This is our boy Cozmo. He is an English bulldog and is quite different from any other dog I have ever owned. He is waiting for my wife to get home and thought he heard her in this image. If you are thinking about a bulldog, they are high maintenance and can get costly in the vet department. Cozmo has hip dysplasia and we thought he would need major surgery but he has so far been active and well enough to avoid that horror. We knew what the risks were when we looked into the breed so I am just giving potential owners a heads up. To us it is all worth it, he is a great companion and member of our family.
I am not sure what has gotten into me lately. I have moved out of my box to the point that I feel like my camera is taking me instead of me taking it! I have made the decision to go along for the ride. I have mixed feelings posting these images and as I write this I am not sure I will go through with it.
I am not a photographer so on occasions like this I go full auto on the camera so I can keep my mind on what is going on around me and think about how to capture it. I went by myself and had only the intention of capturing images of what was happening, I did have some trepidation but I am the sort to “just do it” I have heard a lot about this “movement”, all kinds of mixed messages about its origin and purpose. After going there and speaking with the people in the movement I have more questions than answers...
Here is what happened on my visit
As I approached this was my first shot. It was later that I realized the three on the bench were smoking.
I stepped back and caught the sign at the gate. That made me look up citizen …
: an inhabitant of a city or town; especially: one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman
a: a member of a state b: a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it
: a civilian as distinguished from a specialized servant of the state
This sign was just beyond the gate sign. This is part of the confusion for me … what is the Veterans for Peace organization doing here?
I started to walk the perimeter to get a feel and was greeted by this mess. If you look close the boys are still smoking in the background, no doubt for medicinal purposes because that is legal here in Maine..
The medical tent, it was right up against the mess hall in the next shot.
The mess hall ...stainless sink? They should use it. This is also where you can get the propaganda stencil for your tent.
This friendly person was passing out soup and asked if I would like to partake … I thanked him and declined politely
This is the “Ohm Dome” The Spiritual Healing Center
If you look close to the left of the door behind the drums is another Veterans for Peace sign. Did they fund and build the Ohm Dome?
A sign in the crossroads of the walkways named by the occupants as Intently Awesome Avenue, Boulevard of Dreams and Donation Alley.
This is Randy Santa Cruz the camp cook and head organizer. He saw my conversation with the other gentlemen and joined us. He is very friendly and told me he is an out of work ex-marine from Connecticut on unemployment. He did not directly tell me why he is in Maine. I did point blank ask him where the money is coming from to run his kitchen. His silence was diffused by his fellow ex-marine who pulled out three bucks and handed it to Randy and told me that is how it is being done.
This fellow who's name I got but forgot (sorry} was the one to approach me and asked what I thought. I told him that I did not think much of it. He told me these folks have been put here by the system and that they have no where to go and no hope for employment. I told him I did not think much of their tactics and they already have the tools to get what they want. He asked what I meant and I told him he has his vote. He became very animated and told me the vote counts for nothing and the entire system is rigged and there is no hope for a fair vote and the entire system has to be overtaken to effect change. The conversation then went to Prescott Bush and the conspiracy of his son and grandson becoming presidents. When Randy came over and told us he was an ex-marine this fellow said he was also an ex-marine and they Semper Fi'ed each other … so what are these ex-marines flying Veterans for Peace flags doing? I thanked them both for talking with me and continued
Yeah right Drama Free Zone … the whole thing is a drama show.
Relaxing after some hot soup
At this point I had seen and heard enough to know I was only seeing the tip of the ice burg. What are a group of ex-military folks doing organizing and inciting our homeless, idealist and some unfortunate folks in our parks? Who is feeding these folks 3 squares a day? Who is paying for water, electricity and those outhouses? Will they be allowed to start fires? Who will supply the wood? What will these unwitting easily persuaded minions be used to do? What is the mission? I thought this was just a group of idealist young folks railing against corporations but it is much more than that. There should be police on site and the city should conduct health inspections as well. In these hard times we should not have to afford the expense to police these encampments not to mention the hurt and drain they are putting on local merchants.
These folks have forgotten that they have the ability to aspire in our free country. They have the freedom in this country to do as Bill Gates did and create enormous wealth by building a corporation and profiting from it and then devote their lives to giving it away like Mr. Gates is doing … not to mention a trust that will continue to benefit people as long as it is run properly. Instead the folks in this camp are being fed a steady diet of “you are oppressed” “your vote does not count” “you are a victim” “the one percent have taken what is yours” … no good can come of that.
I may go back when it snows and I will ask more questions.
The once proud Worumbo Mill was a textile factory. It was driven by hydro power from the river. Behind the glass in the first shot lies the contents of the second shot. I went to the mill to get some images for a recent photo challenge "Abandoned" I am always glad when a challenge takes me out of my box. I am getting tired of lighthouses anyway! LOL
Another long spell without a post, sorry folks. I was given a tip from a friend (thanks Steve) that Arrowsic Me. is chock full of light houses. These are placed along the KennebecRiver to help the already difficult task of navigating upstream to port. So far The kids and I have done two Doubling Point Light and Squirrel Point Light. Doubling Point Light turned out as it was described to me, easy to get to and a beauty. It turns out it is hard to photograph (for me anyway) And Squirrel Point Light took me three tries and four deer ticks to get to, do to my unfamiliarity with the trails. We did about 2.5 miles of the Bald Head trail twice then when I realized my mistake we went the right way and lost the trail but blazed our way to the light! We then found the trail ... and our mistake. I have to go back to both of these lights because they are a challenge. I am going to start with Squirrel Point Light. It is the only one I have seen (so far) with red glass then a couple of Doubling Point Light. I hope you enjoy them. Feel free to leave a comment.
This was the first glimpse of Squirrel Point Light, I knew right away it was worth the hikes.
After the Pemaquid Point shots I decided to move out of my box a bit. I decided to shoot a light I have never been to before, Marshall Point Light. I must be crazy (those who know me will verify that I am crazy) because I was up and out before 4:30 am on a 1 1/2 hour ride to catch sunrise. On the way it was totally overcast and even rained but we (my oldest granddaughter and I) persisted. When we got there the wind was so strong that only a few of my shots did not suffer from motion blur. I was really happy I went... it was all worth it.
Well I went back the next morning to try again for some sunrise shots. As I got close I could see there would be no spectacular sunrise display like the day before as there was not a cloud in the sky. Oh well, I decided to just to get better shots of the light. On the way back I spied a pumpkin that I had not seen the day before. It was a little creepy shooting it as a person was killed during the parade this year in a freak accident. I had used my 35mm lens the day before but decided to use my 18-55 VR for the wider view.
I decided to get a few photos this morning and decided to go to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse to catch the sunrise and golden hour ... Well I blew the entire spectacular sunrise as I was too late by about 1/2 hour Dang it!! But I did get a little golden sun and might even go back in the morning for another try. The cool thing about it is that I lucked into the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta. What is that you ask? It is a festival to celebrate BIG pumpkins. The big one this year was 1375 pounds. These pumpkins are big enough to put an outboard boat motor on and use it as a boat!!! hence the Regatta. Pictures speak louder than words
As I drove through Damariscotta I knew I would be back to get some shots of these!!