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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August 15, 2015

VARIOUS WANDERS

... john, chad, wayne and i went down to pemaquid point to take pictures of the perseid meteors streaking across the milky way ... it turned out that timing pictures of these burning remnants of the comet swift-tuttle was a bit more difficult than we imagined, and it was mostly the case that a loud "wow, look at that one" found us all with cameras facing in the wrong direction ... no matter, one can hardly be disappointed in the presence of an entire galaxy ...

... the heavy humidity, a developing sea fog, and portland's light pollution made the technical aspects of what we were doing a bit more difficult ... still, with frequent wiping of our lenses and a developing sense of the timing of the lighthouse's brilliant beam, we pictured on ...

 ... i eventually abandoned the "sharpness" side of the equation and focussed my efforts towards pure pictorialism ...

... if only for the camaraderie and interest shared it was a great evening ... we topped it off by stopping on the way home at two o'clock in the morning to do a late-night-at-denny's snack ...

... in a little outing we took a week ago i found this image ...

... robert concentrates as i play around with my "new" tamron 90mm sp macro lens ... for a very small amount of money, about 1/10th the cost of a modern auto-focus offering, i picked up the super-close focusing lens, a 2x convertor, a set of very nice filters, a decent flash unit, a nice case, and, useless as it may be in this digital age, a nikon n2000 camera in excellent condition ... who knows, maybe the world's batteries'll all run out and we'll go back to film ...

... i took a stroll around town, just to get more acquainted with the glass ...

... john and i took a drive up into the mountains to investigate a potential milky way photography vista ... on the ride home we did a loop through rangely, after which we crossed over the height-of-the-land on our way home ...

... the abnaki's "moose feeding place," mooselookmeguntic lake ...

"The earth is the mother of all people,
and all people should have equal rights upon it."
CHIEF JOSEPH