Can you solve the mystery of at Saint-Gaudens Historic Site?

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More than a century ago, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his assistants to sealed shut roughly two dozen sculpture molds. The molds were put into storage for safekeeping.

Since then, the molds have passed from the Saint-Gaudens family to the non-profit Saint-Gaudens Memorial to the National Park Service. They also survived a catastrophic studio fire in 1944. Through the years, the identities of many of these sealed molds had been lost. Until now.

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The National Park Service at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish and the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock?s medical center in Lebanon have developed a partnership to non-invasively peek at what these molds contain.

With computed tomography (CT) scanning, normally used for creating an image of the inside of a patient?s body without surgical intervention, radiologists were able to scan the open interior spaces of these molds and then extrapolate the negative space into a positive digital image of what these molds would have been used to cast.

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They also took the additional step of converting these CT scans into stereo lithography which have been used to 3-D print casts of these original Saint-Gaudens works.

One of the scanned mold, after processing was found to be a Saint-Gaudens work previously unknown to art history. Park staff would love public assistance in trying to identify this individual.

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Photographing in the fog

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Photographing in the fog

Deep, thick fog is an exciting weather event to photograph.  Fog reduces contrast, mutes colors,  eliminates backgrounds and puts everything in a mysterious, atmospheric, even lighting.

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When we live on Mount Desert Island Maine next to Acadia National Park, fog was an almost daily fact of life.  You’d get reports from friends about one side of the island being fogged in while the other side was sunny.  Often people on summer vacation would travel along a road that is right next to Somes Sound or the ocean daily not even realizing that it had an incredible ocean view on sunny days.

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Stormy foggy night off the coast of Maine https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/stormy-night-off-the-coast-of-maine-edward-fielding.html

Something like 68% of the days on Mount Desert Island are foggy at least part of the day which kind of wrecks havoc on vegetable gardens and solar panels.  It also created a rain forest type moisture which mosses and lichens love.

Here in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont we have some great foggy mornings, usually in the fall and along the valley floor especially the closer one gets to the Connecticut River.  Lebanon, NH seems to be particularly foggy as it sits low the valley.

Photographing in the foghttps://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/foggy-autumn-morning-etna-new-hampshire-edward-fielding.html
Photographing in the fog https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/foggy-autumn-morning-etna-new-hampshire-edward-fielding.html

For a photographer who is up early in the morning and prepared to get out and capture the wonderful foggy landscape, it’s a great time to be photographing.  The autumn leaves are turning and although the colors are much more muted than in bright sun, the effect of the fog and the colored leaves can be amazing.

Early foggy morning on the farm https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/early-foggy-morning-on-the-farm-edward-fielding.html
Early foggy morning on the farm https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/early-foggy-morning-on-the-farm-edward-fielding.html

Fog consists of visible cloud water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth’s surface. Fog can be considered a type of low-lying cloud and is heavily influenced by nearby bodies of water, topography, and wind conditions.

For the photographer, the further back one gets to the subject, the more it tends to disappear.  Lighting conditions are typically wonderfully diffused although the over all light level might be low and require wide open apertures or a tripod.  Be ready the night before to get out and capture the fog early in the morning before it “burns off” when

Apple Orchard In The Fog https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/apple-orchard-in-the-fog-edward-fielding.html
Apple Orchard In The Fog https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/apple-orchard-in-the-fog-edward-fielding.html

the sun comes up.

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Exploring the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire and Vermont

The Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont has a number of great attractions. Nothing earth shattering on their own, but add them up and they make a great array of interesting and fun natural areas and historic attractions from the many covered bridges including the longest one – the Cornish-Windsor bridge.

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In Hanover, New Hampshire you can find Dartmouth College and many fine restaurants and shops. Across the bridge there is Norwich with the Montshire Science Museum for the kids. Canoeing and Kayaking on the Connecticut River.

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Alpine skiing at the Dartmouth Skiway, Whaleback or Mount Sunapee. Nordic skiing in Hanover or at the Eastman Cross Country center in Grantham.

Over on the Vermont side there is Quechee for the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Quechee Gorge natural feature, VINS Bird Center, antique mall, distiller, mini-golf, camping. In Woodstock you’ll find the The Woodstock Inn, Billings Farm & Museum, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and a charming villiage of shops and restaurants. A bit down the road is the Long Trail Brewing company.

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South of Woodstock you’ll find the birthplace of Vermont – Windsor with a museum of industry (American Precision Museum), a craft village including cheese shops, distillery, Simon Pierce glass blowers and pottery with demonstrations and the Harpoon Brewery.

Across the river is Cornish, NH with the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

All over the region are great hiking, kayaking, biking and canoeing opportunities as well as just drinking in some great rural country side with apple picking at orchards, fresh dairy, cheese, scenery and more.

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Seasons: Winter In New England

Classic New England Winter

“If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.” – Mark Twain

Winter in New England is a challenge.  It’s not the cold so much as one can put on more layers of polar fleece or flannel or move up a weight of long johns, unless it gets in the negatives and then you have to worry about things like pipes freezing.  It’s more about the uncertainty.

Uncertainty of what the next day will bring is the stressful part if you have a doctor’s appointment or something.  Other than that, winter in New England can be beautiful.

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Although as a photographer, you have to take advantage of the conditions when they present themselves and often trivial things like scrapping ice off the windshield, snowblowing the driveway and shoveling the walk come first before being able to go out and photograph.  And if you are looking for some sunshine to brighten up your landscapes, that might be a bit of a rare occurrence.

My advice is to pick some targeted areas during the rest of the year, and then head out to those spots when the weather is agreeable.

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Seems like over the past 15 years or so climate change has been wreaking the traditional New England winter.  Fall seems extended.  While we lived in Maine the local ice fishing derby keep having to be pushed off by a month due to lack of ice and here in New Hampshire my son’s high school cross country ski team often had to practice on the astro turf of the football field due to lack of snow.

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Right now in late January we are experiencing another mid winter melting period of rain and above freezing temperatures which is killing the fun of winter as the snow is melting on the cross country ski trails.

As the earth’s climate warm one of the causality is a good old fashioned New England winter with snow on the ground all winter.  Instead we are getting these wetter, warmer winters with freezing rain and late heavy large snow dumps along the coast line in late winter.

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The New Old Red Farm Truck

Dodge Farm Truck

Driving along Etna Center Road with my son, I spot something new and great.  My son says “Dad, don’t go off the road!”.  I’m not I assure him, besides I don’t have my camera with me.

Don’t you love when something can still surprise you driving along an old familiar route?  There is an old farm in the town of Etna, basically a section of Hanover, New Hampshire which Dartmouth College resides, that have been a favorite subject of mine over the years.  I’ve photographed their chickens…

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…their old chicken coop…

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…their old John Deere tractor when its parked just right…

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…and their cows…

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But now after seven years of driving by this farm, there is something new to photograph – a cute old vintage red Dodge farm pickup truck parked in the pasture. I’m guessing it is a decorative piece as it seems stuck in a field of deep snow. Perhaps its a wind break for the cows. Maybe its working but is planned for use in the summer. Whatever the case I’ll photograph is long as it stays in such a great spot.

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New England Landscapes

Winter Arrives in New England

As a New England landscape photographer, one finds themselves doing a lot of waiting on Mother Nature.  In spring we wait for the end of mud season and the return of leaves that seems to take so long.  In the fall we wait for the leaves to turn brilliant fall colors and then they drop and we wait for a blanket of beautiful winter snow to arrive.

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“I have no use for snow” I over hear at the car dealership as I wait for my car to be inspected, oil changed and generally prepared for winter.  Personally I have a lot of use for winter – skiing and photographing generally as well as my winter hobby of snow clearing.

Around Boston they have a saying that the seasons are Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Road Construction because the summer seasons typically see a flurry of construction activity filling pot holes created all winter.

Mark Twain said “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”  Which is kind of unfortunate because when you get a nice snow storm your really only have a short window between being able to get out safely to photograph the snow and when it starts to melt or gets hit with wintery mix of rain and sleet or something.  If you want to ski in fresh, beautiful powder, the best plan is to call in sick and hit the slopes before the weather changes.

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The ideal conditions are a nice dump of wet snows overnight, wet enough to cling to the trees, followed by a bright sunny day, sunny enough to melt the snow on the roads but not warm enough to melt the snow off the trees.

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Then there is the challenge of finding a place to park.  A four wheel drive car with good snow tires is a must.  Country roads in New England are ringed with drainage ditches that will swallow your car and you have to stay out of the way of the snow plows.  I find a quick tour into a farm road and a quick shot is best.   Or don high snow boots and snow pants and be prepared to wade in deep into the snow to get a shot.

Don’t ask about that time I drove on to a snowmobile trail by mistake and had to bribe a local guy with a sandwich to help get me out.

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New England winter photographs and artwork are available as fine art prints, framed and matted artwork, canvas prints, wood, arcylic, metal and on products such as greeting cards, tote bags, throw pillows and more! See the entire portfolio here:

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Scenes of New England

Scenes of New England

Scenes of New England is a new collection of watercolor technique art work created from fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding.

Created from scenic vistas around the region, this collection of fine artworks explores the classic New England landscape and landmarks including old red barns in the snow, forests, ponds, covered bridges, old colonial houses and more.

New England is a northeastern region of the United States comprising the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. It’s known for its Colonial past, Atlantic coastline, changing autumn foliage and forested mountains. Boston, Massachusetts, the region’s hub, pre-dates the American Revolution, and its Freedom Trail passes sites that were critical to the nation’s founding.

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What I love about the New England region is the variety of landscape one can fine within a few hours drive. Out in the west one can drive all day between one dramatic vista to the other but in New England, the next exciting view can be right around the corner.

We have the dramatic coastline from the craggy harbors of Rhode Island to the sandy beaches of Cape Cod to the rocky shores of Maine.  In land the Green and White Mountains beckon to be hiked and skiied.  Once you get off the highways, the region provides endless history to explore and village after village of old historic buildings with traditional family farms in between.

In particular the region I use as my home base, the Upper Valley, seems to have endless back roads to explore, always surprising me with an old hundred year old barn, a classic car in the driveway or a beautiful display of fall foliage.  Plus of course a  locally produced bottle of maple syrup or cheese made from the cows yonder in the field.

Woodstock Vermont Fine Art

Woodstock Vermont

WOODSTOCK VERMONT – I recently sold this watercolor technique fine art photograph of Woodstock, Vermont which was ordered in this handsome frame and mat combination and is headed to a collector in Knoxville, TN.

I offer many of my fine art photographs in this style of watercolor type brush strokes.  Over the years of processing my images I’ve developed this process that gives a painterly effect after a few hours of working on the image.

As always my images begin with a trip to the location.  In this case the quint and beautiful village of Woodstock, Vermont.

Woodstock has a lot of attractions for visitors including fine dining, golf and spa treatments at the famous Woodstock Inn, a covered bridge tucked into the small downtown full of little shops and restaurants and of course the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Billing farm attractions with a working farm, museums and historic home of the Rockerfellers who had a lot of influence over the town over the years.

Nearby is Quechee gorge as well as the ski area colorfully called Suicide Six.  Xcountry skiing is also available from the Woodstock Inn and nearby Mt. Tom which is connected to the National Historic Park.

The area is quite the tourist draw with the VINS bird rescue center over by Quechee, the glass blowing at Simon Pearce and the annual hot air baloon festival.

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The image above was taken right downtown, across from the Woodstock Inn, across from the town green and around the corner from one of the historic and well preserved homes in Woodstock. The covered bridge is drivable but it is off from the main street.

I used the white picket fence to create a leading line up to the covered bridge in the distance and of course waited for the tourists to leave the area.

Back in the studio I started my watercolor process that creates multiple layers of “brush stocks” using the original fine art photograph as the template. It’s takes several hours building up layers and matching colors to bring about the final result.

Louisburg Square Beacon Hill Boston

Louisburg Square Beacon Hill Boston

Louisburg Square Beacon Hill Boston. Artwork for sale by Edward M. Fielding in prints, cards, framed prints, throw pillows and more. https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/boston

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Louisburg Square is a private square located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. It was named for the 1745 Battle of Louisbourg, in which Massachusetts militiamen led by William Pepperrell, who was made the first American baronet for his role, sacked the French Fortress of Louisbourg.

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