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January 2017 Wallpaper

Happy New Year!  This month’s photo was selected with two, somewhat opposing, thoughts in mind.  The first is to express my best wishes for the new year that is dawning upon us.  On many fronts I think it will be a hard-fought one in which to find joy, but the good things we believe in are worth fighting for.  And there is always the light of a new day.

The second thought that went into this selection is bittersweet.  The photograph, albeit from January 2010, is of the Assabet River in my backyard here in Maynard.   In 20-something days we will be handing over the stewardship of this part of the river to Jillian and John as Betsy and I move to (a far less picturesque location in) Fitchburg.   We’ve been here 30 years and we will miss the sound of the river waking us up each morning and singing us to sleep at night.  It has provided me with literally thousands of hours of scenes to photograph and treasure.  Our children and our grandchildren have dipped their feet in the water along the river’s shoreline, thrown hundreds of stones into it, forded its currents, and fed the occasional duck.  It’s time for a new generation to enjoy the gifts nature has provided us here in our little corner of the planet and we’re so very happy that the new owners are in as much love with the yard as we are and we’re sure they will take good care of it.

Here’s to fond memories of a small stretch of a small river … and the joy of discovering the beauty of the new vistas just over the horizon!

Here are your wallpaper options:

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

Download the 1280×800 version here.

Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

Technical: Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200mm f/2.8 @70mm, 1/15 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100. Processed with Lightroom CC, neutral profile. White balance pushed to 11000K to capture the warmth of the low light.  Generally few exposure tweaks: +0.2EV, highlights -37, whites +61, clarity +20, vibrance +20  Strong contrast curve.

2nd Annual Sip and Stroll in Maynard

Sip and Stroll - Maynard - Dec 7, 2013

The Maynard Business Alliance held our  second “Sip and Stroll” last night.  It kicked off with a tree lighting ceremony in Memorial Park followed by hundreds of visitors flocking into downtown and visiting the many businesses that opened their doors, many providing warm drinks and live music all under a bright crescent moon.

Visit the gallery of photographs from the evening.

I hope you enjoy the photographs.  (It’s not exactly easy to really capture an event that essentially takes place in darkness, but I do try…)

Thanks to all my fellow Maynard Business Alliance members, community supporters, town officials and others who made the night possible.  Congratulations to Kelli Costa and Nick Johnson (of Gallery Seven) who are the driving force behind this event — it was another complete success guys!

Maynard Fest 2013


For the past few years I’ve contributed to the annual Maynard Fest by donating my time photographing this great local event for the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce.  I’m always honored when asked to do this and hope everyone enjoys the images of the day.  It was nearly perfect weather for the event with no rain, cool temperatures and the scattered clouds made for generally beautiful light to make photographs.

Click here see the my gallery of selected images.

Maynard Christmas Parade 2012

Nothing says small town ‘merica like a parade and right on the heels of Saturday’s Sip and Stroll event on Saturday night was Sunday afternoon’s 46th Annual Christmas Parade down Main Street in Maynard.   For a few minute it looked like I’d have the perfect light for the second half of the parade, but the clouds stayed — which was almost as good  (the best light is when the 4pm winter sun floods down Main Street on the parade’s return route… just magic).

For a pretty complete photographic journal of the event head over to:

Technical:  Canon 5D Mark II, mostly 70-200mm f/2.8L (a few 24-70 shots in there), handheld.   Minimally processed with Lightroom 4 (exposure tweaks, clarity +18, vibrance +25)