href=”https://kcaptain77.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/dscn0915.jpg”> Sunrise on the first full day of summer
It was just one of those days when I felt that I had caught up to where I should be. Up just after the birds at 4:50, on the road to Hampton Beach at 5AM. The lake was draped in mist as warm water touched the overnight cooler air. Awaken to another day in early summer paradise. So much is missed as we rest during the early lit hours. Turkeys were crossing the road, other birds were chirping to the new day and some deer were seen in hay fields. Everything felt new and fresh. On arrival at the shore I easily found a spot to park close to my photo focus of the day. The beach had been groomed and the symmetric lines had hardly a footprint. A small group had gathered to watch the sun rise on the first full day of summer. It was also the start of the third day of working on the Sand Sculptures with the moments of judgment coming in the afternoon. One man was focused on finding treasure in the sand with a metal detector and seemed oblivious to all else around him.
Attending early on the third of three days of work by the artists allowed pictures of art in the creation stage. The tools and some of the box frames and the hard plastic sheets used for designing round rough material to work were left where they had been used the days before. Buckets trowels brushes, shovels and other tools are used to shape the packed sand. Each contestant gets 10 tons of sand to work with over three days. They must work alone. The sand is kept moist with sprays of water and a solution of 1 gallon of Elmers Glue to 5 gallons of water is used to seal the sculpture from wind and other damage.
It is interesting to guess how the finished work will look. Later I will publish a before and after with some surprises. I was fascinated by the creation in sand of a Giant coming out of the sand and holding a replica which holds a replica which holds a replica smaller with each reproduction.
The Sand Giant and close ups of the replicas
Herons are aware of all that moves around them and it is difficult to get near for snaping photos. This Heron was interested in checking the area for breakfast and feeling out the day. It was a good day as he stayed and seemed to be posing for me. I feel lucky and blessed with the crossing of fellow creatures with my path. Peace! Double rainbow added for good measure from an earlier shoot.
The Exothermic Energy of Seasons
Sunshine start to another day
Evening last lit with burning branches, glowing embers, music and moonlight
A fire of our own
Embrace the light of soul spirit rising
Glow meets rays expanding
Convergence of energy in the present, the gift
Synergy promises potential for another day
Warmth of nature and love intertwined
Wisteria vines enhanced in a mix of Spring and Summers
Soul spirit rising
Moonlit Fire Spring
Fire and moonlight driven thoughts
Evergreen firs and budding deciduous
The trees are a family, birds their children
Nests held gently, securely
Protected by branch, needle and expanding leaves
A high home with expansive view
Welcome to spring warmth
Arriving light, a fire to meet the waxing moon
Waning glow of a fine early spring day
Blue eyes a picture window to cloudless sky
Walk the dock, a man’s shadow shows in ripples outward
Expanding across the lake touch the moon in reflection
Quiet calm, night peepers sing their song to water mirror
New life growing in glow of warmer days
Birds, bugs, turtles, fish, loon, beaver, musk rat, great blue heron, duck, duck, goose
Return from cold season exile and hibernations
Frame spring and merge in living creation
Changing in daily miracles as each circle comes around in warmth
Robins expecting, chirp and frolic, work the nest building
In chipmunk fall food supply intensity
No eggs yet but driven by hopes and promise of new birth
Spring dressings, building to please
Soon baby bird breaks shell as seedling breaks ground
Man cracks open the door
Leaves kitchen table picture window
Blue eyes see
I heard the loons in the dark before the dawn. The lake was shrouded in mist with cool air over warmer water providing the setting. The loon couple were cruising in the mist and provided the perfect muse for my nikon to play. A grand way to start the day. My goldens Zachary and Marcus sniffed out the early morning as I find I can cast a shadow before coffee. Peace!
Listen as they play–Play as you listen.
The music menu at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH is varied and delightful. It induces dancing, toe tapping, hand clapping and conversation. It is Americana, a cross–section of the heart of our country in which truth and light exude from the music. You cannot help but be moved by the sound and lyrics. The ‘live’ professional tight yet loose feel which is produced by musicians and artists that are at their best because they are doing what they love in front of an audience that understand and feel that spirit and joy. The Tupelo has fine acoustics in a cozy atmosphere. The musicians can see each face and feel the energy in a give and take that is missing in larger venues.
You want to call your friends and tell them something is going on that should not be missed–bring your enthusiasm, a voice, tapping fingers and feet, clapping hands. Revisit the days of connection, the time before technology took over and changed the way we interact. Rejuvenate your spirit and revel in the community of sharing the country’s past in the present. Return to the kick ass–kick up your heels feeling that helped move this country and gave life and spirit to its heart past. The backbeat of the Tupelo is that of a gathering of community, of friends, family and colleagues on the common ground of heartfelt sound that connects us all in a world wide web of the wonder of that coming together. The common ground of sound!
Come together right now. Dance, sing, move, feel this music from Americas’ Heartland and Heart. A combination of Blues, Folk, Soulful Gospel, Country, Rock, R&B, Southern Rock, Pop and Comic Relief is a taste of what is provided. All shine here in a live light that can touch us all. All are present day visits to our past.
One of the things that kept us moving forward in our national history was in the music of each period moving the generations along. Giving us hope, allowing us to hold to faith, getting us together and inspiring with a combination of words and music that refreshes spirit, boosts us up and pushes us along with the energy felt individually and derived from a synergy of the masses. These days we need this music again to inspire us to roll up our sleeves, go to work, and put the heart back in the heartland of America. So sing out with these consummate and caring professionals. They ‘get it’, and you should join in!
“So get up of your ass and dust off the past
Lift up your chin and turn it into a grin
Pull up your boots and get back to our roots
You live the blues, pay your dues, now go share the news
And kick up your heels in a new pair of shoes”
At THE TUPELO