Archive | February 28, 2016

Knight’s Pond, Alton, N.H. Revisited — Still Scenic But Tranquility Literally Shot To Smithereens.

by Anura Guruge


Knight’s Pond, a Conservation Area
in Alton, New Hampshire,
is off Rte 28, going towards Wolfeboro.
on Rines Road. See this post for directions.

All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







We had discovered Knight’s Pond in 2011. The two Goldens loved it. Being able to swim in the pond while we walked alongside on the path. It is a nice isolated location, rarely (if ever) crowded, and the trail is far from taxing — the sections with elevation, far apart, and easy to negotiate.

Deanna wanted to go for a hike on Sunday (February 28, 2016) given that the weather was going to be exceptional — at least in the high 40s Fahrenheit. She suggested Mount Major but I pointed out that it might be too tricky given that there would still be a lot of ice around. So I countered with Knight’s given that any slipperiness was not going to be a major issue. Yes, dogs through the ice was a potential problem and sure enough we did have to rescue Braxton — though it wasn’t serious since it was at the shoreline (as opposed to the middle of the pond).

There were in total four other ‘groups’ there and that is nothing given the vast size of the place. We basically had the place to ourselves which is what I had expected. There were some long patches of slush and ice but it wasn’t hard to negotiate. It is very scenic with interesting trees, rocks, fungi and vegetation.

In our previous visits (as is not that unusual for New Hampshire) we have savored the solitude and tranquility.

Not so on Sunday. There is (inexplicably) a shooting range next door and they were going full bore with automatic fire. You felt like you were in a war zone. That is a crying shame. Yes, it detracted but it is not a major blow for us. We live in the woods and we are surrounded by the ‘sound of silence’ and birds most of the time. Just feel bad for those coming to Knight’s on a weekend hoping for some peace and quiet. These two YouTube videos, which I shot for the SOUND (and not for the scenery), will let you see what the noise is like. Get the word out. Don’t let folks go there on a WEEKEND and feel that they wasted their time. Shame. 


Click images to access short YouTube video clips.
Turn up the VOLUME.

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Dramatic Dog Through Ice Rescue At Knight’s Pond, Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


With it being so warm and inviting we decided to go to Knight’s Pond,
in Alton, 
on Sunday, February 28, 2016
— the last day of the February school vacation.

We knew that there was a risk of a dog going through the ice.
Deanna had the ‘electric’ collars on them.

Well Braxton was too quick. But it was fine.

Devanee, to my amazement, jumped to the rescue.

I had the camera in my hand.
She was already on her hands and knees going across the ice.
I have done this before.
So I waited in case I had to go to get them both out.

It was fine. Life in New Hampshire. 


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My Dream Camera, The Fuji X-T2 Is Going To Be For Real — I Am Psyched!

by Anura Guruge


This is like a bespoke camera — made just for ME.

Fuji really should make one with a note that says: “Made Specifically For Anura Guruge”.

I have been dreaming of this camera since November of last year.


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From “New Camera” — click here to access original.


After a ton of research last year I finally concluded that the Fuji X-T1 is the kind of camera I want — I want full manual controls, a good Electronic Viewfinder and a large sensor. The only thing that kept me from getting a X-T1 was the 16MP resolution. I could have got away with it BUT I really would have liked something in excess of 20MP since I plan to keep this camera for at least 2 years (as opposed to the year or (much) less which is my current norm).

When they announced the Fuji X-Pro2 with the new, 24.3MP sensor I knew that a X-T2 would be on its way — in 2016. And now there is growing confirmation. September availability would be just perfect. It will, as has been my practice over the last two years, be my birthday present camera. Yes, I suspect it will be priced close to $1,900. So I better start saving. SMILE.

So this is great. Funny thing the control layout of my 1 week old Panasonic Lumix LX100 is pretty much identical to what I will find on the X-T2. That should be handy. Given that I have already taken over 800 pictures with the LX100 this layout should be, pretty much, second nature to me come September.


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29% (30%) Discounts On Leap Day From Likes Of Expedia.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to start with “Huff Post” list which is pretty comprehensive. Google for more. “MarketWatch.com” has a list too.


You can make out like a bandit if you an id that says you were born on a Leap Day, i.e., February 29. There are thought to be about 200,000 born on Leap Days.


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Olympus PEN E-PL6 With Two Zoom Lenses From B&H For $399 Is Quite The Deal.

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Click to access B&H product page with this deal.


I happened to see this on a Facebook ad. For $399 NOT a bad deal at all — especially considering that it is a mirrorless, 16MP Micro Four Thirds systems. Yes, the speeds of the lenses are NOT great and they are, to be sure, NOT expensive lenses (albeit M.Zuiko lenses) — retailing at $99 each.

But this will still be a GREAT starter kit for somebody. Yes, they also have it, at the same price, with the same two lenses, on Amazon.

Just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this.


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