Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer: Blog http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jlynn Frazier 2009 - 2014 jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:38:00 GMT Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:38:00 GMT http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/img/s8/v75/u45430207-o808946072-50.jpg Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer: Blog http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog 120 56 Inspire Me: Brave Nellie http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/10/inspire-me-brave-nellie A Q&A with Sharalyn Morrison Andrews, Maine author of a new book "Brave Nellie." As a long time blogger, sharing her adventures, she has been writing about her travels and shares with us the story of a Brave little dog in her first self published book. Her travels and accomplishment getting a book out there is truly inspiring (not to mention she is also my auntie which is pretty darn awesome!) As artists, writers, and creative folk we all have to share what inspires us and support each others passions. I hope she inspires you to live your adventure and share your story.
You have traveled the world and shared many of your stories on your blog . When did your interest in traveling begin? And what keeps you traveling now?
Sharalyn Morrison Andrews, Maine Author and World Traveler
I would have to say that my interest in travel began at a relatively young age and evolved over time. When I was about 7 years old, my mom, aunt and I flew to Florida to visit with my grandmother, who spent her winters there. Today, flying at the age of 7, is not anything momentous. However, back in 1961, it was. To help you understand better, I was the only child in my second grade class to have flown on a major airline. Back then, when people flew, they wore their best outfits. I remember, I was wearing my Easter outfit and my mother and aunt were dressed nicely as well.
In my teen years, I babysat for a couple who traveled each summer to Europe. My junior year in high school, there was a suggestion that I might go to Spain with them to help with their two young children. I was very excited but sadly, that didn’t happen because they found a hotel which offered child-care services. The seed had been planted, though.
At 16, I was a waitress at a small restaurant in my hometown of 3,000 people. It was a quiet Saturday afternoon and a lady stopped in for a piece of pie and coffee. We started talking and she shared with me about her recent trip to Italy. She was describing the wonderful sights that she saw. It was then that I promised myself that I would one day go to Europe and see it all for myself.
As the years passed, I lost sight of my traveling dream. After college, I was working for a newspaper in the classified advertisements department. In the newsroom, there was a reporter who had recently traveled to Europe. We went out to lunch one afternoon in May and I asked her all about the logistics of planning and fulfilling a trip to Europe. I spent the rest of the day, figuring out a budget and plan. That night, I went home and told my family that in September, I was going to go to Europe. That was the beginning of my traveling adventures.
There are a variety of reasons why I continue to travel today. One major reason is my husband’s employment. He is an engineer and has worked on projects throughout the United States and now, the world. Our life has been one of constant travel from one project to the next. I love to travel as I feel that it introduces you to such an amazing and unique education. When I travel, I learn so much because I am exposed to the history, culture, art and geography of the area I am either living or visiting.

“Through all my travels, I have discovered, there is no place like home. It took me leaving Maine to really appreciate the beauty of this state and all that it has to offer.”
- Sharalyn Morrison Andrews, Maine Author and World Traveler

Just to put it in perspective, can you share some of the places you have been and perhaps one or two that really stand out to you?
I have been to approximately 40 countries, which is quite a few but when you think that there are 196 countries in the world, I haven’t even begun to put a “dent” in them. To give you an idea of where I have traveled; I have been throughout Europe, Canada, the United States, South America, Dominican Republic, Belize, Costa Rica, South Africa, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Japan and Vietnam.
Each place has so much to offer, it is difficult to say just one or two that really stand out. I absolutely love anywhere in Europe. I love the history, art and scenery of just about anyplace I have visited there. Jordan is an amazing country. Personally, I didn’t think the scenery was outstanding but the friendliness of the people, the food was delicious and again, the history in that part of the world is incredible. Japan is beautiful, as is Vietnam. I love Peru, too.
You have called many places home over the years. Having grown up in Maine you have continued to maintain a home base in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Can you tell us a little about why Maine?
This question makes me smile! When I left Maine on my first travel adventure, I was “gone for good and never coming back.” Over the years, I have learned “never to say never!!” Through all my travels, I have discovered, “there is no place like home.” It took me leaving Maine to really appreciate the beauty of this state and all that it has to offer.
Most of my family still lives in Maine and it is wonderful to come home and spend quality time with them. Plus, Maine is a beautiful, beautiful state. I love the rugged coastline of Maine, the beaches, the mountains and the lakes. They call Maine the “Vacationland State” for a very good reason.

““New things are scary but if you are willing to try, good things can happen.”

What inspired you to author your first book, "Brave Nellie?”

I enjoy writing and over the years, I have kept journals while traveling and more recently, a travel blog. The blog is mostly to keep my family and friends informed of the adventures that David and I experience while we are living in foreign countries, but anyone is welcomed to read it.
Nellie was such a brave little dog and she handled everything that I taught her with such grace, acceptance and trust. She was a dog that had spent her approximately 5 years of life on the beach of the Dominican Republic. I had to train her in about 3 months to prepare her to live with her “forever family”. She had to become accustom to living in a house, walking on floors, going up and down stairs, walking on grass, in the woods, having a collar and leash and learning to go into a crate for a flight to the states. Everything I showed her, she accepted and learned quickly.
I just felt that I had to share Nellie’s story and I felt that the children could really benefit from her experiences. Children are faced with so many new challenges on a daily basis….going to school, the dentist, the doctor, getting a shot, joining a new activity group or learning a new sport. Nellie’s message to them is that “new things are scary but if you are willing to try, good things can happen.”
It is a good message for adults as well. I think that we get into our comfort zone and when we are challenged with new ideas or things to try, we tend to shy away. So, I encourage you to remember Nellie and be brave and try!
Was writing a book something you always wanted to do?
Not always, but I would say in the past 10 years, I have been seriously thinking about writing a book. I have been writing short stories about experiences that I have had, during my travels, over the years. It has sort of been in the back of my mind that would be a fun book to share. I have been side-tracked with my Brave Nellie project.
Tell us about self publishing. What advice do you have for others who want to get started but are not sure where to begin (or whether self publishing is the right option for them)? I
I would encourage someone to talk to others who have self-published. There are a variety of ways to self-publish. You can do it all on your own by going on a self-publishing website…Lightning Source or Amazon for example.
Then, there are small companies that will help you through the process. I decided to use one of these companies. There was a contract for the services and they receive 10% of each book sold on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. (Amazon and Barnes and Noble get a commission on each
book sold as well.)
My advice is to research, research, research and ask tons of questions, especially, like I mentioned earlier, to others who have already self published. Living in Maine, I belong to the Independent Publishers of New England. They have a wealth of information and conferences throughout the year. I found these to be very helpful.
Part of the proceeds of your book will be donated to help support the stray dogs on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Can you talk a little about your hopes for what the proceeds will do for dogs like Nellie?
For each book sold, I plan to make a donation to the Association of Friends for the Animals of Sosua. They are a great organization that spay neuter stray dogs, rehabilitate injured ones, feed them and try to find homes for them. This organization even helps to get dogs, from the Dominican Republic, adopted in Canada, US and Germany. They were very helpful to me in coordinating Nellie’s trip to the US. I want to support their continuing efforts. http://www.aaasosua.com
I always like to ask this question. What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
It is alright to “march to the beat of a different drum”. You don’t have to live your life to what society deems is the norm. Dream big and follow those dreams and don’t allow society’s expectations to sway you on how to live your life. One of my favorite sayings and life philosophies is “Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.” Today, I share that saying with anyone who will listen.
And finally, what is next for you as a Maine author and world traveler?
I have a couple more ideas for children’s books. One is about my girlfriend’s West Highland Terrier, Lizzie. The other book, will be about the adventures of my brother’s French Bulldog, Jack.
I hope to continue working on my short travel stories and get them organized in a book. I continue to try to keep my travel blog up-to-date. You can find it at www.sharalynlovesanimals.com
As for my travels, my husband’s current project is in Johannesburg, South Africa and I will soon be joining him there. After South Africa, we will be living in Namibia. Dubai is on my list, as I have some dear friends I would like to visit who are living there.
Brave Nellie's Book Launch Parties
  • November 9 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hubbard Free Library, Hallowell, ME
  • November 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Brave Nelly can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Author Book Inspiration Inspire Me Interview Maine Maine Author Q&A http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/10/inspire-me-brave-nellie Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:02:29 GMT
Celebrating Friendship, Celebrating Big Moments http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/10/Celebrating-Big-Moments When Terra, a good friend from childhood (4th grade to be exact) told me she and Chris were getting married I was so excited for them. They truly are spirited adventurers as individuals and together supporting each others passions. Although our paths take us all over the world exploring near and far we have continued to keep in touch over the years and it is always a comfort to see her and catch up no matter how long it has been. When I received the invitation, I knew I just had to be there so making my plans for an adventure from Maine to San Francisco began. I actually avoided much of the planning, but I can talk more about that later. As the wedding approached, Terra  asked if I would be one of a couple of friends taking photographs. In lieu of hiring for many aspects of the wedding, they were asking "talented friends" to share what they could and be a part of the day. I did not respond immediately. I was so deeply honored and well... to be perfectly honest... terrified. After a bit of thought and my writing caution to her that I would be happy to do what I could and reminding her that I really do not shoot weddings and events but would do my best. She of course happily stated that she would love for me to capture the day in my own style while also being a guest and enjoying the day. I took a deep breathe and agreed to myself I would do what I could to capture a few special moments for the day. 

Let me set the scene for the Wedding Day: The night before we camped in Mount Tamalpais State Park (highly recommend if you are in the San Francisco area). Early the next morning we packed up our car (our home on wheels for the week) and set sail for Angel Island (a short ferry ride off the coast of San Francisco) . Once on the island I, along with a fellow adventurer traveling with me, could only think of one thing to do: go on an adventure and hike to the tallest peak. So off we went, speeding along the trail, engaging in fun conversation as we went (wishing we had thought to bring a bottle of water!). In pure San Francisco fashion it was still very foggy and the clouds had rolled in so much that we didn't have sweeping views of the bay. It was still a fantastic moment as we peeked out onto the fading harbor below. We stopped for about 15 seconds and then down we went... we had a wedding to catch. Swiftly down the mountain we went (it was not a big mountain but still a little silly to try and squeeze it in, though I am so glad we did!). At the bottom, we quickly threw off our packs, stripped out of hiking clothes, threw on wedding attire (I attempted to brush my hair a little I think) and off we went to the wedding. 

It was quite an adventure, yet the best part had not yet begun. An afternoon reception and lunch on Angel Island followed by dancing at a spot in downtown San Francisco filled the day and evening. I had camera in hand capturing moments and enjoying the celebration. The next day it was off to adventure in Yosemite National Park. Upon returning to Maine, I moved to a new place and dived back into a few work obligations. I delayed editing photos a little, but I dove in sifting through photos and editing the ones I would share with Terra and Chris. Not my typical photos, yet these are images that are really meaningful to me being there to watch a good friend marry a wonderful adventure partner. So glad and honored to have been there to experience such beautiful moments (and this really is just a slice of the magic of the day). Congrats Terra & Chris! 

20140920_California_SanFranYosemite__DSC7101September Wedding, San Francisco, California, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) California Chris' Francisco San September Terra United States Wedding West Coast and http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/10/Celebrating-Big-Moments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:33:12 GMT
Giant Telescope http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/10/giant-telescope On a recent trip to Yosemite National Park, I spent my final half day leisurely exploring Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. I love trees and seeing the way they shift and change throughout the seasons. It was an experience to walk along the paths and explore the wonderful variety and uniqueness of the giants. I sat on the ground inside of the Telescope to view the trees nearby and experience this unique perspective not often possible. 


Telescope TreeTelescope TreeMariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) California Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias National Park September Sequoia Tree United States West Coast Yosemite National Park http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/10/giant-telescope Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:04:53 GMT
Stories We Live, Stories We Tell http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/10/stories-we-live-stories-we-tell Full speed ahead. That seems to be me most of the time. I love the outdoors, adventure, and travels near and far. I recently went on a uniquely special trip to California. It began with a childhood friend getting married. I knew when I received the invite I had to be there for such a special moment. The trip turned into quite an adventure in Yosemite National Park. I have been taking time to going through images and find I am drawn as much to the images I have captured of people as much as I am to the landscapes. Photography for me is a very special, personal, and often vulnerable space. It is from this place that I believe I am at my best, capturing moments that are representative of the people I meet, the places I explore, and who I am as an artist. I have been writing and capturing, yet pausing to share and I must admit I have missed it. So throwing aside what causes me to pause, here it goes. These two images together tell a bit of Jared's story and also very much my own. 

Looking for AdventureLooking for AdventureThe Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

Happy FaceHappy FaceThe Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.



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Immense Energy http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/9/immense-energy 20140906_BaxterSP_KatahdinTrip__DSC6735Upper Gorge, Golden Road, Baxter State Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier. In anticipation for hiking Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, I got my legs warmed up with a mini adventure to a nearby gorge down the Golden Road from where we set up camp for the evening.  This shot created and reflects (for me) a sense of anticipation, excitement, and immense energy. 


jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Baxter State Park Golden Road Katahdin Maine Mount Katahdin Mountain Summer Water painting http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/9/immense-energy Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:42:41 GMT
Inspire Me: Cowboy Coffee and Driftwood Fires http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/9/cowboy-coffee-and-driftwood-fires

"The Questions We Ask" - Bruce Kirkby in a Kalum Ko film from Kalum Ko on Vimeo.

In the spring of 2013, Canadian adventurer Bruce Kirkby crossed the Georgia Straight from Vancouver to Victoria on an inflatable standup paddleboard. I had the great pleasure of seeing this film last winter when Epic Sports (Bangor, Maine based outdoor adventure equipment store) brought the Banff International Film Festival tour to the area. I attended both events and "The Questions We Ask," is a simple, yet powerful film with an important message about the true meaning of adventure. 

I have been thinking about what is important, what I am about so to speak. At my core, I believe strongly in living my adventure life, capturing moments with my camera, and sharing my work. I can only hope to inspire you to Live Your Adventure!. Here is my start at sharing not only my ideas around adventure, but the people and work that inspires me along the way.

As a complete side note, I must say, I tried paddleboarding with a fellow adventurer this summer and it was wicked awesome! 


jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Adventure Canada Film Inspiration Inspire Me Paddleboarding http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/9/cowboy-coffee-and-driftwood-fires Wed, 03 Sep 2014 23:53:01 GMT
Wordless Wednesday: Life in Motion http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/Life-in-motion 20140713_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC5411Rainforest Trail, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier.


jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Abstract Canada Landscape Motion Pacific Rim National Park Trees Vancouver Island Wordless Wednesday http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/Life-in-motion Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 GMT
Shannon Falls: Changing Point of View http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/changing-point-of-view Adventure, play, and photography are my favorite ways to explore the natural world and continue to develop my photographic style and share my form of creative expression. What do I like, what don't I like. But more than that what do I want to convey and how best should I do that. As I approach a subject to photograph, every decision is a choice: where I set up my tripod (if I use a tripod- I don't always, even sometimes when I probably should), what lens to use, do I use my feet to get closer or move farther way, etc. Sometimes the obvious photo, the stand at the spot where the viewpoint sign is and take a photo makes sense. Often for me, it is a starting point. I am always amazed how quickly time can pass when I am in photography mode (for lack of a better way of describing it at the moment). 

On my trip to Vancouver I visited and photographed Shannon Falls,  the third largest waterfall in the province. What started as the standard viewpoint shot, the evening turned into a playful session trying different points of view to capture the waterfall. And it was really just the beginning of a wonderful night under the stars sleeping in a parking lot at the base of nearby Strawamus Chief (the second largest freestanding granite monolith in the world). 

Varied view points of Shannon Falls:

20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier.



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Only the Essential http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/only-the-essential Vancouver MoonVancouver Moon from the top of Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier.

"No Matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." 
- Robin Williams 

I went to the top of Grouse Mountain hoping for a stunning, look out as far as the eye could see type of a view. In reality the hot day in Vancouver provided a very hazy evening. I did see glimpses of the city below but did not provide the view I had imagined I might see. The moon however was large and brilliant. I sat completely alone watching the moon and just enjoying the evening.  Rather than trying to capture the whole mountainside view, I decided to get close and focus on the essential. I "broke the rules" some might say by choosing to place the moon in the center of the frame. The thing about rules though, is that they are just suggestions to get you started. Explore them, challenge them, re-write them. 


jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) British Columbia Canada Grouse Mountain Minimalist Mountain Solo Summer Trip Vancouver moon sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/only-the-essential Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:09:02 GMT
Flying Solo http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/7/flying-solo I recently returned from a mix of travel adventures, the highlight being my first week long solo trip to British Columbia. I have traveled a lot for shorter periods of time and often on the back of a work engagement. Back in December for my 31st birthday, I decided I wanted to plan and go on at least one big travel adventure. I didn't know where, but I knew that a solo trip was something that I needed to do. When The Created Image Conference was announced I knew this was it and that I was going to find a way to make it happen. So I did and embarked on an amazing solo adventure.  

See photos from my Solo Trip to Vancouver, British Columbia and beyond on Instagram!

Sleeping in my car (a very sleek, functional Toyota Yaris) traveling around British Columbia was a great adventure! I spent the first half of the trip learning from David duChemin, Steve Simon, and Piet Van den Eynde at The Created Image Conference held July 9-11 in Vancouver. It was such a friendly and inspiring group of photographers and the content of each lecture exceeded my expectations. The second half of the trip, I was anxious and ready to hit the road and explore a part of British Columbia. 

It was a jam packed week and I am just beginning to unravel from being on the road. I am anxious to share some of my photographs and thoughts on my solo adventure trip. In the mean time, I thought I would share two images captured early on in my travels from the plane. Taken just moments apart they are the same composition, yet what a difference a few moments can make.  


20140709_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4437Flying from Maine to Vancouver, British Columbia. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140709_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4437Flying from Maine to Vancouver, British Columbia. © Jlynn Frazier.

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Choosing Experiences: Borestone Mountain Take Two http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/7/choosing-experiences Following Summit Trail to view from West Peak, Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, Maine, © Jlynn Frazier.

My first trip to Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary was in early May. I was surprised as the mountain greeted me with increasing ice and snow (that I was not really prepared for). A lookout point along the way was a beautiful ice covered pond and just a light sprinkle certainly would not keep me away. By the time I reached the first summit the rain had picked up and the thick cloud cover left no view to be seen. Amazing to be among the cloud cover, the cool/wet hike just heightened my sense for the adventure and wonder about what was just beyond the clouds.  
On my mind since that day, I returned to Borestone Mountain with another spirited adventurer. It ended up being one of those clear "see for miles" kind of days. The subtle clouds filled a blue, sunny sky and highlighted the vibrant blues and greens of the landscape.
Not all days leave me with opportunities to create images like this one (a two shot stitched pano for anyone who is curious). I am not sure where it comes from, but my rather relentless desire for adventure keeps me seeking more moments to explore all of the natural beauty to be found here in my home state of Maine and beyond. 
Tip: Choose experiences over things. Always. 
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Wordless Wednesday: Color of Reflected Light http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/wordless-wednesday-color-of-reflected-light

jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Color Maine Pattern Reflection Wordless Wednesday sun http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/wordless-wednesday-color-of-reflected-light Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:55:32 GMT
Summer is Here! http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/summer-is-here As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "do what we can, summer will have its flies." Summer begins tomorrow and with that I am planning to kick it off with a weekend filled with fun and adventure (big surprise, I know). My adventure and photography journey is just that, a journey. Surround yourself with your favorite things and people that will cheer you on, challenge you, share in the things you love, and just keep going regardless of the flies. 

Ray of SunshineRay of SunshineA setting near Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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Cairn's View http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/cairns-view I have hiked in Camden Hills State Park many times often from the Mount Battie/ Mount Megunticook entrance. This time I headed out on a weekday adventure after work to hike the Maiden's Cliff trail. The series of cairns in this area along with the wispy, yet puffy clouds drew me into this scene. The state park system in Maine is extensive and Camden is a favorite among visitors. I enjoy visiting any day of the week, yet must admit the quiet of the trail on this particular Monday evening was fantastic. 

Cairn's ViewCairn's ViewMaiden's Cliff Trail Lookout, Camden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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Turning My Back on the Setting Sun http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/illuminated-cloud Recently on an unseasonably warm day in Maine (mid to high 80's and humid!), I left work and raced home to grab my camera bag and James the Adventure Pup. We jumped in the car and headed to Camden to hike the Maiden's Cliff trail. Located about an hour from my base camp apartment, the drive through small rural Maine towns was, as always, a joy. Nothing beats an impromptu weekday trip.

With many beautiful lookout spots and a lovely evening we did not make it quite as far as I thought we might, but it did not matter as distance is never the point or goal of these trips. The adventure is to have a very general plan (a trail, map, headlamp) and to just start hiking paying attention to what is in front of me, the changing light, and most importantly chasing clouds.

Looking out at the sun quickly falling behind the distant hills, I turned around and noticed one puffy cloud illuminated. I had a decision to make turn my back to the sunset or forgo the cloud. As I have talked about a little, I have a slight (well maybe not so slight) obsession with cloud formations and so I grabbed my tripod and set up to capture this scene. 

Illuminated cloud along the Maiden's Cliff Trail, Camden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

Illuminated cloud view through the trees along the Maiden's Cliff Trail, Camden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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Tree Tentacles http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/tree-tentacles Light falling through the trees highlighted a tree down off the trail in Acadia National Park. The shape of the tree "tentacles" initially caught my attention through the trees. The tree was visible from the trail but required me to take a slight detour to get closer to see the tree, getting close enough to tough it and walk all the way around it before stepping back to photograph it. 

Tree down becomes a focal point along the Valley Peak Loop Trail, Acadia National Park, Maine USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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Journey is Climbing the Mountain http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/jouney-in-climbing-the-mountain "Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain,
but all the happiness and growth occurs while your climbing it."
- Andy Rooney

To follow our passions we must seek out and continue to enjoy climbing mountains. For me it is sometimes actual, physical mountains but the metaphor applies regardless of what you desire and our passionate about pursuing. I find it is not so much what I have accomplished that gets me excited, but the continued journey: the next adventure I seek, the photographs I will take, the friendships and relationships that will form along the way. My journey (and yours) is a constant state of being who we are in this moment and a state of becoming the person we continue to evolve into through new experiences. Be awesome and enjoy each step along your mountain path.

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Returning Home http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/returning-home Often the ocean takes my interest, yet on this particular evening it was the wet lands. At first the color was rather muted as the sun began to fall. The larger tree reflected in the water caught my attention and the layers of marsh alternating with the water. I took several shots working both horizontally and vertically framing the composition in different ways. The sun fell and the colors continued to become increasingly vibrant, saturated hues of orange, pink, and purple. This was roughly thirty minutes or so after sunset. The color drew my eye across the sky toward the refections in the foreground and along the reflected large tree that first caught my eye. 

I just passed my one year anniversary having returned to Maine last May. It was one of the craziest and most challenging adventures of my life. It was a powerful time to say goodbye to one chapter in my life, a chapter that had never really worked for me. This also became an important start of a new chapter to just be me and to follow my instincts, passions, and ever evolving love for outdoor adventures (and of course lots and lots of running). A year later, I am happier than I have been in a long time and it feels wonderful to be "home" surrounded by my family, friends, and a beautiful landscape to explore and photograph every chance I get. I love to travel and go places near and far but Maine is and will always be home.

Simply, yet powerfully stated:

"Where we love is home- home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." 
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. 


Sunset Wetlands at Reid State Park, Georetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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Waterfall Abstract http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/waterfall-abstract Sometimes choosing to intentionally move the camera can create interesting abstract photographs. Here a waterfall image takes on a unique mood and feel from a more traditional waterfall landscape shot. The camera was moved downward vertically over a one to two second exposure creating the feel of movement throughout the image. You may think this works, you may not. To me the composition and movement draws the eye and and makes me look closer and think about the image.

Have you used this technique? Do you think it works here, or in what ways have you intentionally used camera movement to create images?    




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Please Leash Dogs? http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/please-leash-dogs Gulf Hagas, Brownville, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

Image captured with iPhone. See more of our adventures on INSTAGRAM

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