Monday, March 24, 2014

Seacoast Soccer Tournament 2014

Select Photos from the Seacoast Soccer Tournament, March 22-23 2014

U13 - Winners of their bracket.


And for your own review, here's the disallowed goal.  Doesn't look like the goalie had possession to me.  Some calls go your way, some don't...


See more pictures of each by clicking the links:




Thursday, March 13, 2014

Finally, Some Real Winter. March Blizzard 2014

It snowed.


So I went to the mountain today and it was closed.  20" of new snow and they are closed.  Wind.  They opened one of the lower mountain lifts at 11:30 but I was long gone.  Took the long way home and took a few snaps.  (click on the image to scroll through larger versions)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Staten Island Ferry

One of the best attractions in New York City is a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry, whether you're sight-seeing or simply commuting to the Rock.  The view of lower Manhattan is amazing, especially now that the Freedom Tower is complete on the outside, but most tourists seem to be more interested in the drive-by of Lady Liberty who is always there with her torch to greet them.

On a recent visit I took the ferry a few times across the harbor and lucked out with beautiful light, a few feathered friends and a US Coast Guard escort.

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What are you looking at?

All photos taken with a Sony NEX 6 camera with post processing in Lightroom.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Frozen Landscape of Lake Champlain

With the ice on Lake Champlain somewhere around 20" thick, its safe to explore frozen west coast of New England.  This trip was simply out a well traveled path to Lone Tree Point, just north of Burlington, Vermont. 

Friday, February 07, 2014

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 Completely Redone

DaveSchmidtPhoto has been completely redone.  Loads of new images, new pages, and a whole new look.  Check it out here.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Gaspé in 72 Hours

One of the motorcycle rides I have had on the to-do list for some time is a ride around the Gaspé Peninsula.  It's just far enough away that it needs four days and getting four days that align with good weather had never materialized, until now.   With that window opened, I loaded the bike and headed north.

Day one started at 2pm after a last minute oil change for the bike.  First target was Beecher Falls, VT, in the very northeast corner of the state.  From there I crossed into New Hampshire and up Route 3 through the very remote northern tip of the state.  The border into Canada was one that you pull up and wait for someone to appear.  Want to avoid lines? This is the place.

In Canada, you immediately you see the change in the landscape as the mountains fade into rolling hills and towns are far more frequent.  I had come this way to ride through Lac-Megantic, where only weeks ago a run-away train had rolled into town late at night and destroyed the center of town and killed 50 people.  A major disaster anywhere, but here in this tiny lake-side tourist town it seemed absolutely surreal.

With the sun dropping, I needed miles and motored to Quebec City for the night.  

Day two needed to end at the tip of Gaspé, which even from Quebec City is a long way away.  With a 6:30 start and highway for the first couple hours I had 200 miles done by coffee at 10am.  From here it was two lane along the coast for the next few hundred miles and the pictures take over...

For 450 miles, there was nothing but epic coastal road.  In places like here, it was clear that the sea was eager to claim back the road.  For this stretch, there was a solid tail wind which boosted gas mileage to over 55 mpg.
The Gaspé has sprouted a lot of wind turbines.

La Martre Lighthouse

Cape Madeleine

Cape Madeleine and the Cape Madeleine light at left.

Cape Madeleine Light

A poor shot of the end of the Gaspé Peninsula.  Stunning in real life.

Cap-Des-Rosiers Light

Looking east along the southern road inside the Forillon National Park near Gaspé.

Looking west along the southern road inside the Forillon National Park near Gaspé.

Beyond Gaspé the view towards the

Beyond Gaspé the view towards the

Beyond Gaspé the view towards the

Sunset from a hilltop just on the edge of Percé

Looking back across the bay towards the tip of Gaspé.

You turn the corner and the town of Percé comes into view.  Spent the second night in a motel at the bottom of this hill.  That tall rock you see here is the same long rock with the hole in it you see below.
Percé is an amazing place and I was on the stony beach late taking long exposures of the rock formations under a clear, moonlit sky.  Those images can be found here.

Heading out of Percé a look back at

Site historique du Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac

The view west when crossing into New Brunswick from Quebec

The view east when crossing into New Brunswick from Quebec
The bike is a Yamaha Super Ténéré

Crossing New Brunswick heading towards Maine.

Somewhere in upper Maine.  Didn't see another car for about 20 miles.
See that bag on the back?  That's the camping gear I never touched.
After dropping into Maine I spent the last night in Camden for a short visit with an old friend doing a workshop at the Maine Media Workshops.  The last 250 miles on day four was spent in the rain figuring out where there were breaches in my rain gear...

Total Miles:   1670
Total Time:  72 Hours

See also:
Long Exposures in Percé and The Road to Nova Scotia