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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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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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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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A Goblet of Sunlight. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/a-goblet-of-sunlight A Goblet of Sunlight

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A Goblet of Sunlight 20220430 850_7857A Goblet of SunlightA blossom cupping sunlight

Delicate and Strong

Delicate and Strong 20220430 V850_7856Delicate and StrongBright and strong, delicate and detailed against the spring sky

Translucent is a quality that lets some light through an object. The object is neither solid nor transparent, but it is in a state between these conditions. And in blossoms cupping the light as in a goblet, it is also a perfect metaphor for the flowers in and of themselves. They are beautiful in their transition; a place between what they were and what they will be. 

In their previous winter state, these branches were barren. Mere sticks pointing out from the trunk of the tree. Now, in the bright sun, they are blossoming, a loud heralding of a new state in the form of flowers. Strong voices even in a delicate situation against the prevailing winds. Soon, these beautiful petals will fall and yield to green leaves on the trees. And while all these states of being hold their charm, in this case, it is the blossoming flower that cups the light.

 

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In the Echoes of Cheering. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/in-the-echoes-of-cheering Stairs to Cheering

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Stairs to Cheering 20220508 850_7868Stairs to CheeringUnderneath the bleachers at the football stadium at the University of Rhode Island on a bright day

Light Leaks Through Bleachers

Light Leaks Through Bleachers 20220430 850_7872Light Leaks Through BleachersThe sun leaks through the football bleachers at the University of Rhode Island

Hazy Light Under Bleachers

Hazy Light Under Bleachers 20220430 850_7873Hazy Light Under BleachersHazy light seeping through the bleachers at the University of Rhode Island football stadium

In the spring near the time of graduation, the Saturday sounds around gridiron bleachers are quiet. There are murmurs of those wandering by. There are birds singing and chirping in the air. There is a slight rush of wind whistling through the structures. But silence is the rule.

As light seeps through from under the bleachers, there is a glimpse of bright sun and sky. And the echoes of previous seasons carry on the light. Looking up the stairs, one can hear the echoes of cheers on the blue sky outside. And one becomes aware that while a year has closed, the sporting season never ends. The echo will be given a new voice in a few more months.

 

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The Tale of Robin Hood's Barn. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/robin-hoods-barn Robin Hood's Barn

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Robin Hood's Barn 20220509 850_8075Robin Hood's BarnThe barn at the intersections of Routes 1 and 4 and Tower Hill Road in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

There are phrases and names for things that stay with us for a lifetime, whether they are appropriate or not. This is one of those stories of the barn, Robin Hood's Barn (to me) that I have waited years to photograph.

The story goes back to the mid-1960's. I was drifting around in the back of my parent's Ford Falcon Station Wagon. This was the kind of car with "three on the column." Back then, a youngster had the opportunity to play while traveling. We were on our way to Block Island. We sailed on the "Quonset" (we rode in the pilothouse as my father was logging time for his captain's license).

My parents were having a discussion about going to Newport. This was at the time before Newport Bridge opened. My father had been working on tugboats (Coastline Towing Tugboat Co. owned by Fred Bopp at the time) related to work on the bridge. He then said, "... it'll be nice, because then we won't have to go around Robin Hood's Barn to get to Newport..." My head popped up from the back seat at that moment and saw this barn off of Route 1. Forever to be "Robin Hood's Barn" to me.

When Jen (my wife) and I married in the early 2000's I saw this barn again upon returning to my native Rhode Island. Then the barn was up for sale for many years, festooned with large signs proclaiming its status. I have waited over that time and recently the sale occurred. I noticed that the signs were down as I drove our son to high school. And I finally took the photo of Robin Hood's Barn.

 

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New Growth in the Mist. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/new-growth-in-the-mist New Growth in the Mist

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New Growth in the Mist 20220503 850_8049New Growth in the MistNew spring growth in morning mist

Spring is always seen as a time of renewal. We all commune in our anxious desire to see new growth in our plants. It is our small participation in the wonderful and mysterious thing called life. We have little to do with it, but it happens anyway, sometimes by our initial planting.

The weather of spring often participates in the shrouding of mystery. It's lighter than rain on a given morning, but heavier than fog. It is a mist that clouds and shrouds the air. In so doing, it creates an air of mystique around new growth on plantings. And in it all, we take part in and witness the magic of life.

New Growth on a Mystical Morning

New Growth on a Mystical Morning 20220503 850_8053New Growth on a Mystical MorningNew spring growth in morning mist

 

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Vintage Signage in Modern Environment. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/vintage-signage-in-modern-environment Vintage Signage in Modern Environment 

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Vintage Signage in Modern Environment 20220502 850_7877Vintage Signage in Modern Environment Vintage signage found on the modern University of Rhode Island campus in Kingstown, Rhode Island (note the monitoring camera)

Vintage, rustic, signage is something to call us all back to our roots. It pulls us back to a time when all work was a means to an end. Rough, rugged, and functional, it managed to put its point across.

This sign shows its wear. It's all about function. It means what it says and says what it means. We know what this modern building does. And we do not need to press #1 and talk to a machine to find out the function. In some ways, vintage signage is more... human.

 

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Ethereal Andromeda. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/ethereal-andromeda Ethereal Andromeda

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Ethereal Andromeda 20220503 850_8045Ethereal AndromedaWater dropping off Andromeda buds in the ethereal light of a rainy but bright early spring morning

Rain and Andromeda

Rain and Andromeda 20220503 850_8047Rain and AndromedaWater dropping off Andromeda buds in the ethereal light of a rainy but bright early spring morning

Dripping Andromeda

Dripping Andromeda 20220503 850_8046Dripping AndromedaA drop of rain dripping off Andromeda buds

"Pieris japonica", Andromeda, is an evergreen plant. Delicate, tiny flowers bloom upon Andromeda in the spring. Andromeda is quite popular due to its glossy foliage and drooping clusters of white.

On a morning of light rain, the air around the plant takes on an ethereal glow as the sun tries to rise. It is the ultimate scene for a combination of naturalist and pluviophile. Andromeda wrapped in misty gossamer gives a peaceful view to take one through the day.

 

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Spring Painted in Tulips. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/spring-painted-in-tulips Spring Painted in Tulips

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Spring Painted in Tulips 20220502 850_8011Spring Painted in Tulips Spring painted in Tulips in Wickford Village, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Peach Coloring in Wickford

Peach Coloring in Wickford 20220502 850_7989Peach Coloring in WickfordTulips in the village of Wickford, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

 Whether on drab and rainy or sun-drenched days, Tulips herald spring the loudest. Each flower rests in quiet but is exquisite in nature. Every petal looks like a painter's brush stroked upon its colorful petals.

I have looked at the history of these noble flowers. I have read of their journey from the Ottoman Empire to the lowlands of Holland. Even their history is rich.

At the same time, the Tulip is a humble servant. During World War II, famine attacked the Dutch countryside. In their desperation, the people of Holland ate their Tulips bulbs. Tulips are of the onion family and are edible (although I have heard that they are not too tasty).

Overall, from the village of Wickford to the town of Narragansett, these flowers paint a beautiful picture. And we appreciate their service to spring.

Radiant Narragansett Tulips

Radiant Narragansett Tulips 20220430 850_7897Radiant Narragansett TulipsRadiant tulips in high afternoon sun in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Sunlight Painted Narragansett Tulips

Sunlight Painted Narragansett Tulips 20220430 850_7900Sunlight Painted Narragansett TulipsTulips painted by afternoon sunlight in Narragansett, Rhode Island

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Alongside for Spring Work. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/alongside-for-spring-work Alongside for Work 

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Alongside for Work 20220502 850_8031Alongside for Work Wooden sailboat alongside the dock ready for the spring work

Refit Alongside the Dock

Refit Alongside the Dock 20220502 850_7981Refit Alongside the DockWooden sailboat alongside the dock ready for the spring work

Springtime on the waterfront has a different meaning for boaters. It has an even more intense meaning for those who own and maintain wooden boats. This is a time of preparation.

While others are looking for flowers and buds on trees, boaters are seeking to put boats in the water. They have concerns about sanding, scraping, painting, and engine maintenance. Wooden boaters are the more extreme of this crowd as wooden boats are labors of love. There is extra care and extra maintenance that yields great reward.

A moist day as pictured is a special problem. The bare wood grain raises with moisture and begs for sandpaper. The sandpaper in turn will fill due to moisture. So, the boat owner finds themselves becoming an authority on color schemes on this day. When not actually doing work on a wooden boat, one is planning the work on a wooden boat.

But looking at those classic lines on the boat, it is so worth it.

 

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Eleanor's Spring Rain on Red Maple. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/spring-rain-on-red-maple Spring Rain on Red Maple

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Spring Rain on Red Maple 20220503 850_8069Spring Rain on Red MapleMorning rain on new spring red maple leaves

Early Morning Red Maple Rain

Early Morning Red Maple Rain 20220503 850_8037Early Morning Red Maple RainMorning rain on new spring red maple leaves

When I am photographing, I have memories and stories stirring in my overactive mind. This is a memory that comes around every spring.

My mother was a nurse. In my high school years, she worked the eleven-to-seven in a nursing home. She had every other weekend off. This is to say that she kept some unusual hours.

During the high school year, she often came home from work after I had gone to school. In the spring and summer, if I was not working on a boat or ship somewhere, I would see her more often. Many times, I would find her out in the yard sitting under our maple trees. When it rained, I would find her looking at the red maple while sipping her coffee.

Mom has long since gone. We lost her a decade and a half ago. But when spring comes to Rhode Island and the leaves of the red maple unfurl, memories stir. And when there are raindrops on the leaves, there is a faint whisper saying that Eleanor is sipping her coffee nearby.

 

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Dandelion Sunshine Clusters. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/dandelion-sunshine-clusters Kingston Dandelion Cluster 

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Kingston Dandelion Cluster 20220430 850_7823Kingston Dandelion Cluster Spring dandelions along the bike trail in Kingston, Rhode Island

Kingston Dandelion and Companions

Kingston Dandelion and Companions 20220430 850_7828Kingston Dandelion and CompanionsA dandelion and its companions along the bike path in Kingston, Rhode Island.

Dandelions are an unappreciated little plant. Often dandelions are the subject of disdain as the ruination of lawns. But others, especially those with youthful souls, see them as a bit of sunshine and fun.

Getting down close to the ground, up close and personal, with a dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), we find a little sunshine. The yellow flower is a relative of the daisy, which always brings joy. The little pops of color in a field of green cause a little surprise and happiness as the young at heart see them.

And as the cycle of the season completes, the stems containing natural milky latex have one last bit of fun. The seeds come out in a little puff ball that begs to have a breath of air for scattering.

All in all, life is easier if we look at dandelions as little clusters of sunlight and fun.

Bike Trail Dandelion

Bike Trail Dandelion 20220430 850_7826Bike Trail DandelionA dandelion in the grass along the bike path in Kingston, Rhode Island

Dandelion Seeds in Kingston

Dandelion Seeds in Kingston 20220430 850_7841Dandelion Seeds in KingstonA dandelion that has gone to seed along the bike path in Kingston, Rhode Island

 

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For Whom The Bells Toll. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/for-whom-the-bells-toll For Whom The Bells Toll 

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For Whom The Bells Toll 20220417 850_7164For Whom The Bells Toll The remains of The Bells being taken over by nature at Brenton Point State Park, Newport, Rhode Island

The Bells Takeover

The Bells Takeover 20220417 850_7167The Bells TakeoverThe remains of The Bells being taken over by nature at Brenton Point State Park, Newport, Rhode Island

Ruins are fascinating. They show something that was. They give us the ability to see past construction. They allow the imagination to roam over what once was there. And for some of the younger set, there are the ideas of haunting.

The Bells is one such ruin. Located near the famous mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. The site's origination had the appellation of "The Reefs". A lawyer, Theodore M. Davis, used the property to house and display his collections. Items from around the world, including Egyptian artifacts, found honor there.

In World War II, the property became part of the war effort. The site was seized by the government, it became part of a defensive battery. The property was repatriated to the owners, but the Budong family, it was never occupied again. In 1960, the grand estate burned.

Today, we see the remains of the stable. And that is being taken over by nature. The whole area is now part of Brenton Point State Park. In all eventuality, the trees will take over the structures, mummifying the remains.

 

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Spring at Usquepaug River Falls. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/5/spring-at-usquepaug-river-falls Spring at Usquepaug River Falls

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Spring at Usquepaug River Falls 20220430 850_7816Spring at Usquepaug River FallsSpring at the Usquepaug River falls in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Spring comes, the rains come and rivers flow. At the waterfalls, there is a tinge of brown because the sediment of old leaves is being cleaned. This process provides water and nutrients to the trees as they start to grow buds. The cycle of Usquepaug continues for another season.

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Assessing the Front. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/assessing-the-front Assessing the Front at Brenton Point 

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Assessing the Front at Brenton Point 20220417 850_7207Assessing the Front at Brenton Point The rocks of Brenton Point in sympathy with the clouds as a front moves in over Newport, Rhode Island

Weather Front Reflections

Weather Front Reflections 20220417 850_7216Weather Front ReflectionsThe rocks of Brenton Point in sympathy with the clouds as a front moves in over Newport, Rhode Island

It has always been my tradition to go to the shore before a long journey. Before putting out to sea. I wanted to see the type of conditions I would see on the next tide. That, and indulge my philosophical nature before exploring the world beyond the horizon. 

I have long since "swallowed the anchor". I have come ashore, married, had a family. Today, my indulgence of adventure is spinning yarns for this audience. But first, I impart the wisdom learned to our sons. "Do you see how that current eddy around that rock as the tide ebbs?" "See how that island is standing above the horizon? We will have rain in the next day." "Look at the color of the seaweed and the algae. It will tell you what region you are in and the bottom condition."

One of the most important lessons that I can impart to all is that there is a world beyond the horizon. A world of imagination and adventure. A metaphor for life where we plot courses but adjust plans to the tides, waves, current, and wind. We must always be aware of our surroundings but take time to appreciate their beauty. And the greatest adventures are laid out before us. But we must be willing to go to those great waters to see the wonders of the deep.

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Colors of Shell and Seaweed. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/shell-and-seaweed Shell and Seaweed

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Shell and Seaweed 20210415 850_7116Shell and SeaweedA wonderfully etched shell with a bit of red seaweed composed on the sands of Matunuck Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

As above and below. On the beach at Mutunuck we find a simple shell of complex color framed by a bit of red seaweed. In a sense, there is an irony as this seaweed tends to gather on rocks and shellfish below the water.

Red seaweed is abundant on Rhode Island's south facing shore. It is the largest group of algae in the plant kingdom. In fact, there are more red seaweed species than brown and green seaweed combined. Among these common to these waters are Polysiphonia, Red Ceramium, and Gracilaria.

In this case, it breaks up, contrasts with and enhances typical beach colors. And it is a beautiful highlight for this shell. Science, curiosity, and the natural world are beautiful. 

 

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Dog and Human at the Beach. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/dog-and-human-at-the-beach Dog and Human - Getting Attention

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Dog and Human - Getting Attention 20220415 850_7111Dog and Human - Getting AttentionA dog and their human on Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Dog and Human - Windup

Dog and Human - Windup 20220415 850_7112Dog and Human - WindupA dog and their human on Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Dog and Human - Pitch

Dog and Human - Pitch 20220415 850_7113Dog and Human - PitchA dog and their human on Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

There is one thing about the beach in the off-season that is awesome. Dogs. Dogs have access to the beach. What is more is that dogs get to be true dogs on the beach. They run, they play, they dig, and they explore. And in the end, if one pays close attention, they smile.

On this spring day at Matunuck Beach, the waves roll in. The dog in the picture manages to get the attention of their human. In response, the human takes a ball, winds up, and pitches it for the dog to retrieve. And who benefits more? The dog or the human? Both is the answer, but the dog is doing a great job of looking after their human.

 

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Classic Matunuck Beach. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/classic-matunuck-beach Classic Matunuck Beach Shore

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Classic Matunuck Beach Shore 20220415 850_7060Classic Matunuck Beach ShoreA classic cottage view as the waves roll in at Matunuck Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

There are days where we all need nostalgic peace and quiet. A day of finding ourselves on the beach and walking until there is nobody else present. And when we find that place, we stand and watch the waves come to shore and then go out again.

Once we find that place, we need to keep it in the recesses of our minds. Simple and unadorned, a moment of serenity. A place that we go to when we need to think. We found that place.

Classic Matunuck Beach Sands

Classic Matunuck Beach Sands 20220415 850_7061Classic Matunuck Beach SandsA classic cottage view as the waves roll in at Matunuck Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Classic Matunuck Beach Shoreline

Classic Matunuck Beach Shoreline 20220415 850_7062Classic Matunuck Beach ShorelineA classic cottage view as the waves roll in at Matunuck Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

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Something About to Happen. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/something-about-to-happen Awaiting Opening

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Awaiting Opening 20220415 850_7077Awaiting OpeningCottages awaiting spring opening at Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

It's almost time. The sun is shining bright in the sky illuminating the colors on the closed cottages. It's the middle of spring, and the light says that it is almost time.

Almost time for what? It is almost time to open the cottages. It is almost time to be active on the beach. It is almost time for the sounds of children playing in the surf. It's almost time for the bright cheery days at the beach. It's all about to happen and the anticipation is building. 

Pre-Season Colors

Pre-Season Colors 20220415 850_7081Pre-Season ColorsA row of cottages awaiting opening at Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Spring Colors on Cottages

Spring Colors on Cottages 20220415 850_7079Spring Colors on CottagesA row of cottages awaiting opening at Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

 

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Stacked Rocks at Brenton Point. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/stacked-rocks-at-brenton-point Stacked Rocks at Brenton Point 

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Stacked Rocks at Brenton Point 20220417 850_7221Stacked Rocks at Brenton Point A temporary and impromptu cairn construct at the shoreline of Brenton Point, Newport, Rhode Island

A few short years ago, in this very spot at Brenton Point, I taught our sons to skip rocks. Now, like their dad in a sense, they cannot resist the urge when they find that perfect stone. They have to feel the wind and look at the water, then hurl the stone.

So, I understand the urge that others have to stack stones at the shore. The challenge presents itself and sometimes the urge is irresistible. Cairns, stacked stones, goes back to ancient times. It may be the urge is antediluvian. Whether this drive is or not, the sight makes for a varied view as we traverse Newport, Rhode Island's rocky shore.

 

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Mussel Shells Among Flat Stones. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/mussel-shell-among-flat-stones Mussel Shell Among Flat Stones

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Mussel Shell Among Flat Stones 20220417 850_7217Mussel Shell Among Flat StonesA mussel shell among flat stones at Brenton Point, Newport, Rhode Island

The forms are simple. Rocks and Mussel shells. The arrangements are random, sometimes with other small shells and seaweed. The rocks are flat and perfect for skipping, but it would seem a sin to break the set. While happenstance in arrangement at Brenton Point, the appearance of a master is at work as stones cry out, "Look at this special view; a gift to you!"

Mussel Shell Among Stones and Shells

Mussel Shell Among Stones and Shells 20220417 850_7251Mussel Shell Among Stones and ShellsA mussel shell amongst stones, seaweed, and smaller shells at Brenton Point, Newport, Rhode Island

 

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In Sympathy with Clouds. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/in-sympathy-with-clouds Rocks in Sympathy with Clouds 

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Rocks in Sympathy with Clouds 20220417 850_7248Rocks in Sympathy with Clouds The rocks of Brenton Point in sympathy with the clouds as a front moves in over Newport, Rhode Island

Mariners, whether they be ashore or at sea, spend a lot of time considering the weather. Habits of checking wind direction, tides, light levels, and visibility never leave us. We do it whenever we are even within the scent of the shore. We internalize the need to note and log these aspects of weather, if only to those around us.

There are things learned from a mariner's constant weather observations. That is how in sympathy the various elements are with one another. It helps us to predict the weather. The state of the tide and the wind might help us determine when rain will arrive. It might also help us know when to expect that the glass will fall, and the wind will "pipe up".

Observing a front move in overhead from Brenton Point in Newport, RI, some of these elements take form. The light changes with abandon as the sun "moves" in and out. Even without a barometer we know that the pressure is dropping. Objects are standing proud on the horizon. Checking the tide, we know we have a little time before the weather sours as the tide is still outbound. When the tide changes, rain will come. And we know that it all works together.

Clouds Stream Across the Sound

Clouds Stream Across the Sound 20220417 850_7252Clouds Stream Across the SoundThe rocks of Brenton Point in sympathy with the clouds as a front moves in over Newport, Rhode Island

Clouds Over Rocks

Clouds Over Rocks 20220417 850_7254Clouds Over RocksThe rocks of Brenton Point in sympathy with the clouds as a front moves in over Newport, Rhode Island

 

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Complex Shadow Fall. Photograph and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/complex-shadow-fall Complex Shadow Fall 

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Complex Shadow Fall 20220417 850_7161Complex Shadow Fall The complex shadow fall of an ancient bent tree at Brenton Point State Park, Newport, Rhode Island

Complex Shadow and Light

Complex Shadow and Light 20220417 850_7159Complex Shadow and LightThe complex shadow fall of an ancient bent tree at Brenton Point State Park, Newport, Rhode Island

Trees that wander, seeking light and nourishment. Trees that bow under the weight of snow and bend back in the spring. These are trees that create complex, meandering forms.

When the light filters through the clouds, occulting forms fall on the ground. These forms of light and shadow emphasize the ethereal complexity of the trees. And this allows the mind to wonder at the changing patterns that are cast.

 

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Spring Blossoms in the Park. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/spring-blossoms-in-the-park Spring Blossoms in the Park

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Spring Blossoms in the Park 20220410 850_6789Spring Blossoms in the ParkThe blossoms on the trees in Spring at Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms 20220410 850_6787Spring BlossomsSpring blossoms coming out on the trees at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

New England has gained renown as a Fall foliage destination. But it should also gain acclaim for the blossoms of Spring as well! Not only are the blossoms gorgeous, but without them, there will be no foliage come autumn.

But declaring something of autumn is getting ahead of ourselves. For this short time, we have these lovely blossoms. They are bright, beautiful, clustered, little wonders. The morning sun kisses each tiny petal with illumination. These are temporary jewels of the cool Spring morning.

In all eventuality, like their Fall progeny, the blossom petals will fall to ground to give way to leaves. The leaves will shade us from the warm sun of summer. The fallen blossoms will fertilize and nourish the soil. And we will page back to the photos and remember their brightness and oh what cheer.

Blossoms Spring to Life

Blossoms Spring to Life 20220410 850_6784Blossoms Spring to LifeSpring blossoms come to life at Roger Williiams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Look Up and See Life

Look Up and See Life 20220410 850_6783Look Up and See LifeOut of the dullness of winter, spring arises with blossoms on the trees. At Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

A Cluster of Spring Blossoms

A Cluster of Spring Blossoms 20220410 850_6927A Cluster of Spring BlossomsA cluster of spring blossoms in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Blossoming of Spring At Roger Williams Park

Blossoming of Spring At Roger Williams Park 20220410 850_6929Blossoming of Spring At Roger Williams ParkThe blossoming of Spring at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

Spring Blossoms Against Blue Skies

Spring Blossoms Against Blue Skies 20220410 850_6932Spring Blossoms Against Blue SkiesSpring blossoms against blue skies at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

 

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Window Textures, Light, and Shadow. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/window-textures-light-and-shadow Window Textures, Light, and Shadow

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Window Textures, Light, and Shadow 20220417 850_7169Window Textures, Light, and ShadowA building window at Brenton Point State Park combining elements of painted wood, glass, and hard textured stone with sunshine, shadow, and the reflection of soft clouds.

Have you ever noticed how many people walk? They look down. This is all about the common wonder of looking up. Look around. See what is going on around you. The world offers some pretty wonderful views if we look up.

This is a window on a stone building at Brenton Point State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. A wood-framed window with thick glass, wrapped in stone, a keystone at the top. This window is full of complex textures at the outset. On a sunny spring day, the ancient glass reflects the clouds in a composite of light and shadow.

How wonderful. Unexpected experiences and beautiful views are the reward for looking up.

Clouds in the Window

Clouds in the Window 20220417 850_7171Clouds in the WindowClouds reflected in a building window at Brenton Point State Park, Newport, Rhode Island

 

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Mussel Beach. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/mussel-beach Mussel and Stones

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Mussel and Stones 20220322 850_5806Mussel and StonesA mussel shell nestled in the sand among small stones on Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Heavy on the Blues

Heavy on the Blues 20220322 850_6033Heavy on the BluesMussel shell that is heavy on the blues on Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Mussels are the less featured shells of the beachcomber assemblage. There are so many features on various shells with spirals and various shapes of the clam or quahog. The mussel receives less thought or coverage.

But mussels are a bivalve that possesses as great of a variety as the others. Their colors range across a variety of blues and their inner finish is pearly. One might state that their curves add some elegance to their features.

The one issue with mussel shells is they are more delicate than their shoreline shell peers. The shells are far thinner and are more likely to succumb to crushing. Waves, footfalls, and other forces will shatter the delicate shells, making them a part of the sand. But all in all, this makes their visage all the more precious.

Essence of Pearl

Essence of Pearl 20220322 850_5978Essence of PearlEssence of pearl texture in the blue of a mussel shell on Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Mussel Points to Stone

Mussel Points to Stone 20220322 850_5997Mussel Points to StoneA mussel shell points to a small wave-worn quartz stone on Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Mussel Shell on Mottled Sand

Mussel Shell on Mottled Sand 20220322 850_6119Mussel Shell on Mottled SandA bright mussel shell on a mottled sand background

Of Sand and Mussel Shells

Of Sand and Mussel Shells 20220322 850_6133Of Sand and Mussel ShellsA mussel shell filled with and sitting upon the sands of Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

 

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99% Full 17 April 2022. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/99-full-17-april-2022 99% Full 17 April 2022

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99% Full 17 April 2022 DSCN133999% Full 17 April 2022Phase: Waning Gibbous 17 April 2022 Illumination: 99% Moon Age: 15.53 days Moon Angle: 0.54 Moon Distance: 371,243.91 km Sun Angle: 0.53 Sun Distance: 150,200,985.55 km

Stepping outside for a moment, the moon is hanging in the sky. It is not quite full. It was full the night before, the "Pink Moon" by its springtime name. But on the previous night, the clouds were covering the sky and we could not see the bright orb in the sky.

On this night, the only concern was the light pollution from the neighbor's new lights. That and the candles from the birthday we had celebrated.

As we mark the happiest of time, the moon continues to smile down upon us. And we take joy in the moon's appearance on this night.

Mostly Full 17 April 2022

Mostly Full 17 April 2022 DSCN1344Mostly Full 17 April 2022Phase: Waning Gibbous 17 April 2022 Illumination: 99% Moon Age: 15.53 days Moon Angle: 0.54 Moon Distance: 371,243.91 km Sun Angle: 0.53 Sun Distance: 150,200,985.55 km

Almanac Data:

Phase: Waning Gibbous 17 April 2022
Illumination: 99%
Moon Age: 15.53 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 371,243.91 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,200,985.55 km

 

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Previous Season Flip-Flops. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/previous-season-flip-flops Previous Season Flip-Flops

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Previous Season Flip-Flops 20220415 850_7118Previous Season Flip-FlopsFlip-flops left on a stake from the previous season at Matunuck Beach. In springtime, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

The "Beach Season" for us is all year round. We live not far from several beaches, so when we need a walk that includes the scent of salt air, we head to a beach. In the winter, we try to select a beach that is in the lee of a cold wind, but that is where we are.

But we realize that there is a traditional "Beach Season". It is for most when the sun is warm, the sand is mellow, and the shoes come off to kick the area where the sand meets the water. Like any season, "Beach Season" has its heralds.

One of the heralds of "Beach Season" is finding the cast offs of the previous season. There is not any one thing, but they are usually symbolic of summer. In this case, some old flip-flops on a storm fence post.

These flip-flops are something left behind without care and placed in someplace obvious. The hope is for the owner to make a claim. The claim never occurred. Nonetheless, they make an allusive connection between the past and the present. A link between the past "Beach Season" and the season to come.

 

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Blossoms Aglow as The Sun Rises. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/blossoms-aglow Blossoms Aglow

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Blossoms Aglow 20220410 850_6933Blossoms AglowBlossoms aglow in the morning sun at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

The sky unfolds in the sunrise. The clouds roll back revealing a bright empty sky. We look up expecting the dead void of a long winter. Behold! New life! We never should have doubted that it would rise again. 
 

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Spring Clam Shell. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/spring-clam-shell Spring Clam Shell

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Spring Clam Shell 20220415 850_7100Spring Clam ShellWalking on Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The winter surf has left a paucity of shells but a few samples are found.

Spring Shell

Spring Shell 20220415 850_7109Spring ShellWalking on Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The winter surf has left a paucity of shells but a few samples are found.

I walked on the beach with my sons. It combines two of my favorite things to do, spending time with the boys and walking on the beach. There is always something to explore at the beach. Our youngest, the animal maven, noticed the strange call of a different bird flitting by.

On this particular day at Matunuck Beach, it was noticeable that there was a paucity of shells. This may be due to recent shoring up of the beach after winter storms. Sand moving has been necessary due to winter storm erosion.

But when we do find shell samples, they are spectacular. Composed in sand and salt, the shell we find is that of the clam. It is fresh and clean with a little of the previous night's rain mixed in with the sand. It is the find of the day and it is glorious.

 

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Blossoms on Fleche. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/blossoms-on-fleche Blossoms on Fleche

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Blossoms on Fleche 20220412 850_6992Blossoms on FlecheNeighborhood spring blooms in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

There are some things that we wait half of the winter for. The beginning of winter finds itself caught up with holiday excitement. Around the time that a groundhog makes a prognostication, we want something new. We start looking for new life, for greenery and the color of flowers.

We spend our time looking out our front window. There is one favorite bush in our front yard. We open the blinds in the morning throughout late March and early April with hope. We check for new growth as we walk out the front door.

And then one day, we see a bud. Then we see more. And one morning, the sun shines on a fresh blossom. Spring has arrived in full.

 

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A Northeaster Means Three Days Down. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/running-ahead-of-the-storm Running Ahead of The Storm

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RunningAheadOfTheStorm_20191106_D56_0441Running Ahead Of The StormA small fishing boat running ahead of a storm from the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge, Narragansett, Rhode Island. A storm is rolling in from the northwest and is seen overhead and there is a clearing in the east.

On the shoreline of Southern New England, we know what it is when a Northeaster rolls in. It means that we are down for three days while the storm blots out the sun. But we also know that at the end of the three days, a clearing northwest will blow through, and the sun will rise again. So, we are faithful to hunker down through the storm and wait for the rising to come.

 

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Springtime in the Japanese Garden. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/springtime-in-the-gardens Springtime in the Japanese Garden 

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Springtime in the Japanese Garden 20220410 850_6911Springtime in the Japanese Garden Spring in the Japanese Garden of Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

A place to stroll since its creation by the Works Progress Administration in 1936. The Japanese Garden of Roger Williams Park is a peaceful gem. In the springtime, the garden comes into literal full flower.

The peace in the garden comes from a devotion to placement. While the idea of 'placement' seems like it is taming perceived chaos, it is more of an ideal. The ideal in this case is not to deviate from nature.

This is a garden one must walk. The feeling of the ground underfoot is as much of the experience as the bright colors of the plantings. And the shapes and the colors married together on a spring morning paint a beautiful scene. And after a time, one finds that the harmony and peace of the place becomes them. 

Spring in the Japanese Garden

Spring in the Japanese Garden 20220410 850_6908Spring in the Japanese GardenSpring in the Japanese Garden of Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

 

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Through Children's Eyes. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/through-childrens-eyes Focus on Iron Bridge Scroll Work

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Focus on Iron Bridge Scroll Work 20220410 850_6878Focus on Iron Bridge Scroll WorkScroll work on the ironwork bridge at Roger Williams Park, Providence Rhode Island

Walking up the steps of an old iron bridge that I have walked over hundreds of times, I looked at it as a child. I remember crossing the old iron bridge at Roger Williams Park as a child. I remember our own sons crossing it when they were much younger.

It's a good practice. As an adult, I look at the iron scroll work. My adult senses calculate the amount of paint and time necessary to maintain the bridge.

A child considers the pattern of the scroll work and the texture of the bent iron. And then the hazy image of the swan boats comes into view. A child sees in wonder and awe. They appreciate the world and being alive for the miracle that it is. 

Does one need to be a child to have wide eyed wonder? No. But adults need to take time to consider the child's view. We need to take some time and consider the world with innocent eyes full of awe.

 

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Seeing Each Other. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/seeing-each-other Seeing Each Other 

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Seeing Each Other 20220410 850_6857Seeing Each Other A squirrel peering through some branches in the morning sun by the lake at Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

We meet face to face. A squirrel running branch to branch and tree to tree meets my eye. We both stare at one another, curious about what we are both doing in that spot at that time. We understand one another.

The key to observing nature is not to disturb nature. You have to mimic the actions of the subject and move in a non-threatening manner. Slow, deliberate movements are the key. You don't want to trigger "fight or flee" adrenal response in the subject. You want the squirrel to be as calm as you are. And for this, I am rewarded with a pleasant look from the squirrel in the branches.

 

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Seaweed Stained and Nestled In. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/seaweed-stained-and-nestled-in Seaweed Stained Clam Shell at Rest 

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Seaweed Stained Clam Shell at Rest 20220322 850_5818Seaweed Stained Clam Shell at Rest A seaweed stained clam shell at rest on Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Clam Shell Resting in Sand

Clam Shell Resting in Sand 20220322 850_5791Clam Shell Resting in SandA clam shell resting in sand on Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Early Sunlight on a Shell in the Sand

Early Sunlight on a Shell in the Sand 20220322 850_5821Early Sunlight on a Shell in the SandThe early sun shines on a shell on Narragansett Beach, Narragnsett, Rhode Island

When shells finds their way to the beach shore, that does not mean that the shell's journey has ended. In fact, often, the shell's journey has only begun.

The primary composition of sea shells is of calcium carbonate crystals. Calcium carbonate is one of the most important materials on earth. It crystallizes into chalk, shells, and rock structures. Mollusks use calcium carbonate to make biominerals such as pearls, seashells, and exoskeletons. These biominerals incorporate proteins in the crystalline matrix. In turn this converts the weak calcium carbonate to a hard, durable material. This means that the shells will be with us for a long time; even crushed they become a part of the beach sand.

But calcium carbonate also takes pigment from other materials well. So as the shells have the waves roll over them on the incoming tide, seaweed often rolls in too. The seaweed has its own carotenoid pigment and may carry the pigments of microalgae as well. There may even be some photosynthetic bacteria in the mix. The seaweed will cover the chalky shells (worn from rolling in the surf). In this process the shell acquires these pigments, staining them.

So continues the shell's peregrination.

 

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Sunday Morning in the Park. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/sunday-morning-in-the-park Sunday Morning Park Bike Stop

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Sunday Morning Park Bike Stop 20220410 850_6937Sunday Morning Park Bike StopStopping off for a Sunday morning view of the gardens at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

Reading in the Park

Reading in the Park 20220410 850_6969Reading in the ParkReading in the park on a Sunday morning. Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Early on a weekend morning in the park. The only sounds are the birds and those working to prepare for the day. The forenoon light is coming in its fullness and the morning people are out, but few others are.

Weekend mornings are a time to take it all in. Take in some activity, then park a bike and rest while looking at the gardens. Stroll by a lake and then find an empty bench where reading can occur.

Soon the geese will land in the lake with their accompanying chatter. People will be walking by. Children will want to play. But for now, it is quiet and people are relaxing in the open air.

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Independent Morning Glow. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/morning-glow-on-the-independent-man Independent Glow

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Independent Glow 20220327 850_6357Independent GlowThe morning sun rises beyond the dome of the Rhode Island State House and the Independent Man in Providence, Rhode Island

Morning Glow on the Independent Man 

Morning Glow on the Independent Man 20220327 850_6358Morning Glow on the Independent Man The Independent Man atop the Rhode Island State House in the glow of the morning sun.

Rhode Island State House in Reflection

Rhode Island State House in Reflection 20220327 850_6385Rhode Island State House in ReflectionA refelction of the Rhode Island State House in another building's window structures. In Providence, Rhode Island

The “Independent Man” was first proposed by the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1895. The statue found its place atop Rhode Island State House. George T. Brewster designed the statue for $3,000 and titled it “Hope”. The Capitol Commissioners declared that the statue symbolizes, authority, dignity, and independence.

On a quiet Sunday morning, the sun rises beyond the Rhode Island State House. The light highlights the "Independent Man". A glow forms around the gold statue and reflects on a building across the green.

 

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What the Tides Compose. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/what-the-tides-compose A Group of Shells

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A Group of Shells 20220402 850_6697A Group of ShellsA mélange of various shells surrounding a partially buried quahog shell at Rocky Point State Park in Warwick, Rhode Island

When taking photographs, there is one thing that I do not do. That is, I do not pose photographs. What you see is what you get in my case. I move nothing. I change nothing. I find scenes and record them.

I may move around and view different items. I work my shots around the environment that I am in. I make my steps careful as I don't want to leave hardly a footprint where I am working.

Why such care? Because I could not compose the scenes any better than the tide, waves and wind. Imagine the circumstances and forces that came together to compose this unique scene. A tiny seed quahog shell perched upon the edge of a larger quahog shell along the water's edge. And then framing this among worn mussel shells. And it will only be available for a heartbeat of our lives.

I am in awe of the composer of this scene, and I am privileged to be able to record it.

A Grouping of Shells

A Grouping of Shells 20220402 850_6700A Grouping of ShellsA mélange of various shells surrounding a partially buried quahog shell at Rocky Point State Park in Warwick, Rhode Island

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The Inspiration. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/the-inspiration Arthur At Black Point

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ArthuratBlackPoint_20200520_D56_0257Arthur At Black PointArthur at Black Point. Tropical Storm Arthur is the first named storm of 2020 Hurricane Season; though hundreds of miles offshore, it brings its drama to the shores of Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Natural Art

NaturalArt_20190814_D56_0033Natural ArtThis is an area of Narragansett... of Rhode Island... that I am terribly surprised has not been the subject of paintings with its variations of textures and light. It forms its own natural art. At the Bass Rock shoreline access in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

What inspires us? It's a question that I had to work through for our sister site, Made From RI. But it was a good personal and professional exercise.

So, to answer the question as pertains here, what inspires these photos? One answer: Rhode Island. While I tend to cling to the Rhode Island shore, I do venture into other spaces. But it is Rhode Island that inspires me.

And why not my home state of Rhode Island? One answer is that I have traveled the globe and set foot on all but two continents. I have seen the best the world has to offer, and I am still awestruck by the beauty of my home state.

Another thought is the countless talents inspired by Rhode Island. These talents are both contemporary and historical. So many movies and televisions shows have been and are being filmed here. So many artists took inspiration here. My own grandfather made a career as an artist in Rhode Island.

In summary, the answer to the question of what inspires us is simple and complex. The simple answer is Rhode Island. The answer is also complex because like the shore of Rhode Island, the subject is ever changing. In a sense, like the rising and setting of the sun, it makes it all the more inspirational and fascinating.

Black Point Sunshine And Spray

BlackPointSunshineAndSpray_20200520_D56_0229Black Point Sunshine And SprayEarly morning sunshine shows through the spray at Black Point in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Summer Rides Into Sunset

SummerRidesIntoSunset_20200907_850_0153Summer Rides Into SunsetOn the last sun of Labor Day 2020, a boat rides into the sunset closing out "unofficial" summer on Point Judith Pond. The sun shines across from Snug Harbor with Little Comfort Island in view at the Port of Galilee.

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Buildings Reflecting Buildings 20220327 850_6398Buildings Reflecting Buildings Building reflecting on buildings in Providence, Rhode Island

Walking through the streets of Providence, Rhode Island on a spring morning, it is quiet and calm. We actually find a moment to reflect upon the architecture around us.

In our contemplation of architecture and scene, we happen upon a mosaic of the moment. On the approach to Waterplace Park, the light is exactly right. And opposite that angle of incidence is the mosaic reflection of another building. That is something to see.

 

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Shoreside Aquarium Display. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/shoreside-aquarium-display Quahog Shell Among Rocks and Seaweed 

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Quahog Shell Among Rocks and Seaweed 20220402 850_6642Quahog Shell Among Rocks and Seaweed A quahog shell among the rocks and seaweed at Rocky Point State Park, Warwick, Rhode Island

Rhode Island has over four hundred miles of shoreline. With that much territory there is much to experience and explore. What is amazing is the diversity of display in that area.

Many years ago, I learned that maritime navigation is much more than plotting courses. There is more to than "line of sight" and "dead reckoning". A big part of navigation is also observation and knowledge of the environment. What is the sea life like? What wave forms do the bottom contours create? What qualities do the marine vegetation take? What species are in view? When one looks at the shore, what is the quality of the sand, rocks, and mud?

As a result of the years of observation, I have become aware of the vast difference in those 400 miles of shore. Some formal and informal study combined with curiosity have informed those observations. At the bottom line, there are differences between the shoreline in different areas. Some of those variations might be within a few miles (or a few hundred yards) from one another.

At Rocky Point, we experience an aquarium-like display at low tide. This is on the rocks of the northern reach of Rocky Point State Park. We are overlooking the Providence River at this juncture. Less than a quarter of a mile away, this display would not be possible due to a different bottom quality. But what a wonderful display the tide left for us here.

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Rocky Point Pier, An Homage to the Past. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/rocky-point-pier Rocky Point Pier - South Side

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Rocky Point Pier - South Side 20220402 850_6737Rocky Point Pier - South SideThe pier at Rocky Point State Park, Warwick Neck, Warwick, Rhode Island

Rocky Point Pier - North Side

Rocky Point Pier - North Side 20220402 850_6731Rocky Point Pier - North SideThe pier at Rocky Point State Park, Warwick, Rhode Island

The pier at Rocky Point on Rhode Island's Warwick Neck is an homage to the original pier that stood in that spot. The old pier went the way of all things. Lack of maintenance and material corruption due to weather and wear and tear took it from us.

There are similarities to the original pier. And there are differences. It is taller now but has the same fundamental shape and lacks the finger piers. It is not built to accommodate steamers and passenger vessels as the old pier did. Gone is the battened steamer ramp created to accept ship gangways on the various tide levels. There are no spiles exposed to accept a spring line to land a ship of revelers for chowder and clam cakes.

On a personal level, this is where I strolled with my grandfather as a boy (I grew up less than a mile from this place). This is where I would catch the lines for the Prudence II and the various vessels named "Bay Queen". My father did a lot of the evening charter work on those boats. Later, I would join the crew and became a skipper myself (that is another story).

In the "off season" when the park was not open, I would sometimes, often, walk down to this place to blow off steam. I would look across Narragansett Bay to the mouth of the Warren River to see if one of my ships was inbound (they were not). They were always welcome though, because my friends and sometimes family were aboard.

Out of old habit, I looked across at the Warren River on this day as well. There were no vessels rounding the ledge on approach to the dock on this day either. But my family was with me (my wife and sons) instead of on the ship. And they shared in the personal history and blew off some steam at this homage to the Rocky Point pier.

The Reason for the Name Rocky Point

The Reason for the Name Rocky Point 20220402 850_6744The Reason for the Name Rocky PointThe dock at Rocky Point State Park and the reason why it's called "rocky"

Beneath the Rocky Point Pier 

Beneath the Rocky Point Pier 20220402 850_6720Beneath the Rocky Point Pier The view from beneath the Rocky Point pier at Warwick, Rhode Island

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Mussel and a Bit of Sun. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/mussel-and-a-bit-of-sun Mussel and a Bit of Sun

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Mussel and a Bit of Sun 20220322 850_6128Mussel and a Bit of SunA mussel shell containing a bit of water on the sunny sand at Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

The beach has so much to offer. What one needs to do when on the beach is to take it all in as an adult. Once the whole picture is in mind, allow oneself to become a precocious child.

A child will spend hours looking along the water's edge looking for the perfect shell. Allowing oneself to become that child for a moment allows for curiosity and wonder. Now, combine that curiosity and wonder with some adult observation and knowledge. This combination is where magic occurs.

This magical combination of child and adult can go in several directions. Science comes to mind in considering the matter of the shell. Art comes to mind in finding that composition of happenstance. Philosophy comes to the fore in considering the short life of the shell and its placement.

"There's a glint of sun in the water of the shell," says the adult. "No, that's a spark of magic," responds the child. Both are correct.

This is why the beach is the perfect place for young and old to interact. It's a place of wonder and curiosity, science and facts, and flights and fancy. The beach is a place of the magic of reality and fantasy in perfect balance.

 

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Look at That. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/look-at-that Look at That 

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Look at That 20220321 850_6109Look at ThatA dog at play considering the hole being dug at Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

I Know I Can Dig Further In

I Know I Can Dig Further In 20220321 850_6110I Know I Can Dig Further InA dog at play considering the hole being dug at Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Just Dig a Little Deeper

Just Dig a Little Deeper 20220321 850_6111Just Dig a Little DeeperA dog at play considering the hole being dug at Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

I Know That You're Watching

I Know That You're Watching 20220321 850_6112I Know That You're WatchingA dog at play considering the hole being dug at Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

There is nothing more joyful than a dog at the beach at play. That is unless one encounters a dog who is also creative and a bit of a showoff.

This is a dog who loves to dig holes. There is no known purpose other than that hole's creation. And, to make sure that someone is watching. Because creating such a work without anyone knowing is silly.

And when the work is complete and the hole dug, it will be time to wash off in the water. Don't worry about the hole below the tide line. It will fill in with the flood tide and another created tomorrow. But can you see this artful creation of today?

See more photos of this pup's beach play here: Made From RI Gallery | Simple Pleasures. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

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Brunch at the Beach. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/crabby-gull Crabby Gull 

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Crabby Gull 20220322 850_6034Crabby Gull A gull flying off on a sparkling morning with a crab in its beak at Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

It is the outer reaches of the beach. The place is no longer the beach in the recreational sense. It is the beach in the sense of the land meeting the shore. The water has the unique sparkle of late morning as the sun skips across the ocean.

This is a wonderful place less for humans and more for the birds, wildlife, and marine life. And this is where two creatures meet for brunch. But they are not meeting in the human sense of brunch.

This brunch meeting between these two creatures is a Herring Gull snatching a crab. The gull flies off with his thrashing prize to some local rocks. The bird will drop the crustacean on the rocks to crack its exoskeleton. And with no waiter present, the repast will ensue. This is mealtime at the outer reaches of the beach.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) bird crab gull Keith R Wahl narragansett narragansett beach nature ocean Photography rhode island storytelling sunshine water https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/crabby-gull Sat, 02 Apr 2022 12:36:11 GMT
Le Matin de Printemps Dansant sur les Vagues. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/4/le-matin-de-printemps-dansant-sur-les-vagues Le Matin de Printemps Dansant sur les Vagues

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Le Matin de Printemps Dansant sur les Vagues 20220322 850_6292Le Matin de Printemps Dansant sur les VaguesIn early spring, it is time to dance on the waves by the Narragansett Towers on a bright, sunny morning. "Dancing on the Waves" is a work created by artist Anne Mimi Sammis.

It's a spring morning. The sun sparkles across the water leading up to the Narragansett shore. It is time to dance on the waves again.

Oh, for certain we have been to the beach in the intervening fall and winter seasons. Yet, there is something different about spring. The water has started to achieve a certain sparkle in the spring sun. There is a promise of life on the beach roses.

Springtime is the time to be more like the surfers who have braved the cold to catch the waves. It is a time to push the cold aside and relish the sunlight. It is a time to breathe in the fresh, salty air. It is a time to dance on the waves in the shadow of the Narragansett Towers. It's a time to be happy and appreciative of the shore. It's a time to let our souls sing freely. It's a time to celebrate life. 

 

Dedicated to the artist Adolph Wahl who passed away on April 1, 1987 (this piece was written by his grandson on April 1, 2022). He embraced the symbolism of resurrection of life in springtime. 

 

See other photos and writings of this sculpture here: Dancing On The Waves Under Bright Skies by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery
 

 

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Simple Pleasures. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/simple-pleasures Simple Pleasures

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Simple Pleasures 20220321 850_6026Simple PleasuresA dog, a ball and the beach. What a world if we could all be so happy with simple things.

Must Get the Ball

Must Get the Ball 20220321 850_6027Must Get the BallA dog, a ball and the beach. What a world if we could all be so happy with simple things.

Got the Ball

Got the Ball 20220321 850_6028Got the BallA dog, a ball and the beach. What a world if we could all be so happy with simple things.

A dog, a ball and, and a beach. What could be better. It is a great reminder of what the beach is all about. It is about being outside in the open air. It is about the breeze on the face. It is about listening to the rush of the waves. It is about play and enjoying the simple things in life.

Life would be so much simpler if we took the lessons from dogs. Be out in nature, bring a friend and a toy, and go out and play for a while.

 

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Positioning Gulls. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/positioning-gulls Positioning Gulls

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Positioning Gulls 20220325 850_6305Positioning Gulls A breezy day and the gulls are landing on a short pier at Sabin Point in East Providence, Rhode Island

Positioning Gull Selection

Positioning Gull Selection 20220325 850_6306Positioning Gull SelectionA breezy day and the gulls are landing on a short pier at Sabin Point in East Providence, Rhode Island

Positioning Gull Repositioned

Positioning Gull Repositioned 20220325 850_6307Positioning Gull RepositionedA breezy day and the gulls are landing on a short pier at Sabin Point in East Providence, Rhode Island

Gulls are interesting creatures to observe. They are restless birds by nature it seems. Never settled in one place, always trying to find a better position. And the reason for change need not be anything but a change in the wind or a particular smell. And once they decide to move to a particular spot, they will threaten to land on the other gull already there. Then they will do it again.

This is what is happening in this scene. There is a steady afternoon breeze churning up Providence River chop on the ebb tide. Nothing is steady and this makes the alpha gull restless. He jumps from one place to another on the Sabin Point pier. Is he happy with this usurped spot? Only time will tell.

 

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Dunes and Sky at East Matunuck. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/dunes-and-sky-at-east-matunuck Dunes and Sky at East Matunuck

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Dunes and Sky at East Matunuck 20220320 850_5695Dunes and Sky at East MatunuckA long view from the edge of the dunes at East Matunuck State Beach

From the Edge of the Dunes

From the Edge of the Dunes 20220320 850_5692From the Edge of the DunesA long view from the edge of the dunes at East Matunuck State Beach

Between winter and spring, the only thing that is green at the beach is the ocean. There is white from the tops of the waves to the feathered clouds above. If we are fortunate, there is blue in the sky. Shades of brown are the dune grass and the sand. In it all we can see one thing; soon it will be warm. The beach is always full of promise.

 

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Seed Shell in Macro. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/seed-shell-in-macro Seed Shell in Macro

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Seed Shell in Macro 20220322 850_6229Seed Shell in MacroA seed clam shell no bigger than a grown person's thumbnail nestled among stones on the beach

Walking on the beach, there is a glimpse of a white and gray shell no bigger than a gown human's thumbnail. Bending down, for a closer look among some stones, we see that it is a seed clam shell.

These seed shells come from various places. The waves will deposit them on the sand. After we took this photograph, it more than likely washed out again with the next tide.

Stay alert while at the beach! One never knows what beachcombing treasures there are to find.

 

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Expectations. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/expectations Expectations

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Expectations 20220327 850_6408ExpectationsBefore the performers came out for the Rhode Island Music Educators Association All-State Junior Orchestra at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island

Expectations. The stage is set a Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Music Education Association's All-State Junior Orchestra is currently backstage.

Youngsters are preparing to come out and perform. Parents, grandparents, and siblings are seating themselves. Conductors are exercising their pre-performance rituals.

Soon, the young adults will play "Selections of Peer Gynt", "Cumberland Cross", "Genesis", and "The Children of Sanchez". When they play, if one closed their eyes, they would not know that these were young adults playing. No, one would think that they seasoned professional musicians were weaving these tunes. Moreover, we can see that they were not only excellent, but there was joy and fun sparkling in every eye!

Then the conductor finishes and the applause breaks out. The conductor beams as proud as the parents in the audience. These young musicians performed beyond all expectations, and then they surprised us by adding a dash of hope.

Disclosure: Our sons were two of the violists in this orchestra.

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In the Sky. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/in-the-sky In the Sky 

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In the Sky 20220325 850_6322In the Sky A Herring Gull in flight above Sabin Point in East Providence, Rhode Island with a plane a few thousand feet above.

"Did you get them with their wings spread?" the kindly older gentleman asked. He was watching me as I took a few photos at Sabin Point. "I certainly did," I answered.

It was a sunny afternoon in the Riverside neighborhood of East Providence. As usual, the water drew me aside with the camera. There was one gentleman in an older pickup truck who observed me with my camera. I was watching the gulls flying in the breeze blowing from the south in the Providence River.

These are special encounters. People who share a certain joy about the activity by the water. People who enjoy a conversation over mutual appreciation.

And did I get them with their wings spread. I did. Both the gull and the plane a few thousand feet above; a dot in the clouds.

 

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Sunset Departure. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/sunset-departure Sunset Departure

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Sunset Departure 20220318 850_5560Sunset DepartureThe view is gorgeous, and the sunset colors are sublime as we walk to the end of Narragansett Beach to the mouth of the Narrow River.

At the end of the day, tendrils from the sky lasso us to urge us home. The surf is calming and flattening, so "knee high or die" no longer applies. It's time to gather the boards and head home. But first, take in this sublime moment.

Weigh the anchor from the sand, put the boards along the gunwales, and heave off into the channel. Light the navigation lights. Pull the cord and feel the kick of the flywheel as the outboard engine starts. Heave the tiller over and head off into the radiant sunset against the current.

It's a departure into the sunset. Or is it that the sunset is departing from us? No matter, the sun will come back tomorrow, as will the surf.

Radiant Narragansett Sunset

Radiant Narragansett Sunset 20220318 850_5534Radiant Narragansett SunsetThe view is gorgeous and the sunset colors are sublime as we walk to the end of Narragansett Beach to the mouth of the Narrow River.

Sublime Narragansett Sunset

Sublime Narragansett Sunset 20220318 850_5530Sublime Narragansett SunsetThe view is gorgeous and the sunset colors are sublime as we walk to the end of Narragansett Beach to the mouth of the Narrow River.

 

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A Shell of Distinction 20220322 850_5778A Shell of Distinction Age and time bring out the character of the shell. A little sand and a little water in the shell add to the scene.

A Shell of Distinction on the Bias

A Shell of Distinction on the Bias 20220322 850_5780A Shell of Distinction on the BiasAge and time bring out the character of the shell. A little sand and a little water in the shell add to the scene.

Time is a concept that I have become associated with and appreciative of. In the maritime world, time is essential to navigation and celestial navigation. My studies showed me that time is at the core of Newtonian Physics. In the technology world, I was once assigned to engineer temporal database and data warehouse models. Time became more that something that I flow with but a tool and something to analyze and appreciate.

Looking at this shell on the beach, with time in mind, there is much to appreciate. We see the time that it took to grow in its rings. We see the time of decay and what it reveals about its journey. Stains from sand and seaweed highlight the fossil record in its calcium carbonite exoskeleton. This is a snapshot of not a mere moment, but of a journey through time.

 

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Gull Flying By. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/gull-flying-by Gull Flying By

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Gull Flying By 20220322 850_6273Gull Flying By

Action at the tideline often occurs both in slow motion and frenetic activity in the same short time. It is the interesting quality of life at the water's edge.

A wave comes in a slow, rolling fashion. One will see the wave from a fair distance away as it plods to shore. The gentle roller will soon rise as the bottom shoals up, curl and break along the shore.

At the same moment as the wave begins its breaking activity, there is a gull wading. While the wave has taken a while to reach its peak and break, this is not so from the gull's perspective. The seabird leaps into surprised flight, its wings beating the air.

But this activity of wave and gull are all part of why we love life at the water's edge.

 

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Bright Horizons. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/bright-horizons Bright Horizons to the East

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Bright Horizons to the East 20220318 850_5520Bright Horizons to the EastLooking to the east during the sunset in the west, birds at the water's edge and ships on the horizon. Pinks and blues dominate as the last of the light shines upon the waves and reflects upon the wet sand.

Bright Horizons Beyond the Waves

Bright Horizons Beyond the Waves 20220318 850_5521Bright Horizons Beyond the WavesLooking to the east during the sunset in the west, birds at the water's edge and ships on the horizon. Pinks and blues dominate as the last of the light shines upon the waves and reflects upon the wet sand.

The shore is more than a mere place to visit. It is more than something pretty to look at. It is more than a viewing spot for sunrises and sunsets or to play.

The shore, the beach, is a place to come to become better than we are. It is a place to walk and contemplate who we are. The environment with rhythmic waves and subdued pastel color calls for us to think. Even the sands wet from the waves encourage reflection. 

So, we look to the horizon and think of our days or weeks. The horizon says that we have traveled far but have further to go as ships passes. It says that we have accomplished much and have more to do as little birds unceasingly explore for food. And because of all that we have done and what we will do, the horizon is bright.

Bright Horizons Seen from the Water's Edge

Bright Horizons Seen From the Water's Edge 20220318 850_5522Bright Horizons Seen From the Water's EdgeLooking to the east during the sunset in the west, birds at the water's edge and ships on the horizon. Pinks and blues dominate as the last of the light shines upon the waves and reflects upon the wet sand.

Bright Horizons in Reflection

Bright Horizons In Reflection 20220318 850_5523Bright Horizons in ReflectionLooking to the east during the sunset in the west, birds at the water's edge and ships on the horizon. Pinks and blues dominate as the last of the light shines upon the waves and reflects upon the wet sand.

Bright Horizons and Shoreline Dreams

Bright Horizons and Shoreline Dreams 20220318 850_5524Bright Horizons and Shoreline DreamsLooking to the east during the sunset in the west, birds at the water's edge and ships on the horizon. Pinks and blues dominate as the last of the light shines upon the waves and reflects upon the wet sand.

Bright Horizons and Brighter Thoughts

Bright Horizons and Brighter Thoughts 20220318 850_5525Bright Horizons and Brighter ThoughtsLooking to the east during the sunset in the west, birds at the water's edge and ships on the horizon. Pinks and blues dominate as the last of the light shines upon the waves and reflects upon the wet sand.

Looking to the east during the sunset in the west, birds at the water's edge and ships on the horizon. Pinks and blues dominate as the last of the light shines upon the waves and reflects upon the wet sand.
 

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(Made From RI Gallery) birds early evening horizon Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery narragansett narragansett beach Photography rhode island seascape ships shoreline storytelling waves https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/bright-horizons Wed, 23 Mar 2022 15:32:35 GMT
Beached at Sunset. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/beached-at-sunset Beached at Sunset

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Beached at Sunset 20220318 850_5541Beached at SunsetThe view is gorgeous, and the sunset colors are sublime as we walk to the end of Narragansett Beach to the mouth of the Narrow River.

Clouds reaching out, catching the light at sunset as a beached inflatable boat is set in the foreground. The plow anchor of the boat is set in the sand to prevent the potential of boat floating off in the incoming tide.

The tidal Narrow River of Narragansett runs in the background. Winter storms built up the wetted sandbar in the river. Navigation for the coming season will be different with these changes.

For the moment, the sun has completed its task of warming the beach sands for the day. It comes to a lazy rest beyond the trees and clouds. It will be back tomorrow, bright and certain. And the beautiful cycle of Narragansett Beach will continue.

Anchored at Sunset

Anchored at Sunset 20220318 850_5538Anchored at SunsetThe view is gorgeous and the sunset colors are sublime as we walk to the end of Narragansett Beach to the mouth of the Narrow River.

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Paintings of the Beach. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/paintings-of-the-beach Paintings of Light and Wind 

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Paintings of Light and Wind 20220320 850_5594Paintings of Light and Wind Light and wind paint the tableau with clouds and waves as the ferry departs from Galilee on its way to Block Island

We are fortunate to have long stretches of coastline in the Ocean State. When the weather is right, the wind, lighting, waves, tide, and clouds conspire together. Their collaboration on the coastline often results in a painting of rich colors. Broad brush strokes cover the skies and swirls of color dabbed with white reach the sands.

That's how it all comes together for a spring coastal scene. And there appears a happy little ferry painted in by the breakwater.

Painted by Wind and Tide

Painted by Wind and Tide 20220320 850_5595Painted by Wind and TideLight and wind paint the tableau with clouds and waves as the ferry departs from Galilee on its way to Block Island

Painted by Wind and Wave

Painted by Wind and Wave 20220320 850_5596Painted by Wind and WaveLight and wind paint the tableau with clouds and waves as the ferry departs from Galilee on its way to Block Island

 

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Beach Subtleties in the Evening. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/beach-subtleties Beach Subtleties

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Beach Subtleties 20220318 850_5565Beach SubtletiesThe subtleties of evening light on Narragansett Beach.

Beach evenings are all about subtlety. The air changes and one can feel layers of cool and warmth. The light plays in light and dark and pastel colors. Reflections show where the waves settle on the sand and dark sand shows where the incoming tide sets. The lights in the distance are not all that they seem as the setting sun reflects off of building windows.

It does not pay to observe every little subtlety. No, the greatest benefit is to observe the whole of the painting before you. The canvas is great and beautiful. Such a beautiful gift.

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A Framed Ocean View. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/a-framed-ocean-view A Framed Ocean View

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A Framed Ocean View 20220318 850_5528A Framed Ocean ViewA view from under a deck at Narragansett Beach. We are looking east as the sun sets and paints the sky over the horizon in blues and pinks.

What is that? What does the view look like from under there? An evening walk on the beach evokes these questions.

Answering these question yields a frame on an ocean scene. The scene in the east show waves, rocks, and a cargo ship on the horizon. The setting sun projects subtle pinks and blues in the misty air.

This is why we come to the beach in the evening. There is calm mixed with awe. And these are the keys to discovering the best of life. We find it at the beach.

 

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Sun Descends at Narragansett Beach. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/sun-descends-at-narragansett-beach Sun Descends at Narragansett Beach

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Sun Descends at Narragansett Beach 20220318 850_5508Sun Descends at Narragansett BeachThe sun descends as the waves produce mists in the air during an evening walk on Narragansett Beach

The sun is an important physical and philosophical marker of time. At sunrise, the one bookend, it is the start of the day and all the hope that the day might bring.

Sunset marks the end of the day and is more of a celebration. This is the time of reflection of accomplishing goals set. It is where we observe a hard day worked and a job well done.

In the particular case show in this photo, it is the conclusion of a week of hard work. It was a time when our little family came together to salute the conclusion of the week. And what better way to conclude such a week with a walk on beach sands as the sun sets with the mist of ocean waves?

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Canada Goose Salutation. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/canada-goose-salutation Canada Goose Salutation

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Canada Goose Salutation 20220213 850_4986Canada Goose SalutationA Canada Goose coming over to visit as it snows

A Canada Goose in Providence, Rhode Island ceased to search for food in the snow to come over to greet me. Geese are normally known for being a trifle nasty and a more than a little defensive. But a Providence goose came to greet a guy from "South of the Tower". Imagine that. 

Canada Goose Greeting

Canada Goose Greeting 20220213 850_4985Canada Goose GreetingA Canada Goose coming over to visit as it snows

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Peaceful Reflections 20220222 850_5229Peaceful ReflectionsPeaceful reflections at Glen Rock Reservoir in the village of Usquepaug

Every now and again, I venture to the Rhode Island's village of Usquepaug. On this day I was there to pick up various mixes from the ancient Kenyon's Grist Mill for Made From RI.

Having loaded the van, I took my faithful camera out to look around. I needed to collect some photos of something this world does not offer much of as of late: Peacefulness.

The area around Glen Rock Reservoir did not disappoint. Squatting down and into position for the perfect view, I snapped the shutter. As in a church service offered in nature, a peace that surpasses all understanding is being passed along. We need this experience now and again, if only for a moment. 

 

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Snow Upon Nathanael Greene. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/snow-upon-nathanael-greene Snow Upon Nathanael Greene 

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Snow Upon Nathanael Greene 20220213 850_4891Snow Upon Nathanael Greene Statue of Nathanael Greene by Henri Schönhardt (1931) under cover of snow at the Rhode Island State House in Providence, Rhode Island

On the steps of the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence, there are two statues. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (featured here: Made From RI Gallery | Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Faces the Snow. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl) and Major General Nathanael Greene.

General Greene hailed from my own hometown of Warwick, Rhode Island (Major General Nathanael Greene Homestead). General Greene helped establish the historic Kentish Guards state militia in 1774. Later he helped establish the Continental Army and became a right hand to General George Washington.

Here, we depict his statue under snow at the state's Capital. The statue is as noble in snow as in the bright daylight.

Learn more about Major General Nathanael Greene: Nathanael Greene - Wikipedia

"Learning is not virtue but the means to bring us an acquaintance with it. Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Let these be your motives to action through life, the relief of the distressed, the detection of frauds, the defeat of oppression, and diffusion of happiness." ~ Nathanael Greene
 

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Afternoon Sunlight on Leaves. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/afternoon-sunlight-on-leaves Afternoon Sunlight on Vine Leaves

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Afternoon Sunlight on Vine Leaves 20220227 850_5295Afternoon Sunlight on Vine LeavesThe glinting of the strong afternoon sun off the leaves of a vine in the village of Wickford

Sunlit Climbing Leaves

Sunlit Climbing Leaves 20220227 850_5293Sunlit Climbing LeavesSunlit leaves of the vine creeping up a post along the side of the sidewalk as we walk through the cillage of Wickford, Rhode Island

The plot of every season seems to have a moment, a turning point. We know that the denouement of this story has passed, we are in the falling action, and now we are seeking resolution. Moreover, we are already looking for the next book to read.

This is the case where we find ourselves in the throes of the noire of winter and looking for the vivacity of spring. We are thirsty for life. We are hungry for life and living things.

Walking through the village of Wickford, a simple vine is growing on a pole along the sidewalk. The leaves are verdant in the sunlight. The vine is active and growing. For the moment, we have satiated our hunger and slaked our thirst. Now, we listen for the birds to sing.

 

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Snowed Over Burnside Park. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/snowed-over-burnside-park Snowed Over Burnside Park

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Snowed Over Burnside Park V 20220213 850_4980Snowed Over Burnside ParkSnow-covered Burnside Park in Providence, Rhode Island

General Burnside's Snowy Ride

General Burnside's Snowy Ride 20220213 850_4972General Burnside's Snowy RideThe statue of General and former Rhode Island Governor Ambrose Burnside as it snows upon Burnside Park in Providence, Rhode Island

Ambrose Burnside lived what one would call a full life. While not born in Rhode Island, he made Rhode Island his home after his service at Fort Adams in Newport. A West Point graduate, he was a soldier and military officer. He went on to become an inventor, industrialist, diplomat, Governor, and Senator here in Rhode Island.

Burnside Park now sets in Providence named after the man who created such a life in Rhode Island. Sandwiched the old train station and Kennedy Plaza, facing City Hall, it is a wonderful urban area to stroll. On a winter day covered in falling snow, it appears almost Parisian.

One note about Ambrose Burnside. Bruce Catton says of him in Mr. Lincoln's Army, "Physically he was impressive: tall, just a little stout, wearing what was probably the most artistic and awe-inspiring set of whiskers in all that bewhiskered Army." Yes, Ambrose Burnside is where we find the term "sideburns" originates.

Learn more about Ambrose Burnside here: Ambrose Burnside - Wikipedia

 

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Softly, Tentatively, Spring Appears. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/softly-tentatively-spring-appears Tentative First Flowers of Spring

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Tentative First Flowers of Spring 20220315 850_5468Tentative First Flowers of SpringAs the snow melts, the flowers spring up tentatively in soft light

Flower Softly Appearing

Flower Softly Appearing 20220315 850_5465Flower Softly AppearingFirst flowers of Spring appearing softfly and full of life

The light is soft a few short days after the snow has melted. The ground is still brown with winter. Yet, tender flowers make a tentative quiet appearance. "Spring is arriving," they state in a tender whisper. And rich with pollen, they announce life anew.

 

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Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Faces the Snow. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/commodore-oliver-hazard-perry-faces-the-snow Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Faces the Snow

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Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Faces the Snow 20220213 850_4892Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Faces the SnowStatue of Oliver Hazard Perry facing the snow upon the steps of the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence, Rhode Island

Flanking the steps leading up to the Rhode Island Statehouse, there are two statues. One is Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. The other is Major General Nathanael Greene. In this writing, we will be looking at Commodore Perry. General Greene will come later on in another writing.

Commodore Perry's statue memorializes and honors the hero of the War of 1812. Most prominent is he decisive victory over the Royal Navy at The Battle of Lake Erie. Commodore Perry was a son of Rhode Island, born in South Kingstown in 1785.

The statue is roughly life sized. He is moving forward, with his head turned left. His arm is holding a sword and an anchor is beside him. On this day, the snow is falling giving the bronze statue a bit more brightness.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery maritime oliver hazard perry Photography providence rhode island rhode island statehouse snow south kingstown statue storytelling https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/commodore-oliver-hazard-perry-faces-the-snow Tue, 15 Mar 2022 16:16:46 GMT
Interacting With Nature. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/interacting-with-nature Eyed by the Goose

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Eyed by the Goose 20220213 850_4989Eyed by the GooseA Canada Goose coming over to visit as it snows

I am not a small man. I am someone who lifts weights and has a lifetime of physical labor and outdoor activity. These are not typical of someone with business and intellectual pursuits.

Despite human interpretation of my outward appearance, animals tend to approach me. In all honesty, this is gratifying. I enjoy interacting with animals. Also, it is an assurance that I am not encroaching upon them if they are approaching me (I am loath to disturb nature).

Sometimes, I am also able to "talk" to them and have a chat. I will say something or make tones mimicking theirs. There will be a stare or two or a tilting of the head. After a fashion, they will be on their way knowing that I am not a threat. And they have offered me a treat as they allow me into a little piece of their world.

Stare of the Curious Goose

Stare of the Curious Goose 20220213 850_4987Stare of the Curious GooseA Canada Goose coming over to visit as it snows

Case of the Curious Goose

Case of the Curious Goose 20220213 850_4988Case of the Curious GooseA Canada Goose coming over to visit as it snows

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(Made From RI Gallery) bird canada goose goose Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery nature Photography rhode island snow storytelling wildlife https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/interacting-with-nature Mon, 14 Mar 2022 13:10:38 GMT
Classic Light with Nautical Reflection. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/classic-light-with-nautical-reflection Rustic Village Lighting

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Rustic Village Lighting 20220227 850_5325Rustic Village LightingOnion light in operation in the village of Wickford

Onion light in operation in the village of Wickford

The onion light as seen in the village of Wickford. These lights have become a fanciful tradition in architecture. Here in the seaside village of Wickford, it is most appropriate to see.

Onion lights evolved from ships' lighting. The original lights were mouth-blown onion shaped glass inside metal cages. They burned whale oil and hung on a gimbal from a wall bracket. The original thought was to protect the flame from wind and weather. The bracket design is such that it keeps the heat of the flame away from other flammables (such as wood and cordage).

Now electrified, the lamps link to the nautical past in village on Wickford Cove. Most appropriate, indeed.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Keith R Wahl light Made From RI Gallery nautical onion light Photography Rhode Island rustic storytelling Wickford https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/classic-light-with-nautical-reflection Sun, 13 Mar 2022 18:19:20 GMT
Aashaa Monetoo. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/aashaa-monetoo The Setting Sun Kisses Manitou

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The Setting Sun Kisses Manitou  20220212 850_4741The Setting Sun Kisses ManitouThe M/V Manitou at rest alongside the dolphins as the day comes to an end in the Port of Galilee

Moon Smiling Down on Manitou

Moon Smiling Down on Manitou 20220212 850_4743Moon Smiling Down on ManitouThe moon high in the sky smiles down upon the Manitou in Galilee

The Manitou, the Block Island Ferry has an adored and beloved status. It has always been a quirky vessel. The old joke is that if three people were in the pilothouse, one would have to leave for another to turn around. Narrow of beam, she rolls without mercy in a heavy sea. As any seaman or ship handler understands, that is just part of the personality of the vessel; we love them anyway or perhaps more because of the quirks.

The Manitou as a ferry was and is always reliable. The Algonquian and their denomination of Native American theology, the "Manitou" as an omnipresent spirit. That spirit manifests itself everywhere. To say "Aashaa Monetoo" means "good spirit". "Gitche Manitou" is the Indigenous "Great Spirit".

So, this explains the feeling we have for the M/V Manitou. As quirky as it is in ship handling, it always delivers. It is the "Good Spirit" bringing us to Block Island. A good spirit that always looks after us. 

Manitou At Rest

Manitou At Rest 20220212 850_4739Manitou At RestThe M/V Manitou at rest alongside the dolphins as the day comes to an end in the Port of Galilee

Backed In for The Evening

Backed In For The Evening 20220212 850_4733Backed In For The EveningThe M/V Manitou backed in at Galilee for the evening

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(Made From RI Gallery) block island ferry ferry Keith R Wahl m/v manitou Made From RI Gallery maritime narragansett Photography port of galilee rhode island ship storytelling sunset waterfront https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/aashaa-monetoo Sun, 13 Mar 2022 14:53:04 GMT
Dreamy Sunsets. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/dreamy-sunset Dreamy Sunset 

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Dreamy Sunset 20220212 850_4834Dreamy Sunset A dreamlike state is created as the sun sets over Block Island Sound beyond Jerusalem

A dreamlike state is created as the sun sets over Block Island Sound beyond Jerusalem

We come to the shore at sunset. This is where we embark on journeys. The term in the maritime world is "maritime adventure", at least that is what the legal documents say. I tend to agree with the documents, because wherever we go on the water is an adventure. And we go nowhere until we decide to launch out on to that mission.

So, too it is with dreams. Carl Sandburg offered the sage advice that, "Nothing happens unless we dream." No matter what we set out to do, we first need to think about what you want to achieve. We need to envision an adventure and then plot a course.

The sunsets of the village of Jerusalem have launched thousands of adventures. All started as dreams. Dreams begin with orange sunsets over the sound imbued with soft clouds. Sunsets leading to visions of adventure.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) clouds coast evening jerusalem Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery narragansett Photography port of galilee rhode island seascape shoreline storytelling sun sunset village https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/dreamy-sunset Sat, 12 Mar 2022 20:07:23 GMT
Calm Waters at Sunset. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/calm-waters-at-sunset Calm Waters at Sunset

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Calm Waters at Sunset 20220212 850_4742Calm Waters at SunsetThe calm waters of the Port of Galilee at sunset

The calm waters of the Port of Galilee at sunset

Weeks are often hectic and stressful. As the sun sets on a long week, we have found the cure here in Rhode Island. Saltwater, the setting sun, and a gentle breeze is a salve for so many pressures. As the sun sets, it's as if someone spread their arms across the water and told them to still. And so too does the mind.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) abstract calm coast harbor Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery maritime narragansett Photography port of galilee rhode island shoreline sunset water https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/calm-waters-at-sunset Fri, 11 Mar 2022 19:50:20 GMT
Winter Church Scene. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/winter-church-scene Winter At First Baptist Church

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VWinter At First Baptist Church 20220227 850_5291Winter At First Baptist ChurchThe First Baptist Church of Wickford on a snow-covered late afternoon in Wickford Rhode Island

Winter Sun On First Baptist Church

Winter Sun On First Baptist Church 20220227 850_5287Winter Sun On First Baptist ChurchThe First Baptist Church of Wickford on a snow covered late afternoon in Wickford Rhode Island

The snow, icy and grainy crunches under foot under the winter afternoon sun. The coloring of the ground matches the building before us. An historic church framed in trees under clear blue skies. The bell is silent in the tower save for a light whistle in the breeze.

This was a church built at the heart of a community that was once made up of shipbuilders and farmers. It is still a community made up of those close to Narragansett Bay. The maritime emphasis may have shifted from vocational to avocational, but the thought remains. And the waters of the bay and Wickford Cove provides the salt to earth that these people come from. The salt of the earth that encourages one another and builds up others.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) architecture church first baptist church historic history Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery Photography rhode island snow storytelling wickford winter https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/winter-church-scene Thu, 10 Mar 2022 15:40:32 GMT
Wharf, Dock, or Both? Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/wharf-dock-or-both Peering Around At The Wharf

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Peering Around At The Wharf 20220227 850_5329Peering Around At The WharfPeering around a spile where floating docks have Wickford Cove.

Alongside the Dock at Wickford Cove

Alongside the Dock at Wickford Cove 20220227 850_5328Alongside the Dock at Wickford CoveSunshine reflects on a boat alongside a floating dock set up at a wharf on Wickford Cove

Mariners have a language built around an ancient lexicon. We allow some of this into the general public, but it can be difficult for the uninitiated. This concept extends to where we keep and tie up our boats.

One example came to me on social media where I was describing a pier. Someone replied with a meme describing a dock, quay, wharf, pier and the like in distinct detail. My unvoiced thought was a cheeky, "My you are naive and adorable." Then I decided to belay that thought and allowed for the lubber to pass under my stern to sail in the protection of my lee. That is to say, I was polite and said nothing.

A wharf sometimes has extensions that make it a t-wharf. Then sometimes a wharf has piers running off of it. Or a pier may have finger piers. And, of course, there are many combinations and permutations of these configurations. In the case of the photos involved, floating docks have been set off of an old stone wharf. There is a light coating of snow on the docks which is not a problem for the booted feet that trod this area. And what is more wonderful is that it makes for a working waterfront scene that even a lubber appreciates.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) boats Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery maritime Photography reflections rhode island seascape water waterfront wickford cove https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/wharf-dock-or-both Wed, 09 Mar 2022 16:38:21 GMT
Americana Folk Art. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/americana-folk-art Americana Folk Art

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Americana Folk Art 20220227 850_5327Americana Folk ArtPrimitive or rustic American Flag made from firring strips in the village of Wickford

Primitive or rustic American Flag made from firring strips in the village of Wickford

There is a place in village communities where little bits of art converge. When put together, they form a public mosaic that tells of culture, character, and charm. And it is wonderful.

Wickford is one of those villages. Nestled along a cove off Narragansett Bay in North Kingstown, RI. Folk, primitive, rustic, classical, neo-classical and modern art together in eclectic balance.

Here we have a Folk Art homage to an American flag. Simple firring cut and painted to the configuration desired. Then, once assembled placed on public display. Simple, distinct, unique and attainable, like the village itself.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) american flag folk art Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Photography primitive art rhode island rustic art village Wickford https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/americana-folk-art Tue, 08 Mar 2022 18:08:00 GMT
Eye of Horus. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/eye-of-horus Eye of Horus

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Eye of Horus 20220305 850_5408Eye of HorusThe pattern of an eye forms in a birch tree's bark

The pattern of an eye forms in a birch tree's bark

There is a debate, a perpetual discussion, in the art world about the status of photography. Is photography and art form of not? I would posit that the camera or the pencil is the instrument, and that the art is in the imagination of the artist. A case in point is among the all-seeing in this case.

Wandering through a copse of birch trees, patterns start appearing in the tree bark. And then, appearing out of nowhere, the Eye of Horus. The mystical Udjat eye. The eye of protection and universal harmony.

At least, that is the view of what I see in the birch tree bark. Is it art? I do not have the audacity, hubris, or desire to engage in that debate here. I am a mere observant person with a camera and an active imagination seeking interesting images. And I am always on the lookout, always watching.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) bark eye eye of horus Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery Photography rhode island storytelling tree tree bark Udjat eye watching https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/eye-of-horus Mon, 07 Mar 2022 11:34:52 GMT
Sunday Cruisin'. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/sunday-cruisin Cruisin' Hood Ornament

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Cruisin Hood Ornament 20220305 850_5362Cruisin Hood OrnamentHood ornament detail of a 1956 Buick Special

Cruisin' Hood Ornament in Flight

Cruisin Hood Ornament In Flight 20220306 850_5365Cruisin Hood Ornament In FlightHood ornament detail of a 1956 Buick Special

Trunk Detail

Trunk Detail 20220305 850_5368Trunk DetailTrunk detail of a 1956 Buick Special

Cruisin' around. At one time, the family car was a showpiece. Saturday was a time to take care of the car. The vehicle washing and waxing the vehicle. The family would detail every inch of the family car. When they finished, the chrome would be a mirror finish that one could comb their hair to.

People loved their cars in this time. They knew every nut, bolt, piston, and quirk of the vehicle. And the quirks increased their pride and affection for the vehicle.

Sundays, everyone would pile in and take a drive in this family car. A trip into the country. A drive to the shore. A time to cruise with no particular destination in mind. Hood ornaments pointed the way to the never-ending "somewhere".

We found a vintage vehicle that someone still loves. The chrome detail shows some oxidation pitting. The paint shows oxidation too. But soon, once restored, it will be ready to cruise again. Anyone up for a Sunday drive?

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) automobile car hood ornament Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Photography rhode island storytelling trunk vintage https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/sunday-cruisin Sun, 06 Mar 2022 14:44:26 GMT
Stumped. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/stumped Stumped

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Stumped 20220305 850_5457StumpedA stump reflected in a pond at the edge of the highway in Warwick, Rhode Island

A stump reflected in a pond at the edge of the highway in Warwick, Rhode Island

The area explored is industrial in its nature. Their architecture has some interest, but for the most part, the area is bland. Aesthetics are not the first consideration in building near a highway in Warwick, RI.

But the area has a tree lined pond. It is very still and quiet despite the highway noise behind us. In the stillness is an old stump. The upended stump reveals that birds do perch upon it to feed on insects. And the water reflects the natural aesthetic of the shapes. And we find a little natural wonder in the least likely of places.

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery nature Photography pond reflection rhode island storytelling tree stump https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/stumped Sun, 06 Mar 2022 13:24:23 GMT
Purple, Soft, and No Wake. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/purple-soft-and-no-wake Purple, Soft, and No Wake

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Purple, Soft, and No Wake 20220212 850_4874Purple, Soft, and No WakeThe winter light over Jerusalem turns purple and soft

Winter Sunset Over Jerusalem

Winter Sunset Over Jerusalem 20220212 850_4875Winter Sunset Over JerusalemAs the winter sun begiins to set over Jerusalem

As the sun sets over the fishing village of Jerusalem, a sense of calm settles in. The colors of purple start to pop and the "No Wake" sign becomes literal as even the air stills. Everything is at ease as we watch. 

It is the completion of a day. And peace falls over us even for a moment. But this makes sense. "Jerusalem" means "habitation of peace". And both we and this day find a peaceful moment here.

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(Made From RI Gallery) jerusalem Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery narragansett Photography rhode island seascape shoreline storytelling sunset https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/purple-soft-and-no-wake Sat, 05 Mar 2022 11:59:56 GMT
God and Country in Wickford. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/god-and-country-in-wickford God and Country in Wickford

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God and Country In Wickford 20220227 850_5314God and Country In WickfordChurch steeple and an early US flag on display in the village of Wickford on a winter day

Church steeple and an early US flag on display in the village of Wickford on a winter day

Scenes from another time preserved in the New England village of Wickford, Rhode Island. It is a sunny winter afternoon.

There was a storm a few days before. It was one of those storms that came in late February and early March. Those storms where winter is still asserting its dominance and spring is trying to work its way in. The result is a dense packed white ice that thinks it's snow but is actually frozen rain. When the warming sun kisses the ground, mud will appear.

But grateful to be walking outside on a sunny afternoon, we look up at the clear blue sky. Between the earth and sky is a church steeple and a "Betsy Ross" flag. One points toward things above, then other down to earth. And it all seems fitting for a sunny winter Sunday afternoon.

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(Made From RI Gallery) architecture church flag Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery Photography rhode island steeple storytelling wickford https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/god-and-country-in-wickford Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:37:16 GMT
Winter at Wickford Cove. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/winter-at-wickford-cove Winter at Wickford Cove

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Winter at Wickford Cove 20220227 850_5308Winter at Wickford CoveViewing from a park bench along Wickford Cove on a late winter afternoon.

Viewing from a park bench along Wickford Cove on a late winter afternoon

Walking in a quintessential waterfront village on a winter's afternoon. This is one of the great joys in life. This is especially true if one is in Wickford, Rhode Island.

When walking around this place, one needs a place to stop and contemplate. The winter sun can be bright in its reflections, so a tree would be nice to filter some of the light. A clear bench of wood that does not absorb cold would be excellent. A view of a cove with shipyards and boatyard caps the scene.

This is a New England winter waterfront scene. If one were to imagine a perfect winter respite, this would be it. And we have the privilege to be there at the right moment.

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(Made From RI Gallery) Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery park bench Photography seascape shadows snow storytelling tree waterfront wickford cove winter https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/winter-at-wickford-cove Fri, 04 Mar 2022 13:38:28 GMT
Lobster Buoys In The Sunlight. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/lobster-buoys-in-the-sunlight Lobster Buoys In The Sunlight 

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Lobster Buoys In The Sunlight 20220227 850_5336Lobster Buoys In The Sunlight
Bright colors fade and marred from use and work on various lobster trap buoys.

All a ready for deployment and lines are set to be free and ready for running.

Lobster buoys always capture the imagination. The imagination may, indeed, be the greatest catch of these hard-working items.

Each one of these buoys has the purpose if marking the spot where traps are in the water. But they also tell the story of the boats and the people who set the traps. The colors represent a vessel owner. And within those owners, there are thousands of yarns telling of small adventures on the water.

Why do lobster buoys capture the imagination? Because there are so many stories locked within them anxious to come out.

 

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Wickford's anchor in the with late afternoon winter sun illumination in snow

The nineteenth century Admiralty style anchor sits in the snow along Wickford Cove. The illumination adds a hint of red from the low afternoon winter sun.

The anchor itself is a reminder of the Age of Sail. A time when great schooners brought cargoes to this waterfront village. This is where they would land lumber for building the structures in town.

The anchor connects to the past of the village. It reminds everyone where this place came from, its maritime past. And it provides a wonderful centerpiece to quaint Wickford Village.

 

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The Working Waterfront. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/marine-growth-on-a-buoy Marine Growth on a Buoy

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Marine growth on a lobster trap buoy at Wickford Cove

What makes the waterfront the waterfront? Boats and ships to be certain. But the mix of boats includes working boats. Fishing boats, quahoggers, vessels that haul, vessels that dredge. The working boats are on the waterfront all year round.

Along with working vessels are their tools. Lobster traps and their buoys are a case in point. Photographed is a buoy that has done its work. There is marine growth of all types attached. Mussels and barnacles at the fore (things that cut ungloved working hands).

The equipment and the means of making a living on the water are things of the waterfront. And we appreciate them for what they are and what they bring.

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Prudence. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/3/prudence Prudence

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Prudence 20220212 850_4758PrudenceThe bow of the F/V Prudence in the Port of Galilee

The bow of the F/V Prudence in the Port of Galilee

Prudence is the name of an island in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. The island was named by Rhode Island's founder, Roger Williams. The question is, what is the meaning of "Prudence" as a name given by a minister and theologian?

Prudence is a single description of a virtue. The attributes are to have both intelligence and free will. The combination of the two leads to sagacity or wisdom, revealed in the ability to make good decisions based on reason.

Prudence is a description of the people of Prudence Island as well as fishermen. Salt of the earth and able to make good decisions in good times and bad. Prudence is a quality and virtue to aspire to.

 

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Iron Gate Detail in Afternoon Sun. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/iron-gate-detail-in-afternoon-sun Iron Gate Detail in Afternoon Sun

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Iron Gate Detail in Afternoon Sun 20220221 850_5192Iron Gate Detail in Afternoon SunIron gate architectural detail in the afternoon sun at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

Iron gate architectural detail in the afternoon sun at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

I encountered an iron gate, well used and rusted, in need of paint and maintenance, but steadfast. It seemed insurmountable, but I did something that more should do; I asked if I may enter. The gate opened and the wonders beyond the fence availed themselves of me.

 

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Afternoon At Betsey William Cottage. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/afternoon-at-betsey-william-cottage Afternoon At Betsey William Cottage 

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Afternoon Sun on Betsey Williams Cottage 

Afternoon Sun on Betsey Williams Cottage 20220221 850_5162Afternoon Sun on Betsey Williams Cottage Afternoon Sun on Betsey Williams Cottage

This is the original farmhouse that once belonged to the Williams family. The progeny of the family that founded Rhode Island. Built in 1773, this house was last owned by the great-great-great granddaughter of Roger Williams, Betsey Williams.

In 1871, the family deeded the cottage and surrounding farmland to the City of Providence, RI. This established Roger Williams Park at the request of Betsey Williams in her will.

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Reflective In Morning Fog. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/reflective-in-morning-fog Burning Off The Morning Fog 

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Burning Off The Morning Fog 20220222 850_5209Burning Off The Morning Fog The morning sun attempts to burn off the fog at North Kingstown Town Beach

Reflection is something that we all need to make time for. I have found that unless I take some time for personal reflection, I am not any good for devoting myself to other tasks. We all need a few moments to figure things out.

Walking is one of my favorite methods of inducing reflection. Walking on the shore enhances the thoughts. Walking on the shore in fog seems to take out the distractions. Although, I must admit that I still try to identify the sound of the outboard motor behind the veil. I suppose that this use of sound keeps the mind and senses sharp.

But this is the type of place that I go to when I need to contemplate. It has been my habit since I was a child. I solved many problems (homework and otherwise) walking along the Rocky Point Shore in Warwick, RI. There were some even more complex intellectual problems solved along Wollaston Beach in Quincy, MA during my college years. No matter where, the shore is my refuge. And the Rhode Island shore is my place.

Calm In Morning Fog

Calm In Morning Fog 20220222 850_5200Calm In Morning FogCalm in the morning fog at North Kingstown Twon Beach

Reflective In Morning Fog

Reflective  In Morning Fog 20220222 850_5204Reflective In Morning FogA reflective mement in morning fog at North Kingstown Town Beach

Settling Of Morning Fog

Settling Of Morning Fog 20220222 850_5194Settling Of Morning FogSettling of morning fog along the shores of North Kigstown

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Hope In Greenery. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/hope-in-greenery Hope In Greenery

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Hope In Greenery 20220221 850_5184Hope In GreeneryAs winter edges to a close and spring approaches, we find hope in the greenery that appears wrapped around the trees.

There comes a time in winter when the dullness starts to wear thin. It is that time about a week or two after the groundhog makes a prognostication and spring. We long to find greenery and hope for color and warmth.

Visiting Roger Williams Park, waiting for our son to appear, unexpected greenery appeared. Wrapped around a tree were colorful vines, colored green with shades of red. There were still things living and showing life. Green and vibrant in the afternoon sun. Hope that spring will come, is coming. Take that groundhog!

Hopeful In The Late Day

Hopeful In The Late Day 20220221 850_5186Hopeful In The Late DayAs winter edges to a close and spring approaches, we find hope in the greenery that appears wrapped around the trees.

Vibrant Late Day Hope

Vibrant Late Day Hope 20220221 850_5187Vibrant Late Day HopeAs winter edges to a close and spring approaches, we find hope in the greenery that appears wrapped around the trees.

 

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Winter Clam Shell. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/winter-clam-shell Winter Clam Shell 

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Winter Clam Shell 20220220 850_5067Winter Clam Shell A clam shell on the beach in the midst of winter.

A clam shell sits upon Matunuck Beach. Peaceful. Serene. Quiet. It cares not that a snow squall is soon to descend. The shell sits immobile, cool as a clam.
 

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Roger Williams Under Dramatic Skies. Photography and Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/roger-williams-under-dramatic-skies Roger Williams Under Dramatic Skies 

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Roger Williams Under Dramatic Skies 20220221 850_5155Roger Williams Under Dramatic Skies Statue Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

Looking Up At Roger Williams

Looking Up At Roger Williams 20220221 850_5153Looking Up At Roger WilliamsStatue Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

We are fortunate parents. Our children are smart and ambitious. The result is that they pull us in different directions. They study, perform, practice, and participate in many places throughout Rhode Island.

This day brought us to an educational training activity for our youngest son. The place was Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI. This gave us an opportunity to walk around as we waited for him at the end of the day.

Prominent at the entry area of the park is a statue of the man himself, Roger Williams. He was the political and religious leader known for founding the state of Rhode Island. He is also known for advocating religious freedom in Colonial America. Also, he was the founder of the first Baptist church in America.

A close look at the statue shows that Roger Williams has a book saying "Soul Liberty" in the crutch of his arm.

Roger Williams Open Hand

Roger Williams Open Hand 20220221 850_5157Roger Williams Open HandStatue Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

Roger Williams Facing The Sun

Roger Williams Facing The Sun 20220221 850_5159Roger Williams Facing The SunStatue Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island

 

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Pulling Back The Foggy Veil. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/pulling-back-the-foggy-veil Lone Tree On The Edge of Narragansett Bay

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Lone Tree On The Edge of Narragansett Bay 20220222 850_5214Lone Tree On The Edge of Narragansett BayA lone tree sits on the edge of Narragansett Bay at North Kingstown Town Beach. The fog is burning off as the sun asserts itself to pull back the veil and reveal blue sky.

Pulling Back The Foggy Veil

Pulling Back The Foggy Veil 20220222 850_5212Pulling Back The Foggy VeilA lone tree sits on the edge of Narragansett Bay at North Kingstown Town Beach. The fog is burning off as the sun asserts itself to pull back the veil and reveal blue sky.

Our oldest son and I had a few minutes to kill before the school opened. It was a vacation day for him, but he is enthusiastic about his robotics and engineering program. So, even on a vacation day, he was using the lab for some work in his high school lab.

As it was only a few minutes away on this particular morning, we stopped by North Kingstown Town Beach. It was a foggy morning, and the water was still. It was an appropriate calm spot to stop before we both moved on with a hectic day.

And then we turned and saw this one lone tree on the edge of the beach. Calm. Serene. As the sun asserted itself, it was if there was a veil of fog pulling back. The revelation of blue sky was pointing towards Narragansett Bay's Hope Island by coincidence. And I realized that the warmth of the sun was giving us "Hope" to prevail over the day.

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Colors Of A Quahog Shell. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/colors-of-a-quahog-shell Colors Of A Quahog Shell

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Colors Of A Quahog Shell 20220212 850_4840Colors Of A Quahog ShellA quahog shell is open and showing its colors on Salty Brine State Beach

Open Shell By The Water

Open Shell By The Water 20220212 850_4842Open Shell By The WaterA quahog shell is open and showing its colors on Salty Brine State Beach

The colors of a quahog shell are a marvelous thing. What is more amazing is that as the shells tumble in surf and sand, the colors become more vibrant.

This shell settled on Salty Brine State Beach in Galilee after tossing in the surf. We can see the rivulets in the sand left behind as the water receded. There is sand and saltwater left in the shell.

After aging and a bit of abrasiveness, the object is all the more beautiful. This is the nature of shells on the sand.

 

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Crossed Sheers at Sunset. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/crossed-sheers-at-sunset Crossed Sheers at Sunset

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Crossed Sheers at Sunset 20210212 850_4797Crossed Sheers at SunsetThe crossing of sheerlines at sunset in the Port of Galilee

Dock walking is something that I have done since I was a boy. Back then, it was because my father was doing his job as a marine surveyor. I would sit and talk with the fishermen as the work happened. I learned all forms of new vocabulary as well as what was going on with the boats.

I am an observer and analytical by personality type. This is most likely why I became a marine surveyor as well as spending time employed in ship engine rooms. Attention to detail is a key native skill in either case.

Walking on docks allowed me to observe something else, the shapes and patterns that form. There is a graceful dance of curved vessel sheers, flaring bows, and rigging above. Add some special light, and it makes for spectacular scenery.

 

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Broken, Whole, And Composed. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/broken-whole-and-composed Broken, Whole, And Composed

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Broken, Whole, And Composed 20220212 850_4839Broken, Whole, And ComposedA composition of shells in the light of the setting sun at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Shells In Composition

Shells In Composition 20220212 850_4837Shells In CompositionA composition of shells in the light of the setting sun at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Walking upon the beach, it normal to find broken shells. Some broken in wave action, stepped upon, and the inevitable "gull drop and break to eat" action.

These broken shells often pile upon the beach with intact shells. At times, the whole shells cradle the broken shells in gentle beds of sand. In these seeming random actions, the imperfect combines with the perfect in composition.

In these compositions of shells, we see beauty in the broken and imperfect working with the perceived perfection. It's almost as if someone were sending us a message in the sand.

 

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State House On A Hill. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/state-house-on-a-hill State House On A Hill

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State House On A Hill 20220213 850_4926State House On A HillSnow at the Rhode Island State House early on a Sunday in winter.

What should a shining marble house on a hill represent? Hope. Even on a cloudy day, it should represent hope. As the snow falls clean and bright, it should represent the freshest of Hope. Because it is a house of the people founded as a lively experiment based on Hope.

Snowed Upon Government Branches

Snowed Upon Government Branches 20220213 850_4930Snowed Upon Government BranchesSnow at the Rhode Island State House early on a Sunday in winter.

Snow And Trees At The State House

V Snow And Trees At The State House 20220213 850_4935Snow And Trees At The State HouseSnow at the Rhode Island State House early on a Sunday in winter.

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Old Salt Watching A Snow Squall. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/old-salt-watching-a-snow-squall Old Salt Watching A Snow Squall 

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Old Salt Watching A Snow Squall 20220219 850_5053Old Salt Watching A Snow Squall A Great Black Backed Gull takes in the view at Matunuck Beach as a snow squall moves onshore.

The old Great Black Backed Gull, an "Old Salt" watches off to the west as a snow squall moves in. The waves break and the winds bring with it the scent of salted snow.

In moments, flying gulls will come to ground on Matunuck Beach. An intense burst of snow will blow in, pelting the skin as frozen pellets.

And the Old Salt will watch for the other side of the storm to see when it will pass. This oldster has taken it upon themselves to forecast the weather for the flock. It is what Old Salts do.

 

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Held In Precarious Balance. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/held-in-precarious-balance Held In Precarious Balance

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Held In Precarious Balance 20220212 850_4833Held In Precarious BalanceShells held in precarious balance on a pier in the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Have you ever noticed that a child on the beach and at the waterfront cannot resist that one random shell? I confess that for my years beyond childhood, I have never lost that childlike quality. I cannot seem to resist that random shell (or set of shells).

Today, I tend to capture them with a camera rather than take them home in my pocket. Okay, you got me. My wife will tell you that there are some sandy pockets in the laundry where shells have been as well.

But there is something about preserving something of life such as shells. It is memorializing something fleeting and temporary. Here we have a couple of shells in balance on the weathered wooden edge of a pier. The light is from the setting sun. The patterns in the sand encrusted shells are delicate and exquisite. If we were to return to the exact spot at this moment, the shells would be gone, probably lost to the wind due to their unstable position. Even if they were there, capturing that lighting again would be coincidental at best.

Yet, for all the items in precarious balance, it is an image and moment worth preserving. It is beautiful unto itself. So, I put this shell in my virtual pocket to take home and share.

 

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Medallion on a Ceiling. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/medallion-on-a-ceiling Vets Ceiling Medallion 

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Vets Ceiling Medallion 20220213 850_4994Vets Ceiling Medallion Ceiling medallion at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island

Entering an auditorium where a performance will occur is always a heady experience. One is always full of anticipation if in the audience, and a bit of anxiety and adrenaline for the performer. For parents of performers, anticipation marinates in a soucient of anxiety and adrenaline.

So it was for us on a recent Sunday performance of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Both of our sons are part of this group of musicians.

But upon entering the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, feelings change. As one makes their way to the seats before the stage, awe and appreciation filter into the mind. The appointments are amazing. The medallion on the ceiling never fails to attract my eye. This highlights each of the cities and town of Rhode Island with gilded details.

Then the performance begins...

Vets Ceiling Medallion Detail

Vets Ceiling Medallion Detail 20220213 850_4994Vets Ceiling Medallion DetailCeiling medallion at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island

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Protecting The Flock. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/protecting-the-flock Canada Goose Pointing

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Canada Goose Pointing 20220213 850_4960Canada Goose PointingA Canada Goose flapping their wings near the Providence train station on a snowy Sunday morning.

Protecting the flock. There is one assigned the task. They stand at their post at the outskirts of the flock feeding in the snow. This goose knows what to do and when.

They are by a sidewalk on the green (that is now white with snow). There is no noise, but he makes himself big. The wings point, extend, and hold. The message transmitted and received.

As a dad, I perceive what the goose is saying. Our eyes meet and he relaxes. Wildlife and humans have achieved an understanding.

Canada Goose Working Wings

Canada Goose Working Wings 20220213 850_4961Canada Goose Working WingsA Canada Goose flapping their wings near the Providence train station on a snowy Sunday morning.

Canada Goose Widened Wings

Canada Goose Widened Wings 20220217 850_4962Canada Goose Widened WingsA Canada Goose flapping their wings near the Providence train station on a snowy Sunday morning.

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Galilee Glow. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/galilee-glow Galilee Glow

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Galilee Glow 20220212 850_4862Galilee GlowThe glow of the setting sun over Jerusalem as seen from Galilee

Sunset Over Jerusalem Shoreline

Sunset Over Jerusalem Shoreline 20220212 850_4866Sunset Over Jerusalem ShorelineThe glow of the setting sun over Jerusalem as seen from Galilee

As a photographic genre, sunsets are not a subject that I particularly seek out. But, if I am out with a camera at sunset, I do not reject the opportunity either. I enjoy the beauty of serendipity, too.

I have sometimes struggled with the fascination with sunsets. They are always beautiful. They offer a great deal of visual variety. They have universal appeal.

My philosophical sense tends to focus on the universal appeal of sunset (or sundown). It is something that we seem to interpret as a personal occurrence. Yet, except for a small part of the planet at certain times of the year, it is something we all understand.

My conclusion is that we appreciate the sunsets for reasons of experience. Sunsets are a way to encounter personal experiences of beauty together as a race of humans. We should seek out and share more sunsets whether they are our genre or not. The beauty of sunsets encourages harmony amongst humanity.

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Look! Up in the Sky! Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl. https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/look-up-in-the-sky Look Up In The Sky

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V Look Up In The Sky 20220213 850_4975Look Up In The SkyA snowy Sunday morning at Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island. The "Superman" building is in view.

Providence Buildings Among Snowy Trees

V Providence Buildings Among Snowy Trees 20220213 850_4969Providence Buildings Among Snowy TreesA snowy Sunday morning at Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island. The "Superman" building is in view.

The Industrial National Bank Building. The Fleet Bank Tower. The Bank of America Building. 111 Westminster Street. The "Superman" Building. One might ask, "What's in a name?"

Despite the many names of a single building that has been a Providence, Rhode Island icon. There may not be a Rhode Islander around that does not remember a time when this building did not exist.

Walking in Providence on a snowy morning. Trees covered in snow in Kennedy Plaza. This one building looks so much like the fictional "Daily Planet" building. One might look through the falling snow and shout, "Look! Up in the sky!"

Looking From Below

Looking From Below 20220213 850_4977Looking From BelowA snowy Sunday morning at Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island. The "Superman" building is in view.

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Winter Snow At The Rhode Island State House. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/winter-snow-at-the-rhode-island-state-house Winter Snow At The Rhode Island State House 

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Winter Snow At The Rhode Island State House 20220213 850_4884Winter Snow At The Rhode Island State House Snow at the Rhode Island State House early on a Sunday in winter.

Early Sunday morning walking toward the Rhode Island State House. It is quiet and snowing. The quiet moment allows the observation of this magnificent work of McKim, Mead & White. The large unsupported domed building of Georgian marble evokes a snowy storybook quality.

The snow quiets the mind and the thoughts. The gentle falling of snowflakes makes any loud polemics a mere whisper. The trees hold back any of these thoughts in their frozen branches as if to say, "That is for another day. Appreciate what you see before you now."

This is a wonderful moment. Quiet. Peaceful. Snow covered. Without thought of politic. This is a moment to contemplate and hope for peacefulness.

State House In Whispering Snow

State House In Whispering Snow 20220213 850_4888State House In Whispering SnowSnow at the Rhode Island State House early on a Sunday in winter.

Rhode Island State House Storybook View

Rhode Island State House Storybook View 20220213 850_4886Rhode Island State House Storybook ViewSnow at the Rhode Island State House early on a Sunday in winter.

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Providence Train Station Dome Skylight Glow. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/providence-train-station-dome-skylight-glow Providence Train Station Dome Skylight Glow

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Providence Train Station Dome Skylight Glow 20210213 850_4984Providence Train Station Dome Skylight GlowThe glow of the skylight at the top of the dome of the Amtrak station in Providence, Rhode Island as it is snowing outside.

Walking around the city on a snowy Sunday, a little temporary shelter is necessary. The train station is the perfect space to warm for a moment and continue on.

The City of Providence has an interesting train station across from the statehouse. Inside, above the slate floors is a minimalist dome. At the crown of the dome is a skylight. In the subdued light of the snow and clouds above, it creates a warm minimalist glow befitting the day.

 

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When Is The Time To Visit The Beach? Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl. https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/long-stretch-of-wave Long Stretch of Wave Curling

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Long Stretch of Wave Curling 20211226 850_3646Long Stretch of Wave CurlingBright sun and white foam at Scarbough Beach South

Is it a good time to go to the beach? The answer is yes. It does not matter if the sun is shining or if it is stormy, the answer is yes. There is actual science referencing in this Web MD article: Mental Health Benefits of the Beach.

This day photographed was a sunny if cool day. The waves were long but gentle. They curled and came to shore in a gentle rhythm. The air filled with salt creating a pleasant awakening effect. The sun low and bright, giving diamond-like reflections framed by puffy clouds.

There is only one problem when the beach presents itself in this manner: leaving. One does not want the experience to end because it feels so good.

Long Stretch of Wave Breaking

Long Stretch Of Wave Breaking 20211226 850_3647Long Stretch Of Wave BreakingBright sun and white foam at Scarbough Beach South

Long Stretch of Wave Heading to Shore

Long Stretch Of Wave Heading To Shore 20211226 850_3648Long Stretch Of Wave Heading To ShoreBright sun and white foam at Scarbough Beach South

Long Stretch of Wave Spreading Out

Long Stretch Of Wave Spreading Out 20211226 850_3649Long Stretch Of Wave Spreading OutBright sun and white foam at Scarbough Beach South

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 11 February 2022. Photography By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/waxing-gibbous-moon-11-february-2022 Waxing Gibbous Moon 11 February 2022 

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 11 February 2022 DSCN1337Waxing Gibbous Moon 11 February 2022 11 February 2022 Phase: Waxing Gibbous Illumination: 76% Moon Age: 9.97 days Moon Angle: 0.49 Moon Distance: 405,496.62 km Sun Angle: 0.54 Sun Distance: 147,670,144.11 km

Almanac Data:

11 February 2022
Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 76%
Moon Age: 9.97 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,496.62 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,670,144.11 km

 

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(Made From RI Gallery) Keith R Wahl lunar Made From RI Gallery moon night sky Photography waxing gibbous waxing gibbous moon https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/waxing-gibbous-moon-11-february-2022 Sat, 12 Feb 2022 12:41:42 GMT
Storm Waves Upon Sands. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/storm-waves-upon-sands Storm Waves Upon Sands

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Storm Waves Upon Sands 2022017 850_4531Storm Waves Upon SandsThe storm clouds trail off as the waves blow in on Rhode Island's East Matunuck State Beach.

What does an old salt when not on a vessel of some sort do in a storm? The answer is simple; go to the beach. We need places to observe the winds, the currents, the waves, and the clouds. We need places to read and speculate about the weather. We need to observe so that we are able to assemble our predictions.

Beyond the thinking about and prognostication there is something more. There is the observation of and respect for the beauty in the raw power present. We need to hear the wind howl and the waves roar.

And then, when we are past the power of the storm, we understand the beauty of what we see. The patterns in the movement of the clouds. The designs of the waves on the sand. In some cases, the designs become permanents as the sands erode in places and pile up in others.

This is the life of people who live by the great waters and appreciate the wonders of the deep.

Storm Waves On The Beach

Storm Waves On The Beach 20220117 850_4532Storm Waves On The BeachThe storm clouds trail off as the waves blow in on Rhode Island's East Matunuck State Beach.

Storm Waves Mark The Beach

Storm Waves Mark The Beach 20220117 850_4533Storm Waves Mark The BeachThe storm clouds trail off as the waves blow in on Rhode Island's East Matunuck State Beach.

Storm Waves Lay Upon Sands

Storm Waves Lay Upon Sands 20220117 850_4534Storm Waves Lay Upon SandsThe storm clouds trail off as the waves blow in on Rhode Island's East Matunuck State Beach.

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Stories In Sunlit Stones. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/stories-in-sunlit-stones Moonstone In Sunlit Stones

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Moonstone In Sunlit Stones 20211002 850_1814Moonstone In Sunlit StonesA large moonstone among other stones and smaller moonstones on the beach in the late day October sun.

The moonstones of Rhode Island do not come from the Moon (at least not to my knowledge). The come from the ocean. They tumble and roll and become smooth. Once processed in the waves, they find their way to Moonstone Beach.

The stones of Moonstone Beach are a comfort in all seasons. In the summer, their association with the ocean gives them a cool calm. In other seasons, they take on the colors of the sunlight and give us warmth. Their shapes always convey calm at all times.

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 9 February 2022. Photography By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/waxing-gibbous-moon-9-february-2022 Waxing Gibbous Moon 9 February 2022

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 9 February 2022 DSCN1332Waxing Gibbous Moon 9 February 2022Phase: Waxing Gibbous Illumination: 59% Moon Age: 8.20 days Moon Angle: 0.49 Moon Distance: 403,778.01 km Sun Angle: 0.54 Sun Distance: 147,615,806.77 km

9 February 2022

Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 59%
Moon Age: 8.20 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 403,778.01 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,615,806.77 km

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Stormy Skies Over Galilee. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/stormy-skies-over-galilee Stormy Skies Over Galilee

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Stormy Skies Over Galilee 20220117 850_4557Stormy Skies Over GalileeLow ceilings and stormy skies where boats are normally traveling. Just not this day. The storm shows itself on the breakwall of the harbor of refuge.

There are days where the entry to the Port of Galilee is teeming with boats. This is not one of those days. The waves are slamming against the breakwalls of the Harbor Of Refuge. The winds are blowing. The ceiling of cloud cover is low.

No, today, the boats are in port. They are at the piers. The dock lines doubled up in this storm. This is a day to wait out the storm.

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Fishing In The Current At Conimicut. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/fishing-in-the-current-at-conimicut Fishing In The Current At Conimicut 

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Fishing In The Current At Conimicut 20210914 850_0372Fishing In The Current At Conimicut The current runs strong over the sand at Conimicut Point as people fish and kayak.

One of the great characteristics of Rhode Island beaches is that each one is unique. With over four hundred miles of shoreline, there is a lot of room for distinct attributes.

What we need to understand is that each is Rhode Island beach is unique. If one tries to impose a character on any particular beach, disappointment can occur. Each beach needs appreciation for what it is.

The beach at Conimicut Point in Warwick is an example of this distinctness principle. It possesses a character of beauty mixed with subtle danger. Subtle is the word to use as the current rips along the sands as is evident in these photos. As the current increases, the sands will shift from under one's feet. There is an art to angling in this particular area.

This current along the sands and shells is the character of this one spot at Conimicut. And there are so many beach characteristics to explore in Rhode Island.

Fishing In The Running Current

Fishing In The Running Current 20210914 850_0373Fishing In The Running CurrentThe current runs strong over the sand at Conimicut Point as people fish and kayak.

Fishing At Conimicut Point

Fishing At Conimicut Point 20210914 850_0374Fishing At Conimicut PointThe current runs strong over the sand at Conimicut Point as people fish and kayak.

Conimicut Point Beach Activity

Conimicut Point Beach Activity 20210914 850_0375Conimicut Point Beach ActivityThe current runs strong over the sand at Conimicut Point as people fish and kayak.

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Old Dockage At Kettlepond. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl. https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/old-dockage-at-kettlepond Old Dockage At Kettlepond

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Old Dockage At Kettlepond 20210605 850_3406Old Dockage At KettlepondAt the remains of the old pier at Kettlepond in East Providence, Rhode Island on a sunny morning

The ship approaches, looming over the pier as the tugs bring it alongside. Voices call off the distance, first in yards and then in feet. The heaving line and messenger for the springline come across. As the ships pull alongside, it comes to rest on the dolphins. They move, they creak in one voice, and they hold.

The years have passed since the big ships came to this dockage. Yet the remains testify to what happened here. The voices still call out the distance. The mighty engines still "thrum". And the timbers still hold the stories of the ships that landed here.

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Lifering At A Foggy Pier. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/lifering-at-a-foggy-pier Lifering At A Foggy Pier

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Lifering At A Foggy Pier 20220101 850_4432Lifering At A Foggy PierA lifering ready at a foggy pier

We are seeing more of these liferings along the shoreline and waterfront. It is a good thing. One might say it is prudent. On this foggy day, the safety orange color and conspicuity tape is necessary.

This is all a case of, "It is better to be safe than sorry".

 

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Fish Running To Shadows. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/fish-running-to-shadows Fish Running To Shadows 

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Fish Running To Shadows 20210911 850_0082Fish Running To Shadows Fish running from sunlight under a dock and its shadows in East Greenwich Cove, Rhode Island

We all have someplace to go. Sometimes there is something pointing the way.

In this case, it is a whole school of mummies (mummichogs) that are running from bright sunlight. The destination is the shadows under a dock on the waterfront in East Greenwich Cove. It's good to have goals in life and know where one is going. 

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Beauty Of A Ferry In Motion. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/beauty-of-a-ferry-in-motion Carol Jean Working Through Swells

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Carol Jean Working Through Swells 20210612 850_4350Carol Jean Working Through SwellsThe M/V Carol Jean working through the swells between Galilee and Block Island, Rhode Island

Carol Jean Opening Waves

Carol Jean Opening Waves 20210612 850_4351Carol Jean Opening WavesThe M/V Carol Jean working through the swells between Galilee and Block Island, Rhode Island

When plying the sound, not every day is sunny. The waters are rarely flat calm. But ferries run nonetheless. These are the lifelines to the island and they must make the run.

Running between Galilee and Block Island in less than perfect seas, a dance of grace occurs. The ferry is carrying a load of cargo, trucks and passengers. and as it meets the swells, it performs as designed. The bow opens the waves and does not bury. The stern does not root. Instead, the boy gracefully and buoyantly rises. And the waves pass under the keel and garboards and past the stern counter. There is a displaced wake and the process starts again. Such a joy to see.

Carol Jean Bow Wave Action

Carol Jean Bow Wave Action 20210612 850_4352Carol Jean Bow Wave ActionThe M/V Carol Jean working through the swells between Galilee and Block Island, Rhode Island

Carol Jean Making Progress

Carol Jean Making Progress 20210612 850_4353Carol Jean Making ProgressThe M/V Carol Jean working through the swells between Galilee and Block Island, Rhode Island

Carol Jean Under Clouds

Carol Jean Under Clouds 20210612 850_4354Carol Jean Under CloudsThe M/V Carol Jean working through the swells between Galilee and Block Island, Rhode Island

Carol Jean's Rocky Ride

Carol Jean's Rocky Ride 20210612 850_4355Carol Jean's Rocky RideThe M/V Carol Jean working through the swells between Galilee and Block Island, Rhode Island

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Island Serene, Island Calm. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/island-serene Island Serene 

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Island Serene 20210612 850_4158Island Serene The calmness and serenity of Block Island life

One of the things that I (and others) love about photographs is that they allow us to visit other times and places. Others ask why someone might wish to do such a thing?

My answer to visiting is the memory it brings. The place that it will put us in. In the cases here, it is a view from Spring Street on Block Island, Rhode Island. Walking along the road on a late spring day. The view to the north of the bluffs shows some clouds churning.

On this Block Island day, the sun is shining in the not too warm air. The senses fill with warm smells of honeysuckle mixed with the salt air. The whole scene is a relaxing and deep, satisfying sigh. Sometimes, that is the feeling that we need to wrap ourselves in.

Island Calm

Island Calm 20210612 850_4157Island CalmThe calmness and serenity of Block Island life

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Carol Jean In The Race. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/carol-jean-in-the-race Carol Jean In The Race

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Carol Jean In The Race 20210612 850_4356Carol Jean In The RaceThe M/V Carol Jean working through the swells between Galilee and Block Island, Rhode Island

Is the M/V Carol Jean actually racing the sailboat in the distance? Well, no. But in a sense, yes.

There is more to operating a ferry than going from one point on the mainland to a dock on an island. There is some seamanship and ship handling that works into the skipper's job as well.

When there is non-commercial traffic in the area, the skipper also needs to rely on other skills. One of those skills is sailing. Is the sailing vessel running off the wind or beating to windward? How does the sailboat handle and will it need to jibe or come about onto another tack? Does the sailboat operator know how to handle the vessel? Are there "smiles" (wrinkles) in the jib or are all sails in proper trim?

These assessments of the sailing of the vessel are critical to the operation of the ferry. It tells if the sailboat will try to cross the bow of the ferry or fall astern. And usually, the ferry skipper will assess if a maneuver will feed the sailboat "bad" or "dirty" air. This would impede the sailboat's progress, which would not benefit anyone.

So, while the Carol Jean is not in a race with the sailboat in the photo, a knowledge of sailing benefits everyone.

Carol Jean Winning The Race

Carol Jean Winning The Race 20210612 850_4357Carol Jean Winning The RaceThe M/V Carol Jean working through the swells between Galilee and Block Island, Rhode Island

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Blow The Man Down. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/blow-the-man-down Blow The Man Down 

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Blow The Man Down 20220130 850_4716Blow The Man Down Watching wind patterns in the snow as we look across Point Judith Pond from Great Island

There is an ancient sea shanty, "Blow The Man Down". I still hear the humming of the tune coming from an old mentor's lips. He had sailed on schooners.

The phrase "blow the man down" refers to a common mishap at sea during the age of sail. A strong, sudden, gale would catch a ship with its full topsails set. The force of the wind would "blow the man down", heel the vessel down, straight to the gunwales (depending on cargo and ballast).

Over the previous weekend of this photo, there was a blizzard with gale-force winds. The snow drifted over the terrain of places like Great Island and across Point Judith Pond. The snow is not even and shows the path of the winds as they came out of the northeast. And most of the island heeled straight down to the gunwales.

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(Made From RI Gallery) great island Keith R Wahl landscape Made From RI Gallery narragansett Photography point judith pond rhode island seascape snow storytelling wind https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/2/blow-the-man-down Tue, 01 Feb 2022 20:23:03 GMT
Great Island In Snow. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/great-island-in-snow Great Island In Snow

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Great Island In Snow 20220130 850_4709Great Island In SnowWinter island life at the right of way. Great Island, Rhode Island

Islands have always been a part of my life. Running on ferries to islands. Crossing bridges to islands. Crossing my fingers across causeways to islands. It has been a privilege to observe island characters in a vast variety of types.

In all the time on islands, there are none hardier than the winter islander. There are those who have caretakers or property management companies. There are those who make the occasional winter visit to see if everything is okay. There are those who will spend a weekend or so per month in the winter. But the hardy ones are the ones who stay; these are true islanders.

It's the hardy winter island types that are the ones to observe. They commit to their community. At the same time, you will see that they keep to themselves. But if you ever need someone to help someone out of a jam, this is the person who is first in line. Moreover, their wisdom is worth absolute gold.

Mooring Area In Snow

Mooring Area In Snow 20220130 850_4712Mooring Area In SnowWinter island life at the right of way. Great Island, Rhode Island

Edge Of Point Judith Pond In Snow

Edge Of Point Judith Pond In Snow 20220130 850_4711Edge Of Point Judith Pond In SnowWinter island life at the right of way. Great Island, Rhode Island

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Tree In Snow With Falling Shadows. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/tree-in-snow-with-falling-shadows Tree In Snow With Falling Shadows

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Copy Tree In Snow With Falling Shadows 20220130 850_4704Tree In Snow With Falling ShadowsA tree with falling shadows in undisturbed snow on Great Island

There is a thrill in seeing a blanket of freshly fallen snow in the first Sun after a storm. The smoothed ground with complex shadows falling from bare trees is exquisite.

Then through a path is a glimpse of another tree. It's a little beyond the ground cover poking up through the quilt of snow.

These are the first sights after shoveling one hundred feet of driveway. The view is sublime in its simplicity.

The Snowed And Shadowed Path 

The Snowed And Shadowed Path 20220130 850_4703The Snowed And Shadowed Path Through the path, over the snow, and under the shadows to the trees. On Great Island.

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Ragdoll From On High. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl. https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/ragdoll-from-on-high Ragdoll From On High

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Ragdoll From On High 20220130 850_4730Ragdoll From On HighWhen the Ragdoll looks down at one from the loft

Here we see a Ragdoll cat in winter. The Ragdoll cat in winter is not much different than a Ragdoll cat in summer. They take their perch in a loft and look down upon the rest of us from on high.

Do they judge? Of course, they do. Cats do that. They judge. They assess. It is part of the quality of curiosity.

But while Ragdolls judge us, they are the most gentle of cats. And if they judge us favorably, it means that there is a snuggle in the future. And this is where the Ragdoll cat in winter differs from the Ragdoll cat in summer; the snuggles mean warmth. The warmth is especially necessary after shoveling snow. 

A Ragdoll In Judgement

A Rggdoll In Judgement 20220130 850_4731A Ragdoll In JudgementA Ragdoll In Judgement

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Pink Sunlight At The Rocks. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/pink-sunlight-at-the-rocks Pink Sunlight At The Rocks

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Pink Sunlight At The Rocks 20211226 850_3670Pink Sunlight At The RockIn the depths of winter, the late afternoon sun projects warmth. . The gulls land on the rocks at the southern reaches of Scarborough State Beach.

The mid-afternoon winter sun still asserts its warmth upon the beach. The clouds show the warm colors of the sun. The rocks absorb the warmth of the sun's energy.

The gulls know this. Nobody told them. They did not make a study of how warm the rocks are. No, they felt the warmth of the rocks. They observed others landing on the rocks of Scarborough State Beach and landed. This was the most comfortable spot around by far.

This is what is special about the Rhode Island shore. It provides visual and physical comfort. And sometimes, this is where we need to gather to enjoy this comfort together. 

Pink Sunlight At The Rocks Landing Commitment

Pink Sunlight At The Rocks Landing Commitment 20211226 850_3672Pink Sunlight At The Rocks Landing CommitmentIn the depths of winter, the late afternoon sun projects warmth. . The gulls land on the rocks at the southern reaches Scarborough State Beach.

Pink Sunlight At The Rocks Flight Approach

Pink Sunlight At The Rocks Flight Approach 20211226 850_3671Pink Sunlight At The Rocks Flight ApproachIn the depths of winter, the late afternoon sun projects warmth. . The gulls land on the rocks at the southern reaches Scarborough State Beach.

Pink Sunlight At The Rocks Landing Accomplishment

Pink Sunlight At The Rocks Landing Accomplishment 20211226 850_3673Pink Sunlight At The Rocks Landing AccomplishmentPink Sunlight At The Rocks Landing Accomplishment

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Rare Southeast Winds. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/rare-southeast-winds Rare Southeast Winds

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Rare Southeast Winds 2022017 850_4511Rare Southeast WindsA stormy winter day at East Matunuck State Beach, the winds out of the southeast pushing waves in on the tide.

Why do we talk about the weather so much? Because it is such a big part of our lives. This is especially true by the shore.

On the shore of Rhode Island, I grew up with a father who worked tugs, was a marine surveyor, and was a bay captain and pilot. The state of the weather was a way of life. The state of the weather and if it would cause damage or be an annoyance were "dinner table" lessons. They were a part of life.

In all eventuality, I took over many of the roles of my late father in the course of my lifetime. I still look at the weather daily. They are a part of life whether sunny and calm or rough with precipitation. I plot the moon, wind, and the tides out of habit now. In fact, they have become old, reliable, friends.

On the day displayed, my old friends of wind and tide threw me a curve. Seeing the wind pipe up out of the southeast on a tide is not usual. It is not unheard of, but it is unusual. The amount of spray thrown in the air off the wave crests created a cold salt fog. Coming in on the tide pushed the surf further ashore. I chastised my old friends, but they did not seem to acknowledge the admonishment.

Rare Southeast Rollers

Rare Southeast Rollers 20220117 850_4512Rare Southeast RollersA stormy winter day at East Matunuck State Beach, the winds out of the southeast pushing waves in on the tide.

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Bee In the Rosa Rugosa. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/bee-in-the-rosa-rugosa Bee In The Rosa Rugosa

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Bee In The Rosa Rugosa 20211011 850_2145Bee In The Rosa RugosaThe bee in the rosa rugosa by the side of the road

In ancient France, there was a symbol that predated the fleur-de-lys of the Bourbons. That is the bee. It is a symbol that traces back to Childeric I (440-482) of the Frankish Western Roman Empire. Childeric's bees were on his signet ring and more than 300 gold and garnet cloisonné bees were in his tomb. Childeric's bees were documented by J.J. Chifflet in 1665. The belief is that Childeric's bees were symbols of immortality and regeneration.

Today we see the bee as industrious. A buzzing symbol of hard work, diligence, and orderliness. And we also see the attributions of virtue and sweetness from its honey production.

In this photo, we see the modern-day hard-working attributions of the bee. Even at the beach, in heart of the beach rose by the ocean in Rhode Island, the diligence of harvesting pollen occurs. This is why we stop and admire the bee and understand that it has earned its ancient royal heritage.

 

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Last Quarter Moon 26 January 2022. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/last-quarter-moon-26-january-2022-photography-and-text-by-keith-r-wahl Last Quarter Moon 26 January 2022

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Last Quarter Moon 26 January 2022 DSCN1326Last Quarter Moon 26 January 2022Phase: Last Quarter Illumination: 51% Moon Age: 22.07 days Moon Angle: 0.54 Moon Distance: 369,319.03 km Sun Angle: 0.54 Sun Distance: 147,288,796.13 km

Early in the morning at about 0500 EST, the moon is still in the sky. In fact, it is almost halfway through its transit of the sky and moonset will be late in the morning, close to noon. The sky at this hour is clear and the sun has yet to rise.

The last quarter of the lunar cycle comes about a week after the full moon. At this point, the surface of the moon is half-lit. It is also called the third-quarter moon.

Almanac Data for 26 January 2022:

Phase: Last Quarter 
Illumination: 51%
Moon Age: 22.07 days 
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 369,319.03 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,288,796.13 km

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Bringing Fishing To All. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/bringing-fishing-to-all Gail Francis With A Bow Wave

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Gail Francis With A Bow Wave 20210612 850_4480Gail Francis With A Bow WaveThe M/V Gail Francis on approach to the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge after a day of fishing in 4 to 6-foot swells

Gail Francis Pushing For Home

Gail Francis Pushing For Home 20210612 850_4478Gail Francis Pushing For HomeThe M/V Gail Francis on approach to the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge after a day of fishing in 4 to 6-foot swells

Gail Francis On The Bow

Gail Francis On The Bow 20210612 850_4479Gail Francis On The BowThe M/V Gail Francis on approach to the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge after a day of fishing in 4 to 6-foot swells

Gail Francis Heading Home

Gail Francis Heading Home 20210612 850_4477Gail Francis Heading HomeThe M/V Gail Francis on approach to Galilee after a day of fishing in 4 to 6-foot swells

One day as a young man, I was performing my tasks as a Marine Surveyor in Somerset, Massachusetts. The task of the day was stability testing on a new Head Boat that was undergoing sea trials.

Pret Gladding, who owned the yard involved, turned to me after the Coast Guard inspection officers departed. He smiled as we chatted and started talking about his appreciation for these boats. "These are the boats that bring people to the water." I had never considered the role of these boats until that point. I was always on my own boats when I fished.

As I have considered his words over the years, I have determined that the late Mr. Gladding was correct. As one sits on the pier in Galilee, Hyannis, Provincetown, Plymouth, and a host of other ports, we see people coming together. Friends, coworkers, and family members, all come together on the water to find fish. And beyond the fish, the inevitable yarns of adventures and fish stories that are composed... together.

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As The Tug And Barge Pass. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/as-the-tug-and-barge-pass As The Tug And Barge Pass

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As The Tug And Barge Pass 20210612 850_4473As The Tug And Barge PassThe F/V Susan Rose on Block Island Sound from the port quarter as a tug and barge pass in the distance.

As The Tug And Barge Pass Fine On The Bow

As The Tug And Barge Pass Fine On The Bow 20210612 850_4474As The Tug And Barge Pass Fine On The BowThe F/V Susan Rose on Block Island Sound from the port quarter as a tug and barge pass in the distance.

As The Tug And Barge Pass Moving To Starboard

As The Tug And Barge Pass Moving To Starboard 20210612 850_4475As The Tug And Barge Pass Moving To StarboardThe F/V Susan Rose on Block Island Sound from the port quarter as a tug and barge pass in the distance.

As The Tug And Barge Pass To Starboard

As The Tug And Barge Pass To Starboard 20210612 850_4476As The Tug And Barge Pass To StarboardThe F/V Susan Rose on Block Island Sound from the port quarter as a tug and barge pass in the distance.

Easing the wheel to port, the beam sea subsides and the rolling of the vessel with it. Heading into the rhythm of the rolling swells now, the ride is easier and drier.

It is time to push the throttles up a bit as they head into the sea. This helps with progressive movement, seakeeping, and maneuvering. But, there is a little bit held back for now.

A call on the radio on all standard ship-to-ship channels announcing vessel movement. "Sécurité! Sécurité! Sécurité! Tug and barge headed west Block Island Sound bound for Long Island Sound!" with vessel name, course, and position. That is a tug and fuel barge, so it is best to give them a little space.

As the tug and barge appear to clear, there is verification against the radar plot. Is the angle between vessels increasing? Confirming that it is, the throttles are pushed forward and down toward the console. There is a bit of vibration in the steel decks under the feet as the big diesels pick up RPMs. The skipper will look toward Block Island off to port and they head to where the fish are offshore.

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Waning Gibbous Moon 24 January 2022. Photography By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/waning-gibbous-moon-24-january-2022 Waning Gibbous Moon 24 January 2022

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Waning Gibbous Moon 24 January 2022 DSCN1316Waning Gibbous Moon 24 January 2022 24 January 2022 (Morning) Phase: Waning Gibbous Illumination: 72% Moon Age: 20.02 days Moon Angle: 0.53 Moon Distance: 377,512.99 km Sun Angle: 0.54 Sun Distance: 147,256,687.72 km

Almanac Data:

24 January 2022 (Morning)
Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 72%
Moon Age: 20.02 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 377,512.99 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,256,687.72 km

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.”  – Galileo Galilei
 

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F/V Susan Rose Underway. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/fv-susan-rose-underway F/V Susan Rose Underway

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F/V Susan Rose Underway  20210612 850_4469F/V Susan Rose UnderwayThe F/V Susan Rose underway on Block Island Sound on a cloudy day in moderate seas.

Going offshore in a fishing boat while often beautiful, is rarely glamorous. Even in moderate seas, one sees the waves running alongside the vessel in the beam sea. The "birds" are in the air lending to stabilization. The waves will challenge the freeboard of the vessel as they ride against the bulwarks. With the decks awash, the water drains out of the scuppers making for problematic footing.

In the end, there are days that a bright and cloudy. But even when heading on a westerly course, there is no sunset to ride into.

F/V Susan Rose Birds In The Air

FV Susan Rose Birds In The Air 20210612 850_4470F/V Susan Rose Birds In The AirThe F/V Susan Rose underway on Block Island Sound on a cloudy day in moderate seas.

F/V Susan Rose Water Draining From Scuppers

FV Susan Rose Water Draining From Scuppers 20210612 850_4471F/V Susan Rose Water Draining From ScuppersThe F/V Susan Rose underway on Block Island Sound on a cloudy day in moderate seas. Water is draining from the scuppers from a rolling wave.

F/V Susan Rose With No Sunset To Head Into
FV Susan Rose With No Sunset To Head Into 20210612 850_4472FV Susan Rose With No Sunset To Head IntoThe F/V Susan Rose underway on Block Island Sound on a cloudy day in moderate seas. If there were a sunset on this day, it would be here to head into.

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Gulls In The Air At Point Judith. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/gulls-in-the-air-at-point-judith Gulls In The Air At Point Judith 

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Gulls In The Air At Point Judith 2022017 850_4650Gulls In The Air At Point Judith A storm comes in from the southeast and swings to the southwest, beating up the water and the air at Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The gulls hang in the wind.

Have you ever been to the shore and watched the gulls on a windy day? Not a windy day as in a breezing up. No, a windy day as in there is a steady wind and gust that are at or near gale force. A gale is a wind blowing at about 26 Knots or 31 MPH and above.

Gulls will still fly in these gusts, but it is almost as if they are at play. They will take off, angle to the wind, and then hover. They seem to take a comfortable place in the status quo while floating aloft. If one didn't know better (and we may not), one would say that they are having fun.

Point Judith Lighthouse blinks out its pattern of 5 seconds on, 2 seconds off, 2 seconds on, 2 seconds off, 2 seconds on again, and 2 seconds off before starting afresh. Vessels about sixteen miles offshore see this warning. The fog signal sounds in reduced visibility every 15 seconds. But the gulls play on as the vessels sight and take bearings on the point. In a way, one becomes envious of the attitude of the gulls enjoying the weather as all others batten down. 

Point Judith Gulls In The Storm

Point Judith Gulls In The Storm 20220117 850_4638Point Judith Gulls In The StormA storm comes in from the southeast and swings to the southwest, beating up the water and the air at Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The gulls hang in the wind.

Gulls On The Wing At Point Judith

Gulls On The Wing At Point Judith 20220117 850_4640Gulls On The Wing At Point JudithA storm comes in from the southeast and swings to the southwest, beating up the water and the air at Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The gulls hang in the wind.

Beyond The Rocks At Point Judith

Beyond The Rocks At Point Judith 20220117 850_4637Beyond The Rocks At Point JudithA storm comes in from the southeast and swings to the southwest, beating up the water and the air at Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The gulls hang in the wind.

 

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The Fleet Rests In The Fog. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/the-fleet-rests-in-the-fog The Fleet Rests In The Fog 

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The Fleet Rests In The Fog 20220101 850_4396The Fleet Rests In The Fog The fog settles and the water stills as the fishing fleet rests in the Port of Galilee

I am aware of the disconcerting elements of navigation in fog. I have experienced these and have spoken of them often.

But here in port, I so appreciate its peace. When the risk is not involved, we can appreciate its stealthy creeping as if a living creature. We can appreciate its settling and the peace it gives.

At this moment, the boat rest. The frenzy of activity ceases. The fog highlights the graceful lines of the boats as they rest. The scene is serene.

 

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Royal Harvest. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/royal-harvest Royal Harvest

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Royal Harvest 20210911 850_0042Royal HarvestLife occurs in the harvest of pollen

On a winter day, I sat down for a hot spot of tea with some biscuits. I prefer to sweeten my tea with a bit of honey. My preferred honey is as local as possible.

The whole matter brought me back to see a small insect harvesting pollen. I happened up the scene as I was walking through Scalloptown Park in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. It was that time when it was not quite summering any longer, but it was not yet autumn either.

Now, in the winter, I warm myself with my tea with honey. I must reflect on this moment and wonder if I recorded a contribution to this refreshing repast. If this is so, I offer my thanks.

Royal Harvest Progressing

Royal Harvest Progressing 20210911 850_0043Royal Harvest ProgressingLife occurs in the harvest of pollen

Royal Harvest Progress

Royal Harvest Progress 20210911 850_0044Royal Harvest ProgressLife occurs in the harvest of pollen

Royal Harvest Up Close

Royal Harvest Up CloseRoyal Harvest Up CloseLife occurs in the harvest of pollen

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 18 January 2022. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/waxing-gibbous-moon-18-january-2022 Waxing Gibbous Moon 18 January 2022 

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 18 January 2022 DSCN1312Waxing Gibbous Moon 18 January 2022 Phase: Waning Gibbous 18 January 2022 Illumination: 100% Moon Age: 15.23 days Moon Angle: 0.50 Moon Distance: 399,233.96 km Sun Angle: 0.54 Sun Distance: 147,188,986.31 km

When is a Full Moon not a Full Moon? When it is 100% illuminated but starting to wane. This is the case here.

Phase: Waning Gibbous 18 January 2022
Illumination: 100%
Moon Age: 15.23 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 399,233.96 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,188,986.31 km

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Susan Rose Heading Out. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/susan-rose-heading-out Susan Rose Heading Out

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Susan Rose Heading Out 20210612 850_4463Susan Rose Heading OutAn underway fishing vessel heading off into Block Island Sound as a front moves in from the south.

The F/V Susan Rose is heading out as a front moves across Block Island Sound. The water has a deceiving flat view in six-foot swells as the stabilizers are set on the vessel. They will feel the roll nonetheless.

They bound for where the fish are, where the bounty is. They will move through and beyond the front to do their job. They deploy their nets to bring home fish to market.

In a few days' time, they will radio their haul back to shore. The auction house will start playing numbers and setting the market price. Lumpers will prepare to unload.

But the sales will have to wait. First, they need to plot a course around and beyond that front coming in ahead of them.

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Traveling The Night Roadway In Fog. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/traveling-the-night-roadway-in-fog Night Travels Lighted

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Night Travels Lighted 20220101 850_4504Night Travels LightedRoute 1 North at the Wakefield exit on a foggy night.

As night falls and temperatures change, the fog begins to form along the roadway. And the all too familiar sights become less so. Little umbrellas tent the street lights. The cars exiting on the offramp have a different cast to their headlights. A sheen forms on the road. And the lights of other cars speed by in streaks.

 

The scene spurs vintage, nostalgic, memories. Views of photographs in newspapers when these roads were new. And the fog makes them take on the hue of those memories of fresh things that were not yet familiar.

Night Travels Approaching Lights

Night Travels Approaching Lights 20220101 850_4505Night Travels Approaching LightsRoute 1 North at the Wakefield exit on a foggy night.

Night Travels Lighted Exit

Night Travels Lighted Exit 20220101 850_4506Night Travels Lighted ExitRoute 1 North at the Wakefield exit on a foggy night.

Night Travels Exited

Night Travels Exited 20220101 850_4507Night Travels ExitedRoute 1 North at the Wakefield exit on a foggy night.

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(Made From RI Gallery) fog Keith R Wahl Made From RI Gallery Photography Rhode Island south kingstown storytelling Wakefield https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/traveling-the-night-roadway-in-fog Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:58:30 GMT
Flowering Royalty. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/flowering-royalty Flowering Royalty

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Flowering Royalty 20210911 850_0053Flowering Royalty Highlights of purple

Flowering Royal

Flowering Royal 20210911 850_0057Flowering RoyalFlowering in purple

On our Rhode Island waterfronts, some sage town elders have chosen to create parks. Places to walk and appreciate life in the area. These are lifestyle venues; places to balance our lives and remind us about what life is all about.

These parks are appropriate when life becomes busy. They are reminders of what is important. We spend so much of our lives worrying about matters that might not be in our control. And then we go back to nature.

And as we run across the color of royalty, purple. Purple wildflowers. Then it all comes into focus. "Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these" (Luke 12:27 NIV). And our worries wash away and our thoughts are back in balance.

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Fog Is The Character Of The Waterfront. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/fog-is-the-character-of-the-waterfront Bound Spiles And Fog Diffused Lights 

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Bound Spiles And Fog Diffused Lights 20220101 850_4444Bound Spiles And Fog Diffused Lights Bound spiles and boats in view as evening falls and diffused lights shine through the fog.

The spirit of the waterfront is not always sunshine. The sun is welcome when it appears, but those who work the waterfront and fish prepare for something else. They prepare for wind, fog, rain, and cloudiness.

This is why classic marine artists became "classic". They did not focus on the days that were bright with sunshine but welcomed those days when they appeared. They understood that the waterfront and marine environment were an amalgam of conditions. Sometimes, the brightness of the sun and the settling dark appear in the fog.

Moreover, the combinations of weather conditions are the conditions of the waterfront. This is what people work in. These are reality. And the idea that people on the waterfront overcome these conditions say so much about them. When I photograph in fog, it is an homage to the character of these people.

Lobster Boats And Foggy Shadows

Lobster Boats And Foggy Shadows 20220101 850_4434Lobster Boats And Foggy ShadowsLobster Boats And Foggy Shadows

Classic Dark Green Hulls In Fog

Classic Dark Green Hulls In Fog 20220101 850_4437Classic Dark Green Hulls In FogA wooden fishing boat alongside a lobster boat with a haunting shadowy backdrop of fog.

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Footprints In New Snow. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/footprints-in-new-snow Footprints In New Snow

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FootprintsInNewSnow_20210208_850_6360Footprints In New SnowFootprints in new snow at Tuckertown Fishing Area, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Snowy Wood

SnowyWood_20210208_850_6404Snowy WoodsBright and vibrant fresh snow on a new day at the entrance of the woods in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Snow Trail

SnowTrail_20210208_850_6407Snow TrailBright and vibrant fresh snow on a new day at the entrance of the woods in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

When the snow comes, as we know it will and does, take some time to enjoy the white purity. Take the time to blaze a new path. Take the time to drink in the beauty.

The snow will be here regardless. Take the time to enjoy it. Take time to record a view in your mind of something so clean that it is almost unimaginable. It's a time to appreciate something different and even play.

Think. This is a place and moment where the world gives pause to think. The blanket of white silence lets the world stop and think for a moment. A clean slate to contemplate upon.

Appreciate the snowy moment in the woods. It will be gone all too soon and we will need to jump into the fray again. The world seldom gives us a pause, so take advantage of it when it does.

 

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Lobster Boats Great And Small. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/lobster-boats-great-and-small Lobster Boats Great And Small 

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Lobster Boats Great And Small 20220101 850_4458Lobster Boats Great And Small All lobster boats great and small on a Galilee evening

There are many varieties of lobster boats. In the current day, we often see the larger offshore lobster boats. Then we see the smaller inshore style boat; the boats that stay closer to the coast (often family boats). But the boat that I respect the most is the small lobster skiff.

There is not any particular design of the lobster skiff. While we do see the "Pea Pod" up in Maine, most lobster skiffs are bare hulls with minimal equipment to do the job. Sometimes we will see a davit for hauling traps, but many operators haul by calloused hand.

And there is no real career stage to these smaller lobster skiffs. There are those who are starting out with a few traps. There are those with other jobs who want to keep their hand in the business. In Newport, RI, there are some of retirement age who cannot stop lobstering in these boats; it's in their blood.

Farmers always seem to have a plot of land to work, no matter their state. They need something to keep them in touch with the land. Those who fish the lobster trade always have a boat of some kind; they need to remain faithful to their roots.

We do love them all, lobster boats great and small. 

Foggy Working Port

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Lobster Boats And Foggy Shadows

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Blue At The Pier In Fog

Blue At The Pier In Fog 20220101 850_4375Blue At The Pier In FogBow view of a lobster boat tied up at the pier in fog at the Port of Galilee  

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Foggy View Of A Pier 20220101 850_4484Foggy View Of A PierA foggy evening view down the pier at the Galilee Boat Ramp

The wonder of an empty pier on a foggy day is the destination of the imagination. The outlook on a foggy day is hazy but is a perfect canvas for painting memories and future desires.

Where will this pier lead? A fishing adventure filled with striped bass? Water skiing? Clamming and quahogging? A kayak adventure? Sailing to places unknown? Skipping across the water while tubing? Finding a little spot for a picnic?

Finding an empty pier on a foggy day is not something to lament. It is something where the mind should fill itself with hope and wonder. Where will it take you?

 

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 11 January 2022. Photography By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/waxing-gibbous-moon-11-january-2022 Waxing Gibbous Moon 11 January 2022

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Waxing GibbousMoon_20220111_DSCN1300Waxing Gibbous Moon 11 January 202211 January 2022 Phase: Waxing Gibbous Illumination: 66% Moon Age: 8.96 days Moon Angle: 0.50 Moon Distance: 400,400.77 km Sun Angle: 0.54 Sun Distance: 147,125,176.58 km

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11 January 2022
Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 66%
Moon Age: 8.96 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 400,400.77 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,125,176.58 km

 

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Wooden Fishing Boats In The Fog. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/wooden-fishing-boats-and-fog Wooden Fishing Boats And Fog

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Wooden Fishing Boats And Fog 20220101 850_4423Wooden Fishing Boats And FogA wooden fishing boat, a dragger, alongside the pier in the Port of Galilee with a backdrop of thick fog

Fishing Paraphernalia

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Looking into the fog is what it is to look "through a glass darkly". Nothing is as clear as it seems. The fog obscures the view into the channel beyond. It also obscures the view of what is right next to us. It is like looking into the future or even the past.

In the present, we stand next to wooden fishing vessels. These are boats thought of as something of the past but are still very present. On the pier are pot warp (the line used to buoy lobster traps) and the traps themselves. The paraphernalia reminds us that while mechanical winches pull the traps, it is a manual task.

 

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Snow Shadow FallSnow Shadow FallShadows falling on fresh snow at the Tuckertown Fishing Area, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Snow is only pristine for a short time. It does not take long before people are treading upon it and children make snowmen. But while it is pristine, it is a clean and uncompromised tableau. In its purity, it provides a perfect canvas to let the trees paint their shadows.

 

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Head Boats Tied Up On A Foggy Day. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/head-boats-tied-up-on-a-foggy-day Head Boats Tied Up On A Foggy Day 

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Head Boats Tied Up On A Foggy Day 20220101 850_4406Head Boats Tied Up On A Foggy Day Head boats tied up on a foggy day in the Port of Galilee

Foggy Evening Over Head Boats

Foggy Evening Over Headboats 20220101 850_4441Foggy Evening Over HeadboatsA foggy evening falls at the headboats of the Port of Galilee

The day is quiet and foggy as evening falls. The boats are as still as the air and the water. Lights come up showing the vessel interiors. There has been no fishing today, which is unusual.

Head boats fill an interesting place between commercial and recreational fishing. The vessels must be US Coast Guard certified as passenger vessels as are their masters and crews. This makes the vessels commercial in nature. The passengers of head boats are recreational fishermen. Equipped with tackle and bait, they ride the vessels to where the fish are.

But right now, the vessels are at rest. Someone is aboard performing maintenance tasks. Commercial vessel upkeep is perpetual; someone is always concerned about vessel condition. The internal light diffuses in the light fog. The dock lines are slack. And with shore power cables deployed, not even generators are running. This leads to absolute quiet at the pier; a rare condition.

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Gulls Standing Fog Watch. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/gulls-standing-fog-watch Gulls Standing Fog Watch

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Gulls Standing Fog Watch 20220101 850_4431Gulls Standing Fog WatchA fishing processing outbuilding on a pier, gulls settled in place, and the subtle view of the current beyond under the haze of the fog

Galilee is a wonderful fishing village here in the heart of Rhode Island's southern coast. A port on Point Judith Pond where we see commercial fishing and fishing contests. And it is the quintessence of the New England fishing venue.

Found in the Port of Galilee is a subtle beauty of a working fishing village. Here we see a simple outbuilding in the fog. Peaceful. Quiet at this non-working moment. The gulls stand watch over the air as we see the ripples from the inbound tidal current sliding by.

Part of the wonder of the New England, Rhode Island, fishing village, is peace. Peace at the end of the hard-working day. Peace after a storm. Peace and quiet in the fog. And as subtle as the flow of the current is the satisfaction and soulful rest in that peace.

Subtleties In The Fog

Subtleties In The Fog 20220101 850_4428Subtleties In The FogA fishing processing outbuilding on a pier, gulls settled in place and the subtle view of the current beyond under the haze of the fog.

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Tied Up Lobster Boat In Foggy Stillness 20220101 850_4366Tied Up Lobster Boat In Foggy StillnessA lobster boat tide up in the fog in the Port of Galilee, Narragansett, Rhode Island

The small, inshore lobster boat has a particular meaning. Some of that meaning is maritime and about the community, but the real meaning is deeper. That meaning is family.

This is the type of boat that we see work by a family. It may be a father and children. It may be brothers. It may be a father working hard to keep his truck paid for and the family fed. Whatever the combination or permutation, this boat represents family.

As an extension of the family, this boat extends into the community. This is the type that is at band concerts at the high school. They cheer on little league teams (and may sponsor them). They help provide food to the community. But chances are, the community is part of the family (by blood or association) too.

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Misty Views In Galilee. Photography and Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/misty-views-in-galilee Misty Views In Galilee

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Misty Views In Galilee 20220101 850_4418Misty Views In GalileeA misty view of the spaces between Galilee and Great Island

Misty View

Misty View 20220101 850_4411Misty ViewNight begins to fall in the Galilee fog

I have an affinity for old wooden boats. There is a greater affinity for boats named "Misty". In our case, it was an old wooden 18' boat built by Sturdee in Tiverton, Rhode Island. We kept the boat at Mr. Frederick's little marina on Warwick Neck. My father obtained it from an old friend, Mr. Hawkins, who sold boats for a living.

"Misty" is such a fitting name for the Rhode Island area. It is a condition that we often face. Sometimes it comes in a form of rain that will soak one as if thrown over the side and into the drink. Other times it comes from the fog. Here we see fog obscuring a view of Great Island.

There is so much to ponder as we see boats settled as these in the fog. The poet Thomas Hood would say that we were standing in silence, listening to silence in the fog. With the water stilled, and the mist and fog about us, it gives the opportunity to reminisce. And with all the boats in port, we have time to think about appropriately named wooden boats.

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Gull With A Foggy Backdrop. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl https://www.madefromrigallery.com/blog/2022/1/gull-with-a-foggy-backdrop Gull With A Foggy Backdrop

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Catching A Gull's Eye

Catching A Gull's Eye 20220101 850_4390Catching A Gull's EyeCatching a gull's eye in the fog

I am glad to say that I have a former Math teacher that re-emphasizes something that I have asserted for years. That is, there are no such things as "seagulls". The distinction comes from the idea that there is such a variety of gulls; that is, many species of gulls.

Recognizing the distinctness of gulls is out of a certain respect. I know that many beachgoers and yachts people see gulls as nuisances. I have even heard of them as "flying rats". While I am an off-hours beachgoer and I have set foot on a yacht or two, I am not a yachter. I am a mariner. This makes a gull a companion.

Gulls can be guides in conditions such as fog. If one sees gulls working, then we know where the fish are. If they are flying on a straight course, then they are pointing to shore.

So seeing a gull on a spile with a foggy backdrop, I nod and pay my respects. I let them eye me and see if they trust me. And as fellow mariners, they often let me take their photos as a professional courtesy.

A Gull's Skeptical Look

A Gull's Skeptical Look 202220101 850_4390AA Gull's Skeptical LookA gull's skeptical look against a foggy backdrop

Foggy Profile On A Spile

Foggy Profile On A Spile 20220101 850_4391Foggy Profile On A SpileA Gull's profile as it sits on a spile in the Galilee fog

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Fogged In At The Port of Galilee 20220101 850_4382Fogged In At The Port of GalileeA foggy day in the Port of Galilee. The boats are as still as the water and lobstering gear hauled up on the pier for maintenance.

Peace. Peacefulness. It's something that we often seek but find elusive. Sometimes, we find in it something that we dread in one circumstance but find comfort in another. Fog is one of these.

At sea, fog is a cause for anxiety. The stress of staring into nothing but looking for something peaks adrenaline response. The constant staring into nothingness looking for shadows and looking at the radar. Shouting to the bow watch to ask if something is amiss or if a marker buoy is sighted. The sound of a horn blasting at regular intervals. It keeps every nerve alert.

In port, wandering among boats in stillness, their gear on the pier, fog can be quite calming. There are dull sounds (such as the engines of vessels underway) but they are comforting. There is little to no wind in fogginess, so the water stills.

And here, as evening begins to fall, we wander in peace along the piers in Galilee.

 

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