Saturday (February 22, 2014) – There was a MeetUp on Saturday at Old Sturbridge Village for their Antique Sleigh Rally with the “Discover your passion… For Photography” group. Unfortunately, because it had to be rescheduled from another date because of the lack of snow earlier this month, the organizer was unable to make it and we were all on our own for the day. There were lots of folks armed with cameras, but no one that I chatted with was there as a part of our group.
All of the horses were working hard pulling their sleighs through the snow. The miniatures were so cute! After the rally was over, I spent the afternoon wandering around the rest of the village. Below are are my favorite shots from the day. Enjoy!
Sunday (December 8, 2013) – There was a MeetUp on Saturday in Historic Wickford Village on Saturday with the “Discover your passion… For Photography” MeetUp group, but since I was in Plymouth for a PDP MeetUp, I could not attend. After looking at the pictures that everyone posted, I couldn’t help but head down there myself on Sunday.
The local shops go all out with their window displays and holiday decorations. The entire village center makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. There were photographic opportunities around every corner.
Below are a selection of my favorite shots of the afternoon. Enjoy!
Saturday (December 7, 2013) – I attended a MeetUp with the Plymouth Digital Photographers Club at the Mayflower Society House in Plymouth. The downstairs was was decked out a la 1940s Christmas and the upstairs was decorated with the standard 18th century period furnishings that regularly fill the Mayflower House Museum. we were very lucky to have a member that organized a private viewing and photography session before the museum was opened to the public for the afternoon reception and tours.
After our hour and a half in the Museum, I wandered down to the park where the Mayflower II is docked and along the shore. I also made a stop on my way out of town at the Jenney Grist Mill.
Below are my favorite shots of the afternoon. Enjoy!
Sunday (July 14, 1013) – The Newburyport Photowalk group held a Meetup at the Plum Island Lighthouse. E & I headed up there after our afternoon at the Butterfly Place. About 20 members of the group attended. We spent some time down on the beach photographing the water and the pier. Then everyone headed over to the lighthouse.
It was nice to have other photographers around to share ideas with and to give and get advice on camera settings and composition. However, having so may people in such a small area made for some difficulty setting up shots. Someone was always wandering into someone else’s frame.
It is a very beautiful area and I will probably find myself up there again someday, but I could have done without the Noseeums and Greenheads. Below are a selection of my photographs. Enjoy!
Sunday (July 14, 2013) – E & I went up to the Butterfly Place in Westford, MA. It isn’t a huge place, but worth the trip, especially if you are able to buy your admission through LivingSocial or Groupon as I did. There are butterflies fluttering all over the place. If you stand or sit still they will occasionally land on you. Once landed on E’s leg for a short bit and another on my pants. But don’t try to catch them yourselves. They are extremely fragile and doing so will get you kicked out. It has to be relatively warm for the butterflies, but they have the a/c on to keep it from getting overwhelmingly hot.
One of the complications of taking butterfly pictures is that they don’t like to pose. They are constantly flitting about and don’t stay still for long unless they are feeding. The iridescent blue one was constantly on the move and the few times he did stop, he tended to keep his wings closed. There were a couple whose wings flapped so fast they were nearly impossible to capture. Below is a sampling of the many different butterflies that we were able to photograph. Enjoy!
Wednesday (June 19, 2013) – Mom came down to join me on the Cape for a day or so during my vacation. We went to Heritage Gardens in Sandwich. Although it was between seasons for many of the flowers, the gardens were still magnificent.
We wandered about the many paths and explored every nook and cranny. We found the requisite frogs hidden in the frog pond. I put my macro lens to plenty of use. The day was beautiful!
There were too many pictures to choose from, so I broke the photographs into two blog posts. Below are the second selection of my favorites from the day. Enjoy!
Wednesday (June 19, 2013) – Mom came down to join me on the Cape for a day or so during my vacation. We went to Heritage Gardens in Sandwich. We missed the Rhododendron Festival by about a week and many of the lilies had yet to make an appearance, but the gardens were still magnificent.
There are many paths throughout the grounds to explore. There’s a great frog pond and a beautiful old carousel. There is also a car museum, but we didn’t go inside to check that out. The day was too beautiful!
There were too many pictures to choose from, so I broke the photographs into two blog posts. Below are the first selection of my favorites from the day. Enjoy!