The Chandler River at twilight. When I took this I was on my way to Lubec, the easternmost settlement in the United States. I was a tad concerned as I’d not been able to raise any of the B&Bs in Lubec on my phone during the day as I drove up from Boston. It was a semi planned trip but it was only when I was in the car that I decided to go all the way to Lubec then work my way back to Boston over the next few days. At this point I had about 35 miles to go and the sun had already set. I had passed the scene but decided I had enough time to grab a couple of shots so I turned back and parked up for a few minutes to capture the scene.

Chandler River at Twilight from the Harrington Road bridge, Jonseboro, Maine.

Chandler River at Twilight from the Harrington Road bridge, Jonseboro, Maine.

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Bixby Bridge is one of those must stop locations on California Route 1. About 12 miles south of Carmel or 10-ish miles north of Big Sur it’s well worth the excursion to catch the sunset. The goal had been to capture the scene at twilight but just as British Rail used to complain about the wrong type of snow, we had the wrong type of clouds for what we really wanted. Maybe next time.

Bixby Bridge Sunset. Bixby Bridge silhouetted against the setting sun.

Bixby Bridge Sunset. Bixby Bridge silhouetted against the setting sun.

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Miller Time is the result of one of those, “I wonder what would happen in I…..”. In this case, having downed a few Miller Lites I read on the label that the inside of the bottle neck had a vortex inducing design – to help it pour more smoothly I guess. Looking down the neck I was taken by the way the light from the ceiling fixture was illuminating the bottle. I had a Canon PowerShot S-100 on me at the time and that was the camera I used for this shot. I simply put the lens up against the opening of the bottle, pointed the base of the bottle to the ceiling light and pressed the shutter. I was immediately impressed with the results. You can see the spiral on the inside of the neck that induces the vortex. You might be thinking, “But doesn’t Miller Lite come in clear glass bottles?” And the answer is, of course, “Yes”. The reason the neck is dark is because I was hand-holding this loose arrangement of camera and bottle.

Miller Time - looking down the neck of a Miller Lite bottle

Miller Time – looking down the neck of a Miller Lite bottle

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Blowing in the wind: I can still hear the sound even though it was many years ago. This was a supply tent, slowly being torn apart by the howling winds, laden with sand, ferocious enough to pit glass. The lighter items had long since disappeared, never to be found. Such winds were relatively rare but we were constantly needing new tents yet always hesitant to deploy them in case the ‘big storm’ came and we ran out of replacements. It took about six months to get a new tent from Pakistan to Libya. These were not tents you could just pick up in the souk.

Blowing in the Wind. A supply tent gradually being ripped apart during a ghibli in Libya.

Blowing in the Wind. A supply tent gradually being ripped apart during a ghibli in Libya.

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Causeway Morning BW is an image of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway just after sunrise last Thanksgiving. Even without the fog on the lake you can’t see the North Shore but with the fog it just enhances how the causeway seems to vanish. I’m sure people who drive it each day no longer notice but its a weird feeling to be driving along a bridge and not be able to see land in any direction. The parallel bridges are a tad over 23 miles in length and with tall buildings only at the southern end, there’s a stretch of few miles near the middle where it’s just bridge, water, and sky.

Causeway Morning. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway disappears into a light fog on the lake.

Causeway Morning. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway disappears into a light fog on the lake.

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