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 fifth 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.

August 15, 2017

MISCELLANEA 8.15.17

... from the past month or so, a rather random assemblage of pictures i've taken ...

... atop quimby mountain, in western maine, this was one of my first major outings after the accident ... now lined with giant windmills, just over the horizon is the canadian border ... i especially like the shadow of the tree ...

... resisting the urge to purchase a new piece of glass, i mounted a $5-at-a-yard-sale thirty-year old pentax 50mm f/1.4 onto my fuji t-1 and did a bit of exploring up around the colby college campus ...

... mostly playing around, i was drawn to this building's wooden trim lines ...

... in the simplest of things can be found great visual mystery ...

... john took me for a little coastal wanderabout ... i was fascinated by the classic geometry of these church windows ...

... in the adjoining cemetery i explored texture ...

... for sure not a picture that'll ever earn an award, but i couldn't resist since i've always enjoyed watching seagulls drop clams onto the rocks to break them open for their supper ...

... i saw a young lad investigating land's end at the tip of baileys island ...

... across harpswell sound a schooner returns home ...

... now in ohio, i'm sharing the couch with meeka, jon's friend ...

... relaxing, i decided to do a bit of practice with "focus stacking" ... this very simple picture is comprised of 13 separate images, each with a slightly different focus point ... especially for close-up photography in low light, focus stacking allows you to get much deeper depth-of-focus ...

... here's a shot that required seven major steps, none of which, by the way, was focus stacking ...

... i'm healing, i'm wanderabouting, life is good ...

BUMBLEBEA AT THE WIRE BRIDGE

... several weeks ago, in more than a small way a part of my recovery, we took bumblebea and her parents to the wire bridge ... as her mother, rachel, looked on he father, sean, introduced bea to the carrabassett's cool charm ...

... perhaps the most perfect place on earth for a family portrait ...

... liz enjoyed the water as bea began to slowly expand her horizons ...

... approximately 150 years old, the wire bridge, with the clear waters of the carrabassett river flowing beneath it and the sandy beach along the shore, is one of my favorite places ...

... soon bea began to head out on her own ...

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day."
ALBERT EINSTEIN

"I'm a big potato chip girl. I don't like chocolate and cakes and all that, but I have to have my potato chips. I've got bags in the back of my car right now! But I never beat myself up about it, because, look: You can't give up every damn thing. You need something in your life that you like just because you like it!"
NENE LEAKES

... liz and ahanna, both off-duty teachers ...

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”
ALBERT EINSTEIN

... for me, the wire bridge is about neither the span's structure nor the serenity of stream, rather, it is a place of memories ... liz and adien, their tiny hands in mine, beginning to master more of those ever-so-important first steps ... this moment, liz guiding bea in her exploration ... and, the best of it, that this magical place has both space and time for more memories to be made—

—so many, many more memories ...