Artwork and photographs for possible licensing deal with Marmont Hill.
Reprint from Eastman Living Summer 2012:
Pondering Anderson Pond By Craig McArt and Renée Gustafson – http://www.eastmannh.org/el/summer12.pdf
Dunbar’s History of Grantham, published in 1791, we learn that “about the year 1791 two men by the name of Anderson were drowned in Anderson Pond – so called after this occurrence.” From this sad account one might reasonably surmise that they fell through the ice. Because of its shallow depth, ice forms early on Anderson Pond. Actually, the 14-acre, spring-fed pond, eutrophic in nature (fertile with abundant nutrients for plant production), is becoming a little shallower as each year goes by. As silt builds up on the bottom, a succession of plant life occurs called a hydrosphere. What we see now are various water lilies and pond weeds. As the water becomes even more shallow, reeds will develop. Years and years from now, the organic matter could build up to form peat and then the hydrosphere would give way to swamp.
Lest we worry, before things progress that far, the pond could be dammed to increase the depth and buy more time, as was done on Eastman Pond. The Anderson Pond Trail begins at a cut-off from the Butternut Trail, a short distance from the kiosk at the end of Anderson Pond Road. From there, it drops down to Anderson Pond, where it forms a mile loop around the pond’s shoreline. Residences overlook the pond in some areas. The level trail, routed close to the pond, is sometimes wet in places, but boardwalks and bridges afford dry passage over the worst spots. While walking the trail, keep an eye out for a low, evergreen shrub called sheep laurel, which produces small, deep pink, saucer-shaped flowers in dense clusters. Pink swamp roses bloom along the shoreline from July to August.
On the west shore, notice a transition point between a forested wetland containing red maple and other hardwoods and an upland populated by conifer species. The major species in this forest type is eastern hemlock, but also look for red spruce and tamarack. Tamarack, the only northern conifer that sheds all its needles, turns this western shore a golden yellow in the fall. A smooth rock juts out from shore at the south end of the pond, where one can obtain a splendid view. Nearby is a small bridge that takes the trail over the outlet stream. The stream flows down to Eastman Lake, tumbling over a falls by the Lake Trail. At one time, it was diverted to flow in the opposite direction, down to the millpond by West Cove, where a mill was located. The remains of the diversion channel can be seen from a spur off the trail west of the bridge. The spur traces a short section of the old road that linked North Grantham with Enfield Center.
The pond is a botanist’s dream that even includes carnivorous plants and exciting mini-gardens growing on logs that protrude from the shore. Sundew plants can be found on the logs at the southeast and northwest areas of the pond. These tiny plants are a relative of the venus flytrap and have round leaves with sticky tentacles that glisten like dew in the sun – hence the name. Insects get stuck on the tentacles and are devoured by the plant. Pitcher-plants can be seen growing in the moist area between the trail and the pond. This plant is very easy to identify because of its purple streaked leaves and burgundy flowers. The leaves are shaped like a pitcher and are used to trap insects, which are digested and serve as nourishment for the plant. Pitcher-plants bloom from late-May to August and the flower heads remain in the winter.
The pond also hosts cranberry plants, swamp candles and the delicate rose pogonia. The rose pogonia is an orchid that grows in colonies that can be found blooming in late June on many of the logs and floating sphagnum gardens. Yellow pond lilies bloom from May to September. Their large, heart-shaped leaves provide cover for fish and landing pads for dragonflies. Hollow, tubular stems conduct carbon and methane gasses up from the bottom of the pond under pressure to be sprayed out through the leaves. A single water lily stem can pass 22 liters of “sewer gas” in one day. Spring brings a plethora of frog song from spring peepers, bullfrogs, green frogs, leopard frogs and American toads. On warmer days, painted and snapping turtles may be seen sunning on the logs or a family of mergansers or mallards might occupy the pond, sometimes joined by the great blue heron strutting the shores on the lookout for fish.
Several species of fish inhabit the pond: perch, large and small mouth bass and even a northern pike or two.
Upsetting to local anglers has been the discovery that some rock bass have joined the group. A non-native species, they favor the same habitat as the small mouth bass, and their competition for food can seriously affect the fish population. Anderson Pond people, as the residents call themselves, enjoy a special, community spirit. They have been known to gather on the pond for “happy hour” raft-ups in the summer and to bang pots and pans around a fire on New Year’s Eve. They know the pond is a very special place, whether for a quiet walk, a peaceful paddle, a communion with nature’s abundance or socializing with their neighbors. Now that their secret is out, hopefully others, as well, will get acquainted with this gem.
My love of trains brought me back into photography after a long absence fraught with the concepts of career and raising a family. Making a move to a house with a bonus room rekindled an idea of building that dream model railroad I’ve had since I was a kid reading Model Railroader magazine.
Researching ideas online lead to the desire to document my progress which lead to my first serious DSLR, a micro-four thirds Panasonic G2. And then this snowballed into more lenses, an upgrade to a G3 and then eventually to starting to sell my photographs which justified upgrading to a full frame Canon 6D as well as various studio lights, lenses, bags and so on.
No doubt this is a similar trend. Typically people probably purchase their first serious camera when a child is born which may for may not lead to an obsession that takes them way past taking family photos.
But my train obsession has continued although its certainly not my only subject. I’ve shot trains and train tracks, stations, abandoned equipment and lost lines all over New England and even in Canada. From museums to living breathing steam engines on tourist lines.
One of my most intimate train experiences came one summer in Connecticut when I was helping my parents move out of their summer home for a permanate move to Florida. In between trips to the Goodwill and the dump, I was able to sneak away and capture some great shots of the Essex Steam train.
I shot on the train and from vantage points carefully mapped out along with the train schedule. By the end of the summer I knew every crossing and every parking spot up and down the Connecticut River from Essex to East Haddam.
I got some of my most iconic shots of those great old steam trains that summer and what happened to my model railroad? Unfortunetly photography bit hard and my poor model railroad sits unfinished waiting for me to get off the real real railroads and back into the attic.
Family farms sporting traditional and historic wood framed New England barns and stables still dot the New England landscape in Vermont and New Hampshire. The barns, most painted bright red against the summer time green landscape, the brilliant orange, brown and red colors of autumn and the white snowy landscape of winter. But you can find other colors such as white or “hasn’t been painted in decades” gray.
A fine white barn in South Woodstock at the Green Mountain Horse Asssociation. Founded in 1926, GMHA is the nation’s oldest continuously operating horse association whose mission is to provide and maintain opportunities for educational and competitive activities for diverse equestrian disciplines. Emphasis is placed on equestrian trails preservation, horsemanship and youth education.
The facility, located in South Woodstock, Vermont, offers a wide range of events to hundreds of equestrians each year in dressage, driving, events, hunter/jumpers, and trail riding. GMHA is dedicated to preserving trails and open space for equestrian use, and the trail network covers over 400 miles.
The 65-acre facility includes stabling for 196 horses, four all-weather arenas with European Geo-Textile footing, a spectacular cross-country course, and driving hazards.
In Enfield, New Hampshire right next door to the historic Shaker Village is a wildlife refuge and this building is part of the maintenance crew’s facilities.
One of the most photographed farm spots in Vermont if not the world. When you think of Vermont, the image that enters your brain might just be Jenne Farm.
Jenne Farm is a farm located in Reading, Vermont. It is one of the most photographed farms in the world, especially in autumn. The farm has appeared in magazine covers, photography books, and a Budweiser television advertisement; it has also served as a setting in the films Forrest Gump and Funny Farm. Photographs of the farm have appeared on posters, postcards and wall calendars.
Despite its fame, the private farm is located along a dirt road and is not heavily promoted. The only sign indicating its presence is a tiny board along Vermont State Route 106 advertising maple syrup.
The farm became noted for photogenic scenery about 1955 when a photography school in South Woodstock discovered it. Later, it appeared as an entry in a Life photo contest, on the cover of Yankee magazine, and in Vermont Life.
Stowe, Vermont and Waterbury, Vermont have many old farms and old barns including this small horse barn on the way from the Ben and Jerry’s factory and on to the ski resort town of Stowe, Vermont.
This newer classic New England red barn in Etna, New Hampshire, part of Hanover, NH – home of Dartmouth College, beautifully sits on a hillside over looking the small village.
In the backroads of Vermont, far from the last waypoint on the map or GPS, wonderful old wooden barns in their unpainted beauty can be found among the brilliant fall foliage.
A collection of old New England barn buildings with a single red door beyond. This amazing complex of old barns is found right off the main road in Windsor, Vermont – the birthplace of the state.
Thanks to my collectors who share with me photos of the artwork In situ or in place, in their office, living room or where ever it ends up.
Recently sold a 60.000″ x 39.875″ print of Nothing Like That Old Time Rock N Roll Wall Art 2 to a buyer from Pacific Palisades, CA. Looks fantastic!
Do you know a photographer who always seems to get that lucky break? Some amazing shot that looks like he/she might actually know what they are doing? Well, truth be told, getting lucky has a lot to do with being prepared and ready.
Sure luck happens. But the working photographer puts themselves in situations in order to increase the chances of luck and they are always prepared to capture moments when they suddenly appear.
One of my favorite things is finding vintage cars in the wild. This particular shot of an old vintage truck in front of a dinner looks like might have been planned and set up for a magazine shoot but it was completely a lucky situation.
We had just dropped off our son at summer camp on Squam Lake (On Golden Pond) and were headed home when we decided to stop off in TIlton, New Hampshire for dinner at the Tilt ‘n Diner. As we are finishing up our burgers and milkshakes, we start seeing vintage cars roll into the parking lot just as the sun is starting to get low on the horizon.
What timing! We were dining at a spot an hour from house in the middle of the week and it just happened to be old car night! So of course my wife took car of the bill and I headed out to get my camera and started shooting.
Unlike at a car show when the cars are all packed in tight and often festooned with awards or signs, this situation was perfect as the diner provided a great nostalgic background for the cars and as they drove, the first cars had plenty of space around them so they appeared more natural.
More vintage car photography can be found in this portfolio – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/car
The Wilson family got more than they bargained for when their Hanover High School senior Daniel signed up for the “Surf and Sato” March Intensive program. Each spring the high school in Hanover, NH (home of Dartmouth College) offers a week of out of the ordinary educational experiences, everything from analyzing classic horror films to hut to hut cross-country ski treks to intensive Shakespeare, drama trips to NYC, college tours in Boston and a trip to Puerto Rico to help with the street dog problem and maybe try a bit of surfing.
Rumor has it that Daniel was under strict instructions to resist all attempts of adorableness and not to return with a puppy but then Ronnie’s cuteness prevailed and after a week of being surrounded by lovable puppies, one managed to come back to New Hampshire. Luckily I was able to persuade the family to bring Ronnie over for a modeling session.
What is a Sato?
Sato is the name for mutt i Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has a large population of stray street and beach dogs. Some estimates put the population of stray dogs at 500,000.
Dead Dog Beach is located on the South-East coast of the island. A dumping ground, it is known for its stray dog population, and the abuse that has occurred on the isolated beach including gang rituals, target practice, and cars running over helpless dogs and puppies.
Dogs are dumped here everyday. The Sato Project, a rescue group founded by New Yorker Chrissy Beckles, is their only source of fresh water and food, and rescues them as their resources allow it. Dead Dog Beach is one of the many beaches of the island overran by stray dogs. (source: http://www.sophiegamand.com/deaddogbeach/)
From The Sato Project Org – Satos are usually small dogs under 30lbs. The majority have terrier in them so they tend to be incredibly smart and quick to learn. The street or beach is a very hard life for a dog and the majority do not make it past their second birthday. Nature seems to have sensed this and females are giving birth to increasingly large litters of puppies.
You can see Puerto Rico dogs who need a second chance on PetFinder – https://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelter_id=PR04
About the Photo Shoot
Being a puppy, Ronnie was quite the handful as a modeling subject. I’ve grown accustomed to Tiki the Westie ability to sit for a very long time, knowing that a treat is coming at some point. At this point Tiki anticipates treats when ever I make a move towards my studio strobe lights. During the photo sessions for the book “The Quotable Westie” Tiki was so good I could set him up on a chair and then remember that I forgot the SD card or prop or something, leave the room for a few minutes and he would still be stilling there patiently.
I’ve dealt with puppies before but its been a while. When I photographed Max, Pete, and Jeanie, my main camera was a micro-four thirds camera, a Panasonic Lumix G3 which had a handy feature for photographing moving objects – an LCD screen in which you could touch a spot on the screen and it would focus and fire the shutter.
With my Canon 6D and its minimal focal points (only nine) I found myself having trouble getting little Ronnie in focus. I also made the mistake of starting out on the tripod. Not good for a guy in constant motion. But I did manage to get some good shots.
The other challenge I had was too narrow depth of field. The Canon 6D is a full frame camera which has a narrower depth of field than a micro four thirds camera like the Panasonic G series.
In order to nail the focus on the eyes with a constantly moving subject like this little puppy Ronnie, I had to shot a lot of shots. I first tried pre-focusing on a certain spot on this antique high chair I was using as a prop. But the entire first set of photos were ruined by the focus being off ever so slightly.
I end up re-shooting the entire scene later with with the studio lights cranked up to maximum and the aperture increase to f16 in order to make sure I got his cute little face in sharp focus.
I also started to abandoned my carefully composed set ups and took the camera off the tripod so I could move the camera main focal point to the dogs eye, fire and worry about composition later with cropping.
A few things I learned that worked in this latest dog photo session.
- With puppies, be prepared for puppies. They don’t know how to stay put, they need potty breaks, they are likely to climb out of what ever you put them in, and they are going to tire out and fall asleep on you at some point.
- Safety – work with an assistant and try to create an environment like a basket with soft towels in the bottom to help contain the puppy.
- Use chew toys, bones or a bit of peanut butter on a the edge of a basket to keep them interested and occupied.
- Use squeaker toys or a weird noises to get their attention. Don’t be afraid to sound like a wild animal or a complete wacko to get some great expressions.
- Have plenty of paper towels handy.
- Limit the number of assistants in the studio so the dog doesn’t get too distracted.
- Shoot with a fast shutter speed and be prepared for motion. I don’t recommend a tripod unless the dog can sit still.
- Get on their level. I used a small coffee table to raise the puppy up but watch that they don’t try to jump off.
With the nation still recovering from the Great Depression and entering the Second World War, it may have been a simpler time, but it surely wasn’t an easier time.
A new series of artwork by photographer and artist Edward M. Fielding sources classic black and white photographs by FSA government photographer Marion Wolcott.
Marion Post Wolcott is best known for the more than 9,000 photographs she produced for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1938 to 1942. This work is preserved at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Famed for her most heartfelt photos in eastern Kentucky and poverty, Wolcott also managed to capture America at its most leisurely point in the trailer parks of Sarasota, Florida. Here retirees and vacationers wash their cars, hang up laundry, come the beach for shells, play shuffle board, and lounge around soaking in the sun.
Fielding uses these images of leisure in his new series of Pop Art pieces in the Sarasota Series.
Sarasota Series Wash Day http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/sarasota-series-wash-day-edward-fielding.htmlgsgs
This art print series gives a modern pop art twist on Old Florida a will certainly add bright sunny colors and a bit of nostalgia to any modern decor in the form of canvas prints, metal, wood, or acrylic prints as well as framed an matted prints with your choice of hundreds of framing options. Throw pillows, tote bags, shower curtains and other products with these images are also available at the Sarasota Series gallery collection.
Edward M. Fielding
Fine Art Photography
Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.
My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.
Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.
There was an old tractor that got lost in a bog.
Now its up and running again like a hog.
In the old days of farming, farm equipment was often left where it died. But this farmer decided to bury his old C JACKSON MAYO ten feet under bog mud.
Now, a 56- years old tractor that was buried in a bog for 10 years has not only been rediscovered and dug up, it’s expected to be in full working order soon.
The old gent says it was buried for about 10 years. A hole was dug and the tractor was placed in it upside down, then it was covered back up completely.
“I did not think much about it again until last year,” said Mr. Jackson, who added that after a dry spell, the man who had buried the tractor dug around in the area and found the tractor after it had been 10 years underground.
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