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Weathered Barn Door   9 comments

Weathered Barn Door

It was a beautiful autumn day in New Hampshire. After finishing a hike with Susan and my ol’ college friend, Tom, we were hanging around the truck having some lunch. No need to go anywhere else, as we warmed the bones in the sun.

A woman came down the road walking her dog, and as often happens in New England, we wound up having a nice conversation with her. I had my eye on an old, weathered barn across the street. The woman knew the owner of the barn, and suggested that the owner would have no problem if I moved in close for some pictures.

I loved how, in addition to the weathered wood, shadows from a nearby tree were playing across the doorway. This is the kind of rustic scene that, sadly, we don’t see too much of these days.


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Cooning Boat   8 comments

Cooning Boat


On the same coastal farm where GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! was found, I noticed a small, old boat poking out the side of a barn. The peeling paint and deteriorating wood was too good to resist.

After seeing this picture, the owner told me, “The boat is one me and my father used to go ‘cooning’ in. Cooning is gathering the young oysters on free bottom and transplanting them into lease gardens.”

I had never heard the term before, so I did a little poking around on the internet and found this:

“Watching a person wading a coastal flat, hunched over, arms submerged to the shoulders while trying to locate and dislodge clumps of live oyster, it’s easy to see why this activity is called ‘cooning.’ The heavy-gloved oyster gatherer bears a somewhat humorous resemblance to a raccoon grubbing in the water along a shoreline, using its paws to ferret crawfish and other unseen critters from beneath the surface.”

Ah, now it makes sense.

Single frame, f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO 100, 26mm. Treated in Photoshop CS5 with Nik Color Efex Pro, and Alien Skin Bokeh for a miniature effect… there is no real reference for determining the size of the boat.

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