May 25, 2016

Photo of the Week - Portland Head Light Morning

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

It was a very cold morning in late April when I took this panorama image of Portland Head Light. A fleece jacket and gloves were required! A dusting of snow was on the ground when our group headed out before dawn. An early arrival had its rewards, with a beautiful glow from the sunrise and no visitors except for our small band of photographers.

At 225 years old, this is one of the most famous of the lighthouses along the eastern coastline. According to the latest Portland news, the scenic beauty is temporarily marred until June. The historic structure is covered with scaffolding and getting a fresh coat of paint. 

May 18, 2016

Photo of the Week - Old White Boat

Damariscotta, Maine

There were many grand vistas to record with my camera during the recent trip to coastal Maine. But I was also searching for some different subjects that tell a story about the area. Any composition that features simplicity is a bonus. This lone, white boat, weathered from the seasons and use, definitely fit the bill.

While the boat was floating, I patiently waited until it was positioned on a diagonal. The story line is supported by many elements: wooden oars with chippy paint; reflection in the shallow water; cotton rope tied to the dock; scuffed deck where the rower sits; gentle water that envelopes the overall scene.

Do you want to get in the boat with me and go for a row?

May 11, 2016

Photo of the Week - Steep Steps Up to Owls Head Light

Owls Head, Maine

Owls Head Light helps boats navigate the entrance to Rockland harbor. It was built in 1825, rebuilt in 1952, and automated in 1989. The lighthouse is only 30 feet tall, but seems more imposing because it sits at the very top of a rocky cliff. This photo shows a few of the steps up to the structure. It took me a little while, but I eventually climbed to the top!  Whew!

May 4, 2016

Photo of the Week - Pemaquid Point Lighthouse at Dawn

Bristol, Maine

What were you doing at 5:30 a.m. EDT last Friday? I bet you were sleeping! I was standing at this spot, braving cold winds from the Atlantic Ocean, and enjoying this spectacular view. This beautiful lighthouse is located at the tip of Pemaquid Neck. It was built in 1827 after being commissioned by President John Quincy Adams. The structure was rebuilt in 1835 because salt water was used in the original mortar mix. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse may look vaguely familiar to you because it is featured on the Maine quarter. (Be sure to click on the image to see it bigger!)

April 27, 2016

Photo of the Week - Cloud Ballet Around Balanced Rock

Arches National Park, Utah

Balanced Rock is one of the “must see” formations within Arches National Park. There is a convenient loop trail around the structure, so it can be admired from many angles. The clouds were wispy and beautiful during my visit, providing a soft backdrop and contrast to the textured rock surfaces. The total height of Balanced Rock is about 128 feet. The balanced portion rises 55 feet above the base. It's big!

My schedule ought to settle down for a while once the month of May rolls around on the calendar. I’ll give all of you an update then about progress around my cottage and events in my life. Thank you for continuing to visit my little blog and admiring my photos.