Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer: Blog http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jlynn Frazier 2009 - 2015 jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:31:00 GMT Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:31:00 GMT Maine Paddling http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/maine-paddling 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 IVPopham Paddler IVWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Popham Paddler IPopham Paddler IWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Popham Paddler IIIPopham Paddler IIIWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 ©Jlynn Frazier. Popham Paddler IIPopham Paddler IIWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Popham Paddler VPopham Paddler VWinter paddleboarding at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Coastal Maine Ocean Paddle Paddle boarding Paddling Sport Water Winter http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/maine-paddling Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:30:20 GMT
Bringing Spring to You http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/bringing-spring-to-you 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.  

Bouquet of Color (series)Bouquet of Color (series)The Bouquet of Color series released on the first day of Spring in 2015 consists of 20 images captured from 2009 - 2013 in the United States. © Jlynn Frazier.

 

 

 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Bouquet Color Flower Print Sale Sale Series Spring http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/bringing-spring-to-you Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:06:27 GMT
You say Seagull, I say Snowgull http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/snowgulls 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 IIISnowgull IIISeagull perches on the partially snow covered rocks, Acadia National March 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Snowgull IISnowgull IISeagull perches on the partially snow covered rocks, Acadia National March 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Snowgull IIIISnowgull IIIISeagull perches on the partially snow covered rocks, Acadia National March 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Snowgull ISnowgull ISeagull perches on the partially snow covered rocks, Acadia National March 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Bird Coast Coastal Coastline Gesture Maine National Park Nature Ocean Seagull Wildlife Winter http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/snowgulls Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:20:23 GMT
Turn Your Life Into a Story http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/turn-your-life-into-a-story "If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story."
Terry Pratchett from The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

 

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 IJoffre's Forest IFollowing along the trail heading back toward Lower Lake at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada. July 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) British Columbia Canada Terry Pratchett forest hike landscape nature path sun http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/turn-your-life-into-a-story Fri, 13 Mar 2015 01:37:16 GMT
Two by Two http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/two-by-two 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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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Maine Ocean Popham Beach State Park Sand State Park Wednesday Wisdom details dog feet http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/3/two-by-two Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:21:53 GMT
I Stayed http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/2/i-stayed As the last person left the beach, I stayed. As the clouds rolled in threatening very little to see for sunset, I stayed. As it grew colder and the wind blew, I stayed. As my adventure pup looked up at me wondering when dinner was, we stayed.

Moments like this are magical, but they are not easy. One of the keys to outdoor photography is finding a location and staying there because the light, clouds, and colors can change so quickly. I always find locations to play and enjoy enough to patiently wait regardless of the elements. I just love being out there to explore, photograph, run, and play. I love the chase of getting there and I love the moments to slow down once I get there to watch the landscape unfold and soak in every moment. Some days I walk away with photographs like this, other days I just walk away knowing I practiced my craft and got to enjoy a wonderful outdoors adventure. Either way it is always worth staying. 

  20150119_PophamBeach_Winter__DSC0620Sunset landscape captured at Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Landscape Maine Ocean Popham Beach Popham Beach State Park http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/2/i-stayed Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:00:00 GMT
Stone Winter Bridge http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/2/stone-winter-bridge "I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape.
Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show." 
- Andrew Wyeth 

If you do not know of the work of Andrew Wyeth I would highly recommend looking him up. Wyeth was a realist painter whose subjects were the land and people around him. He was from Pennsylvania but has strong ties to Maine as he had a summer home in Cushing. This quote seemed particularly meaningful right now as it has been a cold and trying winter across the Maine. Though I would not say I prefer winter and fall, as I really enjoy every season, winter does draw me in to the details and the simplicity of the features surrounded by the snow. 

On a recent trip to Acadia National Park, I trekked into the carriage trail network via the Stanley Brook entrance and photographed the bridge once on my way in and again on my way out of the park. 

20150216_AcadiaNP_CarriageTrails__DSC1182Stanley Brook Bridge, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. February 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150216_AcadiaNP_CarriageTrails__DSC1364Stanley Brook Bridge, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. February 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Bridge Carriage Trails Detail Maine National Park Snow Stanley Brook Stanley Brook Bridge Stone Winter http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/2/stone-winter-bridge Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:19:17 GMT
Private Residence http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/2/private-residence Winter in Maine has been particularly tough for people this year. High winds kept me home on Sunday as parts of the state received yet another blizzard. I felt a little cooped up, but I worked on my art, some writing, and took time for a much needed nap. I had found myself a little sluggish the last two weeks and was hoping to make a rebound and have a bit of adventure. On Monday, I awoke alert and ready to go so James and I headed to Acadia National Park. After a little driving to just see the winter landscape, I decided to hike in from the Stanley Brook entrance in Seal Harbor. This is a part of the park I had not been to last year and certainly had not experienced in the winter so I was extra excited to just wander and see what we could see.  

These are some of the best days. No expectation, no pressure. Just a day to explore and create photographs. Winter reminds me to simplify my shots, to move my feet to get close to the subject, and to pay attention to the beauty of the details of the winter landscape and the piles of untouched snow. 

Private ResidencePrivate ResidenceJordan Pond Gate House, One of two gate houses build by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and designed to oversee the carriage roads, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. February 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Detail House Maine National Park Sign Snow Winter Wood http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/2/private-residence Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:43:48 GMT
Love Affair http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/2/love-affair I have enjoyed taking some time this winter (a very cold Maine winter) to process images and to take a closer look at reoccurring themes in my work. I often talk about my love for clouds and believe that clouds play such an important part in my love for outdoor adventures. Clouds as an element helps to create a sense of wonder and express emotion; from happy fluffy clouds to dark storm clouds it enhances and helps tell a story. Through my adventure experiences there is nothing quite like chasing clouds. It has and continues to be a great love affair seeing and capturing the amazing clouds whether flying high above them or laying on the ground looking up. I have even started to get those who spend time with me to notice the clouds and send me pictures with their iPhones. It may seem silly but being in the moment to see the clouds is pretty awesome.  (Scroll over each image to read a brief caption of each photo location)

20130106_ChincoteagueIsland_JanuaryReflections__DSC5444Laying on the ground looking up at the lighthouse, Assateague National Seashore, Maryland. January 2013 © Jlynn Frazier. 20140709_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4487Flying over mountain ranges on my way to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. July 2014 © Jlynn Frazier. 20140709_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4467Flying above the clouds on my way to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. July 2014 © Jlynn Frazier. 20140907_BaxterSP_KatahdinTrip__DSC6903Lead me to the clouds as we descend Mount Katahdin via Saddle Trail, Baxter State Park, Maine. September 2014 © Jlynn Frazier. Popham Winter Reflection I (B&W Edition)Popham Winter Reflection I (B&W Edition)Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

Awakening on Villa Ventanas BeachAwakening on Villa Ventanas BeachEarly 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. February 2013 © Jlynn Frazier. 20130218_DomincalCR_VillaVentanasBeach__DSC5966Early morning sun highlights puffy clouds across Villa Ventanas Beach. Dominical, Costa Rica. February 2013 © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Costa Rica Maine Sky Travel Vancouver clouds flying landscape. http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/2/love-affair Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:56:02 GMT
Best Photographs of 2014 http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/best-photographs-of-2014 As the tradition continues, it is time for the year in review and my selection of some of the best images I created this year. Last year I managed to select and share on December 30, but this year I felt that would be too rushed. I really wanted to shoot right through the end of the year and not take some time to go through the reflection and review process. I did give myself a deadline of sharing by the end of January. Here we are, the last day of the month. So, holding to my deadline it is time to "pull the trigger" and fearlessly share with you a bit of reflection, snippets of adventure, and a series of images that I think are reflective of my work and growth this year.

This was my toughest year yet, as I have spent the month reviewing and selecting images and then slowly narrowing down to 12 images. Phew! I have to think that the tougher it gets means 1) I am doing something right; 2) I am becoming a better critic of my work; and 3) I am improving at my craft. In addition to the 12 images, I have 4 additional images that I wanted to share that are particular favorites of mine and personally significant. 

I believe that as much time as this takes it is important to review and reflect on the images I took over the year. I made a record number of images and felt that 2014 was my best year yet. I made it a priority that 2014 would be the year that I would grab my camera, hit the road (or plane), and go adventure. The freedom to go and live my adventure life was nothing short of awesome. It had tough moments as life brings a series of ups and downs but honestly it really was a fantastic year. 

My travels included a series of Maine adventures. I learned how much I love mini adventures (shorter trips, often local to my home). I flew to British Columbia and embarked on my first weeklong solo trip dedicated to photography, travel, and adventure. I spent time at The Created Image Conference and then travelled along the coastline headed north, including Vancouver Island. I also travelled to California and spent a jam packed five days in Yosemite National Park after attending a childhood friends wedding in San Francisco (and Angel Island off the coast of SF). 

​Here they are my top 12 of the 2014:

First LightFirst LightThe first place in the United States to see the first sunrise of the year. Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. January 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

First Light, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

 I love kicking off the year with a great adventure. I was up in the wee early hours of the morning, while many were still up drinking and ringing in the New Year on January 1st. It was negative 22 or so when I got in my car with James the Adventure pup bound for Acadia National Park. I snowshoed up through the dark and arrived in time to set up and get ready for a beautiful sunrise (this is the first place to see the sunrise in the United States). This was a pretty EPIC adventure and one of my best as the sun just rose up over the horizon. It set the tone for a great, adventure filled year and pushed my personal hiking adventure limits embarking on a solo adventure that I had never done before. 

  20140112_January Beaches_ReidandPophamME__DSC1657Popham Beach State Park, Maine, USA. January 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

Popham Beach, Maine, USA

On a warm day for winter in Maine I headed to the beach and spent time photographing at Popham Beach for the first time. The clouds were phenomenal and the reflections of the sky in the shallow water on the beach sand caught my eye and lead to a series of images. I have a fascination with clouds and this further fed into my obsession with the way they create mood and bring life to landscapes. 

  20141025_BorestoneMtn_Fall__DSC8198Late fall afternoon view of Sunrise Pond near the Visitor Center, Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, Maine, USA. October 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

Sunrise Pond, Borestone Mountain, Maine, USA

Starting in the Spring I made trips each season to Borestone (in fact my 2015 New Years adventure was to Borestone). It is one of those places I just shake my head and cannot believe I had never visited before this year. It is a nice hike, nothing crazy, but always something to see and enjoy. I say that having my first trip be mostly in the rain when the clouds came in so thick that by the time we reached the top you could not see anything. Oh and did I mention that although spring had sprung it was still icy and super slick there. Well, though it was not for the "faint of hearts" as they say, I loved that day and fell in love with Borestone. This image was captured in the fall on my way back from the peaks. I stopped to take in the late afternoon view from Sunrise Pond and captured the late afternoon sun and reflection in the water. 

20140511_ReidBeachSP_MarshSunset__DSC4181Reid Beach State Park, Maine, USA. May 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

Reid Beach State Park, Maine, USA

Another first was Reid Beach State Park. Again, I could not believe I had never been here. In addition to Borestone, this was the other location that I visited several times to enjoy the beach, run, and create images. I unofficially have my parking spot just outside the gate because I always stay past sunset and am the last one out of the park. It is also dog friendly in the off season which is an added plus since I think James the adventure pup loves the beach as much as I do (and lets be honest he is a golden retriever and loves any adventure as long as he can be at my side). This image was captured at sunset looking out on the wetland fields opposite the beach. It was the tree that caught my eye and I waited it out and the color was a wonderful, hoped for surprise.  

20140609_CamdenHillsSP_MaidenCliffTrail__DSC4325Maiden Cliff Trail, Camden Hills State Park, Maine, USA. June 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

Camden Hills State Park, Maine, USA

This was one of those I need a mid week adventure days. I raced home from work, grabbed my camera gear and James, and off we went headed for the ocean and the mountains of Camden, Maine. We did not make it all the way to Maidens Cliff on this particular evening but settled in once we reached a spot to watch the clouds and admire the sunset. It was cloudy which I felt added to the mood of the evening. It was a little chilly and cool but the cairn came to life as the focal point that evening.  

20140712_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC5000Cascading waterfall over the land flowing into the glacier at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada. July 2014 © Jlynn Frazier. 20140712_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC5040Snow capped mountains and vibrant blue glacier pools at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada. July 2014 © Jlynn Frazier. 20140712_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC5202Following along the trail at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada. July 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

The epic hike that was a highlight of my British Columbia solar trip was Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. As I wanted to see as much as I could, sadly I only one afternoon/eventing here. In the height of July it was nice to have a long day of light followed by a magical feeling sunset. I hiked to the three glacial lakes and created a series of images. Three made the cut so to speak as a few of the best of the year. It was one of those days where the trip just went well, the weather was fantastic, and I felt completely in the photo creating zone. I hope to return and spend the night up in the backcountry camping near where I captured the first image of the cascading water flowing down the land toward the glacier lake.  

20140715_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC6285Lower Falls at sunset, Golden Ears Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada. July 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

Golden Ear Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

My final afternoon in British Columbia, I arrived back in Vancouver for my flight the next morning. As I approached the city I felt like I wanted to do so much more and thought I was exhausted I was still yearning for another adventure. It was hot, so I decided that it would be a late night but I was going to make it to one more park. I head read a little about Golden Ears Provincial Park so off I went. After a swim to cool off and a short nap on the beach I prepared for an evening photo shoot. I decided to go for a run to check out the trail leading to lower falls to scout it out. I often run to scout out a trail with my iPhone or so enjoy the day when the sun is high in the sky. I was thrilled when I ran up to the falls and knew that based on the time it would be tough to get back here. I knew I had to try and so I raced back to the car to gather my gear and then walk/ran the trail back to photograph the falls. Though I spent only a short time in the park I was so glad I had pushed to have one more adventure. I left British Columbia knowing I had just began to explore but I felt I had adventured the hell out of the time I had spent there. Since I left the park late, I spent the early hours of the morning cleaning up and then packing in a Tim Hortons parking lot. I have to tell you Tim Hortons is the best mobile home base and served me well. They are 24 hours and they have wifi. During most of the trip my iPhone did not work so it was nice to tough base back home so everyone would know I was doing well. Also they do not mind if you are hanging around or in my case sprawling your gear out in the parking space beside your car to get packed up and ready for a flight the next morning. I even brought in my towel and sink bathed. It was so awesome and convenient. 

20140715_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC6140Beech sunrise, Vancouver Island. British Columbia, Canada. July 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

My final morning on Vancouver Island, I happened along the beach and captured this shot at sunrise. I really was just making my way back to the ferry and got up early hoping to find a sunrise location along the way. It was a little dreary and rainy when I first got up, but the rain stopped and it was a great sunrise. This was just one of those lucky kind of moments. Vancouver Island was awesome (I saw a bear up close early one morning!). I covered a lot of ground in about four days and struggled with the intensity of the sun for most of the day but enjoyed my trip much and would definitely go back now that I have done some great scouting.

20140921_California_SanFranYosemite__DSC7436Sunset lights up Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. September 2014 &© Jlynn Frazier.

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

The final night that the campground was open up near Glacier Point made a great spot to park for the night for great access to take in a sunset and sunrise the next morning from above looking out across to Half Dome. This image was captured as the sun went down and briefly presented a spotlight on the Half Dome. I made a ton of images, this being my second time here. This was my favorite from both the sunset and sunrise shoot. Half Dome became the epic focal point of the trip. We applied and received a permit and made the hike, climbed the chains up the side of the rock, and summited Half Dome. 

Telescope TreeTelescope TreeMariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. September 2014 © Jlynn Frazier.

Telescope Tree, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Mariposa Grove was the last stop on the five day trip to Yosemite National Park. After a number of amazing, physically exhausting days of hiking it was nice to slow down and walk through the forest for the morning. So much history here to stop and just soak in the age of the trees towering above. Sitting inside Telescope Tree I knew I wanted to photograph it. Initially I really just thought I have to sit inside this amazingly beautiful tree. Then with my wide angle 10-20 mm lens I worked to compose this image and capture just a sense for what it is like to sit in this tree looking up through the telescope hole.

Four Personally Significant Images

That's a wrap... wait, just a few more. The next series of four images are personal favorites of mine. These are images I really like and that hold special memories for me. It seemed like this final best of 2014 would not be complete without including a few of these too. 

20140921_California_SanFranYosemite__DSC7301September Wedding, San Francisco, California, USA. September 2014 © Jlynn Frazier. I went to Yosemite National Park to extend my trip to San Francisco where I attended the wedding of Terra, a good childhood friend. She had asked me in the summer if I would be one of the photographers to take pictures. I was terrified, but was happy to give it a try. At the reception that evening I captured this image as Terra and Chris danced the night away. This was my favorite photo and for me really captured the love these two share and hopefully a moment that I have frozen in time so that they can look back and remember it for years to come. 

20140907_BaxterSP_KatahdinTrip__DSC6922Looking up from Chimney Pond the fluffy clouds overtaking Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine. September 2014 © Jlynn Frazier. This was my first time hiking Katahdin since I moved back to Maine in 2013. On our hike back after summiting with Ben and Jared, two awesome adventure guys, we stopped at Chimney Pond to take a few photographs. I was of course watching the clouds and captured this image of the mountain edge with the puffy white clouds moving in. I believe in finding subjects that you love to photograph and I love to have my head in the clouds- literally and figuratively. I have a personal series of images I continue to work on of my obsession with clouds and this shot really captured this for me on a truly challenging adventure day. 

20141012_AroostookCounty_RoadTrip__DSC7996Long stretches of open road on a trip to the County and a visit to Presque Isle, my birth town, Northern Maine. October 2014 © Jlynn Frazier. I went on a short road trip to the County (Northern Maine) with my dad. It was a two day, one night trip to just hit the road and see the country side. My dad grew up in Presque Isle and so it was nice to just spend time with him seeing the landscape and hearing stories. I had my camera but did not take a lot of photos. I did however capture this image which I think really captures the road trip. It was past peak fall colors but it was still so beautiful. Whether a small road trip or just a day, I highly recommend taking time to do this with someone you might miss or want to spend time with. Just get in the car, bring some yummy snacks, and see where the road takes you!

Looking for AdventureLooking for AdventureThe Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. September 2014 © Jlynn Frazier. Jared was an amazing adventure partner who took a big crazy leap and came to California with me. Traveling with me can be kind of tough, I mean I think I am awesome and fun, but I admit I am a serious traveler. Basically, I like to make the most of every moment which means early mornings, long hiking days, and sleeping most anywhere (often so tired that I crash in the back of the car). I created this image our first day in Yosemite National Park. We had just rolled in and decided to take it a little slow and get acclimated and figure out where we would head for our first sunset (which ended up being the Half Dome photo above from Glacier Point). I noticed the reflection in Jared's sunglasses and asked him to sit tight for a few minutes while I made a few images. This just became one of my personal favorites of the year as I think it tells a lot of little stories in the image. He survived the trip and has become an amazing adventure partner who shares my passion to keep things simple, hit the road when we want, stay close to home here in Maine and enjoy the little things too, and just live an awesome adventure life.

That's it. Really this time! If you made it all the way to here a big kudos to you! I want to say thanks to all of my friends and family who have continued to follow my work. I feel like my photography reached a new level in 2014 and I hope to continue to grow and refine my craft in 2015. Getting my work out there to share is something I take a lot of pride in and I find it can be tough sometimes to just put it all out there. I think it is worth it and I hope something here inspires you to create and tell your story in a way that is meaningful to you. If you are feeling super jazzed up, please share this with your network. It really does make a difference and is much appreciated. Also, I would love to hear from you. Whether you write a message here or prefer to shoot me an email at jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com it would be great to get your thoughts, hear about your adventures, and I am always up for travel tips/suggestions. 

Cheers everybody! I hope you are all off to a great, adventure filled start to 2015. 

 

 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Best Photos of 2014 Best of Year in Review http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/best-photographs-of-2014 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:34:58 GMT
Maine Blizzard of 2015 http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/maine-blizzard-of-2015 I was itching to play, to explore, and to seek a mini adventure from my home base in Thorndike, Maine. So I bundled up, strapped on my snowshoes, and headed out the door with my camera. James the Adventure Pup led the way into the Blizzard.  20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC103420150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1034Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC102020150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1020Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC105820150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1058Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC105420150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1054Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC110420150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1104Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC109220150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1092Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1075-12420150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1075-124Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC108620150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1086Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC102220150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1022Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC114620150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1146Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC111620150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1116Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. 20150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC115520150127_Blizzard_MEHomeBase__DSC1155Blizzard of 2015, Thorndike, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

 

 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Blizzard of 2015 Close to home Maine Maine Blizzard Mini Adventure Winter barn farm fields landscape snow snow day wind http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/maine-blizzard-of-2015 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:04:28 GMT
180 Degrees http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/180-degrees In my last post "Winter's Ocean Blue," I talked about Sand Beach and shared a photograph captured by standing along the edge of the ocean water. It was breezy and I noticed that James the adventure pup had joined Jared to take cover from the wind behind the hill facing Bee Hive. This was also the direction that the sun would have been rising and visible if we did not have as much cloud cover. Just when they thought I was done, I ran over and said just a few more minutes. I took one look at the scene and knew that even without the warm rising sun glow, the muted winter landscape was also so beautiful and something I wanted to photograph. It was also a welcomed shelter from the strong wind I had been exposed to as it whipped across the beach.

I try to share on my blog about what it is that makes me love outdoor photography and what it takes to get out and live fun adventures. I think it is the physical nature of the experience. Sometimes you have to crawl on the ground or seek out the highest point you can find. In this case, I turned around to find another story, another moment to capture and share of Winter Beauty on a bleak sunrise morning in Acadia National Park. I began climbing the small hill to shoot down (the first image below) and then I decided to walk down the hill to get closer. From this perspective you can see the snow a little more. I even managed to capture James the Adventure Pup in a frame too as I shot through the scene and he decided to find his own preferred spot to take in the view before looking back at me (an iconic pose of his) and then out across the landscape.

Stories are unfolding all around us and on this winter morning in Acadia National Park, the 180 degree change in direction provided another wonderful landscape to further tell the story of Sand Beach. 

January Bee HiveJanuary Bee HiveLooking back towards Bee Hive from Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

January Bee Hive, Part of the Adventure Pup SeriesJanuary Bee Hive, Part of the Adventure Pup SeriesLooking back towards Bee Hive from Sand Beach and James the Adventure Pup joined me for a closer look, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Adventure Pup Beach Bee Hive Dog James Landscape Maine Morning National Park Ocean Sand Beach Sunrise Winter http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/180-degrees Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:17:25 GMT
Winter's Ocean Blue http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/winters-ocean-blue Sand Beach, in Acadia National Park, is one of those places I remember visiting throughout my childhood. I love spending time on the coast and have some of my fondest memories here in Acadia. I loved to scale the rocky coast watching the waves, walk the beach looking for shells, swim in the cold ocean water, and climb a mountain or walk a nature trail. Let's be honest, this part of my childhood that I enjoyed, I STILL enjoy. These moments were few and farther between during childhood as "everyday life" often kept my family close to home. Now, I have made these moments a central part of my life.

In the height of summer Acadia is bustling with Mainers and tourists coming to enjoy outdoor adventures. I like to visit when it is busy, but I really love to enjoy the park during the off season. On this particular morning it was a mild and brisk standing on Sand Beach. The sunrise did not reveal the sun and the muted landscape was not what I was expecting. I did however, decided to capture a few images of the landscape. The landscape was muted but beautiful with just a little snow and ice along the land in the background. I used a three second exposure to slow the ocean waves and capture the wispy flow of the tide coming in leaving just a patch of the beach.  

Bleak and BlueBleak and BlueA winter sunrise did not reveal the sun, but it did present a wonderful sense of the cold, quiet winter of Maine. It is a bleak, yet very beautiful landscape and the desolate feel of the beach in the winter. Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Beach Maine National Park Ocean Sand Beach Winter http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/winters-ocean-blue Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:35:02 GMT
Creative Extremists http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/creative-extremists In the words of MLK:

"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... the nation and the world are in need of creative extremists."

Although extremist is often seen in a negative light, I am thinking of this quote as both positive and powerful. When you care deeply about something, when you "go all in" you, in a sense, become an extremist. I feel strongly that my curiosity and love for photography and adventure is me as a creative extremist. 

Possibilities Collide

I spent the long holiday weekend outside at Acadia National Park and Popham Beach: from soaking in the sun to climbing mountains, walking on beaches and wading in the ocean, to gazing up at the clouds.  

Prior to capturing the image below, I was out on Popham Beach exploring for the afternoon. I ended up taking on a little ocean water so I headed back to the car for a little warm up time before the sunset shoot. As I sat getting ready and munching on a snack (putting my feet in plastic doggie poo bags I found... my attempt to preserve my feet), I noticed another photographer packing up his gear. I wondered why leave now? I have found that late afternoon through sunset and twilight are some of the best times to create images.

I noticed the park was closing at sunset and I knew I would want to stay out longer. I started my second shoot about an hour before sunset and kept shooting as long as the park ranger would allow. Unlike some parks, Popham Beach requires you to leave for "safety reasons" since they do not want surfers out at dark. The friendly ranger said he lived nearby and did not mind waiting if I would be back before dark.

So I spent the final 1.5 hours watching the light and clouds create an ever changing landscape to create photographs. Then, I grabbed my gear (James the Adventure Pup by my side) and ran back across the beach to get to my car. I was the last one there and I waved appreciatively to the ranger as I departed as quickly as I could. I often take images throughout the day, but I think it is my push to stay out later, be there earlier, and watch the light that makes a difference. Sometimes I do not create the images that I imagine, but I am always glad to be out there creating. When I first headed back onto the beach (feet wrapped and wet from my early ocean mishap) it looked dark and I was not sure what the light might do. I had been watching the clouds since 1 p.m. so I felt that if the light fell right and the clouds could part for the sun to shine through "magic" just might happen. Conditions were far from perfect but I found a few magic moments.

This is the first of a series of images I made just yesterday on MLK Day. Cheers to being a creative extremist, to living our adventure life, and to finding and sharing it with others in a way that is positive and impactful.

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Clouds Coastal Landscape Maine Ocean Phippsburg Popham Beach Popham Beach State Park State Park Sunset Winter http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/creative-extremists Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:42:32 GMT
Fearless Sharing http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/fearless-sharing I recently spent time photographing the sunset on Half Mile Beach at Reid State Park. I had visited in December and was glad to return early this year to create images during a vibrant winter sunset. Fearlessly sharing images is on the forefront of my mind as I dive into January. I know for myself getting my work out there is always a process. I am out adventuring as much as I can be. Getting myself to hunker down and get started required taking this past weekend to set limits: get organized, work on my website, and make a gallery of prints available. The three abstract images of the waves at sunset led me to start by making the Abstract Gallery the first to be released. 2015 will be about continuing my adventure journey and getting my best body of work out on my website, blog, and other social channels. More images coming soon and I will update you more soon. 

Why Fearlessly Sharing?
I tend to be a strong critic of my work which is a good thing to a point but can also be prohibitive at times. Although I try to process and share a few images, I usually have a handful of images that I "choose" from each shoot initially (I flag them in Adobe Lightroom for those curious software folks out there), I edit them, then I let them sit for a period of time, then I return to edit some more, think about sharing the image, and then instead of sharing I hesitate. Sometimes an image is eventually brought into the world, but many times it does not. I want to change this. To kick myself in gear, I set a time frame to get at least 20 images ready and up on my website and am thrilled to have done so. It was a very reasonable goal and setting a mini time constraint forced me to make "final for now" decisions so that I can move forward. I am always continuing to hone my craft, expand my vision, and create new "best works." There is no better time than right now to share my art and I truly hope that it is inspiring and encourages you to create, live a great story to share, and spend time in nature- soaking in the beauty, refreshing the body and mind, and preserving our natural lands for generations to come.

Sunset Waves Abstract ISunset Waves Abstract IA series of three images capture the ocean at Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Sunset Waves Abstract IIISunset Waves Abstract IIIA series of three images capture the ocean at Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier. Sunset Waves Abstract IISunset Waves Abstract IIA series of three images capture the ocean at Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. January 2015 © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Coastal Fear Horizontal Landscape Maine Ocean Reid State Park Tide Winter abstract art state park sunset wave http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/fearless-sharing Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:00:28 GMT
Capturing the Uniqueness of Experience http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/capturing-the-uniqueness-of-experience For those who may be reading for the first time, James is my beloved adventure pup. He is with me on adventures as much as possible and loves to get in the car and hit the road as much as I do. He is also a good sport often getting up really early or staying out after the sun goes down. 

Seeing the variety of opportunities for photography is a key part of the creative process. I love to shoot the beautiful landscapes and believe me having a home base in Maine I am overcome with the amount of beauty throughout the state. Reid State Park is a place I return to as often as I can and was glad to make a trip just after the first of the year. After shooting a variety of landscapes I decided to challenge myself to go beyond these images to find and create the unique moments of my experience. What was it that led me to create this series of images of James the adventure pup? Well, first it was the beauty of the night. Second it was the joy of watching James during moments of action contrasting with quiet moments spent gazing out at the ocean waves. Finally, it was about the light. The setting sun and the varied silhouette images I wanted to create.  

What catches your eye? What catches your heart? What makes you want to dream with your eyes wide open? I hope my photography and adventures help to inspire you to live these experiences and capture these moments in your life this year (and hopefully many years to come too). 

20150102_ReidSp_WinterSunset__DSC9447Ways of Seeing, Ways of Playing. James the adventure pup joins me for a sunset shoot on the beech. Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier. 20150102_ReidSp_WinterSunset__DSC9413Ways of Seeing, Ways of Playing. James the adventure pup joins me for a sunset shoot on the beech. Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier. 20150102_ReidSp_WinterSunset__DSC9422Ways of Seeing, Ways of Playing. James the adventure pup joins me for a sunset shoot on the beech. Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier. 20150102_ReidSp_WinterSunset__DSC9454Ways of Seeing, Ways of Playing. James the adventure pup joins me for a sunset shoot on the beech. Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier. 20150102_ReidSp_WinterSunset__DSC9627Ways of Seeing, Ways of Playing. James the adventure pup joins me for a sunset shoot on the beech. Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Dog James Maine Ocean Reid State Park Silhouette Sunset Winter state park http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/capturing-the-uniqueness-of-experience Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:48:00 GMT
Jumping into 2015 http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/jumping-into-2015 Starting the year off with back-to-back-to-back adventures. I can be focused when I am out creating images. I can get so entranced in fact that I find sometimes I block out what is happening around me. So tonight after the sun went down, I set the camera to auto shoot and James the adventure pup and I took off to jump and play along the beach. Play is something I would suggest we do not do enough of, yet it is such an important way to experience the world and be in the moment. I have seen a massive amount of New Year's thoughts from folks, resolutions, anti-resolutions, and a bit of everything in between. It is not a resolution or a goal, but I challenge everyone to get out there, live your adventure, and remember to PLAY. 

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
- Plato 

20150102_ReidSp_WinterSunset__DSC9752Sunset drifted behind trees and James the adventure pup and I jumped and played along the waves. Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Dog James Jlynn Maine Ocean Reid State Park Water Winter state park sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/jumping-into-2015 Sat, 03 Jan 2015 03:32:37 GMT
Happy 2015 Adventure Year To You http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/happy-new-year-adventure I spent the holiday quietly resting and recovering from a wicked cold so stepped away from writing a bit. I am back and certainly would be remiss if I did not spend a moment today to wish my family, friends, fellow adventurers, and photography folks a wonderful start to 2015. It will be another 365 days of awesome! Day 1 began in true adventure style. The alarm went off at 2:15 a.m. and as quickly as possible headed out the door. Hiking to the top of Borestone Mountain I captured the black and white image of the pre-dawn refreshing Maine winter landscape. The skies were overcast so we only saw a few peeks of the sun but it was a peaceful morning and a wonderful adventure. It was also with great joy that I along with Jared (an adventurer as crazy and willing to get up in the middle of the night as I am) were the only two on the trail. I thought perhaps we might see someone on the way down, but the only thing we spotted were what we believe to be bear tracks!

It's the beginning of the year and I plan to continue an awesome adventure life sharing photographs and thoughts along the way. This time of year js a great time to look back at the years before and reflect on what worked and what didn't. It is also a great time to assess what matters most and to enter the year full steam ahead doing things large and small in support of what you love. Many look at the new year as a fresh beginning and it is, but so is each and every day. If today was not your best, tomorrow is sure to bring another sunrise and a chance for an epic adventure. Cheers to a wonderful 365 days!

First sunrise of the year from East Peak, Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Borestone Mountain Hike Landscape Maine Mountain New Years Day Winter blog panaorama sunrise http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2015/1/happy-new-year-adventure Fri, 02 Jan 2015 00:52:38 GMT
Today's Dreams, Tomorrow's Actions http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/todays-dreams-tomorrows-actions The phrase 'today's dreams are tomorrow's actions' is a simple, yet powerful idea. I can be a bit of a dreamer. Dreaming is really awesome because it enables space for each of us to imagine the possibilities. The difficult part is often in turning dreams into actions. The thing is the dreaming is part of the process that determines the action you take next. Action is meant to be in line with and in support of what you really want, what you really love- the thing(s) that get you jazzed up for the day. I find just getting out there with little expectation is a great first step.

Growing up in Maine I was fortunate to be surrounded by water with 3,500 miles of coastline and 6,000 lakes and ponds. I have always loved the water and still find I am playful when I am near the water. Photographing water seemed like a natural subject of interest. Standing in nearly the same location on the beach, I changed my perspective with my camera and created different scenes as the sunset approached at Reid State Park in Georgetown, Maine. 

20141214_ReidSP_LateFall__DSC9068Half Mile Beach at Reid State Park, Georetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.
20141214_ReidSP_LateFall__DSC9081Half Mile Beach at Reid State Park, Georetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

 


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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Atlantic Ocean Beach Coastal Fall Maine Ocean Reid State Park Tide Water Waves state park http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/todays-dreams-tomorrows-actions Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:51:03 GMT
Beach Frolicking http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/beach-frolicking I was thinking I might stay home this past Sunday to focus on writing and editing my website. As always, I had a list of things I really wanted to get done. But who are we kidding, of course I decided to hit the road with James, the adventure pup, and I am so glad that I did. It was a mild day at Reid State Park and when the sun was shining bright and it felt warm for a late fall/almost winter day in Maine. We went for a run while the sun was high in the sky giving us time to get reacquainted with the park. As the sun sank lower in the afternoon we headed out for a winter beach walk to enjoy a late afternoon/ sunset photography session. I love the way the weather is constantly shifting and changing. In just a moment full sun can turn to partial sun changing the look of the landscape. As we arrived back on Mile Beach the sun came out shining brightly and we both frolicked along enjoying the warmth and admiring the shimmering glow along ocean surface. 

I remember waking up that morning getting ready for the day and I was giddy as I danced around with the music turned up cooking a quick breakfast and packing up my gear. I was excited and ready for the day's adventure. When in doubt, I always choose adventure. If I have to ask myself "should I go", the answer is always in favor of getting outside to enjoy the beauty of the day. Check out my Instagram page for more photographs of my recent beach adventure.

20141214_ReidSP_LateFall__DSC8982Adventure pup running on the beach, Reid State Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

20141214_ReidSP_LateFall__DSC8931Adventure pup digging into the sand, Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

20141214_ReidSP_LateFall__DSC8941Adventure pup chasing waves, Reid State Park, Maine, Georgetown, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Adventure Pup Beach Coastal Dog Fall James Maine Reid State Park Water ocean state park http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/beach-frolicking Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:14:41 GMT