To Everything There is a Season

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Though the calendar says it’s more than a month until winter, in many parts of the country the leaves are long gone and snow already covers the ground. Even if there’s still foliage clinging to the trees where you live, autumn’s spectacular show is winding down. It’s always a little sad to see it go … Continued

100 Years of Red Poppies

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Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served – including my three brothers, and brother-in-law, who were all in the US Air Force. November 11th wasn’t always referred to as Veterans Day. It began, back in the first part of the 20th Century, as Armistice Day. World War I officially ended on … Continued

In Praise of Donald Hall

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I first became familiar with American poet and writer Donald Hall a number of years ago when I discovered his wonderful book, Seasons at Eagle Pond. The Poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1984-1989, Hall was appointed 14th Poet Laureate of the United States in 2006. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2010. In … Continued

A Reminder of Home

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I reluctantly left my adoptive state of New Hampshire a few years ago. Having resided a very long time there, and having photographed it from one end to the other, I consider the Granite State “home” every bit as much as I do my native Illinois. Though now 2500 miles away, I made sure a … Continued

In Remembrance

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It has been 17 years since the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Time has flown. Most of today’s college undergrads have little or no memory of that day – and of course, younger people weren’t even born yet. If you have occasion to be in New York City, I urge you … Continued

Look Up

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The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson I could not agree more! What’s happening above is integral to a landscape photographer, whether or not the sky is going to be included in the image. I’m a big fan of clouds, and it’s always a treat to witness a magnificent … Continued

National Lighthouse Day

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There’s a day for everything, it seems! That said, I’m all in for this one. I have two favorites, both in Maine: Portland Head Light, and Nubble Light. I’ve spent a great deal of time at the latter with my camera, and miss it.

Summer in the Mountains

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Come and see what God has done… Psalm 66:5 I made this photograph almost exactly one year ago. The monsoonal conditions last summer were much better than they have been so far this season. Once July rolls around, there is typically a good chance you’ll see nice cloud production over the mountains in the afternoon, … Continued

The Gift of Fathers

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“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” Clarence Budington Kelland This reminds me of my own dad: a guy who led by example. He was a man of integrity, a man of great talent and accomplishment, a man of faith, and a man who cared … Continued

Flag Day

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You’re a grand old flag You’re a high-flying flag And forever in peace may you wave You’re the emblem of The land I love The home of the free and the brave Ev’ry heart beats true Under red, white and blue Where there’s never a boast or brag But should old acquaintance be forgot Keep … Continued

Something Marvelous

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“In all things of nature there is something marvelous.” -Aristotle I recall how awe-inspiring it was the first time I laid eyes on the Teton range. The lack of foothills on the eastern side makes for quite a dramatic view of the mountains (that said, the peaks are equally beautiful on the western slope). After … Continued