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”

The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

March is Women’s History Month, and 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. The movement to win voting rights for women (commonly known as the women’s suffrage movement) had its roots in Seneca Falls, New York, at a convention heldContinue reading “The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote”

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”

Olmsted’s U.S. Capitol Grounds

It is only a matter of time before a new and growing country needs to expand its center of government. Such was the case when Frederick Law Olmsted was commissioned to design an extension of the U.S. Capitol grounds. I had the privilege of photographing Olmsted’s home office, which was the first of its kindContinue reading “Olmsted’s U.S. Capitol Grounds”

“Home is the Starting Place”

I was reminded of this photograph after seeing that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17. It’s an image that is published on page 30 of my book Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing). My book tells the story of Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), who is one of the founders of American Impressionist painting.Continue reading ““Home is the Starting Place””

Pennsylvania Station, New York – Harrison Ford

I love to photograph and can’t always wait for a commission to come along. So I use every opportunity in my day-to-day comings and goings to be creative. I’m in and out of New York City’s Penn Station pretty regularly. Some time in the 1990s, the station underwent a much-needed renovation. Although it’s still aContinue reading “Pennsylvania Station, New York – Harrison Ford”