Maine house tours

July 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

We were visiting my home town in Maine a couple of weeks ago, and the local historical society was offering tours of some of the old houses. The top picture is from a resort hotel that was built in the early 1900s and is still in operation. The bottom one is from a community hall that was built in the late 19th century and that included a library, a very small collection of natural history specimens, and a little theater where plays and musicals were presented.




Pearls in a landscape

July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pearls on Rye

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pearls are great to photograph. They seem to suck up light and simultaneously give it back. They calm everything down that’s around them and at the same time, they seem to make everything around them more exciting. (Hmmmm . . . I guess that’s why people wear them!) I’ve been photographing Margaret’s real pearls that she inherited from her mother, which is great if I’m working around the house where they won’t get lost or damaged. But I also wanted to take pearls with me to photograph “in the wild.” So we bought some cheap ones at Savers, and I’ve been taking them to the beach, on kayak trips, or just when we’re out for a walk. Here are a couple of pictures (top, mine; bottom, Margaret’s) from the first day of our vacation. We stopped for lunch at Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire. It was a great day for pearls–overcast, with soft light.

Sometimes it’s not obvious where you will take the best photographs

June 12, 2011 § 1 Comment


We spent Friday afternoon at the house of a friend who lives on the Connecticut shoreline. A short walk through the woods took us out to a beautiful sandy beach–it was great after a week of office deadlines to just be there in the warm sun and enjoy the view of Long Island in the distance. It was sunny (a miracle, in this rainy spring!) and the  Sound was full of sailboats and freighters and ferry boats. After enjoying the view and the salt air for a while, we headed back up the wooded path toward the house. Although I had taken a few pictures at the beach, it was actually in the woods that I suddenly started to photograph intensely. Perhaps I was too busy looking at the beach, but in the woods, I was seeing. There is a difference. It’s important to do both. (Many thanks to Mary for the great afternoon!)

A few photographs while I was eating lunch

May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Having lunch in Margaret’s office with our friend Erin today. We’re on strike against the high cost of eating in the college cafeteria. That’ll last about a week, and then we’ll decide we’re tired of peanut butter sandwiches and go back to the lunch line with everyone else. Besides, the carrot cake in the cafeteria is great!

After lunch, I got interested in the artificial . . . well, um, we don’t know what kind of plant this thing is supposed to be imitating. Margaret’s office is across the hall from the Math Center, and everyone calls it the “math plant,” because it’s plastic and  has square roots. Whatever.

I’ve blogged here a zillion times about the pleasures of having a camera small enough so that I can carry it everywhere in my pocket. That certainly was true today, with the lunch hour squeezed between two meetings. Nice to be able to work almost anywhere!

A whoopie pie to celebrate my blog’s birthday

May 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

I started my first blog on May 5, 2010. Many thanks to everyone who has come by to take a look. I appreciate your interest and hope you found something you liked. Whether I took the picture 35 years ago or 35 minutes ago, I love this amazing technology that allows the images to easily find a world-wide audience. There have been 5,180 visits to this site over the past 12 months, which makes me very happy. I considered photographing a birthday cake to celebrate the occasion, but when I saw this genuine Down East Maine whoopie pie, I knew it was just the thing. I look forward to another year of blogging, and hope you will come back often.

Abandoned factory, abandoned restaurant, visual feast

May 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was dashing back and forth across Hartford on errands today when I saw in the distance the hulk of an old warehouse. I don’t know what its original use was, but in more recent years it was briefly repurposed to be a restaurant called the Spaghetti Warehouse. According to Wikipedia, Spaghetti Warehouse is a chain and it’s still in operation in several cities. Many of its sites are former factories or warehouses. It began in Dallas in 1997 and is now owned by a Korean conglomerate. According to Wikipedia, “On Mother’s Day, May 11, 2008, the Pittsburgh Spaghetti Warehouse built the World’s Largest Lasagna weighing 8,800 pounds and serving 9,600 people.” Wikipedia has a long list of cities where restaurants have closed, including Buffalo, New York; Glen Allen, Virginia; Willowbrook, Texas; and Hartford. While it’s no longer serving up lasagna, the crumbling remains of the building are a visual feast, and I hope to go back on a day when I have more time.