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The Hidden World of the Nearby

By The Side Of The Road


Northern Maine

South, east and west. What amazes me most is that I never ran into other photographers, with two exceptions: a vista in New Hampshire and I was alone in the parking lot shooting trees. Maine’s Upper Hadlock Pond with a handfull of photogrpaphers photographing the mountains across the pond and me with my head in the reeds. To not photograph Baxter State Park, Acadia National Park, the Maine coast, or New Hampshire’s Kankamagus Highway is to miss far more than one can say. But it took me until 1986 before I headed north. The rewards were quick and amazing.

As I turned east at Bangor to head for Acadia National Park on route 1a my neck nearly snapped. I was was looking at about 15 acres of rolling rainbow and I had not a clue what I was looking at.

Of course it was the famous blueberry barrens, wild blueberries that are often cultivated and supply a large portion of America’s blueberries. I screeched to a hault and since the light was fading got to work quickly. Below is the first image I made.

The blueberries got to me. There are 30,000 or so acres of them and there is a gallery devoted to them.

One comparison is hard to make and that is blueberries in spring and fall. So the first image here is the first image I made of bluerries in Maine and it is in the fall. The imagee on the right I made years later further north when I finally visited in the spring. I was amazed and delighted at the same vegitation giving related but such different and beautiful images. The best way to explore the north is through the various galleries.

Blueberry Field

Blueberry Field

Ellsworth, Maine. October 1986
cat. JW 0175

Blueberry Flowers

Blueberry Flowers

Deblois, Maine
May 1993, cat. JW 1647

Lichens & Teaberry Leaves

Lichens & Teaberry Leaves

Acadia National Park, Maine
September 1990, cat. JW 0397

JW 5306
Swirlaway

Swirlaway

Benton, Arkansas
June 1994, JW 5336

Iced Stream I

Iced Stream I

Cambridge, Vermont circa 1977, JW 5739

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