Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

 

 

 

Panoramic photo of the Pemigewasset Wilderness

This past weekend a couple of friends and I made our first attempt at completing the infamous Pemi Loop. A circuitous hike through the Pemigewasset Wilderness in northern New Hampshire. Between us and the completion of what is considered one of the toughest hikes in the U.S., was 31.5 miles, 8 summits on the New Hampshire 4,000 footer list, and over 9,000 feet of elevation gain over some of the most grueling terrain New Hampshire has to offer.

By the time we reached camp on our second night, we had come to the realization that our goal of completing the Loop was not going to happen this time around. We decided to call it a night at the Garfield Ridge shelter and tent site, located at the approximate half way point on the Loop, and head out through the middle of the Wilderness in the morning. By completing only half the Loop we still managed over 25 miles of hiking.

Not a bad way to spend a weekend if you ask me.

Had we not stopped frequently to enjoy the scenery we probably could have done it, but what would be the point? Enjoying the spectacular views and the company of good friends, our party actually increased from 3 to 5 with the addition of a couple of great guys who happened to be staying at the Liberty Springs tent site the first night as well, is what made the effort more enjoyable.

We’ve all decided we’ll be back next year.

 

You Know You’ve Made It When,

People steal your work.

Riverbank

I had my first solo show last night, 6/14, and this is one of the images that I really wanted to have framed and ready for the show.

But the framed print was stolen from the lobby of the building where my framer has her studio. She unloaded it and a few other pieces, not mine, from her car and then took an arm load of stuff up to her studio. When she returned for the rest, mine was gone!

Funny thing is, most everyone who commented on my fan page, though they did think it awful that some low-life-piece-of-crap-scumbag would take it, thought I should be at least moderately flattered that someone would risk arrest to steal one of my framed photos. (Personally I’m hoping they get hit by a bus!)

Miraculously, not only was my framer able to have a new print made, she was able to make another custom matte and frame and have it all together and ready for me and my show. All in the same day!!

 

Reason 1,0001 why Rebecca at RSP Studio in Dover, NH handles all of my matting and framing. I also need to give a shout out to Photosmith Imaging , also in Dover, for handling the reprinting.

 

 

Note to the photo thief, I’m getting my bus driving license.

A Beautiful Landscape…

…With A Little Something Extra.

The view of the Presidential Range as seen from the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorites in New Hampshire.

Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so..

Mallard On Cherry Pond

More “Extras” can be found HERE.

Seek The Peak

Summit In The Clouds

 

In a little over one months time I’ll again be hiking in support of the Mount Washington Observatory(MWOBS). Seek The Peak is an annual Hike-A-Thon fundraiser for the non-profit weather research facility located atop the tallest peak in the northeast, and home to the “Worlds Worst Weather.” The highest surface wind speed recorded by man, at 231 mph, was recorded here in 1934. No wonder the old summit building is chained to the ground!

As I did last year I’m seeking your support for this world-class research facility. And, to make it worth your while, I’m again raffling off two signed prints as a reward for your support. For each $10 (U.S.) tax-deductible donation made through my personal fundraising page  your name will be entered into a drawing for a signed 16″x24″ print of any of the photos found on my website.

That’s right, you as the winner gets to choose your prize!

But there’s more. For the person making the largest donation*(see the not so fine print below), you will automatically receive a signed 20″x30″ canvas gallery wrap of the image of your choice. Simple, make a big donation, take home a big print, no taking chances your name whether or not will be drawn.

*The not so fine print. The signed print is available to anyone worldwide. Sadly the signed canvas for the largest donation can only be shipped to the U.S. and Canada.

 

Please consider making your donation today.

Thank you, and see you at the summit!

Here’s a slide show of images made during last years hike.

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Photographing Sunsets

Sunsets Witness

Looking for a few tips to improve your sunset photos? My latest article  on the Craftsy.com Photography Blog has just what you’re looking for.

A Room With A View Revisited

Sitting high atop Stairs Mountain overlooking the vast White Mountains of New Hampshire.

 

One evening last fall I had the pleasure of staying in a most spectacular and spacious room.

A room like no other.

Its walls beautifully decorated in shades of evergreen and autumn gold, with well placed splashes of crimson.

The finishing touch, a border of distant mountains under a nearly cloudless blue sky.

The cost of this room, merely miles underfoot, the reward for a nights stay, immeasurable.

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For a look at some more equally wonderful rooms, click Here

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second

Tire spinning, fire breathing, two top fuel dragsters launch from the starting line at New England Dragway

 

Things Happen Fast On The Way To 300 Miles Per Hour.

Blink and you just might miss it.

For more Split-Second Stories, go HERE.

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