destin florida Harbor Walk Villiage

Harbor Walk Village Destin Florida

 

destin florida Harbor Walk VilliageComing into Harbor walk village in Destin after a day of fishing on the gulf. It may be getting colder in the East, but the sun is always shining in Florida. For more info on travel to Destin and Fort Walton Beach, go to:

Emeraldcoast.com

 

dolphin florida fort walton beach gulfarium

Dolphin Gulfarium

dolphin florida fort walton beach gulfarium

The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach Florida is a cool, family friendly place to get a close up look at Marine life.

Check them out at gulfarium.com

lobster man cape breton nova scotia

Lost and Found, Driving Nova Scotia

lobster man cape breton nova scotia

Check out my new story “Lost and Found a Road Trip to Nova Scotia, PEI and Cape Breton on Gonomad.

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Halloween Hurts in the Morning

fried eggs with eyes on halloween morning shoul

Halloween breakfast. Scary.

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3 Pelicans in Destin Florida

three pelicans on a 3 sign destin florida

Three pelicans greeted our return after a day of deep sea fishing aboard the “Fishin Team” of Harbor walk fishing charters in  Destin Florida on the Emerald coast.

For more info go to: Emerald Coast

fort walton oakaloosa island fishing pier, Florida.

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, Fort Walton, Florida.

fort walton oakaloosa island fishing pier, Florida.

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

a wooden boat on the shore,yarmouth Nova Scotia foggy day in black and white

A Foggy Day in Yarmouth.

 a wooden fishing boat on the shore,yarmouth Nova Scotia foggy day in black and white at low tide

A fishing boat on the shore at low tide on a foggy day in Yarmouth Nova Scotia.

 

Fort Ann National Historic Site Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia

Fort Anne National Historic Site Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia

Fort Ann National Historic Site Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia

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.

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Deceive Ecstasy.

 

free couch in the rain

Deceive Ecstasy.
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
Deceive Ecstasy.”
Whoa.

Lobstering Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia

The Lobstermen of Cape Breton Nova Scotia

 

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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Eating Prince Edward Island

seafood chowder terre rouge pei

Checkout my new slide show, Eating Prince Edward Island on Gonomad.com

Stone lion at hotel Quinta das Lagrimas, Coimbra Portugal

A lion in luxury, Portugal

Stone lion at hotel Quinta das Lagrimas, Coimbra Portugal

A stone Lion peers out from the entrance to Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas in Coimbra Portugal

cows in a field on Prince Edward island Nova Scotia

Greetings from PEI

cows in a field on Prince Edward island Nova Scotia

Greetings from Prince Edward Island

Tourismpei

 

sir. john A Macdonald sculpture on a bench in PEI

Sir. John A Macdonald PEI

sir. john A Macdonald sculpture on a bench in PEI

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

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Food & Function

food and function jornal cover excipient foods

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.

cape breton island horses, Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Horses in Late Afternoon light

cape breton island horses, Nova Scotia

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”

Liverpool lighthouse lookout Nova Scotia

Liverpool Lighthouse Lookout, Nova Scotia.

Liverpool lighthouse lookout Nova Scotia

Liverpool lighthouse lookout, Nova Scotia.

conferation bridge PEI New Brunswick during tropical storm arthur

Running from Arthur on the Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada.

conferation bridge PEI New Brunswick during tropical storm arthur

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

sunset off inverness, cape breton island nova scotia

Sunset Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

sunset off inverness, cape breton island nova scotia

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

nova star ferry portland maine

Nova Star

nova star ferry portland maine

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

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Repo men, License Plate Recognition, The Scan Artist, Popular Science

repo-man-cleveland-ohio-for-popular-science

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

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Coimbra Portugal, Street Photography

coimbra-portugal-old-men-feeding-pigeons-in-the-park

Some day, I hope to be an old man feeding pigeons in the park.

Tower of Belém lisbon portugal

Tower of Belém, Lisbon

 Tower of Belém lisbon portugal

The Tower of Belém stands in defense of the city of Lisbon on the banks of the Tagus river. Constructed between 1514-1521, it is a UNESCO designated world heritage site.

For more info on the Torre de Belém, go to: Visit Portugal

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Serra da Estrela Natural Park Portugal

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serra-da-estrela-portugal

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

preview mass magazine cover june 2014 photography by paul shoul

Preview Mass Magazine cover June 2014

preview mass magazine cover june 2014 photography by paul shoul

Check out my new cover of Steve Sanderson and other stories in Preview Massachusetts Magazine

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Portugal Street Photography, Coimbra

portugal,street photography,coimbra, fado ao centro.

The light, as it races against shadow on the narrow streets of Coimbra, is spectacular.

Check out: Fado ao Centro

For more info on travel to Portugal go to: Visit Portugal

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Machado de Castro National Museum Baby Jesus

 

baroque baby jesus coimbraThe 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.

 

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Cafe A Ginjinha Espinheira, Lisbon

ginjinha-ginja-lisbon-portugal

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.

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Lisbon street photography: Quay of Columns

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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

soldiars at the roayal palace bangkok thailand

Thailand Coup

soldiars at the roayal palace bangkok thailand

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.

Sawasdee.