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Saturday, 16 June 2018 08:24

The Forest and the Ferns

In the Year 1603 Pierre du Gua, Sieur de Monts, Lieutenant Governor of New France, was commissioned by King Henry IV "to establish the name, power, and authority of the King of France; to summon the natives to a knowledge of the Christian religion; to people, cultivate, and settle the said lands; to make explorations and especially to seek out mines of precious metals" in the territory between the 40th and 46th parallels, which would extend from present day Philadelphia to Montreal, including the present day coast of Maine. It is in honor of Sieur de Monts efforts in the New World, led by the great explorer, Samuel de Champlain, that the first superintendent of Acadia, George Dorr, named the nearby spring Sieur de Monts. It is considered the symbolic birthplace of Acadia National Park. It is also a place to find beautiful forests of hardwoods filled with amazing species of ferns that carpet the understory in spring.

A focal length of 35mm, the upper range of wide-angleland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1.0 second, and patience to wait for a slight breeze to still, at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

Bonnie and I have come to love the beauty of Acadia and the warmth of its people as a home-away-from-home and a wonderland to be cherished always. 

Thursday, 07 June 2018 19:26

Fireworks in a Lupine Field

The lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) of Acadia National Park are an invasive species to be sure, but it seems almost a shame to think of their removal - and I do not mean to imply by any means that there is a plan to do this - and, as far as I know, the lupine of Acadia will delight us with their fiery beauty for years to come.

It might be a bit of a surprise to learn that a focal length of 27mm, right in the middle of wide-angleland, allowed me to create the angle-of-view I wanted for this image. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/4th second in some fairly calm air at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

The stalks of large palmate leaves and spires of bean-shaped blossoms seem to emerge from the green stems of their plants as bursts of contained explosive from a densely growing field: fireworks of colorful botanical joyfulness.  

Friday, 01 June 2018 07:34

New Life in Old

They are one of my favorite flowers on the planet, both for their own beauty and for the feelings/memories they evoke. These diminutive relatives of the dogwood (Cornus florida) travel by the unassuming name of bunchberry (Cornus canadensis), and they are one of the primary ground cover species of the Great North Woods, including the awesome coastline of Acadia National Park. More than this, they were often the subject of Eliot Porter's camera as he explored the Maine Coast; they grace the cover of the retrospective of his work, Eliot Porter. They remind me that in the face of the chaos in our lives, the world is still a beautiful place.

Early morning light was just beginning to peek through the trees when I came on this scene. A focal length of 123mm, still short-telephoto, from a distance of about 3' allowed bunchberry and decaying stump to come together in intimate landscape. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 2.0 seconds in windless air at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

There are many reasons I fell in love with Acadia; this tiny flower is one of the big ones.

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