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dave10-Aug-2019 05:26
just passin by to say hi..hope all is well with you up there my friend :0)
dave14-Aug-2017 16:09
Hi Ralph... Interesting article in this month's Downeast Magazine about Machias Seal Island Nice to see you posting new pics at DA too Cheers
Dave Beaty (davincipoppalag)
dave beaty 23-Dec-2016 22:01
Hey..Merry Christmas Ralph.. hope it's a wonderful holiday for ya... Davincipoppalag (Dave
Beaty);/ I found out I'm a Canadian Citizen by virtue of the fact Dad was born in I've applied for my citizenship certificate...Cool eh?
Sandra Calderbank 17-Jun-2016 14:23
Really enjoyed meeting you and looking at your wonderful images! Thank you. What a blessing to have discovered you and your vast knowledge and talents.
Lisa 16-Apr-2016 13:04
Hi Ralph,

Someone just posted your wonderful photos on our local bird discussion list of the 2011 warbler migration fallout (via Nature's Notebook). Thank you for sharing such an interesting event!
Victoria 12-Apr-2016 15:31
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing photographs with all of us. How fortunate you are!
Dawn Robichaud 11-Apr-2016 22:58
great pics. Thanks.
daveb 23-Jan-2016 11:55
Wonderful gallery Ralph.. really enjoyed seeing these! Thanks for the link.. Dave Beaty (davincipoppalag at DA)
Gail Taylor 18-Jun-2014 17:22
Beautiful Photography Ralph. I got to see birds I have never seen before and hopefully will remember them in case I see them again. I can only hope to capture some nice photos on my birding trips. Thanks for sharing.
kathleen dalton 07-Jun-2011 02:20
Ralph, someone sent me your pic of the warbler fallout - amazing!! What a delight for you. I then browsed some of your photos - I must say they are some of the most wonderful bird photos I have ever seen. I will come back to the site when I have more time to browse some more.
susa wuorinen 30-May-2011 18:11
thanks for taking the picture for those of us that cannot for one reason or another see what you see
robert 17-Jun-2010 07:21
Hey, Robert from dA. Just wanyed to say howdy.
Guest 20-Jul-2009 13:33
Wonderful galleries you have here Ralph. I notice there aren't any images with the 5D/ 300mm combo you were carrying. I'd like to see some images you captured with that rig! Looking forward already to another trip to the island next summer.
Dennis L. Siluk 15-May-2009 00:02
Hello Ralph, this is Chick Siluk
Tiit Telmet 08-Dec-2008 20:35
I would like to contact Ralph Eldridge for obtaining usage rights to one of his photographs.
Can you help?
C. Rehagen Langewisch 08-Oct-2008 13:11
Thoroughly enjoyed your work. My husband and I were suppose to travel to the island with members of the Capital Area Camarea club but on the morning of the trek communications were not clear and we were told the trek was off due to weather- so we did not make it this year but have tiackets for next summer. One can only imagine the sights, sounds, smells, changing of the seasons you must experience while on the island. As John Muir states," All the wide world is beautiful and it matters but little where we go...the spot where we chance to be always seems best."
Lonnie Scott 25-Sep-2008 21:12
I took the opportunity to visit your galleries and found hundreds of stunning images. I shoot mainly photojournalism and misc private events but my passion is nature and fine art photography. Your work just tempers my resolve to get m out there and DO what my heart tells me!! Thanks!!
Melissaa12-Jul-2008 06:57
Your work has just reminded me how much I love photography and art.
Jason 08-May-2008 04:36
Great photos of little brown bats. can I use one on my blog? I will cite your name and web page on it. I recently kayaked with these bats late at night - nice to see a photo of one
Susan Dimitrakopoulos 04-May-2008 16:57
Ralph, what a treat to see your work! Absolutely wonderful images, especially the birds which I'm partial to. Recently have become attached to the Caspian Tern and having a great time photographing them. I love your pics in the fog also. In a nutshell, phenomenal work, thank you for sharing.
Guest 20-Mar-2008 13:21
ty for input with link...appreciate a awesome site....gary (canadian geographic photo club)
Skip Empey 10-Mar-2008 00:14
Wow what luck to come across your fantastic web site brought back a lot of great memories year camping on Grand Mannan Island and two trips out to Seal Island with a local fisherman whose name I've forgotten. THANK YOU
Eddie Callaway 09-Mar-2008 15:12
Your migrant bird photos are amazing! I read about you in Birder's World. We are so thrilled you shared your experience at the lighthouse!
Chris Mills 06-Mar-2008 18:43
Nice to run across your photos Ralph. We met briefly at Letite when I was lightkeeping on Gannet. Enjoyed my 4 shifts on Machias back in the early 90s. I got out of lightkeeping after spending 4 years out on the BC lights, until 1997.
alicialee29-Feb-2008 21:45
Oh my goodness, I'm in love with the puffins, too! They look like penguins that are dressed for a performance. I must go there and see them for myself. Glorious portraits, Ralph.
Steve Rutledge 13-Feb-2008 06:11
Hello Ralph-
I would like to request permission to show some of your puffin and warbler photos to my not-for-profit classes at the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. Please write and I will be happy to send details. Thank you! -Steve Rutledge
Guest 10-Feb-2008 02:13
Hello Ralph
thanks for look my photos.
and thanks to crina for show them :D

im in love with the ATLANTIC PUFFINS
RAINBIRDER24-Dec-2007 13:09
Great galleries.
Machias Island looks an impressive place if a bit awkward to get to.
Guest 22-Nov-2007 00:30
You really have a nice set of puffin photos. Keep up the great work!
Barry S Moore09-Oct-2007 22:58
I enjoyed abrief visit to your galleries and find the images most enjoyable and very well composed. I return for a longer visit from time to time.

Best wishes Barry
Guest 03-Sep-2007 18:06
Stunning gallery, particularly the puffins.
Guest 30-Aug-2007 01:00
Hi Ralph

Excellent pictures. Puffins are the best!

Cheers (from the center of the universe ;-))
Guest 15-Jun-2007 09:57
Great work! Hope you post more pictures soon.
Guest 29-Mar-2007 10:11
Great gallery, will call back soon
Guest 29-Mar-2007 08:24
Dear Ralph,
You have so beautifuly photos in yours portfolio...Excellent my friend...Greetings from Montenegro, old/new country in Europa...I will come back with pleasure...
Guest 07-Mar-2007 15:09
You got great stuff. Looking forward to more of your work.
Guest 05-Feb-2007 23:17
nice Gallery
Wendy08-Jan-2007 10:44
Thanks for visiting my galleries recently. I have had a brief look thru your extensive galleries and see I will have to visit quite a few times. Great discriptive galleries..
Selvin Chance04-Jan-2007 12:24
Wonderful photography. Loved to see the details of a lightouse island.
You may see a collection of Hawaii lighthouse photos at:
Aloha and thanks for sharing.
Marc de Kleijn31-Dec-2006 08:09
Thanks for your comment. I love your pictures. Taking lighthouse pictures is a lot of fun. You get to places that other people normally wouldn't visit. The trip through France was great, even though the weather wasn't ideal for photography. Germany will probably be next. And perhaps next summer the rest of France. There are over a 100 in France. Best wishes for the new year!

Guest 30-Dec-2006 01:48
Hi Ralph,
Thanks for posting the clarifications and corrections in my bird gallery. I've updated the titles and captions accordingly. It really helps when folks post corrections of that nature. Thanks for taking the time to browse the gallery and commenting as appropriate!

-- Ron
Kat05-Dec-2006 22:38
Hi Ralph
Thank you for your comments, and constructive criticism!
evan schwartz 21-Nov-2006 07:25
thanks a bunch for taking the time and effort to share what you see through the awesome pictures you have posted.
Janie 20-Nov-2006 18:18
beautiful just beautiful very nice pics
Fran 26-Oct-2006 15:38
I Thing all your galleries are just awesome ..very nice shots
Estelle 19-Oct-2006 17:08
Truly an amazing trip through the eyes of another. Your pictures seem to capure the ultimate feelings and bring out the best. Look forward to new and exciting wonders.
Guest 30-Sep-2006 01:45
I do not want to repeat what oters have said, but you live in a lovely and unique place, and your pictures are amazing.
Guest 31-Aug-2006 12:27
A most incredible website! I could stay on here all day. I love the feel of your photos. Makes me want to rush to Machias Seal Island - it looks like a birder's dream come true. Thanks for sharing your talent and your part of the country.
E.Mamm 17-Aug-2006 22:04
Hey Bro awesome pictures and was real nice to see one of you.Been a long time coming.Keep the pictures coming of the birds and scenery they are a constant reminder of Home.
Guest 19-May-2006 11:41
Hi, Ralph -

Thank you for your generous comments on my hawk pictures. It's a small world; I am currently in Fort McMurray but spent the first 40 years of my life in Saint John, NB. I had just recently been investigating puffin watching tours for an upcoming trip home. You are very fortunate to live in such a great place surrounded by those unique birds.
Sue 02-May-2006 15:33
I love your pics, Ralph. Keem em coming!

I agree with Carl....let's see a pic of the lighthouse keeper.
CARL HUMPHREYS 25-Apr-2006 20:06
Carl Humphreys

What amazing photos Ralph! Have you got one of you? I would like to see what a REAL lighthouse keeper looks like.
RALPH ELDRIDGE19-Apr-2006 02:09
I am one of trhe lightkeepers on the island and I am just now making the transition from 35mm to digital.
The Terns, both Arctic And Common, experienced a total breeding failure, with no chicks surviving at all in 2005, after a poor year in 2004.
golfpic19-Apr-2006 00:20
Hey, nice to see a gallery from someone on the island. Do you work in the lighthouse? I'm wondering how the Artic Tern fared over the Summer because when I visited, I had heard many of the young (or eggs) had not made it. Someone also mentioned (must have been one of the tour operators) the possibility of establishing a second colony of Puffins nearby but first must establish a tern population.
Carole MacKenzie 12-Apr-2006 17:46
Thank you for the great site. Wonderful pictures of the Machias Seal Island. Would love to see one of those sunrise/sunsets! Visiting the Island is and always will be one of my favorite trips. The Island, the ocean, the many birds (oh those puffin!) and the fact that we were out in the middle of the water with nothing else around but mother nature. Of course the welcome we received when we docked on the Island was excellent. Ralph made us feel welcome, he is sooooo well aquainted with the Island and I want to possess his knowledge of nature! Keep up the good work and keep on keeping us informed. Love it!