Bear Mountain Lodge…

•March 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

…is where we ended up, by the way.   On the way to this great log cabin bed and breakfast, we spent a night in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Girlfriend carted me all over the area to allow me to shoot some photography.   That fact alone would have “made the weekend” for me.  Top that off with two great destinations and a whole lot of things in between and it turned out to be a weekend that I will always remember.

We also had an amazing night sleigh ride to the top of a mountain in Conway.  We stopped briefly at the top where we had an incredible view of the city lights below, and a clear winter sky above.

The next day one of the lodge owners took as snow shoeing which was also amazing.  If we had more snow here on Cape Cod, I would consider picking up a pair of my own snow shoes.  Maybe next year.

Our next adventure is to Charleston, South Carolina in May.  I have never been to this particular city but I understand it’s a great place to bring a camera.  After running some quick numbers, we’ve determined that it’s more affordable to drive than to fly.  You’d think with the price of gas, it wouldn’t be but Charleston does not have a major airport so ticket prices start at $350.   The price for driving including gas, food and a hotel each way works out to be $200 per person for  a group of 4.  Reasonable enough. I’ve been itching for a road trip in a southerly direction.  This one may turn out to be relatively short.  Regardless, the open road awaits.

 

 

Destinations Unknown

•February 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

On Friday, my significant other is picking me up sometime in the late morning and driving me to a location that has yet to be revealed for a weekend getaway.  This is part of my Christmas gift and the only clue I have is that we are heading north.  We’re staying at two different places over the following three nights.  I know there is also a sleigh ride and some snowshoeing. All in all, this promises to be a great three days regardless of whatever weather may be thrown our way.

It doesn’t happen to often that I am the one who is just a passenger.  I can’t say that I am at all complaining.  She’s done quite the job keeping the details of our journey a secret even though I will occasionally try to trip her up by asking her where we are going.  She does not fall for it.

I’ll be back in here on Friday to let you know where we ended up for part one of our three night, four day journey.

Abandonment is everywhere…

•February 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Even on Cape Cod, there are signs of abandonment. Unlike the southwest, most things abandoned in New England quickly turn to dust thanks to the climate.  All though old things may be harder to find in the north, they are still there if you look hard enough.  Thanks to a friend, I came across an old scrapyard last summer and I took the opportunity to shoot it.   People often think of beaches and scenic waterways when they think of Cape Cod.  Having lived here for a few years now, I am starting to see that not unlike the elaborate set of  a dusty western movie town, there’s a lot behind the scenes even here.

I’ve got mail. You should too.

•February 14, 2011 • 3 Comments

Well, it’s that day.  Someone special sent me not one or two cards but three!   Two of which I was advised I could open today before she arrives.  One I was asked to open in her presence and I will of course abide by her wishes.

She likes to send REAL mail.  By REAL I mean the kind that is handwritten, put in an envelope and is picked up and delivered by a human being.   Other than the usual holiday cards and birthday wishes, I rarely receive real mail.  I suspect that not many people do.  However, since she came into my life I have received more real mail from her than any others combined and I have to say that I am quite a fan of it.  It actually inspired me to start sending some  mail of my own.

Everyone knows that I am a tech-head.  Between my droid incredible, my nook and my macbook, I am almost ALWAYS connected and, quite frankly, I love it. But it is easy to forget the simple ways to stay in communication or to send a message without the benefit of a cell phone tower or a wifi connection. Who knows – maybe someday we’ll be telling our grandchildren about how a postal worker in a truck would bring physical mail to your house.  And they’ll just look at you in amazement that mail used to be anything other than electronic.   They’ll also be amazed that the primary form of travel was in a car, instead of a transporter to say nothing about what life was like pre-ipod and pre-hdtv.  Undoubtedly, the things you choose not to take advantage of today may no longer be available when you finally decide you will.    Why not send some real mail soon?

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Spend it with someone special.  I am.

Book Announcement!

•February 13, 2011 • 1 Comment

Explore the dark side of Cape Cod in “Cape Nights: A photographic exploration of Cape Cod after dark.”  Often photographed under the light of the sun, Cape Cod takes on a completely different persona under moonlit skies.  Explore starry beaches, lightpainted waterways and shining light houses in the first book devoted entirely to Cape Cod after the sun sets. At over 100 pages,  “Cape Nights” also includes several exclusive never-before-seen photographs.

Whether you are a resident, or an annual visitor, here’s your opportunity to see Cape Cod as it is rarely seen.

“Cape Nights” will be available May 2011 in both soft and hard cover.  Stay tuned for more information!

Here Comes The Moon

•February 12, 2011 • 3 Comments

Those of you who go out after sunset may have noticed that the February moon is working on being full.  Next weekend, the moon will peak and I’ll be out shooting.

I’ve found recently that I really need to start paying more attention to when the moon rises.  Many of the locations I scout are such that I’d like to get a rising or early moon in the shot.   The window for this is just an hour our two.  Waiting too long and I won’t be able to get both my subject and the moon in the same shot.  I also don’t necessarily want to be out at all hours either which means there are just one or two nights where I can get the moon rising around 8 or 9 and still be in bed at a descent hour.  Come summer, forget it.   No chance of starting a shoot until after 10pm.   Hopefully, the weather will cooperate this week and I will not be treated to frostbitten finger tips or ears.  January was tough.  Still, only in the winter can I get a full night’s worth of shooting in by midnight.  When summer arrives, a full night of shooting is exactly that.

I’ve come across an interesting scene of abandonment here on Cape Cod that I am planning to shoot for the first time.   Hopefully, I’ll be able to share the results with you soon.

Got some news to announce tomorrow so stay tuned…

Beginnings, Journeys, Destinations and Fate

•February 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

I did a little research today to determine when the old bus in Pearsonville may have originally rolled off of the assembly line.  Turns out that “Ol’ GM” was built in 1945 by General Motors and was one of 1200 produced under the model number 4605.  This means that she’s 66 years old this year.

In my search for information, I came across the photo above of the shiny new-looking school bus of the same model year.  According to the photographer, this bus was refurbished by a municipality.  So here we have two buses, with identical origins and completely opposite fates; one enjoying retirement with a spiffy fresh paint job, the other decaying and baking in the desert sun.

I just started reading a book by Brian Greene called “The Hidden Reality; Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos.”  As a science fiction fan, I have always been fascinated by the concept of multiple versions of a person living out multiple outcomes.  On a much less scientific scale, seeing these two buses (twins in nature) with entirely different fates makes me appreciate how circumstances and years can create a wide gap in destinations.   It also makes me appreciate how minor decisions in the beginning can also put someone or something on a very different path from something else.  The top bus could easily have suffered the same fate as the bottom one (and vice versa) if someone back in 1945 had made the simple decision to toss a different set of keys to one of those 1200 bus owners.  Or imagine if someone decided to cancel their order.  Every bus rolling off the line after that would have ended up in the hands of a different owner creating an entirely new path for each of them.

It’s probably too much to think about in every day life but I find it interesting none the less.  As time marches forwarded, it is these small decisions made decades ago that will allow some things to live on and allow others to be erased by time and be replaced only by a memory, and a photograph.