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 seventh 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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April 29, 2020

SPRING

... john and i did a little wanderabouting along the messalonskee stream's oxbow ... located almost in the center of the city, now a place of quiet tranquility, the dam and powerhouse are all the remains of a time when this was the center of great industrial energy ...
   


... this using my 24mm wide angle, i'm curious as to how john saw it through his super-duper 100-400mm ...
   


... of the trio of tamron's new glass, i was pleased to discover that the lens has excellent close-focusing capability ... here, spring, elemental ...
   


... perhaps fifty-sixty years old, for sure not as aged as most would think, still from its branches echo whispers of its ancient brethren ...
   


... interesting, that john had never been in waterville's "alley" ... we came across two busy taggers who were adorning the city with their art ...
   


... it was fascinating to watch them paint on the concrete canvas with their spray can brushes ...
   


... david and bruce, if i recall correctly ... maybe ... okay, i'm going to have to check with john ... they were most entertaining fellows ...


... roger and i strolled the colby woods ... this is a little zone system exercise ... if you don't know what that is, hmmmm, perhaps the name ansel adams rings a bell ... ??? ...
   

... asymmetric symmetry ... ??? ... is there such ...
   

... photography can be about touch, too ...
   

... with the glare of the sun and the edge of the frame being rather busy, i wasn't sure i could manage this ...
   

... i'll close with some abstract fun ... i must give credit, i could not find the name of the artist, but the base image was an apple screen saver picture ... eight different copies, modified and layered, and then a half-hour in which i did a bunch of stuff ... i like it ...
     
 

... in these times, with all the turmoil and uncertainty and trauma about us, it is especially important that we remember to see ...

... and to share ...


April 21, 2020

WANDERABOUTING WATERVILLE

... some of these images i've already posted on facebook, but both those and the new ones are here for all those who enjoy my photography ...

 ... roger and i took a little "social distancing" stroll along the waterfront ... i brought along my "new" sony a7ii ... right, with no word from the repair facility i decided that i could deal with the entire world turning topsy-turvy, but not without a camera to share the experience ...

... another social distancer, enjoying the fresh spring air ...
   

... it used to be a bank, now it's a medical care employment agency with a big sign flashing "help wanted"...
   

... soon, i hope, there'll be leaves to photograph ...
   

... my pal, roger, patiently suffering me and my camera ...
   

... the old mill, now a storage facility ... timely ironic, this industrial behemoth used to produce a significant percentage of america's—ah, yes, that would be "bathroom tissue" ...
   

... my little town, from the park across the river in winslow ...
   

... springtime in maine ...
   

... waterville's de facto official mass transportation hub ...
   

... roger maintained the appropriate distance, but he kept his cell phone ready in case the coast guard was going to be needed to rescue me ...
   

... between snow melt in the mountains and heavy spring rains the ticonic falls dam was a thundering cascade ...
   

... much, much quieter in the summer and fall, this is one of my favorite spots in waterville ...
   

... haircuts and shopping and toilet paper and chicken wings, what must he be thinking as he listens to the complaints ...
   

... sheltered in the dry thatch, timeless sharing ...
   

... several summers back i took eric to the five islands to introduce him to steamers done up proper ... revisited, an image from wonderful day ...
   

... waterville's 2¢ bridge ...
... i see new faces about, wanderabouting, i hope lessons are being learned ...


April 7, 2020

SOCIAL DISTANCING WANDERABOUTING


... before this time of social distancing, little tessa and mom at "mac's bowlaway duck pin lanes" in west warwick, rhode island ... "duck pins," you ask, with a rather quizzical look ... well, the best way to describe duck pin bowling is to quote wikipedia:

The USBC reported that there were 55,266 certified 300 games in ten-pin bowling in the 2013-14 season alone, but there has never been a certified 300 game in duckpin bowling.

... duckpin bowling is great fun, and, yes, tessa beat me ...
   

... she learns ...
   

... there should be a monument to the person who invented the swingset ...
   

... practicing for the olympics, perhaps ...
   

... i made a little wanderabout yesterday ... my sony a7ii, sent out to be repaired a couple of weeks ago, is now lost in corona virus limbo, so i shared the outing with my  motorola cell phone ... not my favorite camera, for sure, but, as they say, any port in a storm  ... one thing that is way cool about the motorola, i must admit, is that i can do all the editing right on the phone using "snapseed" ...

... on the two-cent bridge i found a story ... i've no idea whether it is a sad story or a happy story, but i'm glad i took the time to read it ...
   

... the railroad bridge over the kennebec ...
   

... i enjoyed the juxtaposition of geometry of the trusses and the roaring of the spring melt cascading over the ticonic falls dam ...
   

... from this spot, i wonder what benedict arnold would think ...
   

... i'm betting you're going to wonder at this one ...
   

... angle, angles, and more angles ...
   

... me, mask pulled below my chin for the snapshot, social distancing ...
    
... life is good, isn't it ...