Westward Expansion

Westland Shopping Center cactus sign on West Broad Street in Henrico, VA.

The Westland Shopping Center was built in what used to be the “Far West End” on West Broad Street back in 1963, and boy does that sign place the strip mall marvelously in that decade. I know being way out in the counties was considered the hinterlands at the time, but a saguaro cactus? Hilarious. Anyway, this was shot on Kodak E100 slide film with my Hasselblad 500 C/M.

Maine Day 4 Film Photos

The top of the Portland Head Light (lighthouse) in Maine

And here’s the final post of my film shots from the Maine trip. If you read the proper blog post for that day then you’ll remember it was the Portland day. I don’t have any photos of the incredible bagels or coffee I consumed, but I still managed to snag some goodies along the way.

Tandem Coffee Roasters' cafe in a repurposed service station in Portland, ME.

Tandem was, of course, a highlight of the day because of its thematic resemblance to Richmond’s own Lamplighter (bike themed, first cafe in an old service station, etc.).

Of course, Tandem is all about the two-person bike, not the tall bike. But you get the idea. Really missing that pistachio cake I ate there. Chef’s kiss, man.

After hitting one more coffee stop we drove to the south end of Casco Bay to Fort Williams Park so we could check out the Portland Head Light. I loved this park so much.

Portland Head Light and house on the cliffs at Casco Bay in Portland, ME.

And we headed back to into town for one more coffee stop which we enjoyed in Post Office Park while a busker played the harp.

A busker plays a harp in Post Office Park in Portland, ME.

Everything from this day was shot on a roll of Lomography Color 400. I think I let this film age a bit too much as its saturation and contrast bumped up a bit too high for my taste, but that last photo still managed to retain some natural-is skin tones and dynamic range. Anyway, as I’ve said before – I didn’t got to Maine for the sake of photography, but I’m going to bring a camera with me wherever I travel, and these three days’ worth of photos are exactly why. The memories are truly great, but the images provide that extra reference, texture, and detail to my recollection.

I head to Charleston, SC for an anniversary weekend with my wife this coming Friday and I’m sure I’ll fire off at least a roll or two while I’m down there. We’ll see whether I get anything worth sharing 😀

Maine Day 3 Film Photos

Mount Katahdin with its peak in storm clouds viewed from the Katahdin Woods & Waters picnic area

And here we go with my film photos from the 3rd day in Maine (really my 2nd full day if you recall). These were pretty much all from Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Loads of time on gravel roads, stopping occasionally for some gorgeous sites, and high-tailing it out of there once we realized the storm was headed our way 😀

All of these were shot on Kodak Portra 160 using my Hasselblad 500 C/M.

triangular, vertical slate formations in a river bed

This isn’t the most beautiful photograph I took that day, but it was the most fascinating thing I saw – naturally-occurring, triangular slate formations that protruded near-vertically from the river bed.

Hill visible above trees opposite a wetland pond

Unlike Acadia, with which my friend Robert is deeply familiar, I don’t know what all these places are called. Somewhat anonymous beautiful spots, I guess. Whatever their names, it was the most breathtaking scenery of the whole trip.

Denuded trees in a wetland reflecting the clouds
Reflection of denuded trees and clouds in a wetland pond

Maine Day 2 Film Photos

The Bubbles mountain peaks as viewed across Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park, ME.
The Bubbles, as viewed across Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park. Shot on Kodak Portra 160 with my Hasselblad 500 C/M

You can consider this a companion post to my second Maine post. Sure, I included a number of iPhone photographs, but my next few posts are all about the film I shot on my Hasselblad 500 C/M when I was in Maine.

I got a few keepers I was happy with from Acadia, and a few additional fun shots after we left.

Bar Harbor as viewed from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, ME.
Bar Harbor as viewed from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, ME. Shot on Kodak Portra 160 with my Hasselblad 500 C/M

I didn’t visit Maine to take photographs, of course. But I do take a decent camera with me every time I travel because I’m an enthusiast. And the weather really cooperated each day I was up there.

Cliffs and rock formations near Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park, ME.
Cliffs and rock formations near Thunder Hole in Acadia. Shot on Portra 160 in some really hard light on my Hasselblad 500 C/M
Hot lobster roll and potato chips at Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound near Acadia in ME.

That weather, of course, made for some pretty fine meals outside.

Wood-fired lobster pots at Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound near Acadia, ME.

Honestly, the weather was so exactly my jam (chilly in the morning, perfect low 70s and low humidity in the afternoon) that it was almost as significant a part of my vacation as seeing my friend and the beautiful landscapes of Maine.

Boats in a marina on the Passagassawakeag River in Belfast, ME.
Boats in a marina on the Passagassawakeag River in Belfast, ME. Shot on Portra 160 with my Hasselblad 500 C/M

Seventeen Years Married

Today is my wedding anniversary and, as the title indicates, I’ve been married to Valerie for 17 years. I don’t have anything profound to say this morning, so I’ll share an anecdote. Yesterday while the kids were at school, we went out to lunch and enjoyed great food and beer in some glorious weather. We followed lunch with some relaxing at a cafe sipping coffee and passing time with conversation. It was a real treat to have such calm and unhurried time with my wife to talk, take in a meal, and be comfortably idle together.

We’re taking a weekend trip in two weeks to truly celebrate, but days like yesterday are what reinforce how much I still love my wife and the years we’ve had together.

Silicomfy

I think Apple’s silicone MagSafe case might be one of the more comfortable cases I’ve ever used; soft to the touch but not squishy, good grip, and rigid enough that I’m confident it’s protecting my phone. I’m a big fan of orangey-pink tones that we frequently call “salmon” or “coral”, so I got the similar “pink pomelo” color that seems to complement my pale blue phone.

Tourist on Maine: Epilogue

The starbord wing of the plane taking me from Bamgor to Philadelphia with the earth 30,000 feet below

I didn’t really step outside today until I grabbed my Chipotle delivery off of Robert’s porch. As I said yesterday, he had to teach today so I was mostly heads down sneaking in some distraction-free work. Once he wrapped up his day he dropped my at the airport shortly before boarding. I got lucky on the first leg and had a two-seat side of the row to myself. Now I’m just wrapping up a layover in Philadelphia before the final leg back to Richmond.

This has been some of the best travel and friend time I’ve had in ages, but my bed is going to feel great tonight.