Autumn in Bridgton, Maine

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This weekend I focused on photographing the subtler colors of the fall.

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Stevens Brook in Pondicherry Park, Bridgton, Maine
Stevens Brook in Pondicherry Park, Bridgton, Maine
Beech leaves in autumn color.
Beech leaves in autumn color.
Mushrooms adorn a rotting tree stump, Bridgton, Maine
Mushrooms adorn a rotting tree stump, Bridgton, Maine
Weathered barn with windows and flowers, Bridgton, Maine
Weathered barn with windows and flowers, Bridgton, Maine
Subtle colors of autumn during "peak foliage" time in Bridgton, Maine.
Subtle colors of autumn during "peak foliage" time in Bridgton, Maine.
Subtle colors of autumn during "peak foliage" time in Bridgton, Maine.
Subtle colors of autumn during "peak foliage" time in Bridgton, Maine.

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Axe Women Loggers of Maine

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Women loggers competing at the 200th Topsfield Fair, in Topsfield, MA

Cutting slices of wood with large, loud, chainsaws

Axe throwing contest. – See the axe over the Stihl logo headed for the bullseye,

Slicing a log with a 2-person crosscut saw.

Undercut with a competition axe.

Log rolling

Glass Towers: Boston’s Seaport District

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The seaport district of Boston

Today I visited the seaport district of Boston. I have not found a good reason to go there until recently, when it struck me that the walls of green and blue glass might make some good images. Not long ago this chunk of the city was where you came to park your car for $5.00 per day — cash only. Several hundred acres of gravel dominated the landscape. You could eat locally harvested seafood at Jimmy’s Harborside, Anthony’s Pier 4, and the No-name restaurant. Fishermen off-loaded their catch on Fish Pier where it was promptly auctioned to restaurant buyers and re-sellers.

That’s all gone now….

Year-round photos at Ipswich River

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Yesterday my daughter and I took a short hike in The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary where we visit year-round. I was first introduced to this 2000 + acre mix of forest and wetland in the early 1980’s while working  on photos for a book about country walks near Boston. Click image for full screen view

Early spring near the Ipswich River.

The Ipswich River before the tall green grasses appear. Topsfield, MA

Late fall near the Ipswich River

Late fall, wetlands of the Ipswich River, Topsfield, MA. Subtle hues of brown and grey.

By mid-May the cattails have returned.

October colors along the Ipswich River Wildlife Refuge, Topsfield, Massachusetts

School For Violin Makers

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As part of my tour of instrument makers’ workshops, I made a late winter stop at The Violin Making & Repair program at the North Bennett Street School in Boston’s North End neighborhood. The program accommodates ten students in the three year program who are passionate about working with their hands, using techniques traceable back to the great Antonio Stradaveri.

Click here to see photographs taken at  artisans’ studios making, guitars, brass, flutes, and pipe organs. I am actively searching for a magazine to run this story. Referrals appreciated!

Ryan Hamonds uses a small hand plane to create violin parts at the North Bennett Street School, Boston.

The classroom workshop of the Violin Making and Repair program at The North Bennett Street School, Boston.

Violin Making & repair Department Head Roman Barnas at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, refinishes an old violin

Student Chris Henderson of The Violin Making and Repair program at the North Bennett Street School uses an array of sharpening stones to maintain his carving and cutting tools.

Gabrielle Kramer is a full time student in The Violin Making & Repair program at the North Bennett Street School, Boston. She chisels the back piece of a violin.

Faster Than the Wind — Iceboat on Cape Ann

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Iceboat on Niles Pond, Gloucester

Iceboat on Niles Pond, near the tip of Eastern Point in Gloucester, MA. Iceboats can reach speeds of 50 mph, sailing faster than the actual wind velocity.

Iceboats have been around since the mid 18th century. Today, lightweight racing craft like this one, are still sailed by lovers of speed, the wind, and sailing. Sailors wait for good windy days like today, before the ice has been discovered by skaters.

Under the Zakim Bridge in Boston

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Last night I roamed around the city park beneath the dramatic Zakim Bridge connecting Boston and Charlestown.

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge across the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a replacement for the Charlestown High Bridge, an older truss bridge constructed in the 1950s

Late Fall Colors In Massachusetts

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It’s been hot here in October — in the seventies for many days — and the chlorophyll has persisted; keeping the leaves green. Until this week when orange, red, and yellow won.

Fall colors in Massachusetts

Fall colors on a cloudy afternoon at Farrar Pond, Lincoln, MA

Fall colors in Massachusetts

Fall colors in Breakheart Reservation, Wakefield, MA USA

Dam Removal

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Recently, I photographed the removal of the first of three earth and stone dams from the Hamant River in Sturbridge, MA. A project 7 years in planning is the result of collaboration between the town conservation commission, Massachusetts Fish & Game, and other groups. The restored free-flowing river will support the spawning of brook trout and the growth of native plants.

Removal of a dam in Hamant River, Sturbridge, MA

Tomatoes and Flowers

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Verrill Farm in Concord, MA draws me in for many visits during late summer when their 48 varieties of tomatoes — mostly heirloom — and the sweetest corn are harvested. As soon as I arrived home I made a pot of gazpacho.

Delicious tomatoes from Verrill Farm, Concord, MA, where 48 varieties are planted.

Baskets of just-picked tomatoes at Verrill Farm, Concord, MA

Assortment of pick-your-own flowers at Verrill Farm, Concord, MA