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 The Wild WesT
Classic Views, New Lens by Ron Fournier
 “If you can reach out and touch and love and be with wildlife, you will forever be changed, and you will want to make the world a better place.”
~ Terri Irwin
The “Wild West.” This descriptive phrase typically invokes images of a raw and unyielding environment, a wildness that piques the spirit, and draws you into a place where your instincts and curiosity are equally challenged. It is here where wild things roam and exist in their natural habitat, alongside a growing number of people; the western most boundary of Maine. The region is a uniquely wild locale within a state that is as diverse in its ecosystems as it is with its inhabitants. The landscape includes the glacially carved Mahoosuc Mountains, which rise up like the teeth of a bucksaw, northward to the Carrabassett Valley. This vast stretch of ruggedness is home to nearly every fur bearing and large game animal in the state, holds moose and bear in good numbers, and provides refuge for an incredible abundance of other wildlife. But what makes Western Maine so unique is that you don’t need to venture into the deep forests to see and enjoy these creatures. Because here, many of these animals have learned to adapt to living among us, and likewise, we have revamped our ways to live with them. There are so many unique places to explore here, but sometimes just a quick glance out the kitchen window will provide you with a glimpse of the “Wild West!”
What’s The Best Camera?
First things first: no matter what gear you choose, always keep your camera at the ready! You never know when the opportunity will present for the next great photo. The iconic analog 35mm film camera has long been considered the gold standard for quality. Since technology has evolved, you can now obtain a fairly sophisticated camera and lenses for a reasonable price. Search resale stores, thrift shops, even yard sales, and be knowledgeable about what you are looking for before you buy. Analog film cameras were superseded by
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