Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I really took this because the nameplate for Bangor had fallen earlier and nearly landed on the head of a friend. I noticed, later on that day, that someone had reattached the nameplate to the array of clocks.

Submitted to Tuesday's "Clocks" challenge.
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"I've got blues in a bottle...

...I have got the stopper in my right hand." One of my favorite tracks from the album Blues Bag by Omar (Kent Dykes from Omar & The Howlers).

Submitted to Macro Day's "Bottle" challenge.
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Monday, January 28, 2008

2-22-2222 - I wonder...

...how the stars and planets will align at 22:22:22 on this date. Just something goofy to submit for last week's Tuesday challenge for "Calendar".
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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Cold Duck(s) anyone?

I stopped on the way in to work this morning (might as well take some pictures on those rare mornings I have to be up, right?) and took a few shots of the steamy Stillwater river and the ducky Penobscot river. Don't those silly ducks know that it's four frigging frigidly frosty fowl-fanny-feather-freezing fahrenheit degrees out there? Did they not check their thermometer before plopping their butts down in that cold, cold water? Did they stop at the LLBean outlet to augment their own insulation? Questions still free. Answers...? Well...

Makes my butt feel cold just thinking about how cold that water is! Wait... That's a pocket of warmth there in that sunlight. Maybe they're not so crazy after all. Still makes my butt feel cold, though!
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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Oh deer me(at)

Submitted to Thursday's "Nature" challenge.
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Submitted to See It Sunday's "Book" challenge.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Do you need a degree in puzzle theory to do this?

While waiting in line on Monday to get our quick shot of the 2007 World Series Trophy we got to see the basketball surface come to life as we made our way around the Alfond Arena at UMaine in Orono.

It took us about a half hour to move from the first shot to this last one. As you can see, there is still a very long line of people winding all the way around the arena waiting to reach the trophy. We're still about 15 minutes away as of this last shot.

Although they seemed to have a pretty good process going to put this together, I think I'll submit one of these shots for Moody Monday's photo challenge for 'Complicated'.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

See it Sunday challenge - Wind - White Mountain Boogie

Sue Foley at the 2007 White Mountain Boogie & Blues Festival. August 18, 2007. Jenny_WhyMe and I both took photos during this set, so I'm not completely sure which one of us took these, though I think I took the top one and she took the bottom one.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I wonder which one the dogs prefer?

Do you think they get excited by the big white one or stick with the little red one that's more their size? Is there a dog that's man enough to mark the big white one? Yea, questions are still free. Answers will cost you.

A couple of shots of the Bangor Standpipe on a cold, snowy, winter afternoon.

Submitted to Photo Sharks Challenge - Cold.
I think this will also work for Thursday's Challenge - Small.
So, is this multi-tasking or recycling?

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Lens Day Challenge - Sunset

This is the scene that greeted us upon returning home from our 2006 Christmas Tree Hunt. We'd neglected to bring the camera along on the hunt itself, watched the sunset all the way home (saw one person who had stopped on I-95 to photograph it) and hoped that it wouldn't be completely gone by the time we could get home and get our camera out.

Submitted for Lens Day's Sunset challenge.
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Monday, January 14, 2008

Orono in water(y) color (or lack thereof)

Scenes from today's snowy commute through the filter of water droplets. The shot of the barn looks more like an animated character from Blues Clues than the Page Farm and Home Museum.
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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wisely in Ellsworth, Maine

We had the good fortune to be able to go to Ellsworth on Friday night (January 11th) and catch Wisely at the Maine Grind performance space.

(Above two photos taken by guest photographer jenny_whyme [using my camera].)

(Willie) Wisely played solo for most of the evening. He had a percussionist join in for a couple of songs (as you can tell from the photographic evidence above). His set was an entertaining mix of pop songs and stories in a loose, freewheeling, almost-stream-of-consciousness delivery, which was probably three parts Willie's personality and one part lack of sleep. Willie gigged in Massachusetts the night before and drove here after the gig. He might've gotten a few hours of sleep before appearing live on three different area radio stations (early morning on Kiss, lunchtime on WERU and late afternoon on WHSN - next time we'll have to get him to squeeze in a visit to WMEB and really test his endurance!).

Willie performed songs from his two most recent albums (Parador from 2006 and the brand new Wisely) along with a few older tunes. The set included (among others) Erase Me, Ella, Cracked World View, California, Who Blew Out the Sun, Vagabond, and Through Any Window.

Willie is an egaging performer who knows his way around a hook and a lyric. I don't think I'd ever consider Wisely's songs to be retro, but if you've ever been wowed by the pop or power-pop of The Beatles, The Raspberries, Ben Folds or Matthew Sweet, then you owe it to yourself to check out Wisely (and don't forget the Willie Wisely Trio recordings while you're at it)!

(I wish I'd thought to get a set list from him or take some notes. Maybe I should crib from Emily as I saw her with notepad in hand at the show. I didn't really plan on writing too much about the gig, but figured the pictures ought to have some commentary)

As you can see from the following photos, the fun didn't stop when Willie's set was done. A group of local musicians took over (I didn't catch their name, though things ended up being more like a jam session as several other musicians joined in for a song or two (including Willie on harp for a bit)).

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