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Sled Dog Races

Posted in 1 on January 17, 2010 by ceceb3
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Our Leverett Excursion

Posted in 1 on October 3, 2009 by ceceb3

Such a soggy day for an excursion, but we decided to brave the elements anyway, and found ourselves in western MA. Eric did a little shopping, and then exercsied patience while we searched for photo ops. Found some, as shown below!

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This is the North Leverett Saw Mill, which I first discovered on a road trip with my Mom 10 or 11 years ago. Still beautiful, although not quite how I remembered it.

 

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As the rain picked up, so did we. Moving on downstream…

 

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Seems fitting to seal the event with a sign post of great magnitude. I am proud to say that I can naviagte to any of these towns without the arrows noted above (even if I get a little lost along the way!). Happy travels to all!

In the calm before Bill

Posted in 1 on August 22, 2009 by ceceb3

Although Hurricane Bill is not expected to make landfall in New England, he is certainly providing sunny skies and choppy seas today. We traveled to the beach today, but never managed to hit the sand – instead we visited a little town on the water and enjoyed playing tourist for a day.

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I am sure that these clouds were even more spectacular over the ocean in the afternoon, but there were so many layers that we felt as if we were looking through and all-white kaleidoscope.

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Does anyone else hear this house screaming “Seaside Cottage!!!!!!”? I couldn’t resist capturing such manicured window boxes – it was as if they were welcoming us to town.

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Now this is the type of parking lot that I like…

August Miscellany

Posted in 1 on August 16, 2009 by ceceb3

Just a compilation of photos from July and August… some are from a visit to Boston Harbor by the Tall Ships, other are from local jaunts. Enjoy the little bit of summer that we have left!

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A great sun-shiny morning in Boston, waiting to tour the Tall Ships, I saw this wonderful truck working with the firefighters to collect for MDA. It was fun to see little kids climbing up and and “driving” the truck!

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Rigging on the Harvey Gammage. It was great fun to be able to walk amongst these beauties!

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This Dutch ship was set perfectly in front of the Boston Harbor Hotel atrium flag.

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A hidden bridge over troubled waters at the Quabbin Reservoir.

The Rockets’ Red Glare

Posted in 1 on July 4, 2009 by ceceb3

Happy Independance Day!! As good a day as any to resume my blogging.  Since loosing Oliver I have been very uninspired and even my photo class (which I loved but is now over) could not bring me back to the world of living photographers.  Thankfully, the rain has finally stopped – and my ark is only half built – so the glorious day called us out. These photos were taken in different locations in Worcester county and westward, but all speak to the glory of America and our distinctly American culture.

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A local veterans’ memorial, photo taken on the fly as we maneuvered through traffic in search of a java infusion (a.k.a. Dunkin’ Donuts – as American as chain restaurants can be).

 

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This bridge has such great presence hovering above the Connecticut River. Although I think of England as the headwaters of train travel, I like to envision a young girl from Northampton traveling across this bridge in a train car on her first trip to Boston, full of a wild sense of wonder and developing a wanderlust that would take her across the country someday.

 

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This final piece of charm made me wonder when that flag was orginally hung and where it came from. Was it a bank giveaway (remember when they used to give you more than just overdraft statements??) or maybe a summer camp project.  However it came to be hanging and slowly disintegrating on this shed, I am grateful that it did.

Farewell to a Friend

Posted in 1 on May 28, 2009 by ceceb3

ollie in cemetery sept 24 2008-8

Hello all. Today we had to say goodbye to our wonderful Oliver. Sir Oliver of Leland, more aptly. He came to live with us about 4 years ago, and we hope that his years with us may have made up for any not-so-wonderful years prior. Eric and I have spent a lot of time tonight going through old photos, and I would like to share them with you. He was my one constant subject – for snapshots, poses, candids and just plain sillies – and in many ways my muse. I miss him with all of my being and although I know that he is not in pain now (and eating all of the broccoli that he can find!) I am still sad that I will not be able to rub his furry little noggin any longer. Be in peace, Muffin Man – O-boy – Ollieball. We miss you and love you so.

ollie with grass in the field sept 13 2007

 

ollie in action blur oct 15 2007

ollie on his chair august 24 2008

ollie on the couch jan 1 2008-1

ollie and eric at hopkinton sep 16 2007

ollie the sentry jan 2 2009-1

ollie bored with my new table sept 28 2008

 

ollie with giant rawhide dec 23 2007

ollie drinking at hopkinton sept 16 2009

ollie eating snow at hopkinton feb 1 2009-1

ollie march 7 2009- turning back with body

ollie march 15 2009

ollie last photo

Getting back to it

Posted in 1 on May 26, 2009 by ceceb3

Blink, blink… I feel like I have been delinquent in my postings, sleeping at the universal wheel. I am sorry for that – not really apologetic because I have had my reasons for not posting – but I have missed my weekly hour of self expression.

Finally we have emerged from the blah of winter, the overwhelming whiteness of it all, the abbreviated days and the extended night. Finally we are feeling the radiant warmth of the all-giving sun. Plants are relishing the chance to flex the power of their chlorophyl, the ability to dig roots deep into the no-longer-frozen ground. Ahhhh, the chance to wear sandals again!!

So, getting back to it all. Here are some photos from this Memorial Day’s festivites near our house. I took the majority of them as an assignment for a class that I am taking now, so we will see what the critique is next week.

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My assignment is/was to photograph people, and the ceremony and parade seemed the perfect opportunity. I like that this tells a story (open to personal interpretation, of course), but I wish that I had been a bit further back and had not cut off his feet.

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I don’t see much of the “rebel” in his roost here, but this guy was so serious – refusing to wave at the crowd – and I very much admired his resolute stance and attention to duty that I just had to post him.

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Finally, this little guy is the “marcher in charge” each year, pacing the sidewalk with his grandmother, waving his flag in time with the thump-thump of the tubas in the little marching band. I like the perspective of this shot, although I would prefer to angle it a bit more to the left to crop out some of the by-stander knees.