Join us… Monday, from February 5, 3:00 to 4:00pm.
“My time was managed by Mother Nature.” So writes nature and wildlife photographer Thomas Mark Szelog in the introduction of the book, By a Maine River: A Year of Looking Closely. And, as this book proves, what a privilege it was! Szelog and his wife Lee Ann document – in Thomas’s photos and in writings by them both – the experience of looking closely at their 70 acres of the Maine woods through the passage of one full year. Tom set himself a challenge the sage of Walden Pond would have understood and endorsed: find and photograph—within the confines of one seventy acre, fairly typical central Maine property—at least one interesting, surprising, beautiful, or memorable wildlife or nature image every week, for an entire year. The Szelog’s will present a narrated photography presentation about their work at the Lincoln Home on February 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
The making of By a Maine River was an ambitious project, one that required patience and skill and sometimes considerable fortitude. Enduring all kinds of weather, and sometimes waiting out the last of the daylight, Thomas kept his vigil and got his photographs. The result is an unusual visual journal, a personal almanac, a keepsake unique to one time and one place yet conveying a universal message: we are not the only beings making a living from this land. In his year of looking closely, Szelog captured moments and images that Maine still offers in abundance—a great blue heron’s transfixing stare; a translucent snake skin on brightly multicolored lichens; a gauzy snow devil catching the sun for an instant, a coyote coolly assessing a human intruder to its domain. “I was alone for a year in the forest, but I was not lonely,” writes the single-minded photographer. “In the forest I found peace.” As the images on the pages of By a Maine River suggest, he found that and more.
By A Maine River is the couple’s second book, published by Down East Books. Their first book, Our Point of View – Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse chronicles the 14 years they resided at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine. The book was honored with a number of awards and recognitions: Selected as one of the Best Photo Books by Shutterbug magazine; winner of Best Maine-Themed Book in the Maine Literary Awards from the Maine Writers and Publishers Association; and a Gold Medal winner from the Independent Publishers Association for best regional non-fiction.
Thomas Mark Szelog has spent his entire life observing, writing and/or photographing wildlife. He has been a full-time professional photographer for 35 years, specializing in photographing wildlife, nature, and landscapes. He has earned the reputation and is often described as “one of Maine’s most renowned wildlife photographers,” and is a recipient of the Philip Hyde Award, presented annually to a photographer who is working to preserve the condition of the natural environment through the art of photography. Lee Ann is the President of Simply Put, LLC, specializing in presentations on communication, attitude, human relations and wellness, of ourselves and our planet. As passionate wildlife advocates, they also work collaboratively, sharing their words and photographs in narrated photography presentations and books to educate and inspire people about the important role our natural world plays in our lives.
Admission is free.
The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle. For more information, please contact Rhonda Hanna, 563-3350, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, January 22, from 3:00 to 4:00pm, take a late spring visit to Finland and Oslo Norway. Michael Perry’s inspiring photos, mixed with his warmth and humor, fascinating history, local lore, and unique trivia will chase away the winter blues.
12/9 OPEN HOUSE: DISCOVER What Makes HARBORVIEW COTTAGE at The Lincoln Home A Unique Memory Loss Community
Discover what makes Harbor View Cottage a very unique Memory Loss Community in midcoast Maine. Join us at our Open House on Saturday, December 9, from 10am – 2pm, to learn more about our holistic approach to memory loss care.
Our safe and secure community at Harbor View Cottage is a home-like haven of professional and loving care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Specially trained staff engage each resident individually and personally promoting feelings of success and accomplishment, contentment and self-esteem, enrichment and engagement, appropriate to the level of each resident.
A high staffing ratio of licensed staff certified in dementia care, on-staff RN’s, and a holistic approach to medication management, ensures top notch medical support. Working in partnership with the individual, family, and physician, we develop a lifestyle plan that addresses each person’s physical, psychosocial and activity/recreational needs. Ongoing communication with families encourages family involvement and understanding of the program to enhance the life of each resident.
Healthy, well balanced home cooked meals are served around our dining room table. In the warmer months, we enjoy outdoor garden walking paths, and a lovely patio with views of the harbor. Our bus takes residents to fun and engaging outings in and around the beautiful midcoast. Each resident has their own Ipod, with music chosen specifically geared to their interests.
We have an opening for your loved one to become part of our family. Join us to learn more on Saturday, or call Steve Raymond for an individual tour, 563-3350. Please park at The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle, and we will transport you across the street, as parking is limited.