I took another photowalk around the area of my office Friday, Sept. 21. This time I ran across a busy road to the office building on the other side. There were two huge “butterfly” bushes, and true to their name, there were many many butterflies flitting around. How awesome it was to be able to stand there so close to them, with them flitting around my head! This pic was particularly nice. The play of light added to the presentation.
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We took a whale watch cruise on Sept. 6 2007. It was amazing and something I recommend everyone do. The day was gorgeous, our guide was pleasant, and the whales, finbacks to be exact, were -mostly- cooperative. I was amazed that they were “common” in those waters, since it was such a novelty for me. It was around mating season, so we actually wound up following a pair of whales plus a single whale that traveled close to them. Their coordination was awe inspiring- seeing them blow and dive together. Not only the whales but the strong breeze, sun, movement of the boat and other wildlife made it an experience to remember.
This was just too cool! We were fortunate to be able to get a tour from the non-profit organization people who are restoring East Quoddy Lighthouse. We went inside the lighthouse, which had living quarters, a 2nd living area, and then up top, the head of the lighthouse. All 8 of us squeezed up into the tower where the actual lens was located, and it was an awesome experience.
2007 09 02 West Quoddy LighthouseOriginally uploaded by NJHeart2HeartWest Quoddy Lighthouse is the easternmost point of the United States. When we visited, it was a beautiful day, bright with blue skies and not a cloud in sight. We walked around the lighthouse, than took a walk along the Coastal Trail.
Liberty Point, Campobello IslandThere is a tremendous difference in temperature and wind speed/strength between the bay side and the ocean side of Campobello Island, Canada. Liberty Point was definitely ocean side. It looks beautiful, and it is, but be prepared if you visit, to wear WARM clothing! BRR!!
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So, here I am again. I’ve been neglecting this site ever since leaving for vacation. My primary justification was the need to concentrate on saving, backing up and working with the “gazillions” of digital photos I took on my awesome vacation to Maine, Sept. 1-9. I have sooo much to say, so besides the photo workflow being ridiculous, I’ve also been attempting to journal what I experienced during my trip. I’ll start posting a bit at a time shortly.
I wrote an interesting response to a fellow Flickr member. I had commented on some of his photos, which were the first set of photos that looked comparable to mine in quality/interest. He was responding to my comment about a particular photo, saying that he knew it would look a lot better with some creative editing in a photo program, but said that he “still” felt it was like “cheating”. Here is my response, which I thought was interesting since I hadn’t really thought about it much previously:
“I’m with you on feeling like you’re cheating with Photoshop, but kudos that you even HAVE a photo editor and know how to use it- something I do not yet have!! That’s the one serious drawback of digital photography- it’s no longer about just working to get the best photos at the moment… now you have all this other stuff going on as well. How can someone who has equal photography skills be competetive with their work with someone who also has the computer tools and skills that can turn even a great “normal” photo into any piece of art she/he cares to?
Funny, I never expressed that before, but it definitely rings true as I write it. Not that it’s
not wonderful to have the tools, but it’s a different skill set, so when it comes to comparing, we digital photographers have to be sure we are comparing apples to apples, not apples to pomegranates :)”
So that is my life and thoughts for the moment. I’ll post some Maine photos over from Flickr to follow. Please feel free to take a look at the rest of my pics! http://www.flickr.com/photos/njheart2heart