I've captured the cherry blossoms at Harris Street cemetery every year since we moved to Marblehead in 2008. The patch has had some great years and a few not so good ones. On the morning of April 27, I found picture perfect conditions and discovered a new composition using the arcing branch of the first tree to frame the two trees in the background. As a perennial favorite destination and for the discovery of a new composition, this view of the cherry blossoms under the canopy at Harris Street is my third favorite image of 2018.
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 [...]
On the morning of April 27th, I arrived at the Harris Street cemetery to find the three cherry blossom trees at peak bloom and perfectly illuminated by the morning light. I spent the hour before work exploring angles and compositions to try to do some justice to the beautiful sight of these delicate pink flowers and the thoughts of spring that they immediately conjure. As I made my way out and toward the car, I grabbed my iPhone to share a quick view so others might stop and visit. When I did so, I spotted this composition and quickly switched [...]
Yesterday, I shared a close up image of the cherry blossoms at Harris Street cemetery. Only a few minutes earlier, I had been flying my drone overhead exploring vantage points and compositions to showcase the first hint of flowering trees on this spring evening over Marblehead. I flew the Phantom 4 Pro inside the cemetery at 10-20 feet above the ground and then explored at 50, 100 and finally 200 feet up in the air. It was from this spot that I was able to highlight the pink flowers of the cherry blossoms as the first sign of spring. I [...]
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 [...]
As the calendar turns to April, I have started to look past the left over snow and forward to the coming spring. In my mind, nothing says spring like cherry blossoms in full bloom and that thought brought me to this infrared image of the Harris Street Cemetery cherry blossoms from 2014. I had converted my old Canon camera to shoot infrared when I upgraded to a full frame one. The infrared modification allowed me to capture brilliant foliage that showed as bright white against light pink grass and bluish sky. For the past few years, this crop of cherry [...]
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.
This has to be the dreariest Spring to ever hit Marblehead as we have paid for the mild Winter with endless cold and rainy days. The weather has played havoc with the flowering trees as most haven't even flowered or did after the leaves had already appeared. The end result has been a dreary Spring and a collective wait for the warmth of Summer. If you have followed my site for any length of time, you'll know that Spring doesn't officially arrive in my mind until I can capture images of cherry blossoms. This year may end up being a [...]