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December 27th, 2013 The Mysterious Man on a Snowy Day at the Train Station

STRATFORD, Ct. (Dec. 17, 2013) -  It was a snowy day when I visited my friend Lane Talburt in Stratford.  I left NYC in the morning and it was hardly snowing, but by the time the Metro North New Haven Line train got me there, it was getting heavier. By the time I left, it had grown into a nice white downfall.  As I waited for my return train, this mysterious looking man with a wide brimmed hat came onto the platform and appeared to be quite anxious for the train to arrive. His black coat and hat and the white snow created a nice contrast, so I pulled out the camera. Too bad the photos don’t show his black eye patch as well. I wish I would have talked to him. Put on your mittens and take a look how cool this scene  looked through my lens.

August 17th, 2013 Knots & Knails of Snow Pond Maine

BEACH CAMP, BELGRADE, Maine (Aug. 17, 2013) – A long, long time ago during a cool spring morning, a shed was built out behind a summer camp (what they call cottages in Maine). The years and the weather have not been too kind to that little ole shed, but it still stands and defies the elements on a day to day defensive stance. This summer, I spent a couple days in that camp and was totally awed by the designs that the weather created around each of the nails and each of the knots on that noble wooden shed.  Take a look. Believe it or Knot!

July 10th, 2013 Two Sides of the Dells – Whimsy and Nature

WISCONSIN DELLS, (July 10, 2013) – The wonderfully tacky and fantastically beautiful areas around the Wisconsin Dells offers photographers a diverse canvas of photo opportunities. From magnificent rock formations  and waterways to oversize gorillas on front of family attractions, this place has it all.  There’s even a plane coming out of the front of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  The proliferation of waterparks and advanced and world-class rides in its amusement parks along with the natural surroundings, makes this a great vacation mecca. Be careful, the police are very vigilant of non-residents going as little as five miles over the speed limit.  Just Saying.  Check out my photo gallery.

January 26th, 2013 The Magnificent Iguazu Falls of Brazil & Argentina

IGUAZU FALLS, Brazil and Argentina (Jan. 15. 2013) – On her first view of Iguazu Falls, Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have whispered, “Poor Niagara,” a reference to how powerful these magnificent falls in front of her compared to what Niagara Falls has to offer.

Just for fun, I murmured the same thing when I first spotted the area known as the Devil’s Throat from the Argentinian side early on this January morning.  Kathleen and I were halfway through what I am calling the “Great South American Birthday Tour of 2013,” and this was our first stop on our day-long exploration of the falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Our personal guide, Mercio Fontes, specializes in the falls area and led us to amazing vistas AND introduced us to some new food during lunch!

Framed by lush subtropical rainforests, Iguazu Falls is the largest series of waterfalls on Planet Earth.  A series of 275 different waterfalls, ranging from 197 to 300 feet tall, dump an average of 61,660 cubic feet of water over the cliffs every SECOND!

In fairness, I do need to point out that Iguazu has the second-greatest annual flow of any waterfalls in the world, second only to Niagara Falls, which has an annual average flow of 85,000 cubic feet per second.  The vastness of Iguazu, its pristine location (read no tourist shops surrounding it), the number of falls (you see and hear one in every location), makes this area much more spectacular to my eyes and senses.

Iguazu was named a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 and is protected by National Parks that surround it.  Even though I’ve spent a great deal of face time with Niagara, I was totally impressed by the fall’s size, volume of water, strong currents and the awesome, deafening sound.

On Nov. 11, 2011, Iguazu Falls was named as one of the seven winners of the New Seven Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation.

Click here to see this magnificent work of nature!

September 13th, 2012 Maine – A True Piece of Heaven

MOOSEHEAD LAKE, Maine  (Sept. 13, 2012)  - My wife is from Maine and I have chosen to love it and adopt it as my home state. (Sorry Ohio) Each year we make a pilgrimage back to that beautiful piece of paradise and explore different areas.

Aboard the Historic Vessel

This year, we spent nearly a week near Greenville, on Moosehead Lake, and nearly a week on the coast in Ogunquit.  As a photographer, I went crazy in both areas.  Below is a gallery of photos I shot when we took a 4-hour tour on board the Katahdin, a former steamer that was christened on August 20, 1914.  For years, she plied the waters of this behemoth known as Moosehead Lake towing and pushing huge logs from the prolific forestry industry in the area.  It is now owned and rightly operated by the Moosehead Marine Museum.  It’s a neat old ship and I had fun shooting the shoreline, the various parts of the ship and I played with my fisheye and sepia settings as well.  ALL ABOARD FOR THE GALLERY (AND GALLEY).

June 29th, 2012 Friendly Seagulls are Quite Photogenic

Santa Cruz Beach, Calif. (June 29, 2012) – As I was strolling along the wharf while visiting the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park, I walked close to a seagull sitting on a post and he didn’t move. I came back to make sure it was a real gull and it was. He wasn’t in a hurry to go anywhere, so I pulled out my camera and started shooting. Read the rest of this entry »

June 15th, 2011 Chihuly Glass Exhibit Highlights Color and Texture

NASHVILLE (Summer 2010) – Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is an amazing place in its own right, but this summer, they hosted the glasswork of Dale Chihuly and it was one of the most amazing exhibits I have ever seen – anywhere!  Colorful glass objects popped up throughout the acres of gardens, many that you didn’t see until you were right on top.  Seeing the glass in contrast with the greenery made the glass even more brilliant.  I went several times and this photo gallery is a compilation of my favorite outdoor pieces.  Shine On!

April 16th, 2011 The High Line of New York City

NEW YORK CITY (April 2011) - What a surprise New York City’s newest city park is! Built meters above the ground on an old railroad trestle on the west side of Manhattan, this park is an amazing example of what volunteers can make happen when they get the support and the funding! Running from the Meat Packing District to West 34th Street, THE HIGH LINE is in one a contemporary space, a garden, and reclamation at its best!

Old rails torn up and replaced with wandering pathways, super gardens and trees and a great display of public art. Some of the old rails were even reintroduced to the park! The photos in this gallery are the result of a couple strolls I took along the High Line over a couple years. The plantings change with the season of course, so it’s always a surprise! See Gallery!