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Jenn at Come Along Farm

Jenn is my niece. She models for me when she’s home from college.  She’s here on spring break so I decided to interview her.

1 – Who is Jenn and what does she do?

I’m a 22-year old student at Lock Haven University double-majoring in Biology and Chemistry because I want to go to pharmacy school. I play basketball and run when I’m not studying. On breaks I model for my aunt, the photographer, and work in the pharmacy department of CVS.

Life is boring right now but when summer comes it’ll pick up.

2 – How often and how far do you run?

I try to run as much as I can during the week. Lately three days, but I’d like to run everyday. I can run further on treadmills because of the slow pace. When it’s nice out I run along the Susquehanna River.

3 – Name three great things about living in Lock Haven and three bad things.

Oh my goodness, I don’t think there is one great thing. (Laughs.) No, there are great things. Like the scenery. That’s it.

Three bad things: 1 – Small town. Nowhere to go and nothing to do.  That makes it sound terrible. (Laughs.)  2 -Wal-Mart is the only place to go for anything. Well not for anything, but…most things. I went to Wal-Mart one time and the guy that was ringing me up, I guess he was my age, he said hi and I said hi back, and I was just being polite, and he started going off on this tangent about how he plays this video game on the computer about dragons, and how you really gamble your money with it, and that’s what he uses his paychecks for. He went on for five minutes. It was crazy. 3 – The train goes through the town five times everyday, and the engineer feels the need to be louder at night with his whistle, or whatever it’s called.  It rattles everything!

4 – What’s on your iPod?

Lots of Beatles. I like to play “Good Day Sunshine” when I’m driving. Jay-Z, Counting Crows, The Doors, Paramore. I like upbeat things when I run. I also have Britney’s latest album, I think it’s called “Blackout,” and some Kelly Clarkson.

5 – Do you collect anything?

I picked up a bunch of seashells in Florida last summer. That’s it.

6 – Tell us about your trip to Florida last summer and what you did.

I went with my family and friends on a treasure hunt. I won’t reveal where. We had a picnic on the beach with three full coolers of food. We walked it all off with our metal detectors. I’m such a beach bum. I woke up early on the last day just so I could get a few extra hours of sun on the beach. The beach was very private and I’m used to the New Jersey beaches which are always packed. We’re going again this year and I’m really looking forward to it. 

One night we had dinner and played Sequence Dice and everyone was really competitive.  The teams were really funny – Mike & Neil were the best.

7 – What’s your oldest memory?

My friends and I would play with Barbie dolls and we would give them really high-pitched voices. When I went to preschool I was nervous because I thought girls should have really high-pitched voices and I thought my voice was too low. My mom stayed with me on the playground while the other kids started class.

8 – What’s your favorite meal?

Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries, corn on the cob, cranberry sauce, cornbread, any kind of pickles, black cherry soda and pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream. And an omelet with mushrooms, bacon, spinach and salsa. I love to eat! (Laughs).

9 – Are you single?

I’m not married.

10 – The James Lipton rundown:

• Favorite word? Petunia.
• Least favorite word? A tie between “folks” and “y’all.”
• What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? The outdoors.
• What turns you off? Loud people in small places.
• Favorite curse word? Sh**.
• What sound or noise do you love? The swoosh of a basketball net.
• What sound or noise do you hate? Scraping metal of any kind. Like a colander in the sink.
• What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? A baker.
• What profession would you not like to do? Inspector at a conveyer belt.
• If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Finally!”

You can see more of Jenn at my photoblog, www.durhamtownship.com.  

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Moon Over Lake Nockamixon

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Palisades Gallery for my show opening last night – what a great time!  I didn’t get a chance to talk with everyone because it was so well-attended, so if I missed you, please forgive me.   Send me a note and let’s catch up!

Special thanks to those who came from quite a distance – especially the Hofmann boys! – and to my good friend, Moe Telsichs, for the flowers.  

Hope you caught the full lunar eclipse on the way home – it was gorgeous.

Here’s the statement that accompanies the 24 images in my show:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Between 1982 and 1997, America converted over 25 million acres of rural land — primarily farmland, pastures and ranches — into subdivisions, malls, workplaces, roads, parking lots, et al. That’s about equal to the combined land mass of Maine and New Hampshire.

We’ve been developing 2 million acres of rural land per year for the last 20 years.

If the trend continues, America will develop an additional 85 million acres of countryside by 2050. That’s about equal to the combined land mass of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

WHAT DO WE GAIN AND WHAT DO WE LOSE?

We gain infrastructure, homes, roads, shops, schools, parking spaces, hotels, resorts and jobs.

We lose wetlands, woodlands, hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, clean water, the ability to grow our own food, and as recent studies have shown, our mental & physical health, and our sense of well-being.

I want my photographs to help Americans question the worth of our land above & beyond its monetary value.

How much is an open horizon worth to us?

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Show Postcard

Two weeks!  Yikes!  I can’t believe I’ve been away that long.

I took a break from writing to prepare for a show of my prints that opens Wednesday, February 20th (tomorrow!) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades High School Gallery.   I’m very honored to participate in the ongoing “Community Art Series” organized by Cathy Beck and Kim DeNato, the school’s art teachers.

The show features 24 images all taken within the last 18 months. Most appear on my photoblog at www.durhamtownship.com.  Even if you’ve seen the images on the web, it’s quite a different experience to view them in print — the level of detail really brings them to life!

Hope you’ll stop by and say hello!  

Palisades High School Gallery

Route 412 & Church Hill Road

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania 18930

February 20 – April 2, 2008

Opening reception:  Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

(Gathering afterwards at the Ferndale Inn, Route 611 & Church Hill Road, Ferndale, PA)

Closing party: Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Tree People

I’m now a card-carrying member of the Mason-Dixon Trail system.

The Mason-Dixon trail is 193 miles long and connects the Appalachian Trail to the Brandywine Trail.  It starts at Whiskey Springs, Cumberland County, PA, and follows the west bank of the Susquehanna to Havre de Grace, MD. Across the Susquehanna it continues through Elk Neck State Forest to the Christina River in Delaware, then White Clay Creek in Chester County, PA. It terminates at the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, PA.

It’s not well-known — I grew up in Chadds Ford and never heard of it until two weeks ago!

For $15 you can become a member, too, and receive a very detailed set of 10 maps with specific instructions by the mile — plus a cool patch for your hat or jacket. Visit www.masondixontrail.org for more details.

The trail seems to follow a lot of back roads but there are sections along old logging roads, through fields and woods, too. I’m looking forward to hiking Map 3: “Wago Junction at the Susquehanna River to Trinity Church Road south of Wrightsville.”  Looks like unparalleled views of the Susquehanna River and the surrounding landscape. 

I’m imagining a foggy morning in June… 

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