I have just finished my new book, "Unlocking the Words - A Book of Quotes." It is a book of my collection of quotes, maxims, aphorisms and much more that I have kept for over 50 years. It is available through LULU - just click the button!
During the spring and summer of 2013, I have visited lots of exciting places, with the first trip in May, taking me to England 100th Anniversary of The Chelsea Flower Show. This left me speechless with my head swirling. While there I visited the following outstanding gardens: Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Hidcote, Kiftsgate and Sudeley Castle. You will find many of the photos I took on this website.
I went with friends in June up near Acadia National Park in Maine, followed by a few days on Monhegan Island, known for many years as an artists' colony. The thick fog just added to the atmosphere of it all.
Not skipping a beat when I returned home, I then hopped a plane for Kalispell, Montana, where I attended a photo workshop, led by wildlife photographer, Jeff Wendorff (www.jeffwendorff.com) at Triple D Game Farm. The baby animals that had been born in the spring were full of energy by the time July came. I photographed the following, some babies and some adults: Bengal tiger cub, fox, wolf, coyote, grizzly bear, porcupine, Canada lynx, bobcat, mountain lion, snow leopard and amur leopard. You will find some of these photos on my website.
The rest of the summer I spent time on Cape Cod, Nantucket and New York City. It has been a very active though pleasant summer.
Photographing the animals made me realize I really needed a faster camera. I made the decision to purchase a Canon 7D camera with some great lenses. Not only does it work a lot faster, but it is excellent in low light situations.
The summer of 2012 was filled with trips on the east coast and many photo opportunities. Going to various islands seemed to dominate my summer travel, as well as seeking out gardens such as the re-creation of Monet's garden of Giverny, done so well at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I made a trip there in June and will return in September to see what other flowers will be in bloom at that time.The gardens, stonewalls, studios and other buildings at Weir Farm in Wilton, CT, offered yet another peaceful visit. This was an artist colony for our American Impressionists.
Family members and I went seeking moose in northern Maine and the ones we found were in the lost light of day with the rain coming down, so no moose photos. However, the puffins and other water fowl were plentiful on Machias Seal Island, 15 miles off Cutler, ME, and you can see some of those pictures. I have added a few more Lubec, ME, photos. Portsmouth, NH, has Strawberry Banke, an historic village that is in tact and only a couple of buildings have been moved there. It was there that we took the boat for Appledore Island, one of the 9 Isles of Shoals, to spend the day where Celia Thaxter had once lived and had her island garden. This was the first artists' colony in America where all sorts of artists and writers would congregate, with the painter,Childe Hassam, being a frequent guest.
Towards the end of summer, I drove down to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where my cousin and his friend and I took the ferry from Delaware to New Jersey's Cape May, a charming town full of Victorian architecture and color. Other days were spent on Assateague Island, MD, where the National Refuge for the wild horses is, and Chincoteague Island, VA, where a different band of wild horses is rounded up in the spring to be auctioned off, benefiting the Chincoteague firemen. Another full day was spent taking a boat, 18 miles, to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay, where 9 families have lived there forever. They are watermen mostly who catch the blue crabs that are so very delicious."
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