Monday, September 1, 2008

Wading in the Primordial Pool, Bear Road, and Other Sights from Maine

Occasionally we are presented with a particular view or glimpse of nature that seems to tap on the universal stream of human history, consciousness, and striving. For me, the primordial pool is such a place: it evokes memories, longing, and dreams for the future. Taken at Diana's Baths in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Image and text c Lynda Lehmann.

A father and his young daughter revel in this beautiful, refreshing and exciting natural environment. The different configurations of boulders at Diana's Baths make the water cascade in so many patterns and rhythms, each with a different sound that together, create a symphony. Nature has many voices and projects its magic into every nook!

Both the fields in the foreground and the mountains unfolding in the distance, are bathed in the yellows and oranges of a brilliant and inspiring sunset. Taken in the Lakes Region of Maine.

The surface of this tree, pecked, furrowed, and encrusted with mossy bark, makes an interesting topography. To me it looks like vast tracts of rolling hills punctuated with river and forest. Part of "The Living Surface" series.

Several recent reports of a black bear mother and four cubs make walking down this country road a bit less appetizing! Though it would be fascinating to see them, a mother with her cubs in the vicinity is more likely to attack. Appetizing for the bears, maybe....

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As we all know, life takes over and there are times when blogging has to be put on the back burner. I think this is only the second or third time I've posted in that many months. I have yet to write my Roadside Ramblings post, but I thought I'd at least share these images with you. They're all recent uploads to my art sites and I just grabbed the captions. I'm still behind on awards and other blogging matters, but I think that what matters the most is to post and stay in touch with other bloggers. I've missed my blogging friends and hope you've all had a happy and creative summer. Ours has passed in a hail of steady, heavy rain and messy construction activities!

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  1. Look at that sunset! WOW! Such lovely and tranquil images, Lynda. I just love your work so much.


  2. it looks like paradise Lynda....
    the photos are so varied... from the lovely green forest to the turbulent ocean...
    glad to hear that you are holding up with the renovations...there is nothing more annoying than having too much rain in those conditions...
    enjoy your day :)

  3. so beautiful shots. thanks for shared with us

  4. Hello Evlahos! Good to see you! I hope you've had a good summer and enjoyed getting out with your camera. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Kim, it is paradise and I feel fortunate to be able to take in such lovely sights, even if it is only for a few minutes here and there!

  6. Cindy, I'm glad you like my images. It's great to be able to find a moment's tranquility in this world.

    I love your photos and writing, as well!

  7. Gosh Lynda each and every one of these is special. I think my favorite if I really had to choose is the bark - love trees and every aspect of them.
    As for blogging sometimes life just takes over - in summer there's always so much to do and see.
    It's always good to see you when you do have a moment to spare :)

  8. Kia ora Lynda,
    Beautiful, and I love your words, "Nature has many voices and projects its magic into every nook!" How true, and we only need obseve and listen. So good to see you "back". Have a lovely day.

  9. Janice, great to see you. I hope life is treating you well, up in the magnificent North Woods!

    I'm glad you like the bark shot. My favorite subject this summer, other than water shots, has been bark with all its wonderful colors and textures, and all the things that grow on it. A whole new world to see.

    Have a fulfilling and peaceful weekend,

  10. Kia ora, Robb. Good to see you, too. It's been very frustrating to want to blog and do some art and not have time for it. Hope you and your family are doing well and you've had time this summer to enjoy the gorgeous landscapes all around you.

  11. Lovely photos, as usual. I love the one of the father & daughter, standing there so serenely in the midst of all of that chaos! Also love the dirt road going into the woods. I've always been a sucker for such images; paths & roads that beckon me to explore!
    Sorry for my own recent absence--Gustav knocked us off the grid (among other things!)

  12. Lynda, these are beutiful images, thanks for sharing. Yes blogging sometimes needs to be put on the back burner, however, it is always fun to come back and see that many bloggers have not forgotten you. Your posts along with your artwork have been real inspiration Lynda. I will be back to see you always. Anna :)

  13. Lana, I feel the same way about roads and paths beckoning me to explore.

    I was thinking about how you might have fared in recent storms, as I know you're in Louisiana. How did you come through Gustav? Is everything okay?

  14. Anna, thank you so much for the very kind and affirmative statement. I think of you also, when you or I are not present, and miss you when time passes and our paths have not crossed on the blogosphere.

    Kisses to baby Matthew. :)

  15. Wow, beautiful images Lynda, especially love your Sunset, I love Sunsets.

  16. hey bob! great to see you. how have you been?

    i'm glad you enjoyed my shots. i love sunsets, too. and i love taking all kinds of nature shots. makes me feel as if all's right with the world when i get absorbed in nature's beauty.

    thanks for stopping by. :)

  17. Looks like you have been able to take some trips between all the raindrops - and what beautiful images you captured!

    It is so good to see you popping in, and we certainly haven't forgotten you. Hope you enjoy the rest of the season!

    Take care!

  18. Lynda, I have been meaning to stop by here for some time now and I always know why--your work is truly inspiring! I love it all--the art, the imagery and your words. You are an excellent writer, too.

    Did you know the "suspects" (e.g. kids) in your recent photos? I'm wondering about that--when you take photos of "strangers," do you ask for their permission in any way before you post?--especially minor childrens' parents?

    Also, what cameras do you use? I recently re-discovered that I love taking photos but have really old cameras and nothing sophisticated to take awesome digital photos like a more expensive one might do. I hear there's a great $1,000 Nikon out there...

    Hope all is well with you. Warmly, Barbara

  19. Kathy,

    It's great to see you, too. I'll be posting a bit more for a few weeks, I think, before I get sidetracked again by a trip to visit family. I see you have continued to post and drop etc., and I'm glad you're finding time to do all that. If only the weeks didn't spin by so fast!

    Good to see ya! :)

  20. Barbara,

    When photos of people in public places are taken in a way that their identity is not revealed, i.e. they are unrecognizable, you don't need a model release. You'll notice that when I have people in my images, you are usually looking at the back of the head, or at sunglasses and a hat, etc.

    Sometimes I will ask a parent if they mind my photographing his/her child as part of a scene, and from the back or side. Though I've been told that if the person can not be recognized, permission is not necessary.

    I use a SONY Alpha 350, and I love it. The only drawback is that it's a bit heavy, so in situations where you can't shoot at a fast speed (like you can in bright daylight), a tripod becomes necessary. But it has a great Zeiss telephoto lens and all the bells and whistles. It'll take me a long time to learn everything!

    You can email me if you want to know more about this camera. But of course, Nikon is wonderful. Good luck finding a camera you like!


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