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A weekly photo-blog based in New England, USA.



Updated: 2014-10-07T01:24:31.524-04:00

 



Peace.

2008-01-01T21:17:10.690-05:00

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It has been a great year--full of good friends and good fun. Thanks for sharing it with me! I have decided to pursue other projects in the new year, and so I will not be continuing with this one. Thanks to everyone who visited and commented or e-mailed. I'll leave those options open for those who might come across this blog in the future and want to join in the conversation.

Here's hoping that we all have a healthy, happy, peaceful and prosperous new year!



Let it snow.

2007-12-23T12:27:04.615-05:00

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Was on my way out one morning this week, and couldn't resist the newly fallen snow on the Holly. SO Holiday-esque!



Party lights.

2007-12-15T09:51:29.674-05:00

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Snapped this last night at the first holiday party of the season! I liked the way the neon was reflecting through the windows...



... & through the woods

2007-11-23T18:22:24.230-05:00

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Happy Thanksgiving!



Over the river...

2007-11-23T18:26:06.615-05:00

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Took the back roads on my way to my family's house for Thanksgiving dinner today. The fog was so beautiful, that I couldn't resist stopping to take a couple of shots on the way...



Dusted!

2007-11-20T12:43:51.038-05:00

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This morning, just in time to kick off the holiday season, we got a light dusting of snow! It won't likely last until tomorrow, but things are very pretty outside at the moment...



One man's trash...

2007-11-08T19:26:07.968-05:00

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What a great find! I was in Vermont over the weekend, visiting friends who hosted a fantastic Halloween costume party... Earlier that day--while out scavenging for a hubcap to augment an Isadora Duncan costume--I was treated to a walk through the woods to an old, overgrown junkyard. There were at least 6 very old wrecked-up cars just peacefully rotting away out there, amongst other miscellaneous parts. While my friend searched for her hubcap, I managed to get quite a few interesting shots.



Local color.

2007-10-28T19:42:44.331-04:00

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~Albert Camus



Modern love.

2007-10-28T15:40:10.108-04:00

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Yesterday, I took a walk around the Phillips Exeter Academy campus with some friends, and was struck by the architecture of the George H. Love Gymnasium. Completed in 1970, it is a stark, yet beautiful contrast to the more traditional ivy-covered buildings that surround it.

Later, I searched online for more information, but could only find that it "covers an area of 220,000 square feet and includes two indoor hockey rinks, an eight-lane indoor swimming pool, exercise and weight rooms, a 130 x 200-foot gym large enough for three simultaneous basketball games, as well as training, conference, and office facilities. "

I am very curious as to how this building came to be. If anyone knows more about it, or at least who designed it, please feel free to comment or email using the links provided here!



Apples to apples.

2007-10-11T12:29:51.932-04:00

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In keeping with the Fall Harvest theme, here's a shot from a recent trip to Applecrest Orchards in Hampton, NH. Applecrest is the oldest and largest apple orchard in the Seacoast (the first tree was planted in 1913). They currently produce about 40,000 bushels of over 40 different varieties of apples each year.

Visiting Applecrest for their annual Harvest Festival (now 33 years running) has become an annual event for my friends and I. The festival offers something for everyone, with a world-famous corn roast, fresh cider & cider donuts, pie eating contests, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, live bluegrass bands, horse-drawn orchard hayrides and a petting zoo for the kids.

This is a fantastic way to spend one of our beautifully crisp, sunny, fall New England days!



Volunteers.

2007-10-01T22:46:43.218-04:00

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Last fall, I couldn't resist buying a few of those miniature pumpkins to use as a natural table decoration when some friends came over for dinner. After a few weeks in the warm indoor temperatures, they started getting mushy, and without a thought, I tossed them into the back yard compost pile.

This spring, I dug the rich, dark, freshly-made humus from the pile, and used it to mulch my flower garden. Compost serves many functions in a garden. It makes an excellent mulch--providing organic nutrients to plants, retaining soil moisture, discouraging erosion and enriching soil texture--to name a few of many benefits.

As the summer progressed I noticed what looked like a squash or zucchini vine growing in the garden. I decided to leave it, just for the fun of seeing what it turned out to be (if anything).

As it turns out, those little pumpkin seeds can be quite hardy--and I don't need to buy any little pumpkins for the table this year!



Reflection.

2007-09-24T07:47:30.594-04:00

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I took this during a recent walk. It was a peaceful, meditative morning, and this image with its subtle criss-cross wave patterns, and reflections captured that mood for me.



Twilight treetops.

2007-09-16T21:14:09.182-04:00

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I had another chance at a sunset--this time with a most interesting treeline!



Square peg.

2007-09-15T09:06:57.738-04:00

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This rock pattern caught my eye during a morning walk out onto the breakwater in Penobscot Bay. This particular breakwater is almost a mile long, and took 18 years to build! Over the years, as the massive rocks have heaved apart at the surface, smaller rocks have been chinked in to preserve a fairly flat and level walking surface. It's a refreshing walk 'way out into the bay and back, rewarded mid-point with a chance to check out a classic New England lighthouse.



Sweet spot.

2007-09-09T16:17:38.369-04:00

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What a wonderful week! I have been on vacation this past week and a half. Amazingly enough, I managed to pick a beauty--the weather was just perfect. Took a getaway trip up the Maine coast, and stayed at the fabulous Samoset Resort in Rockport. We enjoyed the great food, luxurious surroundings and lounging on our sunny deck in the morning, watching the golfers below. This shot, taken from the deck, barely begins to do the panoramic ocean views justice!



Cats and dogs.

2007-08-28T20:16:17.676-04:00

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Here's another one of some cattails taken on a recent walk. Does this photo make anyone else hungry for hot dogs, or is it just me? :)



Fall foretold.

2007-08-23T21:20:58.491-04:00

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Suddenly, fall is in the air! We have been having unseasonably cool weather here in New England this past week. I, for one, am loving it!

Early fall is my favorite time of year. The days are brilliant, clear and perfectly warm. Then--once the sun sets--the temperatures swoop down to jeans-and-sweatshirt digits. Perfect nights to pull out that firepit and invite some friends over for a glass of wine and some conversation.

As I was walking the other day, I saw this telltale sign of the season ahead... I can't wait!



The scenic route.

2007-08-23T19:49:16.019-04:00

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Earlier this spring, when it got warm and I felt that I needed a change, I treated myself... to a new route to work. By simply getting on the road a few minutes earlier, I am able to avoid the morning-commute rat-race of Interstate 95.

Instead, I meander along the back roads, taking in the views with the windows rolled down. This has done wonders for my morning outlook! It is actually a shorter distance at a slower pace, and so I find myself filling the gas tank less often--a serious bonus this summer!

My new route takes me past this wonderful old barn. I have been meaning to stop and shoot it since May, and I finally got up early enough this week to squeeze it in on my way.



Midsummer mist.

2007-08-23T19:46:00.703-04:00

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Earlier in the week, I was invited to a party over at Rye Beach. Those of you who know me well will know that I am not much of a daytime beach person, preferring instead to visit during the early evening hours for a walk or picnic dinner--or even later still for a bonfire or some meteor-watching.

Luckily for me, on the afternoon of this gathering the coast was completely fogged in! I managed to steal away from the proceedings for a short beach-walk and caught this shot of the tide (and fog) rolling in.



Eventide.

2007-08-23T19:46:22.279-04:00

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In an effort to find new and interesting places to shoot, I have joined up with a group of photographers who meet a couple of times a month to shoot a specific New England location/event.

My first outing with them was for some sunset and night shooting last week. I picked this particular gathering, because I have a LOT to learn about low-light and night photography... I got some help experimenting with some new techniques, and managed to come away with a few things that I liked...

This one was taken a bit late for me to catch the best light/color, but I liked the way the sun looked behind the bridge.



The works.

2007-08-23T19:46:42.573-04:00

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I was in Exeter visiting friends on Saturday during the American Independence Festival. This annual festival includes historic role players, a traditional NH artisan's village, and the opportunity to view early drafts of the Constitution, amongst other Revolutionary-era delights.

After dinner, we walked down to Swasey parkway to check out the fireworks display and listen to Mr. Nick's Blues Mafia. I decided to bring the camera, but leave the tripod at home, so I wasn't expecting great things.... But I did get a few halfway decent shots. Here's my favorite.



Coastal bliss.

2007-07-22T22:14:43.402-04:00

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This shot was taken on the very spot where friends of mine were married on Saturday. Can you imagine a better backdrop for a summer wedding? It was a beautiful day--one of those perfect summer Maine coast days when it feels like the sign at the NH/Maine border on interstate 95 is absolutely right, and not the least bit pretentious. This truly is "The Way Life Should Be."



Got Moo?

2007-07-22T22:18:35.623-04:00

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Yes, you guessed it--I spent this past weekend with the cows, in lovely Vermont! I had a great time visiting some (human) friends who live just outside of Montpelier. Everything is so gorgeously green there this time of year! And my beautiful bovine friend shown here was (literally!) eating it up.



Have a seat.

2007-07-04T10:46:52.850-04:00

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Recently, I spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Wentworth By The Sea hotel in New Castle, NH. This picturesque Victorian-era hotel has recently been lovingly restored, upgraded and re-opened by Marriott. They did a fantastic job balancing the old with the new. The gardens and grounds have been kept very much in the spirit of the originals, right down to this crisply ornate bistro chair.



Under the big top.

2007-08-23T19:47:41.300-04:00

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Last week, I went to a beach party in Rye, NH. I liked that the people who put up the party tent included three cheerful red banners at the top, evoking the look of an old circus-tent.

As the sun set over the water, the wind picked up and a bank of storm clouds moved in, making for a fairly dramatic sky. Before the clouds took over, I managed to snap this lone banner catching the wind and the last rays of sun...