Fire

life_in_maine_passing_peakOur forest is passing peak color—leaves are predominantly red or brown and more have fallen than remain. Yesterday was a mix of strong winds and blue skies. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Change

acadia_little_hunters_coveThe view of the fading day from Little Hunters Beach. Acadia National Park is often described as a timeless, unchanging landscape. Perhaps on a human scale, but the land is changing. Every rainfall, every tide takes a little away. The winter ice splits rock. And the colonizing biology leaves its mark. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Kennebec Land Trust 25th Anniversary Exhibition

exhibits_kenneben_land_traust_25th_anniversaryThe Kennebec Land Trust is celebrating their 25th anniversary with an exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine. I was honored to have one of my images selected for the show. Many of the Kennebec Land Trust properties offer recreational trails for the public. My submission was taken at the Small-Burnham Conservation Area in Litchfield, Maine. The exhibition runs until November 1st. Click on the images for a larger view.exhibits_kenneben_land_traust_25th_anniversary_2

Breaking Waves, Setting Sun

maine_coast_pemaquid_sunsetNaomi and I went out to Pemaquid Point on Sunday. From high on the rock ledges, this peninsula seems to jut out into the ocean and sky. In the roar of breaking waves, your mind is quiet. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Twilight

white_mountains_twilight2Twilight is a strange phase; not light enough to be day, not dark enough to be night. To human vision, forms lose their solidity as they disappear into shadow; to the camera, they almost appear to glow from within. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Being, Becoming

white_mountains_rock_treeWhy life? Is this self-organizing matter a natural outcome of a universe? Is it the nature of a universe to desire consciousness? The Great Gulf Wilderness was carved out by ice in the last glacial period, leaving a world of rock. Yet, in spite of this harsh terrain, life thrived. Layers upon layers of organisms colonized and built this beautiful world. Unlike the eroded mountain it inhabits, it diversified into unimaginable complexity. Click on the image for a larger view.

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September Seas

acadia_september_seasFrom Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park. The scale of this place is hard to imagine. The rocks in the foreground would dwarf a human. Click on the image for a larger view.

Living on Edges

white_mountains_great_gulfThe tenacity of life, the ability to hang onto existence in some of the harshest conditions, always amazes me. A delicate balance that does not take very much to lose—a few footsteps from a careless hiker could cause irreparable damage, as could a rock slide. Climate is a constant source of stress. This collection of moss, grass, and wild flowers is at the head of the glacial cirque that is home to the Great Gulf Wilderness Area, just below the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Click on the image for a larger view.