091219: Respite

Last week I showed a few images where I mixed my local fossils in with rocks along the Maine shore. This week I decided to flip the script, so to speak, and mix a few Maine rocks in with fossils here in my studio.

__________

__________

__________

A few more images of seaweed (I have so many !)

__________

__________

The remainder of today’s images – also continued from last week – are the results of a game/experiment/amusement(?) I engaged in while exploring the rocky shore.

With a bag full of dried scraps of acrylic paint, a shoreline full of wonder, my camera, and a sense of curiosity, I found respite from a maddening world.

__________

__________

__________

__________

__________

Thanks for the visit.

090519: Low Tide, Maine

This is what it must have looked like 400 or 500 million years ago, I think – maybe around the time when some little creatures began to check out the other side of the shoreline and moved onto land. The geology of the area hits at about that same time. Even seaweed goes back that far and perhaps longer.

No surprise then that the experience of being there should resonate with me. After all, most of the fossils I have dug up and photographed over the years are from roughly that same deep time period (give or take a hundred million yers or so!).

My camera has pretty much been sitting on the shelf since my last post 9 or 10 months ago. No surprise again that Maine would shake something loose for me. The coastal rocks are a joy to behold, far more colorful than one might suspect. Even though I walk this same stretch of shoreline every year I am always happily rewarded with new discoveries.

It’s for these reasons (and many others) that Cindy and I always look forward to our annual visit. And arriving home last week has us already talking about the next one!

__________

It might just be seaweed, but even seaweed has its own beauty.

__________

I brought a few of my favorite “home grown” fossils with me. I figured the fossils and rocks might be “chronological” cousins and might provide me a fresh approach to two long favorite subjects.

__________

__________

__________

My time away from the blog has not been idle. All of my studio time has been spent painting. The two had become too difficult for me to work simultaneously and required more singular devotion. During that time, as  my excess acrylic paints would dry in their respective bowls, I would find ways to peel that dried paint out and toss the leftovers into a pile. Random colors and fragments seemed to meld together to create something new.

So I brought some of them with me to Maine also, wondering how my own colors might blend with the rocks. Two examples here are part of a larger project , more of which might show up here again in the future.

And here are two of my latest paintings in progress. Both are roughly 5′- 5.5′

I hope this new post will beget more. If that happens I imagine that the visual focus might widen as my initial fascination with fossils has led me to so many other aspects of nature –  from deepest time to the present. If any of this is not “your cup of tea” please let me know and I will remove you from my mailing list. For the rest of you, thank you for your time. I hope to post again soon.

I’ll leave you with an image of an arriving storm a few weeks ago in Maine.                  (Even storms are gorgeous up there!)

Thanks for the visit.

101118: Maine Rocks Again!

I didn’t expect to get this week’s selection out on my usual schedule. More on that later. I got caught up in my library of images from my last trip to Maine. Seems there were more images to explore and those were what caught my eye. So, once again, here is yet another new group of images of Maine’s coastal rocks.

Obviously, it is a subject that draws me to it. And that’s what makes our annual visits something to always look forward to.

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

_______________

For more than seven years I have been posting this blog weekly. Most times it has been a joy. Sometimes it has been more of a challenge. Lately my attention is being pulled in too many directions, making it increasingly difficult to maintain my established schedule. So, just to let you know, I will continue to post but not as frequently.

Thank you for your continued interest. So, for today, I’ll leave you with one last image from Maine – a late afternoon shot on the last late afternoon of our visit!

090618: More from Maine

Today’s post delves once more into our recent trip to Maine. The first half are images of the broken shells I brought back to the studio (along with a rock from Jasper Beach). The shells came from a small, narrow strip of coastline that also provided me with the second half – more images of the coastal rock walls.

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

_______________

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

Thanks for the visit.

And thank you to our wonderful hosts, Eric and Betty. We look forward to seeing you again next summer

082318: Back from Maine

Just back from a week on the Maine coast. This year the trip was primarily recuperative, less exploring and more staring at the ocean. That said, I couldn’t totally ignore the rocks along the shore (some of my favorite anywhere). Here are a handful of images from my first edit.

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

_______________

This trip I found myself paying attention to the seaweed, something I had always looked past or sought to keep out of the frame.

*****

*****

_______________

On the drive home we decided to stop for the night in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. An after dinner walk led me to a nearby bridge – an old truss bridge long closed. And I couldn’t resist the opportunity to snap off a few frames.

*****

*****

More from Maine to come. Thanks for the visit.

053118: A Rediscovered Folder

A year ago, as we prepared a party for the opening of my new studio, I threw a few hundred image into a slide show that looped on my computer screen throughout the afternoon.

Yesterday I ran across that folder – hadn’t seen it since then. I took some time to look through it and took a liking to this seemingly unlikely mix. I guess it’s an indication of the things I found interesting at the time – all things natural, I suppose.

Some things local and some things from far away, including “natural” objects from the Natural History Museum in Florence, Italy.

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

Thanks for the visit.

030118: Two From Maine

The northernmost coast of Maine (oddly enough known as “Down East” Maine) is a rocky coast with an occasional sandy beach cropping up. Jasper Beach, home of a billion billion stones, is one of them. And it is great fun to visit.

One of my visits yielded two distinctly different series of images that I have for you today. The first seven images focus on the beach sands and the other seven on the rock walls that surround. As you will plainly see, each is a vastly different series – all within a “stone’s throw!”

*****

*****

*****

*****

_______________

Part Two – The Rocky Walls.

*****

*****

*****

*****

*****

Found on the beach, this last little oddity is a piece of kelp that wrapped itself around a rock and dried into a mold of the rock. An odd but certainly interesting new object.

Thanks for the visit.

092117: Back to Work

Round Top, NY 2012

Septembers have usually been busy and exciting times for me. Shows, travel, and new projects have generally been the focus of my posts ever since I began this blog in 2011. As my regular viewers know, if its Thursday there’s a new story waiting. Unfortunately, other matters have intruded and, as a result, the past month or so has had me focused elsewhere.

Mushrooms 2011

Due to a misdiagnosis well over a year ago, my partner, Cindy, has been hit with Lyme disease with a vengeance. It’s been harrowing and disturbing. Fortunately, she is ever so slowly on the mend. And as she progresses I will be able to get back on schedule.

Coral on Canvas 2012

As a way to break back into some creative work, I’ve picked out images for today that were taken in previous Septembers – but never worked until now. So, in a way, these are fresh new pieces. Definitely an odd mix, and quite varied.

Tea Set, New Jersey 2012

And, yes, the sofa and chairs were covered in plastic too.

Parking Garage, Spoleto 2013

On this day four years ago my solo show opened at the Florence Museum of Natural History. It was a wonderful occasion and allowed us to travel the countryside in the days that followed.

San Gimignano 2013

In the shadows of this wonderful hill town, as the sun set, we finished a day of Tuscan fossil hunting. Some of what we found appear below.

Gastropods, Tuscany 2013

Sea Shell, Maine 2014

Maine 2014

Our view to the East. We fell in love with Maine on this trip and now return annually – not only for the local beauty but also to shoot the coastal rocks such as the image below.

Coastal Rock, Maine 2014

Bearded Rocks, Lake Champlain, Vermont 2015

Isle La Motte, home of the famous Chazy Reef geological site, is another favorite. An important annual event celebrated there is Teddy Roosevelt Day in honor of his visit in 1901. In fact, the annual celebration is being held this Saturday the 23rd with a full day of activities. If you are anywhere in the vicinity make plans to visit. As they say it’s fun for all ages!

For information and directions for this year’s event clock here – Teddy Rooesvelt Day.

Donald, Isle La Motte 2015

Our dear friend Donald posed following the historical recreation.

Gastropod, Isle La Motte 2015

Coral, Catskill, NY 2016

Sunset Over the Catskills 2011

A slightly different journey today. I hope you liked it. I’ll try to be back soon.

Thanks for the visit.

082516: Maine Moments

DSC01441_01_LR_12

If there were only just a few fossils to be found in Maine I’d have no need to go anywhere else to explore with my camera! Wherever I walk, from the shore to the lush woods, there is just so much to focus on. DSC01471_01_LR_12

With each successive annual trip I expect my enthusiasm to wane – only to be happily surprised by the contrary. The coastal rocks continue to mesmerize me, as does everything else.

DSC01435_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01453_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01420_01v2_LR_12

Among the shore rock formations are small pools of water left by the tides, made rich and colorful thanks to various chemical and biological brushstrokes.

DSC01246_01_LR_12

The designs in nature are everywhere. The ocean deposits a myriad of interesting subjects.

DSC01306_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01311_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01331_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01659_01_LR_12

Lichen on the rocks.

DSC01584_01_LR_12

Lichen in the forest that butts right up to the shore rocks.

DSC01142_01_LR_12

And, of course, fungi and various detritus on the forest floor.

DSC01158_01_LR_12

Beautiful sunsets, visiting geese in the hundreds, crab rolls, blueberry pie, and the ocean!

DSC_0040_01crop_LR_12

My thanks to Eric and Betty for their hospitality.

Thanks for the visit.

1217: Year End 2015

img_5488_01_lr_12

I can hardly believe that another year has already come and gone. The clocks tick at the same pace as always. The earth seems to rotate at the same speed (although I read somewhere recently that the increasing liquification of the world’s glaciers is having a measurable effect on that!).

img_2500_01_lr_12

As is customary for me, this last post for the year revisits certain favorites of mine (out of the 600 to 700 fresh new images) that have appeared over this past year. While I have left out a lot, these seem to represent some of the directions and diversity that have occupied my time and efforts. They range from fossils and geology to the mushrooms and wallpaper images of recent months, as well as various other miscellany.

img_0168_01_lr_12

*****

img_7978_01_lr_12

*****

img_5181_01_lr_12

*****

img_9416_01_lr_12

*****

img_9171_01_lr_12

*****

img_2532_01_lr_12

*****

img_1129_01_lr_12

*****

img_0089_01_lr_12

*****

img_0343v1a_lr_12

*****

img_1545_01_lr_12

*****

img_1559_01_lr_12

*****

img_5426_01_lr_12

*****

img_0409_01_lr_12

Thank you for the visit today and thank you as always for your continued viewership. I’ll be back again after the first of the year. Please have a safe and happy holiday break.