Spring Water

Small Falls
A Glimpse of Paradise

We needed a break and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to go for a Sunday drive in the country; we were fortunate to see a young moose near the road and stopped to photograph some exciting water rushing in the rivers in Phillips and near Rangeley. This photograph is my favorite for today, a picture of the final step of Smalls Falls before it dumped into the river.

To see a larger version of this picture and other pictures from our trip, please go to
my online gallery and choose Sunday Drive Spring 2011. The controls for the gallery are not always obvious. If you look at the bottom of the window you will see options for viewing style (Grid is the default, Mosaic is my favorite, Carousel is like the Apple Macintosh file viewer style and Slideshow is just what you think it is). To end the Slideshow, click the arrows that point at each other. Enjoy!

Update [1 Mar 2015]. Time marches on. Apple changed the rules some time ago and the photo gallery is no longer available. If I can ever find the time, I may provide a self-hosted alternative. Sorry about that!

Photographs at the Senator Inn

Gale and I decided to have lunch on Saturday at the Senator Inn in Augusta (at Cloud 9). We had heard that they were hanging pictures from members of the Capitol Area Camera Club, so we asked the waitress if we could speak with the person responsible for managing the pictures. As luck would have it, there had been a recent change in management (Roger Bintliff has recently become General Manager) and we were introduced to Aaron Lachance, who offered us the opportunity to hang three of Gale’s photos at the front desk!

Gale's Three Pictures at Front Desk at Senator Inn, Augusta, ME
Gale Davison's Pictures at front desk at the Senator Inn, Augusta

I returned on Sunday with business cards for the pictures and took this picture (with Jason Wentworth posing at the front desk in front of Gale’s photographs) to share with you. Incidentally, the meal at Cloud 9 was fabulous (and their reputation for great service is well deserved).

Browser Rendering Issues

I had some feedback about one of my earlier posts [Sunrise at Bass Harbor] today. Apparently the theme [Oenology 0.9.1 by Chip Bennett] (or the NextGEN plugin) doesn’t work very well in the K-Meleon browser. As a newbie to WordPress blogging, I’m not really sure how best to address such feedback. For starters, I plan to view my blog with Internet Explorer [IE7] on my PC. I maintain the blog on a Mac (with Firefox) and look at it with Safari and Chrome occasionally, but I don’t often have the opportunity to review it on the Windows platform, so I’d like to thank Sichere Geldanlage 2010 for the feedback. I will pass along this feedback to Chip Bennett and the folks who do the NextGEN plugin (and probably to the K-Meleon folks as well).

As I mentioned in the original post, my choice for displaying the images is part of my learning curve. I have plans to investigate other plugins (and other approaches) to display the images. I’m looking for the optimum presentation tool for my pictures. In order to make it easier to evaluate, I will probably update the original post to point to subsequent experiments. Thanks for taking the time to give me feedback. Keep it flowing!

Into Every Life a Little Rain Must Fall

After a fabulous week of sun and vibrant colors, we were visited with a little rain and wind on Friday morning. The rain lasted only for a few hours, but it was windy most of the day. We took in some of the lawn furniture so it wouldn’t blow away. Gale took advantage of the situation to get some very interesting shots of white caps, rollers and seagulls struggling to stay aloft.

Rainy Morning in Bernard, Maine
Rainy Morning

Up With the Birds

Just Before Sunrise at Seawall
Up With the Birds

For our Thursday we decided to try to get sunrise over the water. I didn’t want to stumble through the woods in the dark, so we agreed on Seawall. We were the first to arrive (in the dark) and picked our spot very carefully. Gale used her tripod and got some marvelous shots. This is one of my better shots, just before the sun came up; I managed to find a bird on his way to breakfast. There were several other decent pictures (of low clouds against the horizon and of early boats against the horizon), but I will save those for my gallery (which is part of the learning curve I hope to climb before we leave).

Just Another Day in Paradise

Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain
Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain

After our wonderful carriage ride, we decided to drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain. We had a perfect day for it and took quite a lot of pictures. I managed to get several pictures of a very large boat (or ferry) entering or leaving Bar Harbor. At one scenic turnout on the road to the top of the mountain, I greeted a cab driver who pulled in and he replied, very dryly, “Just another day in paradise.” Well, for him it may have been perfectly normal, but to us it was a real treat. And the clear sunny weather was an extra bonus.

Sunrise at Bass Harbor

After a whirlwind visit with Jerry and Bonnie, and before we visited with Rodney and Jill at their home in Manset, I had a few moments to savor the early morning light and decided to capture it (with my trusty SONY camera); I’m only an amateur, so some of the shots are not in focus and I don’t really know how to take advantage of all the bells and whistles, so these shots will never win any prizes. Hopefully, in spite of all those caveats, you will get some sense of how beautiful this little corner of the world can be early in the morning in October.

Update [1 Mar 2015]. The following part of the post applied to the original wordpress.org plugin (which does not work on this wordpress.com site); I am currently working on a wordpress.org companion site and will make this gallery available at some time in the future.

The pictures are displayed here with the NextGEN plugin. Toggle the link below to cycle between watching the slide show or viewing the pictures individually by clicking through them on your own schedule.

[nggallery id=1]

This is my first attempt to show pictures in a gallery with WordPress. The pictures were exported from iPhoto (giving me JPEG images less than 100KB each). I will need to continue working on my NextGEN plugin learning curve; there are ways to associate names and descriptions for the individual images, etc.

[published on 24 Oct 2010 and backdated to match the events and images]

Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim . . .

Dump Truck on Barge
Dump Truck Afloat

One of the benefits of visiting Rodney and Jill (aside from their local knowledge, guaranteed intelligent conversation and exquisite taste) is an opportunity to watch a busy Southwest Harbor at work. It was a fairly busy day on the water for the barges today and we were fortunate enough to capture this dump truck on its way to or from the island. Photo by Gale Davison.