Again and Again

been awhile since I been updated. so here I am again. been going through all my pic’s and editing, deleting and juts organizing my pic’s that I have taken over the years. I juts recently finished my Colorado pic’s and my some of my Main pic’s. here a couple below. I have been pushing the new/updated pic’s out to my website http://rasphotostudios.com (site is down right now) and also to my flicker account http://flicker.com/sirryche. came across another site called 500px. seem pretty cool if you want to pay for it. the free version would be a waste if you already have flicker. just my two cents. anyway here’s a couple of pic’s.

Final week 9-12

well its been two weeks since I got back from my trip and I still have not had the time to finish my trip blog. I had to a lot of fixes to catch up on at work and the new semester at school just started. so I had to get caught up before I could update my blog but here I am trying to finish this section so where did I leave off? I think I was at the point of writing about Acadia National park. I  reserved my spot 2 months in advanced and I’m glad I did. the park was full every day I was there. so where do I start off.  I arrived 2 hr before I was allowed to set up, the arrival time is noon and I got there at around 10-is so I had time to waste. the park has a scenic drive that loops around the whole park that is mainly one way traffic so if you see something you just stop in the right hand lane and park, get out and do whatever. they have so many trail heads that they don’t post signs to most of them. of course if you bought a hacking book then you would get the information on where every trail head is.

sorry got held up at work and had to get some stuff done. ok so I finally got to my campsite and set up camp. sites are nice and have a lot of trees for shelter. only thing I did not like was there was no showers in the rest rooms. they did have a place outside of the campsite that had showers but it you had to pay for showers. just another way of getting money. while I was there I explored Acadia and also the small cities around it. I went to Bar Harbor, North and South Harbor and other small towns on the island. I spent the next four days taking pictures and exploring the island and found many beautiful places. from the ocean to the mountains to the marshes all within miles of each other. here are some pics I took the rest can be found on photo blog.sirryche.com for more.

Day 5-8 Dexter update

 

ok so on days 5-8 I stayed in a B&B called the Brewster Inn. this was the old house that a former mayor of Maine used to live in. It is a nice sweet house that has eleven rooms. this is nice and everybody was very friendly but my problem with this is that I feel out-of-place since it seems like I was in someone’s house all the time. was a different experience for me since I’m I bit more of a private person I feel out-of-place. the room I had was very cozy. it as the smallest room of the house but also the cheapest. did I mentioned that I am a cheap scape and tend not to spend anything unless I really need to?

now staying in Dexter is like a home-based. from here I went to Bangor and up to Baxter state park. the first day I just drove around and took pictures. I ended up booking a moose tour. my tour guide Ed was very knowledgeable about the area and about moose’s. I turns out that my vaca is again in-between things. tends to be when the moose’s are way up in the mountains and in another 2-3 weeks is the beginning of the rut (mating) season. go figure I to early for the fall leaves to change but to late for everything else. but the weather is very very nice. I rained in the night once and since I’m not camping until next week this is working out nice. so on the moose tour we drove in a jeep on all these logging roads and caught a glimpse of a couple but no good photo shoots. we even went to two ponds that were gorgeous. we left 4 in the morning and with the sun coming up the ponds/lakes and the mountains were out of this world. we finally saw a moose across a lake but my shoots are so far away I’m not sure I can enlarge them enough to make them any good. so it seem the my moose tour was a bust. I started the next day to head up to Baxter state park but two thing s came up. first halfway there (2 hr. drive) I forgot my cash and had no money to get in and from what I was told it was still a fifty-fifty shot at seeing anything and it would cast me another twenty bucks. so do I turn around or even find a atm (pay extra charges) to go in our turn around and do something else.I decided to turn around and just explore the land. I found many lakes and ponds that had some wonderful sights. just not any moose in them. the next day I drove to Bangor that is also 2 hr. away but again it was a nice small town for tourist and nothing else. I did stop by Stephen kings house and took some pictures then I went to hope cemetery and took some pictures. hope cemetery was the basis of Stephen kings pet seminary novel. was pretty cool walking in the cemetery. but for me so far the best cemetery that I have been to that is also a garden (forgot the word that they use) would be Spring Grove Cemetery in Ohio. I also ended down in Fort Knox and toured the old fort. historians would like this and it was neat to see but once is good enough for me. I also took a scenic ride on the downtown train that was located in Ellsworth. it just so happens on Saturday I was driving thru and the train caught my eye so I stopped by and took a ride on it. the ride was cool. was riding on some 1930 carriage car’s and they were pulling it with a 1952 EMD diesel engine. not sure which but ill post some pictures later of it. this trip ran thru some marshes that had some wild animals in it and we passed by some high electrical lines and on top of the very high poles were eagles nest. we saw at least four nests and they had babies in them. at the end of the line they stop at a bridge that was out of commission. the bridge caught fire years ago and they never rebuilt it. it was one of the swivel pivot bridges that when sea traffic needed to pass it would turn on a pedestal and swing open to let the ships go through. since it was out of commission the just leave it open. here are some pic’s from this section of the trip.

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well ill write the next post of Acadia and beyond

Day 3–4 Portland

well after 600 miles I arrived in Portland Maine. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do since I have four days before I need to be in Dexter. my first choice of hotel was filled and I also found out that the special price don’t’ go into effect until September after the summer season. I’m right on the edge of the summer season so things are a little high. I found a coupon book for hotels and found a travel lodge for about half off with coupon that is just 2 mile north of downtown Portland. best decision I made. I have a Denny’s right next door for food. after talking to management I got the next four nights for the same price as my coupon which saved me a bundle. on day 4 I went downtown Portland. the roads suck. they are hardly marked so you have no idea if your in your lane. the streets are short and the intersections just appear from anywhere so driving is a pain. other than that so far so so good. I took a cruise ship that went around the bay and they took you to 4 different lighthouses and also gave you a history of the area. that was nice I plan on taking the land cruise in the morning to get a tour of the land. here’s a couple of pics that I took so far.

 

Day 2 update

ok so I still have not upload anything yet I made my first post from m phone to evernote and will transfer that first and when I get to a wifi site ill upload this. so what did day two have in stored for me. I woke up 4 am and had to pee. then I look up in the sky and say a meteorite fly by. like zipp. so I went down to the amphitheater to see if I can get a better view. the stars were amazing but I did not see anything else. bummer. I went back to bed. woke back up around 7am had a breakfast snack and then hit the road for some exploring. I stopped at Doyle’s falls parking lot at mile marker 81 to check out haw bad it would be to hike. see I’m not just out if shape but way out of shape. I stop at the entrance and read the sign and it read that the falls are about 2.5 miles round trip and about 2.5 hrs. to make the trip. hhmm 2.5 hrs. don’t seem long so I went back to my car and changed into my hiking shoes. I started down the trail. this is no easy trail. mostly rocks and very un even and the first grade was at least 8-9% downgrade. you were hiking down the freekin mountain. a quarter of the way I stopped and ask myself do I want to do this?? of course my ego said we can do anything we want as long as we just try. stupid ego. that was a hike. getting down to the falls wasn’t that bad. I even went another 0.3 to the lower falls. yes they are beautiful and I took some great pictures. but was it worth it?? do it once and I know not to go again. so after the falls I started back up the hill. 4.5 hrs. yes I said 4.5hrs later I finally made it back to the parking lot. an hour down and about 3.5 hrs. and 30 breaks to catch my breath I made it. my legs and back hurt lake a mother #$%^. I took some Advil and some other meds and went back to campsite and went back to sleep. that hike killed me. I need to build up my stamina for it’s all gone right now. after I got up around 1-2 pm I got in the car and drove the rest of the skyline parkway. nice views and very pretty sites but after 2-3 of the pull overs your still looking at the same damn mountains. I finished that and came back to camp to finish my day two report. here’s some pic’s so far.

Day 1 Shenandoah

Took a detour off the highway for launch and 5miles later came to old st rt35 . Found a hydro dam that was built in 1937. Took some pictures after I ate and headed back up to highway. then I arrived at Shenandoah National park. got a nice little camp site and more or less just went to bed. long drive not much to say about it.

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Tick Tock

time is running down. I’ll be heading off to Maine for my 2 week vacation. leaving my dogs in care of my brother at home.  I plan on heading east to Shenandoah national park for the first half of week one. then ill be heading to Portland Maine for the rest of the week. from their ill head up to Dexter Maine and go through the Baxter state park for some moose hunting photography. and then the finale week ill be staying in the Acadia national park and doing some more photography with canon’s photography workshops.  along the way ill hope to find some old churches, cemetery’s, also do some kayaking. ill be reporting back and blog my trip with some info on where to stay as of right now I have two places that I will be staying but I am winging it for most of the trip. stay tuned for more updates.

Denver Trip updated

well here I am after 20 hours of driving I make it the the Antlers of Vail resort. I rented a 1 bedroom condo with full kitchen for a little cheaper than a hotel in Denver. Vail is about an hour and a half from Denver and I’ll have to drive back and forth between the two for my photo seminar but I wanted to stay in the mountains. did I say in the mountains. shit I’m so far in between them that I hear banjo’s playing. any way I think I’ll keep this blog running as a continuous blog and just updated when needed. so on to the blog..

(update) well I took my first day or I should say my first half day and toured lions head. this is the section that my hotel is in. nice little village but right now it is very dead. nothing what so ever to do around here. I am told once the snow comes in it will be very busy. I’m the kind of guy that don’t like big crowds but it seems that hear the only time it gets to be fun is when it is crowded. hmm.

I am going to do some research and I think tomorrow I will get up early and go up to the rocky mountain park and do some site seeing there. Saturday and Sunday ill be in the seminar for digital photography so those days are already set. I was thinking of staying another night here but since it is so dead I don’t think so.

Monday I am to meet an old friend who lives here in Colorado. If so that will take care of Monday. if I get a pass for the Rockies for the whole week then ill might just head north into the Rockies for the rest of the week if not then ?? more updates to come.

 

(Update)

[Thurs night] its snowing right now. I’m told it could be a foot of snow by morning. WOW..

(Update)

ok so I’m cheating a little. it has been a couple of days now. Saturday and Sunday was just busy and by the time I got out of the seminars I was just to tired to do anything. so here we go…

got up Friday morning and we had about six inches of snow on the ground.  I got out around 8 in the morning and am going to go to the rockie national park today. I was hoping to get on the trail ridge parkway or the fall river road. we’ll see.

well I enter the Rockies. these mountains are more beautiful when they have snow on them. the snow gives them the 3D look and they just stick out better. it turns out that you can only go up the trail ridge about a 1/4 of the way for they have closed it already because of snow. WAAAAA. same goes to the falls river road. damn next time I have to get out here in the summer for it.

if you come do it after November because most of the shops are in the dead season until the snow comes. turns out October is the off season between summer and winter stuff. good this is there are no crowds.

so on Saturday I got up early for it still had snow out. it takes me an hour and a half to get from Vail to Denver. and some of the passes on i70 had snow and ice so you had to drive slow or head on off the side of the mountain. up one side and its dry as can be and start down the other and its nothing but ice and snow.

I made it to the photo shoot. which was the main reason I came here for. the first season is for the basics of photography. this class is set up or digital cameras. learned a lot in class. some I already knew from high school but others was new. now I just have to remember what they said and put it to good use.

Sunday came and the drive in wasn’t to bad. they went over on the basics and then they showed up what to do for a photo-shoot. what we should do to compose the picture. setting the right aperture and having the right speed. then after the first half we went to another room. they had four stations set up just as a professional would do for a photo-shoot. they had models come out and pose for us. they were great they were also beautiful. we had four girls and two guys.

the models would dress in different costumes from dresses and  old Russian made costume to a cowboy and skateboarder. this was assume, we shot for about and hour and a half. the models would pose for so long the switch out and get redressed into a different costume. some models dress 3-4 different times. the hosts would walk around and change the lighting and explain what and why they were doing it. all you had to do is ask for help and they would help and explain it for you.

after the shoot we had launch and during this time the two presenters were going over all the pics and criticizing them. they were saying that our group had some of the best pics out of the other courses that the had. they pulled up on a big screen and showed us what we did and explain if anything could have been don better. their were some very good shoots.

after the shoot I dove around a little and headed back to the condo in Vail. I was around nine ten o’clock at night. I was driving in the fast lane and lets just say faster the what was posted.(Smile)  and for some reason I decided to get in the slow lane since there was nobody else out except a couple that a screamed by. in a flash I scream by a huge elk just standing in the fast lane. my heart literally stop. this beast was as tall as my explorer. his antlers were as wide as my truck and I just raced right past him. in a split second if I had been in the fast lane there would hamburger galore from both of us. I I looked up and said my thanks right then and there somebody was watching me. I’m pretty sure the elk jumped  back into the woods

wow my heart still jumps when I think of it. anyway the next day, Monday, I got up checked out and headed to the southern part of town to meat a friend that we haven’t seen are talked to for almost 15+ years. that was great to get to know him again. need to keep in touch with him more.

well more to come..

[update]

ok now where did I leave off.  I have just left my friend Andy and headed to the Rockies again. the first time I went up I drove thru a small town and just found out this second time thru I am driving thru Boulder. hmm nice little town. everything out here is so spread out. to do anything you have to drive for hours to get anywhere. ok so now I’m back in the Rockies National Park. driving into the park there are cars off the side of the road. off the side you see a giant heard of elks just grazing and doing whatever they feel like. I parked, got out and started to take pictures. after that I headed down to bear lake. a nice drive, in and out of the valley’s between the mountains. didn’t see much wild life I guess they are all up the front entrance blocking traffic.

drove back to the entrance. I wanted to drive up on the trail ridge road or the falls road but both are already closed for winter. was told that there is snow already on them and driving is to hazardous so they closed them.

I was deciding if I wanted to drive 2+ hrs. to Colorado springs to see pikes peak and gods garden, which is a valley of red rocks in the middle of nowhere. but decide that I just head on home. since my ac decided to also go on vacation and quite I just started home. I had a nice time out here and drove a lot of miles. I need to get back out here in mid summer when there is more things going on. well that’s it for this blog until next time……

GO WEST YOUNG LAD…

Well I signed up for the Digital Photo Days seminar. I decided to go to the one in Denver Colorado. one reason is because it falls on my birthday and I thought I treat myself to a decent vaca this year and second I need to waste my vaca days. my bro will be house sitting with my boy’s(dogs). so I will have the time to myself. I will be driving out and have arranged to stay in a one room condo in Vail Colorado. its about an hour west of Denver but I rather stay up in the mountains and have some cool photo opps then stay in town plus I spend the same doing it but with a better room and view. the place ill be is the antlers of Vail. a big ski resort and I’m going at the right time just before winter so ill get 35% of my room. hell that will save me almost a grand in room fees. I have been scouting the area on Google earth and have seen some neat places I have to go to. I will be racing up there on the expressways to get more time there but on the way home ill have 3 days to get home and will be taking mostly back roads to see more of the country. highways are great if your in a hurry but to see the country you have to slow down and take the back roads and enjoy the sights. ill update when I’m out there so stay tune for more.