New England scenes and occasional moments of everyday life. The purpose of this blog is to share with you the things that I love to photograph in and around New England, as well as an occasional glimpse into my everyday life.
One day last week I went to Wrentham MA to photograph the nesting Great Blue Herons at Wollomonopoag Reserve. It was a beautiful day for the 3/4 mile hike on the trail that leads you out to open water where there are approximately 30 nests. Not all nests were occupied, but most were.
Here is what we call in Boston, a "double decker" (pronounced as a double decka of course) :-)
The parents fly in and out of the nests in search for food. They have pockets in their throat where they store food for the babies and regurgitate it in the nest to feed their young.
"Daddy's Home"......notice the size of the chicks in this shot. They were smaller than most of the other chicks we saw in the nests. This family must have started a bit later than most of the others.
A different nest with larger chicks waiting for food after Dad came home:
Was an incredible experience to witness this. If you decide to go, you will want to bring bug spray. The mosquitos were ferocious. We sprayed ourselves when we got out of the car but I was wishing I brought the spray with me as well.
It was a mostly cloudy and blustery Spring morning when I visited Pageant Park in Barton VT last week. Pageant Park is a beautiful beach located at Crystal Lake. This beach is for the local residents of Barton to use. A parking sticker is required here for residential use only. It's located nearby the public beach at Crystal Lake Park.
The skies cleared later that morning and it turned into a beautiful day.
I've been away for the past several days. I had some business to attend to up in Vermont that could only be done on a weekday, and I also had some work to do on the house. I did however find some time for photography.
One of my favorite things I like to photograph in the Spring up there are the fields of dandelions. I know that may sound like a simple silly thing, but the fields up there are such a lovely green and when they are dotted with the sunny yellows of the dandies it makes my heart sing.
After dinner one evening we went out to catch the sunset. This photo was taken at the crest of the mountain in Hinton Hill Road in Westmore.
We quickly headed to the Barton Golf Club to catch the after sunset glow in the sky. I chose this location because I wanted to photograph the sunset sky over Jay Peak in the distance, and the old barn and silos in the forefront.
More photos coming from this trip will be featured on the next blog post.
Each year, I typically write a blog post today with photos of my Dear Father In Law in the Memorial Day Parade, proudly wearing his American Legion uniform. He was the most patriotic person that I've ever known. Sadly we lost him at the age of 91 this past September. Mr S and I went to the cemetery to visit his grave this weekend. I know he is very proud to know that the American flag is proudly displayed at his grave site. We love and miss him but his memories live on in our hearts.
My hometown swans are a beloved pair, who reside at the pond at Island Grove. Each year, many of us are happy to see when the cygnets are born. There's just something special about seeing the adorable new life around the pond.
There were seven eggs this year, but sadly only 2 cygnets are alive. Three were born....one died shortly after birth, and the remaining 4 eggs were not viable.
These were taken the following morning:
Climbing onto Mamas back....
The shutter speed was slow enough to catch the spray as Mama was fanning her tail....
The second cygnet is tucked under Mamas wing, barely visible just under where her beak is resting in this photo....
A few weeks ago I went to visit Wicked Tulips Farm with Miss J and the three kids. Tulips galore.... and as I always blog every year, I encourage you to go visit next year. This year an adults admission included ten picked tulips, which was really great. Any additional tulips that you picked were a dollar each.
Now onto the Grands. It's nearly impossible for me to get a decent photo of the three of them together. Ryleigh is always willing to pose for me, but Stevie and Joey, not so much. :-)
Something tells me that rock was more interesting to the boys than my camera. :-)
Stevie was on the run a lot.....
Joey is not quite walking on his own yet, but was able to stand alone for a few photos....