Archive for July, 2011

the drive home

on our way home today…thanks for coming along for the ride…see you monday!

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sand beach

My subject for today’s post is Sand Beach, a New England gem located in the heart of Acadia National Park…my intent was to photograph its natural beauty ~ the rocky coast, emerald green waters, mountain views and rolling dunes…but as I sat on the warm rocks overlooking the beach, I found myself fascinated with the spirit of the day…the stories and endless activities unfolding right before my eyes…little ones running in and out of the frigid ocean water (what fun it is to be chased by a fast moving wave!)…teams of young artists creating intricate sand and water sculptures (a very serious and important task!)…I let the day speak to me…waiting and watching for these special moments in time…please enjoy a piece of summer as seen through my eyes…

photos by me, 7/28/11

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cloud reflections

yesterday’s visit to eagle lake provided me with infinite photographic inspiration…the crystal clear water acted as the perfect mirror, an organic and ever changing reflection of the world above us and around us…I find these photos to be an abstract interpretation of the sky…there are variations in the texture of each photo depending on the depth and rhythm of the water…I’m including five photos from this experimental series…all from the same rocky area on the perimeter of eagle lake, mount desert island, maine…

photos by me, 7/27/11

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eagle lake

“The lakes are something which you are unprepared for; they lie up so high, exposed to the light, and the forest is diminished to a fine fringe on their edges, with here and there a blue mountain, like amethyst jewels set around some jewel of the first water, – so anterior and so superior, to all the changes that are to take place on their shores, even now civil and refined, and fair as they can ever be. These are not the artificial forests of an English king, – a royal preserve merely. Here prevail no forest laws but those of nature.” ~ excerpt from The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau, published in 1864

photos by me, 7/27/11

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a misty morning walk along the shore path…the cool moist air was filled with the scents of maine ~ pine, salt water, a wood burning fire…it was a quiet, peaceful stroll with the ones I love…life is good

photos by me, 7/26/11

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summer vacation

Greetings from Bar Harbor Maine!!! An idyllic world filled with blueberries, lobster, ocean views and soaring pine trees…this is our 21st year coming to Bar Harbor but my first as a blogger…I look forward to having you along for the ride! Think of this week as a postcard a day…some of my favorite moments from one of the most extraordinary places on earth

Today’s postcard is a view from the shore path…fishing boats, the porcupine islands and a Bar Harbor sky…the only thing you’re missing is the smell of the salt air…heavenly

photo by me, 7/24/11

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What would it feel like to wake up at Versailles? Imagine opening your bedroom window to a view of the sun rise over the Orangerie or maybe your room offers you a view of the castle bathed in morning light…this dream will soon be a reality…you may be asking yourself “how is this possible?”…Versailles doesn’t have the 7 million dollars necessary to restore the crumbling Hotel du Grand Controle, a mansion built in the 1680s about 100 yards from the main palace…rather than have the building fall into further disrepair, Ivy International, a Belgian hotel company, will renovate the mansion and turn its 23 bedrooms into a luxury hotel…a percentage of the profits will be paid back to the Palace of Versailles in rent…”It’s quite a pioneering initiative in France for somebody to be able to have the right to take on a project like this in such a historic momentum and transform it into an economic project,” says Louise Grether, who manages the project for Ivy International…slated for completion in January of 2012, the renamed Hotel de l’Orangerie will allow guests to drink champagne and stroll the gardens of Versailles for the first time in 300 years…start saving now! Bon weekend!

above ~ the Hotel du Grand Controle soon to be transformed into the Hotel de l’Orangerie

below ~ spectacular images of the fountains and gardens of Versailles

photos and resources from NPR.org and Photographic walks

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