Spring is upon us and I am thrilled (and determined) to get my new paddle board in the water at the end of the week. Spring paddling is a really big deal in Maine. We watch as the conditions change daily and eagerly await for the rivers are open. It may be cold outside but the ocean remains open all year. This winter I captured a paddler out being awesome.
Popham Paddler IVWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Popham Paddler IWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Popham Paddler IIIWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 ©Jlynn Frazier. Popham Paddler IIWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Popham Paddler VWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.
As Robin Williams said, "Spring is nature's way of saying, 'let's party'." Across much of the US it has been a tough winter. Today marks the official first day of spring and it's Friday, so let's party. Here in Maine, spring colors are a little ways away, but it will come soon and when it does it will be fantastic. In the mean time, I thought I would share a series of images that might get you feeling the springtime vibe. Want to bring a bit of spring into your home? I released a new series of prints and I am having a sale. You can save 20% off all prints now through March 31 by using the code 2015SPRING20. Click image to purchase or see more images by visiting the gallery series Bouquet of Color.
I stood watching the waves crashing and the snow falling in Acadia National Park and just taking in the wintery landscape. This was my first time in the park during a storm and I was thrilled to just watch, play, and create. As I began looking for a position to capture the wintery oceans cape, a seagull in the distance caught my attention. It was too far out of reach to capture in the landscape and I uttered out loud "ah, if only it would fly this way or land nearby on the rocks." As the seagull flew far off into the distance, I turned around and a seagull had perched on the partially snow covered rocks right in front of me. Sometimes what you are looking for really is right in front of you!
The fun, yet challenging aspect of shooting in the natural world is that the conditions often change rapidly. I knew any second the gull might be on its way so I started with a longer shot to capture the gull, the rocks, and the ocean. Then I kept photographing and found myself creeping in tight to capture the not just a seagull, but this seagull. I watched and kept ready to see what the gull might do and the final shot captures an especially unique moment. The gesture was brief, but worth watching and waiting to see.
Snowgull IIISeagull perches on the partially snow covered rocks, Acadia National March 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Snowgull IISeagull perches on the partially snow covered rocks, Acadia National March 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Snowgull IIIISeagull perches on the partially snow covered rocks, Acadia National March 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Snowgull ISeagull perches on the partially snow covered rocks, Acadia National March 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.
"If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story."
Terry Pratchett may have passed away today, but his stories live on. I was only introduced to his work last year and am enjoying listening to an audio version of Monstrous Regiment as I write tonight. I am thinking about how important it is for all of us to get out there, follow paths that excite us, and live our life story. There is so much AWESOME out there and so little time. This might seem overwhelming to some, but for me it just means we have to be honest and specific about what matters most to us and then turn our life into a fantastic, adventure filled story surrounding those things.
Joffre's Forest IFollowing along the trail heading back toward Lower Lake at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada. July 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.
Yellow boots, ocean waves, and a happy adventure pup running on the beach. Life is not easy, but it really is simple. Whether you go to far away places, walk along a local beach, or run through your neighborhood...don't forget to look down. There is such beauty in the simple details of everyday life.
Two by TwoJames the Adventure Pup always standing by me. Here we were waiting for the ocean waves to wash over our paws at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.
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