Nubble Lighthouse York Maine, photography mecca

Nubble Light Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Nubble Lighhouse, York Maine – an iconic New England Landmark

Officially named the Cape Neddick Light,  Nubble Light is no doubt one of the most photographed American iconic locations in all of New England. Picture perfect Cape Neddick in York Maine hosts one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the country and includes a convenient parking lot and adjacent Lobster Shack for handy lobster rolls while you gaze across the inlet at the classic Maine lighthouse and its many out buildings, white picket fence and jagged granite cliffs.

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 How to get there:

Accessibility: Follow Nubble Road east from Route 1A (Long Beach Ave.) in York, near Long Sands Beach, for about 1 mile to Sohier Park. Click here for more detailed directions. There is free parking at Sohier Park with an excellent view of the lighthouse. The lighthouse and grounds are not open to the public.

About

Compact park offering scenic views of historic lighthouse plus scuba diving, fishing & gift shop.
Sohier Park Rd, York, ME 03909
Hours:  Open today · Open 24 hours

Stats

  • Station established: 1879
  • Present lighthouse built: 1879
  • Automated: 1987
  • Construction materials: Cast iron lined with brick
  • Height of tower: 41 feet
  • Height of focal plane: 88 feet
  • Original optic: Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1879)
  • Present optic: Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1928)

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Brief History From Wikipedia:

The Cape Neddick Light is a lighthouse in Cape Neddick, York, Maine. In 1874 Congress appropriated $15,000 to build a light station at the “Nubble” and in 1879 construction began. Cape Neddick Light Station was dedicated by the U.S. Lighthouse Service and put into use in 1879. It is still in use today.

Plans had been in the works to build a lighthouse on the site since 1837. The tower is lined with brick and sheathed with cast iron. It stands 41 feet (12 m) tall but the light is 88 feet (27 m) above sea level because of the additional height of the steep rocky islet on which it sits. Unusually, the stanchions of the walkway railing around the lantern room are decorated with 4-inch (100 mm) brass replicas of the lighthouse itself.

Nubble Light is a famous American icon and a classic example of a lighthouse. The Voyager spacecraft, which carries photographs of Earth’s most prominent man-made structures and natural features, should it fall into the hands of intelligent extraterrestrials, includes a photo of Nubble Light with images of the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.

Cape Neddick Light is one of the last eight lights in Maine to still have its Fresnel lens. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Cape Neddick Light Station on April 16, 1985, reference number 85000844.

The lighthouse and island were featured in the movie “Lost Boundaries” (1949) starring Mel Ferrer.

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Late Winter Early Summer

We’ve had some weird swings in the weather lately here in New Hampshire. It’s May and we had days of cold, wet, 40 degree days and then a heat wave of 90 degree days. It barely gets into the 90s in the summer around here, but that was before climate changes which have brought all kinds of extremes to the world.

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We used to have reliable snow in the winter but my son’s high school cross country ski team seasons have been a toss up on whether or not there would be enough snow to hold practices and races. Races got cancelled or moved due to lack of snow. Practices started out on the astro turf of the football field with only a skim coat of snow. Local ski area struggle to make snow on warmer than normal winter nights. Ticks multiply and plague the moose population due to mild, less than normal snow falls.

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When we lived in Maine on Mount Desert Island, the local ice fishing tournament was cancelled a few years due to unstable ice. Seal Cove pond didn’t freeze over at all that winter. That’s something the locals never recall happening before. They kept waiting for winter to arrive and before you know it, an early spring had sprung.

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Winters in New England keep getting pushed later and later. The winter sports here in New Hampshire have pushed their schedules forward a few months but then they start bumping into the spring sports schedules. Spring is cut short as summer like heat waves come earlier and earlier and the heat creates more moisture in the atmosphere which brings more rain, more intense storms and runoff that the streams, rivers and culverts can’t handle so flooding is becoming more and more common, threatening homes, roads and dams.

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Recently I was listening to an NPR story about how many of the roads in New England are build on land that was created by beaver dams. So too was the first farm fields. Beavers flood and areas which kills off the trees and creates a rich soil under the water. Settlers come along, kill the beavers, break the beaver dam, drain the wetland and voila! – an already cleared, rich farm field.

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Since the beavers created areas through wet zones its only natural that these became first paths to a pasture and then later, roadways. The problem now is these roads are right in the natural path of flooding.

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We can certainly learn a lot about the natural world simply by observing it and learn how Mother Nature deals with issues over time and perhaps learn to live with nature rather than destroy it and ultimately destroy ourselves.

Vintage Tractor Prints for Refined Rustic Decor

Cornish Windsor Covered Bridge

This fine art photograph of an old vintage tractor on  a farm in the rural New Hampshire town of Cornish makes a fine print for any modern farmhouse style of decor, refined rustic, cottage, country or farm decorating.

The sepia toned print by Edward M. Fielding looks great in an off white cream colored mat as shown below.  A recent customer purchased this large 24 x 30 inch print and matted, mounted on foam core for a client in  Woodbury, CT.  The client has an heirloom frame waiting for the print.

See all of the vintage tractor photographs in this collection:  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vintage+tractor

Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style
Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style

I really like this combination of the off white mat and the sepia tone photograph as ordered by the designer.  It looks like an old vintage photograph even though this old tractor is still in use today on the Cornish farm.

Cornish you might know is famous for its covered bridges and the home of recluse writer JD Salinger who wrote “Catcher in the Rye” and is quoted as saying:

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
 
I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.
 
An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.
Cornish has historically been a well-known summer resort for artists and writers. Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens began coming to Cornish in 1885, seeking a studio away from the summer heat of New York City. Artist friends followed him, including painter and illustrator Maxfield Parrish, who designed and built his estate, the Oaks, in the area. The surrounding area became the center of the popular Cornish Art Colony

Vintage tractor photographs from the New England area by Edward M. Fielding can be purchased in a wide variety of frames from simple black museum type metal frames to hundreds of wooden frames as well as printed on paper, canvas, metal, wood and acrylic as well as matching products such as throw pillows and tote bags.

Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from - or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.
Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from – or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.

A nice large print of a vintage tractor with a cream colored mat and rustic barn wood framing looks great in a modern farmhouse decorated home as well as a stately office or hotel lobby.

 

Barnwood frames available
Barn wood frames available

Vintage tractor fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding can be ordered in all sorts of combinations of frames and mats.  Go big for a living room or go small for a guest bathroom.  You are only limited by your imagination on which frames you choose for your farmhouse look or go frame less for a more modern look with canvas prints, metal prints, wood prints or acrylic prints.

Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame
Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame

See all of the great vintage tractor and farming fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding in this portfolio – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

A New England Autumn on the Pond

The Splendor of Autumn Season in New England

Looking ahead, we’ll be in the pond-side house and hopefully mostly unpacked and settled, kid off to college by the autumn fall foliage season.  The scene of brilliant orange, red and yellow leaves against the blue of the pond and ocean should be spectacular.  Meanwhile I’ll share some of my past pond and fall foliage artwork and photography from around New England.

Vermont Farm Landscape
Vermont Farm Landscape by Edward M. Fielding

au·tumn

ˈôdəm/

noun

  1. the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall, in the northern hemisphere from September to November and in the southern hemisphere from March to May.

    “the countryside is ablaze with color in autumn”

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    October

    O hushed October morning mild,
    Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
    Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
    Should waste them all.
    The crows above the forest call;
    Tomorrow they may form and go.
    O hushed October morning mild,
    Begin the hours of this day slow.
    Make the day seem to us less brief.
    Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
    Beguile us in the way you know.
    Release one leaf at break of day;
    At noon release another leaf;
    One from our trees, one far away.
    Retard the sun with gentle mist;
    Enchant the land with amethyst.
    Slow, slow!
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    Old Farmall tractor in the field by Edward M. Fielding  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/fall
    For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
    Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
    Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
    For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
    Old New England White Picket Fence in Autumn
    Old New England White Picket Fence in Autumn
    Old New England White Picket Fence in Autumn by Edward M. Fielding

    See all of the autumn and fall foliage images in the portfolio of fine art photographer, Edward M. Fielding here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/fall

Down on the Farm Fine Art

Down On The Farm

A collection of farm, rural, country living images from artist and photographer Edward M. Fielding.  Photographs and artwork taken and inspired by New England farm scenery around the Vermont and New Hampshire area known as the Upper Valley.  See the entire collection here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/farm+life

The Farm Life Collection

The Farm Life Collection includes over 250 images dealing with rural and country scenes of farm animals, barns and agricultural landscapes.

Sunset over the old red barn.
Sunset over the old red barn.

“After The Storm Passes” framed print by Edward Fielding.  Customize your print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Ships within 2 – 3 business days.  Storm photographs and artwork – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/storm

 

Old Red Tractor in the Snow
Old Red Tractor in the Snow

“Old Red Tractor in the Snow” – Part of the collection of over 100 vintage tractor fine art photographs – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tractor

Vintage Tractor Gallery – a portfolio of over 100 vintage tractor photographs and artwork

Barns, Farms, Fresh Country Air

From Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont to the backroads of Orford, NH, to walking the dog in Etna, NH, the Farm Life collection captures scenes from old family farms that still work the soil, milk the cows, tap the trees and produce fresh food for local tables.

Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print

A 100 year old barn in Ely, Vermont.  The  Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White framed print by Edward Fielding can be purchased with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Ships within 2 – 3 business days. http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/products/ely-vermont-old-wooden-silo-and-barn-black-and-white-edward-fielding-framed-print.html

Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White

The setting sun fills this horse barn with a beautiful warm glow. Vermont Photography by Edward M. Fielding http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/inside-the-horse-barn-black-and-white-edward-fielding.html

Recently Sold: Lobster Landing

Lobster Landing Sunset by Edward M. Fielding

Lobster Landing Sunset by Edward M. Fielding
Lobster Landing Sunset by Edward M. Fielding

Recently sold framed and matted print of “Lobster Landing Sunset”  by Edward M. Fielding shipping to Pine Brook, NJ.

  • Image Size: 12.000″ x 8.000″
  • Total Size: 15.75″ x 11.75″
  • Print Material: Luster Photo Paper
  • Frame: CRQ13 – Black Wood (CRQ13)
  • Top Mat: Arctic White
  • Finishing: 1/8″ Clear Acrylic – Foam Core Mounting

About Lobster Landing Sunset

Lobster Landing is a traditional looking lobster shack in the harbor of Clinton, Connecticut on Long Island Sound.

This is one of those “lucky shots”. Driving around with my parents, showing me some places I hadn’t been before – photography gives one great excuses to explore. Timing just happened to be perfect. I just love all the junk around this place and the sunset was perfect.

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“Lobster Landing Sunset” is available in a variety of fine art, museum quality prints on paper, metal, acrylic, canvas and even wood surfaces as well as on products and gift items such as mugs, tote bags, throw pillows and more!  See all of the options here.

 

Lobster Landing Metal
Lobster Landing Sunset on metal, sofa sized.

Best Lobster Roll according the Shoreline Times which said “A perfect New England lunch doesn’t require much prep, and the ingredient list is so short even the most forgetful can remember it — lobster, butter, roll, lemon. But there’s one element that can’t be found at the store — lobster shack magic.

Clinton’s Lobster Landing,  readers’ pick for Best Lobster Roll, owned by Enea (who just goes by ‘Bacci’) and Cathie Bacci….The Baccis have owned the century-old shack for nearly 20 years and combine their Italian tradition of eating lobster warm, with melted butter and lemon, and thus began the Lobster Landing legend.

The lobster roll is the main attraction of course is the lobster roll, described by local author Mike Urban in his book “Lobster Shacks,” )as “…chock full of buttery, fresh-picked meat…loading up the oversize bun until the lobster crowns out of the top.”

New Artwork featuring the old “Cabin in the Woods” now available

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Cabin in the Woods Autumn

Cabin in the Woods – “Cabin in the Woods Autumn” is a new watercolor artwork from Edward M. Fielding based on an original photograph taken in Etna, New Hampshire, a rural part of Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.  “Cabin” features a rustic old building in Hanover Center surrounded by a forest of deciduous trees in peak fall splendor.

Prints of this artwork are available as prints rolled in a tube for local custom framing by the collector or on ready to hang canvas, metal prints or framed and matted.  This artwork of a old rustic cabin in the woods is also available on cell phone covers and other products such as tote bags.

 

Cabin in the woods
A canvas print of Cabin in the Woods is available in custom sizes to fit your decor.

Museum-quality canvas prints are available.  Each canvas print is hand-crafted at one of our global production facilities using premium cotton / poly canvases, pine stretcher bars, and archival inks.

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Custom framing and matting is available with hundreds of combinations to choose from to make the work fit your decor.

We currently offer 230 frames and 100 mats which can be used to create museum-quality masterpieces from any print. Our interactive framing interface allows you to preview your prints in any of the thousands of frame and mats that we carry. You’re sure to find one that suits your taste and enhances the beauty of your print. All of our frames are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and come with a 30 day money-back guarantee. If you are unhappy with the quality of your print, frame, or mat for any reason, simply mail it back within 30 days of delivery, and you’ll receive a full refund of your purchase price.

See all of the watercolor effect artwork in this special gallery:  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/watercolor+artwork

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Upper Valley Foliage Past Peak

I’m going to call it. The Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont is past peak. Sure there still is a lot of color around but there are also a lot of stick trees and with the wintry weather mix due, snow flurries, rain, overcast skies and down right gray skies, you better head south if you want to see some great foliage.

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Luckily I got a few days in this year to add to my “Fall Collection” – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/fall+collection

The Fall Gallery in my overall portfolio of photography and artwork for sale as prints, framed art canvas prints, metal prints as well as products, has about 70 of my favorite images from trips around the New England area in the autumn foliage season. You’ll find barns, covered bridges, trees, landscapes, farms, classic cars and more.

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What is the Autumn Foliage Season?

Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown.[1] The phenomenon is commonly called autumn colours[2] or autumn foliage[3] in British English and fall colors,[4] fall foliage, or simply foliage[5] in American English.

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In some areas of Canada and the United States, “leaf peeping” tourism is a major contribution to economic activity. This tourist activity occurs between the beginning of color changes and the onset of leaf fall, usually around September and October in the Northern Hemisphere and April to May in the Southern Hemisphere.

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What is leaf peeping?

Leaf peeping is an informal term in the United States for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where foliage changes colors in autumn, particularly in New England. The origin of the term “leaf peeping” is not well known. A similar custom in Japan is called momijigari.

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Fall Foliage Season Under Pressure

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I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot of pressure every year around the fall foliage season.  Call it performance anxiety or just simple pressure or something.  Every year Mother Nature puts on this amazing show that lasts only a few weeks and usually around the same time it deals out some rather nasty weather from hurriacanes, to tropical storms to snowstorms.  Plus this time of year always seems like the crush time when you have kids in school.

Carefree summer is over, time to get back on schedule plus do all those chores you meant to do all summer but it was too hot.  Cut, chop and stack firewood, get your flu shot, get some new tires, pull up the garden, batten down the hatches — and sneak out around the region to capture amazing fall foliage shots between rain, wind, drizzle, and whatever comes along.

Then you fire up the old social media and see all kinds of great images being captured by photographers around the region.  Where is the peak? Is it past prime? Where did I want to return?  Where did I say I wanted to come back when the foliage season begins?  What do you mean we have dinner plans during golden hour?  Which moon is it and how many more years before its this great again?

And so on and so on. It can get nerve racking especially since there are so many places in New England to see great fall foliage.  So many places I’ve already been and so many places yet to explore.  In some ways the winter season can be such a relief after the busy summer and fall months.

So far I did manage to get out and take some great fall foliage shots in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Even made it down to Cape Cod, although it was a few weeks early.

In a lifetime of photography, you really only need a couple of killer images in a season.  I got really lucky this week with a shot of two Adirondack chairs in a park in Norwich, Vermont just over the bridge from Hanover and Dartmouth college.  The composition was all mine but the amazing lighting came from someone above smiling down on me.  It was a rather blustery day with warm tropical breezes (at least for late November in the Upper Valley) and suddenly the stormy sky opened up a bit and gave me some amazing studio like lighting  around my subject.

I kind of like the overcast days we get so often in New England.  Its like a giant softbox.  As long as you don’t include the sky in the shot, this nice even light can be great.  But this particular light was something altogether different because the light was on the foreground but darker in the background.  It created a more 3D effect then I would have gotten normally.

Autumn Splendor
Autumn Splendor Watercolor by Edward M. Fielding

The Challenge of Fall Foliage Photography

I see the challenge of photographing fall foliage is in finding a great subject, composing it to show off the colors of the fall AND timing everything with the peaking foliage and the light of the day.

We see the beautiful trees exploding with color filling our entire visual range.  The hardest thing is selecting what to include in the photograph in a compelling composition.  Often the trees themselves are kind of boring as the main focus, often they are better as supporting actors.

The quick snapshot impulse is to aim at a colorful tree, center it in the frame, snap – and post on social media.  Of course as we know these shots typically don’t produce a lasting memory.  For something that elevates the image to art, we need a compelling subject to pull us into the image.  A fence, a road leading down a path of colorful trees, an old tractor, people, a dog, covered bridge, — something interesting with the colorful foliage engulfing the view.

See more in the Fall Collection by Edward M. Fielding

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Model T Fords and Me

I don’t know what it is but I see Model T Ford’s every where in my travels. I guess I just live in Model T Ford territory.

What I do know that central New Hampshire has a rather active local chapter of the Model T Clubs of America. So I’m probably running into members all the time such as this beauty spotted in front of the Danbury Country Store:

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And this other Model T pickup just down the road which I believe has been restored by the same craftsman.

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Member Warren Henderson posted this front seat video of one of the clubs rides.

I’ve run into the club at the Canterbury Shaker Village where the background of historic buildings made for the most perfect, movie set like background to highlight the beautifully restored Model T and Model A cars.

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I ran into this cool Model T Ford on 4A in Wilmont, New Hampshire:

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But is not just in New Hampshire where I’ve spotted these great old historic Ford cars. I’ve seen them on the island of Maui, Hawaii being engulfed by tropical jungle plants:

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And on the side of the road in Vermont:

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About the Ford Model T:

The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, T‑Model Ford, ‘Model T Ford’, or T) is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company from September 1908 to October 1927.[1] It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford’s innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.[2] The Ford Model T was named the world’s most influential car of the 20th century in an international poll.

The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile became popular. The first production Model T was produced on August 12, 1908[4] and left the factory on September 27, 1908, at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan.

There were several cars produced or prototypes by Henry Ford from the founding of the company in 1903 until the Model T came along. Although he started with the Model A, there were not 19 production models (A through T); some were only prototypes. The production model immediately before the Model T was the Model S,[6] an upgraded version of the company’s largest success to that point, the Model N. The follow-up was the Ford Model A (rather than any Model U). Company publicity said this was because the new car was such a departure from the old that Henry wanted to start all over again with the letter A.

 

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