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 sixth 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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October 13, 2017

MILKY WAY OVER FLAGSTAFF

... john asked me to join him for the "star party" he was presenting at the "maine huts & trails" facility on the shore of flagstaff lake ... while he was setting up all his telescopes i took a little stroll along the peninsula ...

... again, "there's as much color in a single leaf as there is in the entire forest" ... words to live by, at least as far as i'm concerned ...

... from the darkened woods i could see the far shore being painted with the warm light from the descending sun ...

... despite the time of year the water was unusually warm ... i so wanted to take a dip ... no bathing suit or towel didn't inhibit me, but thoughts of the group of eighth-graders at the lodge kept me honest ... darn ... !!! ...

... the dam controlled level of the lake fluctuates due to power demands ...

... autumn, but the ferns hang on ...

... the trail darkened more as the sun moved towards the invisible horizon ...

... from almost the end of the peninsula, 4000+ foot bigelow mountain ... the entire area is now protected land ...

... no lighthouse, but, like pemaquid, a little reflecting pool, aligned perfectly for a photographer's play ...

... as i waited for the sunset i heard soft voices behind me ... the kids were showing up to witness the event ... stacy, their teacher, found her spot while a bit further along the rocks one of her charges experimented with a bit more precarious vantage ...

... a most well-behaved group, they added much to the evening's joy ...

... the supper bell called our return to the lodge ...


 ... later, while john was doing his magic act, in near total darkness i made my way back along the trail so i could [finally] photograph the milky way with star reflections in still water ...

... a moment and place for no words, just being ...

... and, as it is, right this minute i'm heading out to do it again ... !!! ...

ONE-EYED MAN PLACE WANDERABOUT

... i was hoping that the journal entry title would catch your attention ... of course, with most shirts being sewn overseas these days, the hathaway mill where the one-eyed man's shirts were once produced now contains high-end apartments, medical records processing, and an office for cengage books ... for me, it's a favorite place to wander and explore light ...

... the main floor is most wonderfully developed retail spaces ... with occasional rare exception all have been empty since the building was renovated ...

... the main hall is rather elegant ... this is about half of it ...

... a large unoccupied space is sometimes utilized as a meeting place by one of the firms located on the third-floor ...

... when the building was renovated the windows became a great controversy ... the developer made it clear he couldn't afford to replace the frames with "historically accurate" pieces, which was something required as the building is listed as a "nationally historical building" ... my understanding is that somehow the state got involved, so it would seem that i might've paid for a tiny part of this scene ...

... this is one of the rooms that is part of the building director's office, which is the only space being utilized on the main hallway ...

... the adjacent mill is still undeveloped ... in the weeds i found two nice telephone insulators, which i gave to liz for her "repurposing" artwork ...

... try the fall foliage in b&w ... that takes effort ...

... and i was tired (at least partly because, it turns out, i've been walking on a broken ankle since my motorcycle accident) so i "changed film" ...

... you'll hear from me often, "there's as much color in a single leaf as there is in the entire forest" ... it's a zen thing, defined as such by the fact that you can apply the observation to almost anything ...

... i like wandering the hathaway mill, so i'll do it again sometime ... company's welcome, always ...