I am a big fan of photographer Kevin Fleming and his work. Interesting subjects, perfect compositions and breathtaking light—all natural—make his best images stand out. We are pleased to present a handful of them in “Fall From Above,” starting on page 56.
Kevin has a gift for unusual perspectives and an eye for stunning scenes. As a viewer, I’m excited by the contrast of colors—extraordinarily green grass separated from the deep blue of a pond by a row of flaming red trees—in his aerial view of Baywood Greens golf course (opening spread). I’m equally entranced by the golden light, long shadows and deep colors in Kevin’s photo of Killens Pond.
But what impresses me most about the tableau is the density of the woods. You may sense it from the ground, even as you hike through the trees. But Kevin’s view reveals something primeval—despite the minor intrusion of a structure in the background—in much the same way his perspective of the golf course shows the innate beauty of the order we sometimes impose on nature.
Which is, in the opinion of many artists, the purpose of art: to show us new ways of looking. Kevin does that. It is all too easy to appreciate the obvious beauty of his work, to read it only at surface level, but a deeper examination reveals so much more. We are quite sorry we couldn’t show you more of his work, so I would encourage you to visit his galleries at the beaches. Make the effort to look closely. You will see so much more than you would have noticed at first glance.
Fall is also the time of the grape harvest. With that in mind, Senior Editor and dining critic Suzanne Loudermilk took a look at local wineries—and was duly impressed by the quality of their vintages. “Having traveled in Sonoma and Napa, Calif., I am really impressed,” she says. “It’s cool that we have places that are emulating what they do there.” We are not the Finger Lakes yet, Suzanne says, but with a surge in producers, knowledge and awards, we may not be far behind. Read Suzanne’s piece starting on page 50, along with wine writer Roger Morris’ take on local trends, great restaurant wine lists, and local bottles that you absolutely have to taste.
We couldn’t live without lawyers to help us manage our wills, set up our businesses or arbitrate our fender benders. Hence our annual Top Lawyers story, starting on page 68. We are happy to report that the response to polling for this year’s class was the largest yet, so you can feel absolute confidence in the 118 lawyers that other lawyers respect most. And don’t miss the profile of new Chancellor Andre Bouchard on page 70. Bouchard manages the best court for business in the country, but with a real sensitivity to its human side. I trailed two classes behind him in high school, and even then, everyone in my freshman class knew he was destined for big things.
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Finally, assistant editor Danielle Bouchat-Friedman interviews Miss Delaware USA Renee Bull for 30 Seconds on page 144. Renee explains the rigorous diet and exercise regimen of a pageant contestant, a couple beauty tips, the historic significance of tying for Miss Congeniality while competing for Miss USA and breaking the Delaware Curse.
Please read on, and enjoy.