Project journals

Pat Trotter

A Cranberry Kind of Day

What a treat to spend a gorgeous fall day out in the Pinelands of New Jersey at a cranberry farm.  This is peak harvesting season for cranberries that are wet harvested and it was interesting to see the process.  Once the bog is flooded a “beater” is run through it

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Climate Change is Real

It baffles me how people can still deny climate change and rising sea levels.  After hurricane Ian dumped 9 inches of rain on the island over a 3 day period and the ocean mercilessly ate away at the engineered dune this is how it looked at the end of my

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Soaring Over the Beach

It’s like a sensual ballet of fragile wings floating, diving, soaring in an intricate dance. If you have never attended a kite festival put it on your bucket list – they are to be found all over the world. Serious fliers are a joy to watch as they sketch patterns

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Murder on the Orient Express

Photographed the last show of the regular season at the Surflight Theater yesterday. The play is Murder on the Orient Express, familiar to many people. This was not as challenging a show to photograph as the previous ones as there was no dancing. The story is fun and again the

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“Unframed-Ellis Island” by JR

After going through my Ellis Island photos from September 22nd and making selections,  I knew I had to find out about the photo murals that had been plastered to the walls in the immigrant hospital. I was surprised that our guides from the Save Ellis Foundation did not talk about

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Immigrant Hospital on Ellis Island

My maternal grandparents passed through Ellis Island as they made their way to a new home in America. My grandfather came in 1913 at the age of 23 and my grandmother followed him in 1919 at the age of 28.  So stepping onto this historic site is personal for me.

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Scotland Thoughts Part 2

Gradually the photos from my trip to Scotland are beginning to be sorted out.  To say that chaos reigns in my creative process is to put things mildly.  There are so many stories, many of which I have yet to uncover.  As I read more about the island of Islay

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