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Naturally Doubly Exposed Pier by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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https://www.madefromrigallery.com - The waterfront is a wonderful metaphor for many things. In this case, looking at something from more than one perspective. An explainable mystery that we cannot fully wrap our minds around. 

Here we see a typical pier surface with marine growth and a few small barnacles. Wonderful shapes and textures, especially the swirls of the woodgrains in the spiles. The reflections in the calm water's surface with only mild disturbances and ripples. And all at the same moment seeing below the water at the same time.

The whole image conjures up the thought of M. C. Escher and his work. Everything here is explainable by science and mathematics. It is all-natural. Photo manipulation is not involved. The reflections are from the angle of incidence of light on the flat calm water. The viewing

Newport Harbor Dock Space Found by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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https://www.madefromrigallery.com - Pier Side Reflections (Photo from our "Seascapes/Shoreline" Portfolio - select photos to enlarge)


Pier Side ReflectionsCalm waters among empty piers and docks under overcast skies in Newport Harbor. Newport, Rhode Island.




We found something that is rare for Newport Harbor; free dock space. If you find a mooring in the water, there is free mooring space as well. Of course, this is not in season.

This is that moment that is between winter and spring. Activity will be starting soon. Boatyard sounds will join this activity. Sanders will buzz, heavy equipment will emit a deep bass, and an onomatopoeic "tink" of halyards on aluminum masts will sound. Boats will move from land to pier, stepping of masts occurs, and engines defogged. Newport will be

Shadows Fall by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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"Darkness is the absence of light. Shadow is the diminution of light." ~ Leonardo da Vinci


 

Diagonal Shadows (Photo from our "Landscapes" Portfolio - select photos to enlarge)


Diagonal ShadowsShadows fall in the late day sun on Browning Woods Trail in South Kingstown, Rhode Island






Walking, hiking, in the woods means encountering shadows. It's part of nature. The light of the sun streams through the trees and casts shadows.

Sometimes, the variations in light make the hike more difficult. Protruding rocks and roots make for obstacles to stumble upon. Or, we fail to see the bit of mud that our boot sinks into. This is all about situational awareness.

The situational awareness that we use to keep us from stumbling also helps in discov

Beach Loveline by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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https://www.madefromrigallery.com - Moonstone Beach is a Rhode Island beach that tends to be less occupied for a variety of reasons. The primary reason is that it is often sectioned off to allow for the nesting of the Piping Plover.

A result of this allowing for nesting is that Moonstone tends to be a trifle more pristine. Even so, things will wash ashore, it is the way of life at the beach. In this case, a section of line, hawse, has come ashore as parted from a ship or tug and barge. Given the currents, this hawse might have drifted in from Europe or the middle Atlantic.

Some creative soul took the opportunity in that which washed ashore. They decided to show their love for the beach in an impromptu artwork. So we, in kind, have preserved that piece to pass along to the world. Because we too love the beach.

Beach

Viewing Skyward by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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https://www.madefromrigallery.com - Where do our ideas of where to take a hike originate? A variety of places. One favorite is Trails and Walks In Rhode Island. Sometimes it is a book or two that we carry at our Made From RI venture. Still, another is prior experience. When we only have a little time on a day, we go by something that we have had contact with and want to explore further.

This trip to Browning Woods Farm Trail is such a case. Browning Woods Farm Trail is part of the South Kingstown Land Trust. Our sons are scouts and are often prevailed upon for a variety of projects. Building out accessibility to these trails has been one of those projects.

So here we are on a family outing on a Saturday afternoon. We look upward. This is where the wonder comes in. It stopped me dead in my tracks. A series of trees strippe

Spring Beach Story by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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"My sense of direction leads me one way: to the beach."


Usually, there is some elaboration about a photo. I like to tell stories. No further explanation is necessary in this case. Springtime, the beach, two dogs, and resting against a driftwood log. The story is told. 

Spring Beach Story (Photo from our "Seascapes/Shoreline" Portfolio)


Spring Beach StoryThe very first full day of Spring at Moonstone Beach. A driftwood log to grab a seat in the late afternoon sun as the dogs play.




The very first full day of Spring at Moonstone Beach. A driftwood log to grab a seat in the late afternoon sun as the dogs play.

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Catboat From Astern by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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https://www.madefromrigallery.com - Seeing a classic Cape Cod style Catboat in Newport Harbor will always draw my eye. Especially a wooden "Cat".

This "Cat", while I do not know it has all the appearances of a Crosby design. The expressed tumblehome in the stern and "barn door" style rudder are giveaways. This would differ from, say, the designs of C. C. Hanley who had more of an upswept counter astern. Hanley's designs were more for alacrity where the Crosby has a high comfort ratio and able to work as well.

The Catboat, at one time, was common in Narragansett Bay. Many vintage photos will display this practical design of the boat. The term "Cape Cod" Cat is somewhat ironic, especially with this display in Newport. "The Catboat Book" by John M. Leavens alludes to the

Sheer Reflection by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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https://www.madefromrigallery.com - Carl G. Evers (1907-2000) was a German-born American maritime artist who worked in watercolors. He had a flair for picking up the lines of vessels. He would often match off high bows and parallel sheer lines. In so doing, he allowed the natural lines of the vessels to create the art in his work.

Invoking Mr. Evers here in an ever so subtle fashion in Newport Harbor is not out of step. The classic launch inboard of the sweeping sheer of the sailing vessel. The reflections picked up in the flat calm of the water. The artist would find pleasure in this little scene.

This view is a nice reminder that subtle art is all around us. All we have to do is appreciate these sights.

Sheer Reflection (select title to larger photo in new window)


Sheer ReflectionA sailing vessel's reflection in

A Welcoming Place by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Often, when walking in a city, one can feel overwhelmed. People all around, it all seems to crush in on us.

But this is in a different city. Newport, Rhode Island is also known as "The City By The Sea". While definitely a city, there is a centuries-old vibe that envelops and welcomes people. And the people and shopkeepers want you here.

How do we know that they want you here? Because they even set up places to let you know that you can rest and that you are welcome.


A Welcoming PlaceWhen strolling along and needing a place for a respite, it is always nice to find a welcoming place.




When strolling along and needing a place for a respite, it is always nice to find a welcoming place

Newport Clear View by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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https://www.madefromrigallery.com - One of my maritime licenses says that I am an operator of "Steam and Motor Vessels". My non-maritime friends have scoffed at that terminology. But steam is part of my background and it is part of a remembered empty view of Newport Harbor.

As a young man, on a later winter but almost spring day, I remember Newport Harbor being this clear and empty. It was overcast but good visibility with a high tide. These conditions had to be. The Steamer "Naushon" was being brought into the then Newport Shipyard for haul out. This was a larger ship, most likely the largest of its type to enter Newport Harbor.

I had a connection to that ship. Several boats that we had growing up bore the name "Naushon" (although out of Benza's Marina in Warwick Cove). I had read of the