At the end of July Marguerite and I rented a 200 year-old house in Harrington, Maine. Here's the house:
And here's the view:
And here's our dog, Tenby--then 14 and a half--enjoying herself in the seagrass (her 15th birthday is on January 11th)
This is where I got the idea of including grass as one of the backdrops for the pebble designs. It would legitimately represent a phase of the Canyon's development--when the area was covered in shallow seas, fringed with sea grasses, which later became an organic contribution to the limestone--as well as add color and texture to the photos. I thank the dog for the suggestion.
It wasn't so bad photographing the pebbles in sea grass during the day. Biting horseflies the size of small planes buzzed around, but I could more or less swat them away. The dusk shots, however, were a bloody a nightmare. Mosquitos swarmed, literally turning the sleeve of my neon-red rain jacket black, they were so dense, so that I had to cover myself head to toe. Still they swarmed around my face and I thought I'd go mad from the buzzing. That's why there aren't more twilight shots...Here are some:
World Clock, Twilight, Marsh Grass
After Image Twilight, Marsh Grass
And by day:
Canyon Clock, Marsh Grass
AfterImage, Marsh Grass
Finally, here are some of the petrograph pebbles, taken in the marsh grass, which incorporate semi-abstract shots of the landscape in which they were photographed:
We found the work of a couple of artists we really liked while we were in Harrington. Here are 2 of them:
Obadiah Bourne Buell: http://bournedesigns.info/granitegarden.html, and Philip Frey: www.philipfrey.com
Have a look...