Just out of reach. Street photography Northampton,MA.

on the street northampton ma

Just out of reach.

Bardo Museum Tunisia

bardo museum Tunis Tunisia

The National Bardo museum in Tunis, Tunisia.

My heart goes out to Tunisia and to the families of those killed during the terrorist attack the Bardo museum in Tunis yesterday. I traveled to Tunisia in 2009. I remember being somewhat nervous before the trip. It was my first time in a Muslim country, I am Jewish, and Israel was bombing the hell out of Gaza at the time. When I brought this up to a Tunisian woman I had met, she said ” don’t worry, we do not think all Jews are the Israeli army, just as we  do not think that all Americans are George Bush….. that would be crazy” With so many Americans lumping all Muslims together with terrorist extremists, I found her statement to be refreshingly intelligent. I was greeted with open arms in Tunisia, it remains one of my favorite trips and regardless of this attack I will be going back.

Senator Elizabeth Warren in Springfield and Northampton, MA.

 Senator Elizabeth Warren springfield,MA 2-19-2015

 Senator Elizabeth Warren recives a petition from moveon.org to run for president signed by 9,030 MA residents

 Senator Elizabeth Warren and Northampton mayor David Narkewicz at the Bluebonnet diner in Nhampton,MA.

Senator Elizabeth Warren held an open house at her office in Springfield Mass Thursday. It was packed with supporters and state and local officials. MoveOn.org was there to deliver a message to her, “Run Warren Run” They delivered a petition to encourage her to run for president signed by 9,030 Massachusetts residents. Afterwards she headed up to Northampton , MA for a stop at the Bluebonet diner with Northampton mayor David Narkewicz

Shoveling out of Linus.

 

winter storm linus shoveling out

Shoveling out of Winter Storm Linus  in Northampton MA.

Winter Storm Linus, Northampton, MA.

 Snow blower winter storm Linus

A snow blower fights back against Winter Storm Linus in Northampton Ma.

Notions of Nevis

Hermitage Plantation Nevis

Check out my new story, Notions of Nevis on Gonomad.com

Nevis Flowers

nevis flowers

Just another beautiful image of Nevis

The Face of Nevis

Mrs. Freeman at the Charlestown market in Nevis

Mrs. Freeman sells roots, tonics and juices at the Charleston market in Nevis.

For more info on travel to Nevis go to: nevisisland.com

Nevis: Smoking Bees

smoking bees nevis

A construction worker in Nevis helps a colleague smoke bees off him after disturbing a hive.

travel with pets. dog waiting to board a plane, San Juan Puerto Rico

Travel with pets. It’s a dogs world, San Juan Puerto Rico

travel with pets. dog waiting to board a plane, San Juan Puerto Rico

Travel with pets. Waiting to board a plane in San Juan Puerto Rico.

nevis shark fisherman

Nevis Shark Fisherman

nevis shark fisherman

A fisherman in Nevis hauls in two sharks from the days catch.

For info on travel go to: http://www.nevisisland.com/

sunset on Nevis at Oualie beach

Sunset on Nevis

sunset on Nevis at Oualie beach

Sunset on Nevis at the Oualie Beach Resort 

nevis Island

Greetings from Nevis

nevis Island

I’m very happy to be in Nevis. Beautiful does not quite do justice to this small island in the Caribbean. No chain stores, no chain restaurants, only 12,000 residents , It is incredible.

For more info on travel here go to  Nevis Island .com

Emerald coast fishing florida larry lovell tuna

Fishing the Emerald Coast of Florida Slideshow.

Emerald coast fishing florida larry lovell tuna

Larry Lovell fishing in Florida with a 21lb Yellowtail tuna.

 

I had a fantastic time fishing the Emerald Coast of Florida with Captain Billy Teem and his crew of the ” Fish N Teem” boat in Destin.  Check out the link below for a slideshow of the trip to Destin , Ft.Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island on: Gonomad.com, Florida: Fishing in the Emerald Coast.

 

cows thoughts on grass fed beef

Bovine thoughts on grass fed beef

cows thoughts on grass fed beef

From a recent interview with cows on their thoughts about about grass fed beef.

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.

fried eggs with eyes on halloween morning shoul

Halloween Hurts in the Morning

fried eggs with eyes on halloween morning shoul

Halloween breakfast. Scary.

three pelicans on a 3 sign destin florida

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.

free couch in the rain

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

(Click on any thumbnail for a full size slideshow)

seafood chowder terre rouge pei

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

food and function jornal cover excipient foods

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.