Sunday, July 16, 2006

Summer's Here !

Hello Everyone,

The Moxie Festival in Lisbon Falls, Maine on July 7th through the 9th was a great success, with lots of fun and sun for all, including great Fireworks to celebrate the festivities and of course our famous parade on Saturday morning. My book signing on the first two days of the festival was very encouraging. It was especially heartwarming to see people drive from as far away as Waterville just to meet me and have me sign their copy of my book, Loons of Tacoma Lakes. Sales from my new book continues to be strong. I now have my book distributed in over 28 locations throughout Maine, in bookstores, gift shops and sporting goods outlets. Reorders have started to come in as early as three weeks ago. Very encouraging!

I also had a delightful meeting with the ladies of Altrusa International Inc. of the Pejepscot Area on Wednesday evening, July 12th. Jane Long the President, asked me to give their group a little demonstration of my artwork and talk about my new loon book. This is a great group of ladies getting together to volunteer their services in projects dedicated to community betterment. I had a wonderful evening talking with these ladies about my new book and artwork and enjoyed a nice supper with them at the Brunswick Cafe.

I also continue to photograph the breeding loons at Tacoma Lakes on Sunday morning. I have documented 3 new breeding pairs on film, from Woodbury Pond so far this year, each pair with one newly hatched chick and also a pair that renested for the second time since the end of June. Below is one of the new breeding pairs captured on July 4th with its young chick hiding behind its parent. I should title this one peek-a-boo.

I was also extremely lucky to capture this shot below of a Great Blue Heron in the cove between Sand and Woodbury Pond from my kayak on Monday July 3rd.

Its unbelievable but my photographic opportunities on Woodbury this year have actually outshined last years. Maybe not in quantity, because of all the rain we had this past month, but certainly quality. Once again I have been extremely fortunate capturing the new breeding loons of the area ponds. I will be bringing many of my new loon photographs to my next book signing Saturday, on August 19 at the Winthrop Art Show in the form of bookmarkers, note cards and 4x6 photo magnets for all you loon lovers. Look for me set up in front of the Apply Valley Book Store between 10 AM and 3 PM. Until then, enjoy the summer, have fun and stay cool! Sandy