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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June 29, 2018

A MOUNTAIN STREAM

... i took a break from house/dog/cat sitting to do a bit of wanderabouting in the mountains west of ossisipee, new hampshire ... no map, just following the front end of my car, i came across the quintessential new england stream ...
  

... absent any wind, moist air had settled within the steep notch incised by the water down the side of the mountain, and a cool mist was softly blanketing the boulder-strewn bed of the stream ... i found a spot where my tripod could set securely and i began to explore ...
  

... this is a most special place, part of that being that it is clearly photographers' playground ...
  

... i experimented using my super-opaque filter, which allowed me to take very long exposures ... knowing that when i processed the pictures i'd want to have the full dynamic range to work with, i also shot bracketed images of each composition ...
  

... listening to the faint echoes of john and chad's voices, i used their guidance to expose three overlapping frames, later to be merged into this panoramic portrayal of the scene ...
  

... i did the same, only for this the camera was in a vertical position and i took four separate images ...
  

"It is a peculiar part of the good photographer's adventure
to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream,
to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play
and without too much subduing it."
JAMES AGEE