Fall is Here!

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We celebrated another year together in Camden; dinner at Josephine’s and breakfast at Marriner’s on the Falls (every bit as good as their reputation): good blueberry pancakes. It was still Indian summer this day, but colder days lay not much farther ahead.

You’ll have to visit my web site for the movie!

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Snow Birds Get Ready to Take Flight

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After a rendezvous at Walden Pond (and brief goodbyes from the Shishovs), we all headed off caravan style to a local pizza parlor only to find that they only had room for half of us. Julie used her magic smartphone and found us a place that could accommodate eleven hungry relatives. I will spare you the pictures as we packed into a lovely suburban pizzeria [check out my Facebook page if you really care] near the spot where the shot was heard ’round the world. I managed to get a few portrait shots in with my iPhone. And a shot of my nearly perfect parallel parking job (on the first try, in traffic, in the rain).

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To many of you this may seem unremarkable, but after living outside of civilization for a decade, I think I did quite well to remember how to park this way (plus I had a bit of practice with Aren over the summer).

Go Tell It On the Mountain

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Photo of the whole crew by Gale Davison

It took Cadillac Mountain to get us there, but the Jerry-Joe-Don reunion was accomplished on a nearly perfect day for it. It has literally been years since we all got together (and much water has passed under the bridge). Gale took this great picture and even managed to be in it!

It’s hard to beat the location (despite the hectic pace and even with rain for several days during the week, we all had a great time). We even had Maximum Meat with Jalapeno Corn Bread at the brewery just before heading back. We got a private guitar concert and I nearly got wiped out on the chessboard. Whew! And now summer is over.

I’ll leave you with one last parting shot taken just before the skies opened up on our last day on the island.

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“Foggy Sunset at Seawall” by Don Smallidge (gently cropped)

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

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I know what you’re thinking. But after several hours of trying this is the best I could do! Perhaps after I retire I can spend a bit more time fiddling with these tools. I needed to use Pixelmator, Acorn and Photoshop Elements to get this far, but clearly there is a lot more to it than I have been able to grasp so far. I think the graphic artist community can breathe a sigh of relief. There will be no challenge from this quarter in the near future. But I hope it tickles the intended audience all the same.

Home Again, Home Again

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Getting closer to home with this one. Learned a few good tricks with Pixelmator for this version. Particularly like the Stamp tool and looking forward to more time to use it. I am doing this while juggling a cup of Angel’s Dream tea (and haven’t had time to attempt it with Photoshop Elements yet). Ran out of time again as usual. I guess jQuery will have to wait until next week. Looking forward to meeting the progenitor in the flesh soon.

Personal message to family: have a great 4th of July and I’ll see you soon!

Good Reason To Live in Maine

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Recently we had an opportunity to dash up to Mt. Blue for a quick look around and wound up on the trail at Center Hill. It was definitely time for us to get back to walking and hiking to continue the fight against obesity. This is a shot of Mt. Blue from the trail. It was almost a perfect day for it (not too hot and very few bugs).

Here is another shot of the trail to give you a sense of it. It was very uneven with lots of tree roots coming out of the ground (just the thing for a good walk according to my wife). Much better than walking on pavement!

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At the very end of the trail, the photographer noticed some “bunch berries” and couldn’t resist taking some pictures. Here is my own humble attempt to capture their delight with my iPad.

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You Can’t Go Home Again!

Need to learn how to use Photoshop!

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With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, I think my attempt to doctor this photo illustrates the dangers of trying to recreate my past. As one generation gives way to the next, it is worth remembering our contributions to the service of our country. Times have changed and I can only admire the courage of the new generation that faces the challenges of today. I salute you!