New Hampshire Highland Games

Hafthor Bjornsson - Game of Throne's "The Mountain"

Every fall, New Hampshire hosts the New Hampshire Highland Games. This is a Highland Games competition and a Scottish heritage festival. It was held at the Loon Mountain Resort. The festival consists of merchants selling traditional Scottish items and food, and a Highland Games competition featuring both amateur and professional athletes from around the world.

This year, Hafthor Bjornnson attended as a celebrity guest and competitor. You may know him from Game of Thrones, where he plays Ser Gregor Clegane, also known as “The Mountain.” He set two world records. One for lifting a 341 pound stone over his head, and the other for throwing a 56 pound weight over a bar 19 feet 9 inches high.

TEDx Amoskeag Millyard

Indian Dancer
Maansi Desai performs an Indian dance routine.
Maansi Desai performs an Indian dance routine.

This weekend I had the honor of photographing the TEDx Amoskeag Millyard event in Derry, New Hampshire. The speakers were fantastic, and I had to remind myself to keep taking pictures, as I found myself getting pulled in to their talks. The event was held at the Stockbridge Theater, part of the Pinkerton Academy campus in Derry. The theater was amazing, plenty of room, plenty of vantage points to take photographs from, but the lighting was difficult since the theater was kept relatively dark with the only real lighting being on the speakers.

 

Rob Spencer talks about mindful mortality.
Rob Spencer talks about mindful mortality.

The event consisted of multiple speakers and a list of topics ranging from responsible farming and yoga as medicine, to aging and end of life acceptance. There were talks about overcoming hardships, the opioid crisis, and making math fun. It was a long day, but it was very inspiring. I would highly recommend this event to anyone and everyone!

 

Read more about this event here.

New England Barn

New England Barn

I grew up just a few miles from this barn. For as long as I remember, it was in rough shape, but lately, its days seem numbered. While this side is quite a sight, the other side is covered in blue tarps, in a last ditch effort to keep the weather out. There are warning signs and keep out signs posted throughout the property.

Scenes like this remind me of how rural New England is, and why I have chosen to live here. Hopefully this photograph can help to keep this building’s memory alive long after the physical structure has fallen.

A Light in the Fog

Train in the fog

As fall arrives in New England, the weather is turning as fast as the leaves fall. Mornings are getting colder, damper, and darker. This particular morning, I woke up excited to get up, go for a morning drive, and take some photos. I was headed for a set of falls on this morning, but on the way, drove along the river, which an eerie steam rising from it. As much as I wanted to stop, I thought that this effect of steam would be incredible rising from the falls, which were just a few miles down the road.

As I got closer to the falls, visibility decreased, and everything became a monotone gray. From the shore, the falls were barely visible, certainly not visible enough to photograph. I decided to head back upstream to the part of the river where the steam was rising before. Unfortunately, the fog had descended on that section of the river as well, and the opportunity for a photograph was gone.

I decided to head home, tail between my legs, disappointed that I missed an opportunity. As I sulk, a light caught the corner of my eye. I slowed down, pulled over, and found this amazing view of a train in the fog. I have seen this train a thousand times, it comes to the cement company in town multiple times a week to pick up loads. In the daylight, it’s your average train, but in this fog, it’s a sight to behold! My morning was saved.

Olympus 25mm f1.8

I recently purchased an Olympus 25mm f1.8 mft lens for my OM-D E-M10. So far it has been a great lens. It is equivalent to a 50mm full-frame focal length, essentially the nifty-fifty for the micro four-thirds format. Auto focus is fast with this lens! I’ll update the post with more pics as I take them.

Cat taken with Olympus 25mm f1.8
Taken with Olympus 25mm f1.8 on OM-D E-M10