"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."

Henry Miller

Train that runs through Harpers Ferry, WV

Strolling Harpers Ferry: Road Trip 2020

It was always on our itinerary for Road Trip 2020 — Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, that is. But when the owner of Frederick House in Staunton, VA called it a must-see, we quickly plotted a scenic route (Hwy. 11 to Winchester, VA, then VA 7 and US 15) to Harpers Ferry, a town that sits […]

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Dining on the sidewalk in Naples, Italy

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #118: Communication

This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge had me thinking. Do we only communicate with others by talking head to head, squeezing in words whenever we can as people we saw in Naples, Italy, (above photo) were doing? Is talking aloud the only way we share our thoughts with others? Or is there communication in silence as […]

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Bridge in Village of Somesville, Maine

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #116: Symmetry

The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm in form as well as in sound, is one of the most inveterate of human instincts. Edith Wharton As I read Patti’s lead post for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #116: Symmetry, I couldn’t help but agree with her: Symmetry IS a powerful tool to create dramatic […]

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Field at Gettysburg

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #115: Inspiration

Inspiration and motivation may come from others, but true inspiration comes from within. Catherine Pulsifer Drawing inspiration from others is easy; it’s doing something with that inspiration that can sometimes be the sticking point. So, when I read Tina’s choice for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Inspiration, I considered the many people, events, and places […]

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #114: Negative Space

Amy invited us to consider the impact of “negative space” on photographs this week as she rolled out the Lens-Artists Challenge #114. Since I’m traveling this week — from Knoxville to Gettysburg, Annapolis, and the Eastern Shore, I’ve found a couple of subjects that naturally lend themselves to standing out better surrounded by negative space: […]

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take another look at everyday objects and see them

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #111: Everyday Objects

Patti, author of Pilot Fish Blog, offers this week’s topic for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #111:“Everyday Objects.” In her post, she throws out this challenge: “take another look at everyday objects and see them from a different perspective.” Even though we’ve been home, inside and isolated, pretty much the whole time of the COVID quarantine since […]

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Five places to see: Monhegan Island, Maine

It’s no wonder artists and writers hole up in Monhegan.  The entire island could fittingly be called “land that time forgot.”  Weathered gray shingled houses, grass growing through piles of lobster traps, dirt paths proud to be left alone — it all adds up to the lure of a scene you can’t make up nor […]

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Pile 'em high: buoys and traps ready to head for home

Searching for lobstermen: a Mainely pastime

I guess it was my sister Cindy Mouch visiting from LaRue, Texas, who asked, “So, where are the Maine lobstermen? I see lobster rolls, lobster chowder, lobster pounds, and whole lobsters on paper plates — but no lobstermen! They’ve gotta be somewhere.” And she was right, of course. They’re not just…

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