Peace can be found in many places, at sea, on a mountain top, in the forest, or here. Justly named, the Peace River just east of Punta Gorda is such a place. The gentle flow of the river bounded by grasses and trees covered in green, the skies here are forever and the clouds seem to be ever-present but never shading the sun. This is a place for some quiet time. Time to empty the mind. Nothing to think about but what is around you.
Nikon D610, 28-300mm, f8, 1/1000sec, 28mm, ISO200
It is a rare moment when I can capture something exciting with my Tamron 600mm lens because it usually takes patience and time. This day, I was lucky! It just so happened that this red shouldered hawk wanted to share its catch with me and hung around long enough for me to find my camera, find my lens, assemble and head outside to take some pictures.
Nikon 610, Tamron 600mm, 1/500sec, ISO 250, F6.3, 600mm
It has been said that sand storms in the Sahara Desert have risen to the jet stream and traveled around the globe enhancing our sunsets beyond belief. Privileged to bear witness.
f5.6 1/350sec 28mm
In Bokeelia, FL on the northern tip of Pine Island, there is little to see and do. All coast land is private, except for the parking lot to Captain Con's Seafood Restaurant. The cars have a wonderful view of Gasperilla Sound. The long piers are private unless you want to fish, for $8 you can fight for a place at the end of the pier. If you want to take pictures, rent a boat.
With a Camera and maybe with the eyes, you can see around or through solid objects. The sun is covered by palm fronds, yet we can see it clearly. Pretty special. This is Ponce de Leon Park named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513-as legend has it-in search of the "fountain of youth." Next to the park is the Peace River Wildlife Center - a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility tucked neatly into the mangroves overlooking Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Park.
Sometimes you can see something so pure in the face of a child that it transcends the moment and becomes an engram which lasts forever for no other reason than you had the opportunity to witness it. This is such a face. It isn't important, but this is Logan. Her eyes tell a story of happiness which spreads to her cheeks and onward to her contagious smile. Capturing such a moment is pure happenstance but the rewards are immeasurable.
Nikon D600,1/180 second, ISO 400, F9.5, 122mm
While visiting Crane's Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts over the weekend, a baby harbor seal was lounging on the outer tip of the beach. We were told that her Mom was out fishing. A 150' perimeter was maintained by the rangers.
Crane's Beach is part of the Crane Estate, once known as Agawam laid claim by John Winthrop in 1637. It became the site of Castle Hill, one of the wealthiest estates in America purchased by Richard T. Crane as a summer retreat. In 1910 he built the 59 room mansion atop Castle Hill. The Crane Estate was donated by his wife Florence in 1949. The mansion was featured in the Witches of Eastwick.
Nikon D610, 1/180 Second ISO 400, F/22, 300mm (28-300mm)
I suppose if I were a water faerie, I might like to call this home. With rooms with a view and reading lights in every nook, it is interesting, pleasing to the eye and remarkably odd, all at the same time. If it isn't enough to just gaze at for a while, you might be interested to know that it opens. It is like some labyrinthine sea creature recently discovered near the Galapagos. This is the stunning creation of my Daughter Jacqueline Richard. It has been said, if you build it they will come. I wonder....
Nikon D610, 1/20 second at f/13, ISO 400, 44mm (28-300mm)
Thinking back, it started at Caffe Vittoria in the North End of Boston for us. We have had no better cappuccino, although many close encounters. Add a shot of Bailey's Irish Creme and it becomes a fitting dessert for any meal, At home, it has become a tradition each Sunday morning. It has taken some time to perfect the formula, the steaming of the milk, proper espresso, brewing time, organic cinnamon, and the sequence of events, It is a work in progress, but the result is closely approaching a near perfect result.
Fuji X100T, 1/80 second at f/2.0, ISO 200, 23mm
Love Locks... It seems there are hundreds of Love Lock locations around the world. Who knew. There are maps available online. I wonder if I could get a grant to document all of them. I think I will start in Penang and head to Toowoomba, Australia jumping over to Montevideo, Uraguay for what seems to be the only Love Lock location in South America. This picture was taken on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston.
Fuji X100T, 1/2000 second at f/3.2, ISO 200, 23mm
Just over the crest of the hill near Heywood Reservoir, the northern most water body of Wekepeke, is Sholan Farms with a glorious view of the eastern horizon. Good Morning!
Nikon D610, 1/4000 second at f 5.0, ISO 4000, 150mm, Tamron 150-600
This little guy scared me pretty good. All was quiet just after dawn this morning, walking along a pond (Lynde Basin) and this beaver slaps his his tail - it sounded like a boulder fell from the sky. I was obviously intruding.
Nikon D610, 1/60 second at f5.6, 300mm, ISO 400, 28-300
The temperature is a blustery 22 degrees and the wind is howling making the wind chill pretty severe. I got cold standing on the edge of the pond for the few minutes it took to take this guy's picture. I have to say, if you are going to dress up in an orange suit and sit in the middle of a beautiful blue pond in the middle of winter scooping freezing slush out of a hole you dug with a motorized cork screw, you need to be prepared for a guy like me to come along and take your picture. Get over it! Don't look like your privacy has been invaded.
Nikon D610, 1/60 second at f/16, ISO 71, 280mm (150-66 Tamron) - 7818
I just love the Boston skyline at night. It has such personality, such charisma. Even with the Longfellow bridge under construction with the bright lights that look like starbursts through the lens of the camera, Such charm. It's also very interesting how different the John Hancock (center) looks at night. Shining from the inside, it is no longer reflective. The water on the Charles had almost melted and provided a great reflection. Such a treat.
Nikon D610, 8 seconds at f/8, ISO71, 29mm (24-70 f/2.8) - 7694
Without the key to the scene, the distinctive Prudential in the background, you could hardly discern where this picture was taken. You can barely make out the Mugar Omni Theater to the right. What you see are the grasses growing in a wonderful lush park with walkways, waterways, bridges, benches, and a haven for skateboarders and strollers alike. Truth be told, forty years ago, this area was covered in warehouses, oil soaked dirt roads, filth, rubbish and the home for Cambridge industry, trucking and freight distribution simply named B&M Rail Yard #7. It was, in fact, where I began... working in these warehouses, just steps away from North Station. How pleasant it is to see what people who care are able to accomplish over time. Bravo! Who says you can't go back? What a treat.
Nikon D610, 1/500 second at f/11, ISO200, 116mm, 28-300mm - 7258
I guess I have become obsessed with the light of the sun as it drifts off to sleep or begins to wake up. I look for it almost every day and get a little depressed when I can't find it. Even if the wind chill is in the single digits and the wind is howling, that last sparkle of light is some kind of a reward.
Nikon D610, 1/4000 second at f9.5, ISO 200, 50mm - 6696
Our last day in La Jolla was very special. We had a red-eye so we had one last opportunity to spend time with the Pacific. We spent hours strolling along the shore. It was thrilling for me to again see the coming of sunset and that magic glow of golden light that can only be seen when the sun is very low near the horizon. We catch occasional glimpses of the golden sheen on the east coast from time to time. At the Pacific, it happens all the time. It doesn't go unnoticed. Photographers, both amatuer and professional come out by the droves to witness the magic of the light.
Nikon D610, 1/250 second, ISO 200, 28mm (28-300mm) - 6395
And so it begins.... I have decided I will post one picture every week in 2016. Far less effort than 2015, but not really. Still taking the same number of pictures, but only selecting the very best for my post. We were in La Jolla, California yesterday and enjoyed a stellar sunset on the beach. Something locals must take for granted, but we do not. My camera battery died just after this picture was taken, so I missed the green flash of the setting sun, but somehow I wasn't disappointed. So fortunate to have witnessed this grand spectacle.
Nikon D610, 1/4000 second at f/5.6, ISO 100, 92mm (28-300mm) - 5338
This is it. One year. 365 posts. More than 40,000 pictures taken. My year long self imposed assignment has come to a conclusion. I thank everyone who have liked, commented, or shown their appreciation in one way or another. It has been an incredible learning experience and great fun. But it is over. I will continue to post from time to time, maybe weekly, but certainly at a slower pace with more emphasis on composition, content and quality. It is fitting that the last photograph is from 34,000 feet and taken by the iPad Pro proving that it isn't so much the equipment but the content, composition and quality of the shot. Something I work on all the time. I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope you are as excited as I am about the prospects 2016 has to offer. Please drop me a note, I would love to hear your over-all impressions of my project. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook or comment on my blog at www.robertmckayjones.net. Thanks again!! Happy New Year!
iPad Pro, 1/3021 second at f/2.4, ISO 25, 3mm - 61
It was a challenge this morning trying to take pictures. Seems sneakers are not the best for traction on ice. I had my 105mm lens on the camera thinking I would get some nice macro images. Yes and no. I did catch a flock of geese overhead - flying north. North? Yes. They must be so confused or it may have been they were scoping out the body of water I was near and decided to move on. In any case, they are amazing in the air.
Nikon D610, 1/180 second at f/27, ISO 400, 105mm - 4803
Ice covered leaves on the first winter storm of winter 2015-2016. I hope I have as much character in my face after I have lived a lifetime as does this leaf. Still hanging on as if nothing has changed, it clings to life even after death. Beautifully rugged.
Nikon D610, 1/125 second at f/6.7, ISO 100, 105mm - 4733
Good morning time is what my Grandson at the age of 3 called the early morning, always filling it with goodness. When I look at this sunrise, it reminds me of the 1967 Little Rascals song, It's a Beautiful Morning. As the song goes, "I think I'll go outside a while and jus' smile"; "It's your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day". Sounds like a good idea. It's curious how images and smells can instantly transport you through time.
Nikon D610, 1/750 second at f/4.8, ISO 100, 17mm (17-35mm) - 4706
I am guessing that people around town are getting used to seeing this awesome little buglet scurrying around or parked alongside the road, rain or shine, night or day, I am dubbing this copper turbo compact the photomobile. I have all my gear (inventoried and insured) resting in the not-so-big, but big-enough trunk and the little 10.5 gallon tank will happily take me about 340 miles. Yes, I am still loving it,
Nikon D610, 1/30 second at f/22, ISO 1600, 28mm (28-300mm) - 4575
I must say, we followed the fad this year adding laser lights to our front and back yard. In the black of night, in any weather, these laser dots that glow on the trees, bushes, umbrella's, feeders or anything else in their path are really very cool and so much easier than stringing lights. After the holidays, we will see what they look like in a room,
Nikon D610, 20 seconds at f/4.8, ISO 100, 17mm (17-35mm) - 4701
What an unusual Christmas. Family gathering scheduled for tomorrow so we could all be together. Left to our own devices on this 60 degree Holiday of all Holiday's, my wife and I traveled paths we had never before taken. So many sounds. Water in motion makes the most glorious woosh, soft when navigating the river rocks, hard when falling a few feet. We have seen the falls many times, but never thought it was possible to trek beyond. We are thankful to have seen both sides now. Water is such a simple gift, we often ignore it or take it for granted. Merry Christmas!
Nikon D610, 1/100 second at f/22, ISO 800, 85mm (28-300mm) - 4671
I am Robert McKay Jones, a photographer from Sterling, Massachusetts. I take photographs almost every day. I will post my favorites here.