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?

Monday, November 4, 2013

A golden glow

Some Autumns are just prettier than others 

This happened to be one of those years

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all other seasons

~ Jim Bishop

Exeter looked particularly lovely bathed in a golden glow as I strolled through town in my flip-flops on a warm afternoon.

In our own yard the leaves fell fast, furious and plentiful. Corralling them as quickly as possible is always the goal of my husband. Leaving a pile for the dogs to run through is a must, at least for a couple weeks anyway.

The oranges, the reds ... oh my! Framed by a blue sky the trees look amazing!

Autumn blazes full speed ahead. Each fleeting day a difference can be seen in color and light. The golds of the leaves can only be matched by the golds of late afternoon shadows.

May Autumn be as beautiful where you live as it is here in New England. 

Though I doubt it ...  ; )

Friday, October 11, 2013

York, Maine, Cliff Path

One of my favorite local places ... the Cliff Path in York, Maine.

Have you ever been? If not you really should go next time you're in the area. It's beautiful anytime of year but there's something about early Autumn that I love. The air seems a bit crisper, the water a bit bluer, and the Cormorants are just starting to head south in large formations.  

The path twists and turns along rocks, buildings, gates, and rocky shores. In total it probably takes only about 10 minutes to walk the whole way, but it's 10 minutes of discovery and bliss.

Part of the path is concrete, part of it rocks, and part of it dirt. At about this point it seemed like the perfect place to stop, sit down, and look out towards the ocean for a few minutes. 

It's like the old saying ... 'The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea' ~ Isak Dinesen

Whenever I need peace of mind it's to the ocean I go 

As I sat on the rocks I thought about my close friend, Carrie, who had to move back to the mid-west. I know she wishes she could come home to New England and when the time is right she will. Sitting with my shoes off, looking out over ocean, breathing in the salty air, and loving the view, she was right there in my heart. 

Spectacular New England style home is what you'll see out on the point 

I can't help but wonder if they ever actually use their hammock that overlooks the ocean

At the end of the path you can choose to either go back the way you came, or take the long way and head up a grassy knoll towards the road. I generally like to take the road because I love looking at the beautiful homes and gardens. 

The apples were lying in a driveway I walked passed.  Seeing as how the apples were all still perfectly intact, it left me to assume the house was probably just a summer/week-end residence. 

Love the ornamental grass in these window boxes! Talk about low maintenance! Next year it could be an option for my own. Of course I'd have to add a flower into the mix. Something light and airy. Any suggestions?

So glad I chose to take the sidewalk back to the car ...

A tender moment

Hydrangeas only seem to grow more beautiful with time

I hope your Fall is a beautiful one. Here in New England the weather couldn't be more perfect. Day after day of sunshine, with temperatures in the 60's to low 70's. Nights are crisp and perfect for sleeping. 

This past Wednesday my husband and I spent the afternoon in Wolfboro, NH. I'd hoped to capture some great foliage pictures but was left somewhat disappointed by the color remaining on the trees. Still, I'll have to look at my memory card and see what I came up with. 

Have a great week-end!