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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May 29, 2018

WANDERABOUTING TIDBITS

... we've been making visits to watch the eagles and osprey fishing the alewives in the shallows of the sebasticook river just below the dam in benton ... this is liz in her expedition outfit ...
  

... i don't have a lens that's specifically proper for such photography, so i make do with my "legacy" (read that "30+ years old) 300mm f/4.5 nikkor ...
  

... this year i was surprised at how sharp the images were that i had taken hand-held ... then i remembered that one of the reasons i moved up to the sony a7ii was that it has built-in image stabilization ... needless to say, it works ...
  

... john and i made a little wanderabout to witness the alewives running the sheepscott river in alna ...
  

... on pemaquid neck i decided to forgo the lighthouse and play around a bit ... i shot the seagull floating above the rocks, then made five images of breaking waves ... when i got home i layered and merged the wave images, even though none of them matched any of the others ... i then added the seagull and experimented with the color ... i like the result, if for no other reason that i like seagulls and waves  ...
  

... i lost count of the pictures i've taken of these "rats with wings" ... truthfully, i admire seagulls ... i find them both beautiful and smart ...
  

... my friend and wanderabouting buddy ... i think the picture on the right is one of the best candid portraits i've ever taken ...
  
 

... there wasn't much i could do in terms of composition, but i think i managed to portray how pitching up and down on the great blue sea the little sailboat appeared to me so very alone ...
  

... we had a nice visit with john's daughter, emily ... she made me an absolutely perfect cup of coffee, so i decided i would give a little on my moral principles and snap a picture of her cat ...
  

... returning home via a back road i suddenly jammed on the brakes, "that tree, that's worth a picture" ...
  

... pink, defined ...
  

... this is darrell's brother ... over thirty-years ago he built this wood splitter from odd parts and a volkswagon diesel motor ... it had been sitting outdoors all winter, yet when he pushed the button it started up, coughed a couple of times, and then ran smoothly without a bit of hesitation ... as for power, i've a feeling it'll easily split any piece of cordwood that can be lifted and placed on its slide bed ... i was seriously impressed ...
  

... i've been taking pictures at "universal bread" ... adrian'll is using them for business cards, posters, etc., but for me it's simply great fun with my camera (all the fresh bread i can it, too, that's a nice bonus) ...