November 16, 2019 – A Passing

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Robert (Bob) McQuade.  His struggle with multiple myeloma cancer ended Saturday morning, November 16, 2019, hours after friends brought his beloved Maltese, Pearl, to his side for his final goodbye.  

His last travels brought him back into New England where he explored the back roads of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine before heading down into the Pennsylvania Amish Country.   His final stop was in Virginia where he had hoped to photograph the wild ponies in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately for us all, he was unable to fulfill this dream.

This website will be active (at minimum) through the end of 2019.  His siblings are currently working on maintaining Bob’s web presence.  If you are interested in being notified of future postings of his art, please email his brother Mike at mmcquade@PhotoPiks.net.  

We wish to thank you all for your patronage and support of Bob’s endeavors over the years.  We know it meant a lot to him and kept him pushing right to the very end.  

On behalf of our brother Bob, we wish you all joy and happiness in the years ahead.  Enjoy them all to the fullest.

His siblings, William (Bill) McQuade, Mike McQuade and Kathy Findholt.

 

Bob’s obituary:

Robert A.  (Bob) McQuade, 72, a former longtime resident of Enfield, NH, founder and former owner of the Red Roof Frame Shoppe on High St in Enfield, NH and most recently, Full-Time travel photographer (ramcquade.com) passed away peacefully on the morning of November 16, 2019 after a long struggle with cancer.  His travels with his canine partners brought him to all corners of the United States and Canada. He especially loved the Pacific Northwest but his true love remained autumn in New England.  

Bob’s retirement passion was photographing birds as he followed them on their annual migration on the west coast. Throughout his travels he was frequently asked by campground hosts to make presentations of his travels and show his photographic images.  

Bob was also a consummate painter turning many of his photographs into paintings  with oils, watercolors or acrylics.

Bob was born in Shelburne Falls, MA in 1947, graduated from Arms Academy and went on to college at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  After a short stint as a cost engineer at the Bear Swamp Mountain Project in Rowe, MA, he spent many years working as a professional golfer in Orlando FL and later Myrtle Beach.  Several years later he returned to New England taking up residence in Enfield and working for The Quechee Lakes Corporation. After Quechee he became a home construction contractor, building and remodeling several homes in the Upper Valley region of NH.  He later converted his High Street residence, a former boarding house, into several apartments before eventually redeveloping the structure to retail space for the Red Roof Frame Shoppe. At 65 Bob sold everything he owned and moved into his motorhome and departed on his seven year journey across the continent.

At the time of the announcement, some of Bob’s artwork and photographs are still available for viewing at www.ramcquade.com.

Bob is predeceased by his parents, Kathleen June (Adams)  and William A McQuade of Lebanon NH and his nephew William Patrick “Mac” McQuade of Fort Smith AR.  He is survived his brother William G McQuade and wife Janet of Springdale AR, brother Michael McQuade and wife Stephanie of Gilmanton Iron Work, NH and his beloved sister, Kathy Findholt of Enfield Center, NH.  Surviving nieces and nephews include Julie McQuade Heyes of Fayetteville AR, Nicholas Findholt of Enfield NH, Marissa Findholt of Nashville TN, Alexander McQuade of Derry, NH and Cameron McQuade of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH.

October 26, 2019 Lancaster, PA.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

I arrived in the  Lancaster area Tuesday, looking forward to revisiting the area and the Amish culture I find so fascinating. I was a little surprised to find the campground I stayed at the last time I was here, all but fully reserved for the weekend. I really did think the crowds thinned out a bit post Columbus Day.

View out the passenger side window

Not so, it turns out. Out of over 100 sites, I was offered a choice of two that were not yet filled for the weekend.

View out the front windshield

Now this is camping at it’s finest! Aw, the glory of beautiful sunrises, the scent of pines, the wonder of the wide open spaces, yes, all but a true wilderness experience.

View out the driver’s side window

I guess I need to return back out west, this type of “camping” is certainly not for me. And did I mention that this wonderful secluded site goes for just a little under $50 a night. Now where can you find a deal like that?

Amish Images

I really have been struggling to get inspired to take any photos of this unique landscape. The narrow backroads through Amish country have absolutely no shoulders so there is all but no place one can pull off and get out to take a shot. Years ago, when I was last here, I could more easily get photos since, at that time, I towed a trailer with a motorcycle inside, not a car as I now do. With the bike I could get off the road despite the lack of a shoulder.

Add to that, the greatly increased car traffic on these back roads and the apparent need to rush to wherever they are going, tailgating like crazy, and there being no shoulders to pull over on, one has no choice but to bomb through the countryside at 50-60 mph, not exactly conducive to enjoying the scenery.

Amish Daycare

So I will have to share some pictures I took back years ago, the first two farmscapes above were taken this year, the only images obtained in five days of driving around.

As always, right click on any image for a larger version.

Heavy rain forecasted for Sunday, then a couple of nice days predicted, maybe I might get some shots before I leave.

October 10, 2019 Lyndon, Vermont

Driving the Back Roads of Northern Vermont

Just an amazing day driving the dirt roads looking for, and finding, some really nice color.

As always, right click on any image for a larger version opening in a new window or tab.

This is the eastern shore of Crystal Lake in Barton.

Nice cabin location, but not exactly what you would call an easy building site. I’d be really curious how they could put in a septic system on that lot. If I ever get any blue sky, I will have to go back some evening to shoot that shore again, the dull white skies this evening didn’t do justice to the incredible color on that rocky hillside.

Finally found some willing models for my foliage shots, and I found more a little farther down the road.

The color in places is almost hard to believe, some of the most intense colors I have ever seen up here in the northeast.

More very cooperative holsteins.

I guess I have this post a little bit in reverse, leading off with my evening shots and finishing up with these early morning reflection shots.

I still am camping in the mechanic’s shop parking lot waiting for a diagnosis on my motorhome gas problem. Not the greatest surroundings, but the price is right.

Until I get out of here, I am afraid I will have to keep doing Vermont foliage posts. I have also been spending quite a bit of time looking for moose up here, but have had no luck … yet.

October 9, 2019 Lyndon, Vermont

Vermont Foliage

After spending a restful night at my new campsite in the parking lot of a truck mechanic shop, waiting for them to be able to get my motorhome worked into their schedule, I arose bright and early to head west and explore the higher elevations along Route 105. Frustrating as usual was the start of the day as I spent the first 2 hours and 70 miles traveling in dense fog. Finally, as I ascended upward around Jay Peak, I got above the fog and saw some of the first nice color of the day.

As always, right click on any image for a larger version in a new window or tab.

What the fog below was concealing.

It seems there is an unwritten law that the brightest foliage is required to always be located behind utility wires. Since the property was posted, I couldn’t walk in any farther to get past the electric lines.

I got off Route 105 and started puttering around the dirt roads once I got out from under the fog.

And this kind of scene was the reward!

An abundance of brilliant colors all throughout this area of northern Vermont.

This area will require a return trip to further explore the backroads to see what kind of gems they might reveal. If the weather holds, I most likely will return tomorrow.