Spring Tulips, 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
Nahant has been calling me for some time. I remember my first trip out to the island; I knew instantly, I had found something very special. A twenty minute bike ride and a short hike, and I feel completely transported away from the city. I love looking out to sea and not seeing land. Strangely enough, it is both peaceful and comforting. Every time I visit the island I learn something new about it, I see something I have never seen before.
Our muscles burned as we raced down the causeway. This may have been the fastest I have ever gone on my bike.
40 Steps, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
40 steps, a place where friends leap from the rocks and swim beneath the ocean’s surface.
Plant Study, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
Rock Study 1, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
Grass Study 1, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
Tree Tunnel, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
The Lookout, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
We talked about the future. Biking and surfing are all that matter.
Grass Study 2, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
Rock Study 2, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
Wolf Pit, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
I was walking home one evening and fell into a pit in one of our neighbor’s fields. There in the pit, to my surprise, was a wolf. I was terrified and so was the wolf. The walls of the pit were confined, and the floor was deep below the surface. I backed up against a wall, and the wolf did the same at the other end of the pit. The distance between us could be crossed if I reached out my hand. All night we shared this pit. In the morning some men found me and pulled me out. They shot the wolf.
Upside Down Bird, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
After Thanksgiving my family sets up our Christmas tree with our hodgepodge collection of ornaments. One ornament is a life-like bird with real feathers. I’m unaware of its origin, but we hang it on the tree every year.
I decided one year to place the bird ornament on the bird feeder in the backyard. There was a small flock of birds around the feeder, and when I went outside they all fled for refuge in the surrounding trees. The ornament has wires extending from the feet. I wrapped the wires around one of the posts of the feeder, and then I walked back inside the house. From the window my family and I watched as the birds returned.
The birds kept their distance from this strange new bird on the feeder. Slowly their chirping grew louder. The birds became restless, flying around and hopping between the trees. Birds started circling the feeder, and one brave cardinal swooped in and hit the ornament. The ornament that was attached to the post did not fall off, but instead fell forward and was now hanging upside down on the feeder. The imposter was revealed and chaos spread amongst the birds.
These images were made on a walk at the end of the day in Keyes Conservation Area, also known as "Oak Hill." In the field the air was full of dragonflies eating mosquitoes, and birds eating the dragonflies. I've never seen anything like this before. I stood watching as the battle for life waged on, thinking "If I was smaller, I too would be fleeing for my life."
Dragonflies, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette
Oak Hill, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette
Goldenrod, 2010 © Traverse Day Robinette
In the summer of 2014, I experimented with an underwater video camera for the first time. This is also the first time I've worked with video since high school. I still thoroughly enjoy making still images, but it was interesting to more or less make a still image where time and movement are added elements.
Surge; Marblehead Light, 2014 © Traverse Day Robinette
I've always thought that swimming and diving beneath the surface was as close as I could ever come to flying. Beneath the waves I can study the movement of life and be caught up in the movement of the sea. The surface is where I must return, it's a joy to refill my lungs and marvel at the beauty of where water meets sky. Two worlds they are and I belong in one, yet I visit the other as frequently as I can.
Surface; Castle Rock, 2014 © Traverse Day Robinette