Summer slack

Despite my promise to blog more, I am guilty of letting the entire summer pass without punching a single key. Balloons begin to rise Shame on me!

I’ll try to recap some of my favorite photos. The balloon festival was fabulous this year.  It was extra nice for me as this was the first time in several years  I was not scheduled to work the morning launches.  Despite the beautiful weather, I did not get up for a single morning launch.  I did go out to my porch and watch them float past one morning, but after so many years of covering it night and day, I was more interested in getting extra sleep than getting up to see the balloons.  I did get one of my favorite balloon photos ever when local pilot Jim Rodrigue took off in his single seat “cloud hopper” the night before the festival kicked off.  The artwork on his legs dangling down made the photo!

Niko Potter of Lewiston swings at Lakeview Fields off Gracelawn Road in Auburn.  "I like coming here because the parks department keeps it so clean and nice.  I enjoy swinging because you can sit and still be in motion.  It helps me think better and calms me down."

Niko Potter of Lewiston swings at Lakeview Fields off Gracelawn Road in Auburn. “I like coming here because the parks department keeps it so clean and nice. I enjoy swinging because you can sit and still be in motion. It helps me think better and calms me down.”

With a shrinking newsroom staff, vacations, and long term projects, we often struggle to find stories that lend themselves to photos.  So, we cruise for features more days that I wish.  But it does get us out of the office and we get to find some slices of life.

Niko Potter of Lewiston swings at Lakeview Fields off Gracelawn Road in Auburn.  "I like coming here because the parks department keeps it so clean and nice.  I enjoy swinging because you can sit and still be in motion.  It helps me think better and calms me down."

Lewiston Recreation Dept. Camp Smiles Program Director Josh Daigle gets splashed by one of his campers, Ryan Verrill, during Field Day at Marcotte Park in Lewiston. Camp Smiles and the YWCA summer camp teamed up for a day of games, music and food during the last week of summer camp.

saiah Michaud of Lewiston flies off a pipe in the Lewiston Skatepark.  The park was filled with skaters trying to get the last bit of skateboarding in before snow fills the bowls.

saiah Michaud of Lewiston flies off a pipe in the Lewiston Skatepark. The park was filled with skaters trying to get the last bit of skateboarding in before snow fills the bowls.

The headlights of a car streak up Pine Street in Lewiston in this time exposure of Lewiston City Hall all lit up with  recently installed lights.

The headlights of a car streak up Pine Street in Lewiston in this time exposure of Lewiston City Hall all lit up with recently installed lights.

Josh Goodman of Lewiston is illuminated by the flash of his friend, Corey McKenna as the lights of Festival Plaza in Auburn are blurred in this time exposure.  They hope to get some of their photos into a Portland skate magazine.  McKenna has a website, maineproject.com where he displays his work.
Josh Goodman of Lewiston is illuminated by the flash of his friend, Corey McKenna as the lights of Festival Plaza in Auburn are blurred in this time exposure. They hope to get some of their photos into a Portland skate magazine. McKenna has a website, maineproject.com where he displays his work.

Turner Elementary School 4th grader, Aidan Murray, watches dry ice react with liquids in a tube he was given to hold by "Lightning Lucy", from the Mad Science program during an assembly in the school's gym.  The program was organized by the Turner Public Library through a grant from the Wing Benjamin Trust.

Turner Elementary School 4th grader, Aidan Murray, watches dry ice react with liquids in a tube he was given to hold by “Lightning Lucy”, from the Mad Science program.

Passengers on Raspberry Ripple hang on as they brush through trees on the edge of a field on Pagoma Lane in Lewiston Thursday morning.  Derald Young, the pilot from Damn Yankee Balloons of Dixfield, Maine, didn't have to worry about the field he landed in, it is owned by a fellow pilot.

Passengers on Raspberry Ripple hang on as they brush through trees on the edge of a field on Pagoma Lane in Lewiston Thursday morning. Derald Young, the pilot from Damn Yankee Balloons of Dixfield, Maine, didn’t have to worry about the field he landed in, it is owned by a fellow pilot.

Flying high in Norway

Matt Miller of Hornell, New York flies out of the bowl at the Norway Skate Park. He and his friend and photogrpher, Nate Woodruff, are “hitting all the parks we can and shooting photos and video.”

A jet streaks across the sky above the spires of St. Louis Church in Auburn Monday evening.

A jet streaks across the sky above the spires of St. Louis Church in Auburn Monday evening.

A cormorant flies down the Androscoggin River at sunset Monday night with the spires of St. Louis Church in Auburn looms in the background.

A cormorant flies down the Androscoggin River at sunset Monday night with the spires of St. Louis Church in Auburn looms in the background.

I waited and waited for a flock of birds to fly past.  After about a half hour, all I got was a single bird here and there.  I liked the contrail from the jet.  Who knew the comments it generated from the crowd that think the government is putting toxins in the fuel that is poisoning us.  Who knew?  Not sure I am ready to believe that one.

A crow flies between the spires of the former Saint Patrick's Church in Lewiston.

A crow flies between the spires of the former Saint Patrick’s Church in Lewiston. 

Joe Landry stands in the middle of a portion of his model train layout.

Joe Landry stands in the middle of a portion of his model train layout.  Click here to watch a wicked cool video from some unique perspectives.

Michael Miclon, center, on horseback, aka Richard 3, talks to his "army" in a field in Buckfield during filming
Michael Miclon, center, on horseback, aka Richard 3, talks to his “army” in a field in Buckfield during filming

 

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