Before a single firework is shot into the sky, Marblehead showcases its unique tradition of lighting up the harbor with flares. I've photographed the view of red flares encircling Marblehead Harbor from the mainland each of the past few years but haven't had the chance to capture them from Marblehead Neck. On this Fourth of July, we had been invited out to the Neck for an Independence Day party and, as sunset passed, I excused myself and headed down to Corinthian Lane. I found a familiar patch of hydrangea bushes and composed this scene. Just before 8:45pm, the red flares [...]
Today's image takes us back to last week and the repeated attempts to capture this flowering tree along Washington Street with Abbot Hall in the background. I had finally hit upon peak blooms and great light on this third visit to the location across the street (in the garden of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion). After capturing the vertical composition, I walked up Washington Street to see if there was solid horizontal view to be had. I was quite pleased to find that I could fit in the Marblehead Museum and Abbot Hall in the frame with the flowering tree and [...]
St. Michael's new steeple has been in place for less than a year and yet it looks right at home when looked at up close and as part of the skyline. I was out running errands on Wednesday morning and walked along Washington Street and by St. Michael's church when I looked to my right and noted a tree in full bloom. I walked closer to check angles and compositions and was pretty sure this would 'work'. After picking up some framed prints that had been at the Chamber of Commerce (and will be up at West Marine on Saturday [...]
Continuing with this week's dive into the archives and the Where in Marblehead series we have this image from June 2012 featuring hydrangeas in bloom. Do you know Where in Marblehead this is? Answer:
What a difference three years makes. I first spotted the blue hydrangeas on Peabody Lane in July 2011 and captured an image of the hydrangeas and Marblehead Harbor in the distance on an early July morning. I had gone back each year but seemed to miss the peak of the flowers or caught poor light. On July 27, I had been chasing a sunset developing over Marblehead Harbor when I passed Peabody Lane and spotted the blue hydrangeas in full bloom. I stopped while the sun was still fairly high in the sky but with clouds and haze serving to [...]
Couldn't think of a better image to finish off the week than this one of a rain drops on a cherry blossom. Enjoy the warm weekend everyone.
Last year, I discovered the three cherry blossom trees at the Harris Street cemetery and happened upon them at peak bloom. The conditions had been perfect that year and I would end up spending three days capturing the beautiful trees in the early morning and late evening hours. I had mentioned then that cherry blossoms and forever linked to thoughts of Spring from having lived in Washington, DC for several years. And so, after the incredibly long Winter we just had, I was looking forward to the display of pink flowers at Harris Street cemetery more than ever this year. [...]
I'm not much of a flower photographer (with the exception of cherry blossoms in the Spring and sunflowers in Summer) but I had to stop and capture these flowers along Beacon Street when I passed them in the late Fall. With Spring officially here but without the warmth that all of us are waiting for yet to arrive, I figured an image of flowers was in order.
83 more days until the cherry blossoms of the Harris Street Cemetery reach peak bloom (well, if we go by last year's incredible display). Not much else to add - Spring can't come soon enough.
I shared a single image of a sunflower last week and decided to share more to finish up this week. As I mentioned then, these sunflowers were a gift from someone in town whose crop I had admired last Summer. This crop now resides outside my office window and I took the opportunity last week to photograph some of them in great light and in various stages. Enjoy a gallery of images below.