The Boating Party ©2013 - Some of the 7 images included in this montage have been hanging around in my files since the spring of 2011 until an idea for this composition hit me recently. The base image is a lovely little stream running through the town of Spotswood, NJ that I photographed during a visit in April of 2011. The boat, oddly enough, was inside an abandoned house in Middle Valley, NJ (the same house I used in "By the Light of the Moon" which you can find in the archives of this blog). Speaking of moons, the one used here was taken in Lambertville, NJ just as it was rising, very full and golden. The birds are actually Canadian geese from a lake near my house. I decided to take a few liberties with their coloring to better fit the mood of the piece. A young man from my vintage photo collection completed the gathering of "The Boating Party".