From Our Neck of the Woods

Editor's Statement


As spring emerges I celebrate that all of life, and each one of us, is unfolding into who we were created to be—unique contributors to life and to one another.

For me, living in an area where we have four seasons is ideal. While I enjoy each season, spring and early-summer have their own special charm in our neck of the woods. You cannot set a clock by their arrival. In Downeast Maine there may be a general time frame, but the precise arrival varies from year to year. But, when spring arrives, the windows in the house are thrown open, and outside time is frequent—both are welcomed events.

Marty and I enjoy getting our yard and flower beds ready. And Marty’s out and about capturing the unfolding of spring with his camera. Phyllis and I have the joy of walking the Cressey Pasture fence line to check its security for the season. This pasture is where some of the Tide Mill cattle live during the spring, summer, and autumn. Wish2 and Wow (her calf born last October 29) will return to the pasture in May.

As I look forward to outdoor activities, I reflect on how each of us has special talents, as well as interests, and how we’re alike yet different. We all have our unique place in the world, and we were created to fulfill our destiny in a way that only we can. For me, this is the true wonder of life.

With seven billion-plus people on our planet, we, as individuals, put a special twist on all we do, yet we move through life as a unit. Without other people making their unique contributions, we wouldn’t have that new camera, or any of the many products we use in daily life. How many people were involved in the production of any one product, from its inception to being in our hands? That also includes the food we eat. We’re all part of the unique threads in the tapestry of life that God weaves.

That being said—why would we want to be like anyone else? Why would we expect someone else to think, or be, like us? It seems to me, that no more than the stripes on one zebra are like the stripes on another zebra were we meant to mirror one another..

We wish you a superb spring and early summer of photography, hiking, enjoying the outside, and all of your “life” adventures.  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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Lubec, ME 04652
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