Friday, September 14, 2018

At the Cape: On the Beach

At the Inn, they said the Cape Cod National Seashore is often considered one of the ten best beaches in the world. While I can't verify that claim, I can attest that at least from our point of view, it does seem pretty spectacular. Per Wikipedia, it includes nearly 40 miles of seashore along the Atlantic-facing eastern shore of Cape Cod.


Beach Infinity




Hat Stays On




Seagull in Profile




Beach Inspector




Pickup Line




Struttin'




Feathermania




Wind at His Back



These next two photos were taken by Deb, with my camera.

The seals were remarkably close to the beach. While one could swim quite near them, we were warned not to do so because apparently large sharks like to eat seals, so the sharks were likely not too far offshore.

Whiskers Above Water


Deb took a picture of this stranger having way too much fun in the water.

No Idea


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

On the Cape: At the Inn

Deb and I recently returned from a nice three day getaway to Cape Cod. We stayed in Eastham at the Inn at the Oaks, a lovely inn located very near the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Besides biking and enjoying the gorgeous beach, I took some photos.

This blog installment has photos taken at the Inn. In addition to the usual Inn amenities, I was impressed with the museum quality original typewriters showcased on the premises.


Back Space





Not Corona Beer





Cylinder of Letters





Best Space Bar Ever





Letters in Relief


Some of the Inn's appointments included nautical themed items. The outdoor "railings" at the Inn were adorned with some pretty remarkable knots.

Knot Art




Any place that's meant for people to relax certainly needs to have some Adirondack chairs. The Inn at the Oaks went for the colorful variety.

Adirondacks Discuss




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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Chesterfield Gorge

We visited Chesterfield Gorge in western Massachusetts. It was the first time either Deb or I had ever been. Nice spot. One can see why it is one of the Trustees of Reservations properties. I can only imagine how much more powerful the water is during the late spring, too.

Here are a few photographic takeaways.


High Walls




Fan In




Rock Blocks




Rock Power



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Sunday, June 3, 2018

One Poppy

This poppy just decided to "pop" in our garden this morning. Though not in the sun when I ventured out to photograph it, I decided to grab several shots nevertheless. Being cloudy or shady is not necessarily a detriment, and can help even the tone. These are taken, handheld, with my 60mm macro lens, and they are all photos of the exact same flower.

Poppy in the Garden




Poppy Center




Poppy Pedals



Sometimes taking away (color) gives more:

Ivory Poppy




Peeking Through Poppy




Shy Poppy



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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Colors of Spring

Spring has arrived! We've had beautiful, stunning weather. The trees and plants are very happy and have most definitely figured out that it is time to bloom. It's a great time of year to be a photographer; plants have so much color and they pose very nicely, hardly moving, except when it's windy.

Below are some recent captures, mostly all spring flowers, with an occasional bird, bee, or duck thrown in for good measure.

This first photo is a very tiny portion of the most magnificent pair of trees gracing Wellesley College's Pomeroy Hall in the Quad courtyard.

Centerpiece



These next photos are taken in our garden.

Curves




Daffodil Orange



Through the magic of the camera lens, we get to see some mid-flight pollination in this next photo.

Bee Work




Late Day Reach




Edging



Deb planted some unique daffodils last fall for new color in the garden this spring. I think Deb forgot she ordered these mini-daffodils; they were a nice surprise for both of us.

Standing Pretty



This shot is almost directly into the sun. I'm intentionally causing lens flare side effects. What you see here is exactly how the camera caught the image.

Ray Drenched



Photographers often talk about "bird in flight" shots (because they're so dang hard to pull off well.) One doesn't hear so much about "bee in flight" shots. That's one of our cherry trees above this bee.

Bee Best in the Golden Hour




Glowing Daffodil



The next couple of photos were taken at a nearby park where I frequently walk.

Painted Tulip



I was delighted to come across this fellow. He was having a good old time performing acrobatic tricks in this tree, singing all the while.

Baltimore Oriole



We visited Arnold Arboretum a few days before "Lilac Sunday" and the row of lilacs did not disappoint. They also had a wide variety of wisteria. This one, from China, was the furthest along and outstanding.

Hanging Wisteria




Negative Space



Lilac goodness. They have many unique varieties of lilacs at the Arboretum.

Bunches of Color




Reflective Wading




White Cups




After leaving the Arboretum we visited the nearby Allandale Farm garden center. Deb bought some new additions for our garden while I snapped some pictures.

Petals in the Sun



Rose Layers




Reaching For the Sun




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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Our final day of our recent visit to California included some sights in and around Half Moon Bay.

Here are photos taken just north of Half Moon Bay at Maverick's Beach, which is a destination for big-wave surfers. While we didn't see any surfers, likely due to the low tide, we enjoyed the rock formations and tide pools.


Tide's Out




Exploring Tide Pools




Oncoming Wave Crash




Slippery Rocks




Lines of Reflection


The remaining photos are taken at Half Moon Bay Beach.

Western Sun




Clouds Over Cliff




Moon Over Cliff




Sunset Bubbles




Muted Spray




Backlit Splash




Extra Big Splash




Last Minute Beach Walkers




Somersault Goodness



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