Weir Farm – Yellow Squash

April showers bring May flowers…and vegetables. Movies have scenes that end up, as they say, on the cutting room floor and don’t get included in the final film. Likewise, there are photographs that I intended to include in my book Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing), but had to be cut due to spaceContinue reading “Weir Farm – Yellow Squash”

Weir Farm – Library Bookcase

World Book Day was established in 1995 by the United Nations (U.N.) to promote reading and publishing. It also celebrates the importance of copyright as the legal protection of an author’s written work. It is celebrated on April 23. The date was initially proposed to recognize the death of Miguel de Cervantes, best known forContinue reading “Weir Farm – Library Bookcase”

Kissimmee Billy Strand

April 22 is Earth Day, an internationally-recognized annual event that began in 1970. I was invited by the U.S. National Park Service to spend a month at Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve as its Artist-in-Residence. While there, I created a series of photographs to artistically document the invasive species issue that is plaguing the environmentContinue reading “Kissimmee Billy Strand”

Old Mastic House

April 13 marks the birth of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). He was a Founding Father, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the owner of Monticello, a southern plantation worked by slaves. There are, of course, many other aspects of his life that have made him a complex historical figure. Up north, thereContinue reading “Old Mastic House”

Quabbin Reservoir

April is a rainy month. And that got me thinking about my photographs of the New England National Scenic Trail, which is more commonly known as simply the New England Trail. The collection was commissioned by the U.S. National Park Service, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. I always chuckleContinue reading “Quabbin Reservoir”

Longfellow’s Evangeline

April is National Poetry Month. So, what better way for poetry lovers to celebrate than with this photograph, which has never been printed or exhibited before. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82) had a ritual of saving the pencil that he used to compose a poem, which he kept with a handwritten note to document the occasion.Continue reading “Longfellow’s Evangeline”

Spectacle Island

One of the many things I enjoy doing with my photography is to reveal places that are not always very well known. When people think about the National Park Service (NPS), places out west like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite are often the first parks that come to mind. But the NPS is farContinue reading “Spectacle Island”

“Hi” from Royalston Falls

The 215-mile New England Trail (NET) goes through Connecticut and continues north through Royalston Falls in Massachusetts along the New Hampshire border. Many are familiar with the Appalachian Trail, but the NET is a relatively new addition to the National Park Service (NPS). Now in its 11th year, the trail is yet to be discoveredContinue reading ““Hi” from Royalston Falls”

“The Father of his Country”

March brings an unusual confluence of poetry and politics. On March 4, 1789, the U.S. Constitution came into effect as the governing document for the newly formed nation. March 21 is recognized as World Poetry Day and March 24 marks 138 years since the death of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82), who was one of 19thContinue reading ““The Father of his Country””

Fire Island – Wilderness

March 22 has been designated as World Water Day. The date is intended to raise public awareness about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. This got me thinking about the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness Area, which is part of Fire Island National Seashore. It is deemed to be aContinue reading “Fire Island – Wilderness”