The Bench Under the Cherry Tree at Harris Street Cemetery

So this is the image I really wanted to capture when I came back to the Harris Street Cemetery on Sunday at sunrise.  I had photographed the cemetery and its three beautiful cherry trees at peak bloom the day before but the light was coming from the opposite direction.  That made this angle tough to capture as the interior cherry blossoms were in the shadows and the light was just all wrong.

I woke at 6am having checked the forecast and noting clear blue skies were expected.  That gave me an extra hour of sleep as there was no point […]

The Tombstone Under the Cherry Blossoms

Yesterday, I shared the first image from these incredible cherry trees at the Harris Street Cemetery.  Today, I’ll share the last image taken on Sunday as I headed back to my car.

I had come across this particle tombstone before and found the inscription fascinating.  As the sun had climbed up in the sky, I was able to get some great light coming off the face of the tombstone.  I chose a wide open aperture to push the beautiful colors of the cherry blossoms into a bit of a blur in the background.

In case you cannot make out the inscription, […]

Cherry Blossoms at Peak Bloom – Harris Street Cemetery

Last week I shared images of cherry blossoms taken in the Spring of 2012 and explained that cherry blossoms were forever tied to Spring in my mind after spending several years living in Washington, DC.  Over this past weekend, I asked for some help from my ‘fans’ on Facebook to help me find trees at peak blossom.  I was pointed to a few spots around town but one person asked if I had been to the Harris Street Cemetery yet.

On Saturday, after the rain let up, I decided to check all the spots recommended to me.  I started on […]

Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak Bloom on Washington Street

Don’t get too excited…these images were taken in 2012.  But that just means that we have these beautiful blossoms to look forward to in the days to come.

As you may remember from last year’s posts, I explained that Spring and cherry blossoms will forever be intertwined for me after living in Washington, DC for 4 years.  I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital and would head to the tidal basin each Spring to photograph the cherry blossoms as they reached peak bloom.

While we don’t quite have the same number of trees in a concentrated space […]

By |April 19th, 2013|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , |0 Comments

Cherry Blossoms Start to Bloom Under the Half Moon

Following up on yesterday’s image with a half moon, I decided to share this one of my favorite tree in town starting to bloom.  If you can believe it, this photo was taken on March 31, 2012.  Last I checked this tree, it was still far from blooming.

I had wanted to capture the details in the branch and the blossoms in their varied stages of blossoming.  Again, as yesterday, the issue was the negative space that surrounded the branch.  Fortunately, I found a great element to break up the space.  The issue next was a technical one – how […]

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Flower Boxes on Ocean Avenue

I wonder how many of my viewers will instantly recognize these three flower boxes that adorn the back of a house facing Ocean Avenue.  I’ve passed this house numerous times and would frequently catch myself gazing at the flower boxes decorating the back section.  On this day, the impatiens (I had to ask my wife for the name of these purple flowers) seemed to complement the colors of the house especially well and I decided to try to photograph them in a unique way.  I ended up shooting at a wide open aperture of f/1.8 which allowed me to […]

By |September 27th, 2012|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , |0 Comments

Bees Hard at Work

This image would likely scare a number of people (including a fair number of my patients).  As you can gather from this Sunflower Week, I’m a big fan of these flowers and the feeling they give that Summer has not yet ended.  For good or bad, my time spent shooting the flowers included waiting for bees to gather pollen and move away from the subject of my photo.  On a few occasions (such as the one above and the other below) I couldn’t help but include the bee in the image.

In the image above, you can clearly see the […]

By |August 30th, 2012|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On the Fence

So if you haven’t guess yet, this is officially Sunflower Week on Wednesdays in Marblehead.  The last two days featured macro images cropped to square format and with varying color and black and white treatment.  Today’s image features a single sunflower along the fence and comes from my new favorite patch in town.

As I mentioned previously, I’m not much of a flower photographer with the exception of cherry blossoms in the Spring and sunflowers at the end of Summer.  There’s something about the sunflower which arrives at the end of August as the days begin to shorten that offers […]

By |August 29th, 2012|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sunflowers in Black and White

Yesterday’s post was filled with the vibrant yellows, blues and greens that characterize the sunflower.  Today, I took the same images and converted them to black and white.  This removes the distraction of color and puts texture front and center.  Turns out that sunflowers offer a feast of textures for the eye to behold.  From the fine lines of the petals to the intricate design of their face, there is an incredible amount of detail to take in with these simple shots.

So, which do you prefer…color or black and white?  Answer in the comment field below or on the […]

By |August 28th, 2012|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Summer’s Last Breath…Sunflowers

I am not a ‘flower-guy’.  I could care less about the flowers in our backyard or taking pictures of flowers…with two exceptions – cherry blossoms and sunflowers.  Having lived in Washington, DC, cherry blossoms will be forever linked with the start of Spring and the end of Winter.  Sunflowers, arriving at the end of August, make me feel that Summer still has a few days left…a few more nice warm bright days.

I found a great sunflower patch last year and, with the wife and kids away Saturday, I set out to check its status.  I was overjoyed to see […]

By |August 27th, 2012|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
Wednesdays in Marblehead

Wednesdays in Marblehead