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  • This photograph is a chart of my life here.

    It is, in a manner of speaking, my backyard. Literally, I could throw a rock into our harbor from where I sit in my studio this second.

    Right smack in the middle of America’s greatest embayment, Penobscot Bay, Vinalhaven and North Haven Islands are separated only by the Fox Island Thorofare which, in this dawn aerial runs through the foreground, with Vinalhaven on the right.

    As I wrote in my book, Sightings, “I’ve been on virtually every island in this photograph, from the Fox islands down to Frenchboro and Swan’s Island. Here I courted the love of my life and I swam under the foreground waters, once, to save a life. I’ve made forever friends and learned much here.”

    Every bit of land in this scene is an island...maybe that’s why I like this photograph as much as I do. These places have collectively become a second home to me over the last three decades.

    I love this place deeply and unconditionally and forever.

    There are countless stories and lessons and friends ahead of me here and for them all, I am almost beside myself with anticipation and gratitude.

    I will always be “from away”,”but this is, forever, home.

    I am blessed.
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