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The Origins Of Dry Feet

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Looking down the length of Mill Cove
Mt Desert Island, Maine — June 2015
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Once you visit Maine for any length of time, it’s easy to see why Leon Leonwood Bean — otherwise known as the founder of L.L. Bean — became a household name with his famous “duck boots”.  Try keeping your feet dry in a place like this and it quickly becomes clear that his waterproof boots are really appealing — especially to hunters, hikers, and others that appreciate being in the great outdoors during inclement weather.

Schooner Ka’iulani

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The schooner Ka’iulani at rest on the Miles River
St. Michaels, Maryland — July 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

From a trip a couple of summers ago.

Watching The Day Go By

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Bayside at Assateague Island National Seashore
Assateague Island, Maryland — August 2016
Rollei 35 SE + Zeiss Sonnar 40/2.8
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

When I was a kid, I’d go someplace that was quiet and solitary, sit and get comfortable, then observe.  Sometimes it would take just a few minutes for me to begin noticing movement around me… other times it would take a long period for critters to realize I wasn’t a threat and resume what they were doing.

The image above was like that.

It was shot from an elevated boardwalk within Assateague Island National Seashore, and there wasn’t another soul anywhere around me.  So I just sat and watched.  This looks like a empty, utterly desolate scene — but in fact, it was actually teeming with life… you just had to be patient and look for it.

Desolate Island

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The rocks in Ennis Lake
Ennis, Montana — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Looks worth exploring.

The View From Tom’s Place

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The steps of the Jefferson Memorial, with the
Washington Monument in the background
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

A dear friend of mine once referred to the Jefferson Memorial as “Tom’s Place”, and it’s a phrase that has stuck with me ever since.

Morning Fog On Lake Champlain

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Essex-Charlotte ferry
Lake Champlain, New York — June 2005
Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

From a wonderful road trip many years ago, here’s a shot of the Essex-Charlotte ferry, just as the morning fog was beginning to lift from the surface of the lake, and the details of the far shore were slowly becoming visible.

I love road trips.

Cherry Blossoms 2018 (Or Sakura 桜)

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Cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH II

It’s almost that time of year again — the cherry blossoms are about to bloom in Washington, DC!  They were forecast earlier to be at peak by March 22nd or 23rd, but the cold spell we’ve been having for the past week has slowed things down a bit, so they are expected to peak sometime next week — closer to March 27th or later.

You can read more detailed conditions about the cherry blossoms here, and the National Park Service official prediction here, and a live webcam of the blooms here. Continue Reading →

Mono Gate

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Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California — May 2003
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Taken during a trip with my family to attend my sister’s graduation from a nearby college.