This photo was taken during vacation. It was a very beautiful sunset in Lubec and of course there were tourists there taking photos and selfies with the sun setting in the background. In typical tourist fashion though, as soon as the sun set below the horizon, everyone left. The best colors of sunset usually happen 20 minutes to a half hour after the sun disappears. As you can see here, waiting it out paid off.
The other night the northern lights were visible in Maine. I wasn't out with my camera that night but I read some Facebook chatter the lights were going to make another appearance on Wednesday night. When I got out of work I grabbed my camera and took a drive to Sabattus River, the aurora was a no show but I did get this image of a batch of daisys. There was a half moon out so the milky way didn't show up as brilliantly as it did last Friday. This time of year and the time of night I was out, the milky way shows up best looking south, I was looking north hoping to spot the northern lights. As for the daisys, I used my headlamp to skim a little light onto the blossoms.
Every year I have birds nesting in the nest box I built. I’ve had tree swallows nesting in it but most of the time it’s chickadees. This year a pair of titmice took up residence. Right now they are actively feeding their young. I took this photo a couple of days ago as the adult paused before going into the box to feed the little ones. I’m loving the 7D Mark II.
A place I like to visit is Pineland Farms in New Gloucestor. They have a wonderful flower garden, it's very accesible and a good place to practice your flower photography. These images were taken last summer and I'm looking forward to going back again.
I took this image a couple of years ago at Reid State Park, it was taken during my favorite time to go to the beach, when no one else is there. This was the morning after a full moon and you can just make out the moon, through the haze, on the top of the photo just right of center. It was a very hot and humid day so later on this beach had wall to wall people on it.
Vaughn Woods in Hallowell is a very nice place to visit with easy hiking trails. The one steep and slippery trail leads to this waterfall underneathe the stone bridge, it's worth tackling the trail to get a photo like this. The image was taken during the month of June, my favorite month of the year. The leaves on the the trees are still fresh and haven't been bothered by wind and bugs and aren't as battered looking as toward the end of summer.
I've been to Sabattus River many times throughout the years and there are many photographs on this blog to prove it. Even though I've been many times it seems I always find new things to photograph. I had never noticed these moneywort blossoms before despite being in this particular location on numerous occasions. A low vantage point and a wide angle lens helped me get this view.
I went back a couple days later after more rain and got a closer image. A polarizing filter was used in both images to reduce shine on the rocks and leaves.
My book is hot off the presses at Blurb! Take a sneak peek and place your order if you're so inclined by clicking on the cover photo above. An eBook version for download to your iPad or iPhone is now available in the iTunes store.
I live in Lewiston, Maine and have for most of my life. I've always had an interest in nature; as a kid I read books by Edwin Way Teal, Rachael Carson, among others, and I used to love studying the Golden Nature Guides. When I got into photography it was natural for me to take pictures of the natural world. A few years ago I got into kayaking and that allowed me to get to places I would never be able to by hiking and of course this gives me more photography oppurtunities. I realized years ago you don't have to travel to exotic locations to get good photographs. I have to admit I'm lucky to be living in a beautiful state with a lot of natural diversity, but I've taken good pictures right in my own back yard and neighborhood.