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Summertime growing up in Villas, NJ lots of my friends’ families were Catholic, Irish or Italian, some German or Polish. Almost all were blue collar, factory & shipyard workers. Or they got by otherwise. Some stayed with grandparents. The blessed Virgin was ubiquitous: on dashboards, front lawns, jewelry, framed next to her Son in every dining room where the mother fed the neighbor kids as well as her own. Some kids went to St Raymond’s school on Bayshore Road, but most went back to Philly, where their real homes were; the Villas was for summer vacation, fresh air for the kids, breathing room for mom and the Villas Fishing Club on the bay for men- only. The boardwalk over in Wildwood for everybody with a car or bus fare.

Labor Day Weekend marked the end of summer firmly as a door closing. The following Monday morning the streets were silent, window blinds pulled down, driveways- twelve hours earlier festooned with wading pools, kids, grills, beer bottles & fishing gear, empty. A vacuous quiet descended. Left behind we were all watchers in this new found emptiness, watchful for artifacts of the prior occupants, for signs that summer had existed at all. Mary would stare dolefully back at us from within her blue robes at various locations throughout the neighborhood, daring our trespass.

And then there was St Francis, keeper of beasts & of nature, benevolent & compassionate. Guardian of the wildness inside us all and protector of the earth, he would keep watch along the bay all winter long, and ever after.

Three Visions of St Francis Guarding the Delaware Bay

Three Visions of St Francis Guarding the Delaware Bay

Three Visions of St Francis Guarding the Delaware

Three Visions of St Francis Guarding the Delaware

Three Visions of St Francis Guarding the Delaware

Three Visions of St Francis Guarding the Delaware Bay

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Last Friday, 7/13 600+ came to honor, respect and celebrate the life of our friend, mentor, teacher and champion Paul Mathis, in the theatrical house that he built@ Lower Cape May Regional. We mourned, cried, laughed, remembered, loved and celebrated his life. And recollected the abundant magic that he encouraged us to discover within each and every day. Taking photos over two days following the concert, every snap was a promise to honor his mantra & seize the moment.

Shawcrest, South Jersey

Shawcrest Channel, Wildwood

Photography, Cape May Point

Photography, Cape May Point, after Berenice Abbott in Florida

Boardwalk midway, Wildwood NJ

Morey’s original pier and boardwalk midway, Wildwood NJ

Time sure funs when you're having a good fly

Time sure funs when you’re having a good fly, Wildwood Boardwalk NJ

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Blog friends, sorry for the extended absence. A wedding, funeral, flood and Centennial celebration have all occurred in my world since I last posted. This weekend I go back to my beloved Cape May NJ for a memorial concert and celebration honoring the life of a dear friend, teacher, mentor & champion to 38 generations of students, gone too suddenly, too soon. A benefit raffle for the family will include the work of many of Paul’s students. I sent this image, taken at Sunset Beach which holds a thousand memories in itself. From our greatest grief we learn to look backward, forward and gain momentum to take flight once again.

for Paul Mathis

Where have we been, Where are we going?

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Approaching the North Wildwood drawbridge, instructions for mariners

North Wildwood NJ Drawbridge

North Wildwood NJ drawbridge

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River of Word Flow

Rhymes and Reasons

Alec Soth's Archived Blog

Alec Soth's Blog from 2006-2007

eduardo libby: photography blog

Writings about the art and technique of photography. Mostly with Nikon equipment.

RTW Roxy

23 years old girl travelling solo on a motorcycle.

Caitlin Jean Russell

Travel Tips, Photographs and Experiences

Roxy Travels

23 years old girl travelling solo on a motorcycle.

John Wreford Photographer

Words and Pictures from the Middle East & Balkans

Elan Mudrow

Smidgens

Frank Solanki

If you want to be a hero well just follow me

Travelling around the world

Traveller, photography

TravellersPlanet

a pair of ragged claws scuttling

Street Photography

Straßenfotografie • Beobachtungen am Wegesrand

Through Open Lens

Home of Lukas Kondraciuk Photography

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