It has been a while since I posted anything new in my blog. A lot of issues had to be addressed and I had to get my drive to photograph back in gear. I finally seem to be getting everything together and am once again publishing. I recently took a cruise up the Inside Passage from Vancouver, BC to Whittier Alaska. It was the single greatest thing that I have done so far in my life. I got to share the experience with my wife and granddaughter. It was simply put a once in a lifetime event. I will be posting several different blogs to chronicle our journeys.
The first port-of-call was Ketchikan Alaska. We arrived during the night and were greeted with a misty rain. We left the ship early as we had a scheduled 7:30 AM float place trip to the Misty Fjords. We were shuttled to the float plane dock and met Fred our pilot. He sized up his passengers and I got to be the co-pilot on the way out. The views were spectacular and I have over 1000 photos to edit. Here are some of the images I captured. Some were taken thru the plane plexiglass and have some unwanted reflections. I felt that they were too good to destroy. Enjoy these and more will be added as the week progresses.
I attended the Annual Providence RI Flower Show on Friday and went back on Saturday night to get some more images. It was not as good as in past years. It seems that there are more venders and less displays. I enjoyed several of the layouts and of course the usual sand sculpture. It was a great time. I will add the images tomorrow after I update the site.
On January 5, I took a trip to N. Conway New Hampshire to take part in “Steam in the Snow” sponsored by the Mass Bay RR Enthusiasts. The day was bright and clear, but temps were frigid with a strong breeze. This is an annual event and there were over 300 participants. The trip went from N. Conway to Crawford’s Notch. There were five stops on the run and at each stop all the photographers got off the train. The train backed up the track and came back into the station or crossing at full speed to allow us to take images. I also signed up for a box lunch which was excellent. The entire event took over four hours It was a great experience; one that I plan to repeat. I made a lot of new friends and found out about more trips by the same group.
It has been a while since I posted anything on this site. I would like to expalin the absence. I had to get my MacBook fixed, which involved a new and bigger hard drive. My back-up drive failed and I had to reload all my information by hand. It took about two weeks and it still is not all here.
This morning I drove to Conimicut Point Park to see if I could get a decent sunrise shot. It was about 25 degrees and there was patchy ice on the roads. The wind was calmer, however it was still pretty strong. Here are the results of my efforts.
Last Saturday, I visited Sachuest Point NWR to shoot a sunrise. It was very cold and uncomfortable. This Sunday, I went to Black Rock Point in Narragansett to shoot. The weather was beautiful. Fifty-one degrees and a light breeze. I was not alone at 5:30 am; there were at least four fisherman out on the rocks trying their luck. The surf was rough and the water was crashing over the rocks. A couple of fishing boats were out and one tanker was heading towards Newport. I shot until the sun went behing the clouds and captured some great images. The sky was spectacular. Al in all a great way to start my Sunday.
On Saturday morning I attended a workshop given by Ed King and sponsored by PSRI. The group assembled at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge at 5:30 am with the temperature hovering at the freezing mark. It was extremely dark and there was a great clear sky. The workshop had been postponed for two weeks due to poor weather conditions. Sixteen hardy souls loaded up all their equipment and headed down the path led by Ed. After a short walk down the gravel path; we arrived at a point to decend into the rocks. With flashlights and headband lights we headed onto the shoreline rocks to find our vantage points to set up our tripods. The wind was blowing and it was very cold. i began to wish I had brought my gloves. A couple of the participants managed to fall into the shallow pools of water and were helped back up. The sky was a beautiful shade of blue with a first quarter moon. I found my vantage point and set up my tripod, camera and remote release. I shot about 600 images and had a great time. The trip out was a lot easier with the sun fully up and all the pitfalls exposed. I cannot wait until I can get back again.
On Saturday Evening, I participated in a PSRI Field trip to the Galilee Docks to shoot various items of inetrest as well as Sunset. There were several ares to be explored and for the most part the Fisherman and assorted workers were very cooperative. I shot a few images on the docks as the boats were unloading their catches. Watching and learning how everything works. I captured some great shots and converted some to Black and White. Hopefully they will be as good as the color images they came from.
I find that the process helps me to forget my other cares as I concentrate on getting the most from my labors. I also went over to Pt. Judith Light to try some more night photography. The sky was spectacular with a brillant first quarter moon. I hope you enjoy the results.
After a great tour through the Dunes to the Race Point Light, I decided to try the Sunset Dune Tour that was offered by Art’s. We arrived in plenty of time and found that we had a lot of company. There were seven GMC eight passenger Suburbans all loaded to experience the magic of the Dunes. I brought all my equipment, lenses and tripod and loaded it all in the rear of the truck. I carried my Nikon around my neck to shoot as we made our journey. Dennis was our driver, he was an old Dunes had and had actually lived for a while in one of the infamous shacks. Dennis explained the ecosystem of the Dunes which had been created after the Pilgrims had clear cut all the trees. The result of not having anything to hold the soil in place created the shifting sand dunes. The grasses were planted by the Town of Provincetown and the U.S Forest Service to help control the erosion that was taking place. The Forest Service manages the National Seashore that encompasses the Dunes. Access to these areas are strictly controlled and regulated. As you can see from the following images the trees and plants still exist.
They are lower to the ground to better cope with the winds and available water supplies.
There are fourteen shacks that are located in the Dunes. One is privately owned and the rest are under the control of the Forest Rangers. They have no running water, electricity or indoor toilets. Yet there is a waiting list to rent them. It is a strange group of nomads that exist in this sandy playground. Every time I travel to the Dunes I enjoy it more. Here are some shots I took. It was the night of the Blue Moon and the Sunset was spectacular. Seals were traveling by in groups of between and twenty and fifty pups. It was just an amazing experience.
I took the day off to experience the Annual Carnival Parade that caps the week long festivities in Provincetown. I was told it was unique and an experience. It was all of that.
It was hard to the marchers from the tourists and residents. Everyone had an unbelieveable time. I shot some great images just a few of which are here. I am already making plans for next year.
In our many trips to Provincetown, we have passed the headquarters of Art’s Dune Tours several times. I have always wanted to wander out on the Dunes to capture some of the stunning images that must exist there. Finally I made reservations to take the Race Point Lighthouse tour. My wife and I started out with a great lunch at the Surfside Restaurant right on the Beach. Then we took a walk down the pier to check out the various small shops and venders. I found my friendly seagull perched on top of the Whale Watch office guarding the harbor. The fishing fleet was mostly in port. The tiem had finally arrived and we boarded an eight passenger dune buggy to begin our journey. As we began our tour, the guide took us to various points in the town and explained the historical background. We passed the Tea Party and the Girls all waved.
We then set out onto the dunes and after a bumpy ride arrived at Race Point Light.
It was like being on the dessert. The guide from the light took us on a tour of the keeper’s home as well as the lighthouse itself. The light was originally lit with whale oil and in some of the photos you can see the small whale oil house set off from the main house. The light is now powered by solar panels. The keeper’s house also has solar power and hot water. The Whistle House which contained the foghorn is now powered by a wind turbine. The view from the top was spectacular. The Keeper’s House has rooms to rent by the week and the Whistle House is available to rent by the month. There is a long waiting list for both. We cannot wait for our next Dune Tour maybe the Sunset Tour. We had a great time and learned a lot of the history and culture of Provincetown.