Saddle Up

With everything going on in our world related to the virus it’s just such a stranger and unusual time that is like nothing we have ever experienced before. It is a time to be careful and cautious, and while it hasn’t been a great time for creating brand new work, it has instead been a great time to appreciate past trips and travels. The months ahead will certainly be a journey for us all, but we have to just saddle up and ride through the waves as best as we can.

A horse resting near it’s stable in the hills of Dingle.

Pastel Break

An abstract view of a wave breaking along the shoreline of Miacomet Beach.

Nantucket is a magical place for both it’s culture as well as it’s landscape, and I love spending time on the island and photographing the quintessential New England scenery. I came upon this abstract scene on a stormy evening roaming Miacomet Beach, and while accentuating time within the photograph I think it helped render the never-ending motion of the waves careening onto the beautiful sandy shoreline.

Walden Sunset

A glowing autumn sunset at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)
A glowing autumn sunset at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)

There are a lot of spots on our beautiful planet that provide a great view of the sunset, but I will always say that Walden Pond is a local favorite. Known for it’s historic past with the writings of Thoreau, it’s a busy suburban Boston spot during the summer months but the best seasons to visit the location are really the autumn and winter months.

This October sunset had the perfect positioning for the warm glow setting below the cloud cover and the vibrant colors reflecting upon Walden’s waters. It’s a great spot that is worth checking out for anyone in the New England area.

Green Summer

The vibrant forest land of Minuteman National Park on a warm June afternoon. (Michael J. Clarke)
The vibrant forest land of Minuteman National Park on a warm June afternoon. (Michael J. Clarke)

One of my favorite characteristics about the New England landscape is the degree of change that is reflected on the area as the different seasons come and go. The lush and alive vibrance of summer is what gives the cold and empty feelings of winter such stark contrast, and it really is a beautiful thing.

I came upon this layered scene of sunlight and forest life on a warm June afternoon and was struck by the complexity of the forest in front of me. From the floor to the treetops the growth and vibrance of summer was in full swing at this moment, and it’s a stunning time of year within the local landscape.

The Misty Mountains

The trees and misty mountains during a summer afternoon in Pinkham Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)
The trees and misty mountains during a summer afternoon in Pinkham Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

Crawford Notch includes some of the most rugged landscapes of New England, and they are easily some of the best photographic lands of the area. The Mount Washington area is known for it’s quickly changing and unpredictable weather, and even in the summertime it’s hard to tell exactly what the weather will bring or how quickly it might change.

I made this picture on a summer afternoon that included both rain and sunshine, and this moment captured the blending of both conditions as fog and storm clouds rolled through the valley while the sun broke through simultaneously and illuminated the green forests of the area.

Crawford Colors

Autumn foliage in Crawford Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)
Autumn foliage in Crawford Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

The explosion of color that descends upon the New England landscape during the month of October makes for easily one of the most visually magical times of the year. The colors shine especially brightly within the rugged mountain areas of Crawford Notch, and I made this picture on a warm autumn evening when the clear and crisp mountain air allowed the tree colors to glisten like lanterns in the forest.

Square #3 – Peak Foliage

Peak fall foliage in Harts Location, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)
Peak fall foliage in Harts Location, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

This is the awesomeness of peak fall foliage in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The season brings an explosion of color that is a delight to see and is in full swing during the magical month of October in New England.

Square #2 – Point Judith

Point Judith Light on a cold January evening. (Michael J. Clarke)
Point Judith Light on a cold January evening. (Michael J. Clarke)

Despite being the smallest state in the USA, Rhode Island is an awesome one and has plenty of landmarks that are interesting and absolutely worth checking out, and Point Judith is no exception. At the far edge of the picturesque coastal town lies Point Judith Light, and it was shining with glory on this cold and crisp January evening.

Start of 2017

Well 2016 is now officially in the books. It was quite a year, and i’d certainly say it was a busy one both in my own world and the whole world in general. We lost some great rock starts and viewed what will probably go down as the craziest election year that we will witness as a generation and society in general, but heres to hoping that the goodness of humanity continues moving in the right direction and that we stay productive and prosperous all around the world.

I’m not crazy about resolutions since the years find a way to all mesh together in the end, but the turn of the calendar makes for a great time to refresh a bit and find new energy and focus to build upon going forward.

I will be focusing the upcoming year on printed art, with both the creation of new work as well as sharing work from past years that deserves to be printed and placed where photographic artwork is needed.

Busy is a good thing, and the past few years have been a whirlwind of work and travel, but I hope to one day look back upon 2017 and see it as a year where many prints found a new home upon walls and places all around the nation. Cheers and lets together make it a great year ahead.

Spring evening in Boston, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)
Spring evening in Boston, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)

Sunset over Jost Van Dyke

Within my photographic adventuring, I photograph a lot of sunsets. They are the time of the day where the world is typically most vibrant, and I particularly love how their intensity grows rather than retracts as it does during sunrise.

Its a time of day that I try to stay keenly aware of, as they are something that take form with changing conditions and when the atmosphere aligns just right, they cast our landscapes in profoundly beautiful lighting conditions. The sunsets in the British Virgin Islands like this scene below rarely disappoint. They are a landscape that is particularly perfect for sunset conditions, as the remote islands and vast oceans add a lot of character to the stunning scenery. Jost Van Dyke, the little island off in the distance within this scene, was nested perfectly within this scene as a vibrant sunset cast its painterly warmth upon the island setting on this Caribbean evening.

A vibrant sunset over Jost Van Dyke seen from Cane Garden Bay on Tortola. (Michael J. Clarke)
A vibrant sunset over Jost Van Dyke seen from Cane Garden Bay on Tortola. (Michael J. Clarke)