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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July 22, 2014

A MOST LOVELY WEDDING

... taking a break from housesitting, last friday i rode back to maine so that i could photograph the wedding of joanna lovely and dan welch ...

... their vows made my "all-time top ten" list ...

... there was clearly a great sense of sartorial humor present ...



... part of a well-planned wedding, joanne and dan had made sure that a little alcove in the woods had been bushwhacked clear for photography ...

... and all over the big field they'd set up games for everyone to play ...

... the d.j. was quite good, and once the dancing had begun it didn't stop until the reception was over ...

... the bouquet toss was an olympic performance ...

... as i said, the dancing went on and on ...

... and on ...

... if there'd been a rug mom and dad would've sliced it to bits ...

... eighty years old, gram said, "if i was thirty years younger i'd hit on you" ... i responded, well, seeing as i'm almost sixty-three, that would mean i'd be robbing the cradle" ... she smiled, wonderfully, "hmmmmm, maybe i'll have to rethink it then" ... her boyfriend laughed ... what a great couple ...

... yes, another great couple ...

... i always say, "there are some weddings i enjoy photographing so much that i can't believe i'm being paid" ... this was one of them ... and, no, i didn't hand back the money ...







NOT EXPLORING THE BREAKNECK ROAD

... after wandering up to conway for another of big dave's "world's best" roast-beef-on-a-bagel treats, and making a stop to peruse the offerings at whitehorse gear, i headed east on route 302, then turned south on the haley town road to explore the maine/new hampshire border ... the haley town road lead me to the old county road, which was supposed to bring me to the breakneck road ...

... except, of course, i'd forgotten that quite often google refers to not-quite-up-to-date county maps as resources for their own map program ... not wanting to learn the reason the "breakneck road" is so named, i backtracked to the sam brown hill road and eventually popped out of the woods near crystal lake ...

... what a nice wanderabout ...