Made From RI Gallery: Blog https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog en-us Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery (Made From RI Gallery) Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:01:00 GMT Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:01:00 GMT https://www.madefromrigallery.com/img/s/v-12/u678836763-o232994631-50.jpg Made From RI Gallery: Blog https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog 90 120 The Self-Appointed Lifeguard. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/the-self-appointed-lifeguard Watching out for us all

Guardian Gull Patrolling

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Guardian Gull Patrolling 20220923 850_4075Guardian Gull PatrollingA gull stands watch on the seawall as surfers catch the waves of the remnants of Hurricane Fiona at Narragansett Town Beach.

Guardian Gull Working

Guardian Gull Working 20220923 850_4079Guardian Gull WorkingA gull stands watch on the seawall as surfers catch the waves of the remnants of Hurricane Fiona at Narragansett Town Beach.

Guardian Gull Waiting

Guardian Gull Waiting  20220923 850_4077Guardian Gull WaitingA gull stands watch on the seawall as surfers catch the waves of the remnants of Hurricane Fiona at Narragansett Town Beach.

Guardian Gull Watching

Guardian Gull Watching 20220923 850_4078Guardian Gull WatchingA gull stands watch on the seawall as surfers catch the waves of the remnants of Hurricane Fiona at Narragansett Town Beach.

The waves of "Fiona" came to Narragansett, and so did the surfers. Deep in September, there were no lifeguards on the beach having departed at Labor Day. So, one ever vigilant gull decided to take up the task. We can see the serious expression on the face.

This one gull marched the seawall by the beach, keeping a weather eye out for those in the water. Every bobbing on the surface seen. Every single wave observed. The motion of each board taken into account. This gull is the self-appointed guardian and is looking out for us all.

 

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The Late Day Sun's Spotlight. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/the-late-day-suns-spotlight It's all a beautiful thing

Wipeout in the Sun's Spotlight

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Wipeout in the Sun's Spotlight 20220923 850_4156Wipeout in the Sun's SpotlightTwo surfers wiped out in the late afternoon as a wave proceeds off Narragansett Beach. One surfer is in the water and one in the curl of the wave.

When storms are offshore, they come. The waves greet our shores. These waves are an erstwhile gift from "Fiona". And with the waves, people appear. Some to watch, some with boards to surf. It is the surfers who touch the waves and harness their lively kinetic energy.

Here we are at the end of the day on Narragansett Town Beach. The sun is at the horizon offering a red and gold glow through the clouds. One surfer is in the water, another wrapped in the wave wiping out. It is all part of the sport; they will get up, paddle out, and do it all again. The spectators watch and utter sounds much like watching fireworks. It's all a beautiful thing.

 

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The Boats That Become Art in the Water. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/the-boats-that-become-art-in-the-water The boat as art

Classic Lines and Brightwork

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Classic Lines and Brightwork 20220924 850_4351Classic Lines and BrightworkThe classic vessel "Miss Asia" bow view as docked at Watch Hill. Brightwork and sleek lines.

I grew up on boats, with boats, and around boats. We talked about boats at the dinner table the way some families talk about politics. And the considerations of vessel design and build were sometime as contentious.

This gave me an appreciation for the aesthetics of boats. There are some boats that are mere boats. They perform the function of floating in the water and moving under sail or mechanical means.

Other boats have style, class, and panache. They are at home in the water and become part of the environment. They reflect the water, and the water moves in sympathy. The sun shines upon these boats and they glow in return. The lines and curves of these boats make them both distinct from the land and part of the scenery. These boats are classics. They are naval architecture with an emphasis on the art of architecture. Form is a true following of function.

Rhode Island's Watch Hill Cove is among the places that these vessels float. Here we find a classic that looks like it is in motion tied up to the pier. Varnished brightwork, polished stainless steel, chrome steel cutwater, and gold filigree. This is a classic in every sense of the word, and the envy of many boats nearby.

 

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Where Dreams Spring Forth. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/where-dreams-spring-forth “Nothing happens unless first we dream.” - Carl Sandburg

Fountain of Dreams

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Fountain of Dreams 20220923 850_4270Fountain of DreamsAt the blue hour by the fountain of the Towers of Narragansett, barely lit pink clouds from the last of sunlight in the background, the lights come on to produce a dreamlike quality as the waters flow.

Ichthys Fountain

Ichthys Fountain 20220923 850_4274Ichthys FountainAt the blue hour by the fountain of the Towers of Narragansett, barely lit pink clouds from the last of sunlight in the background, the lights come on to produce a dreamlike quality as the waters flow.

Dreams of Fish

Dreams of Fish 20220923 850_4272Dreams of FishAt the blue hour by the fountain of the Towers of Narragansett, barely lit pink clouds from the last of sunlight in the background, the lights come on to produce a dreamlike quality as the waters flow.

On a Friday evening, in the "blue hour", our little family was perambulating in Narragansett. We passed the historic Towers of Narragansett. The sun's remnant was giving a slight pink tinge to the clouds from beneath the horizon. As the lights came on, a dream-like quality painted the entire scene.

Earlier in the evening, a photographer was working at a wedding party at the same location. I could not help but think of my wife and I in the same location many years ago, before the fountain was in place.

The result of the halos of light around the fountain makes one think of the ethereal, the eternal. A place for embarking upon lifetime dreams.

 

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How Smart is a Macaw? Photography by Keith R Wahl. Text by J. K. Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/how-smart-if-a-macaw-photography-by-keith-r-wahl-text-by-j-k-wahl Can you converse with a Macaw? Perhaps, yes. 

Macaw Ruffled with Feathers

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Macaw Ruffled with Feathers 20220828 850_3096Macaw Ruffled with FeathersA Hyacinth Macaw moving about their space with occasional self-grooming at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

Grooming Macaw

Grooming Macaw 20220828 850_3106Grooming MacawA Hyacinth Macaw mving about their space with occasional self-grooming at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

Smiling Macaw

Smiling Macaw 20220828 850_3103Smiling MacawA Hyacinth Macaw mving about their space with occasional self-grooming at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

Macaw Change of Perspective

Macaw Change of Perspective 20220828 850_3102Macaw Change of PerspectiveA Hyacinth Macaw mving about their space with occasional self-grooming at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

The Hyacinth Macaw can be interesting for its many features.  It is an intelligent bird, capable of learning speech. In some cases, they even learn to contextualize words. These Macaws also have very long lifespans, reaching 50-60 years old.  They also use their powerful beaks to find food and are able to use it to crack open a coconut.

This particular Macaw is in the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.  There are two in this zoo, and they are always found playing on branches and having fun. In these photos the Macaws are doing what they would do in the wild, jumping from branch to branch and having fun. As a result, their quality of life is not affected by living in captivity.

 

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Story Bookmarks in the Sand. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/story-bookmarks-in-the-sand Building family beach memories, one shell and one story at a time

Shell Stories Written in Sand

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Shell Stories Written in Sand 20220911 850_3647Shell Stories Written in SandA thousand stories in the shells. At a home abutting Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett, RI, people have placed shells from various sojourns in the sands.

Stories in the Shells

Stories in the Shells 20220911 850_3645Stories in the ShellsA thousand stories in the shells. At a home abutting Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett, RI, people have placed shells from various sojourns in the sands.

Walking along Roger Wheeler State Beach, there was a stairway to an abutting beach house. Near the stairway were various children's water toys. And then, in the sand, I noticed these shells sticking in the sand.

What a wonderful, if childlike, thing to do. Creating bookmarks of multiples of beach stories in the sand using shells. I can imagine that there is someone who is saying, "Remember when we went to the beach to make sandcastles? We picked this shell." It's a perfect way to build family beach memories, one shell and one story at a time.

 

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Baskets of Harvest. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/baskets-of-harvest The time to gather

Bushels Of Apples

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Bushels Of ApplesBushels Of ApplesBushels Full Of Apples. Apples in a rural setting on Conanicut Island, Jamestown, Rhode Island

Fall Farm Stand Gourds

FallFarmstandGourds_20201010_850_6366Fall Farm Stand GourdsSquash and gourds in a farm stand basket.

Fall Farm Stand In The Basket

FallFarmstandInTheBasket_20201010_850_6368Fall Farm Stand In The BasketGourds and squash in the basket and readied for sale.

Fall Farm Stand Bounty

FallFarmstandBounty_20201010_850_6369Fall Farm Stand BountyA bounty of squash and gourds in a farm stand basket.

Autumn is not only a time for leaves to change colors and fall to the ground. It is the time of harvest. It is the time where the toils of the summer bear fruit.

My grandparents had what one might call a "gentleman's farm" in its time. I can remember as a child standing in the rows of various crops picking vegetables or fruit. Picking one item is easy. By the time that the second hour passes, one understands and appreciates the work. If one did not know that they worked from the filled baskets and bins, their aching legs provided information.

Coming in from the field, the canning and storing commenced led by my hardy Dutch grandmother. But first, there were meals of the selected fresh picked. The preparation was outside, performed over fire. The service in the cool air was family style along long picnic tables. It was a celebration that the harvest had come in.

 

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The Reclamation. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/the-reclamation Saltwater and Seashells heal everything

Shell Wave Approach

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Shell Wave Approach 20220911 850_3632Shell Wave ApproachA clam shell as it is surrounded by a shoreline wave approaches and surrounds the water and sand laden vessel at Roger Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Shell Wave Contact

Shell Wave Contact 20220911 850_3633Shell Wave ContactA clam shell as it is surrounded by a shoreline wave approaches and surrounds the water and sand laden vessel at Roger Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Shell Wave Surround

Shell Wave Surround 20220911 850_3634Shell Wave SurroundA clam shell as it is surrounded by a shoreline wave approaches and surrounds the water and sand laden vessel at Roger Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Walking along the shore at Roger Wheeler State Beach, the post-Labor Day shells gather. The dragging of the beaches stops after Labor Day, and we see shells and wrack line life again. In other words, the beach becomes a beachcomber's dream.

The gentle waves of the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge appreciate the change as well. The waves comb the beaches as well as the humans. In this case, there is one clam shell at the tide line. Weighted with water and sand, a foamy wave reaches out and embraces this shell, welcoming it back.

 

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Thoughts of Autumn. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/thoughts-of-autumn Embracing the beautiful change

Autumn Leaves Near Home

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Autumn Leaves Near Home 20211015 850_2288Autumn Leaves Near HomeAutumn leaves in fall colors

Fall Pathways: Gated

FallPathways_Gated_20201019_850_7806Fall Pathways: GatedPathways in Fall seem to be more symbolic. They not only highlight the Fall foliage, but they also represent the transitions between seasons.

Temporary Ornaments

TemporaryOrnaments_20201016_850_7511Temporary OrnamentsLeaves hanging on in a brilliant display of color.

Foliage Cathedral

FoliageCathedral_20201012_850_7125Foliage CathedralOn the bike path in South Kingstown, Rhode Island after a rain. The leaves have fallen and provide an outline to the path. The trees above provide a cathedral of color.

Portrait Of Change

PortraitOfChange_20201010_850_6685Portrait Of ChangeA single Maple leaf in the process of changing colors. The chlorophyll is breaking down and the green color is disappearing, and the yellow to orange colors become visible.

Autumn arrives for 2022 at 9:03 PM EDT for where we are in Rhode Island. At this moment, there are few changes save for a bit of a chill as I take the dog out for his ablution in the early morning.

Soon the weather, the light, and the leaves will change. Some of the change has already started due to a summer drought. It will come with alacrity, seeming to come all at once. But this is the nature of Autumn in New England. And it is always beautiful, so we embrace this wonderous change.

 

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Softly a Day on the Water Ends. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/softly-a-day-on-the-water-ends Grateful for what we have here on the coast

Softly in East Matunuck

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Softly in East Matunuck 20220910 850_3532Softly in East MatunuckAt the golden hour, the mists arise as the sun descends viewing westward from East Matunuck to Matunuck as a boat trolls for fish. .

There is something about the change of seasons creating immediate nostalgia. We are not quite ready to let the past season go. We have much more to do, and we want those extra precious moments, hours, and days.

And the weather is sympathetic in that plight. The haze gives way to the mists of memory. In fact, those are mists created by the breaking of waves. This causes a soft amber glow at the end of the day as we watch the sportfishing boat between beaches.

Soon the water will start to chill. The soft blues will become hard and almost black. Life here will be a little harder in the cold as we see heat instead of light. But for now, we look into the glow, remember, and are grateful for what we have here on the coast.

 

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Seasonal Preparation. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/seasonal-preparation Crooked wood burns quite as well as straight - German Proverb

Seasoned and Stacked

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Seasoned and Stacked 20220917 850_3934Seasoned and StackedStacks of seasoned split wood supported by tree in preparation of colder months.

Stacked and Seasoned

Stacked and Seasoned 20220917 850_3931Stacked and SeasonedStacks of seasoned split wood supported by tree in preparation of colder months.

Walking down the street, the signs of seasonal change are evident. A neighbor has stacks of split and seasoned wood covered outside. The stacks are between their trees away from the house and prepared for Fall and into Winter. This is New England, and even in Southern New England it pays to prepare. We do get snow here and in turn, we do lose power on occasion. 

In Rhode Island, the look is less rustic and more modern. We are watching fuel and utility costs increase. Stacked wood may not be the wave of the future, but it is certain in the present.

 

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About the Chapel in the Pines. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/about-the-chapel-in-the-pines Can we help? Can Do!

Chapel In the Pines

Chapel In the Pines_20210616_850_4941Chapel In the PinesChapel In The Pines at the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in North Kingstown, RI

This is being written for a special reason. We receive at least two or three calls a week based upon this photo. These calls have to do with wanting to schedule a wedding at the venue. The callers have found this photo at our sites and call us at Made From RI Gallery for more information.

This tells us a couple of things. First, we should take more photos of the location as people have an interest. Second, more people need to have the contact information, which we will post here, below.

We have written about this structure before here: Made From RI Gallery | Chapel In the Pines by Keith R Wahl. Built by Seabees in the early 1960s of a slab concrete roof. The building is at the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The Chapel in The Pines is one of the most unusual buildings in the world (located in our home state of Rhode Island). It is a unique piece of Rhode Island history and architecture worthy of note. 

We have also learned that the venue could use some help as of this writing (September 2022). There is a "GoFundMe" located here: Fundraiser by Joe Frigon : Davisville Chapel in the Pines (gofundme.com). Can we help them? Well, in the words of the Seabees, "Can Do!" Face To Face With The Fighting Seabee by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

Contact the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park here for more information: 

Museum and Park Dedicated to the US Seabees (seabeesmuseum.com)
21 Iafrate Way, North Kingstown, RI 02852, tel. (401) 294-7233, email: info@seabeesmuseum.com

 

About Made From RI Gallery, Photographer Keith R Wahl. Made From RI Gallery is an extension of the work of Made From RI (featuring Rhode Island made products). At Made From RI Gallery, we strive to comtemplate visual storytelling about whatever is true, noble, pure, lovely, and admirable
 

 

 


 

 

 

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Classic Shore Views. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/classic-shore-views Was it all a dream?

Classic Dinghy on Oblique

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Dinghy in Golden Light 20220914 850_3731Dinghy in Golden LightA classic dinghy tied off in the golden light of the late day sun as the beins to set over the Upper Pond (Point Judith Pond), Narragansett, Rhode Island

Classic Dinghy Profile

Classic Dinghy Profile 20220914 850_3757Classic Dinghy ProfileA classic dinghy tied off in the golden light of the late day sun as the beins to set over the Upper Pond (Point Judith Pond), Narragansett, Rhode Island

Classic Dinghy on Oblique

Classic Dinghy on Oblique 20220914 850_3738Classic Dinghy on ObliqueA classic dinghy tied off in the golden light of the late day sun as the beins to set over the Upper Pond (Point Judith Pond), Narragansett, Rhode Island

The end of Summer and the beginning of Fall are never like they portray it in the media. One is slow to release its grasp and the other takes gentle hold. In this passage, there's a subtle hint of change that we should observe and savor in our encounters.

The light itself becomes golden in the early evening. This aureate hue will permeate the views around us. The result is a classic, dream-like quality.

This ageless quality comes but once a year and lasts for a short time. It gives rise to nostalgia for the Summer that is passing and hope for the new colors of Fall. And the water, the grasses, and even the boats will show this simple, relaxing aura. And if we choose to take it in, we find a sense of tranquility.

 

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Human Creativity and Nature Meet. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/human-creativity-and-nature-meet High Hopes

Ant Can't?

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Ant Can't 20220910 850_3454Ant Can't?A flying ant clims a stack of rocks upon a driftwood log at East Matunuck State Beach in the late day sun

Ant Can!

Ant Can! 20220910 850_3455Ant Can!A flying ant clims a stack of rocks upon a driftwood log at East Matunuck State Beach in the late day sun

As summer closes upon the southern Rhode Island beaches, several forces converge. These forces are nature, human creativity, and a splash of entropy. The mix is an explosion of inspiration for imaginative and creative minds.

Nature provides the raw materials. Driftwood logs blows to shore. Waves smooth the rocks that are a natural occurrence on the beaches. And then, before the air cools, flying ants fill the air and follow the winds to the shore.

Humans find the driftwood log and rocks to create temporary structures on the sands. There is a certain improvisational creative genius in these structures. It is temporary art in and of itself.

Then, an ant decides to conquer one of these artistic endeavors. It must climb the structure for the same reason given by Sir Edmund Hilary, "Because it is there." The high hopes of the ant made manifest.

Entropy will take over. The sand will move. The log will fall. The stones will scatter. The high hopes will remain documented.

 

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Until We Meet Again. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/until-we-meet-again “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

– A.A. Milne

Goodbye Kiss

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Goodbye Kiss 20220914 850_3732Goodbye KissThe sun trails across the water and kisses a sailing dinghy before it is hauled out for the season. On the Upper Pond in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

An older couple pulled their sailing dinghy out of the water on a mid-September evening. The woman was sad, but she expressed that there had been a lot of rain and there was a need for care. It was obvious that they did not wish to wrap up their summer boating season.

The Sun was in sympathy with these thoughts as it set over the Upper Pond. The ray of light reached across the water placing a gentle starburst kiss, "goodbye for now" on the dinghy's gunwale. And we know that they will meet again, the summer Sun and this boat on Point Judith Pond.

 

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How Many Muscles in and Elephant's Trunk? Photography by Keith R Wahl and Text by J. K. Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/how-many-muscles-in-and-elephants-trunk Th' unwieldy elephant, to make them mirth, us'd all his might, and wreathed his lithe proboscis.” - John Milton

Eye To Eye

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EyeToEye_20200217_D56_0091EEye To EyeEye To Eye. Coming eye to eye with a feeding elephant at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

African Elephants are interesting in their adaptations and features.  They are the largest land animal, weighing up to eleven tons.   Their trunks contain 40,000 muscles, allowing them mastery over this appendage.  Elephants also have two "fingers" on the end of their trunks, allowing them to easily grab objects more.

On a sadder note, elephants are among the most poached animals on earth. Their tusks grow for their entire lives. This makes elephants a target for poachers. The black market for their Ivory is very large, with illegal ivory selling for approximately $1,800/kg.  African elephants are currently classified as an endangered species.

This is one of the three elephants at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.  Alice, Ginny, and Kate are the names of these elephants, and they live as freely in the zoo as they do in the wild.

 

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Pastels On The Marsh. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/pastels-on-the-marsh Colors to put the soul at rest

Pastel Marsh Sunset

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Pastel Marsh Sunset 20220723 850_1609Pastel Marsh SunsetThe changing colors of sunset over the marsh at Potter Pond and Sycamore Cove in South Kingstown Rhode Island

If a beach sunset stimulates feelings, then the pastels of the marsh sunset is the soul's balm. This where to go to relax the mind and regain focus.

As the sun sets in the sky, a pastel haze will procrastinate over the marsh. The heat of the sun brings moisture into the air and causes the light to linger amongst the hues. The sense is relaxing and even lazy. The birds feel it as they rest their wings. People see it as they rest their minds.

See more marsh sunset photos here: Appreciation of Marsh Sunsets
 

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Graceful Gull (Not). Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/graceful-gull-not "I meant to do that!"

Graceful Gull (Not) 

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Graceful Gull (Not) 20220910 850_3417Graceful Gull (Not) The moment where a gull utterly miscalculates a wave and does a faceplant upon landing in the afternoon sun at East Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

By and large, no matter our other thoughts, we can all agree that gulls are graceful birds. Oh, we do not like them when they steal our clamcakes (that's a famous Rhode Island culinary thing) or forage around our beach blankets. We do not like their surreptitious decorating of our cars. But as they swoop overhead and land on the edge of the shore, they are the epitome of grace.

Well, they are the epitome of grace until they are not. And when things fail, they fail with a spectacle. In this case, the gull was landing before us and I was focusing on capturing the polished landing. Alas, the grand gesture was not to be. The gull miscalculated and performed a full on faceplant into an incoming wave. And the eye of the gull looked back as if to say, "I meant to do that!"

 

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Appreciation of Marsh Sunsets. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/appreciation-of-marsh-sunsets Scenes paint themselves on the marsh

Enlightening Marsh Sunset

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Enlightening Marsh Sunset 20220723 850_1596Enlightening Marsh SunsetThe changing colors of sunset over the marsh at Potter Pond and Sycamore Cove in South Kingstown Rhode Island

Enlivened Marsh Sunset

Enlivened Marsh Sunset 20220723 850_1605Enlivened Marsh SunsetThe changing colors of sunset over the marsh at Potter Pond and Sycamore Cove in South Kingstown Rhode Island

Lively Marsh Sunset

Lively Marsh Sunset 20220723 850_1608Lively Marsh SunsetThe changing colors of sunset over the marsh at Potter Pond and Sycamore Cove in South Kingstown Rhode Island

When considering sunsets, the mind leaps to thoughts of beaches, meadows, and mountains. But have we considered some of their landscape "cousins" like the marsh.

The marsh is that place inside of beaches where coves form. They play a vital ecological asset. But we are examining their aesthetics for the moment.

From an artistic view, they provide optical variation. They have multiples of contrasting colors. We see greens and blues juxtaposed against reds, yellows and oranges. The air itself amplifies these images at sunset as it is full of vapor and life. Visually, the sky gives the sensual impression of melting. 

The marsh remains one of the lesser explored areas. But that is okay as it leaves people like me opportunities to explore and reveal them. But for now, I am going to sit back and enjoy the sunset and promise that there is more to come.

 

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September's Gull. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/septembers-gull The fire of September

September's Gull

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September's Gull 20220910 850_3564September's GullA gull against the light of the setting sun as a small wave breaks at his feet at East Matunuck State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island. The cool wave captures the light of the sun's fire.

September's Gull at Sunset

September's Gull at Sunset 20220910 850_3565September's Gull at SunsetA gull against the light of the setting sun as a small wave breaks at his feet at East Matunuck State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island. The cool wave captures the light of the sun's fire.

September's Gull in Wave

September's Gull in Wave 20220910 850_3566September's Gull in WaveA gull against the light of the setting sun as a small wave breaks at his feet at East Matunuck State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island. The cool wave captures the light of the sun's fire.

Early September exerts its own feeling on the shores of Southern New England. Storms offshore threaten us with big waves as hurricane season is still in progress. There is a kiss of coolness in the air at the beginning and end of the day as the days shorten. Still, the sun lets us know that its fire is still there in its warmth and color.

The gull sitting in the shallows of East Matunuck Beach in Narragansett, RI concurs. As the gull stands in the shallows, a wavelet from a bigger wave approach. The sun is setting, and the air is cooling, but the red light of the setting sun shines through the aqua wave. The color combination highlights the combination of conditions of light and weather. And the fire of September refuses to relent against the coming of Autumn. This is a scene to recall until spring is upon us again.

 

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Beauty That Lasts. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/beauty-that-lasts “Beauty is not caused. It is.”

- Emily Dickinson

Beautiful White Hibiscus

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Beautiful White Hibiscus 20220905 850_3315Beautiful White HibiscusAn Hibiscus flower and unfurled bud right before a heavy rainstorm at Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Tissue Paper Thin Hibiscus Flower

Tissue Paper Thin Hibiscus Flower 20220905 850_3317Tissue Paper Thin Hibiscus FlowerTissue paper thin Hibiscus flower alongside Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Hibiscus Bud in Dull Morning Light

Hibiscus Bud in Dull Morning Light 20220905 850_3321Hibiscus Bud in Dull Morning LightA wihte Hibiscus flowering in the dull morning light alongside Indian Lake Shores, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Hibiscus Preserved Before a Storm

Hibiscus Preserved Before a Storm 20220905  850_3318 1Hibiscus Preserved Before a StormAn Hibiscus before a storm at Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

The delicate Hibiscus. Tissue paper thin. Delicate. Elegant. White and pure in soft, pale light. We found these examples in our Indian Lake neighborhood. We were taking a walk, my wife and I, before the end of meteorological summer. It was also before a storm where copious amounts of rain fell in big, heavy drops.

Returning to this spot by the lake after the rain, the soft petals did not last. No longer will they charm us with their presence. But they were here once, and they had grace and virtue.

So, we have a choice in the passing of these flowers. We can lament their demise or celebrate their presence. I stroll with a camera and capture flowers. It is a task that I never thought that I would find myself performing. But I do so to exalt them and what they give us. I do so because they do not last, but they have so much to give us now in their present and again in their remembrance. I capture their temporal image because they are.

 

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Full Harvest Moon 10 September. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/full-harvest-moon-10-september "Truths are first clouds, then rain, then harvest, then food." – Henry Ward Beecher

Full Harvest Moon 10 September

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Full Harvest Moon 10 September 2022 DSCN1524Full Harvest Moon 10 September 2022

The Harvest Moon obtains its name from the harvest season in the Northern Hemisphere. There is also an astronomical reason why this Full Moon relates to the harvest. This has to do with the autumnal equinox.

During this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, we see the closest consecutive moonrises of the year around Full Moon. The successive moonrises coming around the same time of day, it feels like there are several Full Moons in a row.

If you were a farmer needing to get your crop in, the extra moonlight meant that work and harvest into the evening. Hence, the Harvest Moon.

Almanac Data:

Phase: Full Moon 10 September 2022
Illumination: 100%
Moon Age: 14.85 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 373,690.57 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,614,182.62 km

 

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Bee and Flower Symbiosis. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/bee-and-flower-symbiosis "He told them tales of bees and flowers..." J.R.R. Tolkien

A Bee and the Flower

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A Bee and the Flower 20220905 850_3334A Bee and the FlowerA bee harvests a flower's pollen by Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Bee at Work in A Flower

A Bee at Work in A Flower 20220905 850_3335A Bee at Work in A FlowerA bee harvests a flower's pollen by Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Bee's Work

A Bee's Work 20220905 850_3335AA Bee's WorkA bee harvests a flower's pollen by Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

The relationship between bees and flowers is often taken for granted. In fact, it is almost an afterthought. In reality it is a symbiosis worthy of deeper consideration.

Bees are responsible for gathering pollen from the flowers. They land on with their tiny hairs, and later passing it onto the next flower it collects pollen from. This is not accidental or coincidental. Unlike beetles or flies who might cross pollinate by accident, bees intend to do so.

Pollen plays a vital role in the reproduction of life for both the flower and the bee. Pollen is a major part of the bee’s diet. When water Combines with the flower’s sugar, it creates nectar, which is also essential for bee’s survival. Nectar is a food source that provides energy for bees thrive on to travel from plant to plant. Hence, the energy source for pollination

Flowers rely on bees to cross-pollinate their female plants. When bees feed on the pollen, their body picks up excess via their pollen-collecting hairs. This pollen is then released when they land. Pollen act as the flower’s seed, which is mandatory for the survival of that flower species. And this continues this mutual life cycle.

 

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Seasonal Change in View. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/seasonal-change-in-view A place to enjoy the view

Lakeside Seat to Seasonal Change

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Lakeside Seat to Seasonal Change 20220905 850_3325Lakeside Seat to Seasonal ChangeA lakeside seat to viewing seasonal change on the Labor Day weekend at Indian Lake, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Seasonal change comes in many varieties. Some we welcome and herald. Some we resist and fight. Others fit a social or cultural niche.

The fact is that seasons mark time and change. We have a choice. We can fight the inevitable moving forward or sit back and enjoy the view.

The sky rents open before the start of school, the cultural start of fall. Or some prefer to acknowledge it as the meteorological start of fall. Whatever the viewpoint, someone has created a seat on a little beach along the shore of Rhode Island's Indian Lake. From there, we are able to enjoy the view.

 

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A Dragonfly Lights in Usquepaug. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/a-dragonfly-lights-in-usquepaug "Today I saw the dragonfly come from the wells where he did lie... A living flash of light he flew."

- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Usquepaug Dragonfly

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Usquepaug Dragonfly 20220904 850_3289Usquepaug DragonflyA gold-ringed Dragonfly lights upon a stick on the edge of Glen Rock Reservoir in Usquepaug, Rhode Island

Walking along the edges of Glen Rock Reservoir in Usquepaug, RI, one finds many predators. There are eagles, hawks, herons, and dragonflies. Yes, dragonflies.

In this case, there was an insect lighting on a stick. The summer of 2022 has the mark of drought upon it. Sticks have gathered on the edges of lakes, ponds and reservoirs. Looking among this detritus and debris is as much a matter of safety as curiosity. There may be animals hiding or trapped in these areas.

Here, I found a Golden-Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii). Researching the species, I unearthed this phrase: "A voracious predator. It will even eat other dragonflies. Among the longest dragonfly species." This is an interesting find.

 

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 8 September 2022. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/waxing-gibbous-moon-8-september-2022 Waxing Gibbous of Moon 8 September 2022

Waxing Gibbous Moon 8 September 2022 DSCN1519Waxing Gibbous Moon 8 September 2022Phase: Waxing Gibbous 8 September 2022 Illumination: 95% Moon Age: 12.62 days Moon Angle: 0.54 Moon Distance: 366,545.92 km Sun Angle: 0.53 Sun Distance: 150,691,656.91 km

Almanac Data:

Phase: Waxing Gibbous 8 September 2022

Illumination: 95%

Moon Age: 12.62 days

Moon Angle: 0.54

Moon Distance: 366,545.92 km

Sun Angle: 0.53

Sun Distance: 150,691,656.91 km

 

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Mycelial Hydraulics. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/mycelial-hydraulics "Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom" - Thomas Carlyle 

Mushroom and Morning Dew

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Mushroom and Morning Dew 20220905 850_3310Mushroom and Morning DewA mushroom with morning dew near the boat ramp at Indian Lake, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Mushroom and Morning Dew

Mushroom in the Grass 20220905 850_3308Mushroom in the GrassA mushroom with morning dew near the boat ramp at Indian Lake, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Some fear that extreme drought conditions might inhibit mushroom mycelium growth. Fungi are resilient though. Mycelial networks can reach deep into the soil profiles to access water. Fungal hyphae survive in extreme drought conditions, hydraulically lifting water to the surface.

We see this hydraulic action in this mushroom, dripping in moisture on a dry morning by Indian Lake in South Kingstown, RI. It is taking in moisture from the air and soil.

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Ghosts of Mark Twain at the Lake. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/ghosts-of-mark-twain The lake keeps storytelling alive and vital

Quiet Rowboat

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Quiet Rowboat 20220830 850_3153Quiet RowboatA rowing boat docked on Indian Lake at a dock with a bench, hidden amongst the vegetation surrounding the lake. In South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Evening at the Fishing Area

Evening at the Fishing Area 20220830 850_3149Evening at the Fishing AreaA canoe being used for early evning fishing at Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

I once worked in Ocean Marine Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut. I worked with a gentleman who had a wonderful story of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). His grandfather (as a young man) was fishing on the Connecticut River with his friends. An older man approached and asked what they were doing. They explained that they were fishing. So, the older man regaled the boys with stories of fishing. As he departed, he reached into a heavy satchel and gifted each of the boys copies of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". My coworker then showed us the signed copies as handed down to him.

Now, I am back in my native Rhode Island (I never left in many senses) going on two decades. We live along the area known as Indian Lake. My sons will run down to the ramp and fish or sometimes have "brother time" for a walk. It is something that young men need.

But as I see the scenes on the lake, the spirit of Mark Twain and adventure is there. His ghost voices a gentle, nostalgic, chuckle as he watches the neighbor youngsters. There is swimming, playing, rowing, paddling, exploring, and fishing. And we know that Mark Twain's ghost is here, encouraging the making of future yarns. The lake keeps storytelling alive and vital.

 

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Birds Over the Cove. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/birds-over-the-cove "Somewhere" is a destination

Cove Morning

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Cove Morning 20220825 850_2913Cove MorningA flock flies out of the early morning sky and over the boats of in Wickford Cove (Mill Cove) in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Morning on the Cove

Morning on the Cove 20220825 850_2914Morning on the CoveA flock flies out of the early morning sky and over the boats of in Wickford Cove (Mill Cove) in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

The birds are flying over the cove and over the boats as they swing on their moorings. It is early morning, and the sun is rising, silhouetting the boats as they soar overhead.

Where are the birds flying? Somewhere. They will go there, and they will feed. Or sleep. Or sun themselves. This is what birds do.

And in kind the boats of summer wait for their owners on the cove. They too will sail somewhere. And somewhere seems to be a wonderful place to go.

 

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Do You Know the Komodo? Photography by Keith R Wahl. Text by J. K. Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/do-you-know-the-komodo The Noble Dragon

Pose of the Komodo

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Pose of the Komodo 20220828 850_3070Pose of the KomodoA Komodo Dragon poses for the camera at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

The Good Side of the Komodo

The Good Side of the Komodo 20220828 850_3072The Good Side of the KomodoA Komodo Dragon showing her good side at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

The Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard on earth, reaching lengths of up to 10 feet.  They are endemic to the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia. It has long been thought that Komodo Dragons use the bacteria in their saliva to poison their prey, but this is not true.  They actually use their venom, which lowers blood pressure and prevents blood clotting.

This particular Komodo dragon's name is Elsie, and she lives at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. Her exhibit is accommodated with everything she could need, from heat lamps to simulate her natural environment, to a swimming pool. 

She may be a little sluggish at times, but she stood up and posed just for this photo.

Note: Our youngest son wrote the text associated with this photo. He has a love and knowledge of animals. And has been working at a zoo for the summer. So, as we have opportunities to add photos that I have taken at the zoo, he will be our guest writer on the topic (and he has taught us a lot as parents just by speaking with sheer glee about these creatures). He also wrote Made From RI Gallery | Stalking Cheetah & Made From RI Gallery | Portrait of a Giraffe

 

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Asking, Seeking, Finding. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/asking-seeking-finding Clouds and silver linings

Seeking a Silver Lining

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Seeking a Silver Lining 20220830 850_3129Seeking a Silver LiningSeeking the cloud's silver lining on a late summer afternoon on Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Sunlight leaks through the clouds and shimmers on the water.

Finding a Silver Lining

Finding a Silver Lining 20220830 850_3171Finding a Silver LiningFinding the cloud's silver lining on a late summer afternoon on Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Sunlight leaks through the clouds and shimmers on the water.

"Every cloud has a silver lining." Or so the saying goes. But one asks what that silver lining is. Sometimes, we ask the question not expecting the answer, but we find it anyway.

And this was the case as we walked along the lake on an "end of summer" evening. We walked and sat on a dock and talked for a while as gray clouds rolled overhead. On occasion some of the late day sun penetrated the clouds and found their shimmer on the lake.

The conversation was about new things and the uncertainty they bring. The apprehension that the unknown brings. The mild anxiety and nervousness in something new.

So, we got up from the dock and continued walking. As we rounded the corner, we saw blue gaps of sky through the clouds above. The sun was shining through, and reflections rebounded off the lake.

And the lesson came forth. "Every cloud has a silver lining." Every unknown or apprehensive situation has hope buried somewhere inside. That hope may not be apparent right now, but it is there.

We continued walking. We had the boldness to ask the question. We sought out answers. And the answers came to us. All in all, it was a good walk.

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Arise. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/arise Let wonder take hold with each passing moment

Appearance of the Sun at Mill Cove

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Appearance of the Sun at Mill Cove 20220825 850_2929Appearance of the Sun at Mill CoveThe rising of the summer sun at Mill Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Rising Sun at Mill Cove

Rising Sun at Mill Cove 20220825 850_2930Rising Sun at Mill CoveThe rising of the summer sun at Mill Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

The morning sun is shy as it makes its slow appearance over the trees at the edge of the cove. The light peeks around the corner as if it is afraid to come out. But it is the sun, and it must rise, and it must shine.

Overcoming shyness, the sun shows itself over the trees. It illuminates the clouds above and the boats below. The water reflects the sky above and glistens with the sun's illumination.

This is the start of the day. It something that is always special on the water. It changes moment by moment. And anyone who takes the time to watch it seems to come away with a sense of gratitude. And as the day moves forward, wonder takes hold with each passing hour.

Sunrise at Mill Cove

Sunrise at Mill Cove 20220825 850_2933Sunrise at Mill CoveThe rising of the summer sun at Mill Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Morning Sunshine at Mill Cove

Morning Sunshine at Mill Cove 20220825 850_2935Morning Sunshine at Mill CoveThe rising of the summer sun at Mill Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Sun Awakened at Mill Cove

Sun Awakened at Mill Cove 20220825 850_2937Sun Awakened at Mill CoveThe rising of the summer sun at Mill Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

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Decisive Transitional Moment. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/decisive-transitional-moment A minimalist portrait of a decisive moment

A Leaf Marking Transition

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A Leaf Marking Transition 20220830 850_3167A Leaf Marking TransitionA reddened maple leaf floating on Indian Lake in South Kingstown, RI at the close of summer

It is infrequent that a decisive moment is so real. It jumps up in front of you in stark revelation and grabs you and says, "This is it!"

But on a recent evening, the symbolic moment came before me while walking with my oldest son. We were rambling along the local lake and he was sitting on a dock for a moment as young men will do. We both were looking out at the lake in a moment of contemplation. Soon, he and his brother will be back in school. Summer will close and cultural and meteorological Autumn will begin. But outward signs of this transition are here. It is rare that seasons have a sudden revelation.

Even so, a sudden and decisive revelation happened to us on this evening. A Maple leaf in red, yellow, and orange floated by. Fish were touching the surface around the leaf, making ripples in the water. And the waning blue and white of the summer sky reflected on the lake's surface. And the decisive moment was before us.

 

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Portrait of a Giraffe. Photography by Keith R Wahl. Text by J.K. Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/portrait-of-a-giraffe What do giraffes have in common with humans?

Portrait of a Giraffe

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Portrait of a Giraffe 20220828 850_3125Portrait of a GiraffePortrait of a giraffe at Roger Williams Park Zoo on a sunny summer day (not unlike the weather found in their native environment)

Giraffes are incredibly fascinating creatures. In particular, the Masai Giraffe is the tallest species of giraffe in the world. The tallest Masai Giraffe on record is 18 feet 8 inches (5.7 meters). They use their long neck and legs to reach the leaves in the tall trees that would not be accessible to them otherwise. This becomes an issue when they need to drink water though, as they need to stand with their front legs splayed to reach the pools of water for their needs. In spite of their long necks, giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as humans (seven vertebrae).

This particular giraffe's name is Cora, and she lives at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.  She is docile, as giraffes are most of the time.  Her lighter brown spots and shorter neck and legs separate her from the other giraffe in the exhibit, Jaffa. 

Here, she is pacing back and forth in the outdoor portion of her enclosure.  She is just as much a beautiful and majestic animal as any giraffe in the wild.

 

Note: Our youngest son wrote the text associated with this photo. He has a love and knowledge of animals. And has been working at a zoo for the summer. So, as we have opportunities to add photos that I have taken at the zoo, he will be our guest writer on the topic (and he has taught us a lot as parents just by speaking with sheer glee about these creatures). He also wrote Made From RI Gallery | Stalking Cheetah

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Brown Study on a Lazy River. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/brown-study-on-a-lazy-river The gift of being still and knowing

Rocky Creek Bed

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Rocky Creek Bed 20220730 850_1787Rocky Creek BedViewing the rocky bed of West Canada Creek as the water flows in Herkimer, New York on a sanny day.

Flowing Creek Bed

Flowing Creek Bed 20220720 830_1785Flowing Creek BedViewing the rocky bed of West Canada Creek as the water flows in Herkimer, New York on a sanny day.

A "Brown Study" is an ancient term. It refers to a state of deep contemplation or rumination, a state of reverie, or meditation. A state of abstraction of deep thought. And there is nothing like the easy flow of a lazy river to set a mind to this state.

In the case of the photographed scene, the river was more of a wide creek. That is West Canada Creek in Herkimer, New York. The abstract image created as the light passes over the flowing water. The light penetrating in random refraction. Put together, it mesmerizes and frees the mind. The calm washes over thoughts and allows deep thought. It is the gift of being still and knowing.

 

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A Wickford Morning Fish Story. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/9/a-wickford-morning-fish-story Mornings for the young at heart

A Morning Fish Story A

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A Morning Fish Story A 20220825 850_2904A Morning Fish Story AA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Morning Fish Story B

A Morning Fish Story B 20220825 850_2905A Morning Fish Story BA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

On certain mornings, there are moments that no matter how old we are, we are young. Early mornings involving fishing are among these.

The activity of preparing the boat, the rods, reels and tackle all creates an air of anticipation. Even the sound and scent of the outboard motor is exhilarating.

Easing out into the cove, throttling the motor to life, anticipation dwindles. The replacement is reality and hope for a good day. Camaraderie comes to the fore, a day with a good friend on the water in the sunshine. It may not be all about fishing but fishing sure is a good excuse for friendship in the outdoors.

A Morning Fish Story C

A Morning Fish Story C 20220825 850_29051A Morning Fish Story CA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Morning Fish Story D

A Morning Fish Story D 20220825 850_2906A Morning Fish Story DA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Morning Fish Story E

A Morning Fish Story E 20220825 850_2907A Morning Fish Story EA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Morning Fish Story F

A Morning Fish Story F 20220825 850_2908A Morning Fish Story FA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Morning Fish Story G

A Morning Fish Story G 20220825 850_2909A Morning Fish Story GA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Morning Fish Story H

A Morning Fish Story H 20220825 850_2910A Morning Fish Story HA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Morning Fish Story I

A Morning Fish Story I 20220825 850_2911A Morning Fish Story IA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Morning Fish Story J

A Morning Fish Story J 20220825 850_2912A Morning Fish Story JA small sport fishing boat moving into the stream and to where the fish are at sunrise. At Mill Cove and Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

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Stalking Cheetah. Photography by Keith R Wahl. Text by J. K. Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/stalking-cheetah Instincts at work

Stalking Cheetah

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Stalking Cheetah 20220828 850_2967Stalking CheetahA Cheetah on the stalk at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

The cheetah is notoriously known as the fastest land animal, reaching sprints of about 60 miles an hour. These sprints are possible because of their large nostrils and lungs for increased oxygen intake and distribution throughout the body.  They also have a light body structure, allowing for faster acceleration.

To aid them in hunting, cheetahs have a small enough frame to stay hidden in tall grasses. Their yellow and black coloration allows them to blend into the surroundings of the African savannah.  These cats are truly masters of their surroundings.

In this image, the cheetah is practicing stalking behavior.  She may not live in the wild, but she still has the instincts of any wild feline.

 

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Where We've Been. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/where-weve-been Imagination and constructive frivolity

Cairn and Sky

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Cairn and Sky 20220824 850_2752Cairn and SkyAn early evening scene with a cairn and clouds at Black Point in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Cairn Marking Demarcation

Cairn Marking Demarcation 20220824 850_2746Cairn Marking DemarcationA stack of rocks marking Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Reflective Tide Pool Cairn

Reflective Tide Pool Cairn 20220824 850_2754Reflective Tide Pool CairnStacked rocks in a tide pool reflection at Black Point in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Tide Pool Cairn

Tide Pool Cairn 20220824 850_2753Tide Pool CairnStacked rocks in a tide pool reflection at Black Point in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Cairns have a new emphasis of meaning as of late. The tacks of rocks have had a meaning. At the very least, the meaning has become as transient as their existence.

Cairns appear for a broad variety of purposes. In prehistoric times, they were markers, as memorials and as burial monuments. In modern times, cairns are landmarks, especially to marking the summits of mountains. Cairns are also used as trail markers. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills. Cairns vary in complexity from loose conical rock piles to elaborate, immense, structures.

The cairns that we encounter along the shore of Rhode Island are more ephemeral. These are temporary structures will not last. These that we photographed are as permanent as they will become. What do they mark? The imagination of good friends on an afternoon on the rocky shore.

Short Stack of Rocks

Short Stack of Rocks 20220824 850_2802Short Stack of RocksA short stack of rocks on a larger rock at Black Point in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Black Point Stack of Rocks

Black Point Stack of Rocks 20220824 850_2802Black Point Stack of RocksClose in on a stack of rocks at Black Point, Narragansett, Rhode Island

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Drought Portrait of 2022. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/drought-portrait Honest Photography

Drought Portrait

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Drought Portrait 20220828 850_2978Drought PortraitPortrait of the drought of Summer 2022. Leaves are dry with no outdoor watering. The Fall Foliage Season is in doubt.

I like photography to be beautiful and honest. That means that sometimes a well-executed photograph portrays sincerity. Sometimes that sincerity wraps itself in gravitas.

In Rhode Island, one of the topics of the summer of 2022 has been a drought. A severe drought per governmental declaration. Outdoor water restrictions have been the rule. By late August, the results have become plain.

The Fall Foliage season, a highlight of the year in New England and Rhode Island, is in doubt. And I portray why this is as we pass through Roger Williams Park. Dry leaves ready to quit their branches are obvious wherever we go.

But as the light traverses their transparent forms, these leaves are still beautiful. So, we honor their lives here, and make them part of the portrait of the Summer of 2022 in Rhode Island.

 

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Daybreak on Deck. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/daybreak-on-deck Precious, Quiet Moments

Boats on Moorings Before Daybreak

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Boats on Moorings Before Daybreak 20220825 850_2901Boats on Moorings Before DaybreakBoats swinging on moorings before daybreak in Mill Cove, Wickford, Rhode Island

The moments before daybreak, walking out on deck while the dew is still settled, a cup of coffee in hand. This is a special moment and feeling that is only found in one type of place.

This is a hushed moment to be with yourself. It allows you to think and contemplate the day in specific and life in general. It is quiet time. And it is precious. This is life on the water.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) boats daybreak Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery maritime Mill Cove nautical Photography rhode island seascape storytelling Wickford https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/daybreak-on-deck Mon, 29 Aug 2022 12:15:00 GMT
Changes On the Fly. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/changes-on-the-fly Gone are the birds that were our summer guests

Early Morning Cormorant Flight

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Early Morning Cormorant Flight 20220825 850_2916Early Morning Cormorant FlightEarly morning skies over Narragansett Bay as Cormorants fly overhead in an early morning sky..

Early Morning Cormorants

Early Morning Cormorants 20220825 850_2915Early Morning CormorantsEarly morning skies over Narragansett Bay as Cormorants fly overhead in an early morning sky..

Flying Against a Morning Sky

Flying Against a Morning Sky 20220825 850_2918Flying Against a Morning SkyEarly morning skies over Narragansett Bay as Cormorants fly overhead in an early morning sky..

As the morning comes in the sun's rise in the west, it is plain that things are changing. The morning changes as the light appears. The light is different. It is becoming golden red and pinkish hues are appearing.

Late August is in the air. We are now clinging to our last signs of Summer and enumerating our first signs of Fall. And not the least of these is the unusual sight of Cormorants in a "V" formation flying overhead.

As the birds approach from the east, the hues are definitely not summer-like. No, the red-orange coloring is definitely the color scheme of Autumn. But as the birds continue overhead and angle to the west, the pinks and blues appear in the morning sunlight. Summer has asserted itself... for now. But there are changes on the fly.

“Gone are the birds that were our summer guests.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

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Summer Decrescendo. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/summer-decrescendo Pianissississimo

Gentle Evening Light at Scarborough

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Gentle Evening Light at Scarborough 20220818 850_2617Gentle Evening Light at ScarboroughA gentle beach scene in soft summer evening light as plovers work at the water's edge with Point Judith Lighthouse in the background

Pay Per View Beach Weather

Pay Per View Beach Weather 20220818 850_2710Pay Per View Beach WeatherSummer evening storm clouds gather at Scarborough State Beach. The setting sun is illuminating rain in the distance over Point Judith as the front moves in overhead in the southwest breeze.

Soft Light Beach Scene

Soft Light Beach Scene 20220818 850_2618Soft Light Beach SceneA gentle beach scene in soft summer evening light as plovers work at the water's edge with Point Judith Lighthouse in the background

Summers start out with a bang. The kids get out of school and people start ramping up for the big summer vacation. Traffic increases with trips to camps, the shore, the mountains, and points between. The sun blazes high in the sky and the heat of the day increases. The food takes on a different flavor as cooking moves to the outdoors.

The clanging crescendo of summer's start is the Fourth of July. There is the thrill of the thundering of fireworks in the sky. Then we all move on with our other planned summer activity.

If the Fourth of July is the crescendo of summer's start, then late August must be the decrescendo. The evenings become quieter as tourists start their trek home. The sun starts its retreat with later sunrises and earlier sunsets. The air softens with the light.

We know that soon, the kids will be back in school. The new shoes, pants, shirts, and school supplies tells us so. We walk the beaches at the end of the day with fewer people around us. And we realize that summer departs, as it always does. The master conductor waves the baton so low in commanding the softest of notes. Pianissississimo; very, very, very, soft. A soft, gentle, whisper bidding a clement adieu.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Clouds Keith R Wahl landscape Late Summer lighthouse Made From RI Gallery nature Photography Point Judith Lighthouse rhode island Scarborough State Beach seascape storytelling https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/summer-decrescendo Sat, 27 Aug 2022 13:30:00 GMT
Finding It. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/finding-it Plovers get a round tuit

Where Is It?

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Where Is It 2022018 850_2624Where Is It?Plovers moving about on Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Moving Around It

Moving Around It 20220818 850_2623Moving Around ItPlovers moving about on Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Watching Plovers on the beach is the epitome of watching busy beings. They dart around the water's edge looking for it. The get to finding it on every wave. They are frantic with the passing of every wave because it must be there. So, with the receding of surf, the get to it. Busy, busy they are working for it.

But what is 'it'? Whatever it is, it must be important. We hope that they find it.

Getting to It

Getting to It 20220818 850_2621Getting to ItPlovers moving about on Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Getting It Done

Getting It Done 20220818 850_2622Getting It DonePlovers moving about on Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

 

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Morning Begins. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/morning-begins Two journeys and magic

Sunrise at The Dock

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Sunrise at The Dock 20220825 850_2939Sunrise at The DockSummer sunrise at the Wilson Park boat ramp dock at Mill Cove, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Boat launch docks and sunrises are both starting points for journeys. One is a place for boats to stay on a short-term basis before heading out to other places. Sunrise begins the journey of the day and all the unknown that it brings.

On summer mornings, the two journeys merge at the place, the dock. And when the sunrise and the maritime adventure meet, true magic occurs.

Photo: Summer sunrise at the Wilson Park boat ramp dock at Mill Cove, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) clouds Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery maritime Mill Cove North Kingstown Photography Rhode Island seascape shoreline storytelling sunrise Wickford Cove https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/morning-begins Thu, 25 Aug 2022 13:22:41 GMT
Marshall & Bob. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/marshall-bob "Look over there Bert..."

Marshall & Bob

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Marshall & Bob 20220818 850_2688Marshall & BobTwo plovers rambling down the beach as friends at Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Two friends were meandering down the beach after a day of fishing. I heard one say, "Look over there Bert." Bert looked over there.

Plovers, that generic term for the little birds that run all over the tide line, are a love of mine. I am not a bird watcher in particular but love the shorebirds and seabirds around us. Plovers, to me, are comedic in action, serious in their work, and quirky in their personality. And who fits that combination better than "Bert & I"?

For the unfamiliar, "Bert & I" were the stage names given by Marshall Dodge (1935-1982) and Bob Bryan (1931-2018). They had a collection of humor stories telling stories of Maine, "Down East" as well as New England culture. And one could become lost for hours in the dry wit based on serious situation that the two recounted.

Seeing these two Plovers on RI's Scarbough Beach in the evening, thoughts form. Recollections come to mind. And in this mind of mine where yarns spin, I thank Marshall and Bob for the memories. And I do believe that they would approve.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) beach birds Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Photography plover rhode island Scarborough State Beach seabirds shore storytelling https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/marshall-bob Wed, 24 Aug 2022 16:41:23 GMT
Always the Same, Always Changing. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/always-the-same-always-changing Old friend, new adventure

Late Summer Light on Rose Hips

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Late Summer Light on Rose Hips 20220818 850_2613Late Summer Light on Rose HipsLate summer Beach Rose hips flourish and sun streams in the evening overlooking Point Judith Lighthouse from Scarborough Beach South, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Rhode Island Sound Through Late Summer Dunes

Rhode Island Sound Through Late Summer Dunes 20220818 850_2615Rhode Island Sound Through Late Summer DunesRhode Island Sound through the dunes covered in beach rose hips on an early summer evening at Scarborough Beach South in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Late Summer at Scarborough South

Late Summer at Scarborough South 20220818 850_2614Late Summer at Scarborough SouthLate summer Beach Rose hips flourish and sun streams in the evening overlooking Point Judith Lighthouse from Scarborough Beach South, Narragansett, Rhode Island

There are reasons to visit the shore often. There is always something familiar there. The landmarks do not change. Yet, there is always some subtlety that changes that creates a new adventure in every visit.

Here, it is the latter part of summer. The beach roses have shed most of their petals and grown their hips (their fruit). The light streams from a lower angle and changes with every turn of the head. Still, the lighthouse in the near distance is steadfast and does its job.

This is a place that says, "Come here old friend. The path is set, but new experiences await you." And as you leave, like an old friend it says, "I look forward to seeing you again. I will have some new surprises for you then." Looking back, we look at our old friend for what they are today, knowing that tomorrow will be something new. 

 

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Little Miracles That Forge Appreciation for the Beach. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/appreciation-for-the-beach Little miracles help focus on bigger miracles

Reflective Plover

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Reflective Plover 20220818 850_2631Reflective PloverPlovers moving about on Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Reflective Plover Peeking

Reflective Plover Peeking 20220818 850_2632Reflective Plover PeekingPlovers moving about on Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

When I visit places such as the beach, I see a large miracle before me. The beach is a wonder made up of sand and large expanses of water and sky. But if one only considers the beach, it makes it seem overwhelming and almost unreal.

In our good fortune, the beach also has highlights that make it more personal. There are rocks, shells, sea life, and birds. Among the birds are plovers.

Plovers come in a variety of types, but are small, anxious birds that run in and from the water and flit about. To see plovers in their fullest, one must quiet themselves and slow their movements. One has to want to see them up close and earn their trust.

Seeing plovers up close is what makes huge wonders such as beaches intimate. Observing their movement and earning their confidence deepens our relationship with this place. And that makes the place more of a miracle.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) birds Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Narragansett nature Photography plovers rhode island Scarborough Beach shoreline storytelling https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/appreciation-for-the-beach Mon, 22 Aug 2022 13:21:05 GMT
The Power of the Falls. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/the-power-of-the-falls At last, fortissimo!

The Falls

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The Falls 20220802 850_2253The FallsWater falling from the Niagara River and over the United States side of Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York

Walking along a path to find Niagara Falls, the subject embodies the entire area. The thundering rumble sounds more than a mile away. The resonance builds as one becomes closer, closing down conversation with your group.

As one approaches, other characteristics make themselves manifest. Mists rise. The air cools. Anticipation builds.

Then, as one sees the falls, the bubble of anticipation bursts opens to the expose the glory of awe. The sheer power of the water falling fills the senses. Yet, in a corner, there are delicate wildflowers born of the mist.

They say that the distinguished composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) said, “At last, fortissimo!” upon encountering Niagara Falls. He found his standard for how to play music with brave and round loudness. We imagine that it enhanced his creations.

Rising Mists at Niagara Falls

Rising Mists at Niagara Falls 20220802 850_2249Rising Mists at Niagara FallsWater falling from the Niagara River and over the United States side of Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York

Trailing Mists at Niagara

Trailing Mists at Niagara 20220802 850_2269Trailing Mists at NiagaraWater falling from the Niagara River and over the United States side of Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York

Misted View at Niagara Falls

Misted View at Niagara Falls 20220802 850_2273Misted View at Niagara FallsWater falling from the Niagara River and over the United States side of Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York

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Evening Storm View. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/evening-storm-view Do we observe the storm, or does it observe us?

Evening Storm Front Above

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Evening Storm Front Above 20220818 850_2674Evening Storm Front AboveSummer evening storm clouds gather at Scarborough State Beach. The setting sun is illuminating rain in the distance over Point Judith as the front moves in overhead in the southwest breeze.

Evening Storm Front Progression

Evening Storm Front Progression 20220818 850_2685Evening Storm Front ProgressionSummer evening storm clouds gather at Scarborough State Beach. The setting sun is illuminating rain in the distance over Point Judith as the front moves in overhead in the southwest breeze.

We live in with a coastline in Rhode Island that is New England Classic. It covers many miles, has ample access, and never ceases to amaze with its views.

Not all Rhode Island beach views are sunrises, sunsets, or sunny days. Sometimes storms move through. The wonder of these storms, no matter how brief, is that one sees them approaching. When this occurs, we see the clouds, the sun, the rain, the clouds, and the waves all at the same moment. Even the water changes from smooth and reflective to tiny ripples in the shallows in seconds.

On this late summer evening as we walk the beach, we have such a storm move through. We are far north on Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett and see the approach. There is rain somewhere to the south over the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge as the sun begins its descent.

There is a sudden breach in the edge of the front. The circulating air above forms an eye near the front's edge and the sun tries to peek through. And the contemplation of the term eye occurs and consider who is watching whom. Either way, we realize that it is a moment to remember.

Evening Storm Front Moving In

Evening Storm Front Moving In 20220828 850_2676Evening Storm Front Moving InSummer evening storm clouds gather at Scarborough State Beach. The setting sun is illuminating rain in the distance over Point Judith as the front moves in overhead in the southwest breeze.

An Eye in the Evening Storm

An Eye in the Evening Storm 20220818 850_2701An Eye in the Evening StormSummer evening storm clouds gather at Scarborough State Beach. The setting sun is illuminating rain in the distance over Point Judith as the front moves in overhead in the southwest breeze.

An Eye in the Evening Weather

An Eye in the Evening Weather 20220818 850_2706An Eye in the Evening WeatherSummer evening storm clouds gather at Scarborough State Beach. The setting sun is illuminating rain in the distance over Point Judith as the front moves in overhead in the southwest breeze.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) beach Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery narragansett Photography rhode island seascape storytelling weather weather front https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/evening-storm-view Sat, 20 Aug 2022 13:39:12 GMT
SS William G Mather - Deep Cuts. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/ss-William-g-mather-deep-cuts The world at and beneath the ship's waterline

Starboard Side Plimsoll Line

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Starboard Side Plimsoll Line 20220804 850_2509Starboard Side Plimsoll LineThe starboard Plimsoll line of the SS William G Mather in port at Cleaveland, Ohio

SS William G Mather, Rudder and Propeller

SS William G Mather, Rudder and Propeller 20220804 850_2496SS William G Mather, Rudder and PropellerThe rudder and propeller riding high under the counter or the unladen museum ship SS William G Mather on the waterfront in Cleveland, Ohio

The world of a ship at and below the waterline, especially a bulk carrier such as the SS William G Mather, is all its own. Like an iceberg, only a small part of the ship's story is above the surface. And it all matters, as this information tells the tale of ship handling and seamanship.

Let's start with the Plimsoll Line found amidships (middle of the vessel). This one shows its Plimsoll registration with American Bureau of Ships. This tells of the lading of the vessel in saltwater and fresh water. This also tells us about how the vessel displaces water in winter and summer. Water has differing densities (salt vs. fresh, warm vs. cold) and effects the vessel buoyancy. These are of keen interest to the vessel lading officer (often the Chief Mate or another Second or Third Mate depending on the ship) and port and canal inspectors.

Depth markings fore and aft also tell the story of load lading (cargo balance fore and aft and side to side). They also tell of how the ship will handle. An unloaded ship (as we see here) will have a different power profile delivered to the propeller. If the propeller and rudder are deeper in the water, steering and power dynamics change. The water also sweeps under the hull as the counter submerges, altering hydrodynamics.

Illustrating the matter of ship handling is the fact that they installed a bow thruster. This was an addition long after building the SS William G Mather. A single screw (propeller) vessel as this will tend to back to port. It is a dynamic of the turning of the propeller. A bow thruster (a separate propeller side to side or athwartship) aids in swinging the bow as desired.

These are features of a freight vessel rarely seen unless one observes ships in port. It is also a view to the considerations of officers and crew at the helm and below decks in machinery spaces too.

Bow Draft, SS William G Mather

Bow Draft, SS William G Mather 20220804 850_2501Bow Draft, SS William G MatherThe bow draft markings of the unladen bulk carrier SS William G Mather on the waterfront at Cleveland, Ohio

Bow Thruster, SS William G Mather

Bow Thruster, SS William G Mather 20220804 850_2511Bow Thruster, SS William G MatherThe bow thruster tunnel of the museum ship SS William G Mather, installed years after the ship was built

Port Side Draft and Plimsoll, SS William G Mather

Port Side Draft and Plimsoll, SS William G MatherPort Side Draft and Plimsoll, SS William G MatherThe port side midhips draft markings and Plimsoll Line of the museumship SS William G Mather

See more of our photos and information about the SS William G Mather here: Made From RI Gallery | SS William G Mather - A Bulk Carrier. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl
 

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Maritime Nautical Photography Plimsoll Ship SS William G Mather storytelling Waterline https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/ss-William-g-mather-deep-cuts Fri, 19 Aug 2022 14:42:32 GMT
SS William G Mather - A Bulk Carrier. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/ss-william-g-mather---a-bulk-carrier Great Lakes and Great Ships

Bow and Superstructure, SS William G Mather

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Bow and Superstructure, SS William G Mather 20220804 850_2480Bow and Superstructure, SS William G MatherThe bow and superstructure of the SS William G Mather on the waterfront of Cleveland, Ohio

Bow View, SS William G Mather

Bow View, SS William G Mather 20220804 850_2481Bow View, SS William G MatherBow view of the SS Silliam G Mather docked as a museum ship on the waterfront of Cleveland, Ohio

The Great Lakes while holding the appellation of 'lakes', are vast. They are so vast in fact that some reference them as 'inland oceans'. In fact, from a mariner's perspective, ocean licensing is normal on the Great Lakes.

And great waters such as the Great Lakes sustain great ships. An example preserved as a museum ship on Lake Erie in Cleaveland, Ohio is the SS William G Mather.

The SS William G Mather is a freighter, a bulk carrier. A bulk carrier. A bulk carrier is a merchant marine vessel which transports unpackaged bulk cargo (grains, coal, ore, steel oils, cement). The Mather holds the characteristic of a forward pilothouse and superstructure. This design characteristic helps in negotiating canal locks.

The ship photographed is 618 feet LOA (Length Overall) with a 62-foot beam (width) with an 8,662 GRT (Gross Weight Tonnage - a measure of vessel internal volume) and registered a draft (depth) of 32 feet 10 inches. The freighter was capable of hauling 14,000 tons of bulk cargo.

The SS William G Mather operated from the year 1925 until 1980 with a single change of the power plant. Originally, the vessel was coal fired triple expansion steam until 1954, and then was repowered with an oil-fired steam turbine capable of 5,000 shp (shaft horsepower to the propellor). This signifies another characteristic of Great Lakes ships: longevity. The fact that they operate in fresh water means that they are less susceptible to the corrosive quality of salt water.

Learn more about the SS William G Mather at their website: William G. Mather Steamship | Great Lakes Science Center (greatscience.com)

Port Bow View, SS William G Mather

Port Bow View, SS William G Mather 20220804 850_2488Port Bow View, SS William G MatherA view offf the port bow of the museum ship SS William G Mather on the waterfront at Cleveland, Ohio

SS William G Mather Under the Cleveland Skyline

SS William G Mather Under the Cleveland Skyline 20220804 850_2493SS William G Mather Under the Cleveland SkylinePort side view of the massive bulk carrier SS William G Mather under the skyline of Cleveland, Ohio

 

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The Three Geese - A Real Life Parable. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/three-geese-a-parable Listen to your elders

The Parable of the Three Geese

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The Parable of the Three Geese 20220801 850_2018The Parable of the Three GeeseThree Canada Geese powering themselves out of being swept away in the powerful current of the Niagara River, Niagara, New York

On a lovely summer day, a family of geese gathered in a pool outside of the current of the mighty Niagara River. Three young geese remained on the outside of the group cavorting as an elder goose honked a warning to them. But the three young Canada Geese continued to play ignoring the warnings of the elder.

In the wink of an eye, the three young geese found themselves caught in the current of the Niagara. They bobbed on the waves as they found themselves pulled along out of control. One found itself pulled under a wave.

All three managed to use their powerful wings to power themselves out of the waves in a panic. They were fortunate not to find themselves swept over the falls of Niagara.

And as the three geese worked their way back to the placid pool, the elder goose honked to the little group in rebuke. And if I did not know better, there was a distinct phrasing of, "I told you so" in the scolding remarks.

Two Geese in a Dilemma

Two Geese in a Dilemma 20220801 850_2018Two Geese in a DilemmaTwo Canada Geese powering out of being swept away by the Niagara River, Niagara, New York

Thrashing to Freedom

Thrashing to Freedom 20220801 850_2018Thrashing to FreedomA Canada Goose thrashing their way out of being swept away by the Niagara River, Niagara, New York

 

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When Does Something Become Fascinating? Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/when-does-something-become-fascinating Perspective and Miracles

Fly In Consideration

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Fly In Consideration 20220802 850_2441Fly In ConsiderationA fly sits on a porch rail on a summer day at Grand Island, New York

Fly on a Porch Rail

Fly on a Porch Rail 20220802 850_2445Fly on a Porch RailA fly sits on a porch rail on a summer day at Grand Island, New York

When does something become fascinating? When does something annoying and disgusting become a miracle? When does something ugly became beautiful?

I don't have a quantitative answer to these questions. I cannot give a particular wavelength of light. I cannot give a specific focal length or magnification level.

I can say that if we look at something close enough to understand it, our perspective changes. It is a qualitative measurement. It is subjective and not slaved to specific metrics. This is why we say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". In saying this, we must choose to take the time to look and see. 

With this in mind, I encourage everyone to take some time to look at the things around them. Examine and consider those things. And in time, we will find that we miracles surround us.

Resting Fly

Resting Fly 20220802 850_2434Resting FlyA fly sits on a porch rail on a summer day at Grand Island, New York

Fly at Rest

Fly at Rest 20220802 850_2437Fly at RestA fly sits on a porch rail on a summer day at Grand Island, New York

Fly Face Off

Fly Face Off 20220802 850_2438Fly Face OffA fly sits on a porch rail on a summer day at Grand Island, New York

 

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Overseeing and Guarding the Mist. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/overseeing-and-guarding-the-mist Seeing it is a privilege, after all

Guardian of the Mist

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Guardian of the Mist 20220802 850_2355Guardian of the MistA gull guarding the mists of Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York

Overseer of the Mist

Overseer of the Mist 20220802 850_2348Overseer of the MistA gull overseeing the mists of Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York

Niagara Falls are a natural wonder. The Niagara River rumbles to the precipice and then falls almost two hundred feet. The waters crash and thunder, creating a watery fog, a mist in the air.

There are gulls everywhere in this place, flying about as gulls will. That is save for one. This guard, this overseeing gull, looks askance at all who pass. This gull determines our worthiness of the privilege of seeing this phenomenon. And in our good fortune, the gull lets us pass.

 

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At Rest. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/at-rest Canoeing is a feeling you can’t explain

Canoes at Evening Rest

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Canoes at Evening Rest 20220802 850_2451Canoes at Evening RestAligned canoes pulled alongside a dock and pulled up into the weeds in the early evening at Grand Island, New York

Canoeing is a special form of boating. It is far more intimate with nature and the water. When canoeing, one is closer to the water which gives a different perspective.

When the water is calm, in a canoe, we can explore the water's edge with such a shallow draft. At the banks, we find abundant trees and small bugs flying that are natural bait for fish.

When the water is rough or if in a rushing river, physical challenge becomes the order of the day. Overcoming the elements and testing one's capabilities is within view.

At the end of the adventure, there is a knowledge that we have exerted ourselves. But then the canoe become a symbol of rest. Alongside a dock, pulled up on a lakeside, nestled in the weeds. Rest based in a feeling that is not explainable, but enjoyed, nonetheless.

 

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Sighs of the Sturgeon Moon. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/sighs-of-the-sturgeon-moon “It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the moon.” – Galileo Galilei

Glow of the Full Sturgeon Moon

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Glow of the Full Sturgeon Moon DSCN1493Glow of the Full Sturgeon MoonCloud cover over the Full Sturgeon Moon of 11 August 2022 giving a mysterious glow as it rises over the trees

Full Sturgeon Moon Illumination

Full Sturgeon Moon Illumination DSCN1494Full Sturgeon Moon IlluminationCloud cover over the Full Sturgeon Moon of 11 August 2022 giving a mysterious glow as it rises over the trees

The Full Moon is always a wonder. A Supermoon, when the Moon is closest to the Earth, is more so. These are things that night sky watchers wait for, plan for, and plot the weather for. And whenever a major astronomical event occurs, the weather creates anxiety. This event of the Sturgeon Moon (the name of the Full Moon of August) was no exception.

Last night, as I awaited the rise of the Moon, I looked outside and said, "That is a weird sky," with a heavy sigh. I was in a good mood because we had been to a concert of our sons' strings group earlier, the bouncy summer tunes in my mind. So, I waited and monitored.

My waiting on the sky paid off, but it was a near thing. I had to wait upon gaps in the fast-moving clouds and timed my shots for the spaces the evening dews and damp. The result was not only the Moon itself but also some mysterious glowing looks in the clouds and trees.

Sturgeon Moon Mystery

Sturgeon Moon Mystery DSCN1499Sturgeon Moon MysteryCloud cover over the Full Sturgeon Moon of 11 August 2022 giving a mysterious glow as it rises over the trees

Full Sturgeon Moon 2022

Full Sturgeon Moon 2022 DSCN1496Full Sturgeon Moon 2022Phase: Full Sturgeon Moon 11August 2022
Illumination: 100%
Moon Age: 15.26 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 368,281.14 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,576,156.31 km

Almanac Data:

Phase: Full Sturgeon Moon 11 August 2022

Illumination: 100%

Moon Age: 15.26 days

Moon Angle: 0.54

Moon Distance: 368,281.14 km

Sun Angle: 0.53

Sun Distance: 151,576,156.31 km

Full Sturgeon Moon 11 August 2022

Full Sturgeon Moon 11 August 2022 DSCN1492Full Sturgeon Moon 11 August 2022Phase: Full Sturgeon Moon 11 August 2022
Illumination: 100%
Moon Age: 15.26 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 368,281.14 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,576,156.31 km

 

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Limenitis Arthemis Arthemis Appears. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/limenitis-arthemis-appears Myth made manifest

White Admiral Butterfly

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White Admiral Butterfly 20220730 850_1773White Admiral ButterflyWhite Admiral Butterfly along the West Canada Creek in Herkimer, New York

The White Admiral Butterfly appears in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. The appearance usually occurs in mid-summer. Most often, the White Admiral appears in woodlands and along streams and creeks. This particular example appeared near the West Canada Creek in Herkimer, New York.

The name "Admiral" derives from "admirable" due to the butterfly's beauty. The genus name, "Limentis" derives from the Latin "limen" meaning threshold. "Arthemis" refers to the mythological Greek goddess of the wilderness and sister of Apollo.

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The Lazy and Hazy in the Summer Wind. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/the-lazy-and-hazy Naturally beautiful music

Lazy and Hazy

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Lazy and Hazy 20220806 850_2603Lazy and HazyA hazy summer day at Oakland Beach looking west into Greenwich Bay

There was a time through the 1980s, perhaps 1990s, where there was a "beautiful music" station on the AM and FM radio dials. It was the place that Rhode Islanders turned to hear crooners such as Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. And in the summer, their familiar tunes would play those airwaves as the humidity hung in the air.

If one lived in the East Bay or West Bay of Rhode Island, Narragansett was not first on the mind. No, we thought of where the overlooks were of Warwick Neck, Rumstick, Poppasquash, and Greenwich Bay. Prudence and Patience were the first islands in view.

The lazy, hazy, and crazy days were and are in places as we see here in Oakland Beach. We would overlook Greenwich Bay and Brush Neck and Buttonwoods Coves. And our evenings are for walking in the same area in the summer wind.

Oh, look. It's race night for East Greenwich Yacht Club and they tack for position in the same summer breeze. And the music in the rigging is as beautiful as what is on the radio.

Hazy and Crazy

Hazy and Crazy 20220806 850_2608Hazy and CrazyViewing from Oakland Beach across Brush Neck Cove on a hazy and hot summer day in Warwick, Rhode Island

Summer Wind at Oakland Beach

Summer Wind at Oakland Beach 20220806 850_2605Summer Wind at Oakland BeachThe view as a light summer breeze brushes across the grasses of the lo dunes of Oakland Beach and across the mouth of Greenwich Bay to Potowomut in Warwick, Rhode Island

 

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Hazy Waxing Gibbous Moon 8 August 2022. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/waxing-gibbous-moon-8-august-2022 The Moon is constant with regularly changing character

Waxing Gibbous Moon 8 August 2022

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 8 August 2022 DSCN1483Waxing Gibbous Moon 8 August 2022Phase: Waxing Gibbous Moon 8 August 2022 through summer haze
Illumination: 82%
Moon Age: 10.67 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 364,034.56 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,675,458.11 km

Almanac Data:

Phase: Waxing Gibbous Moon 8 August 2022 through summer haze
Illumination: 82%
Moon Age: 10.67 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 364,034.56 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,675,458.11 km

 

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Friends Made Along the Way. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/friends-made-along-the-way The friends we make along the way are real treasures

Woodpecker in a Tree

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Woodpecker in a Tree 20220702 850_2331Woodpecker in a TreeA woodpecker working on a tree on the banks of the Niagara River, Niagara, New York

An energetic hairy woodpecker that we met in Niagara, New York. It is our understanding that the hairy woodpecker tends to be more far reaching than others of its kin. They will stay in one place more often rather than migrating. They will stay in the northern United States (Ohio and New York are common residences). And our understanding is that they will drill wood to repast insects as well as wood sap.

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Sunlight and Hope. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/sunlight-and-hope Hope always shines through

The Rain, Thunder, and Distant Sun

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The Rain, Thunder, and Distant Sun 20220804 850_2546The Rain, Thunder, and Distant SunA tree seen though a rain spattered passenger car windown on a former battlefield that is now a cornfield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There is thunder cracking overhead as the light appears in the western distance.

Through a window, we look across a field of summer corn. We are safe, armored with metal and glass. Clouds have formed in the daylight. Outside, there is thunder and rain. But in the distance, there is the hope of light shining through, pushing the storm away. We sit and wait.

 

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Consider the Ways of the Squirrel. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/consider-the-ways-of-the-squirrel Here we find wisdom

Future Planning Along the Falls

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Future Planning Along the Falls 20220802 850_2233Future Planning Along the FallsA squirrel burying a nut at the ledge of the American Falls at Niagara Falls, New York

A Squirrel Finds a Nut

A Squirrel Finds a Nut 20220802 850_2251A Squirrel Finds a NutA squirrel finds a nut among the flowers at the ledge of the American Falls at Niagara Falls, New York

Along a ledge of the American Falls in Niagara, we found a wise and fortunate squirrel. Considering his ways, we find wisdom. He knows that it is tourist season and finding stores for the coming season are plentiful. He needs no direction. He plans ahead knowing that gathering is plentiful now and will diminish later. Here we find wisdom.

 

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Finding Clarity in Haziness. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/8/finding-clarity-in-haziness Clarity from haziness

Hazy Summer Night at the Cabin

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Hazy Summer Night at the Cabin 20220803 DSCN1482Hazy Summer Night at the CabinHazy summer night with the moon showing through gathering clouds at a camping cabin in Thompson, Ohio

"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept". Henri Cartier-Bresson

Bresson was making a quip at his own expense as he aged, and his hand was less steady when he made his famous quote. His photographs told eloquent stories even if somewhat less than possessing perfect clarity. Being French, the actual word he used for "clarity" was "netteté". It becomes obvious that the man had a dry wit because he also used a double entendre. It can also mean "flatness" (blandness) or a satire of the language of art criticism of the time. He was not a fan of clarity of clarity's sake but favored all the story telling virtues together.

Standing in a place that is not normal for me while camping is a place to contemplate these thoughts about clarity. The previous night, I shot the Moon in Grand Island, New York. There was not a cloud in the sky. It was dark with little light pollution. The Moon was clear.

On the following night, my family and I were camping a few hundred miles away in Thompson, Ohio. There were storms brewing over Lake Erie (not unusual on a summer night). Haze formed in the clouds and stratified downward to Earth. The ability to take a clear photo was nonexistent. But in the lack of clarity, there was still a story to tell.

This is why we leave our normal environment from time to time. What we will find is not clear; it is hazy. But once we conclude the journey, we discover something new about the places we visit. Along the way, we also discover something about ourselves. And it all becomes clear when all elements pull together.

Hazy Moon of 3 August 2022

Hazy Moon of 3 August 2022 DSCN1478Hazy Moon of 3 August 2022Hazy moon in the hour before a thunderstorn strikes in Thompson, Ohio, 3 August 2022

Waxing Crescent Moon 2 August 2022

Waxing Crescent Moon 2 August 2022 DSCN1475Waxing Crescent Moon 2 August 2022Waxing Crescent Moon 2 August 2022
Illumination: 21%
Moon Age: 4.43 days
Moon Angle: 0.52
Moon Distance: 386,421.20 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,806,245.76 km

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The Shore is an Experience. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/the-shore-is-an-experience Contact with calm and serenity

Between Field and Ocean at Point Judith

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Between Field and Ocean at Point Judith 20220703 850_0631Between Field and Ocean at Point JudithThe space between land and sea overlooking Rhode Island Sound, Point Judith, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Evening Sun Brightened at Point Judith

Evening Sun Brightened at Point Judith 20220703 850_0634Evening Sun Brightened at Point JudithThe space between land and sea overlooking Rhode Island Sound, Point Judith, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

There are spaces at the shore, more on islands than on the mainland, where there is something special. This is the place where there is a buffer between the land and the shore. It is often untouched and gives us a glimpse of how things were before development.

These places between land and ocean are special. You will find them covered in grasses and flowering plants. They have the smells of honeysuckle and rose mixed with salt air and ever-changing light. The breeze gives these places a gentle whisper of sound at the grasses sway that lulls the body into calm. In the distance, there is the sound of waves coming ashore, enhancing the serenity in these places.

These places are also necessary. As the tides rise and fall and rains come, they are like giant sponges. They protect us from flooding. They raise the water tables and filter water in the area.

If you are near the shore, find these places. They will reward you with a joy and peace that will sustain you. They emphasize that the shore is more than looking at the beach or the water and waves. The shore is an experience of sight, sound, and scent that permeates the entire region. Find these areas that complete the shore. Take a moment. Take a look around, smells the scents, hear the sounds, study the light, and feel the air. For those moment in time, you will understand calm. And that memory of the calm of the shore will sustain you.

Fields of Green and Gold at Point Judith

Fields of Green and Gold at Point Judith 20220703 850_0629Fields of Green and Gold at Point JudithThe space between land and sea overlooking Rhode Island Sound, Point Judith, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Between Field and Sea at Point Judith

Between Field and Sea at Point Judith 20220703 850_0633Between Field and Sea at Point JudithThe space between land and sea overlooking Rhode Island Sound, Point Judith, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

 

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Summer Beach Waves. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/summer-beach-waves Joyful, joyful we adore thee

Joyful

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Joyful 20220703 850_0564JoyfulThe breaking of an ocean wave upon Matunuck Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Joyful, Joyful

Joyful, Joyful 20220703 850_0565Joyful, JoyfulThe breaking of an ocean wave upon Matunuck Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

There are many types of waves. Most, we should give take heed too with gravitas. But we are not talking about those waves today. No, we are talking about the beach waves of a summer beach day.

Summer beach waves take on another character. That character expresses unbridled delight. Joy. The waves bounce and splash with abandon. They dance, they frolic, they roll, they play, and they surf. And in the end, when they meet the shore, they jump for joy. We can almost see the laughter in their infectious glee. What a gift they are.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Beach Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Matunuck Beach Ocean Photography Rhode Island Seascape South Kingstown storytelling https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/summer-beach-waves Thu, 28 Jul 2022 18:47:24 GMT
The Symphony of the Waves. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/the-symphony-of-the-waves-photography-and-text-by-keith-r-wahl Bravissimo! 

Scarborough Wave - Opening Movement

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Scarborough Wave - Opening Movement 20220714 850_1286Scarborough Wave - Opening MovementThe evening summer wave provides its rhythm as it moves to the shore of Scarborough Beach in Narragansett Rhode Island

Scarborough Wave - Second Movement

Scarborough Wave - Second Movement 20220714 850_1287Scarborough Wave - Second MovementThe evening summer wave provides its rhythm as it moves to the shore of Scarborough Beach in Narragansett Rhode Island

Scarborough Wave - Third Movement

Scarborough Wave - Third Movement 20220714 850_1288Scarborough Wave - Third MovementThe evening summer wave provides its rhythm as it moves to the shore of Scarborough Beach in Narragansett Rhode Island

Scarbough Wave - Final Movement

Scarbough Wave - Final Movement 20220714 850_1289Scarbough Wave - Final MovementThe evening summer wave provides its rhythm as it moves to the shore of Scarborough Beach in Narragansett Rhode Island

How is it that we can sit mesmerized as a single wave moves to shore? We will sit and watch as it moves in the shimmering early evening light. We listen to every sound as the long waves curl and roll toward the shore. Then the finale lands upon the shore under the maestro's baton.

We are there to see and hear the performance as the wave plays its music. And it earns our earnest applause. Bravissimo! 

 

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Rose Hips and Sun Flare. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/rose-hips-and-sun-flare Saying 'good evening' to our friend

Rose Hips and Sun Flare

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Rose Hips and Sun Flare 20220723 850_1584Rose Hips and Sun FlareDunes covered in beach roses and rose hips with the late day sun winking at East Matunuck State Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Sunset Observation

Sunset Observation 20220723 850_1532Sunset ObservationA summer sunset view of the observation tower at outbuildings at East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown Rhode Island.

The summer sun is part of the story of the beach. We cover ourselves against it. We bathe in it. We use it as a subject of our play at the beach.

It also serves to add life to the beach and its dunes. The beach dunes grow their subtle roses in their sandy hillocks. Some traditional culinary geniuses turn the beach rose's sun kissed hips into jams. And the sun winks back in return.

And in the same of safety, the sun provides observational capability. If the broad crescent of sand was not seen from above, life would be less fun at the beach.

And in so observing the sun, we tend to remember why we wish to observe its setting. We are saying 'good evening' to our sustenance, watcher, and friend.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Architecture Beach Beach Rose Dunes East Matunuck State Beach Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Photography Rhode Island Rose Hips South Kingstown storytelling Sun Flare Sunset https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/rose-hips-and-sun-flare Tue, 26 Jul 2022 19:17:57 GMT
Please Hold My Chair Until Tomorrow. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/please-hold-my-chair-until-tomorrow Seeping into the soul

Hold My Chair Until Tomorrow

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Hold My Chair Until Tomorrow 20220723 850_1582Hold My Chair Until TomorrowEast Matunuck Beach lifeguard chair in a summer sunset

Leaving the beach after a summer's day is always bittersweet. There is the tendency to take one last look at everything. It is as if we don't want the memories to leave, so we try to soak up the ambience in our storage memory as we go. It is a place the has managed to seep into your soul. 

A look at the lifeguard chair as the sun sets and we walk up the beach. A look back at the pathway and another chair in place. And then you get it when you look back at one more place walking to the car.

You see one more lifeguard chair with a couple. They are looking at the hazy sundown colors on the southern horizon. You realize that they are keeping the watch for the next beach day. And holding the chair until the morrow.

Muted and Soft Evening Light

Muted and Soft Evening Light 20220723 850_1585Muted and Soft Evening LightA little bit of summer evening haze setting in (muting and softening the color and light) upon departure from East Matunuck State Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

The Soul's Beach View

The Soul's Beach View 20220723 850_1588The Soul's Beach ViewUpon the close of a beach day at East Matunuck State Beach as a couple sits in a vacated lifeguard chair and share the muted color in the haze illuminated by the setting sun. South Kingstown, Rhode Island

 

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Castle In the Sand. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/castle-in-the-sand The Work Matters

Castle In the Sand 

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Castle In the Sand 20220723 850_1539Castle In the Sand At the close of a summer beach day, the remains of a child's architectural imagination and talent remain awaiting the incoming tide to fill a moat. At East Matunuck State Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

There is nothing more indelible in the mind than a sandcastle on the beach in summer. It is a construction of imagination and thought. We can see that it took the better part of a beach day to create. A moat created for defense, a stick for a flag pole, and rocks and shells for adornment. And in the end of the day, the castle remains even if the architect has gone home.

We know that this is a castle in the sand. The tide will rise and that moat will fill. The waves will come and batter the rampart. It is probable that the flagpole will wash out to sea and the rocks and shells disbursed (and repurposed, we hope).

But such imagination and effort are worthy of preservation. So, we took photographs. We do not know if this castle's engineer will see this photo. Their efforts, though unnamed, are documented in this artifact of their work. And their work matters.

 

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When We All Get Together. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/when-we-all-get-together  Treating one another as sister and brother

When We All Get Together

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When We All Get Together 2022711 850_1050When We All Get TogetherAll the tenders gather at the end of a summer day in Dutch Harbor, Jamestown, Rhode Island

When I was a young man, I lived in a few distinct worlds. Among these was the maritime world along the waterfront. The other part was the church sponsored camp meetings common in the summer season. Never were there two worlds in diametric cultural opposition. Or so it seems.

In point of fact, these two worlds have a lot in common. The commonality comes to a stark revelation on summer nights as the sun begins its descent. The air starts to cool from its daytime heat. As a result, the breeze calms. The air itself becomes tranquil.

When these summer days melt into evening, both types of people do one thing. That is, they come together. The campground people migrate to tabernacles to sing gospel tunes and sermonize. The maritime people get together on boats for meals. Both end up spending the evening after talking and chatting. And as all humans do, they seek out their common bond.

At points in my life, I have found myself as the translator between the two cultures. As I look at this tranquil scene of all these tenders gathered for the evening, a thought occurs. That thought is from an old gospel song that finds its symbolism in these boats together in peace. When we all get together, we'll all treat each other like sister and brother.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Boats Dinghies Dock Dutch Harbor Jamestown Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Maritime Nautical Photography Rhode Island seascape storytelling Summer Evening Tenders https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/when-we-all-get-together Sat, 23 Jul 2022 16:25:53 GMT
Bone Fish. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/bone-fish Beachcombing mysteries to solve

Bone Fish

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Bone Fish 20220720 850_1449Bone FishThe remains of a fish found on the beach in Jamestown, Rhode Island, the bones being bleached by the late day sun.

"What's that?" was the call as we walked a small stretch of beach in Jamestown, Rhode Island. It was late in the day and the sun began its descent, so some views were murky in the hazy orange summer evening light. But the curiosity of innate beachcombers brought us to the mysterious object.

As it turned out, it was the carcass of a small fish. What was a curiosity became a mystery. "How did it get here?" "Where did it come from?" "How did it get that way?"

The answers to our questions were over our shoulders at the marina. Someone, more than likely, had been fishing and cleaned their catch. They took their filets and cast off the rest of the carcass. Gulls and other scavengers took what they could, but there was not much left. What remained was either dropped on the sand by a less than sated gull or washed up on its own.

 

The bones of the fish left us with something to ponder on a summer evening.

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Island Queen Ballet. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/island-queen-oak-bluffs-ballet The Oak Bluffs Variation

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet A

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Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet A 20220625  850_0046Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet AThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

There are a few vessels that have been in my life that I have a genuine fondness for. One is the M/V Island Queen from Falmouth, Massachusetts. It is one of the ferries that has a seasonal daily run to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.

My association with the Island Queen actually starts with its predecessor. My father sailed on that vessel when he was putting in time for his own Captain's license. My father was also involved in surveying the vessel, so I acquired intimate knowledge. I was but a child at this point.

When the "new" vessel as photographed was first put on paper, I was there. I was there for the keel laying at Blount Marine in Warren, RI. I was there as a youngster at the launching in 1974. When they came up with the idea of night time Cape Cod Canal cruises, I rode along. In time, when I applied to test for a Captain's license, the Island Queen was on my log sheets. Her primary skipper at the time served as a reference as well. I also went on to work with subsidiaries of Blount Marine.

But there was another aspect that the Island Queen started for me. That is photography. This is the second time in my lifetime that I have photographed this sequence. The first was more than forty years ago when I was eleven years old.

On a daily basis, the Island Queen does a little turn around ballet. This occurs backing out of the pier in Falmouth, MA (where I took the above mentioned photos). The second is here in Oak Bluffs where the vessel comes about in less than its own length. It is all done by engaging thrusters and backing down on one set of engines and coming ahead on the opposite set. And it is so well practiced that it is another part of the day for the officers and crew. But I always appreciate the ship handling show whether aboard or shoreside.

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet B

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet B 20220625 850_0049Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet BThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet C

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet C 20220625 850_0050Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet CThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet D

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet D 20220625 850_0053Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet DThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet E

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet E 20220625 850_0055Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet EThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet F

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet F 20220625 850_0057Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet FThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet G

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet G 20220625 850_0061Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet GThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet H

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet H 20220625 850_0065Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet HThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet I

Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet I 20220625 850_0069Island Queen Oak Bluffs Ballet IThe M/V Island Queen arriving in Oak Bluffs, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard

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(Made From RI Gallery) Ferry Harbor Keith R Wahl M/V Island Queen Made From RI Gallery Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts Oak Bluffs Photography Seascape Ship storytelling Waterfront https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/island-queen-oak-bluffs-ballet Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:59:35 GMT
King Tide Reflections. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/king-tide-reflections The art captured in the convergence of science and nature

Reflective King Tide Symmetries

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Reflective King Tide Symmetries 20220713 850_1254Reflective King Tide SymmetriesSunset symmetries at The Great Creek and Dutch Harbor during a King Tide, Jamestown, Rhode Island

"King Tides" are not all that unusual. They are predictable events. They occur when the moon is new or full and is closest to the earth in its monthly orbit. "King Tide" is a non-scientific term that hails from our friends in Australia.

The proper term would actually be a Perigean tide. That is when the new or full moon coincides in time with the perigee of the moon. This is the point where the moon is closest to the earth.

When a "supermoon" occurs, "King Tides" become interesting. The supermoon is when the moon's orbit (perigee) is closest to the earth at the same time that the moon is full.

In practical terms, the Moon looks bigger than normal, and the tides are higher. The tides may cause flooding and those boats swinging at anchor should allow more scope in the rode.

I took my son down to the Great Creek in Jamestown, Rhode Island during such a tide. There is a small road bridge that allows water from one side of the marsh to the other. The inbound tide formed a venturi effect at that aperture displaying a strong current.

From a visual perspective, the extra water flooding the marsh created stunning reflections. The surface, undisturbed by any waves, was a perfect mirror.

King Tide Sunset

King Tide Sunset 20220720 850_1257King Tide SunsetSunset symmetries at The Great Creek during a King Tide, Jamestown, Rhode Island

King Tide Reflections

King Tide Reflections 20220713 850_1268King Tide ReflectionsSunset symmetries at The Great Creek during a King Tide, Jamestown, Rhode Island

Oh, and for information's sake, here is that supermoon as taken later that same night

Full Buck Supermoon 13 July 2022

Full Buck Supermoon 13 July 2022Full Buck Supermoon 13 July 2022Phase: Full Moon
Illumination: 100%
Moon Age: 14.45 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,448.64 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,071,251.68 km

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At the End of the Day. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/at-the-end-of-the-day-photography-and-text-by-keith-r-wahl Treasures to carry into tomorrow

At the End of the Day

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At the End of the Day 20220711 850_1082At the End of the DayAt the end of the day in Dutch Harbor, Jamestown, Rhode Island as the sun begins its descent beyond Dutch Island

The phrase "... at the end of the day..." has become one whose usage I take umbrage with. It has become oveused and cliche. And as such, it compromises a wonderful phrase. The meaning has been co-opted by business and bottom lining spreadsheets. The phrase has lost its philosophical meaning in the process.

A sunset on the water, to me, is what "the end of the day" should be about. As the sun sets over islands and boats, the beauty reveals itself in full. In gradual but continual progression, light reduces. In each reduction, it reveals the most beautiful and precious of the illuminated. At the end, in shadow and color, the veracity of what matters reveals itself. Those revelations carry into the next day as treasures from the day before.

Close of Day in Dutch Harbor

Close of Day in Dutch Harbor 20220711 850_1104Close of Day in Dutch HarborAt the end of the day in Dutch Harbor, Jamestown, Rhode Island as the sun begins its descent beyond Dutch Island

End of Day in Dutch Harbor

End of Day in Dutch Harbor 20220711 850_1119End of Day in Dutch HarborAt the end of the day in Dutch Harbor, Jamestown, Rhode Island as the sun begins its descent beyond Dutch Island

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(Made From RI Gallery) Boats Dutch Harbor Dutch Island Golden Hour Jamestown Keith R Wahl Landscape Made From RI Gallery Maritime Nautical Photography Rhode Island Seascape Sunset Water https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/at-the-end-of-the-day-photography-and-text-by-keith-r-wahl Tue, 19 Jul 2022 13:21:22 GMT
Cleated. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/cleated Securing blissful moments of summer freedom in memory

Cleated

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Cleated 20220711 850_1064CleatedA cleat on the dock connecting us to Dutch Harbor and beyond on a summer evening in Jamestown, Rhode Island

Cleated at Dutch Harbor

Cleated at Dutch Harbor 20220711 850_1059Cleated at Dutch HarborThe sun plays across an early summer evening at Dutch Harbor, Jamestown, Rhode Island

There are few things as inspiring as a sunset. There is nothing more elemental than air and water. On the water, the common representations of freedom are boats. And the thing that marries them all together is a cleat on a dock.

In this case at Dutch Harbor, the ancient, rusted, and still serviceable cleat is not tethered. There are no lines attached at the illuminated wood grain on the floating dock. While moored, the people aboard the boats for the evening are free.

The sun will set. The waves drifting through the Dutch Harbor will make their soothing gurgling sound. The evening breeze will keep the bugs away. And this cleat will secure blissful moments of summer freedom in memory.

 

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Hazy Summer Morning Reflections. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/hazy-summer-morning-reflections Summer living is easy

Hazy Summer Morning Reflections

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Hazy Summer Morning Reflections 20220705 850_0712Hazy Summer Morning ReflectionsIndian Lake reflections framed in leaves on a hazy early summer morning

Summer mornings should be languorous. They should have a slow start, gone the frenetic pace of other seasons. The air is thicker in its humidity, holding us back and telling us to take it easy. The trees droop under the invisible weight of morning dew framing a new scene. The haze gathers waiting upon the early morning sun to burn it off causing the scene to swim in our vision. There is a breath of a breeze creating an imperfect, muzzy, reflection upon the lake. And altogether, this is why summer living is easy.

 

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Please Sit with Me. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/please-sit-with-me The time is right to be together

Please Sit with Me

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Please Sit With Me 20220705 850_0730Please Sit With MeSeats together in a summer neighborhood scene alongside Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Come, sit alongside me. I have a seat prepared and it is a beautiful day. There is a lovely view before us. Please take some time and sit with me.

We can discuss the events of the day. Let's discuss our concerns. Let's consider a philosophical concept. We can share some laughs, and jokes. It's a good time to reason together and reach understandings.

Sitting together, it may be that we say nothing at all. It might be the time to take in the view and share the scene without words but experience it together.

But take some time and sit alongside me. We need some time together, the scene is set, and the time is right to be together.

 

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The Shore Defies Labels. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/the-shore-defies-labels Experiencing the shore keeps us in touch with our humanity

Scarborough After Thunderstorm

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Scarborough After Thunderstorm 20220715 850_1303Scarborough After ThunderstormThe subtle color variations and colors of the shore revealed at Scarborough State Beach after a late day thunderstorm.

Scarborough Revealing Subtle Changes

Scarborough Revealing Subtle Changes 20220714 850_1305Scarborough Revealing Subtle ChangesThe subtle color variations and colors of the shore revealed at Scarborough State Beach after a late day thunderstorm.

Scarborough Shoreline After Thunderstorm

Scarborough Shoreline After Thunderstorm 20220714 850_1307Scarborough Shoreline After ThunderstormThe subtle color variations and colors of the shore revealed at Scarborough State Beach after a late day thunderstorm.

People love labels. They make us feel in control of our world and environment. I know, I worked in creating databases and data warehouses for many years. Labels help us to categorize and understand what is going on in our lives. Parse the data so that we are able to find and use this information later.

Nature and the shore especially defy this concept of labeling and categorization. The shore is not made up of beach sand, rocks and seaweed. The shore comprises these things and more. It meets fields, meadows and woods. It meets sun and sky. When we, in our hubris, think that we have this figured out, another element appears.

Nothing at the shore is homogeneous. The sky and clouds show variations where a storm has pushed through. Haze forms in the air as the waves roll in and blur the early evening light. There are variations in the mists depending on whether the waves strike sand or rocks. The grasses wave in the breeze and show differing colors and hues as the sun dips behind clouds. This shows that the shore is dynamic and alive.

This is the magic of the shore. It humbles us. It defies categorization and becomes an experience. And in turn, it is the experiences that defy categorization that make us feel alive. Then, when we share these experiences with others, it creates emotional connection. This surpasses data. Meaning that exposure to the shore keeps us in touch with our humanity.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Beach Clouds Coastline Early Evening Keith R Wahl Landscape Made From RI Gallery Meadow narragansett Photography rhode island Scarborough State Beach Seascape Shoreline Sky https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/the-shore-defies-labels Fri, 15 Jul 2022 12:23:50 GMT
Postcards From Home. Photography by and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/postcards-from-home Always pleasantly surprised

Golden Hour Postcard

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Golden Hour Postcard 20220713 850_1240Golden Hour PostcardEarly evening viewing west during the Golden Hour at the Great Creek, Jamestown, Rhode Island during a "King Tide"; at high tide with Dutch Harbor in the distance

Delivery On a Country Road

Delivery On a Country Road 20220713 850_1253Delivery On a Country RoadA golden hour early evening viewing south on North Road along the Great Creek in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

One thing that I love about Rhode Island is that we have a variety of beautiful scenery in a small space. Sometimes the scenery and view changes by a mere turning of the head. And sometimes, the views break the stereotype of Rhode Island.

This set of views actually caught my son and I by surprise. We were walking down the road, the sun beginning to sink in the sky. The tide was high on the marsh; a "King Tide" that was licking the sides of the road. Despite being in my native state, I had a sudden reminiscence of being in another place far south of Rhode Island.

But having a sudden thought of being in another place is why I love living where we do. Rhode Island has a set of views that always gives us a surprise. It is never dull, always finding something new to explore. And in so doing, Rhode Island is a place that has the ability to gift us with postcards from home.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Country Road Early Evening Golden Hour Great Creek High tide Jamestown Keith R Wahl King tide Made From RI Gallery Mailbox Photography Reflections Rhode Island Road Water https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/postcards-from-home Thu, 14 Jul 2022 11:48:40 GMT
What Do Day Lilies Do in the Evening? Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/what-do-day-lilies-do-in-the-evening Science Stimulates Human Connections

Conversational Lilies

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Conversational Lilies 20220707 850_0778Conversational LiliesLilies in the village of Peace Dale on a summer evening

Day Lilies in the Evening

Day Lilies in the Evening 20220707 850_0776Day Lilies in the EveningLilies in the village of Peace Dale on a summer evening

Flowers help us in many ways. In school and throughout life we hear about their benefit to our ecology and environment.

We all have heard about how plants and flowers produce oxygen in our atmosphere. That is, of course, photosynthesis. Green plants using sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water. Photosynthesis involves the green pigment chlorophyll and generates oxygen as a byproduct.

Photosynthesis is the science. Flowers also provide us with aesthetics. They beautify our homes, living areas, towns and fields. In turn, beauty is a relatable social lubricant.

Such is the case of these lilies as photographed. My wife and I were walking in Peace Dale village while our sons were in their "Summer Strings" rehearsal. As I was taking a photo, an old high school friend saw us (outside her house) as she came home from work. A summer evening conversation ensued. One of those pleasant conversations that starts off with flowers but goes everywhere and nowhere because there is so much to catch up on. It is just good to talk at that point. 

The fact is that there was another conversation over flowers that evening. We were near Narragansett Pier and I had asked permission to take some more flower photos. In gaining permission there was another acquaintance made (who now waves as I drive by).

In 2022, I would posit that we have had a couple of years of sporadic isolation. We need to follow the science to make our world better. That is, plant some flowers. Then, let them work their environmental and aesthetic magic and help us to make human connections again. Can I prove that this will work, walking, taking photos, and observing the beauty of flowers and people? Empirically, yes, I can. But further research is necessary.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Flower Flowers Keith R Wahl Lilies Lily Made From RI Gallery Nature Peace Dale Photography Rhode Island South Kingstown storytelling https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/what-do-day-lilies-do-in-the-evening Wed, 13 Jul 2022 12:32:39 GMT
Maximal Minimalism on the Water. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/maximal-minimalism-on-the-water Shapes and variations in color both stupefy and soothe...

Sun Kissing Water

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Sun Kissing Water 20220711 850_1100Sun Kissing WaterA minimalist view of the late day sun playing upon the waters of Dutch Harbor in Jamestown, Rhode Island

Evening Sun Upon the Waters

Evening Sun Upon the Waters 20220711 850_1101Evening Sun Upon the WatersA minimalist view of the late day sun playing upon the waters of Dutch Harbor in Jamestown, Rhode Island

We are living in an age where minimalism becomes a point of contemplation and necessity. Prices have gone up and people are considering how much they need. Weekly budgets contain decisions on buying chocolate chips for cookies will occur. Minimalism, and its close cousin austerity, has become a part of our lives.

In the Ocean State, we sometimes find that some needs are few. This is especially true in the summer. I sometimes find myself down by the water at sunset. I find pleasant moments dangling my feet off the pier as I sit looking at the water as the sun sets.

The fact is that the view is not all that minimalist at all. There is a complexity of structure. Ripples of water ride upon waves. Light reflects and refracts in a multitude of angles. The array of shapes and variations in color both stupefy and soothe the mind in the same moment. And for those moments, it is enough.

Sun Structured on Water

Sun Structured on Water 20220711 850_1096Sun Structured on WaterA minimalist view of the late day sun playing upon the waters of Dutch Harbor in Jamestown, Rhode Island

Water and Sun Waltz

Water and Sun Waltz 20220711 850_1098Water and Sun WaltzA minimalist view of the late day sun playing upon the waters of Dutch Harbor in Jamestown, Rhode Island

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Dutch Harbor Jamestown Keith R Wahl Light Made From RI Gallery Minimalist Photography Rhode Island storytelling Sun Water Waves https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/maximal-minimalism-on-the-water Tue, 12 Jul 2022 15:20:31 GMT
The Harbor Path. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/the-harbor-path Guiding Light to Frozen History

The Edgartown Harbor Path

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The Edgartown Harbor Path 20220625 850_9953The Edgartown Harbor Path The path to Edgartown Harbor and Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse on a summer afternoon.

Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse at the Point

Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse at the Point 20220625 850_9925Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse at the PointSubtle greens and yellow-browns in abundant seagrass along the beach with shadowed whites of Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse against a sparsely clouded blue sky.

Harborside at Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse

Harborside at Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse 2022025 850_9917Harborside at Edgartown Harbor LighthouseSubtle greens and yellow-browns in abundant seagrass along the beach with shadowed whites of Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse against a sparsely clouded blue sky.

Lighthouses have always had many forms of symbolic meaning. They are a point of safety for mariners. They symbolize safety and hope for those seeking safe harbor. From a practical standpoint, they are a point of navigation.

Walking to Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard, another thought springs to mind. That is that lighthouses are also representative of frozen time. These are links to the many people of the past who have been to this place.

Today, we see this spot, Edgartown, as a small harbor for tony yachts. In fact, this is the oldest settlement on Martha's Vineyard dating back to 1642. The town itself finds its name in "Edgar", son of James II of England. Previous to colonization, the town had the name "Nunnpog" (Algonquin for "Fresh Pond"). In the 19th Century, this became an important port in the whaling economy.

This particular lighthouse has an interesting history. The original wooden lighthouse met its end in the 1938 Hurricane. In 1939, the US Coast Guard replaced the demolished light with an 1881 vintage cast-iron tower. This is what we see today. This light was relocated from its prior service as the Ipswich (MA) Rear Range Light.

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Why Flowers? Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/why-flowers The selfless flower is a gift

Tiny Peony

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Tiny Peony 20220605 V850_8739Tiny PeonyA tiny peony bud starts to flower at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

What a Peach

What a Peach 20220605 850_8816What a PeachA peach colored rose from Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

Why flowers? I am asked this often. I am a person who wanders the waterfront and contemplates hikes and rugged tasks. The answer is simple. Flowers are beautiful. They are subtle reminders that there is beauty in this world. No matter how hard the day or where we are, we find flowers.

I am the father of two teenage sons. This means that I am always busy and often waiting for them. Right now, in the summer, I spend evenings waiting as they hone their viola play in Summer Strings.

While we wait, my wife and I, we stroll. It takes nothing to sling a camera over my shoulder. As we walk, we observe. People take time to adorn their homes in the village with such beautiful flowers.

What we have found is that as we look at the flowers, people become curious. They ask questions and talk to us. Some are friends. Others are out tending their gardens and a conversation ensues as we ask their assent to take photos.

Most of the photos pictured are from local parks and other places. More are in our Flowers/Flora portfolio from various places.

But the point is that if you ever question where beauty is in the world, it is in the flowers. Flowers are a common point that we all appreciate in New England, spring, summer, and fall. And flowers are also a unifying point to talk to both friends and strangers. The selfless flower is a gift.

Sunlight on Ivory

Sunlight on Ivory 20220605 850_8742Sunlight on IvoryIvory colored and shaded and flower in sunlight at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

In the Sun's Spotlight

In the Sun's Spotlight 20220605 850_8804In the Sun's SpotlightA flower in the sun's spotlight at Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Watered Lily

Watered Lily 20220619 850_9580Watered LilyA recently watered lily at Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Roger Williams Yellow Rose

Roger Williams Yellow Rose 20220605 850_8901Roger Williams Yellow RoseA yellow rose in the late day sun at Roger Williams Park , Providence, Rhode Island

 

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Art in the Nets. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/art-in-the-nets A practical art show at the waterfront

Spliced and Served

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Spliced and Served 20220618 850_9492Spliced and ServedSpliced and served on netting stored on the waterfront of the Port of Galilee in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Netted, Spliced, and Served

Netted, Spliced, and Served 20220618 850_9490Netted, Spliced, and ServedNets with a splice and well served on the waterfront of the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Everyone who encounters the shoreline in summer knows about those knotted bracelets. They have various names including Sailor's Bracelet and Turk's Head Bracelet. They are all based on the Turk's Head knot.

The Turk's Head bracelet has a basis in practicality. The decorative knot is also used to mark midships on a ship's wheel. It is where practicality and artistry meet. The art and practice are "Marlinspike Seamanship". The same comes from the marlinspike too used to ease the braid in lines and break knots.

I am one such practitioner, a Marlinspike Sailor. I have practiced ever since I can remember. My father was an old boatswain turned captain and I learned from him. A Marlinspike Sailor takes equal pride in the effectiveness and aesthetic appeal of their work.

Here in the nets along the waterfront of the Port of Galilee, we find rough examples of marlinspike work. The net leads have splices and serving as keepers. While rougher than some work, it is serviceable and useful. It is a practical art show on the waterfront. 

 

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The Daisy and the Bee. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/the-daisy-and-the-bee The Bee and the Yellow Daisy

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The Bee and the Yellow Daisy 20220707 850_0791The Bee and the Yellow DaisyA bee harvesting a yellow daisy for pollen in the village of Peace Dale, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

The Yellow Daisy and the Bee

The Yellow Daisy and the Bee 20220707 850_0794The Yellow Daisy and the BeeA bee harvesting a yellow daisy for pollen in the village of Peace Dale, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Yellow Daisy Bee at Work

Yellow Daisy Bee at Work 20220707 850_0793Yellow Daisy Bee at WorkA bee harvesting a yellow daisy for pollen in the village of Peace Dale, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Daisies are attractive in their simplicity. These humble flowers offer us view of unadorned beauty. In sunshine and shadow, cloudless sky or in rain, their simple and pure beauty shines. If the daisy is yellow, the mood brightens in its sunny nature.

Now combine the uncomplicated spectacle of a daisy with a bee, and somehow a smile comes to our faces. Why is this?

For an answer to why the bee in the scene makes us smile, we turn to 18th century Romantic poet William Blake. Blake posited that "The busy bee has no time for sorrow."

Putting this together, a bee presents us the opposite of sorrow. The simple yellow daisy presents a face of sunshine. Who could not smile?

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Bee Daisy Flower Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Nature Peace Dale Photography Rhode Island South Kingstown storytelling Yellow Daisy https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/the-daisy-and-the-bee Fri, 08 Jul 2022 13:09:39 GMT
The Pleasure of Morning Summer Sailing. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/morning-summer-sailing Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing

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Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing 20220625 850_9792Morning Vineyard Sound SailingSummer sailing in slight morning haze on Vineyard Sound. Slightly off the wind in the morning breeze.

Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing Approaching Abeam

Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing Approaching Abeam 29229625 850_9793Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing Approaching AbeamSummer sailing in slight morning haze on Vineyard Sound. Slightly off the wind in the morning breeze.

Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing Abeam

Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing Abeam 20220625 850_9794Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing AbeamSummer sailing in slight morning haze on Vineyard Sound. Slightly off the wind in the morning breeze.

Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing A Few Points to Starboard

Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing A Few Points to Starboard 202220625 850_9795Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing A Few Points to StarboardSummer sailing in slight morning haze on Vineyard Sound. Slightly off the wind in the morning breeze.

Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing Off to Starboard

Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing Off to Starboard 20220625 850_9796Morning Vineyard Sound Sailing Off to StarboardSummer sailing in slight morning haze on Vineyard Sound. Slightly off the wind in the morning breeze.

Summer mornings on Vineyard Sound have haze as a component. It does not affect the breeze when sailing. It does not create a significant reduction in visibility. Haze is an obscuration of the lower atmosphere, caused by fine suspended particles. It's something we accept and enjoy the off the wind sailing.

The sailing is the reason to be out here on the sound. The origin point is inconsequential. The destination is only a place to go. It is the journey where we find the joy.

The sailing is easy. The sheets have the sails trimmed with perfection, the jib not even displaying a single "smile". The swells provide a gentle motion under the keel. This is sailing at its best, and a little haze is part of the morning glow.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Boat Haze Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Maritime Martha's Vineyard Morning Nautical Photography Sailboat Sloop Summer Vineyard Sound https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/morning-summer-sailing Thu, 07 Jul 2022 14:08:52 GMT
Waterfront Art. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/buoys-stacked-with-pot-warp Buoys Stacked with Pot Warp

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Buoys Stacked with Pot Warp 20220618 850_9450Buoys Stacked with Pot WarpA stacked grouping of painted lobster buoys and pot warp on a cloudy day in the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Brush Strokes on Lobster Buoys and Knot Work on Pot Warp

Brush Strokes on Lobster Buoys and Knot Work on Pot Warp 20220618 850_9451Brush Strokes on Lobster Buoys and Knot Work on Pot WarpA stacked grouping of painted lobster buoys and pot warp on a cloudy day in the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Art and art history, while not a major concentration, is a part of my background. I received education both from an artist grandfather and in college. My primary background is in the sciences from an academic perspective. From a maritime perspective, I am a 'hawser piper', someone who started at the bottom and came up through the ranks.

Having many endeavors in life, I look at the world with appreciative eyes. When I refer to my art history classes, I remember the discussions of the brush strokes of the masters. And then, I see the clear brush stroke on the lobster trap buoys on the waterfront.

I look at the knot work and think of the guilds of marlinspike sailors. Knots and knotwork is an elaborate skill that is beautiful in its utility. There are cases where marlinspike work finds its way to museums.

The point is that there is something to appreciate wherever we go. And while art is often at shows and museums, it is also on the waterfront and other unexpected places. And this leads to cognizance of those who perform the tasks. Their work, in all forms, has meaning.

 

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Netted. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/netted Fish Net in Orange and Aqua

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Fish Net in Orange and Aqua 20220618 850_9482Fish Net in Orange and AquaStacked netting at the Port of Galilee on a cloudy day. Narragansett, Rhode Island

Nets and Floats

Nets and Floats 20220618 850_9480Nets and FloatsFloats and nets stored on the waterfront in the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Net Covers Float

Net Covers Float 20220618 850_9488Net Covers FloatNets covering a float at the waterfront of the ort of Galilee in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

I like to work out. My preference in lifting is kettlebells. It is a simple concept, move the weight in various ways to become stronger and stay in shape. There is also something that moving off center weights teaches someone. That is, simple often is not easy.

So it is with fishing nets. The concept is simple. Put the net in the water, pull the net up, and it contains fish. The execution of operating a net is a little more intricate and complex.

Nets come with a lot of components that allow them to lower into the water. They have the right parts settle above the bottom. And they have floats to hold the net open (some also have "doors" that act as "wings" to spread the net underwater).

We have listed the rudimentary parts of fishing nets, but maintenance needs a mention too. Nets and their parts need tending and care after usage. Floats will need replacement. Drags need replenishment. And storage needs care such that the ultraviolet radiation of the sun does not damage the net material.

Life on the waterfront may seem simple, but it is never easy. Neither is the persistence or diligence that it takes to make a good fisherman. 

 

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Americana Afternoon. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/americana-afternoon Americana Afternoon

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Americana Afternoon 20220625 850_0033Americana AfternoonA warm afternoon view of a gingerbread cottage at the Martha's Vineyard Campground Association in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.

As the afternoon heat rises, refuge is sought in the shade. We are walking through a time before air conditioners. Residents of the old "Cottage City" retreat to the cover of their porches. Pitchers of iced tea and lemonade make their appearances on side tables.

Peels of music come from the old tabernacle fill the air. Their choir is practicing for the evening camp meeting service. The tunes make their way through the gingerbread adorning the cottages. In the distance, a ferry whistle signals a departure for the mainland. The sights, sounds, and smells of cultivated flowers weave together, frozen in time.

This is a nineteenth century afternoon experienced now. It is island Americana, and it renews the mind and soul.

 

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Anchored on the Waterfront. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/anchored-on-the-waterfront Anchored on the Waterfront

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Anchored on the Waterfront 20220618 850_9437Anchored on the WaterfrontThe anchor on a head boat in the Port of Galilee in Narragansett, Rhode Island on a cloudy afternoon.

Anchors are among the most important appurtenances of a boat or ship. In calm, an anchor allows for rest. In storms, an anchor provides security in a refuge. In the case of a head boat, an anchor is a tool to harvest the fruit of the ocean with rod and reel.

On this late afternoon, the weather is overcast, and the boats have come in for the day. And thrusting forward to emphasize its importance is the anchor.

 

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Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse Summer View. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/7/edgartown-harbor-lighthouse-summer-view Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse Summer View

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Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse Summer View 20220625 850_9911Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse Summer ViewSubtle greens and yellow-browns in abundant seagrass along the beach with shadowed whites of Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse against a sparsely clouded blue sky.

There are places that take one back in time. I am not speaking of an old and nostalgic town that is from another time. I mean a place that slips you back and forth along a personal timeline. A place that makes you realize that it was formative in your current mindset.

Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse is one of those places for me. Nestled in along the coast of Martha's Vineyard, my first encounters were as a child. My first visit was accompanying my father, a Marine Surveyor, as he inspected the ferries named "On Time". The ferries carry their quaint name as running as needed and are always "on time".

Martha's Vineyard was a frequent place to visit when I was young. At about ten, my grandfather gave me a TLR (twin-lens reflex) camera. This is when I first photographed this lighthouse. Grandpa would give me his artist eye critique and suggestions to help me improve.

In college, while a Physics major, I went to a school with a strict core curriculum. Art history was a required study (and I had the privilege of being studying in the art abundant Boston area). I learned of Andrew Wyeth and studied his technique and usage of light and color. I thought back to the critique of my grandfather and wondered if I could ever incorporate the two.

And then, on a summer day, I was able to revisit Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse with my wife and sons. I looked over the green and yellow-brown seagrass, the positions of the people. The position and angle of the lighthouse. There was even a woman in the distance faced away in a gingham dress. All my visits to the Vineyard, all the approaches of Edgartown from sea on vessels I have sailed here... years of observation and a lifetime of memories combined. I found my view of light and color and one of my favorite lighthouses. A culmination of years. And I hope that there is gentle grandfather figure smiling over my shoulder.

 

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Storybook Lighthouse. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/storybook-lighthouse Storybook Lighthouse

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Storybook Lighthouse 20220609 850_8932Storybook LighthouseA lighthouse overlooking Snug Harbor in the late afternoon sun on Point Judith Pond, South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Lobster Buoys and Lighthouse

Lobster Buoys and Lighthouse 20220609 850_8945Lobster Buoys and LighthouseViewing across Snug Harbor at the lighthouse through a lobster buoy decorated fence

Bright and Reflective in Snug Harbor

Bright and Reflective in Snug Harbor 20220609 850_8938Bright and Reflective in Snug HarborReflections off the dock in the late afternoon sun. The Snug Harbor Lighthouse looks over it all on Point Judith Pond in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Not all lighthouses are on rocky shores. Some stand at the head of small harbors in protected inlets and still aid navigation. One has a storybook appeal in Snug Harbor off Point Judith Pond.

The lighthouse itself, while on charts, is a thing of what mariners' term "local knowledge". "Local knowledge" is what few others look for but locals rely upon (with good reason). And in return, this lighthouse becomes part of the local story.

This makes this storybook lighthouse such a comforting piece of architecture and lore. It has been the launching point and final destination of fishing adventures. It has seen the frenetic activity of fishing competitions. It is the solitude for many resting on their boats at the end of the day. And it is the backdrop of a distinctive maritime village. And everyone who has encountered this lighthouse has a story to tell.

 

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Shells Big and Small. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/shells-big-and-small Shells Big and Small

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Shells Big and Small 20220618 850_9538Shells Big and SmallBig and small Quahog Shells at Aguntang Brook in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Carrying The Tide

Carrying The Tide 20220618 850_9524Carrying The TideA Quahog shell carrying the water of the tide at Aguntang Brook in Narragansett, Rhode Island

I have spent some time talking about quahog shells and their relationship to wampum. Those were discussions of what we do with shells and what shells mean.

My conclusion about the shells combines concepts. I photograph the shells because of their stories. Finding a shell on the shore is like finding a precious gem to me. It has beautiful color and texture, and it has wonder. In the wonder and little pools of water in shells we find stories of sunshine, wind, and tide.

The stories of the shells combine into many tales. In all eventuality, they become their own tome. And for me, that means that they tell the story of life beneath the sands and then in the tidal current. And that is a story worth recording and telling.

See our previous posts on shells and wampum here:

 

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Shells Among the Pebbles. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/shells-among-the-pebbles Shells Among the Pebbles

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Shells Among the Pebbles 20220618 850_9518Shells Among the PebblesQuahog Shells among the rocks at Aguntang Brook in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Purple and Askew

Purple and Askew 20220618 850_9541Purple and AskewA Quahog shell askew in the shores of the marsh at Aguntang Brook, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Aguntang Open Shell

Aguntang Open Shell 20220618 850_9522Aguntang Open ShellA Quahog shell on the marsh alongside Aguntang Brook in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Recently we shared some photos and a discussion about wampum and quahogs (Made From RI Gallery | My Precious). I had a discussion this weekend that led to some unexpressed thoughts about the subject.

I had an extended conversation with a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). She was an artist producing exquisite wampum jewelry. As I examined the creations, I noted that much of what she did was to place the jewelry item in an actual quahog shell. The result is gorgeous and honors the art as well as the bivalve shellfish that it comes from.

Seeing the art and the shell placed together led to a personal epiphany. Wampum is perfect in its lack of waste and complete renewability. The meat of the quahog nourishes the body. The use of the shell preserves and records history. The sharing of the beauty of the shell shares the aesthetic senses. Nothing wasted and everything appreciated.

 

You can find the person I am speaking of and their wampum creations here: MVNativeWampum

 

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Striper. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/striper Striper

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Striper 20220625 850_9879StriperA Striped Bass swimming underneath the sun illuminated surface of the water

The Striped Bass is the state fish of Rhode Island. This example was swimming beneath the water's sun speckled surface in Massachusetts. We found the photographed fish off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. It was chasing schooling choggies near the Oak Bluffs ferry pier.

Striped Bass, "Stripers", are fascinating fish. They tend to spawn and spend the first two years of life in the Chesapeake Bay area of the eastern seaboard of the United States. They will then migrate north and south. They may live up to forty years. Some grow up to five feet in length and range up to eighty pounds. The species name is "Morone saxatilis".

 

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Early Evening at the Marina. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/early-evening-at-the-marina Early Evening at the Marina

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Early Evening at the Marina 20220609 850_8973Early Evening at the MarinaIn the late day or early evening at the marina, subtle light on the boats and subtle ripples in the water by the dinghy dock

The end of the day at any marina is symbolic of relaxation. Relaxation is different because it finds its source in an active day. It is a day of sailing and fishing. It is a day of maintaining and caring for the boats. It is a day of vigorous life, which means that the source of relaxation is satisfaction.

 

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Wooden Skiff Caressed by Sunlight. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/wooden-skiff-caressed-by-sunlight Wooden Skiff Caressed by Sunlight 

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Wooden Skiff Caressed by Sunlight 20220609 850_8959Wooden Skiff Caressed by Sunlight A wooden skiff caressed by reflected sunlight at Snug Harbor in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Wooden boats have a treasured status in the marine world. There are books about wooden boats. There are magazines about wooden boats. There are special boat shows and festivals around the world devoted to Wooden Boats.

One asks, "Why do wooden boats have such devotion?" Because wooden boats are not made; they're crafted. A human being must select each fitting, make each cut and bevel of the wood, and fit each part. Human hands are responsible for the design, lofting, and assembly. In short, building a wooden boat, even the skiff photographed, is more intimate. A wooden boat is personal.

Even after the building of the boat, the personal relationship with the boat persists. Every year, someone places their hands on the boats. There is sanding, painting, and varnishing. This makes a wooden boat real; it gives it personality.

The operator of a wooden boat knows the "feel" of the boat. That is how the boat handles. The sea keeping capabilities. The quirks of handling the boat in a head or following sea. The operator even knows the right throttling of the motor for each wave height.

One does not own and operate a wooden boat. We develop relationships with such boats. And like any relationship, the care of a wooden boat will inspire love and devotion.

 

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My Precious. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/my-precious My Precious

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My Precious 20220618 850_9515My PreciousThe purple glory of a Quahog Shell on display on the marsh of Aguntang Brook in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Overlapping Shells

Overlapping Shells 20220618 850_9516Overlapping ShellsOverlapping Quahog shells on the shores of Aguntang Brook in Narragansett, Rhode Island

On the Shores of Aguntang Brook

On the Shores of Aguntang Brook 20220618 850_9513On the Shores of Aguntang BrookQuahog shells left on the shores of the marsh by Agintang Brook, Narragansett, Rhode Island

The purple tint often (but not always) found in Quahog shells is the signature of the species shell. The purple has a common name of "Wampum". In brief, the term "Wampum" is the name of the white and especially purple beads.

Wampum beads are special to the attire of Native Americans of North America. They had a common European interpretation of money. This is an oversimplification of what wampum actually is. Strings of wampum are important in storytelling, ceremonies, marking of historical events, and recording treaties and other events.

The interpretation of money gave the quahog its species name: "Mercenaria mercenaria". Carl Linnaeus of Sweden coined the name based on this interpretation in 1758. "Mercenaria" is from the Latin for "wages". Having read the oversimplified association between wampum and money, he gave the name to science.

On the shore of Aguntang Brook in Narragansett, Rhode Island, we contemplate this find of a trove of purple lined quahog shells. The find is quite precious and we respect the shells and their history in these photos.

 

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Lobster or Crabs? Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/lobster-or-crabs Lobster Here

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Lobster Here 20220618 850_9449Lobster HereWhere we find the lobster in the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Lobster & Crab For Sale

Lobster & Crab For Sale 20220618 850_9429Lobster & Crab For SaleLobster & Crab signage at the Port of Galilee in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Boats come in with lobsters or crabs and then sell their catch to waiting buyers at the dock. There is such a beautiful and delightful simplicity to the concept. It is the farmstand on the waterfront.

There is also excitement. It's the enthusiasm behind picking out your own dinner. It's talking to the fisherman who pulled the traps. It's seeing the boat and the gear. It's hearing the stories about the weather and sea conditions that day. It's knowing where your food has come from and the hands that brought it to you.

Purchasing on the dock brings the public and fisherman part of a shared experience. This creates community. It creates understanding. It creates connection and appreciation.

 

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Scarborough Play Reflections. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/scarborough-reflections Scarborough Reflective Evening

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Scarborough Reflective Evening 20220611 850_9244Scarborough Reflective EveningEvening reflections on the sand on Scarborough Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Reflective Evening Beach Play

Reflective Evening Beach Play 20220611 850_9246Reflective Evening Beach PlayEvening reflections on the sand on Scarborough Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

"To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me." - Isaac Newton

That the great mind Isaac Newton saw fit to using playing on the beach as a metaphor says so much. This tells us that playing on the beach is an important act. It tells us that it frees our mind to greater discovery. It tells us that playing on the beach stimulates curiosity. The beach leads to the seeking of undiscovered truths of great depth.

Do you want to discover something greater? Do you want to improve your mind? Take time to play and reflect on the beach.

 

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Nautica Abstractio. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/nautica-abstractio Coiled and Stored

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Coiled and Stored 2022 0618 850_9456Coiled and StoredLine, lobster pot warp, coiled and stored in the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Slightly Blue Line

Slightly Blue Line 20220618 850_9421Slightly Blue LineLine, lobster pot warp, coiled and stored in the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Randomly Not So Random Coiling

Randomly No So Random Coiling 20220618 850_9454Randomly Not So Random CoilingLine, lobster pot warp, coiled and stored in the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island

On the waterfront there is always seeming randomness. That is a fallacy. Everything has an order. Everything on the waterfront has a nomenclature. And there is reason behind the way things appear at the docks.

Take rope for example. Rope is not rope; it is line. In some cases, it is warp. In the cases shown, it is pot warp (used for lobster traps).

Warp, when speaking of 'rope' on the water is something attached to a fixed point on one end. In the case of a lobster trap (or lobster pot), one fixed end is on the trap and the other on a surface marker buoy.

The usage of the line also dictates the materials used. Pot warp is no exception. In the case photographed, is a high strength monofilament polypropylene blend. This has a much tighter twist that regular polypropylene ropes. This structure makes the line ideal for fishing and lobstering.

The construction of the line also dictates (to a certain extent) how the line coils down. There is a natural coil that will follow the plait of the line. Because the line has been in the water, there is a certain degree of marine growth that stiffens the line. Ultraviolet light also splinters the surface of the line to a degree. As the line follows its coiling, stiffness causes aberrations in the finish of the coil down. This gives the abstracted view of the line that seems like disorder. But we know that order is as it should be.

 

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Always Working. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/always-working Always Working 

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Always Working 20220609 850_8929Always Working A lobster boat in the foreground with plywood as the owner builds a culling board for the work the vessel does. Work continues as end of day shadows fall.

Preparing for a season and in-season, there is one thing that fishing charter boat skippers do. They work. This is the season where they make their money, so they work. Everything needs to be right for their customers.

During the day and on the water, these skippers are among the most amiable people you could meet. They love what they do, and it takes a certain personality to interact with their passengers. Most of all, they love being on the water and fishing.

After hours, these skippers are all business. They are cleaning their boats and getting them ready for the next day. Here, we see the plywood on the dock astern of the blue lobster style vessel are pieces of plywood. These will become a culling board (looking at the configuration).

They will sleep during the next winter. That is when they are not preparing for the next fishing season. 

 

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High Tides and Point Judith. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/high-tides-and-point-judith High Tides and Point Judith

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High Tides and Point Judith 2022611 850_9237High Tides and Point JudithHigh tide approaching Chair 7 at Scarborough Beach with Point Judith Lighthouse in the distance

We come to the beach in the evening because it is its own world. The evening character of the beach transforms to calm, serene, and contemplative. Even the atmospheric colors become calming and contemplative. This is a place to relax and even philosophize. A place to unwind.

The high tide kisses the lifeguard chair, and there are the remains of a castle at its feet. Clouds gather as the sun recedes. In the distance, Point Judith Lighthouse signals boats and ships. Looking out on to the ocean, one understands how the Narragansett peoples see this as sacred space. One definitely feels connected to something larger in this place.

 

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Sport Fisherman Fleet Pride. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/sport-fisherman-fleet-pride Sport Fisherman Fleet Pride

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Sport Fisherman Fleet Pride 20220609 850_8935Sport Fisherman Fleet Pride

As a young man, I was always on the waterfront. One of the common stops with my father, a marine surveyor, was Snug Harbor.

At this little place, I was always impressed the sports fishing boats. They were always of various types. Bertram, Chris Craft, Owens, and the like. What always caught my eye were the meticulous wooden boats.

On a recent evening, I passed through Snug Harbor as I am apt to do. It is so wonderful to walk there and look at the boats. And there were my old friends, the wooden sports fishing boats, albeit more than forty years later. They are still in good shape. They still shine with pride of ownership. And they still shine in the end of day sunlight, well cleaned after usage.

And the pride in these boats makes sense. They are livelihood. They are recreation. They are life to these people. And the attitude towards these boats is a pleasant throwback to experience. This is a way of life preserved. 

 

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Matunuck's Lonely Tree Has International Recognition. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/matunucks-lonely-tree Matunuck's Lonely Tree

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MatunucksLonelyTree_20191111_D56_0446Matunuck's Lonely TreeMatunuck's Lonely Tree is a tree with no reason but stands at the edge of what was once farmland and what is still beach during a weather event at sunset. A commenter who viewed this photo simply said, "I see Hope". Being that this photo was taken at the Rhode Island shore, it is fitting to invoke "Hope" (the state motto).

I photographed Matunuck's tree along the beach a while ago. It was a stormy day, but behind the storm, the sun was setting and giving an orange cast to the tempestuous sky. There was hope somewhere out there in spite of the storm. The tree at the edge of where a ledge of lang met the beach stood as a testament to that hope.

In the following winter, erosion being a constant for the shore of Rhode Island, the tree washed away. A few weeks after this photograph, the resilient tree among the beach rose bushes was gone. I was both sad that it was gone and happy that I had made this tree a photo subject.

A few weeks later still, I entered Matunuck's Lonely Tree in a photo contest with Engage Art. The photo underwent a professional jury process among hundreds of entries. It is now a semi-finalist in a field with other visual artists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, and the United States. Readers can find more about the contest here: Announcing Our Semi-Finalists! · Engage Art

Do you want to bring more recognition to the Matunuck shoreline and the meaning of this tree? Feel free to vote here: Matunuck's Lonely Tree · Engage Art

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Ericka's Shadow. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/erickas-shadow Ericka's Shadow

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Ericka's Shadow 20220619 850_8942Ericka's ShadowShadows cast upon a lobster boat in Snug Harbor as the sun becomes low in the sky.

The days on the waterfront never seem to end. They start early and end late. And the sun seems to emphasize this elongation in unusual and fascinating ways. In Snug Harbor, a Rhode Island fishing village, there is emphasis of this point.

In a wonderful working corner, there is a lobster boat tied up. The traps are alongside. To the east is Galilee. And the late day sun stretches the scene in every conceivable manner. The shadows are cast over the vessel itself as the sun reaches the after points of the boat. The shadows of the lobster traps stretch beyond the traps themselves. And the boat and spiles become elongated in their reflections.

Life and days on the waterfront are as long in their labor as their visuals. And like anyone who has worked on the water, the days stretch until the work is complete.

 

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Around the Pier in Clouds and Sun. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/aound-the-pier-in-clouds-and-sun Beneath the Pier in Clouds and Sun

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Beneath the Pier in Clouds and Sun 20220529 850_8514Beneath the Pier in Clouds and SunUnder the pier at Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Dock and Pier at Great Island

Dock and Pier at Great Island 20220529 850_8509Dock and Pier at Great IslandAt the right of way by a private dock and pier at Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Low Tide Great Island Reflections

Low Tide Great Island Reflections 20220529 850_8546Low Tide Great Island ReflectionsViewing Point Judith Pond from the anchorage at Great Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Recently I wrote that "Exploring Makes Us Young". The concept that we should walk around the tide lines and wrack lines of the shore and look at what is there. I would like to expand on that theme.

When we find ourselves at the end of a public Right of Way or beach area, we don't stop at the end. We plan the tide and stay below the tide line and look around. This is what we did as kids, but I never stopped. These are the places that are interesting. And yes, it seems a little bit "forbidden" but that is what makes it fun.

These are the places where we start understanding what the environment that we live in is all about. What does the tide line look like? What grows there? What is the depth of the water? What effect does the light have on growth in and near the water?

Why ask these questions? Because this is not only a pretty place to look at. It's our home. We should understand it. And when we understand the shoreline environment, it becomes all the more beautiful. So, exploring not only keeps us young, it makes us smarter and more appreciative too. Exploring connects us to these places. 

 

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Full Strawberry Supermoon 14 June 2022. Photography and Test by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/full-strawberry-supermoon-14-june-2022 Full Strawberry Supermoon 14 June 2022 

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Full Strawberry Supermoon 14 June 2022 DSCN1369Full Strawberry Supermoon 14 June 2022 Phase: Full Strawberry Supermoon 14 June 2022 Illumination: 100% Moon Age: 14.78 days Moon Angle: 0.55 Moon Distance: 363,802.74 km Sun Angle: 0.52 Sun Distance: 151,955,995.15 km

The Full Moon of 14 June 2022 is the year's second supermoon. A supermoon is then the moon's orbit is closest to Earth, which presents a larger, brighter full moon.

The most common definition of a supermoon is a full Moon that is a distance of at least 90% of perigee. Perigee is the point where the Moon is closest to Earth. In this case, it is 222,238.4 miles (357,658 km) away. The photo is at a point 363,802.74 km (still within a comfortable distance to call it a full Moon).

June’s full Moon is the last full Moon of spring. This is the traditional "Strawberry Moon". The reddish tinge to the appearance of the Moon, in this case, has nothing to do with Strawberries. The color is due to being closest to the horizon. At this point, light rays must pass through the densest layers of the atmosphere.

Almanac Information:

Phase: Full Strawberry Supermoon 14 June 2022
Illumination: 100%
Moon Age: 14.78 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,802.74 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 151,955,995.15 km

 

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Harbor of Refuge Setting Sun. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/harbor-of-refuge-setting-sun Harbor of Refuge Setting Sun

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Harbor of Refuge Sunset 20220610 850_9199Harbor of Refuge SunsetAn outboard power boat swings on a mooring on the eastern shore inside the Point Judith Harbor of refuge as the lights of a departing fishing boat show against the opposite breakwall at sunset.

Have you ever considered that we have the ability to see rainbows all the time? This is especially true on clear summer days. They are not seen all at the same time, but they are there nonetheless.

The sunlight that we see is a type of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun. Visible sunlight looks white but its composition is of colors of different wavelengths. with violet having the shortest wavelength and red having the longest. We see these at various times as the earth's atmosphere acts as a prism. This all depends on the relative position of the earth to the sun.

So earlier on a given evening, we see blues and pinks in Classic Summer Nights. In Harbor or Refuge Sunset, we see the glow of yellow and orange combined with some purples.

As this little runabout powerboat sits on its mooring pointing westward later on, we see reds. This is where the sun is at its lowest, but its power dominates the entire scene.

And on the shore, we experienced the entirety of the rainbow. This is the enchantment of light on the water.

 

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Harbor of Refuge Sunset. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/harbor-of-refuge-sunset Harbor of Refuge Sunset

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Harbor of Refuge Sunset 20220620 850_9182Harbor of Refuge SunsetOverlooking the dunes and beyond in the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge at sunset

Sunset Over Rosa Rugosa

Sunset Over Rosa Rugosa 20220610 850_9176Sunset Over Rosa RugosaA view across the rosa covered dunes of Camp Cronin as the sun sets over the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge

Sunglow Over Dunes and Beach Roses

Sunglow Over Dunes and Beach Roses 20220610 850_9186Sunglow Over Dunes and Beach RosesThe glow of sunset across the dunes and beach roses at Camp Cronin in Narragansett, Rhode Island

There are times of year when the sunsets are easy. The light of the sun will glow into a slow subtle darkness. This happens where weather conditions meet an explosion of spring and summer growth. The effect is amazing and not reproducible by many means. The impact on human senses and emotions is sublime.

This happens upon this sunset in the dunes of the eastern shore of the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge. Upon the dunes is a field of beach roses of white and pink. In the gentle breeze, pollen releases into the early evening air. The temperature and the dew point converge suspending some of the moisture in the air. Far above, over the clouds, the air is dry as this moisture gathers, so it dissipates in the air.

The result is pale filtered light producing subtle hues. This light reflects upon the water and through the moored boats. The green of the roses glows with this diffused light. The air itself acts as a prism creating subtle relaxing colors.

What is most amazing is that knowing why only enhances the feelings. It is an absolute miracle of biology, chemistry, and physics that produces this type of scene. This is why the Rhode Island shoreline is a unique and wonderful gift.

 

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Classic Summer Nights. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/classic-summer-nights Classic Summer Nights

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Classic Summer Nights 20220610 850_9169Classic Summer NightsClassic summer nights along the Narragansett Pier area in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Ideal summer nights include walking by the water, a fresh seafood dinner, and the subtle sound of jazz in the air. Catching the sights along the way, the view becomes complete with a "cherry" classic car view. In this case it is a Thunderbird... a "T-Bird".

The car is so well kept that the pinks and blues of the evening sky reflect upon its skin and chrome. It is a sight that drives us back to a simpler time. It was a time when cars were mirror images of the owners and the shine was a matter of personal pride.

The classic cars of summertime are symbolic of freedom. A time when the open road called, and it led to evenings by the sea and subtle sounds of jazz in the air. There is something there to stimulate the human senses. And does it ever look cool.

 

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Exploring Makes Us Young. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/exploring-makes-us-young Mussel Shell Deposit on Rough Rocks 

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Mussel Shell Deposit on Rough Rocks 20220529 850_8524Mussel Shell Deposit on Rough Rocks A mussel shell with wear spots deposit upon some rocks by the tide at Great Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Butterfly Mussel

Butterfly Mussel 20220529 850_8539Butterfly MusselA mussel shell in a "butterfly" configuration as the ebbing tide pulls the water from the shore at Great Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Mussel Shells Among the Shore Growth

Butterfly Mussel 20220529 850_8539Mussel Shells Among the Shore GrowthMussel shells at low tide at the shore of Great Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The growth of the shoreside grasses has come down to the tide line

There is an aspect of the tidal areas of the shore not thought of, but we should. That is how it calls for exploration and what that does to our minds. We need to talk about it.

Exploration makes us or keeps us young. There is the physical aspect of climbing around the shore in the fresh air and sunshine. This is something that is healthy in and of itself. Beyond the physical activity, it calls to our curiosity and our imaginations. It stimulates our minds.

When roaming the shoreline, we should always be asking questions as a child would. What is that? Isn't that interesting? What does that look like? How can I find out more about that? It opens up new worlds of opportunity for personal and group investigation.

Sometimes, my own investigations have led me to something important. A potential invasive species. An old outboard motor washed up on the rocks leaking oil. An exhausted unusual breed of duck on the beach washed ashore in a storm. I called environmental and wildlife rehabilitation groups in these encounters.

In these photos, as the tide went out on Great Island in Narragansett, we find mussel shells among the rocks. They look take shapes of butterflies and the Sydney Opera House. These little visual calcium carbonate visual miracles waiting for discovery.

 

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Aglow in Snug Harbor. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/aglow-in-snug-harbor Aglow in Snug Harbor 

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Aglow in Snug Harbor 20220609 850_8956Aglow in Snug Harbor At the end of the day with the boats of Snug Harbor aglow in the late day sunlight

After a hectic day, one of the most relaxing, therapeutic, things one can do is take a harbor walk. We have many such spots in Rhode Island, but among my favorites is Snug Harbor.

There is something about Snug Harbor that harkens back to an earlier, easier, time. There is a definite mid-twentieth century vibe, the days of ample fishing contests. Because of the currents of the area, most of the boats are power. This makes it the perfect spot for private and charter sport fishing boats.

In the early evening, most of the boats came in and their catch settled. The hosed down and cleaned boats sit aglow in silence staring at the late day sun. The water is clean and blue. The marsh is bright and verdant. And with this view, all tension washes away.

 

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Mariposa Workboats. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/mariposa-workboat Mariposa Workboat

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Mariposa Workboat 20220519 850_8118Mariposa WorkboatReflections on the water from a workboat that has been converted from a pleasure boat. Early evening at the head of Point Judith Pond in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Boat of Transformed Purpose

Boat of Transformed Purpose 20220519 850_8113Boat of Transformed PurposeA boat once used for pleasure transformed into a workboat. Viewed in evening rain at the head of Point Judith Pond, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

While visiting the coast of Ireland after a long shipboard journey, I had a conversation with an older gentleman. We were observing the surroundings and I took note of some of the men tending livestock.

I asked the older gentleman at my side why they were wearing suits. He explained to me that the Irish were a very practical people. The suits, when no longer usable for their intended purpose, still have use. They do not discard these garments but wear them for their layered wool warmth.

I was able to relate that on the coast of Rhode Island, where I am from, we had a similar practice with boats. When pleasure boats were no longer "pretty" but still useful, they transform into workboats. Over a winter they change under working hands into quahog boats, lobster skiffs, and other working boats. Boats as metaphorical butterflies. 

Then the older gentleman invited me down to the local pub for breakfast. He wanted to chat with me about this place known as Rhode Island and know more about our waterfront life. And I was interested in his life as well. 

 

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Left on the Ebb Tide Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/left-on-the-ebb-tide Left on the Ebb Tide

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Left on the Ebb Tide 20220529 850_8520Left on the Ebb TideA quahog shell left on the wet sand and gravel on the ebb tide at Great Island, Rhode Island

Shell of Many Tidal Cycles

Shell of Many Tidal Cycles 20220529 850_8548Shell of Many Tidal CyclesA quahog shell beneath a dog showing exposure to many tidal cycles beneath a dock at Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Contemplating the so-called "circle of life" most minds snap to an animated movie. In that movie a young lion cub makes their debut for all to see.

My mind goes to the Rhode Island shore and something less fanciful with much wider variety. The variety gives us endless fascination. The name of this place is the wrack line or the wrack zone. It is where the tide leaves something behind in its ebb and flow and life finds its circle.

This process of recycling life presents itself among rocks in this display. The shells have contained life, fed life, and housed new and different life. And in the circle, there is a beautiful composition of many colors and shades to appreciate. The circle is not as much of a completion as a continuation.

 

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Inflatable Tender at the Mooring Area. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/inflatable-tender-at-the-mooring-area Inflatable Tender at the Mooring Area

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Inflatable Tender at the Mooring Area 20220529 850_8528Inflatable Tender at the Mooring AreaAn inflatable boat covered but ready for use in the mooring area of Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Inflatable Reflections

Inflatable Reflections 20220529 850_8572Inflatable ReflectionsAn inflatable boat, a tender, on the string at Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island

The inflatable boat has become standard along the waterfront. They are efficient and easy to maintain. And inflatable boats convey a certain spirit of adventure.

We all grew up seeing Jacques Cousteau buzzing about from the Calypso. His goal was research. We reveled in the inflatable outboard boat and the man himself in his red watch cap.

And it is right that we recall the French explorer. His boats were the first to place a transom on the inflatable to allow for an outboard motor. The manufacturer was "Zodiac", who was a former airplane manufacturer. The boat design was by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his friend Alain Bombard. The shallow draft and quick performance of these little vessels made a perfect choice for expedition work.

So, as we see the reflective view of this inflatable boat on Point Judith Pond, it has us wondering. We think about what adventure it might have in store.

 

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Rainy Spring Evening at the Boatyard. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/rainy-spring-evening-at-the-boatyard Rainy Spring Evening at the Boatyard

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Rainy Spring Evening at the Boatyard 20220519 850_8107Rainy Spring Evening at the BoatyardAn evening spring rain at the boat yard

On a rainy spring evening, the boats are at their docks and on trailers ashore. Some are not yet in the water and are still on jack stands. The drops of rain fall and the boat yard is quiet except for the sound of falling rain.

It's a great place to observe. The shapes of the boats with grace and style. The function of each boat becomes evident by reading their lines. Deep forefoots, v-bottoms, steadying skegs, and various propeller diameters pitches.

On the leg of one outboard motor, the rain gathers. The glossy painted surface sheds the drops in kind. And in the view, there is a calm allure.

 

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Dusted Budding Rose 20220531A 850_8586Dusted Budding Rose A budding rose dusted with spring pollen

Dusty Rose

Dusty Rose 20220531A 850_8581Dusty RoseA rose dusted in pollen

Above the Dusty Rose

Above the Dusty Rose 20220531A 850_8590Above the Dusty RoseA pollen dusted rose from above.

Dusty Rose in Profile

Dusty Rose in Profile 20220531 850_8623Dusty Rose in ProfileA rose covered in spring pollen

Pollen in springtime is inevitable. Sometimes, the air itself changes as the hues of the pollen color the air itself. Hues of yellow, orange, and slight green add tint to the air.

This pollinated air might lead to Histamine fits of chronic sneezing. It also colors the flowers with the dust of microgametophytes. The result is the dusty rose of coloring lore.

 

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In the Marine Environment 20220529 850_8538In the Marine Environment A galvanized cleat mounted on a pressure treated spile at a mooring area at Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island. The reaction and minor deterioration of the marine environment are apparent.

At the opening of the summer boating season, the boats are starting to fill into the mooring area. Near that area are a series of spiles with pulleys and lines. These are the dinghies and tenders that will service the moored boats.

On these spiles is a symbol of the marine environs. A single galvanized cleat mounted on a spile. This is to tie off the small boat tenders.

The cleat is not is not a proper mount as it only has a single bolt with a washer. It shows some dissimilar metals as there is electrolytic action present. When materials are not compatible in a salt water environment, an anode and cathode form. The anode becomes sacrificial (as in a battery) and wastage occurs. In this case, it is not great, but it will be over time.

For today, this cleat is enough though. Soon it will have a line wrapped in a figure eight and half hitch. And the summer season will be underway.

 

 

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Driftwood and Shells at the Wrack Line. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/driftwood-and-shells-at-the-wrack-line Driftwood and Shells at the Wrack Line

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Driftwood and Shells at the Wrack Line 20220529 850_8518Driftwood and Shells at the Wrack LineShells on a piece of driftwood under a dock in a small pool of water left behind by the receding tide at the wrack line on Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island. The boards of the dock above are reflected in the water.

Driftwood Left on the Tide

Driftwood Left on the Tide 20220529 850_8517Driftwood Left on the TideShells on a piece of driftwood under a dock in a small pool of water left behind by the receding tide at the wrack line on Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island. The boards of the dock above are reflected in the water.

One of my degrees is in the sciences. Physics is the particular discipline with work in applied science and technology. But my belief is that science is a study for everyone, everywhere. That is to say that I am an advocate for the concept of "citizen science", that science is for everyone.

By some stroke of great fortune, we live by the shore. Shorelines mean wrack lines, and wrack lines are full of life. These are places where we find wonders of science presented as random art. It is a place where one believes that an explosion in a print factory could produce a great novel. Our joy and responsibility are to read that tome.

What is a wrack line? A wrack line is a coastal feature where organic material and other debris are deposited at high tide. The gathering of shells, seagrass, seaweed, and the like becomes a food habit for all forms of life. That life combines both terrestrial and sea life.

Here we find ourselves with driftwood beneath a pier on Great Island in Narragansett. There is life in the pools left on the tide. The slats of the pier above reflect and refract light in kind. Observing the physical and biological becomes a visual pleasantry.

 

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Beautiful Contrasts. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/6/beautiful-contrasts Beautiful Contrasts 

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Beautiful Contrasts 20220502 850_8000Beautiful Contrasts A variety of potted flowers in the village of Wickford

Walking through any seaside village in Southern New England shows various colored houses. Many of those seem dull at the first viewing, but then one sees something else.

Without a doubt, what seems to be dull comes dressed up in bright trim. The grays, blues, greens, and maroons come with trim of whites and yellows and other bright colors. And then when looking deeper, there are bright flowers everywhere.

It is the flowers that are the best trim for these homes. The colors vary as much as the shapes. This is what leads to individuality with color. The result is to make walking in a seaside village such as Wickford a visual adventure.

 

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Gouttes de Pluie sur les Fleurs BlanchesGouttes de Pluie sur les Fleurs BlanchesWhite flowers in the rain at the head of Point Judith Pond.

White in Rain

White in Rain 20220520 850_8127White in RainWhite flowers in the rain at the head of Point Judith Pond.

White flowers appear at the most fortuitous time of the year. They usually appear in the May and June timeframe when spring is becoming summer.

Symbolic of clarity and divinity, while flowers also symbolize inspiration and illumination. Academic or artistic ideas that have come to fruition. Achievement.

In the season of graduations and academic promotion, white flowers are timely. And as the summer months usher in art festivals and celebrations, they are timely symbols.

 

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Bird on the Towers 20220528 850_8421Bird on the TowersA bird sits atop a replica of the Narragansett Towers in the late afternoon sun.

Rhode Island is a place where many people come to make movies. The historic sites and charm combined with access to a variety of scenic venues lend to movie making. One is able to go from rural to seaside to urban in minutes of travel time.

Sometimes, scenes as I walk leave me wondering if some movies have Rhode Island as an inspiration. While walking, I found a bird perched on a version of the Narragansett Towers. Hitcockian visions crossed my mind in seeing the size of the structure in comparison to the bird.

Rhode Island and vivid imaginations. These things do go together. And from these, creativity comes forth. 

 

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Beauty in Simplicity. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/beauty-in-simplicity Beauty in Simplicity

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Beauty in Simplicity 20220520 850_8123Beauty in Simplicity The beautiful simplicity of tiny little flowers in the rain

Simple Beauty

Simple Beauty 20220520 850_8119Simple BeautyThe beautiful simplicity of tiny little flowers in the rain

What I have found over the years is that many people tend to miss beauty that arrives in the form of simplicity. They are either too busy or they see a bigger picture but not the elements that compose that scene.

I have also found that most of those smaller elements are fleeting. Flowers for example, will wither and renew. If there is rain or dew upon their petals, absorption or evaporation is inevitable. These pieces of a scene are temporal in nature and deserve their own attention as much as the greater view.

Pay attention to the world around you. But also look at what makes up that bit of the world. It may not be in that place in that exact placement ever again. Every moment becomes decisive when we realize this reality. Do not let these moments go to waste. 

 

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A Rose's Poise and Grace. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/a-roses-poise-and-grace A Rose's Grace

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A Rose's Grace 20220528 850_8336A Rose's GraceA rose blooms on a late spring rainy day

The Poise of the Rose

The Poise of the Rose 20220528 850_8337The Poise of the RoseA rose blooms on a late spring rainy day

The rose as it moves from being a bud to being a blooming flower is a process of poise and grace. It is a process that is regal and elegant. The petals unfold little by little to spread out in their ultimate glory.

The wonder of a rose is that they maintain their beauty in every stage of their journey. And while humans tend to lament the onset of rain, roses do not demure. These wonders thrive in the rain and use the moisture for nourishment. And in the rain, there is magnification of poise and grace.

 

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Greens of Summer and All the Worlds a Sunny Day. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/greens-of-summer-and-all-the-worlds-a-sunny-day Greens of Summer and All the Worlds a Sunny Day

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Greens of Summer and All the Worlds a Sunny Day 20220528 850_8448Greens of Summer and All the Worlds a Sunny DayA canoe on the shore of Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

At the opening of summer, we let life slow down a little. We allow ourselves to observe bright greens while shaded by bright sun by the lake. The trees take on new textures as the buds become leaves. And we take a look at the lake and appreciate how it allows us to relax. This is a pleasant scene.

 

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Couleurs Vives sous la Pluie. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/couleurs-vives-sous-la-pluie Brightly Colored in Rain

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Brightly Colored in Rain 20220520 850_8131Brightly Colored in RainBrightly colored flowers in the rain.

Couleurs Vives sous la Pluie 

Couleurs Vives sous la Pluie 20220520 850_8134Couleurs Vives sous la Pluie Brightly colored flowers in the rain.

Brightness and cheerfulness do not subside because it is raining. In fact, they brighten all the more in the rain. The drops of rain will magnify the flowers and brighten them all the more. The colors will become more striking and exuberant. The view becomes even more worthwhile. If anything, the flowers are more alive as the rain falls upon them.

Do you feel the need to cheer up when all is raining? Cover yourself and take a walk in the rain. Find some colorful flowers and observe. Let them cheer you up. And then share the view with someone else. The reward is in the sharing and knowing that you made them smile. 

 

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Old Rugged Cross. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/old-rugged-cross Old Rugged Cross

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Old Rugged Cross 20220520 850_8261Old Rugged CrossAn old rugged cross forged in iron atop a fence at Cathedral Square in Providence, Rhode Island

I have visited places around the world that have had religious symbols. These symbols are important. No matter what the belief system, these are symbols that represent some of the building blocks of civilization. I have visited cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, and a variety of temples. And graves, I have visited graves of the fallen at places like Normandy.

As a result, I have never been comfortable with ornate crosses. Crosses come from a tradition of pain and suffering. The association was with punishment of common people, carpenters, and fisherman. That a segment of culture transposed that symbol from pain to hope is a miracle in and of itself.

But to me, displaying a cross in gold or making it ornate is not for me. The symbolism and cultural power emanate from its most rugged portrayal. Here, in iron atop a fence with old paint drips sagging along the surface, that is a worthy portrayal. Rugged and meaningful. Something understood by all who see it.

 

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Evening Reflections at the Boat Ramp. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/evening-reflections-at-the-boat-ramp Evening Reflections at the Boat Ramp

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Evening Reflections at the Boat Ramp 20220519 850_8090Evening Reflections at the Boat Ramp Evening reflections of an aluminum boat at the boat ramp

Aluminum Reflections

Aluminum Reflections 20220519 850_8091Aluminum ReflectionsEvening reflections of an aluminum boat at the boat ramp

Much of my life has been on the water. Some of the first photographs of me are of my mother holding me in Galilee while my father was surveying a fishing boat. I spent my young life on ferries and ships and small boats. In all eventuality, I went to sea as well.

But my greatest adventures came about in and from small boats. My first bits of independence were in a small skiff like the one photographed. I bought it with the money that I earned. I rowed it until I scraped together enough to buy a British Seagull outboard (bare bones and basic). Those small boats were either an adventure or carried me on an escapade on another vessel. In the turn of time as I reflect, it was the small boats that led me to see the world.

So, while some look to have something of a superyacht. Or a fast powerboat. Or an elegant sailing yacht. Or even seek to be a captain of a ferry or even larger ship. While I have experienced most of these, my heart remains with the adventures of a little boat by the ramp in the marina.

 

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The Color of Kings with Royal Purpose. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/the-color-of-kings The Color of Kings

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The Color of Kings 20220520 850_8259The Color of KingsThe color of kings, purple, in an urban planter in Providence, Rhode Island

Evening Falls on Purple Hues

Evening Falls on Purple Hues 20220520 850_8257Evening Falls on Purple HuesEvening falls upon a flower's purple hues

There is a reference of the color purple as the color of kings. In a sense, purple is a color between colors.

Purple being between blues and reds, it finds itself between serenity and passion. It is a color that gives us over to introspection. Our senses awaken at the color allowing us to have insightful observations.

In this case, the evening light upon these flowers is soft. Its beauty brings calls to us and relieves us from a long and weary week. In this, it serves a royal purpose. We then understand that the color purple is not necessarily of royalty but serves us with royal purpose.

 

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Before the Recital. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/before-the-recital Before the Recital

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Before the Recital 20220520 850_8277Before the RecitalMusic stands prepared before an evening choral recital

They have practiced since September of last year. It is May now. The tasteful music selection is for children to sing but still holds the rapt attention of adults. The voices are clear and clean and free of the baggage of adults, innocent octaves beautifully expressed.

The stand is in place with nervous anticipation. This is all associated with preparedness. The children have the desire to perform. They are ready. The audience has the desire to hear. And, in hearing they are rewarded.

The music on the stand, bathed in soft light, is ready for the conductors. In moments, the chorus will appear. And by the end, we will all be changed for good.

 

(This photo was taken moments before the conclusion of the 19th season of the Rhode Island Children's Chorus on May 20, 2022. Our son is among the performers; this was his last performance at this level and he moves up in the fall. "For Good" is the theme song of the Rhode Island Children's Chorus family.)

 

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Reflective Moments. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/reflective-moments Reflective Moments

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Reflective Moments 20220519 850_8099Reflective MomentsEvening reflections at the head of Point Judith Pond

Reflective Evening Point Judith Pond Scene

Reflective Evening Point Judith Pond Scene 20220519 850_8098Reflective Evening Point Judith Pond SceneEvening reflections at the head of Point Judith Pond

Among my favorite and somewhat necessary things that I do is to take some time to wander and think. When I indulge in this pastime, it sometimes is about personal matters. More often than not, it is time for me to focus on bigger issues of the moment.

Some people have ready answers for everything. It is simple for them. But I am not them. I have a quirk of mind and memory that causes me to remember everything I have experienced. As a result, I have a lot of data to sort through when I ponder matters. I need the time to reflect and sort things out. My answers sometimes take a little extra time. Time to consider my place as well as the place of others.

Reflection gives us a moment to review and see things with different eyes. A change of point of view. A second look from a different perspective. And then when I look again, I see something fresh and new. Then, when I look again, I find something marvelous.

Now, if one enlarges these reflective photos, there is a lot to unpack. They are a visual feast. And speaking of feasting, can anyone find the deer? 

 

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Art That Speaks to the Morning Person. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/art-that-speaks-to-the-morning-person Art That Speaks to the Morning Person 

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Art That Speaks to the Morning Person 20220520 V850_8242Art That Speaks to the Morning Person Chalk art on a wall in Providence, Rhode Island that speaks to the morning person

I will admit that I have no great fondness for graffiti. But there was something different about this as we strolled through Providence, RI. This was not permanent; it was chalk.

Chalk brings me back. My grandfather was an artist who would perform elaborate "chalk talks". He could tell entire imaginative ad-hoc stories with a piece of chalk and a board.

But there was more to this bit of art on painted brick. It is the call of a cool spring morning with a steaming hot cup of coffee in hand. It is the harkening of common experience and penetrates the soul. Now that is art.

 

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It Was A Fountain. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/it-was-a-fountain It Was A Fountain

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It Was A Fountain 20220520 850_8240It Was A Fountain A portion of the fountain at Cathedral Square in Providence, Rhode Island. Original design by I.M. Pei and Zion & Breen.

A Former Fountain

A Former Fountain 20220520 850_8239A Former FountainA portion of the fountain at Cathedral Square in Providence, Rhode Island. Original design by I.M. Pei and Zion & Breen.

Providence has a lot in common with Italy. Federal Hill is a testimony to this concept. Cathedral Square in the same city has something in common with ancient Rome as well. That is, ruins.

In the middle of Cathedral Square is a one time fountain. The design is from a great 20th century architect , IM Pei in collaboration with Zion & Breen.

Somehow, things never quite took and the fountain has fallen into disrepair. The bricks chipped, the mortar breaking, and plants growing through. Even so, we see the meticulous workmanship and perfect spacing of each brick. It is obvious that artists and craftsmen were part of this installation.

Like any ruin, there is still art evident as we look at the pattern of the bricks. This installation may one day become material corruption. But there is a mesmerizing patterning in the brick installation that is worth preserving as street photography art.

 

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What's Up... Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/whats-up What's Up...

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What's Up... 20220520 850_8218What's Up...A rabbit asking what is going on.

Rabbit Investigation

Rabbit Investigation 20220520 850_8213Rabbit InvestigationA rabbit investigating the ground in an East Providence yard

Rabbit's Repast

Rabbit's Repast 20220520 850_8215Rabbit's RepastA rabbit munching greens in an East Providence yard

Scoping Out the Situation

Scoping Out the Situation 20220520 850_8212Scoping Out the SituationA rabbit scoping out an East Providence yard.

We found a rabbit in the middle of urban central East Providence, Rhode Island. A rabbit minding its own business and foraging for food as rabbits do. Loving animals, I had aligned with the camera and took a few photos as our young men looked on.

Then I learned that while wild, the rabbit is a friend of a little girl nearby. And the photos evolved from mere photos to become portraits. And like a velveteen rabbit, everything became a little more real, and became our friend too. This is a rabbit with a purpose, that is to befriend a child.

 

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Maritime Calling in the Ocean State. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/maritime-calling Dory Sunrise Reflection

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DorySunriseRefelection_20210331_850_9333Dory Sunrise ReflectionEarly morning by the Jamestown, Rhode Island docks with a dory in the water and various other vessel tenders.

30 July 1984. More than 1,760 days at sea logged. My time reviewed. I sat for hours in U.S. Coast Guard Station, Boston with a set of tests in a room with a proctor. Other candidates were in our midst, but they were not my focus. The tide and pilot books, the charts, the parallel rules, the dividers, and the tests were my focus.

As the day wore on, a couple of test candidates bowed out or timed out on their test sections. My focus maintained, I tested on.

As the proctor finished reviewing my last test, he quietly said, "Come with me, sir." Another proctor took his place and I moved to another room. A yeoman was at a typewriter with an official stamped document. The OCMI (Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection) was there as well as the retired OCMI (who I knew). Several others who mentored me were there, a surprise. Among them were pilots and other captains whom I had sailed with in my younger years.

The proctor took my thumb and stamped it on the document after the yeoman finished typing. Then the OCMI said, "I will take over from here." He started with an oath, "Captain", the first time anyone called me that, "Repeat after me, 'I do solemnly swear or affirm that I will faithfully and honestly, according to my best skill and judgment, and without concealment and reservation, perform all the duties required of me by the laws of the United States...'"

I am writing this for 22 May 2022. It is National Maritime Day in the United States. It is the day for all who mentored and trained people such as me. They are honored in these memories as mariners.

Belay

BelayBelayA view of the belayed running rigging aboard the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry (Rhode Island's Official Sailing School Vessel and the largest civilian sail training vessel in the United States)

Charles W Morgan Running Rigging

CharlesWMorganRunningRigging_20190704_D56_0363Charles W Morgan Running RiggingRunning Rigging Aboard The Historic Whaleship Charles W Morgan. The running and standing rigging is the heart of a sailing ship. This is a view of blocks and lines and belaying pins; all of the things that help the vessel to sail.

Morning Breaks Over R/V Endeavor

MorningBeaksRVEndeavor_20191117_D56_0088Morning Breaks Over R/V EndeavorMorning breaks over the R/V Endeavor in its home port of Narragansett, Rhode Island as the vessel awaits the last research voyages of its long career and decommissioning.

Bow Watch

Bow Watch_20210612_850_3842Bow WatchOn course to Block Island, aboard the ferry M/V Block Island, in the rain. The island is in sight.

Segment Of Line

SegmentOfLine_20200927_850_5089Segment Of LineA close up of a heavy segment of line from the waterfront. At one time, from the wear, this was used for anchoring or towing.

Figure Eight, Half Hitch, And Flemished

Figure Eight, Half Hitch, And Flemished_20210720_850_7908Figure Eight, Half Hitch, And FlemishedTied off at a floating dock with a figure eight, half hitch, and flemished.

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Budding Beach Roses in Evening Rain. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/budding-beach-roses-in-evening-rain Budding Beach Rose in Rain

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Budding Beach Rose in Rain 20220519 850_8191Budding Beach Rose in RainA budding beach rose in early evening with raindrops gathered upon the unfurling petals near the shore on the upper reach of Point Judith Pond

Beach Rose Bloom in Rain

Beach Rose Bloom in Rain 20220519 850_8187Beach Rose Bloom in RainAs evening falls and the rain ceases, a recent beach rose bloom comes out

One of the great heralds of summer on the shore is the beach rose. It's common pick (and sometimes white) flowers offer a wonderful punch of color to the tan sand of the beach.

The road to summer's beach rose is often paved with unsettled weather. The rains must come to nourish the plants. Often, these spring rains linger into the early evening. The diminished light of a rainy eve will give a deeper, starker, pink hew to the budding roses.

The rains paint the roses with dots of water, illuminating the deeper color palette. Altogether, the whole scene reminds us that nature is the best artist.

Evening Rain Falls on a Budding Beach Rose

Evening Rain Falls on a Budding Beach Rose 20220519 850_8179Evening Rain Falls on a Budding Beach RoseEvening falls upon a young budding beach rose, as does the rain.

Beach Rose Appearance After a Rain

Beach Rose Appearance After a Rain 20220519 850_8182Beach Rose Appearance After a RainA beach rose in bloom in the early evening after a rain

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Clouds Move Over the Sun. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/clouds-move-over-the-sun Clouds Move Over the Sun

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Clouds Move Over the Sun 20220417 850_7239Clouds Move Over the SunClouds covering the sun over Rhode Island Sound from Brenton Point in Newport, Rhode Island as a front moves in.

I have spoken of this in the past, but a trend in photographic editing is sky replacement. I tend to work on the naturalistic side of photography, so this is a software feature that offers little to me.

What is "Naturalistic Photography"? In brief, it is the use of natural lighting and the absence of artificial light to take photographs. This gives the natural effect of the light at various times of the year. It is a technique applied to different landscapes and seascapes.

The origin point of Naturalistic Photography was first recognized in 1889. The eponymous book on the topic under the authorship of Peter Henry Emerson provides the outline. It is to show reality in its own environment without costuming, backdrop or predetermined formulas. I am not fanatical about it, but it is my starting point. 

To me, it is more about the story something such as clouds tell us. They give us the story of the time of year and the weather conditions. Clouds warn us of upcoming weather events and how we should prepare. And they tell the story of the power of nature and the glory of meteorology, physics, and chemistry in action. And for all these things, to me, an algorithm is not a good substitute.

Clouds Rolling In Over Rhode Island Sound
Clouds Rolling In Over Rhode Island Sound 20220417 850_7238Clouds Rolling In Over Rhode Island SoundClouds covering the sun over Rhode Island Sound from Brenton Point in Newport, Rhode Island as a front moves in.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) clouds Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery newport Photography rhode island rhode island sound seascape storytelling weather weather front https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/clouds-move-over-the-sun Thu, 19 May 2022 16:33:13 GMT
Spring Ferns. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/spring-fern Spring Fern

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Spring Fern 20220503 850_8042Spring FernFiddleheads on a moist spring morning

Unfurled Fern and Morning Dew

Unfurled Fern and Morning Dew 20220503 850_8039Unfurled Fern and Morning DewFiddlehead on a moist spring morning

As spring comes to life, the ground becomes wet with morning dew. There is a combination of temperature changes and the dew point. This creates a subtle precipitate that covers the flowers, grasses and growing plants. Our feet become moist in the morning outdoor stroll, but it also causes all forms of greenery to arise with life.

This miracle of morning dew feeds the unfurling fronds of the fern. The fern being one of the earliest forms of plant life on earth, knows what it is doing. It has been performing in this cycle every spring for eons. It leads the way for other forms of plant life.

Soon, this fern will spread out with its many fronds and cover the ground. But as we see it here, it is small, curled up, and capturing life-giving morning dew.

 

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The Balm of Tiny Red Blooms. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/tiny-red-blooms Tiny Red Blooms

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Tiny Red Blooms 20220430 850_7843Tiny Red BloomsTiny red flowers in bloom and on display at the University of Rhode Island campus

Delicate Red Blooms

Delicate Red Blooms 20220430 850_7842Delicate Red BloomsTiny red flowers blossom on the University of Rhode Island campus

Tiny Blooms on the Stem

Tiny Blooms on the Stem 20220430 850_7844Tiny Blooms on the StemTiny red blooms on the stem on the University of Rhode Island campus

I tend to have a very active mind. My work careers have had a focus on solving problems. Sometimes ugly and complex problems involving physics, information systems, mathematics, and navigation. And sometimes, as a leader, the hardest problems brought before me involved people. I would rather handle a ship on the North Sea in winter or work a temporal Datawarehouse issue than deal with conflicts between people.

Dealing with a lot of problems has had a silver lining. They have allowed me to see the small things. They have caused me to seek beauty as a balm for the stream of problems people have brought to my fore. We need to seek the beauty in small places that we never thought to look. It is there, somewhere, if we choose to seek it out.

This is the case in finding these flowers. I had nothing to do on this particular day. In fact, I was killing time waiting for someone. And there, inside a shrub in the shadows, buds no bigger than a segment of my thumb was there. Shy, demure, and almost hiding, there was a pleasant site. It was there all the time, wanting for someone to ask and to seek. And a reward is given in finding.

 

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Genial Tulip. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/genial-tulip Genial Tulip

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Genial Tulip 20220502 850_8018Genial TulipA tulip offers a petal as a genial greeting in the village of Wickford, Rhode Island

Whether one arrives by boat or by land conveyance, it is always nice to have a greeting when arriving in a place. The seaside village of Wickford has honed this skill as well as any. One of the finest greetings are streets lined with flowers.

Among these welcoming Americana sidewalks, there are some flowers that stand out. Even among the loveliest, there is always the one that goes above and beyond. It is that one flower saying to the others, "This is how it's done. Watch me." And to the visitor or towns folk it says, "I am pleased that you are here."

 

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Rabbit Blending In. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/rabbit-blending-in Rabbit Blending In

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Rabbit Blending In 20220513 850_8089Rabbit Blending InA rabbit trying to blend in to the ground cover

It's another rite of spring in nature. Rabbits surface from their den to forage for food. Someone walks a dog. The rabbit sees the dog. The rabbit runs like a, well, scared rabbit.

Once this little rabbit drama occurs, things become interesting. The rabbit finds what they perceive as a safe spot and attempts to blend in. They stay stock still among the ground cover as if a statue. And they wait in nervous stiffness waiting for the perceived danger to pass.

As a note, I use a lens to create the reach to see the rabbit. I am very committed to not disturbing or stressing the animal.

 

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Hannah Robinson Tower Rising Above. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/hannah-robinson-tower-rising-above Hannah Robinson Tower Rising Above

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Hannah Robinson Tower Rising Above 20220513 V850_8081Hannah Robinson Tower Rising AboveHannah Robinson Tower in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Blossoms at Hannah Robinson Tower

Blossoms at Hannah Robinson Tower 20220513 850_8087Blossoms at Hannah Robinson TowerHannah Robinson Tower in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

South of the Tower

South of the Tower 20220513 V850_8084South of the TowerHannah Robinson Tower in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Hannah Robinson Tower in Spring

Hannah Robinson Tower in Spring 20220513 V850_8083Hannah Robinson Tower in SpringHannah Robinson Tower in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Hannah Robinson Tower has two meanings. The first meaning is literal, memorializing Hannah Robinson. The second is colloquial, the line of demarcation marking where people are from. Some people are from south of "the tower" and some are not.

In brief, the Hannah Robinson Tower is a 1938 Civilian Conservation Corps project. It memorializes Hannah Robinson (1746-1773). Hannah became estranged from her family and fell into poverty and illness. Upon returning home, Hannah requested to visit McSparren Hill a favored view of her home. The full story is viewable here: Hannah Robinson Tower - Wikipedia

The colloquial demarcation point is sometimes a matter of pride or derision. Sometimes, the points arise in the same conversation. There are those who do not desire to go "North of the Tower". These are the stalwarts who have been born and raised south of this tower. Others are those who have migrated south of this point and found it comforting. Those from the north may or may not understand and question this point of view.

As for me, I pass "The Tower" daily. I pass by it heading north. I sometimes pass by on the adjacent road to the south. I will not say where I stand in this controversy. But to make everyone comfortable, I captured the photos from the south.

 

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Dayhawk. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/dayhawk Dayhawk

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Dayhawk 20220502 850_7879DayhawkA daytime cafeteria scene on the University of Rhode Island campus that is vaguely reminiscent of the work "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper.

Having an appreciation of art, I have always loved Edward Hopper. He had a talent capturing the essence of and elevating the everyday. To me, he took the common and made it magical.

A fine example of Hopper's magic is his famous painting "Nighthawks". It is four figures late at night in an illuminated diner. A few people at an odd time going about their business.

Walking on the University of Rhode Island campus as people hunker down for finals, I walked by a dining facility. The configuration and placement are a modern campus version of the "Nighthawks" diner. It is at an odd time and nobody is there, save for the reflection of the clouds. It is a "Dayhawk". While there are few people involved, the architecture is wonderful in its minimalism. A joy to see.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) architecture building cafeteria Keith R Wahl kingston Made From RI Gallery Photography rhode island south kingstown storytelling street scene university of rhode island https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/dayhawk Fri, 13 May 2022 19:53:09 GMT
Dithering Between Light and Shadow. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/dithering-between-light-and-shadow Dithering Between Light and Shadow 

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Dithering Between Light and Shadow 20220430 850_7822Dithering Between Light and Shadow A tiny budding flower dithering between light and shadow on the campus of the University of Rhode Island

Bloom at Play Between Light and Shadow

Bloom at Play Between Light and Shadow 20220430 850_7821Bloom at Play Between Light and ShadowA young bloom at play between light and shadow

Tiny and Red Seeking Light from the Shadows

Tiny and Red Seeking Light from the Shadows 20220430 850_7818Tiny and Red Seeking Light from the ShadowsTiny and red in the shadows reaching for light

Somewhere between the light of day and the shadow of afternoon, spring flowers dither. They want the light of nourishment and seek that cool of the shadow. They seek both and want neither.

In this place of faltering and inconsistent light, the flowers take on an ancient quality. No, they are not in a state of decay, but they take on qualities of long ago and a distant venue. We start to envision the flowers in gardens and fields of old and far away.

Is that the light of Paris? Are we seeing the florals of Stockholm? Is this classic Istanbul? No. None of these. It is on the grounds of a university in Rhode Island. This is another beautiful way that the halls of academe take us to another plane of experience. And we should bless and thank the botanists and groundskeepers for sharing their skills. 

 

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Architecture Mimicking Waves. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/architecture-mimicking-waves Architecture Mimicking Waves 

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Architecture Mimicking Waves 20220430 850_7887Architecture Mimicking Waves A row of condominiums near Narragansett Beach. Shapes mimicking waves

There are moments...

When form follows function...

In architecture...

By the beach...

And it looks like...

Town homes...

Are like waves...

Rolling to shore... 

 

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