John Anderson, Photographer: Blog en-us (C) John Anderson, Photographer (John Anderson, Photographer) Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:52:00 GMT Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:52:00 GMT John Anderson, Photographer: Blog 96 120 Stop the crazyness! No More School Shootings! What a crazy society in which we live.  Who would even consider going into a school and firing any rounds in a school not to mention many and at people.  As we argue about gun laws and our constitutional rights, it seems that there are bigger issues at hand than gun laws and our constitutional rights. 

Remember the constitution was written for the people and by the people.  A Great social experiment of the 18th century.  Our right to bear arms was added by the first congress when they passed a group of amendments to the constitution as a way of making sure that the oppression of the Kind  that had been suffered would never happen again.  Our right to bear arms was at a time when a musket ball was round, and you made it yourself.  Heck you probably made the powder yourself too.  And your gun took Months for a smith to create.  And when you shot somebody, you took them down, most likely not out.  If you didn't go back to kill them they would die from blood loss, or infection over time. NOT quickly.  Those were different times.  What has remained the same is the society in which we live.  A Great Melting Pot.  All cultures accepted, all peoples allowed.  At least in theory and on paper, "All Men (and women) are created equal" 

The Dr Rev Martin Luther King Jr hit the nail on the head when he had a dream.  In his Dream he Realized! this notion that ALL people are created equal.  And while this equality continues to change, it has never been equal.  Now we have a president unlike any other, Born in the states, Born in Hawaii, of African American descent.   Equality has been reached for yet another group of people, but not for ALL. 

As much as being a Democracy, we are also a Capitalist state.    This didn't happen over night.  Once a great nation of farmers, we are now a great nation of technology and manufacturing driven on a conquest of capital gain.  To that end, we have excelled far beyond what our founding fathers would have ever imagined.  As Americans, we have excelled in that area.  Our desire for capital gain, seems to be our undoing.   As we navigated through our economy from the farming economy to and through the industrial revolution, our notion of equality changed, and our laws followed suit.  The child labor so prevalent in the industrial revolution outraged the population we passed laws to make it illegal to use young children as a work force.  Education laws put in place to ensure the quality education of every child.  And finally labor laws allowing labor unions to fight for equality for every worker.  Cobra laws to make sure that people won't be denied immediate medical treatment in an emergency.   Inroads for equality, but equal we have never been.   These laws have not been put in place by just one party, but both parties.  These are not democrat or republican issues.  Not conservative or liberal issues, but American issues, and by the framers of the constitution these are "ALL men are created equal"  Not one group or another, but ALL (hu)mens.

It seems to me that no matter what issue it has been, there is an underlying current of equality.  Of those who have, and those who don't have. This equality, this sense Fairness and equity comes straight from our founding fathers, and their desire not just for equality, but just as much about a voice in what that equality is.  Our equality continues to change,  Though our migration from other lands and cultures.  Through our ages, our genders, the color of our skin, our heritage, our traditions, the way we work and play for how long and how hard,  Who has health care, and who doesn't.   Each has battled fought and won equality.  It seems to me now we are at the edge of another point of inequality.  A point of inequality that will ultimately call into question all the other inequities in our society.  In the past, if there was an inequality, it was easy enough to keep that inequality secret.  Today as our technology and the information revolution forms and develops around us, that is being called into question.

I am a member of BOTH groups.  A devout Non Conformist.  A free thinker.  A radical.  A Tea Partyist!  And a 1% er.   Yep, both.  why both?  because they both want the same damn thing.  A return of the government of the people for the people  and by the people.  They are So damn close they just can't see it and the reason why is inequality. 

Socialism and Capitalism JUST don't work!  Great societies of forced equality is forcing failure.  NOT because it is not a good idea, for both are good ideas, but rather because we are just Human.  The desire, no the NEED to Conquer  to battle to win is so ingrained we shut down without it.   Without tapping into that primal drive, we just flounder, loiter,  and fester as pustules of humanity.  Ick.  And not everybody can be treated the same, there are some who are turned up on high, and others who are turned down very low.   Conformity and equality are never going to be the same for every person, but it is clear we have missed something, well I think we have missed lots.

"The Golden Rule" shows up in one form or another in all the major religions of the world.  To treat others as you wish to be treated, yet we live in a culture that does not really hold us to that, even as we work towards that end.   Our laws push to a notion of equality, Our courthouses seemingly want to hold us to a higher standard placing 'In God we trust' within the reliefs and frescoes and even on our bills, yet we just can't be held to that standard.  We don't have the will or the reason to make that a reality.  We are stuck.   We are stuck pointing fingers at others, we are stuck looking for answers where there are none, we are stuck wanting what we have created to be perfect when it just can't be as we are not perfect.  We are just stuck. 

Untill we accept the words on the preamble of our constitution that All men are created equil... Untill we accept the Golden Rule as the one and only LAW...Until we LOVE one another as perfectly as we are able and understand that equality among men is not the same as treating everybody the same.   

We NEED to offer every person the same basic human rights, and provide for every basic human need as well as we are able.   We need to feed the hungry, heal the sick, House the homeless, befriend the friendless, educate the uneducated, Give opportunity to those without opportunity.  We need to Love the unloved.  We need to Love each other the way we want to be loved, and how do we want to be loved?  If my best friend was hungry, i would take them out for a meal,  If they were homeless, they would stay at my house,  IF sick I would find them medical care,  if they felt friendless, I would be there friend,  IF they needed knowledge, I would teach them,  if they needed an opportunity, I would try to find one that suited them, because I love my friends.    Wouldn't you?  Really wouldn't you do that for your friend? 

Now couldn't you extend your circle of friends?  Couldn't you?  Could you make it the town in which you live?  Could you make it everybody in that town?  If you and your friends made it your mission to make everybody your friend could you?  Now if you made everybody in your new circle of friends in the town could you? 

My friends at TIGER, the brainchild of Dr Trish Lindberg one of my personal hero's sing a song describing friendship.  the song starts to describe the ways two boys are different, then he realizes as the list grows that there are more ways they are the same. " Really that odd kid is more like me, Like me. I told my Dads.  He is more like me."  We are way more similar than different, and it is those differences that make us who we are.  the similarity make us friends, the differences make us interesting. 

His Holiness the Dali Lama reminds us that Love is the acceptance of others without judgement.  Jesus commands us to Love each other the way we love ourselves. 

IF we are able to consider everybody a friend, Meet their needs, NOT their wants, but their basic needs, and to SHOW not to litigate, not to create laws demanding it to be so, but to do it as one human to another we will NO longer have the crazies who shoot people in schools.

Crazies need help.  they are sick, if we tend to the sick...  GUN laws won't help!  Gun laws won't stop the violence!  But the power to stop it is in our hands, the peoples hands.  People help.   Love helps.   Education helps.  Friends help.  Friends Help!  if one of your friends heard you talking of going postal in a school would he let you?  Would any of your friends let you?  NO!  The one thing these people have is the lack of friends, the lack of being Loved.  We can change that."

I DARE you!  to give a hug, be a friend, listen to the words, of somebody who you wouldn't call a friend, and make him one.  Lets change the world together for together we can.  If we lave it up-to the elected officials  we will fail.  IF we take it upon ourselves to change the one person we can change,  Make a bold out of the comfort zone statement and be a friend to everybody and LOVE our neighbors not only can we but we will change the world.


]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:51:54 GMT
Bridges and Panoramas Funds have been raised.  Demonstrations have been given, lectures have been offered, and feedback listened too.  I am excited to start, and have planned to begin this week at the bridges furthest south.  6 bridges are in about a 10 mile stretch of road, a perfect place to start.   I have had feedback about the panoramas, some feel them difficult to look at, and in fact they are.

Panoramas are inherently difficult to view.  We just can't see that much all at once.  a 360° field of view where you can see what is behind you is just NOT possible without turning around for us humans.  Fly's are a different subject, but we just can't see behind us, so when you have a field of view that encompasses a full circle, we inherently are confused.    The curved lines in the area above and below us necessary to move the view from behind us to in front of us is really distracting, and confusing!  Changing the view so the view is looking straight up and you see the panorama as a circle.  you can still see the same information, but just in a different way.   I would really love to do one as an immerseave  panorama space that you can climb into.  At least put your upper body into and look around.  A Hanging Globe that is printed as a globe on the inside so you can experience the panorama as if you were there.  The funny part about doing that is you once again can't see the entire circle of view at one time!  It is limited by how you see.

I have had an amazing amount of support from some unusual places, I am excited to add to my collection, and look forward to your feedback!  Let me know what you think.  Good or bad, it all helps! ashland walkway_2ashland walkway_2

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Mon, 19 May 2014 23:17:09 GMT
Over the Planks A Bridge is as important as can be found.  All the gold in Fort Knox is without value unless it can brought to and from those who value it.  A Shepard's  flock can't be tended across a river,  Farmers can't farm, preachers can't preach, merchants cant get their wares without the service of a bridge.  The promise of Love and Grace provided by Christ, a bridge between the chosen people and G-D.  The Telephone a Bridge of words between two who's connection wouldn't happen otherwise.  The Internet our bridge between our curiosity and the knowledge of the world.  The Warm Embrace of lovers the quiet bridge of affection of the human heart. 

Bridges are as important as can be found.    Over the planks we transport the fruits of our toils.  Over the planks, Our hard work is manifest in goods and services finds a home.   Over the planks, we reveal and share our knowledge and beliefs.  Over the planks we create our culture and our heritage.  The planks,  bear witness to travel of the heart, the soul, the desires, and the needs of our culture.

Nothing could possibly be more important than bridges.  Spanning the gap between sinner and salvation.  Spanning the chasm between Mother and daughter, father and son.  Closing the space between neighbors.  Transporting Water to the thirsty, Food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, medicine to the sick, and the lonely to their families.  It seems only fitting that bridges become the object of our obsessions.

Roadways, and communities have been built strictly on the fact that there needs to be no bridge built.  Days of labor are required to span even a small stream with a short stone and earthen bridge.  Moving the heavy materials, preparing footings to support the weight of the arch necessary for the spaces underneath.  It is no surprise when a large bridge over a river became a necessity, that our early American counterparts made structures out of local materials, and covered them for their protection and for a long service life. 

green bridgegreen bridgeGreen Bridge between Plymouth and Holderness replaced in 2007 conpositeconpositeGreen Bridge between Plymouth and Holderness replaced in 2007

It was an old bridge in Plymouth that first inspired my curiosity.  "70 Years of Service" the name of a photograph I made when 'the green bridge' that spanned the Pemi' River between Holderness and Plymouth was ready to come down.   The green bridge a large steel Through Arch Bridge built before WWII for it was joined with rivets, and not welded in place like steel was after the war.  The bridge deck laid between large green arches, with a pin truss support for the deck to span the river below.  It was beautiful for its engineering, steel work an the work it did connecting the two communities, and the University that spanned the river.  But it had a few flaws, it had been built a bit lower than it should have, and flooded from time to time.  And the road leading to the town was at a funny angle for the bridge, So it became just one of the bridges in a long line of structures that spanned the river, as a new stronger and 'better' bridge was put in its place. 

I was equally impressed with the temporary structure put together with pre-fabricated sections and huge pins.   It moved LOTS as traffic went over it, but held fast during the two years it was in service.  The new bridge is a marvelous piece of civil engineering.  Straight and true, Compact and strong, But it seems to me that something is missing.  The lights installed harken back to a previous era, the ornamentation in the concrete a throwback to bridges of yesteryear, but honestly these design details leave me wanting.  Created by the hand of man, and with the tolerance of fractions of an inch, it is truly a marvel of modern engineering and construction methods.   What is missing is the fine craftsmanship.  We are missing something from our modern buildings.   The flair of finely crafted workmanship where the craftsman puts himself into the work, not as a job, but as an extension of himself.  The little details put into the ordinary things in the lives of yesteryear.  Details put into buildings, bridges, cars, doors, chairs, you name it, are just remarkable.  In a time when we had so little, we spent so much making everything not just functional, but visually interesting and tying that into our lives, making everything an integrated  part of our existence.   We gave up so much more of our time to enrich our world through the embelishment of finish and detail.  That is what our bridge is missing.

Blair Bridge InteriorBlair Bridge InteriorBlair Bridge Campton NH

Our covered bridges are a look back to that time.  A time when it wasn't just about crossing a span between the two sides of a river.  A time when it wasn't just about covering the deck so the structure would last longer.  A time when community was as important as family.  A time when travel was measured in days, not in miles.  A time when every structure was a landmark.  A time when a romantic vision of travel went hand in hand with the utility of the connections the bridges made.   "Over the river and through the woods to grandmothers house we go.  The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifting snow"   And how could it not be a romantic vision.  Snow covered, Bundled together against the cold, and the warmth of the hearth at grandmothers were the embers of love burning within the travelers.  The covered bridge, the embodiment of Love for community, for family a safe place to take refuge if even for a brief minute.   The incredible amount of toil of man and beast over countless hours, days even years, to create not just a link between two sides of a river, but a link through history.  A beacon along a journey not just to grandma's but through time. 

Over the planks, life has come and gone,  Too and Fro, Back and forth, here and there.   Over the planks Life has happened because Over the planks Love has stood the test of time, through the men and their toils that put them there.


]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:25:44 GMT
I Believe. DSC02142DSC02142 It is early.  I can't sleep, had my 7 hours so I am up.  The sun isn't but I am.  It is cold, so cold out, but my easy chair is warm.  The burning candle smells better than the plastic tree we can keep on most of the time.  If the sky was a bit nicer I would have gone out shooting photos looking up at the sky, but the sky is grey with a thick overcast of clouds.  And I have a Christmas song stuck in my head.

I am sitting, all is quiet, all is calm, and I have a reminder of the nature of this HolyDay season in my mind.  The Love of "I AM" The nature of being it seems to me is to love, to call all of the beings to their nature.  The reminder of the love of the holy one to enter into this world not through fanfare, not through a grand entrance, but to enter the world through the most common of ways in the most common of days through the most common of people.    There is lots of magic, real magic in the story of the birth of G-D, but the real magic I think comes in the acceptance, the acceptance of the common by the divine.   And not just acceptance of birth as common, but the insistence of life and the experience of all of creations existence through the experience of the one common man. 

I wonder however if the Life of the Christ Child could really be called common.  There were not three wise men around my crib.  Well there were, wise men, but none that read about it in the papers and brought gifts from foreign lands at least. Not common.  Not many were chased out of town as an infant through a dream into a foreign land, just to return after the king died.  Not common.  Not too many can keep the party going after the wine runs out.  Not Common.  But what might be common are The trials the struggle, the getting past when things don't go right the drama that pops up in each of our lives that we have no control over.    An ordained Sufi friend taught me to be thankful for my troubles, and I try to be, but certainly I wouldn't have wanted Mary and Josephs troubles raising such a child, for even the son of God had to learn to walk.   We all seem to have certain gifts, and I am sure it was testing of all of the gifts God gave to Joseph and Mary in order to bring up Jesus.

For me The Magic of Christmas is in the story and the acceptance of the creator.   And while we are so far removed from the Jew that Jesus was raised to be, he still had the experiences we have today.  We are born we grow up, we struggle, we get sick, we share in Joy and Hope and Love in life and through life, and in the end we die.  And while we surround ourselves with different things, and different drama in our lives and in our world, I don't know that it is all that different.  Certainly Life is the best experience that Life can give, It isn't the stuff, Not the things, the jobs, the places, the tools, clothes, governments, technologies, even the individuals that makes life special, But it is Life that makes Life special.  And ours has been shared by our creator, and if that isn't the best act of Love I don't know what is.

Here I sit in front of our plastic tree, lit by lights with lots of colorful gifts under it.   I am in awe, not of the things that are under it, but of the Life and the Love it represents.  I still have a song running through my head.  "I Believe".

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:07:18 GMT
Happy Holidays! sidewayssideways Thanksgiving has passed,  I gained my 2 pounds I now need to work off (ug) and it is the time for parties, yummie treats, and rich foods.  What ever shall I do!

This website is now one year old, and I am just about to pay for a second year of Zenfolio and feel it is a great deal.   Over 8000 photos now reside on this site.  over 2200 people have come to visit, and a handful have actually purchased directly on this site!  Always a great thing.   A place for my blog, direct access of my images from anywhere and an attractive interface what is not to love.   The online world has changed so much since my first online offerings almost 16 years ago.  No longer limited by slow dial up band with, or being connected via a cable.  I am now free to roam store and access my work via the internet and online storage.  But all this connectivity doesn't diminish the need to continue to put my work into the realm of the real, not the virtual.  The road ahead, in a new world of Virtual image making, is not an easy one, constantly looking for the opportunity to show the work in a grand scale on the walls of real spaces, not the virtual ones.

The new year brings new challenges. Space to show my work, being the focus and goal for 2014.  New display spaces, a gallery,  shows and lecture/talks  all in the works.  I am excited for what is in store in 2014.

It should be a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! 

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:08:42 GMT
Brrr Time for a change and ThanksGiving! I am not fond of this time of year between fall and winter.  The Ice that forms from the dew that falls on the cars overnight just doesn't happen mid winter.  The fogging of the windshield from the OUTside in the first several minuets of driving drives me a bit crazy.  And freezing as I go to the university and carrying my coat on the way home.  Just get cold already!  You have to love living in a northern state.

The leaves have fallen, the trees are bare, lawn raked, and set for winter.  This weekend is the prep for winter weekend, as we have just last week turned on the heat.  That means that my tramping through the woods takes on a different set of objectives.  Now I start looking for cool Ice!


As I look back, I have had a great year.  I did what I set out to do in December.  and while I don't yet have the kind of representation I am wanting, I have a body of work that can go to a gallery.  Both black and white and color.  I had a great summer, my residency was a life changing event. I learned quite a bit about all kinds of things, and it opened my eyes to considerations I had never pondered. 

As I look forward, I will jury into "the League"  The League of New Hampshire Craftsman is the oldest crafters league in the country and one of the most respected.  While I have gone through the jury process before, they are very specific on what they want to see, the 'Craft' is the important part, and i have a large enough body of work to show now that has been hand crafted including all the frames being hand crafted from rough cut lumber.

Of course I will enjoy continuing my work with the National Forest, providing different learning experiences in the woods in the following year.  I have also been itching to finish a project of panoramas of the covered bridges in New Hampshire.  My covered bridge photography to be both 360° panoramas and high dynamic range so all the detail of the structure is easily seen.  My hope it to create a book, so I will need to do some research on publishing and do a kickstarter to raise the funds necessary.   Watch for it!

Durgin outsideDurgin outside

Of course I will need to continue to take photos of some of these bridges.  Some of them in snow will be fun, but what a pain to get there to capture in the snow.  Inside and outside, including details and views.  So it will be a larger book, perhaps a really long volume, or perhaps the panoramas spread across the gutter, but I'd rather not do that.

So while I am not really excited about the current crop of weather, I am looking forward to what the new year brings, Snow and Ice and adventure.  The continued development of my artwork, and new experiences.  I have lots to be thankful for, and your reading this is just one of them!


]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Sat, 02 Nov 2013 12:57:51 GMT
Green and Growing I was fortunate enough to get to the Arts in Education Conference again this year.  Sharing, Learning, Growing, Looking for a better way to be an artist, and an educator.  Passing stories between other art teachers, and listening to our Keynote speaker, I begin to hope, wonder, reflect, and plan.   Words put together, spoken, defined and redefined, then written down become the muse of others work.    While I had several epiphany's this summer, one which I shared Is that I enjoyed photographing things green and growing and all things dead and decaying in the forest.  And one that stuck with me is being the agent of creative experience. 

I was challenged to redefine art, and the artist as being one who pours themselves into something they create.  So I have been challenged both in the terms of my own art, and in how I go about working with young artists.   Pouring myself into my own work is something I am very familiar with.  drawing that from somebody else has been a growing challenge.  This was recognized by the group, the growing challenge to move away from what we have created in our society.  We have built a system that  squelches creative thinking, in favor of simply giving the answers to the test.    Getting away from that means bringing creative though back into our classrooms.  

Now lets see If I can be even MORE random, Open ideas and lines of though.  Reflect on what has happened, and learn to make a more interesting tomorrow!

Thinking about how a Mouse and a Refrigerator are similar, and realize that they are perhaps more similar than they are different,  Both have inspired me to continue. 



]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Mon, 28 Oct 2013 03:06:25 GMT
Residency Done? Sabbaday FallsDSC05125 I have officially ended my 'residency' in the White Mountain National Forest.  Not that this journey is over, it is just a fork in the road.  I have been to Many places, Taken countless Thousands of photographs,  Exposed over 20 rolls of film, and quite a few sheets of film as well.  The results of this labor is on this website in several galleries, and I have more to put up.  Most of the film has now been processed and In process of scanning so I can determine which to print.    Here is a list of some of the places I have been in the WMNF:

Arethusa Falls
Artist Bluff
Bald Face Mountain
Bear Notch
Beaver Brook
Blueberry Mountain
Campton Pond
Crawford Notch
Dolly Copp
Dry River
Fletcher's Cascade Trail
Hastings Bridge
Holkers Trail up Madison
Lost City of South Landalf
Hubbard Brook
Jackson Trail
Lincoln Woods Trail
Mt Cabot
Noon Peak
Pond of Safety
Sabbaday Falls
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Three Ponds
Tripple Falls
Wild River

I found some amazing spaces that don't have a name, at least not one I could find along the Kanc, Rt 113 and Sandwich Notch Road.  And as I look back, some of the things that I was taken by the most, I am not able to show on a 2D page.  There is something lost no matter how large I make my prints.  The green isn't as full of life, the light not as bright with the promise of a new day.  The power of the water lost on the page, the grand space lost in the finite borders placed around it.   The limits of the media.

I made it my intention to find those places that were NOT often traveled, and frequently I saw no body on my journeys, or saw few.  Asking many people where the interesting, not often seen, and hidden places were.  I stayed away from the well traveled trails, journeyed around into the wilderness areas outside the reach of my cell phone, but not outside the reach of civilization.  Traveling well into the woods, and out of the view of the city lights was not enough to keep away of the noise of our world, as much as I tried, I could hear, or see the mechanized world in which we live.

I was NOT looking for the view from the mountain top.  The 'view' so many people want at the top of the mountain is so limited.  I was asked if there was a good view from the summit of Mt Cabot and I said it was amazing, for, it was.  5:30am and watching the clouds in the valley like a river.  9PM and watching the clouds catch the light of the setting sun and glow with the colors of God's Promise.  How could you not call that a view.  But sadly Mt Cabot doesn't have a 'view', at least not what most people call a view.  But I am looking for what is hidden.  And finding a view where there is 'none' is exactly what i set out to do.

View at Mount Cabotmt cabot exterior

I was struck by the tenaciousness of Life, Of the circle of that existence and of how small we are.  The amazing things that sprout from, within and around a fallen tree.  The green of the forest is greenest around the fallen.  The monstrous trees clinging to rocks that don't look like they should be able to support their wight, On cliffs, in cracks withing stone walls.  The foliage just doesn't know when to stop.   I had an interesting chat late at night with another star gazer Sarah who worked at the Dry River campground about the stars and our place in the universe as we watched the Milky way Galaxy cross the Southern sky. 

Chasing the light meant I was up before anybody else, and often up after everybody else.  I found I was a bit sleep deprived when I returned home.   But the light was worth the effort.   The color, the quality, the sounds of the earth at that hour.

So I also sought to show the intense numbers of people that use this land.  And while I found more secluded areas of the forest and mountains, It is easy to find the countless visitors.  The overlooks, the swimming holes along the scenic byways. The wonder of some people in these very public spaces was fun to watch.  Children who have never seen the kind of magic that The Creator of these spaces placed in front of them.

While my residency is NOT over, I have just come back to my 'normal' life I have lots left to do,  Lots left to find, develop, print, show, talk about, learn, explore, listen, watch, and take photographs of.  I hope you enjoy the journey through these images, and can find a place of wonder, hope and the promise of life.

Find Galleries of  the PhotosTime LapsePanoramas and Infra Red

In the short term, come visit at the

Informal exhibit. talk & reception
Saturday, September 7, 5 to 7 pm
Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery

69 Maple St., Center Sandwich

I will also have a piece at the reception for the PSU Faculty show oppening on the 10th and at the art show for the recital for Sally Jensen on Saturday at 4. 

Columbus weekend at Waterville Estates

and always looking for more places to show.




]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Mon, 02 Sep 2013 19:47:16 GMT
Amazing spaces and places I am absolutely fond of finding those 'secret' places.  I was told of one recently and found it on the map, made my way at 4am to find the space for a sunrise service which was amazing.  The mist coming off the lake rolling around over the lake, finally catching the sun and lighting up the sky in orange and red.  Quiet and serene, surely this is one of those spots to keep secret.  But it wasn't all that secret.

It seems NO matter how many times I read that 'Leave NO Trace' sheet up on the trail head map board, I still find Trash!  and lot of it.  Trash everywhere!  Junk, bottles, cigarette buts, clearly left behind and intentionally so.  Sometimes I will find something dropped and non recoverable.  Having lost an item or two like that, it is understandable, but my empty bottles, wrappers, boxes, bags and junk all go in a bag back into my pack to pack back out!  This 'Secret' place was a dump, literally, a dump of the remains of a party,  Red solo cup, they filled you up and had a party, and they left you behind.  poor Solo cup, and Poor me!  Honestly what is the sense of keeping a place secret if people are going to go in and leave a mess. 

Same day, hours later, I went up to Baldface Mountain.  I was really nervous as the parking lot was so full, the cars on the road lined up for a good long way.  The opposite of a secret spot, Baldface was a favorite for many.  the views from the summit are spectacular!  I stayed in the shelter for the night so I could not only see the sunset, but also experience the sunrise.  Amazing, and also amazing that this is a practical Highway!  So many pass through and by every day, yet the amount of trash which is still there was Much Much less.  Even the composting toilet had little trash around it.

So why keep it a secret, That just invited those looking to get away with something.  Make it well known and I think the enjoyment can be spread around more, and the level of enjoyment might actually go up!  I must say I am so fed up with the Junk people toss aside.  empty water bottles are a frequent addition to the landscape which to me is a real tragedy. 

Leave ONLY foot prints

Take ONLY photographs,

Bring out what you brought in, in order to Leave NO trace.

And Leave NO trace so You and your children can enjoy the space for generations to come, Unless you really enjoy the dump, but then you wouldn't have to travel as far I suppose.


moonrise slow I think that in another 50 years, this video won't be able to be made.  There is an intrusion of light pollution, Light pollution travels for SO many miles.  The little towns are not the problem, but the sprawl of the urban areas will one day light up this section of the sky as well.  This was just about 5 days after the full moon, so there is a short time with NO moon, then the partial moon lights up both the sky, but the landscape as well.  Beautiful!  Look and see if you can see the shooting stars, they are faint, and numerous, but only last for one frame,  the planes last for several. 

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:03:04 GMT
Dolly Copp and the Presi's So I have moved north to be closer to the bridge project that will happen on Tuesday, NO Thursday,  NO next Monday....well, I know it will happen :-)  and Ill be there when it does.  Cameras in hand and ready to capture it in Time lapse from multiple angles.   But until then, I am close to the Presidentials, so I am out exploring.  Always looking for those not as often used trails.  So Off I go on the easterly trail up Madison on Tuesday.  I saw Nobody all day.  Hmm.  Saw some great little water falls,  Some of the most interesting pine forests, and what must be Moose Bathroom!  Yep, Moose poop covering the trail.  for a good .2 mile! just all over the place, maybe there was a convention.  Regardless I had a great day out in the woods.

NO panoramas today, but I stopped and took photos here and there and before you knew it, It was time to head back down the mountain.  Hmm, never saw the summit.  But that is fine.  I found some interesting places,  Moss lined forest floor,    Pine forest with two levels,  4 foot pine and 40 foot pine, Nothing in the middle.  Odd.  I had trees talkin to me, and snakes slithering away from my feet.  In all a cool day.  I am enjoying playing with the Infrared and false color.  Using slightly more visible light (red) and the infrared and getting a bit of color separation.  Living stuff is lighter than the dead stuff, so there is a color contrast in the files, it is just up to me to pull it out.  Blue sky and yellow foliage seems most reasonable.   Magenta and green is just weird.

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Today, Wednesday I drove my tired knees down to 'Tripple Falls' and packed in my big camera.  Beautiful!  Makes me think of the Flume Gorge.  Deep cavern with a trickle of water running through.   A GREAT place for a panorama.  Tough to get into, but what a great spot.  In the early morning light, the exposures are long, and the water looks marvelous.  Only slipped twice on the rocks getting out there!  My collection of bruises is growing.

tripple falls Panorama Tomorrow,  looking to get to the 'Pond of Safety' what a great story about what happened there.    Ill let you know!

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:48:17 GMT
Life Circles As I was leaving the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in Thornton, I struck up a conversation with the specialist in lichen.  I have never considered lichen as a source of study.  But I guess I have never considered lots of things as something that deserves careful attention and worldly study.  The air quality has an impact on the lichen, therefore healthy lichen healthy forest.  Pondering I packed up my things and set off for another adventure.  This new adventure brings me to the top of Star King Mountain where there is an old fireplace at the summit,  the remnants of an old observation cottage of some kind.  And so I begin.

Hiking up, and this goes UP, some 2500 feet in 2.5 miles means it is all up all the time.  actually it wasn't bad, a nice even pitch.  Not too much rolling, just a nice even climb.  at some point about 2/3 of the way up the mountain it changes from hardwood to softwood.  Changes from wide and more mud than rock to narrow to more rock than mud.  from leaf litter to fern.  And I am struck, not by what is there, but by what is not.   NO huge old growth trees, But lots of fallen old fallen blow down.  I wonder if this is the remains from the ice storm in 1998  So much downed and downed a long time ago trees.  Of course there are newer blown down trees, but there seemed to be SO many old trees, covered in Green Mosses and Lichen, Little fungus and chipmunks living underneath,  and I am sure Lots of BUGS, but I didn't see many of those.  And what I came to ponder amongst the pondering of Lichen, is how vastly important the dead stuff is to the living stuff.  IF there wasn't the fallen trees, the mosses wouldn't have proper place to grow, full of whatever it is that they need.  And that stuff is what the bigger stuff needs to anchor its roots in place so that the bigger stuff still has a place to grow and flourish.  All the wile being consumed, trees being turned back into trees, or moss or ferns, or what not, and yes, even trees.  The decomposers  doing their job, and I think this wet summer they are in overdrive with all the mushroom caps all over the place in the forest.  It strikes me that these dead trees are at Least as important to the health and life of the forest as the ones standing, and the lichen.  Trees, Moss, Grass, Fern, Rock, and fungus....... all just as important, and all worthy of the same study.   Today I will only study with my vision, using my eyes to see through what is there to an understanding that I am just as important part of this collection, but only if I don't take more than I need, and let the rest do what they need to do to be.  Be it studied and understood makes no difference to the forest,  It will just keep on overcoming whatever comes along, be it Mother Nature and her storms, or Man and his desires for what he doesn't have.

Leaving Lots of footprints, and taking Lots of photos.  And the forest leaves a mark, deep and open now within my consciousness, what it fills with depends not on my will, but it seems upon that of the creator of all things.  

From the top of Star King Mountain.  Look at the Lichen flowing off of the branches like seaweed in the ocean.

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]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:48:51 GMT
WMNF welcome Residency half over, on the way to Gorham for a week,  end of which will be the replacement of a bridge I get to photograph,  very exciting!  This has been a fun week, and I have found some amazing places and had some good educational times in the forest.  Today's lesson was on Lichen and its link to air quality, and the incorrect assumption that three little heart shaped leaves makes for a clover.  As Margaret Salt tells me: "Common Wood Sorrel (Oxalis montana). It has a leaf similar to clover, but if you taste it the oxalic acid makes it slightly sour. The flower has those distinctive pink lines that are a stronger pink in the deeper shade areas."  


I watched yesterday families enjoying the welcome center at the Pemi overlook on the Kanc.  One woman played with my camera twice in the course of an hour as it recorded a timelapse.  I still like the resulting timelapse.  It is fun to watch all the people come out with cameras and cell phones and take photos and panoramas.  I have a timelapse of a stream of cars passing into the WMNF as well,  they should make for fun sequence in a time lapse video of the whites.

pemi overlook

and I really love the panorama I created yesterday at Fletchers Cascade even if the water wasn't flowing as hard as it might.   just a 1.7 mile hike into the woods and into the Sandwich wilderness area.  Looking for more opportunity to get into the wilderness areas. 

fletchers cascade

Who knows what the next week will bring!

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Sun, 18 Aug 2013 13:58:38 GMT
When the trail runs Dry The Dry River trail runs along the path of the old railroad in the so named Wilderness area.  You would never know about the logging that happened along this section as it has been reclaimed by the earth.  And she is doing it again.  Hurricane Irene took out big sections of the river and the hiking trail with it.  And this is no small body of running water.  Huge boulders litter the riverbed, some large enough to have huge trees growing on top of them.  So. The energy to remove hundreds of yards of earth from one spot is amazing.  Whole trees from root ball to leaves are bundled in the middle of the River like toothpicks.  So to b hiking along and to see the trail just end and know it starts again in 500 feet is disheartening.  And often the ground left has been compromised by being undercut.  Big sections of  trees dangling out over the rocky river bed. 

My guide and Forest Service Ranger Jana was great.  She knew right where the trail was supposed to be, and was working at determining where it would go.  Leading us over the tricky parts and searching out the new location for the trail that will be as safe as the old one, but probably not as easy.  We watched as one group tried to take on the closed trail and it took them half an hour to transverse the 500 foot span that had been washed away. 

I was amazed by some of the parts of the trail, an easy hike like the Lincoln Woods trail, nice and even.  But other parts are on sheer sides of the mountain and over cascading waterfalls.  Other sections through mud and yuck not too far from the edge of going over the side.   It seems that when the trail gets tough, it also gets stunningly beautiful.  Wanting to stop and take photos, but not on this trip.  Jana needed to finish her surveying of where the new trail will be.  Tough work to say the least. 

I enjoyed some of the visuals The overhangs caused by the river and the vast see of boulders.   I think I need to work on some of these HDR Panoramas a bit more, but here they are.  parts of the missing trails.

dry river pano


dry river panorama

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:39:43 GMT
Three ponds trail three ponds Yesterday I decided that despite the lousy weather I would make my way up to the Three Ponds Shelterthe forecast was for clearing weather so I figured that I might just get lucky and get time lapse with lightning and stars!  As it turns out no lightning but some dramatic clouds and stars and not a bad sunrise either.  Of course I took lots more photos and saw lots of wildlife I usually don't get to see.  Snail, leach, salamanders and frogs.  I was amazed by the beaver dam.  And found some interesting things to cdpture my attention.  It is an easy 2.5 miles  and with some nice views and wildlife. 

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:19:50 GMT
Big falls lots o water So today's trip was up to Arethusa Falls the largest falls in NH.  1.7 miles up and sure enough it was one very large waterfall the likes of witch I have never soon before.  But honestly I thought the cascading falls close to the trailhead and on a side trail were more visually interesting.  So I went back to the car put all the big cameras in the pack and away I went to expose some film.  4 rolls and another 10 sheets of film later I packed out before dark.   My bags got wet. And even dropped my loupe in the water and my new empty water bottle but apparently I wasn't supposed to loose either as they were both easily retrieved.   Now I have a spot to shoot the stars in the notch.  So I should have good stuff for tomorrow's lectures :-). Hope you can make it!

Met a wonderful state worker,  Sarah, and we had some fun conversation as we watched for shooting stars, and the Milky Way wandering by in the sky.  The timelapse looks fantastic!  the Milky Way rolling to the west to set. 

craford notch timelapse It was fun to catch the Milky way with the other camera as well with the Crawford Notch Visitors Center in the foreground. 

DSC02917 And of course The falls.  There are some I haven't worked on yet, a panorama of a lower part of the falls,  I was more struck with the rock than the water actually

DSC02819 Panorama

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:57:56 GMT
Rocky Gorge and lower falls I spent the day out on the Kanc.  It was a beautiful day to be out on the rocks in the sun.  I met with Lauren, and we hiked around the lake by the Rocky George and then down to the Lower Falls where I set out my timelapse camera to capture all the swimmers on the rocks.  It was fun to watch all the people come and go and battle the currents.  After the sun got below the trees enough, I went back to get some photos in the Rocky George and actually found some swimmers just leaving, Naughty naughty!  What a wonderful space with the high cliff walls and flowing water.  I think I have a couple good panoramas from the site.  Where I really wanted to get to I just can't.  I broke out the Big Camera to get the water flowing over the rocks.  I am excited to develop the film and see what I got.  I took some polaroids, but I really want to see the film.  The weather was turning bad last night so I watched and waited for a storm to come up in the valley, Never did.  Enjoy the panos, and time lapse!rocky gorge


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]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:16:54 GMT
Mt Cabot amazing view Today I started my fun officially. Mt Cabot the fittest north 4000 foot peak lay under my feet.  It was a great hike.  A bit under used perhaps I only saw two groups on the way up.  My legs started screaming at me at 3560 feet so I slowed and counted the feet til I arrived.  The little cabin is nice and cozy against the cold wind from the west.  Might actually get a frost up here at the cabin.  Sharing the cabin with a couple that were going to camp except for the crazy wind.  My timelapse camera is set for the south sky to record the Milky Way as it spins around the night sky.  So clear and open with a great view of the valley below.  I hope to get up in time to change the camera over to shoot the shadow of the mountain roll across the valley below.  

While the wind blew and blew during the night, it blew itself out, and the morning was nice and clear and cold with a beautiful sunrise in the east.  I got up in time to change the camera over to the valley below, and captured the sunrise and the change of color and the fog in the valley moving around in the valley.  Both quality is a bit eeh.  A shorter lens for the sky would have been nice, and longer for the valley.  But that is what I had.  Ill do  more again next trip.  The Panoramas however I love.  The evening sun from the porch of the cabin is my favorite.  The sky is amazing. and the valley below the trees is cleanly detailed.  The porch and the setting of the cabin is well placed and I even like my reflection in the window, and I LOVE the color.  I am glad I shot at the right time to record the range of tones perfectly.  any earlier and the sky would have been too bright to do without doing HDR work as well and that never looks quite right.  I am impressed with the smaller L bracket and rotating indexer for the panoramas, They work perfect and weigh almost nothing.  Time to sell my Giant Manfrotto set up :-)

The morning warmed up quickly and after some photography at the summit in the warm morning light I took off, pausing a couple times to capture the trail.  There are few good trail shots.  But my leggs hurt, and I was happy to see my car at the end.    Check out the photos and time lapse in the online album!


mt cabot exterior



]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:53:27 GMT
History Livis in the WMNF I had a wonderful day with two Forest Service staff,  Dan and Jonathan.  They invited me to join them as they surveyed WMNF land for historic landmarks, ruins and what was left of buildings.  We saw lots of glass bottles, some remarkably in tact.  Jonathan was able to have a general idea of the dates by the manufacturing techniques of the artifacts we saw.  My Knowledge of cars helped identify Some parts, and understand what we had seen in the woods.  Bottles, cans cars, even an old evaporator for sap!  Old cellar holes filled with trees and ferns growing every which way.  It was fun exploring the sites long abandoned in Landalff in the WMNF.  I was surprised by how far some of the items got dispersed.  Hub to a wooden wheel was a hundred feet from the steel rim.  Body and frame were 20 feet apart on that old Ford. 

My Hair has been chopped in preperation for Monday's Hike up the Northernmost White Mountain 4000 foot peak, Mt Cabot to a little cabin at the summit.  I am hoping to get the Milky Way moving along the sky.  Of course Ill post what I find. 

DSC02450 Panorama


]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:17:07 GMT
Trail Work Today the 17th of July, I will be meeting some Forest Service and AMC workers to do some trail work.  We will be working to install rock steps and waterbars and handrails.  We will be on the Jackson/Webster trail, which I have never been on before.  I have scaled down my equipment, have a new backpack and am ready to go.  The trail looks steep, or I guess they wouldn't need the steps :-)

Wish me luck!

What a great day on the trail.  I followed Bailey up the trail, by quite a distance.  I weighed my cameras, I have 25-30 pounds of camera gear in the bag, PLUS food, water emergency gear and the bag itself, so it hits almost 50 pounds.  My new pack is hurting my shoulders, I wonder if I have it set up right, or if I just need to adjust my back :-)  not used to carrying such a heavy load everyplace.  So I am looking to save weight in the gear.  Carbon tripod saves over 2 pounds!  different lens set will save a couple pounds too...every little bit helps.

The trail crew today was installing rock steps.  What a chore!  Each step was to be dug out underneath so the stone would only hit at 3 points and wouldn't move when jumped on, NOT a little itty bitty bit!  so it was roll the stone in, jump, roll the stone out, excavate, roll the stone in and repeat until it didn't move any more.  Six-Four  (trail name, and height) worked all day on a stone.  IF done properly the stones won't move for decades if ever.  The trail work manual doesn't exist other than with the men and women that work making the trails.  Young men and women dedicated to the physical labor, each enjoyed the work some have been doing this for more than one season.

DSC02095   Watch one day's work from 9 till 3 on just a few steps! 


I was impressed with their grit, and their determination!  I found some great things to photograph other than the work, the number of Mushrooms!  and they stunk like rotting animals.  EEEWWW.  But they were Great to look at.   And Clover flowers, I have been noticing them all summer, and hadn't realized what they were, Little white flowers with pink details.  They don't look like other clover flower I have seen, but that was the only green around, so when I got back to the stuio I looked it up.  Some are other colors too, yellow and pink. 


I am sore from the hike back out, I fell on my but!  Ill be fine, with a few aspirin :-) 

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:12:29 GMT
Bah! Not what I had hoped!! I set off today to get to the top of Mt Moosilauke.  I left with enough food water and clothing to get me through the night.  But apparently I packed too much for the overly heavy bag wore out my legs way early and I was forced to quit.  Not that the torrential downpours didn't slow me down just a bit.  I do hope I got some good photos on the way up and that the time lapse is worth the effort of bringing it along.  Regardless I am parked for the night.  Out early with what I can vary easily.  I am no longer cold or wet not hungry or thirsty. Just sore legs and disappointed I couldn't make it all the way.  Bah!

Well, in the torrential rain, I raced to set the camera for a timelapse, but I bumped the focus and threw it out of wack bad enough it won't look like much :-(  But I did get several photos that look nice,  including a good panorama. 

panorama beaver brook

]]> (John Anderson, Photographer) Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:17:38 GMT