After capturing the view at Waterside Cemetery on Wednesday, I continued to drive around Marblehead and then onto the Neck to find scenes of spring. As I turned down Foster Street, I spotted a boat perfectly positioned on its mooring in midharbor and found a nice spot along the Pleon pier where I could line it up with Abbot Hall and the BYC. From there it was just a matter of waiting for a break in the clouds and capture the feeling of a perfect spring day in Marblehead. For those who can't zoom in 200% to read the boat's [...]
I hadn't been out shooting for a couple of weeks but I have been scouting locations and finding some of my favorites, like the Harris Street cemetery, to have a lackluster showing this spring. As I drove down West Shore Drive the other day and looked to my left, I spotted a tree in full spring blossom just past the entrance to the Waterside Cemetery and decided I had to capture that scene in better light. Finally, on this Wednesday in Marblehead, the sun and clouds cooperated for this scene which may be my one and only shot of spring [...]
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 [...]
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.
Those who have followed this site for a while will know that I have a small obsession with cherry blossom trees. We lived in Washington, DC for 3 years while I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown and, from that point on, Spring has been firmly tied to the peak of these trees. I found this patch of cherry blossoms in the Harris Street Cemetery several years ago and have tried to shoot them at peak each Spring. This particular image was taken on April 28, 2015 - I wonder when the trees will peak this year...
After a very long Winter and slow start to Spring, the view of cherry blossoms in bloom at the Harris Street cemetery was a very welcome sight to behold. Since living in Washington, DC, I've equated the start of Spring with the arrival of cherry blossoms. When I found this collection of cherry blossom trees in Marblehead several years ago, it became my go-to location for capturing the beautiful trees and signaling that Spring had arrived in Marblehead. I had made a few passes down Harris Street to check the progress of the trees this year and, on Tuesday night, [...]