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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Kite Surfing

What a fantastic weekend we had here in Southern New England. The temperatures today were up near 60 degrees.

Kite surfing in February in New England??? Yup!



I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Together

Had a nice visit with the local swans yesterday.



Friday, February 26, 2016

Intimate Landscape Duxbury Beach

I recently taught a Landscape Composition class to members of my camera club. One of the things that I talked about was Grand Landscapes vs Intimate Landscapes. We all enjoy the awe inspiring grand scenes, but I also look around for more "intimate" scenes when I am out shooting. Here is an example of a broken beach fence that caught my eye the other day.


And an even more intimate view





Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Winter Tree Duxbury MA

I always enjoy and sometimes photograph the intricate patterns that naturally occur in a bare tree, after the leaves have dropped. There is this one tree in Duxbury MA that has a perfect shape, and the limbs make a wonderful pattern when it is bare. It is nicknamed "The Winter Tree."


I posted this image on my camera club Facebook page, and one of the members (who happens to be a nurse) commented......"It's like the perfect vascular system. Showing a nodule as well (the nest) in the upper right quadrant."
I love her description and have to say that I totally agree!

I chose black and white for this image, and gave it a bit more processing than I normally do, but I am pleased with the way it came out. I hope you like it too.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Duxbury Beach Sunrise

Went out to shoot the sunrise yesterday at Duxbury Beach. It was mostly cloudy but was able to get some color in the sky before it totally clouded over.


One of my Christmas gifts from Mr S is a beach permit for my vehicle which allows me to drive out to Duxbury Beach and beyond. It just arrived in the mail so a couple of friends accompanied me yesterday. Here's my friend Nancy Carey photographing the beauty,


A gull with breakfast in flight


Didn't see any Snowy Owls yesterday, but will be returning very soon to hopefully see one.





Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Faceless Portrait

Week 7 of 52 week challenge:

The theme for this week's challenge is "FACELESS PORTRAIT." Here is my beautiful Daughter In Law Melissa.



I know.........it's so exciting!!!!!!


xxxooooooooooo


Monday, February 22, 2016

The Promise of Spring

Today was a beautiful day here in SE MA. Temps were in the 40's, mostly sunny, and just beautiful. I love how the sun is setting later in the day. It means that the season of Spring is not far away. Seeing the pretty Spring flowers in the garden center is also a nice reminder that Spring will be on it's way.




Saturday, February 20, 2016

Once Upon A Winter's Day


Just playing with some textures/colors this afternoon. I hope you like it.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mansfield Old Country Store

There seems to be less and less country stores around New England these days. It always makes me sad to hear of a country store closing it's doors for good. Today I took a ride with my good friend Nancy I to Mansfield MA, to check out the Old Country Store and Emporium, http://www.oldcountrystoreonline.com/


You have to drive a silver vehicle to be allowed to shop here. Luckily I do. :-)

I loved every nook and cranny of this place. It is a whole lot bigger than it looks from the outside. There are so many different rooms to browse through. You could spend hours looking around in this adorable old country store. One of my favorite rooms is located in the front of the store. There is an old fashioned candy counter with every kind of candy and home made fudge imaginable. 


My friend Nancy got so excited to look at the candy counter that she put her head down too quickly  and smashed it against the glass. The glass didn't shatter but I think she might have a head ache tonight. These are typical things that happen when chocolate is involved. We just can't control ourselves. I'm sure you can relate and understand. I bet you have gotten a concussion yourself due to chocolate excitement. It happens to the best of us.:-) 

Look at the wide plank wood floors. Love them!

 This is a great place to visit. Hope you can make it here sometime soon.

Hope your head doesn't hurt Nancy. If it does, just eat some chocolate. It will make you feel better. Ha!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sea Smoke Scituate MA

Sea smoke is fog which forms when very cold air moves over warmer water. We were fortunate (some might say unfortunate) to experience this phenomenon on Sunday here in New England. I went out to shoot sunrise at the ocean, for the second annual tribute to my Mothers Life and Love on the anniversary of her death. Once again, my sister Kathleen braved the elements and accompanied me.

When I left my house at 5:30 AM the newscaster was reporting that the windchill in Boston was 35 below zero......and my car thermometer was reading 12 below zero for the actual outdoor temperature. As I was driving East, I could actually see the sea smoke in the air off in the distance. I knew it was going to be a special morning!


Scituate Light


Scituate Harbor


The beach looked like a foreign planet.


Finally the sun rose high enough over the thick cloud bank.



Minot's Beach


An island off the coast of Hull/Cohasset:


It was a magical morning. The fog was dancing and rolling, and as the sun was getting higher in the sky, the colors were changing rapidly. 

Happy Valentines Day Mom. I love you with all of my heart. xxooo






Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Candy

Week 6 of 52 week photo challenge. The theme for this week is "Candy".


A box of Valentine chocolates that I bought for Mr. S. I may or may not have had an ulterior motive or two when I bought these........


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Life And Death

Yesterday we were under a blizzard warning here in SE MA. We had several inches of snow and a lot of strong winds in my area. Yesterday was also the funeral for my dear Step Mother In Law. I grabbed a few flowers from some of the beautiful arrangements that were sent to bring home and photograph. The first thing I wanted to do was place a rose in the snow. I was envisioning what I wanted, and I pretty much got what I envisioned. Will be printing and framing some images for family members as a special reminder of such a wonderful woman.




Saturday, February 6, 2016

Weather Flight Delay

Here is a photograph I made yesterday at Island Grove in Abington MA during the snowstorm.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Black and White Landscape

Week 5 of 52 week photo challenge. The theme for this week is "Landscape.....Black and White"

We are in the midst of a snowstorm today here in Southern New England. I went out this morning with my camera before the roads got too bad to get this weeks challenge photo.

Life has been hectic the past few weeks and there has not been a heck of a lot of time for photography. My Dad is recovering and is scheduled to go home on Tuesday. On a much sadder note, my dear Step-Mother In Law has passed away. She has provided my Father In Law with many years of love and happiness. She is the definition of kindness and will be greatly missed by all.