Monthly Archives: June 2013

Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931) & Snowflake Photography

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Wilson  “Snowflake” Bentley 1925

Have you ever wondered who made the discovery that ” “no two snowflakes are alike?” Well, if you don’t know it happened in a small rural town in Vermont by Wilson Bentley. Did I already know this or did I just learn about it.  The answer is the latter.

1-Snowflake Bentley copyAfter watching a DVD called “Snowflake Bentley,” I became intrigued with what fascinated Willie Bentley when he was a boy. Snowflakes became his world of interest after he found no two snowflakes were exactly alike. He tried to draw them, but they melted before he could finish the sketch. Finally he found a way to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885. Now, I’m anxious to look at his book from 1931 called “Snow Crystals” and reserved a copy from my local  library’s database. It’s a 1962 unabridged and unaltered republication of the work first publication back in 1931 showing thousands of snowflakes images.

Note: Bentley wrote and published over 60 articles. You can find sampling of these writings on this link here. And, to learn more about Wilson A. Bentley, check this website: Snowflake Bentley ..that’s where I found his black & white photograph.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, June 30, 2013

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An Eventful June Day

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Being productive and accomplishing everything that’s on my schedule is usually my daily plan.  But, on occasion plans don’t go as expected and schedules get changed just like mine did today. It’s unusual that I don’t feel good and making a trip across town was certainly not on my schedule. So, to make a long story short the pain in my ear prompted me to visit my family doctor. But, this did not stop me from taking some photographs and trying to enjoy the day with my young grandson.

Since the same day appointment wasn’t until one o’clock, we had lunch at his favorite spot. The kid’s meal included a Hot Wheel toy, a motorcycle; however, my lunch was simple, a cup of coffee. It was interesting watching him glue the decals one by one on the motorcycle making sure the placement was correct before he would eat his lunch.

Once in front of the medical building, a bouquet of flowers in full bloom welcomed us.

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Just before we entered into the lobby of the doctor offices I shot a quick self-portrait in the mirrored front glass door. (You should try it sometime holding a notebook in one arm and extending the camera at a low angle with the other hand.)

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Inside, I remembered the horse on the wall when I was here the last time. It’s a nice painting.

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The day ended with a heavy rain shower followed by the most beautiful puffy white clouds.  Do you see the face of the “cloud man” in the sky?…it’s the lower cloud with the pointed up nose and a smile on its face.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, June 29, 2013

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The-Tree-People, continued—

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The bench is empty and unoccupied this morning. And, even when someone does sit down and looks across the lake, I wonder if they see what I see.

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It’s been almost a month since I discovered this place walking through the woods near the lake.  This section is unusually quiet with no activity except from those who watch over it. I call them “The-Tree-People” © and they live on the shores among the trees. Do you see them?

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My first posting about these unique Cypress knees is on this link and here’s an interesting article I found that may or may not explain this mystery.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, June 28, 2013

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Rabbit In My Backyard

Late this afternoon I saw a rabbit in my backyard. When he saw me he stopped; and, did not move so this gave me enough time to grab my camera. While he stood there posing, I started walking towards him to get a better view. That’s when he decided to hop away and hide in the bushes. I think he’s cute, so I’ll name him “Chester-the-Rabbit.”
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(Eastern Cottontail Rabbit)

Did you know about 16 different species of wild rabbits live in the United States and the most common is the Eastern Cottontail? And, if you are wondering what a wild rabbit eats, it’s mostly plant matter such as various grasses, tree bark, clover, vegetables, fruits and legumes. Rabbits have long ears and excellent hearing to detect danger. Their hind legs enable them to run quickly. Most of the species of wild rabbits have a short tail, with the cottontail’s being white and their fur is usually brown, gray, and with mixtures of the two colors. The rabbits’ eyes are high and to the sides of their head making it possible for them to see nearly 360 degrees. They can see either sideways or straight ahead and sometimes behind them.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, June 26, 2013

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A Walk With Nature

1-Walk in Park by Nature TrailEarly this morning I decided to take a detour from my normal walking path which takes me down the hill for one mile.

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The Nature Trail takes me past many plants that have plates identifying them.

16-Walk in Park by Nature Trail Oakleaf Hydrangea is a perennial shrub that grows 4″ in partial shade or full sun.

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Stoker Aster (Stokesia Laeris)

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Mushroom with a unique center design.

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St John’s Wort is a perennial shrub with bright showy yellow flowers. Here’s an interesting article on StreetsofSalem about St. John’s Wort.

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And, my walk keeps taking me deeper into the woods.

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Pine Tree  that looks 4 stories high with a thick trunk. I wonder how old it is…

8-Walk in Park by Nature TrailHardwood tree with moss growing at the base.

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The stream of water must be attracting the bugs. There’s one buzzing above my head right now. Guess it’s time to get out of these woods.

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Now,  it’s back up the hill keeping on the walking trail with a canopy of trees to shade me from the hot morning sun.

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And, over the bridge I walk pass the Mimosa Tree again.

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 Hummingbirds love to feed on the Mimosa’s flowers, but I didn’t see one this morning.
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So, this ends my walk with nature this morning.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, June 25, 2013

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