Illusion of Optics

life_in_maine_illusionThe rocks at Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park. One of the most interesting things about photography is the ability to present the world in a way that a person could not perceive naturally. When a group of objects are in focus, when they appear sharp, it is usually because they are all the same distance from the observer. That does not need to be true for a camera (no Photoshop gimmick here). Click on the image for a larger view.

Tracks

life_in_maine_tracksLocard’s exchange principle, named after the French forensic scientist, can be summed up simply—every contact leaves a trace. No matter how small nor how transitory, our journeys leave something of us behind and carry away something with us. Every track, no matter if taken by a solitary traveler, is woven with those that came before and will come after. Click on the image for a larger view.

Snowbound

life_in_maine_snowbound2Our forest is under a three- to four-foot snowpack. The snow has consolidated making snowshoeing over our land fairly easy. In the summer, the foliage and understory make the forest dark and confining. In the winter, the space is open and free. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Where Gods Dwell

tokyo_sugiIf anyone has seen the work of the director Hayeo Miyazaki, a common motif may strike you: trees. In the movies Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princes Mononoke, powerful, towering arboreal characters appear. The early Japanese believed trees, particularly evergreen trees, were dwellings for deities from heaven. With roots firmly in the earth and branches reaching into the sky, living off the wind and sun, and lifespans greater than any human, how could these beings be anything but divine. The Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore said, “trees are the Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” Click on the image for a larger view.

A Year in Color, 2014

year_in_color_2014This is the change in color of our forest in 2014 for each month of the year from left to right and top to bottom. For another year go here. Click on the image for a larger view.