New England Fall Foliage: Beyond the Vivid Colors

Warner's Pond Concord MA

I don’t take a lot of photographs of fall foliage. Sure it’s beautiful, but it has never struck me as a helpful way to convey what I want in my art.  Similar to the way sunsets are beautiful, but many times not that interesting.  However, the glimpses of colorful foliage in this photograph supply just enough detail and contrast for the photograph to make a compelling image.  The foliage doesn’t make the image on its own, but complements the other elements at work, forming a cohesive and inspiring image.

Some of the other interesting features at work are:

  • How the stillness of the water emphasizes the atmospheric quality of the sky through its reflection
  • The appearance of depth  implied by opposite shore  seen in the middle strengthens the overall impact of the photo
  • It looks mysteriously calm, yet bright and uplifting
  • The dark shadows in between the trees

There are certainly much more vivid displays of New England fall foliage than this, but I believe this image is stronger than  many classic foliage images because it doesn’t rely entirely on colorful leaves for its strength.

Taken early on an October morning at Warner’s Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.

Perspective From High Aloft: Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet

Below are some images from  a sunrise at the National Seashore in Wellfleet. I didn’t actually see the sun come over the horizon since it was cloudy for the first hour of my visit but took some interesting shots around 7am when the clouds abated.

The wide range of textures and vastness in these images is compelling and visually stimulating. They also have an interesting pallet characteristic of the Cape, but with a contemporary, fresh and clean feel. This effect can be attributed to the brightness of the light in the images as reflected by the relative stillness of the ocean.

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Cape Cod Note Cards

As you can tell from the plethora of Cape Cod images on my website and this blog, I am mesmerized by the unique landscape of the Cape. My favorite and bestselling set of photo note cards is not surprisingly from Wellfleet, a town on the outer Cape. Here’s a glimpse of the Wellfleet collection of cards from, my website dedicated to the cards which I launched last year. Enjoy.

Notecard Assortment

From left: Lecount Hollow, Great Island, and Cahoon Hollow

Pattern Experiment


I took both of these on the same morning, very close to one another. They are part of an experiment in “banding” – capturing stripes of color/texture.  The effect helps abstract nature and the resulting impression is unexpected.

I’m also a fan of the vertical format, which works really well for these. [I find it hard to show vertical images online, so many of my online selections are horizontal. My exhibited work is primarily vertical.]

Keeping it Real

For the past two years, I’ve been exhibiting my work in the Somerville Open Studios, which is the largest artist open studios event in New England. While preparing for the show this year, I have found myself reflecting on my work, revisiting images I haven’t looked at in a long time and pondering where my work as a whole is going. This process feels different than preparing for an exhibition which has the defined scope and direction required to produce a cohesive series.  While getting ready for my exhibitions over the past year has certainly contributed to the development of my images, getting ready for this open studio has been surprisingly inspiring due to the new ideas that have come out.

The two images below were taken a few feet apart on a trip to Cape Cod last year. I skipped over them originally when editing the trip’s images and was pleasantly startled by their look after converting them to black and white. I had intended them as color images, but a dim, grainy look developed as I worked, giving them a  dissimilar feel to my color images of  late.



A similar thing happened when I started working with the image below of rime ice encrusted alpine grasses, taken above treeline in the White Mountains. While the rime ice image is  bolder and has a simpler aesthetic, the intention, feeling and impact are shared.


Virtual Photographic Exhibition

Click the screen shot below to view the virtual exhibition. I originally made this  as a quick project to give anyone who couldn’t make it to my exhibition Boundless, a chance to experience it online.

I created it by photographing  a series of 25  images in the gallery and then stitching them into a single panorama. I then converted it to the virtual room with Pano to VR. It gives a great feel for the room, and being able to zoom into each photo is much more akin to an actual gallery experience that an online gallery or slide show. The virtual exhibition format also gives viewers a better sense of how the image placement and order influence the exhibition.

There are some imperfections introduced where the individual frames were stitched together. For example, the crown molding makes the seams between image frames stand out, though these could be fixed with some more time in Photoshop. The resolution was also shrunken down considerably in order to make the download a manageable size (2.5mb).

Virtual Exhibition Screenshot
Virtual Exhibition Screenshot

Unique Artworks of New England Aid Healing at MGH Cancer Center

The belief that medical treatment delivered in an encouraging and inspiring environment is more effective is difficult to dispute.  At the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston they subscribe to this idea to such a great extent that they have made an enormous effort to improve their facility through an ongoing partnership with local artists. This has taken form as Illuminations, a program to “shed light on the human experience and inspire viewers to expand their vision of life”.   Artists loan their work to the hospital for four months at time when it hangs in waiting areas of the Cancer Center.

From October 2009 to January 2010, seven of my landscape photographs are being shown through the program on the 7th floor, suite 7E of the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care.  It was not until attending the opening reception last night that I felt the impact and meaning of this program. Seeing the truly unique pieces which adorn the walls emphasized the powerful and enlightening effects of this program.

The fact that many of the art works have a local connection through their subject matter, made the collection have more impact as it extended the notion of environment from the medical facility outward to the New England region.  Some of the other artists with local pieces include Gail Fischer, Anne Silber, Katherine Kominis, Marie Fox, Mark Preu and Jeanne Smith.

Since I started telling people that I would be contributing to this program, two friends mentioned that they or a family member have been treated in this center, and were excited to learn that I would be participating. Having these images which are primarily from Cape Cod and other coastal areas of Massachusetts included in the program has been rewarding for me as an artist. To show my support for this wonderful program 25% of the proceeds from the sale of any image in the show will be contributed to the Cancer Center and the Illuminations program.  (Now through 2 months after the show ends.)

Sunrise at Beach Bluff Park Marblehead

Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time. The trick is to be ready for it and this morning I was. On the way to Marblehead from Boston, I stopped at a little beach to watch the sunrise. It was overcast, so I was not expecting much, but as I stood atop the seawall, I was astounded as the sky lit up in beautiful shades of purple and magenta! It only lasted a few minutes, but was magnificent.

This small swatch of land I stopped at is Beach Bluff Park on the Marblehead – Swampscott Border. I’ve photographed here before as it is an interesting albeit small preserved area. A local group is working to preserve the land here by rebuilding the seawall that protects it. If you like the images, you might consider helping them out with a small donation.

West Falmouth Harbor Cape Cod

I just came back from cape cod having experienced one of the unique moments that I treasure. Some people call it Zen, or just relaxing, but whatever you call it, these are what I seek and they are great for taking photographs. The place I discovered, while in a tiny little kayak I borrowed is called West Falmouth Harbor. It’s a unique little cove on Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.

As I left the town landing, I didn’t think the light would be great since there was some cloud cover moving in, but the twilight turned into a moment I won’t soon forget. Bobbing there in the bay, just past the jetty I sat taking it all in as the light dimmed and my surroundings took on the blueish hue of night. Here are a couple of images:

perpetual, Cape Cod
perpetual, Cape Cod


West Falmouth Harbor, Cape Cod
West Falmouth Harbor, Cape Cod

Welcome to my Blog

This is my first blog entry. I’m starting this blog to share the natural places I treasure. I’d also like to know what places you believe are special? Where should I go next?

I also wanted to have another place to share images and ideas that don’t make it into one of the main photo galleries.

You can also check out what I’m up to on flickr.