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Jason Bachand

Jason Bachand
Connecticut, United States
September 09
Writer, poet, journalist, and dad.


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The view from the top of the blue trail, Lower Ross Pond at Old Furnace State Park.

 In 2010, a very out-of-shape and overweight man set out for his first hike in some seventeen years. The trail he chose was the Old Furnace loop that snakes its way up to a beautiful vista overlooking Half-Hill pond in Killingly - not a very challenging hike by most standards,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2015 3:15PM

A Mid-Life Renewal


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I’m well into the year in which I will turn 40 years old. Things didn’t quite kick off as expected on my birthday back in September, to be sure. The planned entry into nursing school vaporized when funds didn’t become available in time, and I must sheep… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2015 12:58AM

Free Photo of the Day 1/19/15

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a free picture, but it’s a new year and a good time to start it up again. And, I’ve got a new campaign going to try to get this nursing school project off the ground. I’m very hopeful that I can still afford… Read full post »

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The featured image you see in this post was shot with a lens fashioned some 40 years ago: a Super Takumar 50mm f1.8. Composed and shot in low light (dusk) and with a very shallow depth of field, the image is good starting point for a conversation on superior… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2014 1:34PM

Last Child in the Woods

A few years ago, my ex-wife bought me a copy of Last Child in the Woods for my birthday. I read the introduction to my then-baby girl under a pignut hickory tree on a bank of Crystal Pond in Eastford, even though she was just six months old at the time.Read full post »

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Today, I’m writing beginner-level tutorial on shooting in raw format. If you’re new to digital photography and, specifically, D-SLR cameras, you’ve probably wondered about the various image processing settings in your camera. Most of us are familiar with images on the we… Read full post »

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When I’m not working for The Chronicle newspaper as a photographer, or for the Humanist Connection of Stanford as Community Outreach Manager, or raising a 3-year-old (whew!), I’m working in a residential sober house/HIV AIDS facility as a case manager. Like all social servicesRead full post »

American White Water Lily

Canon T3i: 48mm; 1/320 sec; f/5.6; ISO 200

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Two updates today. The first is your free photo of the day, this one of an American white water lily (nymphaea ordorata). It was taken at the The University of Connecticut’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology plant growthRead full post »

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And now for something completely different. As an undergraduate and during my years in seminary (where fluency in two ‘theological’ languages was compulsory) I pursued the language of my familial history, French. Living as I do in a largely Latino/a community, I get to use… Read full post »

JULY 13, 2014 12:48PM

Free Photo of the Day 7/13/14

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River and I went camping this past week down in Voluntown, CT. The Voluntown/Griswold area is home to Connecticut’s largest state forest, Pachaug. We took a ride over to the forest proper on Thursday, and less than 100 feet into the woods I saw a beautiful barred owl (strixRead full post »

JULY 8, 2014 2:23PM

“Granite & I” – A Poem

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I’m going to workshop a new poem I wrote over the weekend with you. This is the first draft and has only received a cursory edit. It was inspired, in part, by Emerson’s “Fable,” which you can read here. If it passes muster, I’ll include it in my next… Read full post »

JULY 7, 2014 11:55AM

Willimantic Then & Now (Part 2)

Hi friends! After some delay (a combination of work and daddy time) here’s the second set of “Then & Now” photos from Willimantic. An interesting aside – when I went to shoot the former site of the Burger Chef diner, now and for many years preceding the home of Papa’… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2014 10:34PM

Free Photo of the Day 6/30/14

Nikon D40: 18mm; 1/250 sec;   f/8;   ISO 200

Nikon D40: 18mm; 1/250 sec; f/8; ISO 200

Hello friends! The free photo of the day for this, the final day of a lovely June, hails from the same month in 2012. The main subject is this beautiful marsh ecosystem, but the beaver or muskrat lodge at center right is a… Read full post »

While Willimantic, it its modern iteration anyway, is a mixed bag when it comes to arts and culture, the city certainly has a storied history and appreciable charm. I have generational ties to the city; one of my paternal grandfathers was Alderman-At-Large, then Mayor, and finally Housing Code Enforc… Read full post »

Photo by Jeff Buchbinder.

Photo by Jeff Buchbinder.

By the time River noticed, it was a distant day-glo dot on the waves.

“Daddy, my bucket is floating away!”

I slung my towel on the picnic table and hurried over to the beach. River was pointing urgently across the water and making panicked faces over the… Read full post »

Canon T3i: 22mm; 1/160 sec;   f/7.1;   ISO 200.

Canon T3i: 22mm; 1/160 sec; f/7.1; ISO 200.

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I’m really quite excited about today’s Free Photo. I’ve been visiting Natchaug State Forest for years, but on every visit I’ve made I’ve found the place to be overcast, gloomy, even eerie. Its 13,000 acres/… Read full post »