Every year around Labor Day here in New England the 'air changes'. That means the hot hazy days all of a sudden get cool signaling the next season: Fall. This year the weather in our area was unique in that we only had five 90 deg days this Summer. Then we had two 90 deg days after Labor Day! On September 6th a cool front made its way across New England towrads the coast. With the temps in the high 80's it was inevitable that the fronts would clash with rain & thunder & lightning. Oh, and don't forget rainbows too! This is one of my faorite images from the 2 hours or so as the front went though.
On July 28, 2014 a tornado touched down in Revere, MA causing a wide area of damage to many homes in that area. I live about 25 miles north of that but experienced what seemed like torrential downpours and high winds. That was in the morning. Later in the day another set of storms came by and warnings were out for even another tornado in the area. Realatively rare for this part of the country. I 'chased' the storm clouds as they headed northeast towards the coast from my town. I ended up in Newburyport, MA to capture some great cloud & sky images.
Penobscot Bay on the coast of Maine includes many great spots for a photographer. Camden & Rockland Harbors are great, Marshall Point Lighthouse is fantastic day or night. There's so much more to see and enjoy along the Maine coast. I highly recommend this area for one to explore and enjoy as the Maine coast is full of scenic "treasures".
Well, Don & I just completed a couple of photo workshops up in Millinocket, Maine. Our 3rd year of holding a photo workshop in and around Baxter St Park. Just a wonderful place full of nature and wildlife. We'll be going back again to explore the area for great scenics, birds & wildlife such as deer, moose & bears! Check out the workshops tab at the following link.....www.nephotoworkshops.com
I had the opportunity to visit Martha's Vineyard a couple of times in the past two months. What a wonderful place. I've added some other images to my web site but this one is a favorite of mine. Chappy is what the 'locals' call Chappaquiddick Island which is really part of Edgartown. The moment I saw this road on Chappy I had to take the photo. Some 'extra' processing helped it to get to the final image you see here.
Search Marthas Vineyard to see more from this wonderful New England location!
We just spent a day on the southern coast of Maine exploring lighthouses, and harbors of Maine. Portland Head Light is one of my favorite lighthouses (although Nubble Light is right up there!). The image here in this News clip is my favorite ever of this light house. We had perfect conditions for a sunset on Friday and on the sunrise the next morning. And that is often times the key....be there....spend time...to get the shot you want.
We've got a photo workshop coming in a couple of weeks on Martha's Vineyard. Haven't been there in a long time so we went from before dawn to sunset and explored the island for a day! MVI has a lot to offer and should be a great workshop with small harbors, little towns, lovely beaches, old stores and so much more.
Back home from the Great Smoky Mountains. What an adventure! A truly photo rich location for any photographer and I'm glad we went there. We liked it so much we're going back again next year! The history, the overlooks, streams, waterfalls, nature & wildlife were just fantastic to see & photograph. I heartily recommend that if you've never been....you should go. A great location for anybody who enjoys our wonderful country!
It's been a busy winter so far and now for Spring I head off to the Great Smoky Mountains for ten days! So, my photography here in New England takes a break. As co-owner of New England Photo Workshops (www.nephotoworkshops.com) Don & I have our first outside of New England photo workshop! Should be fun & exctiting as this National Park is the most popular one in the country. Can't wait to see the fog over the mountain tops.....
Yup, we got snow. And more cold temps are coming. Hey, it's only mid January so we got a ways to go. This weekend we had our first really wet, heavy snow storm of this winter. That's the time for photographers to head out and do their thing. I did. The roads were slippery and almost treacherous but go slow and get your shots!
I really like snow scenes and always want to get some images when we get snow. You have to get them while the gettin's good as some winters we may only get a couple of storms all year. One never knows with New England weather!
I also went out the next day and found a nice red barn and an old hay rake in the snow besides the usual 'down the road' shots. Hope your winter is going well!
A couple of more from this snow storm here:
After a lot of thought I've decided to change the web site name from one with the word 'Scenics' in it and web address of my 'Scenics' web site to www.robertmringphotography.com. I've had the logo 'kicking' around for years and just finally thought it was time to freshen things up a bit. So, the first image I've added to my web site is 'Big One' taken yesterday at Gloucester, MA as the first blizzard of 2014 heads away from New England.
The lobstermen I overheard in Rockport Harbor said it best: "there's absolutely no wind". That's a good thing for those guys but Great for photographers! I traveled around Essex, Ipswich, Rockport & Annisquam, MA one morning looking for still water and reflections. Got'em! These harbors are well known to those living on the North Shore in Massachusetts & in particular what's known as the 'other' cape or Cape Ann. I frequent these locations at various times of the year and almost always find great images. Some new images from that morning can be found here:
WOW! Did I say WOW!? Living in New England my whole life I've seen many seasons come and go. And of course the fall is my favorite with great temps and nice foliage. Now, some years the foliage leaves a lot to be desired. Not this year. Up in northern NH this past weekend it was PEAK and fantastic! The plan now for me is to follow it as it heads south. Ok, I'm off to check out some more foliage scenics.....
PS: One of my favorites from the past week is here: http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/lakefrancisboatdock/
This past week here in the Northeast has been an interesting one with all of the sunny moments followed by storms and big downpours. It's catching the light in between that makes all of the difference for a photographer though. The sunflower field (http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/cloudysunflowers/) (not far away from my home) and the 'lonely tree' made for some great subjects with the dramatic skies to offest them. An old pink house (http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/pinkhousewithstorm/) on the way to Plum Island stood out against storm clouds with a small un-paved road leading to it. A great week for photography!
I just came back from being in Lubec, ME and area for a week. What an exciting photo workshop we just had (www.nephotoworkshops.com)! I've always been keen to visit that area since I really wanted to photograph the lighthouses there. East & West Quoddy Lights are spectacular & unique but Mulholland Light (shown here) offers it's own brand of excitement. Easily seen from Lubec and best photographed in the afternoon this lighthouse offers a different experience when photographed in the morning. One can see Lubec in the background for a great story. But this cloud made it one very unique experience!
I just recently (July 2013) visited Owls Head harbor again. This harbor is my most favorite harbor anwhere. There, I said it: anywhere! I love visiting this harbor. Not only as a photographer but as someone who enjoys watching part of the lobster industry at work. There's always a lot of activity here. There's always something to photograph. How can I go wrong? This past time I had one great visit thanks to the weather this time. I started out under a bland & gray sky to passing rain showers to a little sun to rainbows to colorful skies. It'll be tough for Owls Head to match that kind of 'show' again!
Monhegan, ME is a great place to visit. It's 10 mi from the mainland and has just a few autos (mostly trucks) on dirt roads. The 2000 census reported 75 year-round residents. It's a pleasure to be able to 'go back in time' so to speak so close to home. Walking around for a day affords one the opportunity to really explore the island and for a photographer to capture the essence of Maine at its very best. Looking forward to going back again.
Baxter State Park never fails! Taking the short hike out to Sandy Stream Pond early in the morning certainly has its rewards. You'll either see moose on the loose or a beautiful scene before you. The morning I took this photo we saw both. If you ever have the opportunity go out to the pond do it....and enjoy nature at it's finest in the wilderness of Maine! You won't regret it I'm sure.
The Nubble Light Project: Born & raised in Masachusetts I have photographed Nubble Light on the Maine coast too many times to count! Going back to the days of Kodachrome to my digital SLRs I use now this is one of my most favorite lighthouses. It's so accessible for me by car that I can monitor the weather and drive to the lighthouse on a moment's notice. I hope to make some images that I'll treasure for years to come and hopefully for others to admire as well.