Posted on October 26, 2014
I just got back from 3 fabulous days on the Emerald coast of Florida. Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier in Fort Walton is a great spot to fish or just grab a beer and watch the sunset.
For more info on travel to the Gulf go to: Emerald Coast
Posted on October 18, 2014
There is something about the tension between the canon and the boys pose, almost as if he is falling on the battlefield, that I like about this shot. Fort Anne National historic site, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
Posted on October 7, 2014
Three things I noticed out in the world today that gave me reason to pause.
First is that an old couch with a “Free” sign in front of a house after a rain storm is either sad and desperate or incredibly optimistic, I can’t decide which.
Second was a bumper sticker I saw on the back of a car going over the Calvin bridge that said,“Get a taste of religion, lick a witch”
Finally were the the first words in alphabetical order of the seemingly random spelling lists on the inside cover of my new Mead spell-write steno book;
“Abrupt Bachelor Calendar
Posted on August 22, 2014
Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia: Joe Gillis, a 3rd generation lobsterman, works the ocean off the cliffs of Inverness with his two sons Alex and Daniel. Jim Turner is the newbie, learning the trade. They set 300 traps. At 70lbs each dry, the task of setting, hauling and stacking the traps, and coiling thousands of feet of rope is a mammoth job. The rewards are the hundreds of Nova Scotia Lobsters caught that day. Joe insists they are “the best in the world” Later that night, feasting on a pile of the huge steaming crustaceans, I have to agree.
For more info on travel to Nova Scotia go to: novascotia.com
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Posted on July 30, 2014
On a bench at the corner of Queen and Victoria Row In Charlottetown, Prince Edwards Island, sits Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. Cast in bronze by artist Michael Halterman, he leans forward, as if in mid thought, engaging whoever occupies the next seat. Public art is often hit miss but this one really works and at least you can still use half of the bench. But, Sir. John wont be giving up his seat any time soon.
Want to travel to PEI? Check out: Tourism PEI
Posted on July 27, 2014
Photography is a thoughtful process. It is the “seeing” that is the hard part. One of the things I love about the job is figuring out the concepts behind a new assignment.
I got a call from David Julian McClements, a faculty member of the Food Science department at Umass Amherst. He asked if I was interested in doing the cover for Food and Function, the journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London.
The assignment was to illustrate his research on “Excipient Foods: Designing Food Matrices that Improve the Oral Bioavailability of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals”. David gave me a list of ingredients that would be appropriate: salad dressing, yogurt, cream, sauce, vegetables, vitamins, berries, and fruit.
This all kind of terrified me but after reading his paper and pacing around for a few hours I had a plan. I went to Dave’s pet food city and bought a small glass aquarium. At wall mart I found cheap canola oil and fish oil and vitamin E capsules. Then to Stop and Shop and Serious market for berries olives and fruit.
I filled the aquarium with a 2 inch layer of the oil and started cutting thin slices of the food and arranging the ingredients in the oil. I also drizzled a small amount of balsamic vinegar and shook up the tank to create some bubbles. I shot from above and lighted it from underneath with a Paul C buff Einstein studio flash. The camera was a Canon 5Dmk11 with a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens.
Posted on July 23, 2014
On the road to Inverness, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, I was driving in the stunning late afternoon light searching for an image. I stopped to shoot this barn, and the horses appeared topping it off. It was a lucky shot, but as my father used to say, “luck favors the prepared”
Posted on July 15, 2014
A friend just asked me if I was in Nova Scotia Canada during tropical storm Arthur, the answer is yes! I drove fast, just ahead of the storm from Prince Edwards Island across the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick and on to Truro Nova Scotia. The bridge was closed to trucks and down to a 60 km speed limit because of high winds and I got blown around the entire trip. I was planning on camping that night but changed plans and was lucky enough to get a room at a super 8 hotel thanks to Pam Wamback at Novascotia.com
Posted on July 14, 2014
Wow. That was my new favorite word on Cape Breton island and it popped out of my mouth every direction I looked. Wow. I just returned from a two week trip through Nova Scotia and after driving 2,046 miles I am already planning how to get back to this beautiful place. Stay tuned for many more updates and images from the trip. Above, the sun sets off the coast of Inverness on Cape Breton island. For more info on travel to Nova Scotia go to: NovaScotia.com
Posted on June 28, 2014
My journey to Nova Scotia began on the Nova Star ferry from Portland Maine to Yarmouth. The cabins are super comfortable and the showers are hot. Dinner and breakfast is served and although I showed great restraint, there is also a casino and a bar. Set sail at 9;00 pm and arrive refreshed and rested in Yarmouth in the morning. For more info go to: novastarcruises
For more info on travel to novascotia.com
Posted on June 26, 2014
Repo: Writer Bob Parks and I collaborated on the story ,”Scan Artist” in this July’s issue of Popular Science. We spent some time in Cleveland Ohio with one of the countries largest and most technically advanced repossession companies, Relentless Recovery. I have to say that liked them quite a bit. Colorful characters living an edgy life of constant confrontation and danger . A strange reality that becomes routine when it is something you do every day. They repo up to 700 cars a month . They are just the soldiers, What scares me are the huge LPR data companies sucking up our personal information. To read the entire article go to; SCAN ARTIST
Posted on June 20, 2014
Serra da Estrela natural park is located on the highest Mountain range in central Portugal. The landscape and spectacular views are dotted by incredible boulder formations, some of which resemble people and others that were utilized as shepherds homes and as retreats many years ago for tuberculosis sufferers who came for the healing powers of the fresh air and climate. For more information on travel to Portugal and Serra da Estrela, go to: Visit Portugal
Posted on June 7, 2014
The Machado de Castro National Museum in Coimbra Portugal has a spectacular collection of sculptors. But with all due respect, the bizarre baroque baby Jesus thing freaks me out. They must be the the models for the original Chucky horror movies.
Posted on June 5, 2014
When traveling to Lisbon, a pilgrimage to Cafe A Ginjinha Espinheira Rossio is mandatory. A small closet sized bar with only room enough for three people, they serve one drink, the Ginja. Developed by a Galician friar, Ginjinha berries ( sour cherries) are steeped in brandy and served in shot glasses with a berry on the bottom. It is sweet, sticky and a wonderful pick me up any time of the day. Down the shot, lick your lips, chew the cherry, spit out the seed and repeat.
Posted on June 2, 2014
Lisbon Portugal has just risen to my top cities of the world list. It possesses all of the attributes travelers are looking for: Amazing food culture, safety, an incredible historic city center and above all the consistently friendly Portuguese people. It’s easy to walk, bicycle or simply pull up a seat at the plethora of water front cafes and watch the world go by. Above a girl engages in the age old tradition of chasing pigeons on the waterfront by the “Quay of Columns”For more info o travel to Portugal go to: Visit Portugal
Posted on May 22, 2014
This image is from Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok 2012. I loved traveling there, just as has every other traveler I know who has been lucky enough to make the trip.
I send good wishes and support out to the Thai people after the Military Coup that was executed today. The whole world is watching.
Posted on May 12, 2014
Finally, the Asparagus are here. For me, their arrival is the defining point in the year when winter is truly over, and the bounty of spring begins. These are from my favorite farm stand, Alligator Brook Farm on rt. 47, in Hadley, Ma, the “Asparagus Capital of the World.”
Posted on May 6, 2014
ACLU immigration client Richard Gordon reunites with his family.
For more information on the work the American Civil Liberties Union is doing to help people held under Mandatory Immigration detention, without the oppertunity to post bond, go to this link- ACLU