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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." :-)

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Red Winged Blackbirds

 I found a lot of Red Winged Blackbird action at Jenney Pond in Plymouth MA one evening last week. The late day light was phenomenal.

Female Red Winged Blackbird:



Male:


Another shot of the nesting Female. She is so sweet.


I hope you are enjoying the season of Spring in your necks of the woods,

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Words For Wednesday 5/12/2021

 


"A bird is safe in it's nest------but that is not what it's wings are made for. "
                                                     ------Amit Ray


Friday, April 30, 2021

Halifax MA Springtime

 Each time I've passed by the Halifax Congregational Church and Town Hall, I've always made a mental note that I should stop there some time with my camera. The other day I was home thinking about somewhere to go to take some Spring photos and I remembered this location.

I first went around back where there is a beautiful old cemetery. 


 With the 11-16 mm wide lens on my camera, I got down as low as possible (actually positioned my camera on my sneaker) to get the dandelions in the forefront of this shot.


I then went out front and shot this one from the same low perspective. I wanted to give the dandelions some prominence in the scene, as I wanted to capture the feeling of Springtime.


And one more low perspective 


Here is the town hall which is adjacent to the church



Hoping to get out this weekend with my camera to capture some more Spring photos of New England. I hope you enjoy your weekend as well!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Words For Wednesday 4/21/2021

 "Children see magic because they look for it"

---------Christopher Moore



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Words For Wednesday 4/14/2021

"In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence."

Male House Sparrow.....breeding plumage:

Female House Sparrow:


Photos taken this morning at Nelson Park in Plymouth MA


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Words For Wednesday 4/7/2021

 


"Every day may not be good....
But there is something good in every day"
        ----Alice Morse Earl

I hope you find your something good today. xxoo


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Words For Wednesday

 "What's broken can be mended.

What hurts can be healed.

And no mater how dark it gets,

the sun is going to rise again"

               ----Author unknown

This quote and the following photos I've recently taken reflect how I feel. I will be returning to work  (light duty with minimal walking) on Monday!

This first photo was a sunrise in Scituate MA taken from the parking lot of the Scituate Yacht Club. I couldn't go down on the beach, as I still can't walk on uneven surfaces ie: sand and rocks. I made this unique composition and was happy to come away with this photo I otherwise never would have taken if not for my limitations.

                                                  "A new day is dawning"


Another recent sunrise. This one taken at Sandy Beach in Cohasset before the sun rose. I was with members of my camera club, but they were all shooting from the beach. I stayed in the parking lot to be safe, and pulled out my 150-600 mm lens to get this shot.


"I'm ready to spread my wings and fly"


Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.......with a new perspective!

Stay safe and well my friends xxoo

Thursday, March 11, 2021

My bench project Hobart Pond Whitman MA

 We are having a touch of Spring weather this week in Southern New England. I hope the weather is also nice in your neck of the woods. I went out for a "walk" with a few of my friends yesterday. It was my first time out with them since last Fall and it was great to see them and catch up. It was more like a slow stroll, but I am able to "stroll" now!!! I still have pain when I walk and still have a significant limp but I'm walking and pushing myself to deal with the pain, as I'm probably going to have it for a while. Not complaining......just being realistic. I knew from the beginning that this wasn't going to be easy. 

We went to Hobart Pond in Whitman because there's a flat paved walking path which is what I needed. I strolled part way but had to sit after a bit as I couldn't go too far. Here's the bench I sat on while waiting for my friends to return. 



I decided to give myself a project while I was waiting..... and make photographs of my surroundings from the bench. I'd like to call it my bench project. :-)

Frozen in time:


Waiting for Spring:


Nature Underfoot:


Reaching Out:


Soaring above me:


"Dave":


And my final shot from my bench project is where I felt my photography mojo coming back after such a long break. I titled this one "Skip" which was written on the back of my bench. I opened up the aperture to focus on "skip" and to blur my friends in the background who were heading back to me and the bench. 


I enjoyed my day outdoors. I enjoyed the time with my friends, and most of all I enjoyed taking photos again and challenging myself to take photos from my surroundings while sitting on a bench.

Hope you are doing well and safe! xxoo