Saturday, January 31, 2009

Recent Uploads to the Mindscapes Gallery

Here is a sampling of the images loaded to the Mindscapes Gallery this week.

"A Conversation in the Square"

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"Leap from the Trestle"

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"The Field Trip"

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"A Sea of Boys"

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Using the Vignette Effect to Isolate Multiple Areas

The Vignette effect in Photoshop or other digital software programs can be used to isolate more than one object within an image, thus allowing you to create more than one focal point in an image while blurring the other items to lessen their impact.

In "The Artisan" below, this technique is used by blurring everything but the line of masks above his head and the Artisan himself.

The Artisan
Photographed in Accra, Ghana, West Africa

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Tire Swing at the Rumney Trestle

An old railroad trestle in the town of Rumney has been converted to a bridge for snowmobiles and off road vehicles. Beneath it is one of the sweetest swimming holes on the Baker River and a choice spot for local folks who are willing to stand up to the landowner through whose land the public right of way runs.

The Tire Swing

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Wooden Boat at the Newfound Rendezvous

Every summer, Newfound Boatworks hosts the Newfound Rendezvous, a gathering of wooden boats and boat builders. It is a great place to see some of the most beautiful boats crafted by hand.

"Wooden Boat at Wellington Beach"

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Project Laundry List Asks President to "Hang Out"

Concord, NH- Project Laundry List has sent a letter to the President of the United States and First Lady, calling on them to lead by example and show millions of Americans a way to save significant amounts of energy.

An existing petition, at has already gathered hundreds of signatures to ask the Obama family to reclaim the clothesline as an American artifact. The wooden clothespin was invented by American Shakers in the early years of the nation. The Shakers also developed the first mechanical washing machine.

Project Laundry List is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to make air-drying laundry acceptable and desirable as a simple and effective way to save energy. Project Laundry List promotes National Hanging Out Day (April 19) and works on Right to Dry efforts throughout North America because millions of families are not allowed to save the 10 to 15% of energy used by the average home to dry clothes. More information on Project Laundry List and its current campaigns is available from their website at

Ghana Clothes, Accra, Ghana

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spotted Touch-Me-Not

Spotted Touch-Me-Not
Impatiens capensis
aka Jewelweed

One of the most interesting of plants to young children because of the way seed pods pop when touched. This is the plant's way of reseeding. When the pod pops the plant throws its seeds a considerable distance.

Herbal Uses: First peoples used the juice from the Touch-me-Not to relieve the itching of poison ivy and other skin irritation - including athletes foot.

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"Spotted Touch-Me-Not"

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The Red Plane

This image is captured in Plymouth, NH at the local airport there. The image is treated with a software called Photomatix that allows a wider range of tones to be captured in the processing.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Garden in My Mind

2009 Calendar of unique images from Wayne King

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Skunk Cabbage - Sweet as Spring

My first trip into the woods after snowmelt this Spring was at that moment when only the Skunk Cabbage had pushed its way toward the light....