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.

November 24, 2017

LENS TEST WANDERABOUT

... although in like-new cosmetic condition, the iris diaphragm of my canon 200mm lens stuck in the open position, something that's not all that unusual in 30+ year-old lenses ... repair is possible, of course, but the procedure is rather complicated and time-consuming, so i opted to purchase a vintage 200mm nikkor ...

... i went for a little stroll this afternoon to test the lens ... a 200mm lens on an aps-c sensor camera is the full-frame equivalent of 300mm, which is a focal length a bit long for effective hand-holding, so these're just some casual shots ...

... the aluminum wall studs in the new colby college dormitory catch the evening light ...

... a seagull takes a break in the parking lot by the river ...

... focusing and composing with a hand-held 7-1/2 power camera lens in low light is working towards the very edge of its performance envelope ...

... a waterville squirrel taking a little stroll across the 2-penny bridge to visit friends in winslow, or, perhaps, maybe it's a winslow squirrel returning from enjoying the nuts in waterville ...

... takeoff from runway 045 ...

... the cool water of the kennebec mirrors the railroad trestle ...

... i'm sure i could dig into the boxes containing my kodachrome and ektachrome slides and find many similar images from when i first began taking color pictures ...

... iron oxide, of which there are eleven forms ... so beautiful ...

... a last bit of evening sun managed to make it over the bank of the river ...

... not quite sure if this is a part of the dam structure ... a bit freaky ...

... the old hathaway building patiently awaits new life ...

... from my living room i shared the sunset with my favorite tree ...

... for a brief moment i disappeared into the western sky ...

... what a wonderful day ... how so incredibly lucky i am ...