Showing posts from September, 2008

Bear story and once-in-a-lifetime pictures

Black bears typically have two cubs, rarely one or three. In 2007, in northern  New Hampshire , a black bear sow gave birth to five healthy young. There were two or three reports of sows with as many as four cubs but five was, and is, extraordinary. I learned of them shortly after they emerged from their den and set myself a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom, no matter how much time and effort was involved. I knew the trail they followed on a fairly regular basis, usually shortly before dark. After spending nearly four hours a day, seven days a week, for six weeks I had that once in a lifetime opportunity and photographed them in the shadows and dull lighting of the evening. Due to these conditions the photograph is a bit noisy as I had to use the equivalent of a very fast film speed on my digital camera. The print is properly focused and well exposed with all six bears posing as if they were in a studio for a family portrait:

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Epic Fail!

This was the comany that was hired to move the 200 year old 1st Baptist Church in Salem as part of the new Judicial Center project. Needless to say they won't be doing the work. A new company has been hired to move the behemoth. The work will be complete in November. History is gone in 2 seconds. So sad.

The Final Day of an Uncommon Summer

Oh my. This video is so peaceful. It's a great commentary on what this summer has been. What an appropriate story to be posted on the final day of this wonderful summer. The photography is amazing.

Pumpkin Mania Comes to York, Maineia (get it?)

Ok, I'll admit it, that was a bad pun, but I just couldn't resist. 
The good folks at the York - Ogunquit United Methodist Church, in York, Maine, are in the midst of their annual pumpkin selling fund raiser. Each year they have a million pumpkins (maybe an exageration) shipped to the front steps of the church and they sell as many pumpkins as they can before halloween. It's a great program, not only does it benefit the church's ministries, but it benefits a group of naitive Americans in New Mexico. The members of the church come together to volunteer to "mind the pumpkin patch." The added benefit is easy to see, it provides an opportunity for the congregation to interact in another setting. I have to admit this is a clever way to raise funds for a good cause.
If you are in the area of the church (1026 US Route 1, York, ME) in this harvest season stop on by and grab an arm load of pumkins. They have great deals. You never know, you may find the Great pumpkin!

Memories of Boxers

The earliest memory that I can recall is of being covered in puppies. What a warm and fuzzy notion that is, to be covered in puppies. I must have been 3 or 4 at the time. It was at the first house were we lived in Rowley, Massachusetts. My sister had a pet boxer, her name was Prinny. (real name Princess)

Prinny had a litter of puppies and as the story goes they would take all the puppies and pile them on top of me. It was a happy event as they were all licking me and tickling me. I would roll around on the ground as they jumped all over me. That is why this memory is one of my first and most vivid. There is nothing nicer that puppies running all over you.

I'm not sure how many litters of pups Prinny had. I never got that information, but my grandparents and uncle got one of the litter. My grandmother's boxer was named Flash. he had a white spot on his forehead. Flash was a mischief maker and was once accused of getting into a neighbor's chicken coop, doing some damage. Flash…

Bear Gets Treed!

It must be a slow news day over at Associated Press. But how can you resist a story like Pawlee the puppy and a cat named Jack, who chased a bear up a tree? This was the top emailed story at couple weeks back. Wow must be a slow news day for everyone.

Click here for the full story.

Meet Bo, the mighty (and crazy) cat!

Ok this cat belongs to my sister. She has had a history of crazy cats. (Angel, Angel II, Kity Rat, Smudge) We could write books on her cats antics.

There are many things this cat has gotten into. Among them are licking her pottery collection. (yes licking!) We havn't figured out why. She has given him his own water bowl made of the same pottery to keep him from licking her other prized pottery. Do you think this has worked? Let us know below!

PS. Doesn't he look like he just might jump up and bite you? lol

Lynn, Lynn, the City of Sin?

You know, some cities get a bad rap. Lynn, Massachusetts is one such city. It has a reputation of being a place of poverty and high crime, as well as an old myth of it being the capital of arson in this state. I was in Lynn on some business that brought me downtown a few weeks back. It gave me a chance to stroll around the downtown area. There is so much to see in Lynn now. But the one thing that I was impressed with is how nice the area around North Shore Community College is. It's all a very nicely landscaped park. It's closely accessible to an integrated transportation hub. With the harbor waterfront nearby what an asset this all is to the city.

This beautiful sculpture pictured in the grid above is on the grounds of the college. It depicts the industry of Lynn. It's difficult to see but this work of art towered over me. The front part depicts the Lynn industries on October 12, 1986 at 9:00AM. That was and still is part of the General Electric plant that manufactures jet…