Archive for September, 2012
September 14th, 2012 The Tale of Paul Bunyan & Babe
RUMFORD, Maine (Sept. 14, 2012) - I have always loved the tale of Paul Bunyan and how he found Babe the Blue Ox. On our Oct. 8 episode of Ripley Radio (Ripleyoddcast.com), our contributor Chad Lewis talks about Paul’s ties to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Maine. I guess all three states are proud to claim him. Here is how the Maine legend goes.
One cold winter’s night near Bangor, Maine, it was SO cold, the snow turned blue. While Paul Bunyan was in the woods he found a baby ox that was so cold that it had turned blue. Paul saved him, took him back to the camp and warmed him up. But he never lost the blue color, so Paul decided to name him Babe the Blue Ox and they became friends forever.
As I was driving through Rumford, Maine on vacation, I first spied this great statue of Paul, then as we drove up to Rite Aid, who should we see? I think the drug store sign in the background adds a great deal of flavor to the photo. Now we know.
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.
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).