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, 28 Jan 2015 00:07:00 GMT Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:07:00 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.

 


20141214_ReidSP_LateFall__DSC9073Half Mile Beach at Reid State Park, Georetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier. 20141214_ReidSP_LateFall__DSC9075Half 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
I Don't Know Why You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/year-31 Today is my 32 birthday. Yikes! I love birthdays. I don't know what it is really I just do. My 30th year was what I would consider the rockiest of times as I closed the door on a part of my life that was a constant struggle and did not bring me the love and satisfaction that I had thought it would. This time last year, I gladly celebrated by blowing out 31 candles. I also made myself a promise: to spend the year living my adventure by doing anything that I wanted, when I wanted (aside from still working and doing the must do's of life). Transitioning from such a hard year, to me there seemed like no better time then my 31st year to follow my intuition and do what I loved the most. I made new friends, ran a lot, and enjoyed a number of firsts,  including a weeklong trip to British Columbia which was also my first solo trip dedicated to photography. I discovered a love for mini adventures and spent a lot of time traveling throughout Maine exploring by hiking, canoeing, and swimming. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the canoe race in my hometown in the spring which brought a whole new, fun twist to the year and the epic white water rafting trip (also a first for me and boy did I love every minute of the wild ride). 

31 was not without its ups and downs as that is always a part of every year. It was an amazing year and I learned so much living my adventure life that I am working on my first eBook to share photography and musings from the year (coming in 2015). The photo below is a self portrait I took while hiking Borestone Mountain and I am excited to share as it will be the cover for the eBook.

Hello 32. It is going to be another totally awesome year spent living my adventure life! 

Reflecting on MeReflecting on MeBorestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) adventure inspiration life http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/year-31 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:05:20 GMT
Life is Like A Camera http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/life-is-like-a-camera 20140712_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC5202Following along the trail at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier.

 

I am not sure where or from whom the quote below originates, but it was shared with me earlier today during a time of transition. I have never been someone to shy away from change. That does not mean that change is easy, or done without a great deal of thought (most of the time at least). When you know something needs to change though, you just have to take a leap and continue pursing what matters most. I know from my experiences that when I make great leaps and make changes in an "authentically Jlynn" way I have always found that I am glad I made the leap. The leap will not always be perfect, or without hiccups along the way, but done authentically seems to keep me headed in the right direction.

"Life is like a camera, just focus on what's important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, just take another shot." - Unknown

This image was from a hike at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada captured as sunset approached during my week long solo trip this past July. I am working on a story to share much more about my solo trip on Maptia. More coming soon but if you are not familiar, take a few minutes to explore the fantastic company and the inspiring stories being told in this virtual space.    

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) BC Parks British Canada Columbia Joffre Lakes Provincial Park Landscape Mountain Park Path Pathway Provincial Park Solo Summer Trip trail http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/life-is-like-a-camera Sat, 06 Dec 2014 03:14:44 GMT
Snowy Pathways http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/snowy-pathways Early snowfall closed Acadia National Park's Park Loop Road before the Dec. 1 closure. After a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, Friday was a day for getting outside for an adventure. It was a giddy feeling as we quickly left the road and headed along the trail up Cadillac Mountain. The top was brutally cold and windy (as Cadillac usually is) but the views along the trail consisted of arriving beautiful green trees covered in snow and snow covered rocky pathways.  

"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where
I'm going is what inspires me to travel it."

Rosalia de Castro, Galician romanticist writer and poet

20141128_AcadiaNP_CadillacMtn__DSC8706Sking Snowy Pathways, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier. Snowy Pathways, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.
Snowy Pathways, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.
Snowy Pathways, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier. 20141128_AcadiaNP_CadillacMtn__DSC8676Sking Snowy Pathways, Cadillac Mountain, 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 Adventure Pup Cadillac Mountain Dog Fall James Maine Mountain National Park Path Pathway Ski Snow Sprout Winter Activities recreation trail http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/12/snowy-pathways Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:36:18 GMT
Wordless Wednesday: At Home on a Snowy Fall Day in Maine http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/11/wordless-wednesday-at-home-on-a-snowy-fall-day-in-maine 20141103_Maine_FirstSnow__DSC8629November Storm, Thorndike, Waldo County, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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20141103_Maine_FirstSnow__DSC8650November Storm, Thorndike, Waldo County, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Fall Landscape Maine Snow Thorndike Waldo County Wordless Wednesday http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/11/wordless-wednesday-at-home-on-a-snowy-fall-day-in-maine Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:51:53 GMT
Campsite Sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/11/campsite-sunset Camping out the night before a hiking adventure in Baxter State Park we stayed at the waters edge with views of the mountains in the distance. While my fellow adventurers tended to the fire, I became consumed by the setting sun. The colors became more and more vibrant as I sat on the ground with my camera firmly on my tripod capturing the beauty of the setting sun. You can make predictions, but the only way to know what the sunset will display on a particular day is by being out there to experience the (un)expected.

 

Campsite SunsetCampsite SunsetAbol Bridge Campground, Golden Road, Baxter State Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Baxter State Park Camp Campsite Golden Road Maine Mount Katahdin Mountain Summer http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/11/campsite-sunset Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:32:40 GMT
Image Within an Image http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/11/image-within-an-image Hiking back along the trail from Borestone Mountain I paused to stop and enjoy the afternoon reflections along Sunrise Pond. In the summer the dock is out but had been taken in for the winter. I climbed up to take in the view and captured this first image. The reflection and the beautiful vibrant blue and wispy clouds drew me in. I really was interested in capturing the day drawing from my interest in working with the reflection independently. 

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

Both of the next two images really draw out the beauty, grace, and calm of the day. This was my third time to Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary. I have now seen its beauty through three seasons and look forward to what I will experience this winter. This place holds special meaning to me and is a hike that I always find such beauty in seeing, exploring, and playfully experiencing. I find that I enjoy and often capture the more "classic" shots. When I stay in the moment and follow what my eye sees and how my body reacts and interacts with the natural landscape I am best able to create images like these.  The natural world provides so many images within an image. Next time you are outside try looking for the images within the landscape that draw you in and take a minute to stop and soak in the images within the image of the day.  

Sunrise Pond Abstract ISunrise Pond Abstract ISunrise Pond Abstract, Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

Sunrise Pond Abstract IISunrise Pond Abstract IISunrise Pond Abstract, Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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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

 
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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.

20140920_California_SanFranYosemite__DSC7030September 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.

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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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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) California Face Jared National Park September United States West Coast Yosemite National Park portrait http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/10/stories-we-live-stories-we-tell Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:21:18 GMT