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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Words For Wednesday 9/15/2021

 


"Yeah we all shine one. Like the moon and the stars and the sun."
-------- John Lennon


Monday, September 13, 2021

Macro Flowers Fun With Dhalias

 I've recently been taking some macro shots with the Tamron 90 mm macro lens. I've had this lens for a few years and have never really gotten the shots that I've been wanting. I recently had a tutorial visit with my good friend and very talented photographer Rosemary, and she has really helped me to improve my macro work using a variety of beautifully fresh picked Dahlias.


I learned that the secret was to manually focus the shots. 

Here's the first macro water shot that I nailed. I'm not ashamed to say I think I actually squealed out loud when I saw it on the back of my camera. :-) I love the reflection in the water drop.


A few more shots:





Thursday, September 9, 2021

Boston Harbor Fireworks Labor Day Weekend 2021

 Hi all. Sorry for my absence here on the blog. Things are well and I hope all is well with you. I have some posts to catch up on writing. Today's post highlights a few pictures I took on Friday night of the Labor Day Weekend fireworks display over Boston Harbor. It was a glorious evening weather wise. We chose to photograph from the walkway behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It wasn't the best location to shoot from as the barge which loaded the fireworks was "parked" a little further down the harbor as usual. If it had been docked further to the left of our location it would have provided a better view of the Boston skyline. Not complaining though!




I hope you have been enjoying your Summer as Fall is slowly approaching. I'm starting to get my Fall photography mojo going and am having a fun time planning a 6 day Fall photography trip to VT and also making a mental note of some possible New England foliage day trips. It's always exciting during these early days of September, as we anticipate what kind of a show Mother Nature will provide this year, and also when will it happen! Should be starting way up North in the next three to four weeks.


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Words For Wednesday 8/18/21

 


Sunflowers always end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there."
-------JR Rim

Friday, August 6, 2021

Tangerini's Farm Millis MA

If you're a regular follower of this blog, you may remember previous blog posts written about Tangerini's Farm in Millis MA. Each Summer I always make a few trips to this beautiful farm. Typically I go with Miss J and the three grandkids to pick sunflowers. This week the first sunflower field was closed, and the second field wasn't open yet, so we switched to plan B and picked flowers from the garden. For ten dollars you are given a large mason jar to fill with whatever flowers you choose. 


Off they go to pick their flowers:


Ryleigh is my oldest grandchild and she's my favorite model. She always cooperates to give me a good photo.



This photo was taken by Miss J. She took this photo of Ryleigh and you can see me in the background shooting pictures of the kids with my long lens.



Stevie:

Joey:


We had lunch at the "Farmers Table" located at the farm. The menu is excellent and the food is all farm fresh from the farm or sourced locally. Miss J and I split the hummus with fresh veggie platter. The hummus is made fresh on the farm. It's delicious.


We also each got a raspberry lime rickey to drink. It is so refreshing and is served in a large jar.


A few photos taken in the farm stand:






May try to return again next week to pick sunflowers if time allows! 


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Words For Wednesday 7/21/21

 


Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet still become something beautiful."
----Beau Taplin


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Words For Wednesday 7/14/21

 

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses. "



Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Words For Wednesday 6/23/2021

 


"The early bird catches the worm, and the early cat catches the bird."
----#kittyquote


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Words For Wednesday 6/16/2021

 


" Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all of the places people thought you never would."

                                                             ----E.V.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Bald Eagle

 I hope you are enjoying the lazy hazy days of Summer. It's been extremely hot and humid here in Southern New England. I headed out early yesterday morning before it got too hot to check out the bald eagles. 

Here is one of the eaglets in the nest....I could barely see it.

"I spy with my little eye:


Adults:




Communicating:


My foot and ankle are getting better and it's nice to be able to be out and about with my camera. I still have some soreness and stability issues but definitely making some good progress recently. I hope you are doing well too. xxoo



Monday, June 7, 2021

Old Ship Church Hingham MA

 The Old Ship Church in Hingham MA was built in 1681. It is the oldest surviving 17th Puritan Meetinghouse in America and the oldest church building in continuous use in the United States. 

Today it is The First Parish Church in Hingham, a liberal Unitarian Universalist community of about 250 members.

I toured this beautiful historic landmark with members of my camera club yesterday. Although I typically do not use sepia tones with my photos, I decided that the sepia tones go along with the age of the church.











I really enjoyed learning about this Historical New England Landmark, and it was great to reunite with some camera club friends who I haven't seen for over a year due to the pandemic.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Words For Wednesday 5/26/2021

 "Being the first born gives you great patience."

                   --------Abraham Verghese



Photos taken at Island Grove Pond in Abington MA

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Abington Butterfly Garden

 I spent a few hours photographing at the Abington Butterfly Garden in Abington MA the other evening. Things are still a bit early at the garden, but I did find some things in bloom to photograph. The flowers on the Japanese Maple Tree are beginning to bloom:



A Garden Snail:



Purple Iris:

I'll be visiting the garden more often as the Spring and Summer move long so stay tuned for more photos from this beautiful little garden in my hometown. A very special thanks to the Abington Garden Club who take such impeccable care of this treasured place.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Sunrise at Plymouth Rock

 Pilgrim Memorial State Park is located along the shore of Plymouth Harbor, in Plymouth Massachusetts. Nobody knows for sure, but the rock featured here is reported to be the stepping stone that the inhabitants of the Mayflower stepped on when embarking from the Mayflower.

One of my friends informed me that on this particular morning, the sun would rise directly in the center of the Plymouth Rock Monument. We arrived before sunrise and I took a few shots from the street. I shot this one shortly after we arrived:


This next photo was taken about ten minutes later from the opposite direction:


Here comes the sun. This image was a combination of 8 different exposed images blended together in Lightroom. I used this method due to the high level of contrast in the scene to get the highlights and shadows correctly.



The history we have in this area is just one more reason why I love living in New England.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Springtime At The Boston Public Garden

 Time is flying by these days. I've been slacking with my posting here on the blog, as I have some recent photos to share. Today I will share some photos taken last Sunday morning at the Boston Public Garden. We arrived on site around 4:55 am. Sunrise was at 5:21 am. It was a lovely morning!

The Swan boats in the Lagoon by the Lagoon Bridge:


I was happy that many of the tulip beds were still blooming. Here's the infamous George Washington Statue:


Morning Sprinklers at work after sunrise:


A few shots taken from the other side of the lagoon:



I was very happy to be able to do this photo trip. I walked in pretty well, but was really hurting and limping on the way out. It was worth the pain, and woke up the next morning feeling much better! I  have to "just keep swimming." :-)