Boothbay Harbor Fest

Boothbay Harbor FestMaine Photo Adventures was one of the official event photographers for the 2017 Boothbay Harbor Fest. During this 10-day festival, Boothbay comes alive with live music, signature cocktails, special chef tastings, a fashion show, art sales, trunk shows, half marathon, trail run and more. As much as I would have loved to stay for several days, my schedule only permitted me to shoot during the first weekend. Despite only being there for 2 days I got to experience a whole lot of action.

Boothbay Harbor Fest 2017

The highlight of the weekend was the “Taste of Local Flavor.” Visitors were able to buy a special “tasting Passport” and with it, they could attend free special tastings at several of the local restaurants. What a ball this was. From noon till past 9pm we traveled to a different restaurant every hour to sample some of their specially prepared bites. From seafood chowders to pizza and everything in between, we got our fill of yummy treats.

Boothbay Harbor Fest 2017

Boothbay Harbor Fest 2017

In addition, many of the participating restaurants also competed in a cocktail competition trying to score the popular votes from attendees. Each competitor showed off the talents and creativity of their local Mixologists and offered up some delicious adult beverages. It sure was hard to decide on which drink was my favorite!

Boothbay Harbor Fest 2017

While nibbling on our food samples and sipping our drinks we had the pleasure of enjoying live entertainment at each stop. The great variety of music was such a treat and provided a fun and relaxing atmosphere at each stop throughout the day. It was hard to leave some of the spots and felt like the hour went by way too fast.

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Boothbay Harbor Fest 2017

All of Saturday was spent eating and drinking so it’s a good thing that Sunday started off with a Health and Wellness Fair. With free yoga and Zumba classes, along with several vendors selling health-related products visitors were sure to feel better by attending.

Boothbay Harbor Fest 2017

As a special bonus, the American Heart Association was there to provide free CPR training to all attendees. Each person went home with a complete practice packet and it was the most entertaining training I ever witnessed. What a ball.

Boothbay Harbor Fest 2017

Boothbay Harbor Fest 2017

For those that were very ambitious, (or maybe they felt guilty after eating and drinking too much the day before) there was a half marathon on Sunday morning. If I didn’t have to shoot I would have been right there running with them. Good thing I had a good excuse!

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There were many activities for kids of all ages at this Wellness Fair and the gray skies didn’t seem to make any difference to the amount of fun that was being had.

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Sunday continued with more food tastings, but unfortunately, I had to head back home. I’m already looking forward to the event next year!

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Hanging on to Maine Fall Foliage

It’s hard to believe that the Fall Foliage Photography Workshop has already come and gone. Fall is my favorite time of the year here and it breaks my heart how fast the Maine foliage slips away. As I look out the window right now there are still lots of leaves on the trees, but with each passing day the colors are growing more dull. Soon we will enter the dreaded cold and gray “stick season.” It’s a good thing that I took lots and lots of beautiful photos of the glorious fall colors to look back on and remember when I’m trapped indoors under several feet of snow.

I couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better group of people to spend two days shooting with. We all had a great time capturing some of the surrounding beauty.

Maine Photo Adventures Fall Foliage Photography workshop

And there was beauty everywhere. From reflections of the foliage on the water . . .

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To pretty buildings along the roadside . . .

Maine Photo Adventures Fall Foliage Photography workshop

We really didn’t have to work too hard to find it.

Maine Photo Adventures Fall Foliage Photography workshop

Maine Photo Adventures Fall Foliage Photography workshop

There were many highlights of the event, but one of my favorites was visiting the wineries. (Don’t read too much into that!) The grounds at both of the wineries that we visited were gorgeous and offered so much to see and shoot. From striped cows and pretty trees to delicate grapes still hanging on the vines.

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Not only did the participants learn from me, but they also learned from each other. Nothing beats the group dynamics of spending time together and helping each other out.

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We shot everything from sweeping landscapes to tiny details. It sure wasn’t too much of a challenge to “pluck the details of fall” like I recommended that everybody do.

Maine Photo Adventures Fall Foliage Photography workshop

Maine Photo Adventures Fall Foliage Photography workshop

Maine Photo Adventures Fall Foliage Photography workshop

Maine Photo Adventures Fall Foliage Photography workshop

We went to many places and were on the go non-stop for two days. I don’t blame some of the folks for laying down on the job! It was exhausting.

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This next picture is symbolic of what my head felt like when it was all done.

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As tiring as it was, I wish I could do it all again tomorrow. Too bad we have to wait an entire year to get this chance again. I’m working on the 2017 workshop dates now. Please consider joining the mailing list to be kept informed of upcoming events. Just click the button below.

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Fall in Maine – It Has Arrived

It’s pumpkin season here in Maine! And I don’t mean the fake “pumpkin-spiced” everything season . . . I mean the real pumpkins and apples, the colorful trees and gorgeous landscape everywhere you turn. Anybody that lives in New England knows how exciting this time of year can be. We are so fortunate to be able to experience all the seasons. Even the long cold winters have their own unique charm. Granted, they are a little longer than I would prefer, but if I have to take the winters in order to get the autumns, I’m in.

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This past weekend I drove to the locations that are on the upcoming Fall Foliage Photo Workshop itinerary and, right off the bat, I’ve decided that the duration of the workshop needs to be increased next year! Two days is simply not enough time to see and capture enough of this beautiful landscape.

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I crammed almost the entire 2-day workshop into one day with the intention of just marking the GPS locations and talking to the managers and owners of the businesses we will visit. I didn’t really plan to make it a photography event, but I carted along my new mirrorless Lumix with me, just in case.

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The weather was dreary with completely overcast skies and at times, sprinkles of rain. As I drove along I thought, “Gee, I hope the weather is better during the actual workshop.” And then I started to take some longer exposure pictures like these and realized the lighting conditions were perfect.

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Trees reflecting in the river

Bright sunshine would have made shooting some of the water scenes very difficult and in some cases impossible, even without an ND filter.

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There is so much more you can do creatively with overcast skies and I really had a ball playing with some slow shutter abstracts.

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The sun only peaked out for a brief few minutes and the combination of light and mist made for some interesting shots too.

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These photos are just the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come. Please stay tuned to see much more of the beautiful Maine landscape in the fall. And there are still spots left in the upcoming Fall Foliage Photography Workshop taking place Oct 13 – 14. Please contact me directly if you are interested in securing a spot.

Summers in Maine

Sure, the Summers in Maine are short, but they sure are spectacular. The weather is perfect and the scenery can’t be beat. The bay is usually littered with schooners, making the already pretty landscape that much more beautiful. We recently had a couple different schooner events that brought the entire windjammer fleet within a dozen feet of the end of the Breakwater lighthouse. You could almost reach out and touch the magnificent ships as they sailed by.

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Windjammers in Maine

The entire breakwater gets filled with spectators eager to gaze at the fleet under full sail. The truly lucky folks secured themselves admission on the various schooners and treated themselves to a day long regatta as the fleet raced across the bay.

Windjammers in Maine

Windjammers in Maine

Another big highlight of this time of year is the arrival of the puffins to the offshore islands. These magical birds come back to the same islands every single year to lay their eggs and create a whole new generation of beautiful creatures.

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If you’re lucky enough to visit one of these island to capture the puffins “on film” it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.

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They have so much character and they are the best models I personally have ever shot. They are so photogenic that it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture of them.

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Aside from the boats in the water and the wildlife on land, the flowers are out in full force creating a colorful and fragrant landscape.

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Aaaahhhh, the beauty of Maine in the summertime. There’s nothing like it!

Photographing Ice Cyrstals

The calendar says that it’s already Spring, but it’s hard to believe or imagine. As I sit in my office I look out the window to see nothing but ice and freezing rain. I guess that is what is inspiring today’s blog post, but I’m going to try to see the brighter side of ice – if there is such a thing.

A couple of weekends ago I took a hike on a local trail. We have been very fortunate this year and the lack of snow kept the hiking trails open year round. Normally, seeing ice on the ground on the trails is not a good or pleasant thing. Many a hike has been ruined by icy conditions and during those instances I hate and curse the evil ice for making the trail impassible. But that day was different. Yes, there was ice, but it was non-threatening and pretty ice.

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There were plenty of options to walk around the ice in most cases and even when the only choice was walking on it, it still wasn’t too bad. I guess it was cold enough to keep the ice dry, and in some cases even sticky so it wasn’t too slippery. And it wasn’t like I was walking very fast over it. I could barely bring myself to anything faster than a crawl because I was so mesmerized by the beauty of the ice and what was trapped under it.

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It was a whole new world under there beckoning to be gawked at.

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I was kicking myself for not bringing my DSLR and my relatively new macro lens. It seems I’m always on the hunt for something to shoot with the macro. This was my big chance, and I blew it.

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But maybe it’s a good thing. I literally could have stayed in one place for hours exploring every nook and cranny of every ice formation. Without moving my feet I could have composed a hundred different photos. Instead, I took one quick photo like this one and moved on . . . which was good because it was probably too cold for me to stay in one place too long.

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Then when I got home I simply cropped it and made other interesting images.

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Now if I only had my Nikon D800 with its huge megapixels . . . . OK, I need to get over it and move on.

My small camera and lens wasn’t the only challenge. Every time I stopped at a nice spot on the ice that caught my ice I would start to shoot . . .

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And then this would happen.

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Some monster would barge in and try to eat my subject.

As much fun as I had shooting the ice formations I am certainly looking forward to shooting the buds as they start to spring to life. I’m ready to move beyond brown and white to the full spectrum of colors that a Spring in Maine offers. And Spring is the time to start planning your Summer trip to Maine. Please see our available photo workshops at the button below.

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Photographing Maine Fall Foliage

Not many natural things are more beautiful than the changing leaves during Autumn in New England. The Fall foliage season here in Maine is simply spectacular and there’s no better place to be for photographing it.

I had such a great time scouting new locations for our Fall Foliage Photography Tour this past weekend. In just one day I found and photographed enough places to fill three days of shooting! It’s not hard to do around here because nearly every street you drive down there’s something beautiful to see.

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Even if there’s nothing beautiful on the side of the road, the roads themselves are beautiful.

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The color seems to be a bit late this year and although there wasn’t much in the way of foliage on the coast, just a couple miles inland was boasting gorgeous hues. We headed a bit west and a bit north and were treated to all sorts of beautiful Autumn scenes.

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Everything that I shot was just off the road and didn’t require much walking or hiking. You truly don’t have to go far to find the good shots. The only off-road exploring was along side a litte river. A nice walking trail follows the river for a good distance, but you don’t have to go far to get right to the banks.

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Autmn colors around river

I found another little photo op just about a hundred feet off the road near a little flowing brook. There weren’t too many leaves in the water yet and I didn’t have a tripod, but it was still fun to shoot.

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I even got out of the car in one place to shoot a scene when I realized there was a little stream running alongside the road. I couldn’t help but look down and shoot some leaves and bubbles in the water. This was the last shot I took before my polarizing filter went for a swim.

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And there started my fishing expedition. Good news is that I retrieved the filter with only my ego damaged for the silly accident.

Along the route we also visited farm stores and apple orchards which always offer nice shots of apples and pumpkins, not to mention a slew of yummy treats!

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It’s such a shame this season is so short. I wish the splendor of Fall could last for months, and because it doesn’t, we need to make the most of it and savor every minute.

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If you like these scenes please consider joining our mailing list to be informed of the dates for our 2016 Fall Foliage Tour. The leaves haven’t even fallen yet, but it’s never too soon to start planning your next trip to Maine!

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More photos can be found in the “Galleries” section of this website. Select “Seasons” to see more Fall foliage shots.

Day Trippin’ on Monhegan Island

I’ve been captivated by Monhegan Island since the first time I saw an advertisement for a yoga retreat out there. Not only are there tons of yoga and hiking retreats, but also endless art retreats. What was it about this island that lured so many artists and yogis? I was dying to find out. If painters came from all over to paint the landscapes around this island surely it was a photographers dream come true.

And it was.

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Photo location scouting can be a full-time job around here with endless of places to go and come to think of it, I can’t imagine a better way to spend my days! On this day I was fortunate enough to tag along with a friend that has been out to the island before and it was nice to have a private tour guide to show me around.

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We picked a spectacular day to go out, but then again, most Summer days on the coast of Maine are spectacular! We hopped on a boat that wasn’t necessary a ferry boat, but it carries passengers back and fourth from Port Clyde to the island all day long. The ride out, like most trips out into the ocean, was a thrill. The scenery is just to die for. The water is magically blue and the distant landscape takes your breathe away. The closest I can come to comparing it to anything is to island hopping in Greece, one of my other favorite places on Earth. Not only did we enjoy the landscape, but we also got to see some dolphins (or are they called porpoises up North?) Either way, it was great to see them leaping out of the water along side the boat.

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Once we made landfall we grabbed a trail map and meandered through the village a short distance before we headed to the hiking trails. I couldn’t seem to walk more than 25 feet without having to stop to snap photos. There was something to shoot in every single direction.

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Monhegan Island Maine

Monhegan Island Maine

Monhegan Island Maine

The hiking was incredible. At least one entire side of the island is comprised of steep cliff walls that go straight into the ocean. What is more awesome than a scene like that?

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Monhegan Island Maine

We hiked straight to the beach where we found an old shipwreck that was fun to photograph.

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Monhegan Island Maine

Then we continued on a trail that followed along the top of those cliffs. The views from up there were terrific. We got treated to seeing a seal swimming along the shoreline and sailboats gently passing by. I just wish we could have spent more time just taking in those views.

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The day positively flew by and before I knew it we were back in town, eating ice cream and making our way back to the boat. One day on Monhegan Island is some what of a tease and leaves you begging for more . . .

Lupine Season

June is a wonderful month here in Maine. Lupines sprout along the roadside, in the fields, and if you’re lucky . . . in your backyard. I didn’t even know what a lupine was before moving to Maine, but they are hard to miss come June. The color purple always catches my eye and it’s spectacular to see these things littering the landscape.

It wasn’t until this season that I took some time to get up close and personal to them. All flowers are fun to photograph with a macro lens and the lupines are no exception. They truly are beautiful and I hope to have them growing in my yard some day.

Just For Fun

If you spent any time in Maine these will be familiar. If you never visited Maine, these should educate and prepare you for your visit.

Jeff Foxworthy’s you might live in Maine:

If you have ever refused to buy something because it’s “too spendy”,
You might live in Maine

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don’t work there,
You might live in Maine

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time,
You might live in Maine

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches,
You might live in Maine

If you know how to say…Wicked. .. Up to camp. . Ayuh. Can’t get there from heyah,
You might live in Maine

If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy,
You might live in Maine

If you measure distance in hours,
You might live in Maine

If you know several people, who have hit deer more than once,
You might live in Maine

If you often switch from “Heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again,
You might live in Maine

If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching and keep drinking coffee,
You might live in Maine

If you see people wearing hunting clothes at social events,
You might live in Maine

If you install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked,
You might live in Maine

If you carry jumper cables in your car, and your wife or girlfriend knows how to use them,
You might live in Maine

If there are 7 empty unlocked cars running in the parking lot at Hannafords at any given time,
You might live in Maine

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow,
You might live in Maine

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and of course, road construction,
You might live in Maine

If your idea of creative landscaping is a plastic deer next to your blue spruce,
You might live in Maine

If “Down South” to you means Boston,
You might live in Maine

If you know “scat” is something you don’t eat,
You might live in Maine

If you find -10 degrees “a little chilly”,
You might live in Maine

There’s Something About Maine

It’s hard to describe what exactly it is about Maine, but there’s something . . .

Maine is a unique and inviting place in so many ways. It has always felt like home to me even long before there was any glimmer of chance of actually living there. Over the past several years I spent one week every Summer in Rockport which is in the heart of Midcoast Maine. Attending the Maine Media Workshops throws you directly into the community on various assignments. My first thoughts were always ones of dread. “They expect me to approach complete strangers and ask them to help me by participating in my projects?”  These assignments, on first glance, put me way out of my comfort zone. After all, I’m from CT and I’m just not used to approaching strangers. And I’m certainly not used to these strangers bending over backwards to help me as if I was their long lost family. The thing is, in Maine, it feels like there are no strangers.

After my first experience living among the locals in Maine I thought I just got really lucky by the folks that I encountered. I remember coming back home to my husband and trying to explain the feelings that Maine left me with. It was hard to explain then and it continues to be hard to explain today.

Fast forward a few more years and it just can’t be luck. I’m convinced that the folks in Maine are just simply a different breed of people. So friendly, so welcoming, so patient, so genuine, so different from what I’m used to. My husband and I have spent the last 12 years traveling together. We’ve been to some pretty spectacular places and we always played the game of imagining ourselves living in these various locations. Aside from Boulder, CO not one of these places that we loved visiting so much could ever lure us to live there. None except Maine. Every single time we ever visited Maine we simply did not want to leave the place.

Sometimes I still have trouble believing that this dream of ours became a reality and we now live in a new home that we built in Rockland. I know that most of my friends back in CT have bets going on how long I’ll last “in the cold North” as if I left a tropical location to move here. Well, we survived one of the toughest winters on record and enjoyed just about every minute of it. The snow came in January and didn’t stop for months leaving a blanket of white covering the terrain until April. As beautiful as the coast of Maine is in the Summer, it’s just as beautiful, if not more beautiful in the Winter. I am so pleased to have a new life style where we can slow down every aspect of our life to become a true Mainer – a patient, friendly, generous neighbor.