper

At one of the trail junctions, we saw some Lady Slippers. A Pink lady’s slipper is a large, showy wildflower belonging to the orchid family. It has two opposite basal leaves with conspicuous parallel veins and a large flower at the end of an erect stalk. The flower is magenta to whitish-pink; sometimes the whitish pink flowers will have darker pink venation. Rarely the flower may be all white. This plant grows 6 to 15 inches tall and flowers generally between May and July. (

Tuesday, 05/23/2023: Posted photo — St Anne and Mary.

Saint Anne is the mother of Mary. There were two churches in Ashburnham, St Annes and St Denis. St Annes Church had to close due to safety reasons and this statue was moved to St Denis.

Flower of the day: Lavender

Lavender is a well-known and fragrant perennial plant that will come back every year with gray-green foliage, upright flower spikes, and a compact shrub form. It will grow at a moderate pace, often adding a few inches to its size each year. Lavender can be toxic to pets like dogs and cats.

Wednesday, 05/24/2023: Posted photo — Jack Frost Trail.

Jack Frost is a bipolar trail on Wachusett Mountain. The lower part of Jack Frost is flat, the middle section is what I consider the third most difficult climb on the mountain, and the last third is a mixture of easier and harder sections. A few years ago, the blazes were changed to have a paw print in them. This phot was taken just before the hard section of the trail.

Flower of the day: Azalea

I put out a description of an azalea a few weeks ago. These azaleas are on one of the hiking trails on the mountain. These look different than the ones that I had previously posted. It might be because of the altitude difference between my yard and this location.

Thursday, 05/25/2023: Posted photo — NH 4K Scroll.

As you may or may not know, I have hiked all the 4000+ feet tall mountains in New Hampshire for the second time, completing it last year just after I finished rehab of my ankle. Besides getting a patch to put on my pack, the AMC send out scrolls. There was a banquet to receive your scroll. I could not attend so it was mailed to me, arriving today.

Flower of the day: Lupine

Lupine is a plant of the pea family with deeply divided leaves and tall colorful tapering spikes of flowers.

Friday, 05/26/2023: Post photo — Monument.

There is a memorial at the summit of Wachusett Mountain dedicated to the 10th mountain division. Since Memorial Day is approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to post.

Flower of the day: Pansy

Pansies are the cheerful flowers with upturned “faces.” They love cool weather and are popular to grow in spring and fall. They’re also edible, adding color to salads, drinks, and cakes. Here’s how to plant pansies and keep them growing and blooming.

Saturday, 05/27/2023: Post photo — Sycamore Tree.

I think this is a sycamore tree. The sycamore tree is an immense durable tree with a rapid growth rate and expansive root system. It has an upright, pyramidal crown when young and as it matures develops a rounded, irregular form, with a scaffold of large diameter branches. The most unique feature of the sycamore tree is its camouflage-looking bark. (,is%20its%20camouflage%2Dlooking%20bark).

Flower of the day: Sweet William

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is a short-lived, herbaceous perennial or biennial with a height of about 2 feet that is often planted as an annual flower. The flowering plant, with average pointed green leaves, is ideal for use in cottage gardens, perennial beds, or containers. The flowers come in many vibrant shades and are attractive to pollinators like butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. (

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Photographic Thoughts — 05/14/2023 to 05/20/2023

“The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.” — Susan Meiselas

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

Happy Mother’s Day to all who are mothers and who care for others as if they were mothers.

More flower and plant educational posts this week.

Sunday, 05/14/2023: Posted photo — Mother’s Day.

I love this photo and I post it almost every year for Mother’s Day. This is my mother bringing home my youngest brother in 1968. No there is not three sets of twins, just one. I am a twin and am one of the small boys next to my mother. The tall two are the oldest, three years apart. The middle two are numbers three and four, three years apart from them and the number two. Then there is five years between the middle ones and me and my twin and then three years between me and our youngest brother.

Flower of the day: Sand Cherry

The Purpleleaf Sand Cherry boasts deep maroon foliage well accented with white and fuschia blooms in its growing season. This is a low maintenance, medium sized shrub. It tends to establish itself very quickly. This sand cherry is at my in-law’s house.

Monday, 05/15/2023: Posted photo — Robert Goddard.

“In 1926 Robert Goddard was considered crazy when he launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket from his Aunt Effie’s farm. The Auburn Rotary Club felt that the Rocket Man deserved recognition on the landscape, so it built Goddard Park, which opened in 1970. Unable to afford a NASA rocket as a centerpiece, the Club instead settled for a Polaris Missile. Although visually satisfying, the missile is, awkwardly, a solid-fueled rocket.”

Robert Goddard was born a few streets away from where I grew up in Worcester, MA. My friends and I would often ride our bikes by his childhood home, daydreaming about what it must have been for him to launch that first rocket. This is the same Robert Goddard that the Goddard Space Flight Center is named after.

I have visited Goddard Park many times as a child and was in the area today and decided to make the Polaris Missile and the full-size replica of his rocket my photos for today.

Flower of the day: Fiddlehead

Technically a fern, fiddleheads are sweet like asparagus, grassy and snappy like a great green bean, with a touch of broccoli stem. They grow in the month of May in this area. Fiddleheads are rich in potassium, iron, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Tuesday, 05/16/2023: Posted photo — Dragon Fruit.

Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit that’s low in calories and high in fiber and antioxidants. Some people say it tastes like a cross between a pear and a kiwi. You can slice and eat the fruit as-is, try it with yogurt, or add it to a smoothie or salad. I did not pick one up to try. I wanted to do some research on them before purchasing to see how to eat them. Next time I go shopping, and if they are still in the store, I will purchase on and report out on how they taste.

Flower of the day: Canna

Cannas are spectacular summer bulbs that thrive in the heat of July and August. Sometimes called “canna lilies,” these perennials are unrelated to true lilies. In warm climates (USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10), canna bulbs can be left in the ground over winter, and the plants perform reliably as perennials, coming back year after year. These cannas were in a flow assembly ready for purchase at one of the stores that I shop on Tuesdays.

Monday night is hiking night and Tuesday night is shopping night every week.

Wednesday, 05/17/2023: Posted photo — Oak Pollen.

It’s the time of year that trees start to bloom. We have may hardwoods in our yard. This is some of the pollen from our oak trees. Out yard is covered with this pollen, and it will take a few windy days and hours of yardwork to get rid of it all.

Flower of the day: Phlox

Phlox is one of those dependable summer flowers any large sunny flowerbed or border shouldn’t be without. There are several different kinds of phlox. Garden and meadow phlox produce large panicles of fragrant flowers in a wide assortment of colors. There are many patches of phlox around my house. These are some that I took on a hike around the neighborhood.

Thursday, 05/18/2023: Posted photo — Star Trail.

This is a composite of 640 photos. I set my camera on my tripod before going to bed, set it to take consecutive 17 second exposures, and then stacked them all together in a star stacking program. The 17 second exposure uses the 500 Rule. The 500 rule is the classic rule for taken photos of the stars without having star trails. The other rule I could have used is the NPF Rule that considers the magapixels of my camera. With the NPF Rule, my exposure time would be 14 seconds.

Flower of the day: Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata), taken in Jasper National Park, Alberta. Castilleja, commonly known as paintbrush, Indian paintbrush, or prairie-fire, is a genus of about 200 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants native to the west of the Americas from Alaska south to the Andes.

Friday, 05/19/2023: Post photo — Rabbit Again.

The rabbit was just eating my grass as I was leaving to go shopping for tomorrow’s cake sale. I needed to pick up some fresh fruit to put on the cakes. This rabbit was not bothered by me and allowed me to take this photo. One of these days I will take a photo of this rabbit with my DSLR and not my cellphone.

As a side note: on Saturday morning I saw two rabbits in our yard.

Flower of the day: Hydrangea

From a garden care website: “Blooming in spring and summer, the hydrangea is considered a shrub. But despite their ability to be rather large showstoppers in your yard, how to grow hydrangeas isn’t a question even the novice gardener will need to ask – these beauties all but grow themselves. Reaching up to 15 feet in height, the hydrangea grows quickly and often fills in a space in just one summer.”

Saturday, 05/20/2023: Post photo — Cake.

This is a vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream. One of the many cakes for sale for our teams ACS Relay for Life team. We are selling them after all the massed this weekend at our church in Ashburnham MA. Our house has been full of cakes for the last few months with this week being decorating week. To help out our team go here: Currently I have not donations on my page. The start of my fundraising is the cake sale. Please help me out. Thank you.

Flower of the day: Japanese Maple

Well not a flower but a tree. We planted this Japanese maple a few years ago and it is still growing strong. We will have to transplant it soon because we are adding on to our house in the next few years an the maple would be in the middle of our new garage if we did not move it.

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Photographic Thoughts — 05/07/2023 to 05/13/2023

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

I have a flower of day this week. I am attempting to change the format of this blog to have one or more educational items per day to make reading my blog more interesting.

Sunday, 05/07/2023: Posted photo — Pyx.

A pyx is vessel containing the consecrated bread used in the service of Holy Communion. Although pyxes were made in various shapes, the most common form was that of a small cylindrical box fitted with a cover, which is generally conical. The pyx in this photo is the one that I use every week to give Holy Communion to the choir.

Flower of the day: Pericallis

Pericallis senetti provides daisy-like blooms in early spring when the weather is cool. They produce vibrant blues, magentas, violets, and can be bi-colored. They can tolerate low temperatures but are sensitive to frost. These are located outside our church.

Monday, 05/08/2023: Posted photo — On the Trail.

What would Monday night be without a hike? Don’t know. Every Monday that I hike does not happen is a disappointment. The good thing about missing a Monday night hike is that I can spend more time with my family. Today was a wonderful day to hike. The temperature was in the goldilocks zone, not to hot and not to cold. The black bugs were not bothering me as much as other members of the hiking group.

Flower of the day: Hobblebush

“Viburnum lantanoides, hobblebush (also known as moosebush, witch-withy, witch-hobble, witch-tangle and tangle legs) can grow more than ten feet tall, and often at least as wide, in its sprawling, errant, fashion. Branches extend outward, arch and descend, re-rooting where they touch the ground, forming a small copse. This lissome habit is most evident in winter when the hobblebush is leafless and the shrub’s structure can be traced. What appears to be a solitary shrub is usually an aggregate of clonal offspring called ramets.”

Tuesday, 05/09/2023: Posted photo — Abstract Rabbit.

Came home from shopping tonight and saw this rabbit in our yard. I took out my phone to take this photo. I took this photo from a distance so that I did not disturb the rabbit. It looks like my camera went into the digital zoom range causing this abstract effect. You can see the tree debris that I still need to clean up in this photo.

Flower of the day: Pansy

Pansies are the cheerful flowers with upturned “faces.” They love cool weather and are popular to grow in spring and fall. They’re also edible, adding color to salads, drinks, and cakes. Here’s how to plant pansies and keep them growing and blooming.

Wednesday, 05/10/2023: Posted photo — Start of Third Leg.

I am leading a mystery hike in a few weeks. The group is meeting at a trailhead, and I am giving them direction at trail junctions. The directions will only consist of bearings and distances. This is the location of the third leg of my trip.

If you are in the area and would like to join me, sign up for the trip on this web page: You do not need to be an AMC member to join the hike.

Flower of the day: Dandelions

To show the benefits of the once-beloved plant, here are items you might not know about dandelions.

  • Dandelions have deep roots in history throughout the ages.
  • Dandelions were world-famous for their beauty.
  • Dandelions are a green and growing first aid kit.
  • Dandelions are more nutritious than most of the vegetables in your garden.
  • Dandelions are good for your lawn.
  • Dandelions are masters of survival.
  • Dandelions are among the most expensive items in the grocery store.
  • Herbicides used on lawns to kill dandelions take a terrible toll on wildlife.
  • But there’s a safer way to have a dandelion-free lawn.

To learn more, go to

Thursday, 05/11/2023: Posted photo — Dam at Round Meadow Pond.

Here is a photo of the dam at Round Meadow Pond. This is a location that I photograph often.

Flower of the day: Bluets

Common bluets produce both nectar and pollen. Their short flower tubes make their nectar accessible to our short-tongued native bees. Quite a few species of native bees including small carpenter bees and some of our sweat bees will visit common bluets. Several of our smaller species of early butterflies will also visit common bluets.

Friday, 05/12/2023: Post photo — Hitting Off the Tee.

My son purchased a hitting tee for the junior high baseball team he coached. I did some hitting practice. Have not swung a bat in a while. I swung the old way with two hands on the bat as Ted Williams did. He attempted to coach me by having me remove my top hand off the bat as the modern hitters do. I like the old way of hitting.

Flower of the day: Malus baccata (Siberian crab apple)

Siberian crab apple inhabits northerly areas of New England, although certain cultivars grow as far south as Florida. The tree produces white-pink, non-hairy (glabrous) flowers in spring along glabrous branches. With a pleasing, rounded crown, abundant flowers and small, edible fruits, this crabapple has been introduced widely as an ornamental tree.

Saturday, 05/13/2023: Post photo — Lilac.

I have a photo challenge this week that is titled detail. Chances. Details are having your eyes instinctively lock on to a small part of the image before looking at the whole picture. I attempted this by putting a mononuclear on my cell phone and taking this photo.

Flower of the day: Azaleas

Azaleas are typically deciduous while other rhododendrons are evergreen. Azalea flowers are funnel-shaped, somewhat two-lipped, and often fragrant. These azaleas in our yard have survived the last heavy snow that fell. The bush was heavily loaded with snow. There is still a large area of the bush that has not yet bloomed.

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Photographic Thoughts — 04/30/2023 to 05/06/2023

“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.” — Yousuf Karsh

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

Sunday, 04/30/2023: Posted photo — Votive.

Last week I posted a photo of a votive stand. Today I am posting a single votive. I am posting this because I am in a 52 week photo project and the topic of the week was single light source.

Monday, 05/01/2023: Posted photo — Flow.

Water flowing during my Monday night hike. On photo is of a stream, the other of a trail. This trial was almost like a river with water flowing over the rocks.

Tuesday, 05/02/2023: Posted photo — Roots.

Here are two edible roots, garlic, and onions.

Wednesday, 05/03/2023: Posted photo — Corn.

Corn while eaten sometimes as a vegetable and sometimes as a grain, it is classified by botanists as a fruit, as are tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and other squashes.

Thursday, 05/04/2023: Posted photo — Selfie.

Here is a hiking selfie. Great to complete the hike with daylight.

Friday, 05/05/2023: Post photo — Sunrise.

Nice sunrise this morning. The clouds have great red shadows on them. Photos do not do sunrise justice.

Saturday, 05/06/2023: Post photo — Find Me.

There us someone in my tulip.

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Photographic Thoughts — 04/23/2023 to 04/29/2023

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” — Steve McCurry

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

Sunday, 04/23/2023: Posted photo — Votive Stand.

Church candle stands are known as votive stands. Votive means something that is ‘offered or consecrated in fulfilment of a vow’. It represents the prayer that is being said for one’s self or someone else, which is why they’re also known as a ‘prayer candle’.

This one in our church was dedicated last week to one of my friends and his family. He passed away a few months ago from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. His wife passed away a few years ago from cancer, and his oldest son passed away about 15 years ago from a car crash. They were such active members in our parish. He and I were among the founding members of our church’s men’s Bible study group.

Monday, 04/24/2023: Posted photo — Hiking.

Weather was great for a hike tonight. It seems that most of the time that I lead a Monday night hike, it needs to be cancelled because of the weather. The cancellations happen more in the winter and spring because getting wet is more dangerous that in the warmer months. I took this photo of the flowing water along the trail with my phone. One of the days in the next few weeks, I will hike with my DSLR to take better photos, if the water is still flowing.

Tuesday, 04/25/2023: Posted photo — Graffiti.

“Solon”. Graffiti on the mountain carved by Solon Heywood. He also has his full name carved into stones on the summit. Solon was the son of Seth Heywood, one of the founding fathers of a neighboring town. Solon Heywood passed away on Aug 6, 1883, at the age of 48 so this graffiti is very old.

Wednesday, 04/26/2023: Posted photo — Sour Orange.

Bitter orange (Citrus aurantium), also known as sour orange and Seville orange, is a citrus fruit with a multitude of uses. It’s commonly used in complementary medicine, herbal weight loss supplements, and certain foods and toppings like marmalade.

I never heard of a sour orange before. It is great to go shopping to find new and interesting food.

No, I did not try it.

Thursday, 04/27/2023: Posted photo — Progress.

Two weeks ago, I posted a photo of our sugar maple budding. Two weeks later, here is the progress.

Friday, 04/28/2023: Post photo — Burls.

Tree knots are also known as “burls”. Burls form on the outside of trees as a reaction to stress. Wood from a burl is prized by woodworkers for its intricate design, and some will pay top dollar for it. These are at the junction of the West Side and Old Indian Trails on Wachusett Mountain. They most likely we formed after a lightning strike on the tree.

Saturday, 04/29/2023: Post photo — Artwork.

“Artrageous is a troupe of multi-talented Live performance artists, world-class singers, and recording artists, highly trained dancers, and audience motivators, and veteran musicians hailing from the high desert of New Mexico.”

We went to the show last night. The audience lived it. I was not too crazy about the show. Here is some of the artwork that was created at the show.

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Photographic Thoughts — 04/16/2023 to 04/22/2023

“When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.” — Annie Leibovitz

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

Sunday, 04/16/2023: Posted photo — Clock.

There is a photo project that I am involved with other than my 365 photo project. It is called 52 frames. Each week a topic is posted, and you are to take a photo that complies with that topic. This week’s challenge was dreamscape. My photo was one of the top 52 photos submitted during the week.

It is called Droste effect. The Droste effect describes a specific type of recursive picture in which a smaller version of the larger image is featured within the larger image. I added a little twist to mine photos since the object was round.

This week’s challenge is Blue Hour.

Monday, 04/17/2023: Posted photo — Yellow Roses.

No hike this week due to the weather. We are getting some cold rain and fog, so it was not safe for me to take a group out under these conditions. I stayed home instead and thought about what photo I would use for today. I chose a photo of a yellow rose.

Yellow roses are universally known as symbols of friendship, most people give them to each other for their birthdays or to celebrate the love between two good friends. I just like taking photos of them when I am out shopping.

Tuesday, 04/18/2023: Posted photo — Moxie.

The first bottled carbonated beverage made in the America. Moxie has a distinctively different flavor. It as first bottled in 1884. Moxie was designated as the official soft drink of the State of Maine in 2005. I just love the taste of Moxie. Most people do not. I even have a bright orange shirt that has Moxie on it and “Distinctively Different Flavor” on the back.

Wednesday, 04/19/2023: Posted photo — Clouds.

Morning clouds. My cellphone does not capture the color well.

I may edit this photo and use it for blue hour challenge. Blue hour in the morning is when Civil twilight begins, and Nautical twilight ends. Nautical twilight is a deep dusk — dim bluish sky, bright planets visible. In civil twilight, the sky is light all over though the sun is not visible.

Thursday, 04/20/2023: Posted photo — Mountains.

Here are two photos of mountains that I have visited during my travels. Pu’u’ula’ula at Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii and the other is Waterton Lake Sunset Alberta during blue hour.

Friday, 04/21/2023: Post photo — Eclipse.

Like the mountains I posted yesterday, here is a photo of a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse taken during my travels. The lunar eclipse was taken in my back yard and the solar eclipse was taken in Tennessee a few years ago. The next total solar eclipse in our area will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024. Look for photos of this event.

Saturday, 04/22/2023: Post photo — Score Card.

This is the difference between our son’s time, world rank 23133, competition place 35 and Tymon’s time, world rank 7, competition place 1.  

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Photographic Thoughts — 04/09/2023 to 04/15/2023

“The world I was trying to show was one where I felt good, where people were nice, where I found the tenderness I needed. My photos were like a proof that such a world could exist.” — Robert Doisneau

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

John sent me another quote to use. Thank you, John.

Sunday, 04/09/2023: Posted photo — Easter Sunday.

The following information was taken from the History Channel.

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly A.D. 30. The holiday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent—a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice—and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles, also known as “Maundy Thursday”), Good Friday (on which Jesus’ crucifixion is observed) and Easter Sunday. (

Woke up this morning to see the Easter bunny outside of my window.

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the United States and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.

From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during Lent, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration. (

Monday, 04/10/2023: Posted photo — Summit Photo.

What would Monday be without a hiking photo. Here is a photo of my pack on the fire tower on top of Wachusett Mountain.

Tuesday, 04/11/2023: Posted photo — Garlic.

Garlic is the edible bulb from a plant in the lily family. It was traditionally used for health purposes by people in many parts of the world, including the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Japanese. Currently, garlic is most promoted as a dietary supplement for conditions related to the heart and blood vessels, including high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. Fresh garlic, garlic powder, and garlic oil are used to flavor foods. Garlic may be used topically (applied to the skin).

Wednesday, 04/12/2023: Posted photo — Daffodil.

Daffodils are a hardy perennials that come back year after year, spreading and often naturalizing. They are one of the first signs of spring. These just seem to appear overnight in our yard. The snow is almost clear and the daffodils are starting to blossom.

Thursday, 04/13/2023: Posted photo — Aunt Leona.

Today is the 30th anniversary of my father’s passing. It is also a day that I went to my aunt’s wake. She was my mother’s oldest sister and passed away at the age of 98. There is only one more sibling on my mother’s side. She is in here early 90s. All the siblings that passed due to natural causes passed into their 90s. One of her brothers was lost at sea.

Friday, 04/14/2023: Post photo — Mount Monadnock.

Mount Monadnock at sunset is such a great thing to see.

Saturday, 04/15/2023: Post photo — Buds.

The sugar maple plants are starting to bud in this nice weather.

On a side note: now that the snow has melted, it is time to get out into the yard and clean up all the broken branches and cut down some damaged trees.

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Photographic Thoughts — 04/02/2023 to 04/08/2023

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” — Jim Richardson

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

Sunday, 04/02/2023: Posted photo — Crocus.

Crocus are among the very first flowers to bloom each spring. In cold climates, their cheery blossoms will often open when there’s still snow on the ground. That is what happening at our house. We had snow at this location up to a few days ago and the crocus were growing under the snow. Many places south and east of this area that the crocus are flowering. They are not yet in this area due to our elevation. You can have a carpet of crocuses or a chorus of croci. Both are the correct plural form of the word.

Monday, 04/03/2023: Posted photo — Certificate.

Finally received my AMC leader certificate and badge. The only thing is that the certificate is incorrect. It should also have a winter local leader certification on it. I am in the process of working on my backcountry leadership certificate. Will be doing some hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire starting in June. I have already hiked the forty-eight four thousand footers in New Hampshire twice and have led many hikes in them. Now I need to go through the formal training to receive my certification.

Tuesday, 04/04/2023: Posted photo — Flowers.

Shopping day. Saw these flowers in one of the stores. I took a photo of the one with the bunny since it is close to Easter. I took a photo of the roses because I like the way roses look.

Wednesday, 04/05/2023: Posted photo — Ready to Hike.

I lead a group on a full moon hike. The full moon is not until tomorrow. It rises so late on a weekday that the hike was held earlier. There was a good turn out for the hike, even though overcast sky was predicted. The clouds held out until after our hike was over. I started and ended with the same number of people, and the same people. Nobody was hurt so I would call this a successful hike.

Thursday, 04/06/2023: Posted photo — More Long Exposure.

Still playing with the long exposure settings on my camera. With the melting snow, the streams on the trails are starting to flow with more velocity. This would be a good shot if the dead leaves were not in it. Then again, I still am experimenting with this new feature.

Friday, 04/07/2023: Post photo — Clouds.

What a wonderful day today is. The temperatures were up in the high 60’s starting the day in the 30’s. This time of year, in New England, the temperature can fluctuate so quickly. I hear in other parts of the country that if you do not like the weather, just wait a minute. True in New England.

Saturday, 04/08/2023: Post photo — Glasses.

Had my eyes checked today for the first time in almost 10 years. I need new glasses and looking forward to getting them in a couple of weeks. This is a photo of some of the frames in the women’s section. I took this when my wife was selecting new frames.

Happy and Holy Easter to all.

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Photographic Thoughts — 03/26/2023 to 04/01/2023

“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.” — Bruce Gilden

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

Sunday, 03/26/2023: Posted photo — Organ.

History lesson of the week.

“The earliest known organ was the hydraulis of the 3rd century bce, a rudimentary Greek invention, with the wind regulated by water pressure. The first recorded appearance of an exclusively bellow-fed organ, however, was not until almost 400 years later.” More information here.

“The Valère organ: The gothic organ is regarded as the oldest instrument of its type still in working order in the world. It is thought that it was installed in Valère between 1430 and 1440. It has barely three octaves, and the keys are much smaller than those on a modern instrument.” More information here.

Monday, 03/27/2023: Posted photo — Long Exposure.

This is from Machias Pool at a trailhead on Wachusett Mountain. I noticed that the camera on my phone has a long exposure setting so I was trying it out. I will need to try it out at the waterfalls at the end of Round Meadow Pond and at the Old Mill to see how it really works.

Tuesday, 03/28/2023: Posted photo — Bat House.

One of the best ways you can support bat conservation is to put up an artificial roost, like a bat house. Since bat populations have decreased significantly, bat houses can be very useful in providing secure roost sites for bats. This bat house is at one of the trailheads on Wachusett Mountain. It has been installed for a few years and is in great shape. There might be bats in there. I have hiked the mountain at all times of the day and during every season and have not see a bat use it.

Wednesday, 03/29/2023: Posted photo — Tomatoes.

Tomatoes take 60 days to more than 100 days to harvest, depending on the variety. Due to their relatively long growing season requirements (and late planting date), most gardeners plant small “starter plants” or transplants instead of seeds after the weather has warmed up in spring. Many gardeners purchase their transplants at a garden center or nursery but you can certainly grow you own from seed indoors.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, which may help lower your “bad” cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Lowering these numbers helps lower your chances of heart disease.

Thursday, 03/30/2023: Posted photo — Town Pound.

In the historical district in town, there is the old Town Pound. The pound is just a stone wall with a wooden gate. I can imagine the field filled with cows and goats in the old days.

Friday, 03/31/2023: Post photo — Melting Snow.

The temperature has been fluctuating between warm and cold around this area. The three feet of snow is still melting on our street. These are some pieced of wood that I need to split this summer to burn during the winter. There is still snow in our yard and in the mountains here in north central Massachusetts. The snow in our yard last longer than the surrounding area because we have many trees on our property that shade the sun.

Saturday, 04/01/2023: Post photo — St John’s High School.

I went to my high school today to watch our son compete in a cubing competition. I was in the class of 1982. He competes in a few events but mostly enters the data. He will be entering data for the cubing national championships this summer.

The place has changes since about 1990, the last time I was on campus. A few new buildings have gone up, the brother’s resident has been moved and a couple of state-of-the-art academic centers have been built. Here are a few photos from around campus.

Information from the school website. I would write its history the same way. “Saint John’s High School has educated young men under the sponsorship of the Xaverian Brothers since 1898. Saint John’s High School enjoys a unique history, one that is deeply rooted in the development and traditions of the Catholic Church in Central Massachusetts. The school was an outgrowth of both the first Catholic Church (1834) and the first parochial school (1873) in Worcester. It also has the distinction of being the first of many high schools operated by the Xaverian Brothers in New England.”

Have a good rest of the week and a Happy and Holy Easter next week.

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Photographic Thoughts — 03/19/2023 to 03/25/2023

You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” — Joan Miro

Random thoughts and ideas for this week.

Sunday, 03/19/2023: Posted photo — Laetare Sunday.

From the Catholic Dictionary: “The fourth Sunday of Lent, when the introductory word of the Introit is laetare, “Rejoice O Jerusalem.” As it is Mid-Lent Sunday, rose vestments are worn, flowers are permitted on the altar, and the organ is played.” Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It’s a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.

This is the view of the altar from the choir loft of our church.

Monday, 03/20/2023: Posted photo — Hike.

Some photos from my weekly Monday night hike on Wachusett Mountain. It is getting lighter as we start our hike. Soon no headlamp will be needed.

Tuesday, 03/21/2023: Posted photo — Sunflower.

A sunflower that I saw today while I was out shopping. Tuesday night is my shopping night.

Wednesday, 03/22/2023: Posted photo — Umpqua River Lighthouse.

From the website:,lighthouse%20on%20the%20Oregon%20coast. “The Umpqua River Lighthouse was the first lighthouse on the Oregon coast. To this day, you are still able to climb to the top of it while also learning more about the area’s history. It is still operational and has only recently switched over from bulbs to LEDs to keep it lower maintenance. Once you reach the top, you are even able to take a look inside the working light.

The lighthouse a vibrant history, Before it was placed on the bluff on the entrance to Winchester Bay, it was commissioned along the beach of the Umpqua River in 1857. It was then moved less than 10 years later.”

This is a photo of inside the lighthouse I took a few years ago during one of our west coast trips to visit family.

Thursday, 03/23/2023: Posted photo — Sunrise.

The weather is getting warmer. Rain has been predicted for today so I was happy to see the sunrise on my way to work.

During sunrise and sunset the sun is low in the sky, and it transmits light through the thickest part of the atmosphere. A red sky suggests an atmosphere loaded with dust and moisture particles. We see the red, because red wavelengths (the longest in the color spectrum) are breaking through the atmosphere.

Friday, 03/24/2023: Post photo — Crater Lake National Park.

This is me standing in front of Wizard Island, a volcanic cinder cone, which forms an island at the west end of Crater Lake. Photo taken by my wife.

At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in America. Famous for its beautiful blue color, the lake’s water comes directly from snow or rain – there are no inlets from other water sources. Crater Lake was formed by the fall of a volcano. Mount Mazama, a 12,000-foot-tall volcano, erupted and collapsed approximately 7,700 years ago.

Saturday, 03/25/2023: Post photo — Loon.

From, “The eerie calls of Common Loons echo across clear lakes of the northern wilderness. Summer adults are regally patterned in black and white. In winter, they are plain gray above and white below, and you’ll find them close to shore on most seacoasts and a good many inland reservoirs and lakes. Common Loons are powerful, agile divers that catch small fish in fast underwater chases. They are less suited to land, and typically come ashore only to nest.”

I have an interest in loons. When my wife and I went on our honeymoon almost 32 years ago, we were on a secluded island in a lake in northern Maine and were serenaded by loons.

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