March 11, 2014
Our studio is having a sale!!!! I’ll be debuting some new prints for only $25-$100 as they are fresh from processing and unframed. 8 x 10 and 11 x 14. Here is a sneak peek from my new ocean series. Hope to see you there! JSGD, JHill Design, Jill Rosenwald, Lawrence McRae and The Third Piece will all be participating too!
Note: these are the in studio sale prices for these first run prints. Please feel free to contact me if you can’t make it and want to order some.
Sea Island, GA – 11 x 14 print $75
Horseshoe Crab – 8 x 10 print: $25
Cohasset – 8 x 10 print: $25
Prints at the sale will be un-matted and unframed, but all of them are available for purchase at almost any size, matted, framed, and my favorite…acrylic mounted. Below is a sample of the gorgeous glossy acrylic mount.
August 13, 2012
You know you have had a good vacation when you return home rejuvenated and excited to dive back into things. Our week at the beach did just that. Our days were filled with morning walks on the beach, afternoons in the pool, water activities (I tried paddle boarding for the first time), naps, barbequing, and loads of family time. It was probably one of the best vacations I have every had.
Morning walk on a quiet beach
The seas were a little rough and the wind was up, but it made for some fun wave riding. I love, love, loved paddle boarding. My thighs are still sore.
Oh, and did I mention the one and only Tibi Outlet is nearby…needless to say a little shopping spree occurred.
Until next time, I love you Sea Island.
April 18, 2011
Our team of scientists and volunteers were amazing. Everyone was so knowledgeable and hard working, and the vibe was laid back and fun. I couldn’t have chosen better people with whom to share a boat for 8 days.
Our fearless leader, Barbara, New England Aquarium
Diver Dan, New England Aquarium
Calm, cool and collected, Deana, New England Aquarium
Kate the great invertebrate expert, New England Aquarium
Penguin girl and trip web expert, Andrea, New England Aquarium
Lean, mean fish finding machine, Captain John, Shedd Aquarium
Story teller extraordinaire, Captain Lou, Shedd Aquarium
Long time trip volunteer, Dave (also known as Caesar)
Fellow long time veteran volunteer, Don
Volunteer power couple, Nichole and Chad
Giant Ocean Tank Volunteer, Patty
World’s best husband, SCUBA Steve
and me, Sarah (photo taken by Patty)
April 11, 2011
Our collecting trip has come to a close, and as I sit at my computer downloading my 500+ photos and avoiding my stinky bag of laundry, I am reveling in the post trip haze of exhaustion, exhilaration and nostalgia. My husband and I were asked to volunteer for the 2011 Bahamas colleting trip, back in November 2010 and have been waiting in eager anticipation for this adventure, like a 6-year-old on Christmas Eve. Let me tell you, the trip was everything and more. It was the adventure of a lifetime or perhaps now an annual adventure, as we had such an amazing time. To help give you blog readers a little peek into our 10-day adventure, I wanted to share with you a little photo journal of what life out to sea on a New England Aquarium trip is like. First up, life on a boat
Life on the Coral Reef II
The Coral Reef II research vessel was our home, work place and transportation for the week at sea. While the quarters could feel a little tight, she served us well.
The Coal Reef II
She was yar alright. Well, maybe not “yar” but she got the job done.
Where we prepped for dives, housed the fish we collected, and relaxed as we motored from one site to the next.
Captain’s quarters, wheelhouse, and zodiac boats for shore trips
Where we ate, relaxed and studied our fish identifications.
The engine room
Loud and hot, this room powered us through some high seas.
Below deck- Our cabins
I slept like a baby in these little bunks, and believe it or not, they felt like a luxury after a long day of diving.
Up next: day-by-day account of our adventure, and how we actually collected those little fish. P.S. Fish are WAY smarter than I had ever thought.
March 31, 2011
I leave today for an eight day trip to the Bahamas. Not just any trip, but a research and collecting trip with the New England Aquarium! To say that I am excited about this trip is the understatement of the year. As a little girl I dreamed of becoming a Marine Biologist (that or an artist.) So much so that my parents even sent me to SCUBA camp in the Florida Keys at the age of 15. I have been diving ever since and love every minute I get to breath some compressed air. Lucky for me, as an adult I get to play at being both a marine biologist and an artists! (Well the artist thing is not so much playing, as really trying to making a living now.) For the past 4 years or so I have been volunteering at aquariums. First, at the Georgia Aquarium, where as a volunteer diver I swam with beluga whales, hammerheads and whale sharks. Now at the New England Aquarium, where I hand feed majestic sea turtles, take care of the Giant Ocean Tank, and will soon be diving.
I firmly believe in the mission of aquariums, to provide research and eduction to the public about our oceans and the animals who inhabit them. Conservation v. Preservation if you will. After all, a child who visits an aquarium on a field trip, may fall in love with a penguin or stand in awe at the sight of a narley toothed shark. That child may one day become a marine biologist, or the very least want to protect the amazing creatures in our oceans and the world in which they live.
So I am off to help the New England Aquarium collect fish for their Bahamian reef exhibit. We litteraly have a shopping list of the fish we need to collect and bring back. I also plan on taking a bajillian photos and videos in the hopes of creating a little film or photo journal explaining why aquariums have collecting trips and their importance. So wish me luck.
Oh, and I cannot promise that I will able to update this blog while I am out to sea. We will be living on a research vessel and the satellite internet connection is not guaranteed. Check out previous trip photos and blogs here and here.
Till then here are photos from some of my previous dive trips. Now, with camera and net in hand…off I go!
March 25, 2011
Maine. Even in the chill of early spring, with patches of snow still on the ground Maine is just a gorgeous gorgeous place. We popped up there last weekend for a little getaway and some TLC from my awesome sister. The snow is slowly subsiding, the grass has a hint of green indicating spring is on its way, and the coastal paths are finally free of ice. We made full use of the sunny day, bundled up and headed out for a coastal walk. Of course all of this must be done with a super cool Maine dog…Jake the Spinone and former Orvis cover dog was happy to oblige.
Have a great weekend everyone!
February 28, 2011
In the time honored New England tradition, I am already dreaming and planning for summer. This Saturday we popped down to the Cape to take a look at a few houses to rent this summer. Even with snow on the dunes, I could feel the heat and smell the summer ocean. I can’t wait.
December 5, 2010
As I returned from Bonaire, unpacked, (then repacked for a quick business trip) and downloaded ALL my photos, I realized I didn’t have half as many photographs as I usually have from my travels. I guess that is even more proof of my “really checking out” and getting away from it all. Bonaire is not your typical Caribbean island. It had no large hotels, not very many cruise ships stop there and many of the roads are little more than one-way dirt paths. It is a SCUBA diving/windsurfing getaway; a little rustic and adventurous and completely wonderful. We spent half our days exploring the island underwater and the other half driving around in a pick-up truck exploring the land.
THE LIFE AQUATIC
I was so excited to work on my underwater photography. I bought a new housing for my point and shoot camera and rented a strobe for added light under water. I did one dive to get the feel and play with the settings. As I went for my second dive, horrors of all horrors…my brand new housing was leaking!!!! There was water in with my camera and the device was shot. I quickly pulled out my memory card in the hopes of saving what few photos I took. I wish I had more chances to take photographs underwater, but thank God it wasn’t my SLR. I might have had a heart attack…and note to all, Ikelite housing are crap now. I had my old point and shoot housing from them for 4 years and not a single problem. This one I had for two dives. Oh well. Live and learn.
I was obsessed with the colors and patterns of the coral and sponges.
Gorgeous and enormous shallow bay perfect for windsurfing.
The largest foo-foo cocktail I have ever seen…with the strangest garnish. Our new friend Andrew, wasn’t too keen on his “new friend.”
That’s more like it. :)
Blissful in Bonaire
Now Christmas time!!!!
November 27, 2010
It is amazing what a week away can do! Especially, when you have the opportunity to really check out, as we did on the beautiful Caribbean island of Bonaire. Located 50 miles north of Venezuela and 30 miles east of Curacao, the island of Bonarie felt worlds away from Boston. Here are a few teaser photographs as I unpack, download my photos and slowly come back from Bonaire bliss. I hope everyone (in the states) had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday.
October 14, 2010
This past weekend my husband and another couple friend of ours hopped over to the island of Nantucket. Now I have lived in Boston just over a year now and have been dying to see Nantucket. My husband spent many a summers there as a young single guy and it has been on my New England wish list since I moved up here. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The sheer remoteness and beauty of the island is breath taking while the rich history is fascinating. Homes dating back to the early 1700’s still stand among sail boats and cobble stone streets, while still exuding that laid back beach community feel. It was everything and more. I loved it.
The beaches were beautiful and stretched for miles. I think we went to about three different ones on each end of the island through out the weekend.
Oh my god, puppy! I practically acoustic this family walking down the beach with this adorable puppy
Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
They let 4-wheel drive permitted vehicles drive to the beaches out in the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. It went on for miles and felt like the end of the earth…with a light house there, naturally…this is Nantucket.
We picnicked out there one afternoon and watched groups of harbor seals swim up and down the shore playing and searching for food…and cue perfect movie music.
Wine and cheese on the beach with friends Parastoo and Dave.
Another afternoon we ventured over to the Cicso Brewery, where the not only brew great beer, but wine and vodka all made on Nantucket.
I just love the design of their labels.
The place was jamming that afternoon with outdoor tables live music and three separate little barns for beer, wine and vodka.
Hey wait…I think I see those Eco Products cups. Yay Cisco Brewers!
We ordered a bloody mary and they offered to use their jalapeno in fused vodka.
It was AMAZING! Seriously, the best bloody mary I have ever had. It has that awesome spicy kick with out all the chunks of pepper and horseradish. They just took their Triple Eight brand vodka (made there), put it in a jar with jalapenos and let it sit for a day or two. It was perfect.
Then we got a little silly. :)
What a wonderful weekend. I have to send a super extra thank you to my husband for planning it as a little birthday treat to me. Thank you so much :)