Amanda and Her Sala”mander”

This young lady (Amanda) had worked hard all day pulling weeds and trimming back overgrown bushes. At the end of her shift, as the cuttings were being loaded into a pickup to be hauled away, she found this slimy creature.


It’s a Spotted Salamander or Mole Salamander, ( Ambystoma maculatum) if you really want to get technical.  It’s South Carolina’s official state amphibian and lives almost all of its life underground buried in damp soils rich with rotting leaves. It had rained very very hard for a while last night and this extra moisture probably induced the creature to come to the surface and look for a puddle or pond to lay its eggs in. Amanda was delighted with her new found friend. She found a large plastic container filled it with mud and planned to take it home with her.


I’m sure that wasn’t a wise idea but she was so proud and happy I didn’t interfere. She had worked really hard all day.




(Or maybe just the beginning.)

A Great Alan Watts Quote

Alan Watts was an English born “philosopher/entertainer” as he like to call himself. He wrote prolifically and eloquently about our wrongheaded concept of ourselves as unique and separate individuals. This little quote pulled from his book “Does it Matter” is a good example of his profound, and for most, deeply unsettling views.

Civilization, comprising all the achievements of art and science, technology and industry, is the result of man’s invention and manipulation of symbols — of words, letters, numbers, formulas and concepts, and of such social institutions as universally accepted clocks and rulers, scales and timetables, schedules and laws. By these means, we measure, predict, and control the behavior of the human and natural worlds — and with such startling apparent success that the trick goes to our heads. All too easily, we confuse the world as we symbolize it with the world as it is.


Tourist Season Makes Me Tired And Yet….





They’re here in droves and I know I shouldn’t  really complain. The merchants, after all, love them. But our little town changes from a quiet beautiful place to one where commerce dominates all. Really it’s not that bad, some money comes into everyone’s pockets and the ocean and rivers will be ours again soon enough


summer river

May Today Be Your Lucky Day


Dinghy In The Bushes (A study in green and red)


Sitting Next to Heaven (One lucky shot)



This view, photographed today, looks down Penobscot Bay from Rockport towards Camden Harbor.

It would be hard to beat the bay’s peace and beauty. The cloud bank hovering over the Camden Hills gives texture to the sky and the shadows on the lawn chairs give the photograph a nice black and white punch.

I used my trusty Olympus EM 1 to capture this shot and only took one exposure as we were with friends and banging around their lawn with a camera would have been rude.

It was a lucky photo capture and one I’m very happy with.

By the way, tonight is the first super moon of this year. I’ll go outside after I post this and look for it.

Camden Harbor Evening 07/11/14



It’s dusk on a Friday in the July and the harbor is beginning to quiet down. Boats lie quietly on their moorings in the inner harbor and the lights from dockside restaurants begin to flicker. Camden now is packed with tourists milling around its shops and admiring the local scenery.

As much as I have gotten used to these surroundings, every now and then the beauty of this place hits me and tonight is one of those times.

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