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Deer Isle/Stonington 2/14/2017

The on thing about the coast, is it’s always changing.  One day the ground is clear, the next 24 inch of snow!

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We got slammed and are waiting on more in the next 24 hours.  Go down south they said, it’s warmer they said!

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I love these old places, there is so much character here!

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When it snows, typically the next day the sky is bright blue and the water is gorgeous as calm. 

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The colors just started to come in through the hazy clouds as I drove home today, snapped a few pictures.  I’ve gotten into the habit carrying my camera with me. 

August Jaunt

We barely have been able to afford life, much less a vacation.  But due to the fact that I’m now a travelling PTA and making a few bucks here and there, we can actually learn to enjoy life! 

Sometimes Smile 

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We headed to Machias, and then to Roque’s Beach.  Secluded, quiet, and gorgeous. 

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We did some searching for seaglass, and just took in the fresh air. 

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Then we headed over to Machais Falls.  Walked around, enjoyed the sights, and then over to Quoddy Lighthouse.

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Totally different tapestry here, rocks and not sand, but equally as beautiful. 

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We decided to keep the world simple, we grabbed sandwiches, and headed back to Roque Beach for dinner on the beach and watch the sunset. 

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Sometimes it is the simple moments in life that make life worth it and memorable. 

Carlsbad Caverns

Firstly, Carlsbad was one place I wanted to see the last time I was in New Mexico.  Its a very busy place during the weekday, and a very challenging place to photograph. 

Even the drive there is pretty.

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Now, its a long walk.  LONG and humid walk.  Bring water, folks.  Take breaks.  Don’t take pics on the way down.  Take them on the way UP, this gives you a reason to stop and view your surroundings. 

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Its difficult to describe how awe inducing these caverns are.  They are not man made, they are nature made.  Different colors, textures, shadows and light that can be both eerie and brilliant. 

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I’m a great fan of the Alien series (the movies).  For some reason, the way the rock melded and melts reminded me of the first Alien in that movie.  I swear, the designer of those Aliens had to have gone to Carlsbad and were inspired.

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Taking photographs in an area that is near dark with spotlights on sand colored rock is a challenge.  I do not have a tripod and to be honest, that would be hard to do with all the foot traffic.  I reverted to making sure I focused perfectly – and snapped quick.  The lightening I did in post.

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Can I say how humid this place is?  That being said I’m from Maine, where 100% humidity is normal.  ‘Nuff Said.

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I wish we could actually touch/climb and explore.  But, alas, we can’t.  I guess we need to use our imaginations for that exploration, don’t we?

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The mouth of the cave is just as interesting as the inside of the cave.  You just have to look.  Smile

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So if you are in New Mexico, totally go check out Carlsbad. 

Sun Set–Rocky Beaches

I say this ALL the time.  I love to chase the light.  I love the sun.  I love sunsets and sun rises.  I was having trouble catching a great sunset on the Island.  They are fleeting and I couldn’t find “the place”.  Then one of the CNA’s at the nursing home told me about the beach. 

Paydirt.

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So off I went, found the beach but the sun wasn’t right yet.  I headed up around the other end of the Island and found a place that the sky was just starting to color.

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I took off and headed back to the beach and now the light was better.  I walked around, met a great dog who thought I was the devil.  *L*

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I sat on the rocks and waited.  I am totally in love with my new lens.  It reacts quick, seems easier to use.  Also – no swapping lenses! 

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The sun set slowly that night, so I had all the time in the world to roam around the rocky beach and snap a picture here and a picture there.  Some time to think.  Reflect.  Contemplate. 

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I got back in the car before it got to dark and headed back to the dock I’d taken a few pictures at before and snapped a few more. 

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Stonington, Maine

So the lil Island I was working at was pretty fun.  Qaunt, throw back to quieter times. I love bridges, as does my brother.  So this is about one of my fave pics I’ve ever taken. 

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I got out late most days, so catching the sun was rare.  But then again, overcast can make for great pics too!

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Taos Pueblo

One one of my last weekends off, I headed to Taos and hit up the Pueblo there.  Gorgeous and peaceful.  Lots of artisians.  Lots of history. 

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Firstly, the ride there was GREAT.  Lots of turns, and hills, and views.  And snow!  Made me miss home. 

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I took my time, walked around for hours.  Bought Christmas presents.  Walked around some more. Had a meal. 

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Clayton NM–A lil reflection

A little something about Clayton, New Mexico.

As most people know, I’m a small town girl, living in a big city world. I don’t like seeing the air I breathe, I am not a fan of traffic, even though I can drive in it, I’m not a fan of wall to wall people, even though I am a social person. I like my quiet, you know that quiet of small town America. That being said, about an hour before my interview for my first EVER PTA job, I googled Clayton, New Mexico.  It was the middle of the middle of nowhere, just like home, but in New Mexico.

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Clayton is much more than the sum of its parts: the people. A caring, funny, loving, accepting community of people who welcome in new comers into their fold and make them a part of that community – it’s a collective, and not of empty buildings, but smaller businesses that continue to thrive amongst the emptiness.

Everyone knows where Clayton is, they have all passed through the area if they have headed west or east, but it’s that little town that no one knows, also. It is the town built on family and community, and that shows in the care that the facility I worked at took in their patients. I was quite like being up home, in Northern Maine, where we take pride in taking care of our elderly, and of our co-workers.

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It’s a community of innovative people, with unique places to eat, watch movies, buy jewelry, take a walk in town and check things out.

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It is the community that shows up, en-mass, for the football games every single week.

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I can’t forget the Luna Theatre, when I first laid eyes on the spot, I was sure I was not going to enjoy my experience. I was wrong, oh so wrong. It’s clean, the old seats are oddly comfortable, the staff is sweet and I loved the old school ambience, right down to the 50s/60s style lighting.

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Clayton is also a host to some fun creatures that, some, hung out at my doorstep.

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I found this big guy’s nose in my doorway one afternoon. 

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Then the deer, and the antelope and – rabbits and the wholesale number of other things you see, like tumbleweeds piled against your car in the early hours of the morning when you walk outside – that was a sight to behold.

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New Mexico, in general, is a host to some great sunsets. 

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Then, there are the sunrises.  In Maine, each are great, but not was “wide” and all encompassing as in New Mexico.  It is like the sunrise and sunset is almost 360 degrees.

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Then there is the place I worked – Clayton Nursing and Rehab. This is a crew of dedicated, loving, funny, talented and welcoming bunch of men and women. C.N.A.’s that do 12 hour shifts, sometimes 2 of them for 30 residents and more residents. Nurses pass medications and manage the floor (there are no med techs), the DON, Lori, is also the MDS coordinator with her right hand woman, Kay is Miss Jacqueline of All Trades. A fun crew who took in a French speaking Acadian, made her feel at home, as so I didn’t miss home as much as I might have. Lunches, welcome pot lucks and going away soup bashes, birthday apple pies, travel advice, and husbands who mount tires with a smile. Thank you, Clayton, for a great 13 weeks of friendship and adventure. Maybe we can do it again sometime.

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