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Fall in New England – 2013

The holidays, travel and a few other distractions got in the way of posting something from this most recent trip to New England.  I’m way overdue, but here it is anyway.

Back in the summer, I was scratching around to find yet another fun place to go shoot.  I’d just finished a great ‘shop with Bill Fortney across Washington state, so was juiced to find another, completely different, landscape locale.  Thanks to Moose Peterson’s BT Journal (very worth the modest e-subscription for iPad), and the fact that the Winter-2013 issue hit just at the right time, Maine in the fall jumped right out of the pages (well, the electronic pages anyway).  Yes, I know that every place with seasons has its own version of autumn foliage.  That includes my home in Oregon and my semi-annual route south through the Eastern Sierras.  But if you haven’t seen the Fall in New England, you’ve missed real autumn.

Fall colors in New England – dazzling!


For ease of words, I said that this trip was to New England for the colors.  But, as spectacular as autumn is during this two-week window, the real beauty and primary reason for this trip was to experience leisurely days meandering along Maine’s winding roads covered with fallen leaves, past farms, ponds, coves, harbors and just plain “Americana” at such a lovely time of the year.

Two weeks is not nearly enough time to cover much of Maine and certainly won’t even dent the rest of New England.  So, I call this a New England “sampler”.

After arriving in Boston and as quickly as possible navigating our exit from the airport and city, we headed northwest to Boxborough where we were fortunate to stay with our friends, John and Michelle Dubois, at their farm in Boxborough.  In this instance, “farm” is a relative term since John has turned his home into a veritable science lab amidst 25 acres of beautiful woods, horses, barns and serenity.  That was a great way to get tuned up for the rest of the trip.  And, if the truth be known, that would have sufficed for an entire two week’s stay.  There is plenty to see and shoot within an hour of Boston, especially if you’re lucky enough to be there at the right time and have good friends who know where and when to venture.

_1965While there, we drove out to the nearby Old Sturbridge Village for a wonderful day’s trip.  The Village is a 200-acre living museum which re-creates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s.  And even though it is mostly a restoration of a 19th century town, it offers some wonderful opportunities for a number of very colorful scenes.


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Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula, WA

A Segment of the Bill Forney Workshop

(5th of 7 Posts from this Trip)


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Port9The last segment of Bill Fortney’s His Light Washington state workshop was on the Olympic Peninsula.  Our focus (no pun intended) was the Olympic National Park, but for most of it, we were based in Port Angeles at the Olympic Inn (a great lodging and meeting location).  Not ever having been to the Olympic NP, I wasn’t expecting it to be mostly drive-to.  By that I mean lodging (other than campgrounds) are mostly outside the park, and all of the thoroughfares skirt its huge perimeter.  Access to the various spots for photography is generally via one-way park roads leading from various parts of the bordering US101 highway (yes, the very same legendary route that runs the entire length of the west coast to San Diego).

Port3Although we were here primarily for Olympic NP, Port Angeles offered some pretty interesting shooting opps all by itself.  The harbor is home to a number of shipping piers and terminals of all sorts.  Although grain is a major export from Washington, much of that travels to the Pacific via the Columbia River to the south.  This harbor is dominated by shipping transiting from Seattle and Vancouver, BC, by logging operations and by the huge Nippon Paper mill at the neck of the Ediz Hook.

1-px-x-560-px-background-line-shimPort7While there were plenty of interesting boats, marina scenes and passing ships offering their own shooting opportunities, I was particularly intrigued by the old boat dry-yard and the remnants of old docks and pilings that still litter the harbor’s edge.  There was a particularly interesting fishing vessel on blocks undergoing some form of restoration (with long way to go).  It was a perfect model for practicing the HDR method, which was one of the training sessions by team leader Jim Begley.

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Lighthouses, a Cool Harbor, and a Shipwreck

Down the Washington and Oregon Coast, After the Bill Fortney Workshop

(7th, and Last of 7 Posts from this Trip – Whew!)

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After finishing with my recent eight-day workshop will Bill Fortney and the His Light Workshops team across much of Washington, I decided to take several days and make the drive back home a more leisurely one down the Washington and Oregon coast.  I didn’t have any particular photography targets in mind, with the exception that I hoped to make stops at several lighthouses.

One of the most recognizable of those is the North Head Light (above) in Ecola State Park, just north of the Columbia River in Washington.

Coast2I spent two overnights in Astoria, Oregon, near the mouth of the Columbia River.  It is a quaint riverfront town, unfortunately best known by many as the filming location for the two movies, “Kindergarten Cop” and “The Goonies”.  On a more serious note, I was surprised to learn that it is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies.  It has the feel of a seaside town, but is actually on the river.1-px-x-560-px-background-line-shim

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