Two weeks ago on Wednesday, April 14th, I had visited Crocker Park with the hope of shooting a nice sunrise. I lucked out with the shot I shared this past Monday of the sun coming up behind Marblehead Light but when I turned my head, I spotted this incredible sky behind me and ran to capture images of it as well. I shared my first image from that morning as soon as I returned home but had a chance to visit the other shots from that morning and worked on this one last night. In the first shot, I had [...]
Since I first discovered the patch of three cherry blossoms at the Harris Street Cemetery years ago, I have returned each April hoping to capture them at peak bloom. I had little hope for good color this year as the little snow and rain seemed to amount to stressful conditions for the trees that had not shown great color in a few years now. Imagine my surprise then when I pulled up after sunrise on April 14th and found vibrant colors contrasting with the deep green grass and the greys of the weathered tombstones. With this very small piece of [...]
A brand new photo from this morning's really fun outing! I wasn't sure how the morning would pan out when I set the alarm for 5:30 but had three locations in mind for shooting the sunrise. As I got in the car only 10 minutes before sunrise, I was disappointed not to see any color in the sky and quickly decided on Crocker Park as the best vantage point as the high clouds seemed to be moving west.I parked at the State Street landing and headed up to find a nearly empty park and a bit of color behind Marblehead [...]
Five years after moving to Marblehead in 2008, I stumbled upon the three cherry blossom trees at the Harris Street Cemetery. I've gone back each year to capture them in full bloom and, despite the small space, am thrilled to keep finding new compositions as the blooms and light change slightly each spring. This was the earliest I had ever captured the cherry blossoms in full bloom (in 2013 they didn't reach peak until April 21st!). However, with this year's mild winter and spring, it wasn't a surprise to find the trees had reached peak on April 6, 2020. This [...]
In May 2016, I happened to go to Crocker Park one evening and found the large chestnut tree there to be in full bloom. I had never seen these flowers before and captured them on a few evenings in varying light and with different compositions. This is the last one I had in the 'to be posted' file. Guess I'll have to visit again in the next few days to see if it has blossomed.
On April 27th, I returned to the Harris Street cemetery hoping that the rainfall from the day before had resulted in even more color being displayed than on my previous visits. Sure enough, the cherry blossoms were radiant in pinks and purples and I spent an hour before work exploring various compositions in the cemetery. One thing my prior gear had not been capable of capturing is a proper sun star. With my move to Sony, I made sure that at least one of my new lenses could do justice to this trick of the light created by closing down [...]
Spring has officially arrived in Marblehead with this display of peak cherry blossoms color at the Harris Street cemetery. For those who are new to my site, I spent several years in Washington, DC before moving to Marblehead and quickly came to associate the peak of cherry blossoms with the arrival of spring. Granted, that tends to occur in late March/early April down there but, nonetheless, I have been visiting and photographing the Harris Street cherry blossoms for several years now to help me mark the onset of spring in Marblehead. For the past few years, the three cherry blossom [...]
So I've decided that this Spring is either very late or a complete dud at this point as there has been very little in the way of flowering trees to capture as of May 2nd. As a very gloomy Monday came to a close, I looked into my archive and found this image captured on May 1, 2011 at a house across the street from Abbot Hall. I was first drawn to this spot by the cherry blossom lit in morning light but then decided to compose the image to include the house sign with its golden cod. The sign [...]
We were away last week during the school vacation having decided to drive down to Washington, DC and explore the city where we lived for several years before moving to Marblehead. As we drove down, the trees filled in and flowers began to appear on trees. DC itself was in full Spring bloom and pollen literally caked our car within a few days. On our return, I drove around town looking for signs of Spring in Marblehead. I was disappointed to find my favorite patch of cherry blossoms had not started to bloom but found this tree along Washington Street [...]
What better way to welcome the first day of Spring than with my favorite group of cherry blossoms in Marblehead. The pink blossoms seen here in full bloom add a touch of Spring to the Harris Street Cemetery every April. It won't be long before the snow melts, flowers bloom and boats re-enter Marblehead Harbor.