Sabattus River

Here’s a short time lapse video I made the other night. My whole plan was to make one photograph with star trails, which I did, and I’ll post that photo at another time. Since I had the photos I figured I’d play around in Photoshop and put together a video. It’s a compilation of 90 images and it’s 45 minutes condensed to under 4 seconds. The video would’ve been longer but I got cold and some clouds were moving in so I called it a night. The flashes of light are headlights of cars going by in the disatance,

6-24-15 Sabattus River Daisys

The other night the northern lights were visible in Maine. I wasn’t out with my camera that night but I read some Facebook chatter the lights were going to make another appearance on Wednesday night. When I got out of work I grabbed my camera and took a drive to Sabattus River, the aurora was a no show but I did get this image of a batch of daisys. There was a half moon out so the milky way didn’t show up as brilliantly as it did last Friday. This time of year and the time of night I was out, the milky way shows up best looking south, I was looking north hoping to spot the northern lights. As for the daisys, I used my headlamp to skim a little light onto the blossoms.

7-3-13 Moneywort V

The rainy conditions from Monday continued into Tuesday and kept on going until this morning so I decided to go back to the Papermill Trail to photograph the moneyworts again. As you can see the water level is higher than it was Monday (compared to the last post), it’s rare for it to be this high this time of year. Normally, where the water is flowing, it’s bone dry in July. The yellow blossoms may grow there every year  but I think the water flowing around them makes for a more interesting picture than if the rocks were dry and a harsh gray.


7-3-13 Moneywort Blossoms


7-1-13 Moneywort at Sabattus River2


I’ve been to Sabattus River hundreds of times through the years and it doesn’t matter how many times I go, there is always something new to photograph. These moneywort blossoms are growing just off the Papermill Trail in Lisbon Falls. It was raining when I took this picture yesterday, I got wet and the camera got wet but I think it was worth it. Another advantage with the rain, I had the whole trail to myself.

5-9-13 Sabattus River and Moosewood Blossoms


I went to Sababttus River in Lisbon Falls this morning and walked the Papermill Trail. I never get tired of going to the river, there is always something new to photograph and I’ve been going there for over 25 years. These moosewoods are currently blossoming, I’ve seen them in the past but they are on the opposite side of the river from the trail.  I’ve never gotten near them usually because of high water.  This year the water is extremely low for spring time. Two factors contribute to this, the lack of rain we’ve had and the dam in Lisbon washed out last summer. For the top image I used my polarizing filter and a four stop ND fliter to get the soft water.

Below is a close up of the moosewood flowers.

5-9-13 Moosewood Blossoms

4-30-13 Painted Turtles

4-30-13 Three Painted turtles

4-30-13 Single Painted Turtle


I went kayaking on the Sabattus River on Tuesday afternoon, the temps were warm and the painted turtles were everywhere. I must’ve seen 65 to 70 sunning themselves on the shore, on rocks and fallen logs. A lot of them would slip back into the water as I paddled past but a few turned out to be less skittish, those are the ones I photographed. I only bothered to photograph the ones where the water was  the background, I also saw a couple of snapping turtles but they were submerged and I wasn’t able to get a picture. The only bad part about this paddle is I lost my brand new pair of polarized sunglasses that I just purchased at LL Bean, it was the first time I used them, now they rest on the bottom of the river.