Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its seventh year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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September 5, 2012

DANCING IN THE MOUNTAINS


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... adrien and i made a day trip to sherbrooke, quebec, for an early supper and just to have an outing ... on the route up we stopped in grafton notch to view screw auger falls ...


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... no support, just sort of hanging over the fence, i'm getting pretty good at holding the little olympus steady as well as learning to trust in the anti-shake mechanism built into the camera ...

... in sherbrooke we were saddened to learn that an old favorite was no longer eligible for inclusion on our "best places to eat" list, but were pleased to find a new victualer who is tops for rotisserie chicken ... we met the former mayor of sherebrooke, discovered that one of the candidates for the job is being painted as a nazi, and, on the way home, at fifty miles-per-hour came very, very close to adding a giant owl as a hood ornament to the car ... crossing the border back into the united states we were reminded that there are, indeed, those for whom wearing uniforms and carrying weapons is sufficient reason to transform themselves into total d---wads ... "so, why do you have the three wooden stools in your trunk" ... ohhhhh, i'm sure the real terrorists are trembling ... i was seriously irritated, not so much for the unnecessary interogation, but in that i strongly believe an immigration/customs agent should conclude their task by addressing a citizen of this country, "welcome to the united states, welcome home" ...


NIKON D200-SIGMA 100-300@280mm-F7.1-1/250TH-ISO 200
... during the evenings adrien and i have been driving down to the bog along the shell pond road to watch the moose ... since we've seen none of those big critters (other'n a few who wandered out of the darkness along the road coming back from canada), we settled for feeding twigs and potato chip crumbs to the frogs ...


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... this evening, as we enjoyed the marsh's quiet calm, i strolled with the olympus, reminding myself that the purpose of my little project is to share ... instead of looking up to the glorious sky and the backdrop of tree-covered hills, i decided to look down and and around, and bring to you some of the little things that are so easily overlooked ...


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... no tripod ...


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... no "close focusing" macro lens ...


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... neither fill-flash ...


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... nor folding light reflector ...


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... just me, alone ...


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... with my little light tight box ...


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... and my eyes ...

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... and, most important, the excitement of the thinking i might have finally mastered at least a few of the steps necessary for waltzing ever so softly with the light ...

"Some photographers take reality ... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit.  Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation."
ANSEL ADAMS