Hello my happy little flock. Welcome to another remote update at Incredipete’s church of vacation.
Today I spent some more time wandering around in lovely Portland purchasing gifts for people back home. Needless to say, it’s been nice to be away from work.
Later today, I went out lighthouse hunting with the new digital camera, and found some nice spots, at great risk to myself, I might add. First of all, all of the really good shots have to be taken from the side of a cliff hanging over the crashing high tide. It’s actually very different than shooting the Pacific, because it is much more “dreary.” I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just much moodier. I’m not sure that’s because I’m on the East coast, or if it’s because I’m far north… I suppose Seattle is probably pretty dreary, too. Bet regardless, it’s very pretty in it’s own way. There are lighthouses everywhere! Very cool. This first one is called the Portland Head Lighthouse:
And of course, it’s called the Portland Head Lighthouse because it keep people from running into the bathroom. They only have one in Portland, and they call it “THE Head.” Since it’s right on the ocean, they were afraid ships would run into it, so they built a lighthouse.
Another risk of shooting here are the swarms of Buick-sized mosquitoes that decided my bald head looked very tasty. Imagine if you will Incredipete hanging off a precarious ledge, swatting his head while changing the batteries in his ever-drained digital camera. If I survive my vacation, it will be only by the grace of god. And like I said before, that’s because I firmly believe that good photographs don’t happen unless the photographer is in grave danger. That philosophy has done me well now for many years. One of these days, I’m going to do a showcase page or two of some of my “best work” so you can all laugh at me and tell me I suck. I admit I didn’t finish my degree in photography, but I had a pretty darn good start on it…
Here’s another shot where I stood on the rocks risking being washed away by the high tide. The Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse is in the background, but I couldn’t time-expose while holding the camera myself, so this is as good as it gets:
Something made me a bit melancholy today. The waitress at lunch reminded me of my friend Traci that passed away in February. She had the personality, the laugh, the look… It was strange to find someone so similar 1,000 miles away, but I guess it’s true that everyone has their twin. I haven’t talked about Traci on the site. I may someday, I just don’t know. I’ll just say that she was far too young, and far too good of a friend to many people, including myself. And I hope she’s looking down and laughing at my updates, because I know if she were still with us, she would be IncrediIncredipete’s biggest fan.
That’s all for today. Hopefully many more interesting photos will happen over the course of the week. Later