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After I left Nantucket in June, I spent most of the next day accomplishing my own whale quest. The photo below is the best result of about three hours of total driving on Cape Cod and around three and a half hours on a boat. (And a few dollars on a whale watching boat.) We […]

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“Heaven have mercy on us all – Presbyterians and Pagans alike – for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.“Ishmael in Moby-Dick (Chapter 17)Written by Herman Melville While I was on Nantucket at the end of June, I picked up the book Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick at […]

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This afternoon I fly home from Boston after a vacation in New England that was like a live Ken Burns documentary. Much of the time I listened to David McCullough’s audio book 1776. If I would have taken this trip at 16 (and paid attention) I would have done much better in my high school […]

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This afternoon I fly home from Boston after a vacation in New England that was like a live Ken Burns documentary. Much of the time I listened to David McCullough’s audio book 1776. If I would have taken this trip at 16 (and paid attention) I would have done much better in my high school […]

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This afternoon I fly home from Boston after a vacation in New England that was like a live Ken Burns documentary. Much of the time I listened to David McCullough’s audio book 1776. If I would have taken this trip at 16 (and paid attention) I would have done much better in my high school […]

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Earlier this month a friend of mine had some 16mm equipment he was interested in selling. One of the pieces was a Bell & Howell 70DR 16mm camera. It’s the kind that has turret lens you turn for wide, medium, and telephoto shots. Bell & Howell started making these kinds of cameras back in the […]

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“Nantucket! Take out your map and look at it. See what a real corner of the world it occupies; how it stands there, away off shore, more lonely than the Eddystone lighthouse.” —Moby Dick written by Herman Melville It took me a few decades to make it to Nantucket. Yeah, it was worth it. The little […]

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Earlier this month a friend of mine had some 16mm equipment he was interested in selling. One of the pieces was a Bell & Howell 70DR 16mm camera. It’s the kind that has turret lens you turn for wide, medium, and telephoto shots. Bell & Howell started making these kinds of cameras back in the […]

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“You know it when you see it: whether it’s the symmetrical lines, pastel hues, immaculate composition, or something idiosyncratic and beautiful that you can and cannot describe at once, the director Wes Anderson has an immediately identifiable style to his films.”—From the book Accidentally Wes Anderson A couple of weeks ago I was kayaking on […]

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Last Saturday night I had the opportunity to see and take some photos of something I’ve only seen one other time in my life—the night-blooming cereus. And in this case it was the Selenicereus grandiflorus which only bloom once a year. And only at night.

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