For well over a decade, Hampton Beach in New Hampshire has hosted a sand sculpture contest. This year’s contest included ten artists and 200 tons of sand trucked in for the event. While we watched, the artists finished their labors of love and hoped to win a prize of up to $3,000. They completed these works in under 23 hours time on the beach, though many had sketchbooks lying about that showed designs they made back home. Their vision and skill are just amazing. Most of them work in other mediums (e.g. ice, snow) as well as sand. After today, the sculptures will be sprayed with a glue type of substance and remain up for a few weeks.
The town of Sugar Hill lies just beyond the White Mountains. In June, the fields are full of Lupine and the community hosts a Lupine Festival. One highlight is a path mowed into a field with signs bearing quotes and poetry posted throughout. I was gone before the crowds arrived, but enjoyed the sights.
Some images are worth getting up at 3:00 AM and driving two hours to make.
I posted an image of this statue some time ago but was recently able to shot it with some amazing light on it. It is constructed in slightly offset layers that gives the subject some texture. Arthur Fiedler conducted the Boston Pops orchestra for fifty years.
Memorial Day weekend, my friend James (pictured below0 and I climed Mt. Major in the Lakes Region. It’s a popular hike, though the trails were not crowded. It give a great view of Lake Winnipesaukee. Someone who came before us made this small cairn of stones.