From Our Neck of the Woods

Editor's Statement

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Autumn, with its brilliant lead-in color, brings us to the peace and solitude of the quietest of seasons—winter. I greatly enjoy the seasonal changes, which is why Marty and I both love living in this corner of the world—Down East Maine. Since we are located on the coast, our winters are more temperate than northern Maine.

Occasionally the temperatures dip into single digits here but, overall, even though winter is cold, it’s generally pleasant. This quiet season beckons us to spend as much time as possible outside—Marty exploring and photographing, me mucking cow stalls and enjoying my cow friends at the barn, or both of us on seaside walks. Life is good in our neck of the woods, and we are quick to say thanks.

After living on the planet for numerous decades, we’ve come to realize we should never take anything for granted. We strive to be aware of, and grateful for, each gift, the small ones and the large. A gift can be as simple as finding that special stone while beachcombing with our dog, Phyllis. The smell of the sea, and the brisk wind on our faces, make such walks invigorating.

Or when Marty captures that unique moment while on one of his photo adventures. It could also be when cows, who have their own social structure, stop and greet me with a head bob or a moo when I walk into the barn.

Another significant aspect of our lives is peacefully working in our office on this magazine. From my stand-up desk I can see the fire dancing beautifully in the living room wood stove. For us there’s something unique about a fire in the wood stove. It brings added warmth to our home and an element of times gone by.

Life is what we make it. We all have the option to enjoy the good times and accept life’s challenges, or . . . and each of us fills in the dots. As life makes its twists and turns, the manner in which every human chooses to react will result in peace or stress. But the choice is always ours.

We wish you superb late autumn and winter photography adventures.

Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and we send our best wishes to you for 2018. May your days be filled with joy! 

         With love, Helen

Spring is the season much anticipated by those living in the northern latitudes. Days are filled with beautiful memories. New life is ushered in by sunshine and gentle breezes. The landscape turns green dotted by the many colors of spring flowers. Birds are busy building nests while mammals seek safe places to give birth to their young. All of these miracles unfold on schedule each spring without any assistance by humans. God is in control. These daily miracles in nature are gifts to all who take the time to see. And, for the nature photographer, seeing translates to photographic opportunities. 
As you move through spring filling your flash cards or capturing the miracles on film, cherish each moment for that moment will never be repeated. 
Immediately after I typed the above statement Marty came in with the mail. In the mail was a rose-colored envelope from Bonnie West, Larry West’s wife. It contained news that I was unaware of—that Larry West, one of the real greats among nature photographers, had passed away on December 15, 2015. Tears of sadness streamed down my face-. The nature photographic community has lost a valued member. Sadness was mixed with memories of Larry’s immense gifts to this magazine. During the early days of Nature Photographer he willingly spent much time on the phone counselling me. Larry’s wisdom was a tremendous help and I am forever grateful.
Cherish each moment in life, because the only aspect of life that is certain is change. You may never have the opportunity to speak with a special friend again. You will never have the opportunity to marvel at that unusual and unique sunrise you photographed—another sunrise but not the one you just captured to share with others. Every moment is just that—a moment in time unlike any other.
Speaking of memories—yes, I am still creating them in the barn at Tide Mill Organic Farm with Wish2 and her summer pasture mate Ubie, along with two other yearlings and three weaners who are their herd mates in the barn. Working with them is joyful—they make me smile and teach me lessons. And, the exercise is a plus. Wish2 is now far larger than in the photo to the right-—weighing 600+ pounds.
You are special, and we are deeply grateful for your readership of Nature Photographer. This magazine exists because of you. It is always a pleasure when you call and share your time with us. We enjoy meeting readers via the phone and talking with you. Life can become so busy that it is easy to let opportunities slip away for the creation of precious memories. 
Our wish for you is that spring enriches your life with peace, joy, love, and superb photography opportunities! 
 
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