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Old Mar 30, 2006, 9:53 AM   #11
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I hear it's a pretty State but...no thanks. I'd rather have 9 months of summer and 3 of late sping!!!
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Old Mar 30, 2006, 2:27 PM   #12
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Thanks tclune,

I guess being from New England helps you "get" this photo. No, I didn't use a polarizer when taking the photo. It tends to create a funny dark band in the sky when used with my Canon 10-22 EF-S lens at 10mm - which is how this picture was shot.

So Tullio, how do YOU know when its spring in San Jose???
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Old Mar 30, 2006, 3:29 PM   #13
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Well, in San Jose we don't actually have 9 months of Summer and three of late Spring (unfortunately). That'd bemy preference, though.Spring time in SJ is OK. We get lots of mustard fields, trees and bushesbegin to bloom, leavesstart tocover the bare branches and the temperature goes up. However, this yearit does not look like we are already in Spring. It's been raining non-stop and it's cold but at leastthe trees are indeed blooming!!!
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Old Mar 31, 2006, 12:16 AM   #14
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As a tropical sorta guy, the color version looks better to me and I agree with tclune, a bit of cropping on the right does improve it.

I do wholeheartedly buy the fact that it is a springy picture with the melting snow even to a fellow who had to travel all the way to Chicago to see snow.

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Old Mar 31, 2006, 4:20 AM   #15
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Thanks for the comments everyone, I do appreciate them. I just noticed this morning that the lilac outside my back door is starting to bud, so I may be seeing some green soon. Of course, one old addage here in Maine is that the blackflies appear when the lilac leaves are the size of a mouse's ear.

Selvin, I thought Mauna Loa had snow up on it's top?
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You're right it does snow quite a bit up there. Don't recall visiting up there while it was snowing. http://www.pbase.com/selvin/image/56082424

I had enough snow while I lived in Chicago.

Aloha, and enjoy your springtime in Maine
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Old Mar 31, 2006, 12:04 PM   #17
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Wow...so that's how it's done! You've enlightened me..thanks for posting this image! I definitely vote for the color image....it speaks Spring to me....

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Old Mar 31, 2006, 3:23 PM   #18
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Actually, collecting it in a bucket is just the first step. You have to boil it down next. I forget the exact ratio, but it takes something like 32 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. That's a lot of boiling!
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Old Mar 31, 2006, 3:47 PM   #19
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Any more around here, mostsap is collected by running Tygon tubing from the trees out to a relatively large carboy that is near the road. It doesn't make a picturesque photo, but it is a lot easier than lugging buckets around.

The photo reminded me of how my grand daddy used to collect the sap. Maybe that's why I liked the B&W -- it makes the photo seem more like a memory than a current event.
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Wow Turnbill...that's a lot of sap for 1 gallon of syrup!! Thanks for the info...it's quite interesting!
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