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, 01 Jul 2014 16:29:00 GMT Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:29:00 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 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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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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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Cape Elizabeth Crescent Beach State Park Kettle Cove State Park Landscape Maine Ocean coastline state park http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/summer-is-here Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:34:18 GMT
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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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Camden Hills State Park Coastal Coastal Maine Landscape Maiden's Cliff Maine Mountain cairn state park sunset trail http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/cairns-view Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:43:49 GMT
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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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Camden Camden Hills State Park Cloud Landscape Maine State Park Sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/illuminated-cloud Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:42:27 GMT
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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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Black and White Hike Landscape Maine May Mountain National Park Spring St. Sauveur Mountain forest outdoors trail tree http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/tree-tentacles Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:55:20 GMT
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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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Adventure Pup Dog Hike Journey Maine Motivation National Park Park Spring Trail Woods http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/jouney-in-climbing-the-mountain Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:16:08 GMT
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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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Landscape Maine Reflections Reid Beach State Park Spring State Park Sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/returning-home Tue, 03 Jun 2014 02:29:32 GMT
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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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Abstract Camera Movement Creative Gulf Hagas Maine Movement Spring Water Waterfall http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/waterfall-abstract Thu, 29 May 2014 19:35:24 GMT
Please Leash Dogs? http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/please-leash-dogs Gulf Hagas, Brownville, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Adventure Pup Brownville Dog Gulf Hagas Hike James Maine Sign http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/please-leash-dogs Wed, 28 May 2014 16:54:31 GMT
Beauty in the Trail http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/beauty-in-the-trail Each section of the trail shares a story and by following along the path ahead a unique beauty is unfolding. Often, the trail itself is just a means to get you to where you really want to go. Yet, the trails themselves have so much to share and enjoy. I recently spent a spring weekday in Acadia National Park and was struck by this section of the trail of the St. Sauveur Mountain Trail. This is not the "iconic" image you see from the park but I hope it is a reminder to dig deep into your favorite places and listen to the trail as it calls you to admire its beauty.

I have trail running on my mind tonight and upcoming hiking/ running adventures I hope to embark on this year. No matter how you explore the trail- bike, hike, walk, skip, run- 
enjoy every minute of it!

Spring hiking along the trail of St. Sauveur Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Hike Maine May Mountain National Park Spring St. Sauveur Mountain outdoors trail http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/beauty-in-the-trail Wed, 21 May 2014 01:38:49 GMT
Sun Lit Farmland http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/sun-lit-farmland Bradbury Mountain State Park, one of Maine's five original state parks, is easy to access all year round and is a great place to explore with my camera and to embark on some fun trail running adventures too. I recently spent time in the park on a mild spring day welcomed by sun showers. I spent a bit of time watching the clouds, teased by light rain drops that left me thinking that at any moment it would start pouring buckets of rain. Instead, the sun peeked through the clouds lighting the farmland below. 

Late afternoon sun peeks through the clouds illuminating the farmland below. Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Bradbury Mountain Farm Farmland Hike Landscape Maine Mountain Overlook state park http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/sun-lit-farmland Tue, 20 May 2014 00:25:29 GMT
Get Ready and Wait For It http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/get-ready-and-wait-for-it A lot of people talk about the right camera, the best lens, and getting the perfect exposure. My tip for any outdoor, adventure, landscape, or nature photographer … you need a full tank of gas to get you where you are going, a sturdy tripod, and a headlamp so that you can arrive before the sun or depart after the sun is long gone.

Last week, I needed a mid week adventure so I headed to the coastal town of Camden, Maine to hike the auto road to Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State ParkThe first image is captured as the final rays of the sun shine from over the hills. In the second photograph, the sun had set turning the underside of the clouds a bright pink. The best thing you can do is to be prepared to wait for the landscape to change, watch the clouds, admire the sun, and wait for the moment when you are ready to push the shutter. Now forget about what camera you have and get out there! 

Setting Sun Over Camden HillsSetting Sun Over Camden HillsCamden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier

Golden HourGolden HourCamden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Camden Hills State Park Coastal Landscape Maine Mt. Battie Spring State Park Tips & Techniques gear sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/get-ready-and-wait-for-it Tue, 13 May 2014 23:28:14 GMT
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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) A Dogs Life Adventure Pup Dog James Maine http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/happy-birthday-adventure-pup Sun, 04 May 2014 13:00:00 GMT
Cloud Obsession http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/cloud-obsession It was an immaculate day admiring the beautiful stratocumulus clouds stretched across the landscape from Valley Peak in Acadia National Park. Standing here, gazing out on a sunny afternoon it really does not get much better than this. Shortly, the park will be full of tourists and I welcome everybody to enjoy the park. I must admit though, a quiet day feeling like I have the park to myself is simply magic! 

I was recently talking to a family member and I pointed to the sky and commented on how beautiful the clouds were and the response was that they had not really noticed. I will admit I am obsessed with clouds and not everyone shares this love of mine. Yet, I think we all need to look up more and take a moment to admire the clouds (sun, moon, stars… etc.). 

An immaculate May day looking out from Valley Peak, Acadia National Park, Maine USA.© Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Clouds Hike Landscape Maine May Mountain National Park Ocean Spring http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/cloud-obsession Sat, 03 May 2014 21:42:22 GMT
Honoring Earth Day: A Local Maine Seasonal Waterfall http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/4/honoring-earth-day-a-local-maine-seasonal-waterfall Earth Day is such a fun day to celebrate. If I ruled the world I would make it an international holiday and give everyone the day off (shut everything down and everyone get outside). A day for exploration and adventure in our local areas to celebrate the beauty that surrounds us. Not sure what I mean? I have travelled to some amazing "iconic" locations and they were awesome moments in my journey. I have also visited places that were not really known as being destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, yet I never found a shortage of places to explore.

Now that the snow is almost gone from the ski trails at local Quarry Road Recreational Area (near Colby College in Waterville, Maine) I have returned to run the trails that became my local sanctuary last year. Just a few miles from my house, I have and continue to share blood, sweat, tears, smiles, laughs, and random dancing moments. It is a place I have run and photographed since moving here last May and is often highlighted in my #alongmyrun series on Instagram (James, the adventure pup climbing the falls).

Seasonal Waterfall Swirls at Quarry Road Recreational Area, Waterville, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

In the early stages of spring, seasonal waterfalls can be found in many locations you might not think about. I have been watching this location as the snow was melting and the water increased not far from a well travelled walking trail. My advice is to look around and really start seeing- go to your favorite local spot or visit a new place and take it all in. Be kind to the earth while you are there (leave no trace!) and you will be amazed what you are likely to find. 

"The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest;
it is one thing all of us share."

Lady Bird Johnson 

Seasonal Waterfall at Quarry Road Recreational Area, Waterville, Maine, USA.© Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Central Maine Inspiration Maine Quarry Road Recreational Area Quote Seasonal Waterfall Spring Water Waterfall Waterville http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/4/honoring-earth-day-a-local-maine-seasonal-waterfall Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:42:12 GMT
Colors of the Spirit http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/4/colors-of-the-spirit "Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Early morning sun highlights puffy clouds across Villa Ventanas Beach. Utilizing a a 1/10 sec shutter enabled the sense of motion in the water while still maintaining a level of detail. Dominical, Costa Rica. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Costa Rica Landscape Ocean Pacific Ocean Sunrise Water http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/4/colors-of-the-spirit Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:58:27 GMT
To Jump, or Not To Jump http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/4/to-jump-or-not-to-jump I have been going through my progression as a photographer and working through my Adobe Lightroom catalog. This in itself has been a major undertaking and something that I have wanted to do for quite a while now. It is such a big task and one that requires a lot of tiny decisions (what stays and what goes) that I have put it off. Recently being sick slowed me down a bit and really allowed me to stay home, sit down, and dive head first into this project.  

Sometimes I find that in the day-to-day it may not seem like we are moving, that change is happening, or that progress is being made. Take a step back and it can be amazing to see the ebbs and flows, at least that is what I find looking back over the last five years photographs. Some of the questions that arose: When was I taking a lot of pictures? What moments stand out? What do I feel were the "best" moments where I was focused and completely engaged in the environments and adventure of outdoor nature and landscape photography? Looking across a year of photos at a time, I could see these moments unveiling themselves to me and I hope will better help me define my creative vision and the type of images I want to make.  

What is the next step? I am working to put myself out there more. To share my prints in the community and online, making some of my photographs readily available for purchase on my website for the first time. All very exciting, but very scary too. In all aspects of life trying to decide when to stay put and when to jump are often risky but with much reward too. The risk as I see it lies in the vulnerability of putting yourself out there, taking a stand, and pushing forward down a path regardless of the fear. Fear, when harnessed, is how we know what really matters and can take us (our craft, our various pursuits) to new heights.

 

Don't Look DownDon't Look DownLooking down upon Upper Falls in Johnston's Canyon. September 2012, Banff National Park, Canada.© Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Banff Banff National Park Canada Canadian Rockies Fall Johnston's Canyon National Park Water Waterfall http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/4/to-jump-or-not-to-jump Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:42:37 GMT
Reflected Chaos http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/4/reflected-chaos Reflections in the water are common in early and late light. Here an afternoon shot in winter produced a golden hue from the sun. Even a seemingly simple scene can be complex, intricate, and expressive. 

Reflecting ChaosReflecting ChaosChincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Chincoteague Island Coastal Ocean Virginia Water Wildlife Refuge nature reflection winter http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/4/reflected-chaos Sat, 05 Apr 2014 19:55:06 GMT
Rays of Light http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/3/rays-of-light Midday was spent at Kettle Cove and Crescent Beach State Park playing in the ocean and exploring the beach. It was a very windy, cool day but the sun was shining. Watching the sun make its way toward the horizon, I set up my tripod about two feet off the ground and waited until the sun crept further toward the horizon to emphasize the rays of light from over the rocks and texture of the beach at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. 

Rays of LightRays of LightA setting sun at Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Cape Elizabeth Kettle Cove Maine black and white coast landscape ocean sun sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/3/rays-of-light Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:44:34 GMT