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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Personal Favorites

Happy New Years Eve to you. Here is my annual look back at some of my favorite images that I have made during the year that is ending . Some may not be technically perfect, as sometimes the memories and feelings that I get from the photos count more to me than the technical aspects. I need to feel something when looking at my own images. That's what makes me happy and keeps me shooting

Winter 2017

I had a Duxbury Beach Pass last Winter, but with my luck, it was a year with no Snowy Owls. I did however make some landscapes that I'm happy with while searching for the elusive Snowys.



We went to New Jersey to visit our dear friends, the Heiser Family. 

An alley in beautiful Frenchtown New Jersey:


This shot of the New York City skyline brings back the emotional feelings I had while visiting this spot. The huge steel beams in the forefront were taken from one of the fallen twin towers. The placement of the tattered flag and the newly built Freedom Tower speak to my heart. We will never forget.




This Great Blue Heron stuck around  MA for the Winter:


Spring of 2017:

Ryleigh picking tulips at Wicked Tulip Farm in RI....


Red Tailed Hawk in flight eyeing some prey below....


Handsome Henry on his first birthday....


One of the many covered bridges in Vermont. I like the horse in the forefront which adds to the Springtime small town country feeling I was going after.



Heavenly beams before a Spring time thunderstorm in VT.


Summer 2017:

Evening sky at Motif Number 1 in Rockport MA....


A beautiful swan preening it's feathers in Abington MA.....


Fall 2017:

Stevie's First Birthday.....


Cog Railway NH....



Intimate view of Beaver Brook Falls in Colebrook NH....



Chittenden Reservior  VT....


Full moon rising over Peacham VT....


Moonlit sky at May Pond in Barton VT....


Milky Way over our barn in Barton VT.....


Milky Way taken just next door at my neighbors barn in Barton VT....


Acorn Street, Beacon Hill Boston MA....


The Wonder of Christmas with Stevie....


Nubble Light in York Maine dressed up for Christmas....



Wishing you a New Year full of happiness and good health. Thank you for following the blog throughout the year. It really means so much to me!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Is Love

Christmas is NOT about opening presents.......it's about opening our HEARTS!


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Is For Kids

A few photos I have taken over the past two weeks of our grandkids. They make my world so happy!

My Daughter in law Melissa with Henry:


Rylegh and Stevie in the North Pole:


All three of my little loves with Santa:


Little Miss Sassypants:


I titled this one "Christmas Wonder" I love this photo....just wish the feet weren't cut off but was using the 50 mm lens and couldn't back up anymore. Stevie's face is priceless!


Me, my Dad, Miss J, and the kids with Santa.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Northern Harrier

The Northern Harrier is the most owl like of hawks.....although they are NOT related to owls. They rely on hearing as well as vision to capture prey.

I took some photos of this Harrier the other day down by Duxbury Beach in Duxbury MA.





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scenes from the North Shore of Massachusetts

I typically spend most of my time shooting landscapes in the South Shore. I never spend any time in the North Shore. It's so funny because it's just the other side of Boston, but I just never go up there.  I know that a lot of people on the North Shore very rarely spend any time on the South Shore. You'd think it was 100 miles away! But both "shores" each have their own beauty and I was happy to spend time on the "other" shore last weekend.

My friend Diane and I were heading up to meet some camera club friends at Nubble Light in Maine to photograph the Christmas lights, but we decided to leave at 7 AM and make some stops along the North Shore on our way up.

Our first stop was looking for a Snowy Owl along the Lynn Causeway. There were reports of a Snowy Owl sighting there two days prior. We didn't see any Snowy's, but we did stop along the beach for an early morning chilly walk with our cameras.



The beach grasses are so beautiful.

The next stop was Manchester By The Sea. The skies really clouded up which unfortunately was the case for the rest of the day,


I liked the New England feel of the white steepled church, and was happy when the fishing boat came along to add to the whole coastal New England feel to the scene.


From here we headed to historic Gloucester. We didn't stop at the famous Gloucester Fisherman. The light was flat and it wouldn't have photographed well. We did stop at one of the smaller beaches that we were passing by. The tide was exceptionally high due to the full Super Moon.




Our next stop was to historic Rockport to photograph Motif Number One. I was happy to see her dressed up for Christmas.





Our next stop was to Annisquam Light in Gloucester but no photos were taken here. Let's just say that the wet rocks were very slippery and me and my camera survived. :-)

After a trip to Marshalls to buy new clothes, we made our way up to Plum Island in Newburyport where we saw the distant snowy owl that was previously posted. I also shot this Cormerant that was hanging out on a post in the marsh.


We made our destination to Nubble Light in York Maine in time for sunset, but due to the cloud cover there was no sunset light. Also, the full super moon rose directly behind the lighhouse that evening, but again, due to the cloud cover it just wasn't visible.


It was a day of adventures and laughs despite the cloudy skies and the fall in the ocean!! Photography is a dangerous sport! :-)



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nubble Light at Christmas York Maine

Nubble Lighthouse, also known as Cape Neddick Light is located on a small rocky island a couple of hundred feet off shore in York Maine. It's a very popular destination for photographers, especially during the Christmas Season when it is lit up and decorated for the holidays. I visited here late afternoon/early evening this past Saturday. Unfortunately we had cloudy skies to work with.




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Snowy Owl Parker River Nat'l Wildlife Sanctuary

Well hello to you! I was out this weekend taking pretty pictures to share with you. Today's photo is one that I took up in Newburyport MA. Now........this is an environmental portrait of a Snowy Owl.......pretty much more environment than portrait as this Snowy was quite a long distance away.


See that white dot????? That's the owl. 

More photos from this weekend will be coming in the next blog post.