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?

See the entire portfolio of fine art photographs from Iceland here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/places+iceland

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.

 

 

 

Pizza Menu Florence Italy

Best pizza in Florence Italy

Savor the pizza in Florence Italy!

Any trip to Italy is just as much about the food as it is about seeing Renaissance masterpieces by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo the true poster children for the “Renaissance man”.

Painters, sculptures, inventors – these guys could do it all and still have time for a pizza at the end of the day.  Of course is also the ancient rubble left by the Romans, discarded, looted, recycled and buried under centuries of trash.

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Roman statues with missing arms and noses.  And renaissance era copies of said statues which were in fact mainly copies of the Greek statues that came before anyway.  Classical wonders through the ages, centuries and mood swings of the art patrons, all best viewed on a full stomach of great pizza.

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The history of pizza begins in antiquity, when various ancient cultures produced flatbreads with toppings.

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The precursor of pizza was probably the focaccia, a flat bread known to the Romans as panis focacius,[1] to which toppings were then added.[2] Modern pizza developed in Naples, when tomato was added to the focaccia in the late 18th century.

REMEMBER:  NO PIZZA BEFORE 9PM

One rule in Italy is no pizza for lunch.  Pizza in Italy is a social event and it is best eaten piping hot right out of the oven (preferably wood set and reaching  485º C) by a real chef preferably from Naples.

It takes a long time to get that wood fired pizza oven up to optimal temperature so thus, pizza as a late night snack, never for lunch.

Mangiare la pizza prima delle nove mi fa tristeza”  “To eat pizza before 9 pm makes me sad.”

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This is such a different concept than pizza in America where too often we stuff ourselves with terrible take out pizza, or school lunch pizza (think prison food) or those terrible excuses for pizza the frozen card board variety found in the freezer section at the supermarket.

Pirate Treasure Cave Pa’iloa Beach

Pirate Treasure Cave Pa'iloa Beach

Pa’iloa Beach Maui, Hawaii – On the “Road to Hana” there is a special black sand beach called Pa’iloa Beach, and unimaginable beautiful beach with walls of cliffs on two sides and a deep channel leading to a small, deep, beautiful rocky beach of lava rocks and these secret lava tube tunnels.

Hiking trails border the cliffs on both sides leading to incredible views of the beach, the rock formations and of course the amazing ocean waves.

Part of Wai’anapanapa State Park, the beach is the  most immediately noticeable feature to the 120-acres that make up Wai’anapanapa State Park. The translation for Wai’anapanapa is “glistening water” or “water flashing rainbow hues”, both of which are accurate in describing the powerful contrast between the black, pebble lava field and the deep blue-greens of the ocean.

Pa’iloa Beach is small with a ocean cave on the east side that can be traveled through to the ocean. There’s also a naturally made lava arch in the water.


A collection of fine art photographs made by Hawaiian born photographer Edward M. Fielding is available as fine art prints for framing at home, framed prints, metal prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints as well as on products such as tote bags and throw pillows.  The entire collection can be found here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/hawaii

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More articles on Hawaii –

Surf Board Fence Maui Hawaii

Fine Art Photographs of Maui Hawaii

About the Road to Hana on the Hawaiian Island of Maui:  The Hāna Highway is a 64.4-mile long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. On the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kīpahulu as Hawaii Route 31.

The twisty road often has a posted speed limit of 10 miles an hour as it’s multitude of one line bridges create the need for careful driving.  Along the way you’ll find beaches, waterfalls,  hikes, jungle, scenic overlooks and pure adventure.

Behind the Shot: Elvis Presley Impersonator Las Vegas Nevada

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley Lives On in Las Vegas

#Elvis #LasVegas

A few years back my wife attended a conference in Las Vegas and I went along to photograph Sin City. One thing I can tell you is nothing is open before 10 am and The Strip is very, very long in 105 degree heat. I walked all the way from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere, avoiding all of the money sucking vacuums along the way except spending $5 on this Elvis impersonator who must have been dying inside this suit. https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/…/elvis-presley-edward-f…

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Designed by hotel architect Veldon Simpson and interior designer Charles Silverman,[23] the Luxor has received recognition as being among the most recognizable hotels on the strip because of its unique design.

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Away from the glamour of the high concept hotels on the main part of the Las Vegas strip, the edges contain remnants of an older, sleazier Las Vegas, awaiting the next building boom and the wreck ball. Until then, they offer cut-rate rates for the low income traveler looking to roll the dice in Las Vegas.

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A unique photograph of the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical gardens. One of the staff members directed me to this viewpoint where my fish eye lens was able to capture the granduer of the impressive space.

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Some of the classic Las Vegas neon signs still exist. Other are found in the Neon Graveyard or in downtown Las Vegas.

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Most of the gaming that goes on in Las Vegas is considered games of chance or luck with a hefty cut for the house. Poker is a family of gambling card games, but is often considered a skill based game. All poker variants involve betting as an intrinsic part of play, and determine the winner of each hand according to the combinations of players’ cards, at least some of which remain hidden until the end of the hand.

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Lots of money flows in and out of the casinos of Las Vegas. Most people leave with lighter wallets of course, but the casinos do require a lot of smaller bills to exchange for those $100 bills the customers arrive with.

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Why travel the world when this adult playground has done its best to bring all of the world’s most iconic sites to the desert?

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See more Las Vegas fine art photography here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/las+vegas

Autumn in New Hampshire

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Autumn in New Hampshire – They say here in New Hampshire there are four seasons stick season when the trees have no leaves, mud when you are waiting for the leaves to pop out, green summer and the color explosion of fall.

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Out of 52 weeks in the year, the autumn season comes down to perhaps three weeks when the foliage is peaking in various regions of the state and you have to time your capture time just right. Wait too long and a hurricane or tropical depression like Irene will roar up the coast and strip off the leaves. And perhaps take out a few roads, bridges and houses.

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Many people book trips to the state for the long Columbus day weekend. Usually there are a lot of activities and festivals going on around Columbus day and you’ll see a lot of bus tour activity – but often these tours miss the peak by a whole week.

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Peaks start in the colder areas, up north and in higher elevations. So if you plan your trip with this in mind and start north and meander south, you’ll be able to maximize your views of the incredible display from Mother Nature.

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Crisp fall days in the mountains and valley’s of New Hampshire can be exhilarating and one of the best times of year to go hiking as its not too hot. Wear layers as the shorter days will start out chilly but as you start hiking along or take in a local agricultural fair, the sun will begin to warm the land and you’ll be striping down to a t-shirt. Only to start to get cold a few hours later when the sun begins to dip on the horizon.

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New Hampshire’s climate from NewHampshire.com:

The Granite State is known for its highly changeable climate where the weather can be warm and sunny one minute and cold and snowy the next. Each of the four seasons vary greatly in their daily temperatures and weather patterns. Climate variations are also due to distance from the ocean, mountains, lakes or rivers. Spring arrives mid March and with it the most unpredictable weather patterns of the year. It’s been known to snow well into April when the flowers are just starting to bloom. The wacky weather patterns of Spring are replaced mid-June by the warm, sunny days and cool, clear nights of Summer. Starting in late September to early October, the landscape becomes ablaze with color and the evening temperatures start dipping below freezing. The days, however, are usually fairly sunny and mild. Winter begins in late October with the first dusting of snow and continues through March, with the last snow usually falling in April.