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Out Running In Central New Hampshire In 11°F (-12°C) Weather, December 19, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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I knew that today, Monday, December 19, 2016, was going to be ‘cold’ — BUT not cold enough to preclude my near daily ~2.5 mile run with the two dogs.

My self-imposed personal cut-off for running is 5°F (-15°C).

If it is warmer than that and there is no precipitation (read snow or sleet) or a howling gale wind I will venture out.

This morning at 9:30am it was 11°F and there was no wind — beautiful blue skies with a few wispy white clouds. I had no excuse. I had to go running.

Nothing special in terms of my winter wear. Just my normal 3-layers on top, T-shirt, sweatshirt and ski jacket. 15-year old waterproof sweatpants held up around my waist with a piece of string! Oh, and a protector to keep ‘them’ tucked close into my body to prevent possible frostbite!

Off we went. I worry about the dogs because they can’t turn around and tell me that it is too cold for them and that unlike I they have no clothes. But, they show no signs of distress. I watch the tails. I know their tails. As long as the tails are upright and erect I know that they are ‘OK’. Doesn’t seem to bother them. This is not new to them either. If I run, they run. So they have run in the cold before. It is Braxton, the Harrier, who has no coat of any sort, that amazes me. Yes, he, at 3 years, is young. The cold does not faze him. I checked his body when we got home. He was HOT.

Anywho … It was not bad. Actually quite nice. Didn’t feel cold! I was sweating when I got back. Just for good measure I then did 10-minutes of shoveling — not that there was any need because our driveway, thanks to all our administrations over the weekend was 100% clear and DRY.

So that was my run.


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by Anura Guruge

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 & LX100 Sensor & White Balance Appear To Be Affected By The Cold.

by Anura Guruge


Recent examples from very cold days.
In each case I had to use Manual White Balance.


Given that I live in New Hampshire (year round (at least for now)) and I am trying to take at least 6 photographs a day, without fail, for my “6 Images a Day” series, I use both my Panasonics, the Lumix FZ1000 & the Lumix LX100, in whatever temperature it is outside. Yes, I know that there must be a temperature rating for these cameras — BUT I haven’t checked. My rationale is that IF I am outside then my camera should be able to be outside with I.

OK. I just checked.
32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C).
That seems rather conservative.

I could be VERY WRONG but I have noticed that the cold — and by that I mean below 32°F (0°C) — seems to affect the Lumix sensors and in particular White Balance. In the cold everything literally has ‘cold’ greyish tint. I am forced to MANUALLY juggle White Balance and I am not very good at that. IF I can find some white I know, quite well, as to set a ‘Custom WB Setting’ by pointing at the white and hitting ‘set’. Today I broke down and ordered some White Balance cards! For $9 I can afford it and the layard more than anything else was the clincher. I can carry the cards with me.

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Click to access Amazon product page. I did NOT spend much time looking around. They all seemed to be in the $9 range — and I liked the lanyard. I will let you know when I get the cards.

I did a quick Google and found some evidence that maybe others too have seen this ‘affected by the cold’. Well I guess Panasonic’s stock answer will be that I am using it outside of spec. I will have to check the specs for the Fuji X-T2 — more than likely my next camera. Just wanted to share this with you all. 


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by Anura Guruge

New Hampshire Lakes Still Very Swimmable In September 2014 — Though It May Already Be Start Of Foliage Season.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Swimming 1st time 2014July 1, 2014.
>> Halfmoon deserted … — Aug. 24, 2013.

>> Water temperature in Halfmoon Lake … — June 30, 2013.
>> Losing swimming buoyancy — July 10, 2014.
>> 1st swim of 2013 in Halfmoon Lake — July 8, 2013.

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That is Teischan with Braxton (the Beagle) around 5:45 pm, September 1, 2014 on Halfmoon Lake, N.H. The blob to the far right is Maya, the non-stop swimming Golden. She is swimming to the swim platform — the one I swim to. Click to ENLARGE.

Halfmoon Lake, looking towards Barnstead, from the Fernhill beach. Notice that there is but a tinge of foliage. Those are the two dogs. Click to ENLARGE.


I, for various reasons, hadn’t swum in 10 days. The last two times I had swum, both at our beach on Halfmoon Lake, Alton, N.H., it had been borderline cold.

We went to the beach around 5:30 pm yesterday, Labor Day — which happened to be September 1, 2014. That was a bit early for us, BUT ‘Sept. 1’ is a landmark for us on our beach. As of September 1 until Memorial Day we can take the dogs to the beach whenever; during the ‘Summer’ they can only go after 7pm.

I decided to give the water a try. Given the Biblical deluge that we had had the night before I fully expected the water to be too cold — at least for me. There was nobody out swimming — but that is par for the course ‘that late’ most evenings. Two very young kids playing close to the beach, but that doesn’t count because they don’t feel the cold as much as I do.

But when I ventured in, beyond my knees, I was pleasantly surprised. It was warm! It had actually warmed up since I last swam. Well the day time temps. have been higher we are going to have at least four 80°F days in a row this week.

So just want to let you know that the lakes in Central New Hampshire are still eminently swimmable right now — i.e., first week of September 2014 — even though we may also be talking Fall Foliage.


We are still messing around with the my refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 18-55mm IS II Lens.
Took these two pictures before we headed for the beach.


Went Swimming In The Lake, i.e., Halfmoon Lake, Alton (N.H.), For The First Time In 2014 Yesterday — June 30.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Halfmoon deserted … — Aug. 24, 2013.
>> Water temperature in Halfmoon Lake … — June 30, 2013.
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I thought I was at least a week behind ‘schedule’ and I was going to ‘blame’ it on us having been away much of last week. But I knew that I had the exact date of last year’s first swim enshrined, for posterity, on this blog.

WOW! I was actually 9 days ahead of last year. I am amazed, but pleased.

In my ‘middle ages’, given that I have lived in N.H.’s Lakes Region since 1991, mid-June used to be my traditional target date to start swimming in ‘the lake’ — the lakes over time having been ‘Shaw’s Pond’ in New Durham, the ‘Big Lake’ in Meredith (1997 – 1999) and Gilford (2000 – 2006) and now ‘Halfmoon’ in Alton since 2007.

Now much older and with considerably less insulation I need the water temps to be higher. Yesterday was tolerable. Maybe even pleasant. I did a decent swim.

I still feel the loss of 2 pounds of buoyancy as a result of losing weight. It is still very noticeable. All I can say is ‘WOW’ … who would have thought. I now make allowances for it.

Well, now that I started swimming I will try and swim, near daily, well into September. I like swimming. So in the Summer it becomes a run up Prospect Mountain in the morning and a swim in the evenings. Works for me.

So Summer is here. Come up and enjoy it folks.


Halfmoon Lake Has Been Deserted (And Unseasonably Cold) This Last Week. I Am Still Swimming.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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That is a lonesome and kind of cold me.

Deanna takes the dogs early in the morning.


This has been quite a Summer. Lots of rain to begin with — but nowhere close to a record. Then a brutal heat wave for one week. More rain and then this cold spell in August that precipitated an eerily early fall foliage.

The lake, i.e., Halfmoon (which we use most often though I, as usual, swam in Winnipesaukee 5 or 6 times), is cold. Kind of a bummer. It was cold in June. It was too cold for me to go swimming till July 8 — and that is 2 weeks beyond my normal start. But, I am persevering with the swimming because when I stop swimming I know that the Summer is over. That it has been hot over the last few days have helped a tad, but the temp. at night is what we usually get in September.

We went to the beach around 5:40 pm on Monday — that being usually when we go since none of us like baking in the Sun. The whole beach, from one end to the other, as you can see from the pictures above, was empty. August 19. Beautiful afternoon/evening. It is as if people have given up on this Summer. We also went Wednesday and Thursday and there were a few people around. Yes, I know that schools have started in MA and in some parts of NH. But, it is sad. This is way too early to call quits on the Summer.

At least the ducks, Maya and I will try to get as much swimming as possible before it gets really cold. Maya will carry on swimming till November! Loves the water. Doesn’t mind the cold.

2013 Fall Foliage In New Hampshire (N.H.) Seems To Have Begun — At Least A Couple Of Weeks Ahead Of The Norm.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I have to confess that I don’t normally take much notice of the foliage — kind of blasé about it having lived in heavily wooded parts of New Hampshire for the last 28 years.

But, seeing the hard-to-miss red foliage on August 5 I have been more on the lookout this year. Plus, we have been asked as Granite State Ambassadors (GSAs) to keep an eye on the fall foliage this year.

This morning (viz. Monday, August 19, 2013) I was running down Prospect Mountain Road (after having run up it), head down, thinking about all the book-related stuff I had to get done today, when something fluttered on my shoulder. I stopped to look. It was red maple leaf. Bright red/orange, and quite small. I then looked around. About a dozen such leaves on the ground. Looked up. Sure enough a patch of red/orange foliage in the trees. This 1/2 mile down from the first foliage I had spotted two weeks ago. So I picked up four leaves and brought them home.

Then, later on in the morning, while seated at my PC, I looked over to my right — through the window I sit next to. My office is on the 4th floor (i.e. attic) on this Colonial. So I am at treetop level. The tree directly across from me is changing color.

This, I know, is early. I asked my ‘buddy’ at the Alton Post Office. He is a native. He says it is early. Half and hour later we were at the Hannaford check-out in Alton when I heard the young checkout girl talking about how the foliage was early this year.

So it must be true. Fall foliage 2013, in NH, is early.

But, after what has been a chilly August (though I am forcing myself and Teischan to still go swimming in the lake, including today), we are going to get a 3-day HEAT WAVE. That will sure confuse the trees. They might start shedding earlier.

Yes, of course, I will keep an eye open and let you know. Stay tuned.

New Hampshire (N.H.) 2013 Foliage Is Already Beginning To Peek Through — Well Ahead Of Schedule.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As I stated in this post I was truly stunned to see bona fide red foliage in a tree on August 5, 2013. That to me was way too early.

Toady we went to ‘Story Land‘ in Glen, New Hampshire, just north of North Conway. That is prime fall foliage country. I kept a weather eye open.

Didn’t see any fall foliage per se until we were in ‘Story Land’. The above two pictures were trees at Story Land. Unmistakable, incontrovertible evidence that the leaves are changing color. In the case of the tree that was already mainly orange it was shedding leaves.

I think this is early.

So this could be quite a year for fall foliage given that August has been unusually chilly. I will keep my eyes open. I am in foliage country. I am surrounded by trees,

So stay tuned.

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