Monday, August 28, 2017

Lift Your Spirits

Had the pleasure of photographing the Future In Sight group on their Zip Line adventure at Gunstock Mountain.

There was a bit of nervous chatter as their were geared up by their guides.

You could feel the excitement building as they went through their "practice zips" and made their way over to the lift to ride up to the top of the mountain.

Helping hands to get off of the lift at the top.

Zip Away Renee 

I could here the sheer joy in their voices as they took leave of the platform.

Capturing a dragonfly in this photo reminds me once again.... 

Connect with your own 
Strength, Courage and Happiness



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Small Town America - No Place Else I'd Rather Be

98th annual Gilford Old Home Day festivities brought everyone down to the Village....

Young and old joined together for a fun filled day of good old fashioned fun.

Children bring their exuberance and creativity onto a dozen or so floats that make their way up Belknap Mountain Road from the Town Hall to the cemetery.

Games set up by various local organizations in the Village field.
 The dunking booth is always a crowd favorite!

A butterfly project done over at the Gilford Community Center brought an array of beauty to the tennis court fence.  Along with a beautiful message from Hunter B.

We may not be a lot of other places 
~ that's okay ~ 
We are a small town ~ with a big heart!

More photos of the festivities over on my website 



Birthdays and Sunshine....

Laughter and Friends.....

.....and Cake!



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Speak Softly

One Word ~ Soft



Monday, August 21, 2017

A chuckle on the ride home

....this came on Pandora on my ride home from the viewing party at the Gilford Library.

Fun to see the humor!



Up With the Sun

Spent the night
out on the lake
being awakened by the
sound of two eaglets
just outside
our window.

I made a pot of coffee and took a walk down the path to 
watch the sunrise and take a morning swim. 

 It wasn't the most spectacular sunrise we had ever seen but delightful just the same.  Two eaglets each in their own tree having their own conversation as the new day was to begin.  

As I watched them take flight I felt like I was soaring with them.  They are young, inexperienced flyers.  You could see they were in the learning stages.  Toddlers so to speak.  

 Such a treat to be able to witness these magnificent birds in their natural habitat.  

Life is good...                       so Good!



Thursday, August 17, 2017

What You Put Into Words

                               Their words come from their place
                                Read them
                                Ingest them
                                Don't feel as though they are yours to live with

"Don’t be trapped by dogma – living with the results of other people’s thinking"                         Steve Jobs


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Breathe In

 Breathe Out



Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Celebration

Got my hubby to go away for a few days to the coast of Maine with a few friends to celebrate his 60th birthday.

It first started with a conversation "you should go to that B & B in Ogunquit....."  Honestly, I was thinking to myself "well that's more of a gift to myself than to Jim".  But when I presented it to him he was onboard with the idea.  He wasn't looking for a big "hoopla" to mark his 60th year - but rather a quiet, laid back gathering.

We boogie boarded at the beach, ate, played cards, ate, walked along the shore, ate....
you get the picture!

On our second night we sailed out of Perkins Cove on the Silverlining.  A 42' sloop that has been lovingly restored by her Captain Jack Gordon.

There was nary a wind out on the water that evening and the sunset was hindered by the incoming clouds.  But still it was a delightfully calm and cool ride.  Our captain saw a whale in the distance and pointed it out to us..... we kept watch but he must have surfaced further down the coast.

Once again I'm reminded that the simple things in our lives give us great pleasure and fill our sails.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Night at the Whiskey Barrel

Saw that the Gin Blossoms were coming to the Whiskey Barrel for a one night show.  I found myself searching online to see what time they would take the stage.  I came across 98.3 LNH's post on Facebook for tickets to the show ~ sent a quick message to put myself in the running and I won two! 

Fabulous night with friends gathered around the stage 
~ thanks 98.3 LNH ~!



Monday, August 7, 2017

Golf Speak at the Practice Range

             "Did you get a good one Dad?"
                             "Yup, pretty good"



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Traditions ~ Telling Stories

Afternoon cruise onboard the MV Sophie C
The Sophie C delivers mail to island residents
on Lake Winnipesaukee 

Captain Reed negotiates in and out of our designated ports
 Yes, the arrival horn is loud
 Ready to dock with youngsters lined up to come aboard for ice cream
 Mail delivery Island style
 Positioning for the long standing tradition of jumping from the pilings
 Anticipation of fun moments with friends

Ready, set ...JUMP!



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Where You Stand Is Important

First day of our week long workshop with Sam Abell at Maine Media.

We talked about starting with the back layer, keeping a strong foreground and having our subject doing something interesting within the frame.

This dog obviously got that memo!

We had so much fun on the breakwater that first day.
Many conversations ensued throughout our week from this first adventure.
This photograph will always bring a sweet memory from our time spent together.
It's one of the few frames I took with "clean" rocks!



Get Up Early ~ Embrace the Fog

Get up early

What makes you happy

Embrace the fog

Find your own road

"Bad days make for great photographs"
                     Sam Abell
Life can't always be a "sunny" day.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Room Service at the Penthouse Suite

Three new baby robins 



Sharing within the Photographic Life

ARRIVING                                Monhegan Island, Maine

For this photo I worked on practicing what Sam Abell taught us during the first day of our workshop.  
Compose the picture Sammy and wait - is going through my mind.  
The excitement of not knowing how the hand off would take place was certainly part of the fun.  
I feel what worked was the young man with the pole was framed within the boat.  
The pole didn't touch the back layer and was at a similar angle to the shoreline.  
The pilings balanced the photo and gave it a foreground.  
The gent on land was positioned well and the moment of him "grabbing" the pole tells the story.  
I managed to keep my camera level within the composition - which is something I struggle with.   I am absolutely one who shifts with what's happening as I see it through my lens.  
I need to work on that.

This will be one of the photos that will go into our "Moving Forward in Photography" book.  A compilation of photographs from Sam's students during our week together in Maine.  I'm so looking forward to continuing down the road with this group and look forward to our journeys that lie ahead.