- I been a professional photographer since I worked for the US Government documenting Test and Evaluation of Research and Development projects for the US Army and US Navy in the later half of the 1980s. I came home to Maine to finish my Marketing Degree at USM and began to work full time in Market Research and Marketing for many years while documenting weddings and occasional photojournalist and commercial jobs on the weekends. In 2001 I again returned to photography as a full time trade and have never been a happier man. I love working with creative individuals, couples, small businesses and select Non-Profits and can’t imagine working in any other trade. In 1987 I was lucky enough to wed my high school sweetheart and we now live in a cozy little solar powered, recycled bungalow a mile deep in our woods in the Western Hills of Maine with our two brilliant home-schooled teenage daughters and our three cats.
2005 - Week 5 and Musher's Bowl Photos
My wife Tracey and our grrrls, Nicky (7) and Beth (6) prepare to take a ride on a snowmobile drawn dogsled.
This weekend was the annual Mushers Bowl in our neighboring town of Bridgton!
Highland Lake has a foot of ice on it and the weather was absolutely beautiful. The hitherto frozen masses turned out for ice skating, hayrides, snowmobile (aka 'skidoo') rides and dogsled rides.
Snomobile, dogsled and skijouring races.
Pancake breakfasts, chowder lunches, hot dogs. Rescue ice dive team demonstrations, craft shows, ice fishing, a Moose Doo catapault contest, broomball tournament and the Winter Carnival Dance at the Town Hall!
One of the most fun events (to watch) is the "Freezin' for a Reason" Ice Dip at 1pm on Saturday. The 'jumpers' have all collected pledges to jump into a large hole cut in the foot thick ice of Highland lake. The pledges benefit the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter which all of the local towns Animal Control Officers make use of. Last year for the ice dip, the air temperature was hovering in the low single digits. (if that!) This year everyone had it easy (said the photographer who stayed warm and dry through the whole event!)...the air temp was a near tropical above 40ºF!
So basically, everyone lines up in a roped off channel leading to the water and they 'jump' into the water in teams....
Some plunge in to the water seemingly in anguish...
while others think that if they splash about a LOT it won't feel so cold...
But some take the time to revel in the adoration of the crowd...
All in all the whole weekend is a great time and luckily happens just when we all realise that there are 6 long weeks of bitter cold, snow, slush and ice left until the vestiges of mudtime begin to showup for sure here in Maine....then we get to complain about the black flies!
For those who care.... all photographs in this entry were made with a Nikkor 24-120VR lens on a Nikon D2H and sometimes with an SB30 flash for fill.