1016: Before the Rain

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I’m glad I got to explore the creek for a few more days while it was at a real low point. So much to see when the bed is so exposed. And it seems I was just in time. It finally rained last night.

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It didn’t seem like that much but, as you can see, it was more than enough to cover the stream bed. So here today are some of the recent “low-water” finds – some rocks and some fossils.

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I’m still working on images from Maine. Here’s the latest from a new series.

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Thanks for the visit.

1009: Low Water

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Very little rain for quite a while around here. Creeks are usually low this time of year but even more so now. That makes it pretty easy to hopscotch from rock to rock into areas not normally available for viewing. And that’s how I spent the past couple of days, enjoying the setting, knowing that all this will soon turn cold and gray.

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Large slabs of stone, full of fossils. All are pretty well worn down from the constant contact with moving water over who knows how many years. Here are a couple of close-ups from the rock seen above:

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So this was the setting yesterday along Kaaterskill Creek, just up from my studio. The sun is out today. I’m thinking I should be back out there right now instead of writing this! So here’s the product of the last two trips. I’m off to the creek. I hope you enjoy seeing images.

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Anywhere you look along the creek you can find beauty!

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Thanks for the visit.

1003: More From Maine

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I’m a bit behind schedule this week. So, few words as I share more images from Maine.

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No typical Maine images this trip – no boats, lobster pots or fishermen.

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Just a couple of things that caught my eye.

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And, of course, the rocks.

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I’ll leave you today with a sunset view from our stay.

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Thanks for the visit.

0925: Maine Color

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Just back from a week on the Maine coast – a glorious week that I would love to expand on. Unfortunately I returned to a computer in its death throes. So I’m hurrying to get this out in the midst of random crashes! More on our stay next week. For now, though, a brief note about the trip.

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I researched the area (all the way up the coast near the Canadian border) and found lists of possible fossil sites. I even got help from some very knowledgeable friends. And yet Cindy and I found not a single fossil, nor even a hint. Conversations with locals only drew blank stares. Good thing I’ve been expanding my focus lately. As you may remember from recent posts, the rocks in the quarry, the markings in concrete, etc. have captured my attention. There are rocks aplenty in Maine – the entire coast, in fact. And what beauties they are.

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I started the week walking the rocky shore, finding a few objects to play around with – one of those “use what you’ve got” moments started the process. A shell sitting on a piece of kelp, sitting on a rock.

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Then just a piece of kelp on a rock. The dried kelp was translucent, with a reddish tint to it. In this case it had dried wrapped around a small rock, creating this wonderful shape. The opening image at the top of this blog is another piece of kelp sitting on the same rock.

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And then, finally, I stripped the process down to the simplest element – the rocks themselves. The colors, the patterns. the shapes… I could go on and on! But I won’t. So, before this computer does its technological swan dive I’ll share these first round picks. More on the trip (in all its glorious color) next week.

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Time now for me to visit the Apple store.

More on Maine next week.

Thanks for the visit.

0911: This Time Last Year

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It was exactly one year ago Cindy and I were departing to Florence and my show at the Natural History Museum. I find Florence to be on my mind often these days. At any given moment I could imagine myself there. For now, though, we’re heading somewhere closer to home tomorrow – far up the Maine coast – for a brief trip now that my Beacon show has just come down. So there will be no blog posting next week – hopefully some fresh new work upon our return.

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But for now let me reflect briefly on the events of last September. We worked hard to get the Florence show up.

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It paid off in a multitude of ways. We had a great turnout. The work was viewed in two rooms of the museum, one of which had never previously been open to the public.

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We made new friends

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And strengthened our existing friendships

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All under the watchful gaze of a familiar face

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under a full moon (hanging over Santa Croce)

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with the Duomo always in view.

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The street shrines always capture my attention.

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Everywhere one looks

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there is beauty

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Always plenty to shoot.

Thanks for the visit.

0904: Back to the Creek

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A mid-afternoon spike in the temperature got me out of the studio and down to the creek where a cool breeze relaxed and revived me. As I sat there, luxuriating in Mother Nature’s nearest cooling station, I stared upstream, remembering what it looked like when I first moved here.

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The steps of rock that were (and are) streambed were visually unblemished. This picture was taken during Spring of 2011, months before Hurricane Irene.

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This is what followed (and remains today). Not better or worse, to my way of thinking, just the reality of ever changing landscape. In this case, loose rock was transported from upstream by the force of the water. And now, with the water level low, I could step across the loose rock and get a close look at what had been deposited. Surely I could find a fossil or two, I thought.

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Actually, many more than two…

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These come from rocks I found during the first few minutes of looking.

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And so I have more reason now to hang out at the creek. This is going to the office for me!

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I have a new series I’d like to share with you. Now that my “Abstract/Concrete” show is about to come down (this is its last weekend) it’s time to further explore this world of color and design.

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I’m calling this series The Swarm. It’s at a very early stage right now. Some images may seem redundant or duplicative. But for now I’m exploring the many different ways these subjects can frame.

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I can’t resist good graffiti. Something to ponder until next week. Thanks for the visit.

0828: Random Notes

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A beautiful summer afternoon took us out for a drive that eventually led to Gilboa. It had been two years since I had been there. I knew that the Gilboa Museum would be closed (it was a Monday afternoon). But with country as beautiful as it is up through Greene and Schoharie Counties, we knew the ride would be fun no matter what.

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I also knew we could check out the fossils laying outside the museum. The opening image is a large tree base, Eospermatopteris, from the famous Gilboa Forest. Picture two, above, which I just posted recently, is part of a smaller base that I had found previously.

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These two samples of Devonian plant life got me thinking about how the recent “abstract/concrete” work I did can well relate to these type of fossil images.

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Last from our Gilboa stop is this gnarly fossil, a rather incredible fossil – part of the tree - found by Ms Kristen Wychoff. An interesting story accompanies it (click here).

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Ms Wychoff’s discovery occurred alongside a nearby creek – “stream mitigation” is what it’s known as – where streams needed to be shored up following Hurricane Irene (which, by the way, occurred exactly three years ago) and large rocks were used as fill. These three images resulted from us making a similar stop on our way back.

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More markings – some from heavy equipment…

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…and some from the rocks themselves.

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Here are a few odds and ends, the first of which comes from my recent sandstone find – a healthy variety of fossils create this vignette.

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And here are two more from a quick run to the local quarry – both as visually primordial as they are in fact!

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While color has been playing an important role in many of my most recent images, I still have a thing for black and white. This latest version of a favorite fossil was, I am sure, motivated by my fascination with the artist Renee Magritte and his painting “The Castle of the Pyrenees.”

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My good friend and fellow photographer, Michael Nelson, dropped by bau Gallery last weekend and left this portrait in his wake. Thanks, Mike!

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Two more weekends left before the show comes down. Beacon should be a fine destination over this upcoming Labor Day weekend. Drop by if you can.