Friday, February 20, 2015

Stormy Stage Harbor Light



During a recent visit to Harding Beach, I photographed Stage Harbor Light during a snow storm.   The dark storm clouds behind the lighthouse provided a moody backdrop.   The snow flakes added a bit of excitement.   Sparse color coming from the trees, grasses and red trim on the lighthouse make the image.   This is a classic New England winter scene.   Trudging a mile each way in the storm to make this image was exhilarating!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Acrobatic Lapland Longspur


On a recent trip to Cape Cod, I was fortunate to find some lapland longspurs.   They were feeding on beach grasses.   All of them were female.   One in particular was balancing upside down as she made her way down a stalk of grass.   This winter has been terribly cold.   With a deep snow pack, wildlife of all shapes and sizes are struggling to find food.   I was glad to watch these birds find a feast!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Adventures in Photography: Snow Bunting in the Grass




In New England, the word snow, usually light, fluffy and harmless, has reached a whole new definition.   When it is uttered, every man, woman and child acquainted with a shovel, feels a dull ache in the lower back, thighs and biceps.   The plowmen simply give a vacant thousand yard stare.   Like the landscape, their spirits are buried under winter’s barrage.   

During this assault from “Old Man Winter”, it would be easy to forget about photography until spring.   With the transformation of the landscape comes an opportunity to rejuvenate all things artistic.    Seeing the land in new ways and finding new sources of inspiration from old haunts is one of the great blessings of winter.  

This is not an easy task.   Simply dressing appropriately, will take close to a half hour.   Once our armor of snow pants, boots, gaiters, hand warmers and multiple layers of gloves are donned, we need to explore by car, skis or snow shoes.    This effort is almost always rewarded.

Setting out with a plan is important.    Have specific goals and locations in mind.   These opportunities often work best with forethought in regards to subject, lighting, and weather conditions.   When preparation does not play out as expected, be flexible.  

On my latest adventure, I went to a remote beach on the Cape.   I spend more time on the beach in the winter than I ever would in the summer.   I love the beach, but I treasure solace and parking, which is rare in the warmer months.  The desolate and bleak landscapes of winter provide the peace and quiet that I seek.   The tranquil sound of the waves breaking upon the land still my soul.

On this day, I had a plan and a back-up plan in mind.   While the back-up plan actually came to fruition, the best image of the day came as a result of being flexible.   Walking through the dunes, I noticed a song bird that I had not seen up close before.   It was knocking seeds off of tall beach grasses.   The bird was so hungry that ignored me as I approached.      Easing myself into the snow pack, I readied my camera equipment and made some beautiful images of a male snow bunting.

The snow bunting is a beautiful bird in its own right, but on this day, the form of the grasses made the image.   The hardest part was keeping up with the small bird as it flitted from stalk to stalk.   It would frequently face away from the camera and it would often be hidden behind clumps of grass.    Moments later it would fly into clear view and rest on top of a stalk of grass for just a moment.   The experience of observing this arctic bird made my day.

Tip of the Month:   Be Flexible.   When well thought out plans don’t come together, look for another opportunity.   This beautiful world is limitless.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Snowy Owl - Soul of the Arctic Limited Edition Prints


My latest exhibit "Snowy Owls - Soul of the Arctic" will continue at the South Shore Science Center in Norwell until February 7.   Many images from the exhibit have already sold.   There are three beautiful panoramic images that will be limited to only ten prints each.   "Before the Storm", "Low Tide" and the stunning "Soul of the Arctic" will be individually signed and numbered.   Included with each of these prints is a certificate of authenticity, documenting which print and which edition you have invested in.   In addition, you will receive a framed copy of the story behind the image.   Each time one of these beautifully crafted images are purchased, the price will increase for the next print.   "Before the Storm" is already on its fourth printing.   Many people have been inquiring about these master prints.   Please be sure to purchase yours before they sell out!   To purchase one of these master prints, you can inquire at the South Shore Science Center or contact me directly at GregLessardPhoto@aol.com

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Snowy Owls Soul of the Arctic Exhibit in the Boston Globe South!!


The Boston Globe South ran a story about my exhibit "Snowy Owls- Soul of the Arctic" in today's paper!   Four of my favorite snowy owl images were featured.    This is the opening sentence of the article "Bird lovers and art enthusiasts can find common ground in the next few weeks at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, where nature photographer Greg Lessard will display a photography exhibit entitled “Snowy Owl: Soul of the Arctic.”  You can read the rest at this link:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2015/01/11/norwell-photo-exhibit-snowy-owls-are-captured-all-their-majestic-glory/KxrVAQAfj6Bb4z5KjHdWUO/story.html






Saturday, January 10, 2015

Thank you!!






 Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you very much for coming out to see my exhibit today!   It was fantastic to see all of you!   The exhibit was a huge success.   There was well over a hundred people there.    I truly appreciate all of you taking time out of your busy schedules to come out and see my images!

There were many people who helped make this exhibit a success.   I must thank Joan Reid, John Galluzzo and Chris Jacobs from the South Shore Science Center.   Their support has been outstanding!  

Thank you to all of the newspapers, magazines and radio stations that publicized this event.   The press coverage was truly tremendous!!

My wonderful and beautiful wife Brenda has made this show possible.   She has helped with many things big and small.   She hung the show and she cared for Sarah while I was out watching owls.  Brenda has helped keep me sane and she has been the best friend I could ask for.   She even bought the lens that I made all of the images with.   Without her support, I would not have done this exhibit.   Thank you Brenda!!!

If you missed the opening, the exhibit will be at the South Shore Science Center in Norwell until February 7.

Thank you again to everyone who helped with this exhibit and to everyone who came out to see it today!

Sincerely,
Greg

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

South Shore Living Published My Article On Snowy Owls

 
I am thrilled that South Shore Living magazine published my article "White as Snow - Winter Adventures of a Nature Photographer."   It is in their January edition and on new stands now.   The article is about what it is like to find and photograph a snowy owl.   My images are featured on four full pages including a two page spread of "Hunting in the Dunes", which is accompanying this post. 

With all of the busy preparations for my upcoming exhibit, I did not get a chance to see the article until yesterday.   My friend Chris Jacobs at the South Shore Science Center congratulated me on the article and let me borrow her copy.   When I finally made it home yesterday, Brenda surprised me with a copy that one of her colleagues had given her.   The layout looked even better than I imagined.  I was ecstatic! 

You can see a beautiful print of "Hunting in the Dunes" and many other wonderful images at the opening of my latest exhibit "Snowy Owls - Soul of the Arctic" at the South Shore Science Center in Norwell.    The opening of the exhibit will be on Saturday, January 10, from 2-4PM.
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