Fall Through My Lens

fallHaving lived most of my youth in  Florida and most of my adult life in Houston, fall in Maine is a new season to me even after 16 years.

As soon as it’s that time of year, I make a special trip to Beth’s market to fill a basket with an amazing array of pumpkins and gourds.  They will be used here and then taken  to Houston where they will appear one way or another through the Christmas holidays.  Indeed, they are a very good investment.

LL86Even after stocking up on pumpkins and gourds, if I see someone on the side of the road selling them I can’t resist stopping for one or two more.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn my neighborhood,  I pass this tree daily, and it is always the first indication I see that fall is really here.  It shows its coat of many colors early, but it seems to lose it when other trees are just turning.

MaineOn beautiful fall days, I enjoy getting in the car and with no destination in mind heading out with my camera to see what else is happening with the change of season. In the rural areas, grass is bundled for winter livestock feed

fall/woodand wood is piled to keep those winter fires burning.

Miscellanenous 14Expanses of wild blueberry fields have turned crimson

Maine 2009 3and ponds and lakes reflect  the color on their banks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADriving down any road reveals beauty that in its splendor reveals that God is, indeed, a master artist and my heart fills with gratitude.

sunsetWho knows how many more years Maine will be my part time home, but however long that is, I doubt I will tire of fall and the drama of its colors and textures.

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Days of Wonder III

Alaska abounds with breathtaking natural beauty.

Snow capped mountains and islands covered with hemlock, spruce and cedar are enough to satiate the senses, but there’s more.

Even the sunsets are  wondrous on drizzle free days.

We were fortunate to witness two technicolor skies, one intense and dramatic.

The other was softer and cast its pastel glow over mountains and water.

When I see sights like this

and this, it renews my faith in a power greater than man and fills my heart with gratitude.

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Little Piece of Heaven

Going to Maine is like my favorite fleece: the people and the memories just wrap me up in warmth and it feels like home.

I’m not sure from where I copied those words, but they sum up my feelings about returning to Maine.  Perhaps I wouldn’t love it so much if I were here all the time, but for  five plus months it is my little piece of heaven where all the stresses and concerns of life are diminished. 

So, what is it that makes Maine so special?  Well, there are a lot of things, but here are a few of my favorites. 

lobster rollLobster rolls

Walking on the dirt road

Tini time on the porch

Pipe DreamsExcursions on Pipe Dreams

MusselsFinding mussel heaven

lobster boatLobster boats

Rockport HarborRockport Harbor

fall/sunsetSunsets

There’s all this and so much more, and during the next few months I invite you to share Maine with me.

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Simple Things

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it comes to boating destinations, there are some places I never tire of.  One is Perry Creek, a peaceful inlet on Vinalhaven that is a favorite for our overnight get aways.

Perry CreekI love the quiet of the tree lined banks, 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe drama of a setting sun,

Perry Creekthe beauty of moonlight on the water

Perry Creek, fogand fog drenched mornings.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASometimes we are lucky enough to be the only boat in Perry Creek, but that doesn’t mean we are all alone.  No, we have for company a couple whose floating summer home is  eye candy.  Can you think of a place where plants could be happier?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASmall it may be, but there’s everything one could need for a simple life.  There’s no question these folks have got that figured out.  You know, there’s something to be said about keeping our needs to a minimum and focusing on what is all around.

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On To Big Bend

Big Bend is a land of strong beauty, often savage and always imposing.

Lon Garrison

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABig Bend is one of the more interesting but least visited national parks in the United States.  There’s good reason for that.  Big Bend is not an easy place to get to.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is not right off any super highway which means you better know where to turn to get there.  And, it’s a good idea to start with a full tank of gas because there’s no close place to fill up when the gas gauge nears E.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce there, the solitude and beauty of the place is overwhelming.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is desert

and mountains.

It is rock formations

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Santa Elena Canyon

and canyons, all formed millions of years ago by volcanic activity.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is green valleys along the Rio Grande,

Rio Grande 1the narrow, shallow river that serves as the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Big Bend

It is native grasses swaying in the wind

and here and there an abandoned ranch or dwelling where a family once lived.  It is hard to imagine surviving in such a challenging environment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABig Bend is sunriseOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand sunset and so much more, but that can wait for another day.  Do come back to share the grandeur and mystery of this captivating national treasure.

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Zurich: A Quick Look

ZurichOn the way to our real adventure, we made a quick stop in Zurich.  Lovely as it is, it is one of the most expensive places I’ve ever been.  A beer and bratwurst served with fries $30….really!

We strolled the streets and while the following may not be in sight seeing books, here’s what caught my eye.

SteeplesSteeples standing tall against blue sky.

PeoplePeople taking time out to steal quiet moments in the sun

cell phone talkersand, more likely, chatting on cell phones, checking messages or whatever.  That’s fodder for another whole post!

muralsWorking from cartoons and using only spray paints, artists creating fun murals to hide construction sites.

ZurichSnow capped Alps providing a backdrop for Lake Zurich

Zurichand breathtaking sunsets casting a magical glow over Zurich making it a canvas only God can create and artists try to copy.

With so much to take in, who needs a guide book?

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Winter

Rockport Harbor/winter Winter, a time of icy cold

Rockport Harbor/winter/sunsetand early evening sunsets looming low beyond leafless trees, opening views to the sea.

Rockport Harbor/winter/lobster boats
Winter, a time when lobster boats are silent

Rockport Harbor/winterand a lonely craft waits for spring.

dirt road winterWinter, a time of sparkling beauty,

wintersnowshoes and cold noses.

What is winter to you?

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Fall Is……

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s official, fall is here. It is changing leaves, cool morning temperatures and so much more.

 Fall is comfort food,

APPLES  apple picking

pumpkinsand pumpkins.

dirt roadFall is walks on the dirt road

selfie,shadowand casting long shadows.

fall sunsetFall is earlier sunsets of deeper, richer hues,

dahliadahliadahliadahlias and dahlias that take my breath away.

blueberry field, fallFall is blueberry fields wearing their fall colors

bootsand new boots to warm the feet.

cloudsFall is breathing cool, crisp air beneath feathery clouds, and with every breath I am reminded how lucky I am.

 So, how about you, what is fall?

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On To Yarmouth

Swan's Island

Trekking back to the boat after last night’s concert, fog was settling in,

Swan's Islandand by morning Swan’s Island was completely socked in,

Swan's Island/lighthousequite a contrast to yesterday.

Though traveling in fog is not my favorite way to boat, thanks to great radar equipment we headed on out, destination Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  The fog never lifted, so we saw nothing along the way, and Yarmouth was as foggy.  Bummer!

YarmouthLuckily, near the wharf was an antique shop where I know many of you would have found a special treasure.

antiques/bottlesAs for me, I’d like to have had a few of these bottles, but I had no cash and the dealer didn’t take credit cards.  Oh well, I probably didn’t need them anyway.

YarmouthWalking back to the boat, I glimpsed this window in a marine supply store.  It added color to an otherwise gray day.

Yarmouth/fishing boatsWhen the fog lifted, there were some interesting sights, like the fishing boats that left early evening to throw their nets at night.  I guess that is so they don’t interfere with daytime boat traffic.

Yarmouth/fishing boatThey carry little boats on the stern.   If any of you know what the purpose of the smaller boat is, I’d love to know.

YarmouthAs the sun began to drop, gulls and cormorants flocked to an island near the wharf and made the most raucous noise.  Interestingly, I was told, the island used to be covered with trees but now there are only a few stubs thanks to the acidity of the gull poop.  You never know what you are going to learn at a marina!

Yarmouth/sunsetLuckily, the fog began to lift just as the day ended letting the magnificent colors of sunset shine through.  Once again I thought what an incredible artist God is.

sunset/anchor

Speaking of art, this photo taken early morning reminds of an abstract painting, but it is a large anchor silhouetted against the sky.  You never know what is going to capture your eye through the lens of a camera!

YarmouthSo much for Yarmouth.  After a quiet night, we are once again prepared to move on.  As we left the harbor, what we hadn’t seen the day before bid us farewell.

Yarmouth/lighthouseWho knew there was a lighthouse at the outer harbor?  If it had welcomed us, we totally missed it!

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Sunrise, Sunset

I think these may have been words to an old Jerry Vale song, but here they describe God’s artistry at sunrise and sunset.  

Sunrise can be filled with mystery at the Grand Canyon. (Photo by PCL)In Italy, morning comes softly

while off the coast of Maine, God’s hand is at work over the water. (Photo by LLH)

The evening is no less spectacular, and it’s amazing how the colors change with the season.

At the Grand Canyon,  smoky purples and oranges close out the day in summer.

In Tuscany, the sun sinks romantically over the land

while in Maine the water is colored by the day’s last rays.

God is an incredible artist, and nowhere is His work more evident than at the beginning and end of each day.

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