I currently have two images on exhibit in the Newport Public Library which were taken during our summer photo walks. The photo of the MGTD was taken near the Jane Picken’s Theater in Newport and the Wickford Harbor shot was taken in Wickford.
Additionally I have two works in the Newport Art Museum Photo Guild Exhibit at the Museum starting September 29. The image of the Nauset Light in Fog and the Misty Fjords taken in Ketchikan Alaska. I hope you can view these works in person.
On our second day in Anchorage my granddaughter Livvie wanted to go horseback riding. I had never been on a horse in my sixty plus years and my wife had not been riding in years. I probably caused this request when I talked about my trip to Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park and seeing the horses trail riding. Denise went on line and contacted Megan Scott at Painted Mustangs. Megan agreed to take us out in the Park the next afternoon . We arrived at the Park and were greeted by Megan and her sister leading our mounts. I was assigned to K and Megan was very patient as was K as I attempted to mount the horse. After a few attempts I managed to get into the saddle. Denise and Livvie got mounted and off we went onto the trails of Chugach. The views were spectacular and after a short period of instruction I became very comfortable with my horse. We had a great two and half hour trail ride up the mountain and then back down. It was a great experience and all of us agreed that it was one of the highlights of our trip. I can hardly wait to try riding again. Here are some of the images I captured and one that Megan took of our group. Megan can be contacted at Painted Mustangs.com.
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.
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.
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.