After capturing the sunrise at Grace Oliver beach on April 1st, I made my way to the Harris Street Cemetery where I had been capturing the cherry blossoms each year since 2010. For the first time ever, and quite fittingly for the first day in April, snow fell as I wandered the small cemetery looking for new angles and compositions. The snowfall was quick and so I had to make some fast adjustments to try to capture the rapidly falling flakes. This was my favorite capture of the 'snow blossoms'. You can make out the bright patch of grass which [...]
My favorite part of spring is capturing the cherry blossoms in full bloom. This began when we were living in Washington, DC while I was a medicine resident at Georgetown University. After moving to Marblehead, I was thrilled to find a cluster of cherry blossom trees in the Harris Street cemetery. I have returned each year and have lucked out with conditions on some more than others. This image is from late April 2018. I have a feeling this year the blossoms will peak much earlier.
After arriving at the Harris Street cemetery on Friday, I quickly decided that the first tree had the fullest canopy and was also receiving the best light. I tried to capture the tree serving as a border between the cemetery with its ancient gravestones and the old houses making up historic downtown Marblehead just past its trunk. With the angle of the sun, I found my shadow kept appearing on the ground before me and ruining my compositions until I found this spot where I was able to crouch down and get the view I had envisioned.
They're here! It's officially cherry blossom season in Marblehead as the three trees in the Harris Street Cemetery have bloomed. I visited the trees several times over the past few days and then returned with my camera gear tonight to capture a few images before sunset. In this image, I focused on the far tree which was reflecting the last light of sunset on some of its branches. I used my new lens and its very fast aperture to keep focus on the cherry blossoms and lightly blur the gravestones and distant tree. With rain in the forecast, I'm hopeful [...]
This weekend, my instagram feed lit up with images of the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin in Washington, DC. Those trees were among my favorite aspects of living in DC during my residency and I still don't feel like spring has arrived until I can capture images of cherry blossoms. With our trees usually three weeks delayed from those further south, I turned to my archive and found this image of cherry blossoms in perfect bloom from a late April morning at the Harris Street cemetery. It won't be too much longer before the cherry blossoms in Marblehead bloom [...]
Those who have followed this site for a while will know that I have a small obsession with cherry blossom trees. We lived in Washington, DC for 3 years while I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown and, from that point on, Spring has been firmly tied to the peak of these trees. I found this patch of cherry blossoms in the Harris Street Cemetery several years ago and have tried to shoot them at peak each Spring. This particular image was taken on April 28, 2015 - I wonder when the trees will peak this year...
After a very long Winter and slow start to Spring, the view of cherry blossoms in bloom at the Harris Street cemetery was a very welcome sight to behold. Since living in Washington, DC, I've equated the start of Spring with the arrival of cherry blossoms. When I found this collection of cherry blossom trees in Marblehead several years ago, it became my go-to location for capturing the beautiful trees and signaling that Spring had arrived in Marblehead. I had made a few passes down Harris Street to check the progress of the trees this year and, on Tuesday night, [...]
Today's image comes from September 2011 and a trip through the archives. I was riding my bike around town and ended up on Lee Street from where I spotted this secret garden just a stones throw from Marblehead Harbor. You never know what you'll find when making your way through the streets of Marblehead.
If you have followed my site for at least the past year, you would know that cherry blossoms are forever tied with thoughts of Spring in my mind. After a number of years spent living in Washington, DC, I don't feel that Spring has sprung until the cherry blossoms begin showing their pink flowers. In 2014, I found that my favorite patch of cherry blossoms at Harris Street cemetery had hit an incredible peak bloom and I captured the view over a span of several days. In this image taken on April 25th, I decided to put the camera against [...]
The past month has been a brutal one with a record amount of snow and more on the way. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to post a 'warm' photo and nothing matches cherry blossoms for the feeling of a warm Spring day. This image was captured on April 25th, 2014. So we only have two months to go until the snow melts and the beauty of Spring erupts.