The 100th blog post! Yippee!

This is the 100th post in the blog.  Two and a half months have passed.  We have been around the continental USA.

Thank you for following the blog!  Seeing your comments and likes have meant a lot to me.

It has been my pleasure to share my adventures with you – in photographs.

In honor of the 100th post, we will revisit some of my favorite photos from the road…  I hope you enjoy….

Swanville, Maine….

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North of Valrico, Florida….

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Alexandria Bay, New York…

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Nebraska…

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Newport, Oregon….

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Sonoma County, California….

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Indiana…

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New York, New York…

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada….

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Deer Isle, Maine…

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Amherst, Massachusetts area….

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Northfield, Minnesota…

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Kent, Connecticut area….

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Oregon coast…

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Buffalo, New York…

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Sarasota, Florida…

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Bear Mountain, New York….

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Reader, West Virginia….

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Washington, D.C….

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South Carolina….

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Trinidad, California….

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Port Townsend, Washington….

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Sullivan Beach, South Carolina

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Panama City Beach, Florida…

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Selma, Alabama…

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Louisiana…

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New Mexico…

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Los Angeles, California….

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Cold Spring, New York….

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Manzanita, Oregon….

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Missoula, Montana…

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             Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker               eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman

Four corners of the USA

I traveled all over the USA, went to all four corners.  Here’s a picture from each…

Garrison, New York sky –

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Hood River, Oregon area –

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Ybor City, Florida –

My friend and I visited Ybor City on a Sunday and  found the “Sunday Deli” was closed.

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Oakland, California –

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All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman

California – Sausalito

My travels took me to  Sausalito – across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sausalito,_California)

The area is one of rolling hills, just like in San Francisco.

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DSCN8473It was a hazy morning. My view of San Francisco (on the left side of the photograph) was blocked by the clouds.  The view was still pretty nice!

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             Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker           eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

Photographs and blog content – copyright 2013-2014  Eileen Newman

California – Los Angeles

I spent three days in Los Angeles, visiting friends.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles)

Since I am not much of a city person, I was apprehensive about going to LA.  It’s such a massive city and it has a reputation for being dangerous.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I stayed in a residential area south of Hollywood.  The area was comfortable.  Street parking was very safe and convenient.

My friends took me to a Farmer’s Market in the Larchmont Village area.  (I love Farmer’s Markets.  I balloon twist at the Milwaukie Farmer’s Market in the Portland metropolitan area.   So I felt right at home at this one.)

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I spent one day photographing and interviewing two people for my newest project under development – a photographic documentary of people with great smiles.  The sessions went well.

One afternoon, I decided to play tourist and went to Hollywood.  It was beginning to get dark, but I was able to get some photographs.

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      Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker           eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

Photographs and blog content – copyright 2014  Eileen Newman

California – Palm Springs

I traveled to Palm Springs, in March, 2014, to be part of the 2014 American Documentary Film Festival.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Springs,_California)

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In case you haven’t heard of the American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs), it is one of the best documentary film festivals in the country.  (http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/)

I felt so surprised when my short documentary was selected, that at first, I did not believe it.   When the truth sunk in, I was doing the “happy dance.”

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AmDocs lasted for 5 days.  It was an amazing time!

I spoke with the audience (i.e., had a Question & Answer session)  after they viewed my film.  The college instructor in me felt totally at ease speaking in front of the group.

I received a full festival pass and saw lots of good documentaries, as well as attended parties and industry panels (information sessions/trainings) for filmmakers.  AmDocs provided souvenir bags and other products for us upon arrival, too.  The biggest treat was when I received a 4 TB external hard drive at an industry panel.

I feel  blessed to get to know some wonderful, talented fellow filmmakers from all  over the world.  I am still in contact with filmmakers from England, France, LA, Canada, etc.

AmDocs arranged for a lovely couple to host me during my festival stay.  They were excellent! They treated me like family.  We shared some meals.  We hung out chatting and learned about each other’s lives.  I had a private room and bathroom.  They even took me out for corned beef (one of my favorite foods) on my last night at the festival.

In fact, my hosts reminded me a heck of a lot of my parents – same age group, religion, political views, birthplace, etc.   Even the “spread” she put out for our sandwich lunch was just like what my mom does – the table was full of choices.   My favorite story is when I was deciding what to wear for the opening night party and my host encouraged me to dress up more – she sounded just like my mom.  (I told my parents about my hosts and they were thrilled.  Even in their 80s, my parents worry about their little girl.)

The films were shown in several venues throughout the local region.  My film was shown at the main location (Camelot Theaters).

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It was a great experience!  Now I understand why, in 2013 ” AmDocs was named one of the world’s Five Coolest Documentary Film Festivals and one of the world’s Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker magazine.”  (from the AmDocs webpage – http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/#!history/c1vir on 12/13/14)

Thanks, AmDocs!

I was so busy at AmDocs that I had very little time to explore and take photographs.  (These photos should give you an idea of the natural beauty of the area.)

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       Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker           eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

unless otherwise noted, photographs and blog content – copyright 2014  Eileen Newman

California – Carmel area (Monterey County)

My travels took  me to paradise – otherwise known as the Carmel, California area.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmel-by-the-Sea,_California)

I explored Carmel Valley Village  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmel_Valley_Village,_California)

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and  south of the Carmel area (towards Big Sur – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sur).

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Photographs and blog content – copyright 2011-2014  Eileen Newman

California – Glen Ellen (Sonoma County)

Just north of San Francisco is California’s beautiful wine country.  I stayed in Glen Ellen (in Sonoma County) for a few days.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Ellen,_California)

The town was charming.  I enjoyed walking around the area.

Friends told me about a vineyard that was off the beaten path.  It was great!

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As an extra treat, on the way back to Glen Ellen, there was a magnificent rainbow in the distance…

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Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker           eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

Photographs and blog content – copyright 2011-2014  Eileen Newman

California – Northern – National Forest Area

As I was driving along US Highway 199 (through the northwest corner of California), I came to Myrtle Beach National Forest and the Nels Christensen Memorial Bridge.

The area was beautiful!

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             Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker           eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

Photographs and blog content – copyright 2011-2014  Eileen Newman

California – Orick (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park)

While traveling through California, I stopped at the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Orick – to see the redwoods .  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_Creek_Redwoods_State_Park)

WOW!  They are gigantic!

I took a lot of pictures.  Unfortunately, in a forest where everything is gigantic, my pictures make gigantic things look normal size.

The tree below was hollow.  The opening in the front was more than ample for a human being to easily walk through, which I did.

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RedwoodsNorthCA2014 (20) The wood on the inside was so interesting.

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A picture of trees (below).  The lighter color tree in the front is a normal size tree.

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        Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker           eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

Photographs and blog content – copyright 2011-2014  Eileen Newman

California – Trinidad

Stayed one night in Trindad on my drive along the coast of California.

Trindad is a a small town on the northern California coast (along Highway 101).  Approximately 400 people live there.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad,_California)

To my surprise, this small town has a great hamburger place, which uses local natural beef.   (I cannot remember the name of the restaurant, but it’s in the same parking lot with Murphy’s Market, which also has a great variety of natural foods.)

I saw a sign for Trinidad Scenic Drive, so I turned onto it.  The road went from one lane each direction to one lane only and from pavement to gravel.   I traveled at a very low speed.

But it was worth it!  The views along the drive were magnificent.

The weather was overcast and hazy …

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             Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker           eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

Photographs and blog content – copyright 2011-2014  Eileen Newman