Sunflowers in Marblehead

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.

By | 2016-11-06T12:05:53+00:00 August 23rd, 2013|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Perfect Spring Day in Marblehead

I mentioned on Friday that the two flowers I strive to photograph each year are sunflowers and cherry blossoms.  Since living in Washington, DC and being spoiled by the view of cherry blossoms lining the tidal basin there, these flowers have become synonymous with the start of Spring. This year, I happened upon the most incredible display of cherry blossoms since moving to Marblehead five years ago.  I discovered this crop of trees in the midst of the Harris Street Cemetery one day and ended up coming back to shoot for three days in a row in early morning and, [...]

By | 2014-04-20T17:20:49+00:00 August 20th, 2013|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Half-Opened Sunflower

Anyone who has followed this site for a while might have heard me state that I am not a flower photographer.  The exceptions to that rule are cherry blossoms which will always signal the start of Spring to me and the sunflower which is tied to the warmth of Summer. Last year, I found a particular patch of sunflowers with great petals and details.  I inquired about obtaining some seeds from their owner and received a gift of seedlings and seeds earlier in the Summer.  My daughter and I went to work one afternoon carefully planting the seedlings and scattering [...]

By | 2014-04-20T17:20:49+00:00 August 16th, 2013|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Gravestones and Cherry Blossoms at Harris Street Cemetery

Couldn't resist bringing out another image from my trip to the Harris Street Cemetery which I found in peak bloom at the end of April.  On this particular evening, I had gone to the cemetery in hopes of getting a shot of the almost full pink moon rising against the foreground of cherry blossoms. Before the moon could rise, I had to wait for the sun to set and, as it did, it lit up the cherry blossoms and surroundings in a great evening light.  I took a few shots around the cemetery but this one was a favorite.  I [...]

The Great Cherry Blossom Tree on Mugford Street

I mentioned this tree in yesterday's post.  I had passed by this great big tree many times in the past but had never seen it at peak blossom.  On April 25th, not only had it reached peak, but the sun was at just the right angle from which to capture it. I started off photographing the cherry blossom tree from across the street as the sun dipped and cast long shadows on the grassy lawn.  With the permission of one of the residents of the house, I then went about checking different compositions and settled on one other image (seen [...]

By | 2016-11-06T12:05:58+00:00 May 14th, 2013|Categories: Spring|Tags: , |1 Comment

Tulips Rising Before St. Stephen’s Church

Earlier this week, I put up a number of framed, canvas and metal prints at the Starbucks where they will remain for the month and where I will be during the Marblehead Art Walk on Saturday from 1-4pm.  On my way home, I drove by the median where Lafayette and Humphrey merge into Pleasant Street and noticed the tulips had blossomed.  As I drove by, I also saw that there was a nice composition to be had by shooting the tulips with St. Stephen's Church as the backdrop and decided to return later in the week. On Tuesday, the sun [...]

By | 2016-11-06T12:05:58+00:00 May 10th, 2013|Categories: Spring|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Abbot Public Library in Spring

Spring seemed to take a long time to develop this year and when it did the trees seemed about ready to burst forth out of their Winter dormancy.  When April rolled around, I asked for suggestions on trees that were coming to bloom and received a suggestion about this tree at the Abbot Public Library.  At the first opportunity, I visited the library and found that I had missed the peak bloom with more than a few petals having fallen to the ground.  That being said, the light was incredible and, when the wind picked up just enough, the flag [...]

By | 2016-11-06T12:05:58+00:00 May 3rd, 2013|Categories: Spring|Tags: , , |0 Comments

On a Street Lined with Magnolia Trees

I mentioned in Monday's post that I had gone out on Saturday, April 20th to try to capture trees at peak bloom once the rain finally let up.  My first stop was Garnet Street which lies off Beach Street.  I had accidentally happened upon this street lined with magnolia trees when I took advantage of the first warm day to take my kids to Devereux beach.  Since then, I had been stopping here to check the status of the trees. I had photographed the street on April 17th when the trees had been at peak bloom but wasn't happy with [...]

By | 2016-11-06T12:05:59+00:00 April 25th, 2013|Categories: Spring|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The Bench Under the Cherry Tree at Harris Street Cemetery

So this is the image I really wanted to capture when I came back to the Harris Street Cemetery on Sunday at sunrise.  I had photographed the cemetery and its three beautiful cherry trees at peak bloom the day before but the light was coming from the opposite direction.  That made this angle tough to capture as the interior cherry blossoms were in the shadows and the light was just all wrong. I woke at 6am having checked the forecast and noting clear blue skies were expected.  That gave me an extra hour of sleep as there was no point [...]

By | 2016-11-06T12:05:59+00:00 April 24th, 2013|Categories: Spring|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Tombstone Under the Cherry Blossoms

Yesterday, I shared the first image from these incredible cherry trees at the Harris Street Cemetery.  Today, I'll share the last image taken on Sunday as I headed back to my car. I had come across this particle tombstone before and found the inscription fascinating.  As the sun had climbed up in the sky, I was able to get some great light coming off the face of the tombstone.  I chose a wide open aperture to push the beautiful colors of the cherry blossoms into a bit of a blur in the background. In case you cannot make out the [...]

By | 2016-11-06T12:05:59+00:00 April 23rd, 2013|Categories: Cemetery|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments