Photograph – Little River

Little River

Little River

I was hiking on a short path (the Farley trail) at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm when this vista unfolded. This is the Little River, a short tidal inlet formed from the Merriland River and Branch Brook in Wells Maine. The meander of the river reaches out to the Atlantic Ocean (technically the Gulf of Maine here) and it’s bankful state at high tide nicely relects the clouds that floated by on this summer day. I used bracketed exposures processed with High Dynamic Range (HDR) software to add luminosity to the scene. The reserve is part of the  National Estuarine Research Reserve System, a collaborative program designed to protect these vital natural resources. Also nearby is the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, providing additional views of the extensive salt marshes in this area.
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Stamp Treks – Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

This photograph captures an image of the East Light at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth, just south of Portland, Maine. Established in 1828, the Cape Elizabeth lights provides warning to ships entering Casco Bay. A Coast Guard website provides details on this facility, including a fascinating account of the keeper saving the lives of two crew members of the schooner Australia, wrecked during a storm in the winter of 1885.
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Stamp Treks – Vermont Farm

Vermont Farm

Vermont Farm

This photograph depicts a bucolic scene of the Vermont countryside, evocative of the Vermont Statehood postage stamp. This landscape, enhanced by an artistic filter, was captured near Groton, Vermont, an area of the Connecticut River valley where dairy farms, rolling hills, and distant mountain views predominate.
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Stamp Treks – Slater Mill

Slater Mill

Slater Mill

This photograph captures an image of Slater Mill on the Seekonk River, which was commemorated on the Rhode Island Statehood postage stamp. This mill is one of the oldest factories in the country, completed 1793 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. A National Historic Landmark, the mill was originally used to produce cotton thread, but as that industry moved south, was re-purposed for a variety of industries, including the production of tools, cardboard, and bicycles. Preservation efforts in the 1920’s led to the formation of the Old Slater Mill Association which worked to open the site as an historic museum in the mid-1950’s.
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