Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Sunset over the Alfond Arena at UMaine in Orono

...that the sun still exists and the sky is not gray!

It hung around most of the day, even.

I was hoping that sunset would be more of a spectacle, given how long it's been since it's made an appearance in this neck of the woods, but I'll take it!
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I've seen many flower beds that look like this lately

With all the rain many flowers can't support their waterlogged weight.
These are my neighbor's flowers.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Gray is the official State Color of Maine for 2009

This just in...

A citizen initiative to designate gray as Maine's state color has been approved by the legislature and the governor.

Mother Nature could not be reached for comment.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fog! Night! Photo Ops! Bangor!

So, after work last night I was able to catch a little of Eric Green's set and quaff a couple of half-price pints at Luna Bar & Grill in Bangor. As I sat enjoying the tunes and the beer I could see fog rolling in over Bangor. When Eric finished I spent a few more hours (good thing I'm a night owl) roaming Bangor.

Here's a sample of the night's shoot - more on Flickr.

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Misty sunset over the Stillwater River

I try and take a walk on campus in the evening, especially when it's nice and I can capture some of that golden hour light. Last night we actually had a sunset - something we haven't had in about a week. Often, it seems, following the evening light takes me over by the Stillwater River.

Last night I was just about to turn back and head for the office, figuring I'd taken enough shots recently of the river. I got just close enough, though, to spy some mist upon the river. I couldn't pass up some different conditions to shoot some familiar subjects!

I had originally planned to post these shots from home last night. My next blog entry will be enough explanation (Night Fog!) as to why that didn't happen until today.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's been wet here recently. Did anyone notice?

Everything's a little bit saturated.

Did you know it's been wet here in the northeast?

And one last time... Has anyone complained?
It's been wet here.
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Sweet sentiment

From my father-in-law's 70th birthday.

Submitted to Thursday's challenge for Sweet.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Nickel and a Nail

With apologies to O.V. Wright and anyone else who's recorded the song...

Submitted to Macro Day's Coin challenge.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It was Good Deed Day here at Whittling Fog

My plan, this evening (and a beautiful evening it was!), was to try and catch a little bit of light from the golden hour to see how well I could turn a concept into a photo. I got outdoors a little later than I wanted to, so I had to head over toward the athletic fields on the UMaine (Orono) campus in order to capture what light was left (too many buildings blocking it by the time I got outside). On the way I happened to walk past the Mahaney Dome.

I just happened to glance over and see what looked like a slit in the material that makes up the Mahaney Dome.

I got close enough to feel that, sure enough, air was escaping.

I figured this was not good.

My plan, at that point, was to continue in search of the light I wanted for my original shoot and then call in the dome damage when I got back to the office (I don't own a cell phone). About 25 steps later I rounded a hedge near the field house and came upon a campus cop. So, I was able to show her the damaged spot and she called it in. That took just long enough that the golden hour light I was originally hoping to utilize had faded westward for another night.

So, this is my good deed for the (pick one) day/week/year/decade...

I'll have to wait at least another day to see if I can turn the concept I mentioned into a decent photo. Stay tuned (or not)...
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Oh, Maestro...

Submitted to Unique's Photo Challenge for Play.
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Stillwater River in April

The Stillwater River near the University of Maine in Orono. Photographed at sunset a couple of days apart.

Submitted to Two 4 Tuesday's Rough-Smooth challenge.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Stone Step

Stone step (not your steppin' stone).

Entered for Macro Day's Stone challenge.

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