Thursday, September 18, 2014

Somesville, Maine, a quick drive by

Heading south on 102 towards Bass Harbor we had the fortune of driving through Somesville (link to this splendid town). It has to be one of the prettiest towns on the Mount Desert Island. The time, effort, and money spent on the homes and flowers are obvious at a glance.

Although I tried to capture a portion of the town with my camera I don't feel my photos really do it justice. If you've ever driving down main street then you understand.

Such a dreamy front porch. 

There's something about large ferns and wicker white that lend themselves to romance and true relaxation.

The Selectman's building is certainly the town jewel, photographed day in and day out

The flowers in the box are looking a little sad at the moment but after all it is the end of summer. Since we were there a week ago surely autumn hardy flowers have been planted. Better images of the bridge can be viewed online here or the link I posted up above. 

Looking at the photos online it's easy to see why this particular bridge is photographed so often throughout all four seasons.

The best part about this shot? The little hand written note on the sign ... 

'Pay here 
 Thank you!'

It shows there are still people who believe in the honesty of a complete stranger.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Good Morning in Bar Harbor, Maine

All of the photos below were taken yesterday morning (9/10/14) around 6:00 am. Morning sun is so golden and glorious, especially on the water.

This guy was a trouble maker. He seemed to find joy in pulling brochures from the holders and dropping them on the dock all the while squawking, clicking, and cackling.

If you've ever been to Bar Harbor, Maine I hope these images bring back calming memories. And if you haven't been, maybe you'll be spurned on to make the trip. This was our first getaway (brief as it may have been) to Mt. Desert Island and I have to say it was heavenly. I'd highly recommend visiting in September. The weather is still warm, all the kids have gone back to school, and it's mostly seniors  or empty nesters visiting the area. My only complaint is that I couldn't have stayed longer.

I'll try to upload more images from our getaway!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Applecrest Farm

There's nothing like spring blooms and blue skies to bring renewed inspiration for photography

It's been quite a while since I've been to Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls so I had no idea they served ice cream. I'll have to go back very soon and get myself a cone! I'm all about a cardboard tasting plain cone. lol! A cup just won't do. 

Lovely, lovely blooms. 

Warm days bring about their delicate demise all to soon. Today there are very few trees still fully in flower. Most of the apple trees were almost flowerless during this shoot last week.

Baltimore Orioles are back. The gurgle in their song is a dead giveaway. Hummers have returned too, though I've only seen one. And the Grey Tree Frogs are coming back to life in the evenings. Funny little frogs they are!

I can't help but look at these apple trees and think of Fall. And who doesn't love Fall? Apples hanging heavy on tree limbs, cider, donuts, cool nights, warm days ... it's what comes after that makes me shudder. Winter left an indelible mark on us all here in the Northeast.

Sweet Bee . . . .

can you see him?

Always pristine. This house sits adjacent to the farm. White on white, I just think it's so pretty!

Hard to believe the warm days of summer are just around the corner. Finally the days we've been dreaming of for so long have arrived. And not a moment to soon! 

As I finish up this post it's time for my husband and I to head out and enjoy this gorgeous, sunny, warm Wednesday before the rain arrives tonight. I'm thinking lunch at the Beach Pea in Kittery. What are you up to today?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flowers, Phin and Spring!

Although still life photography is not really my forte it doesn't stop me from pursuing pretty images.

I love the Ranunculus. Their colors are so varied and beautiful! Trimming the stems every few days and changing out the water help to keep them fresh and crisp. The sweet tag with a birds nest came in a gift-tag variety pack from Homegoods. 

The yellow and white Bee hand towel came from a small, old time store in Little Compton, RI called Wilburs. Here's a little video about the town and Wilburs, if your interested. How I love the Farm Coast region of Rhode Island * sigh *

A few pretty Peonies just past their prime. Seems they come and go in June like a popsicle on a hot afternoon. Rain can take them within a matter of hours.

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As I get older every day seems to be a journey. Someone important to me recently relayed the thoughts below. They strike a chord with my soul.

I think they're words all of us should try to live by. All we can do is our best.

And then there's Phin. I just happened to come across this photo last night and thought it would be a good image to add to my blog. All the white you see around the edges? That's Lily's head, neck, and leg. Her fluffy white fur appears like clouds.

FINALLY spring is here! No peepers quite yet but this morning for the first time I heard a Nighthawk. The Robins and Cardinals are singing before the sun comes up. And the blackbirds have returned in prolific numbers, only to clean out my feeders in one big swarm. Warm days cannot be far off.

Has spring returned to your house? For me it always feels like I'm coming back to life again.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Snowy Tuesday morning

Thank goodness for the time change. Finally I am able to get up and out the door in time to catch the sunrise! 

Since the sky was cloudy when I awoke I didn't really rush, thinking there would be no sun anyway. Thankfully I arrived at the waters edge just in time.

What a great way to start the day! The air was pretty mild compared to what it has been. Eventually reaching the low 50's. 

 A total sweetheart. All she wanted to do was love on me.

After a few pictures at Jenness Beach and Rye Harbor I thought it would be nice to check in on the local resident Snowy Owl. Uh yeah, I think she's still here ...

Sometimes I wonder who's watching who. She seems quite oblivious to all the local paparazzi that visit on a daily basis. Every time I stop by people seem to be giving her a wide berth so as not to cause any stress. 

After shooting for a while then taking a few minutes in my car to warm up I decided to walk back over and see what she was up to. It was quite a sight to see, she was feasting on a bird she'd caught either earlier in the day or the night before. And though I shot some rather graphic images of her eating I felt it might be best to keep them out of this post. 

It's not difficult to tell she has quite a bit of blood on her front feathers, around her beak and eyes. This is all good because it means she isn't going hungry. Something that was of concern for some of the snowy owls along the east coast.

Once breakfast was consumed she started walking around and eating snow, which I didn't expect. A girl has got to get a drink somehow.

Finally, when the snowy was through pruning, snow eating, and scratching she decided to catch a little shut eye. All the while I looked on at how glorious she is, thinking how fleeting her time here will be. Any day could be her last before she heads back up north to Canada.

nap time = time to go home 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A few recent photos

I just thought I'd show you a few images from the past week or so. All were shot with my Samsung Galaxy s4. Something I might start using a little more on my blog because it seems I shoot more with my phone than my camera these days.

My husband and I discovered a new little coffee shop in Kittery, Maine and I love it! 

They serve sandwiches, soups and pastries but I think the Crullers and coffee are really where its at! Not to mention the funky interior atmosphere of the old bank with exposed brick, pipes, and safety deposit boxes built into the counter. 

If you live in the area you can also check out their reviews on Yelp


Driving home from Target. It's about a 5 mile trip which took close to half an hour. Not one car was off the road. We're New Englanders, we ain't scared.

Lily loves the fresh snow! She likes it a little bit more when she can run through it! In this photo it's above her back. That kind of takes some of the fun out of it. For me too, Lily.

Finally March is here. No reprieve yet in the bitter cold temperatures but I did catch sight of this a couple days ago ... 

It's a sign ...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A snowy roadside barn

It's been months since I've felt like blogging, but a letter I recently received from a reader spurned me on to post some wintertime images as well as work up a new header. 
Thank you, Marianne.

As everyone knows the winter has certainly been long and cold. On the bright side it has produced some beautiful snow storms. And plenty of them! This barn and fence sit right along side the road where there is very little space to pull over. So glad I made the effort.

Snow tends to only enhance old fences and barns. Bringing out the charm that can only be found in New England.

Looking over the fence when all I really wanted to do was go right through the gate and into their backyard. I would never be that bold.

I don't think hydrangeas ever really go out of season, do you?

Only 12 days until we turn the clocks forward. March 9th will hopeful be a bit warmer than 20-something degrees. I'm SO done with cold weather! 

Are you seeing any signs of Spring at your house?