Concord New Hampshire State House Capitol Building

State Capitol – Part of a series of fine art photographs from around the New England state of New Hampshire from the portfolios of photographer Edward M. Fielding – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/new+hampshire

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE HOUSE

A visit to Concord New Hampshire is not complete without a visit to the impressive New Hampshire State House building and grounds where in 1816 the state settled on the location.

The contest was between Concord, Hopkinton, and Salisbury, the last named town having offered seven thousand dollars for the honor. In the end Concord won, and by 1816 final action had been taken to build there.

Considerable expense was saved the town of Concord by the decision to build the Capitol of granite from what are now the Swenson quarries at the north end of the town, and to have the cutting and shaping and facing of the stones done by the inmates of the prison.

A feature of the new and imposing building thus provided was its huge gold-painted wooden eagle, which was raised to the top of the dome in 1818. Appropriate ceremonies presided over by Governor Plumer were marked by a series of toasts, one of which was, “The American Eagle. May the shadow of his wings protect every acre of our united continent and the lightning of his eye flash terror and defeat through the ranks of our enemies.”

The new building’s actual cost was only approximately $82,000, but it provided adequate quarters of the legislature and committees, the Governor and Council, the Secretary of State, the Treasurer, and the library. Stuart J. Park, the builder, goes down in history as having done an admirable job, and he has a Concord street to the north of the building, Park Street, named in his honor. The first session of the legislature to be held in the new building was in 1819.

The New Hampshire State House, located in Concord at 107 North Main Street, is the state capitol building of New Hampshire. The capitol houses the New Hampshire General Court, Governor and Executive Council. The building was constructed on a block framed by Park Street (named in honor of the architect, Stuart James Park) to the north, Main Street to the east, Capitol Street to the south, and North State Street to the west.

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Prints of this black and white photograph of the New Hampshire State Capital Building are available as prints, framed museum quality artwork, canvas prints and more at – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/state-capital-building-concord-new-hampshire-2015-edward-fielding.html

The current statehouse was designed in 1814, and paid for by the City of Concord. The building was built in 1816–1819 by architect Stuart Park.

The building was built in the Greek Revival style with smooth granite blocks. The entrance is covered by a small projecting portico supported by Doric columns. The balcony above is lined with a balustrade separated by Corinthian columns supporting a pediment. Another balustrade lines the edge of the flat roof.

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

Mystery mold

 

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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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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Quebec City Ski Trip

I just came back from a ski trip to Quebec City. Our group took a chartered bus from Eastman, NH to the Fairmont Château Frontenac overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Said to be the most photographed hotel in the world, the recently renovated Frontenac is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary this year and is located in the heart of historic Old Quebec, built on Samuel Champlain’s home and fort.

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The Fairmont Château Frontenac provided a great base camp for our group of sightseers, snowshoers, cross-country and alpine skiers. From the hotel we could explore the Upper Town and Lower Town of historic Old Quebec which is the most old European looking city in North America with it’s multitude of shops and restaurants.
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Quebec City sits on the Saint Lawrence River in predominantly French-speaking Quebec province. Dating to 1608, it retains its fortified colonial core, Vieux-Quebec and Place Royale, with narrow streets, stone buildings and a European feel. This area is site of the famous, towering Chateau Frontenac Hotel and imposing Citadelle of Quebec. The Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques.

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From the hotel our bus was able to take us to the ski resort of Saint Mont-Sainte-Anne which is a ski resort in eastern Canada, located in the town of Beaupré, Quebec, about 40 km northeast of Quebec City. They have a downhill resort and one of the best cross-country skiing trail system in all of North America.

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Back in town preparation were being made for the famous Winter Carnival which occurs for two weeks each winter with a variety of events including ice fishing, ice canoe races, ice skating, snow carving, ice carving, food, music, dances, parades and more.

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Old Quebec is a historic neighborhood of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Comprising the Upper Town and Lower Town, the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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I knew I wasn’t going to have a lot of time to photograph the city on this trip as we had a lot of cross-country skiing and fine dining to be done plus the weather was cold and dark as well as the days being short.  But anticipating the challenge of capturing some of the lights of the city I brought along my Sony RX100 III small camera and a freebie collapsible tripod.  It was a free item tossed into a Amazon package deal I got once when buying a camera.  The whole tripod collapses into a pocket-able size.  Not very stable but perhaps fine for a small camera or so I thought.

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This turned out to be a disaster when the tripod “head” broke off and my camera fell into a snow bank.  What a piece of crap!   I ended up tossing the stupid thing in the trash.  Lesson learned, stick to quality especially when dealing with a $700 camera – don’t trust it with a freebie tripod.


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.

Beach Chairs in the waves

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Two beach chairs on the beach at Florida’s Siesta Key in Sarasota in this fine art photograph by photographer Edward M. Fielding.    Available as canvas prints, metal print, rolled in a tube, framed and matted art print, acrylic prints, wood prints and more, this photograph of a couple of empty beach chairs in the waves at Siesta Key, Florida makes a perfect addition to the casual beach house decor.

Enjoying its reputation as one of America’s Best Beaches, Siesta Beach is made famous by its sugar-fine, quartz-white sand.

A short jaunt from the public beach is a village of outdoor dining, coffee shops and shopping.  Turtle Beach sits beyond the sea grapes on the Key’s southern end and is a popular site for launching kayaks.

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THE TOP BEACHES OF SARASOTA

  • South Lido Park Beach – South Lido Park Beach’s amenities include shaded picnic areas, barbecue grills, children’s playground, volleyball, a canoe trail, nature trails, an observation tower and decks, restrooms, and free parking.

  • BROHARD BEACH PAW PARK AND VENICE FISHING PIER – Sarasota County’s Only Public Beach Where Dogs are Allowed

  • Coquina Beach is the longest stretch of beach on the southern end of Anna Maria Island on the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Siesta Beach is favorite among visitors and residents alike. It’s 99 percent pure quartz sand—perhaps the finest and whitest you’ll ever see earned Siesta Key’s, Siesta Beach a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches.

  • Venice Beach is a favorite beach spot for locals as well as divers who come for its coral reef which is located a quarter-mile off shore.

  • Located at the southernmost end of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach, which is much less crowded than Crescent Beach and Siesta Beach and features some of the tallest dunes in the area. Kayakers will enjoy exploring the nearby lagoon and natural wetlands.

  • Caspersen Beach stretches over 1½ miles and you can actually reach Manasota Key four miles away if you keep walking south.

  • Longboat Key’s access to its beaches is limited, but your reward is 10 miles of uninterrupted, uncrowded beach with wonderful Gulf of Mexico water and white sand.

  • Nokomis Beach Offers Some of the Best Surfing on Florida’s Gulf Coast! Nokomis Beach is Sarasota Counties oldest public beach and is well-liked by families and fishing enthusiasts.

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Hyannis Harbor Cape Cod Fine Art Photography

Hyannis Harbor Cape Cod Massachusetts Photograph

Hyannis Harbor at sunset on a beautiful September evening showing the lighthouse and a fishing ship docked by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding. Prints and framed art available for purchase.

Hyannis Harbor is a small natural harbor located in the village of Hyannis in the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts.  Hyannis Harbor is protected by a breakwater, is used as a harbor of refuge by coasting vessels and pleasure craft of less than 14-foot draft. A light is on the end of the breakwater. The harbor is the approach to Hyannis Port, on the west side of the harbor, Lewis Bay, and Hyannis at the head of the northwest arm of Lewis Bay.

The lighthouse is privately owned and is not open to the public. The best views are from the water or from nearby Keyes Beach.

Station established: 1849
Present tower built: 1849
Deactivated: 1929

Construction materials: Brick
Other buildings still standing: 1849 keeper’s house, 1902 oil house, cistern

Optic: Fifth-order Fresnel lens (1856)

About Hyannis:

Hyannis /ˌhˈænɪs/ is the largest of the seven villages in the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is the commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod.

Hyannis is a major tourist destination and the primary ferry boat and general aviation link for passengers and freight to Nantucket Island.

Hyannis also provides secondary passenger access to the island of Martha’s Vineyard, with the primary passenger access to Martha’s Vineyard being located in Woods Hole, a village in the nearby town of Falmouth.

Due to its large natural harbor, Hyannis is the largest recreational boating and second largest commercial fishing port on Cape Cod, behind only Provincetown.

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A look inside a traditional Icelandic Farmhouse

Inside a turf farm house in Iceland

How did those early Icelander’s survive and even farm in such a inhospitably terrain? Before modern geothermal heating, before modern insulation and construction techniques – how did those early farmers survive the brutal winds, snow, ice and cold of living near the arctic circle?   How did them manage to keep the livestock alive and tend to their daily needs of feeding and cleaning out the barn?

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Short supply of wood on the island of Iceland, crazy wind and freezing temperature lead to some creative thinking on the part of early Icelanders. Pitched roof houses build right into the land with turf roofs solved many problems of keeping out of the howling wind to keep things toasty and also so the whole house didn’t blow away.

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Roofs were lined with the only plentiful building material – turf or sod. Living sheets of grasses covered the roof. Volcanic rock provided the foundation and side walls.

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Inside was small and sparse.  Less room to heat and more body warmth to conserve.  Bedrooms often housed the entire extended family in wooden bunks with sides to keep the covers handy.

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One bedroom lead to another and downstairs often had passageways to the barn if the barn wasn’t in the basement.  Easy access to livestock during storms and the 24 hour days of darkness in winter.

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The technique of building with  durable, renewable, and widely available turf  first appeared with the arrival of Norse and British settlers during the 9th through 11th centuries at the height of the Viking Age in Europe.

Historic records suggest that up to 50 percent of Icelandic dwellings were partially comprised of turf until the late 19th century. As populations began to cluster in cities like Reykjavik, wood buildings replaced stone masonry and earthen architecture. After fires razed the city in 1915, concrete became the material of choice.  – National Geographic 

Some Icelandic Turf Houses You Can Visit

Icelandic Turf House, Selfoss
Glaumbær in North-Iceland
Museum at Árbær

Do not throw coins at Mother Nature

Do not throw coins in the geysers

At Iceland’s great geothermal natural attraction – Geysir and Strokkur, you are in for a treat as Strokkur erupts rather regularly.  Geysir on the other hand has stopped being regular due to earthquake activity or perhaps due to the construction hotel and tourist trap across the street. But no it’s not time to toss in some Exlax.

In fact don’t toss in anything!  Many a geological treasure has been ruined by people tossing in things or going for a scalding swim or crashing their drone into the geyser.

They even have an appropriately snarky sign telling people to stop being stupid and keep their money.  How is throwing your money away going to bring you anything but poverty anyway?

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A remote chair among the lave fields of Iceland.  Buy a print here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/take-a-seat-iceland-edward-fielding.html

Strokkur (Icelandic for “churn”) is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in Iceland in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík. It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers,[1]erupting once every 6–10 minutes. Its usual height is 15–20 m, although it can sometimes erupt up to 40 m high.

Geysir (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈgeːisɪr̥]), sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans.[citation needed] The English word geyser (a periodically spouting hot spring) derives from Geysir. The name Geysir itself is derived from the Icelandic verb geysa, “to gush”, the verb from Old Norse. Geysir lies in the Haukadalur valley on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill, which is also the home to Strokkur geyser about 50 metres south.

Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air. However, eruptions may be infrequent, and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time.