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Saturday, 08 June 2019 18:41

The Texture of the Sea

The tip of an ancient conifer log, textured and bleached by years of slowly being buried by the rounding stones of Little Hunter's Beach on the coastline of Acadia National Park, lies in stubborn persistence before the surrounding elements. Over the past several years I have watched as the giant trunk has slowly disappeared. Paper may cover rock, but this scene must surely end in the covering by rock of the great driftwood form.

 A focal length of 97mm, short telephoto from a distance of 2.5' away, gave me a bit of magnification and the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/22 ensured depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 0.8 second at ISO 100 gave me a very medium exposure.

Acadia is home to a wondrous diversity of beach types from softly shifting sands to seemingly immutable granite. Each has its own never-ending story told in the intertwining realms in rock, water, and light.

Friday, 31 May 2019 19:25

Back Door of the Factory

Without prior notice or opportunity for public input, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Richfield field office announced last Wednesday—just before Memorial Day weekend—that it has opened 5,400 acres of public lands surrounding Utah’s iconic Factory Butte to unfettered cross-country off-road vehicle (ORV) use. I have stopped by Factory Butte several times after staying in Caineville (Utah) on my way to Capitol Reef National Park. This action is, in my humble estimation, a travesty. The San Rafael Desert is an amazing place and there are plenty of opportunities for off-road play without destroying such a fragile landscape.

A focal length of 97mm, short telephoto-land, gave me the slightly compressed and stacked angle-of-view I wanted of the far backside of the butte, opposite Utah Highway 24. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/8th second at ISO 100 in the still fairly early morning light gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure.

Seen from the Highway 24 end of the butte one can easily imagine a huge monolithic building filled with all sorts of intricate machinery producing the stuff of America's material culture, but it's really the desert and an awesome natural landscape that should be preserved unspoiled. There are back country roads sufficient to get one near enough to enjoy a wonderful walk among the sands and rocks.

Friday, 29 June 2018 23:05

Relativity and Mostly Solid Rock

In all of the years I/we have been visiting Acadia, we had somehow never managed to find our way over to Schoodic Peninsula, a separate unit of the Park on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, due East of Great Head about an hour away from Southwest Harbor by car, and actually part of the mainland. It is a geologist's Eden, a massive slope of pink granite, fractured by interval intrusions of black diabase - an igneous rock similar to basalt - which weather differentially and encourage fountains of spray to erupt from the creviced rock.

Schoodic is such a convoluted landscape that I wanted to play a bit with perspective.. The rise in the granite (mid-ground) above the shelf is only about 15", but by placing the camera even with the top of the step-up and being lower down on the shelf, the step up was rendered as a much more looming presence. A focal length of 24mm, solid wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. Some of the balsam fir trees along the apex of the point top out around 50'.

I feel certain that our first visit to Schoodic will somehow not be our last.

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