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I HOPE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT,
ADMIRE THE CLOUDS, CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN, GAZE AT THE STARS,
TRAVEL TO THE DESTINATION YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO VISIT,
OR JUST GET OUT TO EXPLORE YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

Sharing the Wonder of the Solar Eclipse

Jlynn Frazier

I was overcome with joy when I returned to see and read about so many experiences spent outside viewing and capturing images of the solar eclipse. My Instagram feed was flooded with images of wonder, curiosity, and play. I think this is the first time I remember such a widespread sharing of the same subject matter. I loved each and every one of the images I saw because each represents an experience of wonder. I am hopeful that we can find many more days to fill our lives (and our social feeds) with the beauty and awe of the world. 

I totally wanted to get out for a hike to view the eclipse and so we adventured to Little Jackson Mountain in Maine as our viewing spot. The spot itself didn't really make a difference for visibility, but why not make it a day of adventure to chase the sun and clouds (at least that was our thinking on it). When the time came, I pointed my camera up, looking at the screen, and we rotated our two pairs of polarizing sunglasses to capture the partial eclipse.

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Muddy, Bloody, and Joyful

Jlynn Frazier

I run to feel to let go on #GlobalRunningDay.
— Jlynn

Welcome June! Hard to believe that spring is in full swing, with summer just around the corner. In honor of Global Running Day, it seems only natural that I would write and reflect about something that I spend a lot of time doing.

I recently ran at Pineland Farms in New Glouster, Maine for the first time. They host a weekend of trail running fun for all levels (including a canine 5K!). The "big" races were on Sunday and included the 25K, 50K, and 50-miler. I decided to take on the 25K. 

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Training. Sometimes it feels like the picture above. Happy, smiling, and things are going well. Other times it is more like the image below. Pushing forward, determined to leave it all out there on the course. And the picture you are not seeing here is the other times. When things are really hard and you look so tired, winded, and it appears you might not make it.  But, the thing is that you know you have been running and working at it and you know your body will carry you through the race. It is often about convincing yourself (your mind) that you got this.

I have never done this before, but for the first time I had a motto. It actually started the morning as I drove to the race. I was getting anxious thinking, as I often do, that I was not ready for the race. This is then followed by my questions about whether I have done enough training. This is usually just silliness and I have run enough now to know that I just need to go out there and run my race and have enjoy the rhythm of the run that day.

So I set an intention to run the race as best as I could paying attention to my body and when it comes to positive brain talk I would remember to breathe and believe. I remember letting this phrase or motto swirl around in my head that morning. And when creeping thoughts occurred and I starting questioning (doubting) myself during the run, I just kept saying breathe and believe. Then I would take a good deep breath and relax. It is amazing what the body can do when we keep it fueled and at ease to do its thing. 

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Day 50 of #The100DayProject

Jlynn Frazier

Day 50! Wow, it's hard to believe that I am halfway there already. The first image is my 50th image along with a small selection of images captured over the first half of the project. 

Whoa, we’re half way there
Whoa, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand and we’ll make it - I swear
Whoa, livin’ on a prayer
— Bon Jovi

But first, I thought I would share three thoughts about what I have observed so far in this project:

  • It is easier than I thought it would be. Let me explain. Back in April when the project began, I decided to do this project. So far it seems that having made that decision and committed to this helped tremendously. Each day I do not think about whether or not I am going to make an image. I know that I am going to create and post on Instagram. It is just a matter of when and where.
  • I really can do this. Having now reached the halfway point I am thrilled to have made it this far. I am not sure why exactly but I questioned whether I could do this for 100 days, would want to do this for 100 days and whether I could find joy in the process for 100 days. So far so good. 
  • I do need to give myself pep talks. Some days I am happy with the images I create. Some days are okay. Then there are the few days that I have just failed. By failed I mean that an image was very underexposed or just did not come out at all as I had hoped. The first "failed" image I posted was really tough. I thought about just calling it quits or skipping a day. But I made the commitment and said, nope. Committing to this project was about the process and that means showing an image every day, even if you think it is awful. The project is about creating, learning, and growing. As I said at the beginning it is about letting go of perfection and expectation and focusing on the daily joy of the process.  And yes, I am finding great joy in this process!

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