In Lyme Connecticut, thee is a very nice sculpture grounds called Studio 80. Of all the pieces they had, I liked this simple yet elegant face propped up against a tree. It feels like there is something mystical or mysterious about it.
This man arrived at the recent Lowell Folk Festival with a large religiously-themed but less than tolerant sign and rhetoric to match it. The festival organizers wanted him to leave, encouraged him to leave, and when he didn’t go, they asked the police to make him leave. But they couldn’t. The festival takes place in a public place. Our country’s right to freedom of speech allows him to be in that place with his sign and talk to people about his beliefs. In this image, a group of festival volunteers was debating with him about the nature of God’s love.
This weekend, Portsmouth, NH is hosting the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. It’s a ceremonial ship. They don’t use it for rescues on the high seas or stopping drug dealers. It represents both the USCG in general and our country when visiting other nations. I really wanted to try to get some nice images as I’ve done when other tall ships visited Portsmouth. The problem is that while other ships had docked at a very accessible pier that was wonderful for taking photos, the Eagle was docked at the State Pier which is behind a security perimeter and not very picturesque. The Coast Guard has to follow certain security guidelines. I wanted to take photos at sunset and when I arrived, the pier was closed to the public. Also, the ship was positioned next to a large pile of something under white tarps. The tarps really didn’t help the image.
Undaunted, I realized that the harbor is in a river. If I could find an access point on the other side of the river (in Maine), then I could get some shots. Using satellite images from Google Maps, I saw that most of the Maine side of the river was occupied by private homes. It’s not a good practice to go into people’s yards. But there seemed to be one spot with a dirt lot that wasn’t linked to a home. I walked across Memorial Bridge over to that spot. The lighting was not ideal and the only reason that the photo below is usable is due to some good editing software (Lightroom). The picture above was made as I was walking back to Portsmouth across the bridge. I saw the small boat in the foreground and snapped the picture. It’s a funny thing, The boat gives the image life and makes it interesting. I was going to make another image after the boat passed, but when I looked through the viewfinder, the same scene without the boat was really dull.
Star Island is the perfect place to spend a hot summers day. We took the 9:15 ferry from Rye, NH and arrived on the island a half-hour later. I managed to spot a harbor porpoise on the ride out. We walked around a bit, read our books, had lunch at a bench overlooking the sea and even went for a swim. We were sad to leave on the 3:40 ferry back. For those wanting a longer stay, you can attend one of the many conference programs at the Oceanic Hotel (pictured in the background).