Rotary Dairy Parlor

Milkers are busy milking in the rotary parlor at the Flood Brothers Farm in Clinton Thursday night. The parlor rotates on 20,000 gal. of water and holds 50 cows at a time. The farm's 1,450 milk cows produce approximately 15,000 gal. of milk per day. The farm is currently in the process of constructing a similar rotary parlor which will hold 100 cows at a time and will be one of the largest parlors in the country, according to farmer Dana Flood.

Howard Dean at University of Maine at Farmington

Howard Dean campaigns to a packed auditorium at University of Maine at Farmington on Wednesday night.

Dean spoke along with Senate candidate Tom Allen about Democrats' positions on important issues and encouraged all present to take advantage of the early voting that will take place today (Thursday) in Farmington.


Front Page Parallel

One of the two front pages photos on the Morning Sentinel today was a picture I took of Maine's Senator Susan Collins campaigning to workers in a shoe factory, the other was a photo of Representative Tom Allen, who is running for her seat, campaigning.
One of the two front page photos of The New York Times today was a picture of Sen. John McCain campaigning in Pennsylvania taken by my former professor Stephen Crowley, the other was a photo of Sen. Barak Obama, who is also campaigning in Pennsylvania.


Went to Belfast, Maine

I went to Belfast, Maine on Monday. Here is my Youtube memoir of that day, a little boring. But not quite as bad as the 7-hour raft trip video.

Waterville Public Library

I just learned today of a recent partnership between local libraries which allows me to use my Lithgow Library & Reading Room card at the Waterville Public Library, Thomas College, Colby College, and the Gardiner Public Library. It is a great discovery.

Maine Wind Power

Before I moved to Maine I would have never thought there would be any controversy involving wind turbine power, but there is. Opponents of wind power say the turbines are ugly, kill birds, and create noise. These turbines are near Freedom, Maine.


Some Halloween Things

Adrianna Wren, 7, and her sister Summer, 3, race back to the starting point after finding objects from a scary scavenger hunt at the Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Unity Barn Raisers and Unity College, and had plenty of activities to keep kids having spooky fun all day at the Unity Community Center.

Richard Miner of Unity only wanted a cup of coffee when he walked into Dunkin' Donuts on College Ave. in Waterville, but he got zombies, too. Chris Osgood of Hallowell spooks out Miner while Jarody waits in the shadows. About a half dozen Zombies showed up for coffee after a failed kickball game at Railroad Square Cinema Saturday evening when the cinema had a special showing of "Night of the Living Dead."


Field Hockey

I don't know if I'd ever heard of field hockey until I moved to Maine a little over a year ago. In New England high schools, field hockey is the girls-only equivalent of football. So it seems.
Skowhegan Area High School's Erin Sevey tries her hardest to score against Lawrence High School during a Wednesday afternoon game at Skowhegan. Sevey scored the first goal for Skowhegan during the game that they won 3-2.


Dress Rehearsal

This is a picture of students from the Kennebec Dance Center dress rehearsing a show called "Thrills and Chills" that will be performed at the Waterville Opera House Friday night at 7 p.m.

I like both of these pictures better than the one that ran in the newspaper.


Haunted Home

I took this photo a couple days ago next door to a last-minute assignment.
Xander Giguere, 3, helps his mother Melissa decorate their yard in Waterville Saturday night. The Giguere's plan to briefly host hundreds of trick-or-treaters to their haunted home on Halloween.


Mt. Megunticook

I have been going to Mt. Megunticook in Camden, Maine often, recently -- while there is still sun. Winter is just around the corner.


Firefighting Course

I took this photo today. I'm unhappy it probably isn't going to run in color. And the front of the B section has a more newsworthy, but boring photo of a vehicle rollover.
Lieutenant Scott Higgins instructs fire fighters in during a pump truck class at the Central Maine Fire Attack School held at Winslow High School this weekend. Approximately 200 fire fighters from around Maine attended the course that is held twice a year in Winslow.

On the Boards

The best thing about this photo is the Jordan logo on that kid's shirt.
Winslow High School students go for a rebound while playing a game of Twenty-one at the basketball court on Dellaire Street in Winslow, Friday. The next few days should be a brisk, with a chance of snow Tuesday night.

Great Catch

They need about 80 more lights to brighten up their field. I shot this at Hi-1, the digital equivalent of film speed iso 3200.
Lawrence High School's Matt Perkins (7) catches a pass to help his team score first against Skowhegan Area High School on Friday night at Reginald P. Clark Memorial Field in Skowhegan. Lawrence went on to beat Skowhegan 35-6.


This is Not a Sign

I went to take a picture of someone's illegal political-performance piece.
Kenneth Green of Lincoln Street tells investigating Officer Tim Hinton what information he knows surrounding the theft of his "Obama for President" sign that was cut from its rope where the gentlemen are standing. Green paid $200 for the sign that was stolen from his front yard late Tuesday night. Officer Hinton said its theft was a Class E misdemeanor.


Acadia National Park Leaf Peeping

I drove to Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain.

People were there to "leaf peep."

They even came on ships from far away to peep the leaves.


Yesterday's News

I took this picture of Todd Palin a couple days ago. The Maine Snowmobile Association has endorsed the McCain-Palin ticket.


Driving to Celebrate the Lowering Price of Gas

This is a gas station on Route 137 between Waterville and Belfast, Maine.


The Turkey Farm

I went to shoot some foliage in Franklin County, Maine. I couldn't resist stopping by The Turkey Farm to shoot some fowlage also. (FYI: turkeys smell slightly better than chickens.)
A bunch of turkeys are being fattened up at The Turkey Farm at 209 Mile Hill Road in New Sharon on Friday afternoon. The farm has pre-sold 44 percent of the tender birdies so far. To place orders or for more information go to theturkeyfarm.com or call 777-2889.


Football Brothers

I went to take this photo of brothers who start on the same High School football team.
Kyle and Cam Bishop both start for Waterville Senior High School's varsity football team. Cam, a reciever, catches passes from his brother Kyle, the team's quarterback.

The rest of the team was behind me harassing the brothers while I was taking the photo.


Went to Acadia National Park

Went to Acadia and climbed the Beehive Trail, which goes up the peak in the background.

Solar-powered camera

Tourist platform built into nature

Penobscot Narrows Bridge


Baxter State Park

Traveling up I-95 to Baxter State Park early in the morning.

Walked across bogs


saw some deer

reaching the top of Doubletop Mountain 5 miles from the trailhead

Mt. Katahdin was closed because of snow and ice

Doubletop has two summits .2 miles apart, both about 3,500 feet in altitude.

looking at the south peak from the north peak

ate some food

heading back down

a lot of the trail goes through running water

saw a live moose in the wild for the first time

drove through some wetlands

took the Golden Road for a while, until near-death by logging truck