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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July 27, 2020

WANDERABOUTING IN THE TIME OF CORONA

...  a bit of this and that, here and there, some images meant to calm and settle in a time when all seems spinning out of control ...

... john accompanied me on an expedition i had to make to nh to collect a cable for my "steampunk" computer project ... on the way home we stopped for a little exploration of the south portland waterfront ... across the bay, silhouetted by the setting sun, is downtown portland ...
     


... bug light, well over 100 years old ...
     


... bug light is constructed of curved cast iron plates ... the joints are cleverly hidden by the decorative corinthian columns ...
     


... although it is quite possible that gan de in china did so two thousand years earlier, in the western world it was galileo's 1609-1610 observations of the tiny lights orbiting a brilliant "wandering star," the planet jupiter, that were to be the foundation for a new relationship between humanity and the heavens ... through my ancient all manual 300mm ed nikkor perched atop my rooftop porch: io, europa, ganymede and callisto ...
     


And who can doubt that it will lead to the worst disorders when minds created free by God are compelled to submit slavishly to an outside will? When we are told to deny our senses and subject them to the whim of others? When people devoid of whatsoever competence are made judges over experts and are granted authority to treat them as they please? These are the novelties which are apt to bring about the ruin of commonwealths and the subversion of the state.
GALILEO GALILEI
     
... late in the evening john and jeff and i went down to messalonskee lake where we shared a wonderful view of the comet neowise ... the "tail," a minuscule amount of ionic material that is being pushed away from the five kilometer diameter slushy dust/ice ball nucleus by the sun's radiation, is currently pointed in the direction the comet is heading ... by the way, the tail is over 5,000,000 miles long ... thanks for the show, neowise, we'll see you again in about about 6,000 years ...
   


... a revisiting of an image of waterville/winslow's 2¢ bridge ...
   

... on a bluff above the columbia river, adrien and i came across this truck ... this is another image i enjoy reinterpreting ...
         


... how appropriate, that this image is from circleville, ohio ...
     


... if you know about the zone system then you know how irresistible ferns (and peppers) can be ...
     


... john's "liberty tree" ...

     


... the harbor in friendship ...
     


... what i call "the under-the-sea" road ... it's only exposed at low tide, giving access to privately owned garrison island ... john didn't want to drive it, so i'm going to have take my car down for a go ...

     


... the ridge leading to the island is another display of maine's convoluted geologic story ...

     


... "life on mars" ... ??? ... if these fellows can survive being dried out in 90°f heat, submerged beneath a dozen feet of salt water, frozen in winter's -20°f  arctic air, and for much of the year being covered with huge sheets of ice, well, i imagine mars should be a breeze for alien life forms ...

     


... john strolls the under-the-sea road ...

     


... cultivated garden blossoms and their hardy wild kin ...
     
    

... while high humidity and southern style heat blanketed lincolnville beach a family enjoyed a pleasant respite in the calm, cool sea ...
     


... theresa and mary, from dixmont and portland, two pals waging war against the corona boredom ...
     


... was the drink drew my attention ... if i did drink i think i'd want to try one of these ... vodka and cranberry juice, if i recall correctly, which would mean it's healthy, too ...
     


... what a wonderful world we live in ...