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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March 25, 2018

ALL SORTS OF THINGS

... it's been awhile since i've posted a journal entry ... busy, winter doldrums, a germ invasion, etc. ... this will be an eclectic catch-up from the past month ...

... in new hampshire i took a quick snapshot of the "little white church," and to my great surprise it yielded a nice picture ...
  

... along route 25 i came across this great "ice curl" ... fascinating, but also very dangerious ... the roof of sarah's office had one and she asked me to knock it down before it fell on a client's head ... it was only about a third this size, yet when it hit the ground both adrien and i thought it sounded like a plane crashing  ...
  

... john and i wandered a bit back of palarmo, where i came across this pleasing compostion ...
  

... spring arriving, or, at least, winter beginning to end ...
  

... playing with my "new" nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 lens ...
  

... also playing, this time with "focus stacking" ... when shooting close-ups it's very difficult to get the entire object being photographed into sharp focus ... what is called limited depth-of-field ... for these pictures of a rare pristine baby yashica-44 finished in "rollei grey" (for which they were sued, by the way) i took eight images, beginning with the part of the yashica closest to my camera and then incrementally moving the focus point a tiny bit further until the last image was focused on the part of the yashica furthest from my camera ... i then "stacked" the images in photoshop, aligned them, and then "merged" the sharp portions of each of the individual frames ...
  

... the railroad bridge across the kennebec ...
  

... my friend, roger, bought a "new" motorcycle ... i drove him down to augusta to pick it up, then followed him back to waterville ...
  

... when it comes to motorcycling, roger's one tough rider ...
  

... a "john picture," meaning i snapped it out the window of the car while we were wandering back of the town of jay ...
  

... another test of the nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 ... very difficult lighting conditions for any lens, i was quite impressed how well a 35+ year-old lens recorded the scene ...
  

... click on this one to enlarge it, then see if you can figure it ...
  

... i heard it, looked down—fascinating ...
  

... a nice shap of john, this time with his super-duper wide-angle lens ...
  

... baby tessa, who, as did my little girls, is growing up so very fast ...
  

... me ... i look casual, but i was actually rather nervous since about eighteen inches in front of me was a forty-foot drop to a rocky streambed and i'd no idea where the snow covered guardrail ended and my doom began ...


... spring's coming ...