MDI Community Sailing Center

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in People, Sailing
MDI Community Sailing Center

The MDI Community Sailing Center (MDICSC) is an independent non-profit organization located on Clark Point Road in Southwest Harbor, Maine. It offers maritime education and boating instruction to the general public of Mount Desert Island and surrounding coastal communities. Janice and I are enrolled in the adult beginners sailing course and loving it. And what’s not to love. We walk a mile …

Northeast Harbor Fleet

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Event, Sailing
Northeast Harbor Fleet

The Northeast Harbor Fleet formed in August of 1923. Northeast Harbor has long been a popular sailing destination with the first organized races recorded in the 1890s. The Fleet is a seasonal organization formed to promote boating and sailboat racing in the waters surrounding Mount Desert Island. I shot the photos below prior to and during an International One-Design Class race at the head …

Pretty in Pink Flamingo Festival

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Event, People
Pretty in Pink Flamingo Festival

Pink, pink, and more pink is the color of the weekend during the annual Pink Flamingo Festival in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Sponsored by the Harbor House, a non-profit organization serving the communities of Mount Desert Island, the festival boasts a parade, craft fair, kids carnival and lots more. The awesome Southwest Harbor Public Library puts on their paperback book sale that weekend …

Sea Ledges – Manset, Maine

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Architecture
Sea Ledges – Manset, Maine

Sea Ledges is located on the Shore Road in Manset, Maine on Mount Desert Island. Its views of Southwest Harbor, Somes Sound, and Acadia National Park are spectacular. With kind permission from the owners, I made the panorama below on the summer solstice at 5:23 AM. I used a Canon 5D3 and a Canon 45mm f/2.8 tilt/shift lens shooting 1/125 sec, f/5.6 at ISO 100. The pano is a combination of …

Waters Edge, W. P. Stewart Estate

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Architecture, Event, Places
Waters Edge, W. P. Stewart Estate

Waters Edge is a private estate on Sargeant Drive in Northeast Harbor, Maine. It has lovely gardens and expansive views across Somes Sound to the mountains of Acadia National Park. Each year the W. P. Stewart family opens this fabulous property for a spring garden tour to support a local nonprofit organization. This year the host and beneficiary of the event was the Harbor House Community …

Acadia Photo Safari

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Event, Places
Acadia Photo Safari

Today I went on a Sunset Cruise Safari with photographer Howie Motenko on a 28-foot ‘lobster yacht’ piloted by his sweet wife Brenda. Howie gave me some great tips for shooting on the water and Brenda placed the boat in optimal locations for getting the best shots. At just $75 per person for a three-hour trip, this is a great deal that I highly recommend for photographers at all levels. …

Memorial Day Parade

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Event, People
Memorial Day Parade

The town of Southwest Harbor, Maine, held it’s Memorial Day parade this morning at 9 AM in remembrance of those men and women who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. For a parade that barely lasted 10 minutes, it was packed with all the essential ingredients that make an event like this so enjoyable to attend. It had marching bands, fire trucks, adorable children, active duty …

Amazing Grace 1977

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in People, Places
Amazing Grace 1977

In 1977 I spent two months driving from California to Maine in a Volkswagen van named Amazing Grace. “Gracie” and I left San Diego on March 1st, meandered across the country, and arrived on Mount Desert Island on April 30th. By April 31st I knew I had found my new home. I lived there for the next five months and returned nearly every year until 2013 when I moved here …

George’s Vermeer

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Lighting, People
George’s Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer was a 17th-century Dutch Master whom many consider to be the greatest painter of all time. I recently studied his work for a class called “Looking at Images” that I took at Acadia Senior College from instructor Lydia Goetze. Coincidentally, I also happened to just see a wonderful documentary called Tim’s Vermeer which chronicled the attempt of Tim Jenison to discover how …

Beech Mountain Loop Trail

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Hike
Beech Mountain Loop Trail

Beech Mountain is located on the west side of Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park. With a summit of only 839 feet, it’s not one of the higher peaks, but it has a commanding view, so much so that a fire tower was erected there in the 1960′s. Janice and Emma and I chose this hike today because it was short and we only had a few hours until dark. We drove to the end of Beech Hill Road …