I drive by this view four days a week and keep wishing that someone would expand the small bridge crossing Leggs Hill Road where it meets up with Loring Avenue so it was easier to stop and grab a photo or just stare out at the Forest River Park. It really is a great spot for a view but a terrible spot to stop a car and I've passed by views that put this one to shame but been unable to pull over and capture the moment. Maybe those moments are all the more precious for being so fleeting...
Last week I shared an image of Black Joe's Pond captured in 2019 and, in one of the comments, I was asked if I had photographed Hawthorn Pond. Up until then I hadn't even been to Hawthorn Pond and so on Saturday, October 17, I made it a point to head over there (after the stop at Brown's Island). I parked at the end of Hawthorn Road and then walked the trail which led me to this spot (also accessible via the Rail trail). I immediately spotted a duck floating in front of the pond grass and spent a few [...]
I mentioned yesterday that I had driven along Beacon Street on three occasions before finding peak color at Brown's Island. Well, one of those drives took place on October 7th and included a stop along Lee Street where it meets Prospect Alley to find this composition of Abbot Hall. While the tree on the left was just past peak with signs of burnt leaves, it formed a nice frame with the brick facade of a home along Lee Street with which to capture a different view of Abbot Hall. The late morning sun helped light up all three elements in [...]
By the time I finally got this shot on Saturday, October 17th, I had driving along Beacon Street on three other occasions to scout out the current state of foliage on Brown's Island. Each time, the color showed hints of progression but it wasn't until after the rain storm passed that I finally got the peak foliage color I was looking for. As luck would have it, the departing storm had broken up leaving a scattering of clouds in the blue sky overhead. The use of a polarizing filter helped accentuate the clouds as well as the color of the [...]
On September 30th, I took a drive across the causeway and hit some favorite spots along the Neck under picture-perfect conditions. After a few shots at Chandler Hovey Park, I drove down Kimball Street and stopped where it meets Nahant for this view. If you have stopped here recently, there is a new wall in place and a very nice bench as well. I found a spot from which I could capture the edge of the Corinthian Yacht Club serving as a frame for the view of the harbor and Abbot Hall in the distance. A few trees had turned [...]
I may take a trip out to Black Joe's pond later today to see how it is faring with this very early foliage season. This was the peak of color captured last year on October 30th when the still water of the pond helped serve to reflect the color of the trees surrounding that one red house across the water.
The temperatures this weekend definitely made it feel as though fall was here (though the expected warmup later in the week will hopefully mean that summer hasn't let go of us yet). I couldn't help but notice a number of trees have already turned more than a month earlier than normal and I suspect that means a very fitful or staggered foliage season in Marblehead. This weekend, I looked back at images of past autumns and decided to share this one of the trees at Lead Mills caught at peak foliage from October 30, 2019. I cross Lafayette into town [...]
It's truly an odd year when the leaves at Seaside Park have turned before the kids are back in school... Today marks the official first day of school and both of my kids are ready with laptops in hand for the remote start that will guide us into the hybrid model to carry kids through the school year. Meanwhile, I had errands in town this weekend and spotted the tree at Gatchell already turned and with more than half of its canopy gone while this one at Seaside Park was also a dull orange with lots of dropped leaves. I'm [...]
I drive by this scene on my way to work four days a week and have wanted to stop and capture several scenes here but either I didn't have my camera, had thought too later about stopping, the tide was too high or too low or the light just wasn't right. Having passed this area so many times, I have come to appreciate just how many elements need to come together for a strong image to capture the scene and so, when the light was just right on October 26 and all the other elements came into place, I knew [...]
Who knew that an innocent foliage shot could turn into a long read of a Marblehead murder mystery? On Saturday, I was driving around Marblehead trying to capture images of foliage before 2 inches of rain fell and washed all the color away. I had started at Forest River park and then found myself at the light in front of Gatchell Park and figured I would turn into the lot to explore. I photographed one tree with tackle dummies underneath and then found this scene of a small baseball diamond backed by foliage under a perfect sky. I decided to [...]