While this year’s Fourth of July weekend wasn’t the same as those in the past with cold, wet conditions, fewer exhibits, artisans and traffic for the Festival and the lack of fireworks, it still felt really nice to have some of our traditional Independence Day/weekend activities return after the past year. I walked around on Saturday and ran into several people before visiting Abbot Hall and Old Town House to view the exhibits. Then on Sunday, we had plans to attend the Dolphin Yacht Club’s cookout but the weather delayed the start.  Since we were already in the car, we decided on a ‘Neck Loop’ and drove around. As we approached Ballast Lane, I asked my wife to turn right and head down Foster Street where I saw this scene. Luckily I had my photo gear in the car…

One small storm had just passed and another was en route according to the radar. Between the raindrops, I jumped out and headed down the Pleon Yacht Club dock to find interesting clouds and soft light on Marblehead Harbor. I’m not sure who owns the wooden sailboat but it’s such a nice focal point for shots from this spot and I made sure to include St. Michael’s steeple and that of Grace Community Church in addition to Abbot Hall.

I love that a quick unexpected stop can yield scenes such as this. We really are lucky to live here.