Fishers in the Mist, Bridgewater, Conn.

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Photograph copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

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Heron Getting Takeout, Bridgewater, Conn.

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Photo copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

Yes, I was looking for my resident heron again and there she was. She had stopped by her local watering hole to pick up lunch to go. She must have caught wind of me because she took off with her prize bullfrog the moment I arrived.

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Blue Heron in Flight, Bridgewater, Conn.

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Photo copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

You’d think this heron would know me by now — I have been such a persistent stalker. Today I spied her at the very end of the pond, so I snuck through the brush until I reached a position to capture her at takeoff. All I needed to do was make my presence known and the moment was mine.

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Serenity on Lake Lillinonah, Bridgewater, Conn.

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Photo copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

On a gray afternoon in August, the reflection of the clouds and sky in the water created a gentle monotone modified only by the soft ripples and divided by the line of hills in muted green.

 

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From Storm to Rainbow, Bridgewater, Conn.

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Photos copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

The storm clouds moved in, the wind kicked up and blew my umbrella insideout. Rain, lightning, then just as quickly the sun poked through. I knew there would be a rainbow. I turned around and sure enough there it was.

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Summer Mist Rising, Bridgewater, Conn.

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Photo copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

Out in the early hours near Lake Lillinonah, I headed to the water’s edge to capture the rising morning mist illuminating the shadows.

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Clouds Rising, Bridgewater, Conn.

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Photos copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

Out in a thunderstorm, I was hoping to capture some flashes of lightning, but the storm passed over too quickly, and I was left to watch as this majestic cloud rose out of the valley, moved toward me and engulfed the trees as it dissipated into a mist that blanketed the field. In a moment, it was gone.

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Clouds Aloft, Bridgewater, Conn.

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Photo copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

All the elements of clouds, sky and field conspired to make me stop in the midday heat to photograph. The clouds brushed across a sweeping sky like a gauze veil that softened the contrast just barely. The three trees popped up from their own shadows and the long line of the cornfield and distant trees etched the dark stroke needed to provide, with the leading gray of the foreground, the full tonal range of an ideal black-and-white image.

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Our Flag at Half Mast

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Photo copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

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Waiting for Hay, Roxbury, Conn.

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Photo copyright 2016 by Marc Isolda

The line of hay wagons on the hill in Roxbury was the work of an orderly farmer — or maybe he was just showing off for photographers like me.

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