Over the years I found that the Maine coast has abundant seaweed of every color and variety. One year, we had a full moon and an almost historic low tide. New forms of seaweed were revealed that I had never seen before:
‘Potpourri’, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and the many multicolored layers of ‘Mille Fiori Tapestry’ were captured that day by my camera, as well as ‘Mermaid’s Nosegay’, ‘Branching Out’, and ‘Linguini’.
Midsummer Night's Dream
Now and Then
Mille Fiori Tapestry
Heart of the Matter
Vale of Tears
In the summer of 2018, I was in love with seaweed in every form: whether in the ocean, on the beach or dried on my porch. Many shapes emerged as I pulled it apart. Then the fun started by decorating it with other finds from the land - hops, blackberries, coleus, wild carrot blossoms, or cranberries.
Dried seaweed form a perfect bouquet with mountain cranberries.
Bouquet with Wild Carrot
A dried seaweed bouquet is embellished by a wild carrot blossom.
Hops Blossom Bouquet
On a walk, I discovered a vine of hops and started decorating my dried seaweed bouquet.
From all the seaweed I collected a dancer emerged.
To my eye, this shape of dried seaweed looks like an old-fashioned pin.
Another sculptural discovery that looks like it could make a decorative pin.
A found branch with lichen was embellished with seaweed and blackberries.
Seaweed and Blackberries
What a combination of land and sea!
Coleus and Dried Seaweed
Another interesting combination of texture and color.
Hops and Seaweed
On a walk this summer in Maine, I discovered one vine of hops amidst roses and weeds. I took it home and it became part of many creations.
A simple part of a hops vine.
Hops in black and white
Hops, so delicate and yet so versatile.
Hops and Blackberries
A small bouquet of hops and blackberries, a pleasing combination.
A Seaweed and Hops Pin
When I found the different shapes of dried seaweed, I knew that decorating it with the vivd green hops would work nicely.
Hops and Seaweed Sculpture
Another combination of sculptural seaweed and bright green hops.
Seaweed Bouquet with Hops
My little sculptural bouquet looks great embellished with the addition of hops.
Assemblages of Land and Sea
Over the summer in coastal Maine I collected seaweed, birch bark, mushrooms, hops, branches with lichen and hanging moss, ant eaten branches, shells and other items of the sea.
Birch Bark with Hops and Mushroom
Combining found items like birch bark, seaweed, hops and mushroom cap made a pleasing assemblage.
Bark, Feather and Antler
Lots of rich textures this gathering of different bark, feather and deer antler.
Seaweed, Bark, Lichen and Pine Cones
A collection of different bark, seaweed, lichen and pine cones came together nicely.,,
Land and Sea Tableau
Birch bark forms a tray to carry items from land and sea.
Tableau of Land and Sea with Starfish and Mushroom
Such diverse items as seaweed, hops, starfish, mushroom, moss, hops, nasturtium and lichen form another tableau.
Branches, Hops, and Hanging Moss
Combining twigs with hanging moss with an ant-eaten branch and some hops seem an unlikely combination.
Monochrome Twigs with Hops
There is a delicacy about the combination of twigs, hanging moss and hops.
Hoarfrost is deposit of ice crystals on objects exposed to the free air, such as grass blades, tree branches, or leaves. It is formed by direct condensation of water vapour to ice at temperatures below freezing and occurs when air is brought to its frost point by cooling.
A surprise that I have waited for a long time: hoar frost crystals having formed overnight.
Covered in Lace
Branches covered in hoar frost crystals.
All vegetation was covered in these delicate crystals to form a winter wonderland.
Frosty Seed Pod
A closeup of a seed pod covered in delicate ice crystals.
Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku
Shinrin-Yoku is the Japanese concept of spending time in the forest and letting its atmosphere restore you.It has benefits both psychological and physiological.
Forest Bathing by Tasha O'Neill Photography
For an exhibit at D&R Greenway Land Trust, I created a nature show based on the Japanese concept of Shinrin-Yoku.
Images were taken in the coastal woods of Maine and preserved land near Princeton, NJ.
I created an assemblage of horizontal slices of common images to bring out their essence: cobwebs with dew, dill blossoms. dew drops in a web, ripening blueberries under a dewy web, fern and pine fronds, and moss and English Soldier lichen.
English or British Soldier Lichen
This lichen is less than 1/4 tall and lives in almost hidden places that are damp. It attaches to rotten wood or crevasses.
Dew on Grass
Delicate dew drops grace this simple blade of grass.
Delicate tufts of color fungus can be found in the woods of Maine.
Ants ate their way through this brittle pine.
A beech leaf and its shadow.
The bunchberry is the fruit of a plant related to the Dogwood tree. The blossoms are almost the same.
The Poetry Walk behind D&R Greenway Land Trust.
Also see AROUND PRINCETON, NJ page
Rain drops and dew drops are transforming flowers and cobwebs into gleaming magical worlds.
Just one dew drop is reflecting my garden.
Jack and the Dew Stalk
Aster with Dew
Purple Aster with Dew
Homage to Tiffany
Here are painterly images of trees. Some are variations on a theme and would look great displayed as a series. Seal Cove Sunset and Podunk Pond are special favorites.
Birch at Sunrise
Renewal in Blue
Sycamore in Blue
Birch in a Storm
Birch at Dawn
Seal Cove Sunset
Podunk Pond, MA
One of my favorite walks is Ship Harbor in Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, ME
I took this upward looking view on one of the preserved trails of D&R Greenway in Hopewell, NJ
This venerable old tree stands for longevity having survived despite fire and destruction.
Bass Harbor is the last working harbor on Mt Desert Island. The Schooners are visiting Somes Sound for the Centennial celebration of Acadia National Park. Visiting Cadillac Mtn and the Park Loop Rd are a must on your tour of the island.
Bass Harbor Dinghies
Blue Sky Heaven
Angelique and Friend
Serenity - Cairn
Cadillac Mountain View
Acadia - Park Loop Rd
Bridge - Somesville, ME
Lupines in Goose Cove, Maine
Lupine Land - Maine
Lupines in the Fog
Lupines with Trees
Miniatures are a collection of small portraits of flowers, images of dew, frosty ice berries, bamboo with abstract droplets, Ranunculus, Protea, and a glass chandelier.
On the Brink
Homage to Tiffany
Homage to Chihuly
Around Princeton, NJ
Images close to my heart.
Winter Scene - Kingston, NJ
Off the bridge where George Washington crossed the Millstone River in Kingston, NJ
Frosty Seed Pod
A seed pod covered in frosty ice crystals.
Hoar Frost Crystals
When fog freezes it produces hoar frost.
Behind D&R Greenway Land Trust lies the Greenway Meadow. A Poets' Walk has been established with poetry stations and benches to appreciate the landscape.
Reflection with Leaf
Reflections in Water
Reflections of fall foliage in the Raritan River at Ken Lockwood Gorge in NJ. are shown in extreme closeups of colorful trees mirrored in still or ruffled waters. They create abstract renderings of red and gold trees, white trunks of birches and rocks.
Tremulations - Panorama view
Night scenes with a full moon.
Mt Desert Island, and Acadia National Park in particular, have been my summer haven for more than 30 years. All the images here were taken at public or private gardens and the shore.
Reflecting Pool with Lantern
This Japanese stone lantern is the perfect spot for a meditative moment, as one contemplates the trees reflecting in a pool of water.
Japanese stone lantern set in Asticou Gardens, Northeast Harbor, ME