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Maine: Emery Mills

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The ice is thawing on Mousam Lake in Emery Mills.  The reflection of the pines on the open water is a beautiful contrast to the melting sheet of ice still rimming the shore.

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Maine: Salt Ice Low Tide Kittery

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At low tide the plates of ice on the edge of the river break up and lie scattered on top of the mud. When the tide rises the water travels back up the creeks and the ice floats in like pieces of a puzzle. 

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Maine: Milton Mills

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When we  were out scouting for painting locations with open water one afternoon we drove into the sleepy little town of Milton Mills. It is on the border of Maine and New Hampshire.  A small rushing river and a mill pond are what is left of industry there. The river is the border between the two states.

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Great Bay Ice

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From  the shore of Durham Point, New Hampshire Great Bay stretches out and wraps around you. The narrow bays stay ice locked longer than the large open areas where the ice cakes float by silently in the tides that barely create a ripple as they go in and out.
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Great Bay Thaw

Icebergs on Great Bay, 6×8 Watercolor



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You know spring is just around the corner when the ice breaks up on Great Bay. All these little icebergs bob around then float out to sea on the tide.

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Watching Ice Melt…

A really great thing happens when you are out doors painting…stuff just happens and you roll with it. 
Hey, we know the rules of the game: its gets hot, its gets cold, it gets dark, the wind stops blowing, the wind starts blowing, the tide comes in, the tide goes out, it starts snowing, raining, sleeting or…it gets sunny!  
A guy comes home from fishing and rows away in your “model dory”, a really big boat docks, blocking the view of your subject…or a guy drives up in a pickup truck, gets out a chain saw and cuts down the tree you are painting!  Really – it happens. 
My 5 star event was getting caught in a cattle drive in Targhee Canyon … 

This day was peachy…the stars were aligned.  
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Salt Water & Green Ice

A quiet, moody morning on Adams Point was the perfect place to set up and paint.  As winter moves into spring the changes are rapid. A couple of days of warm temperatures  can make a huge difference. I really love watching the ice break up and move around as spots of open water take over the once frozen bay . 




Adams Point on Great Bay 

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