White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall, Brookwood Farm, Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, Canton, Massachusetts, USA

Brookwood Farm is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation as a part of the Blue Hills Reservation. It's a convenient location to enjoy the fall color south of Boston but without the density of development one finds closer to the big city.

No further captions necessary - I'll let these images speak for themselves. I luckily picked a pretty day to visit.

There is a lot to be said for the beauty of a four-season climate like we have here in New England. Though, if I were designing a planetary world, I'd try to figure out a way to not have the bitter cold that comes with winter. Just sayin'..........

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall, Walk in the Woods, Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth covers a 26-square mile area with rolling terrain, many kettle ponds, and miles of pitch pine and scrub oak forests. It was very quiet on this fall weekday - perfect for a walk in the woods.

This cool looking mushroom was growing in the shade in a bed of pine needles.

A tall pine waving in the soft breeze - that distinctive hissing sound like nothing else in the world.

A wide trail covered in a spongy surface of fallen pine needles.

Reflections in one of the many kettle ponds.

It is quiet today - only the gentle breeze through the pines.

The nearby maples are starting to explode in color as the days grow shorter.

I think humans must be hard-wired to appreciate fall. I don't know anyone who doesn't find nature's annual show to be one of the great wonders of life.

Yep, pretty special.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Music Man, Jr.," Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) completed its 2016 performance season with the fall children's workshop production of the classic, "Music Man, Jr." Above is the cast and crew for a final posed portrait.

The show was directed by Ross Magnant and produced by Bob and Sandy Malone, owners and guardians of PBT.

PBT's website says about the story: "Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he's got "seventy-six trombones" in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold's power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself. Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man Jr. features some of musical theatre's most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best - a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!"

It may "just" be a children's performance but, PBT still provides professional experience for these youngsters including sound, lights, costumes, venue, and production staff.

The following images were captured at the final dress rehearsal and are in order of occurrence within the show. (Click on any image for a higher resolution version if your device supports that action).

This was the final children's workshop for the 2016 season. Plan to come out to PBT next year and support our local youth in their theatrical pursuits! They are talented beyond their years and provide wonderful entertainment for all ages.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Waiting for My Ride, Plymouth Library, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

This man is patiently waiting for his ride, sitting on the steps in the warm fall sunshine at Plymouth Library, enjoying the moment for what it is.

Some of you may regularly visit the right-side column of my blog where I have My Blog List. It automatically updates when the author posts something new.  Recently, the blog "Raptitude," caught my attention. The incredibly insightful author just posted,  "Life Gets Real When the TV Goes Off."  It's full of wonderful gems like the following:

"One of the least-acknowledged peculiarities about human beings is that we can scarcely bear being in the moment we’re already in. It’s rare for us to truly be at ease in an ordinary present moment, if we’re not being entertained, gratified or otherwise occupied by something. We’re always planning better moments than this current one, or at least trying to soften or improve it with entertainment or food, or anything else that delivers some predictability to our experience." (Source: Raptitude.com).

Food for thought, indeed.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Out and About, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Plymouth is about 40 miles south of Boston and is the largest municipality by area in the State of Massachusetts. The Mayflower II, a replica of the 1620 vessel that transported the Pilgrims from England to this continent, is a popular tourist attraction in the downtown harbor.

Also in the harbor, this flock of cormorants wanted to go for a boat ride but, none of them would sit in the seat and row. They all wanted to stay on the gunwale just looking around. Go figure.

Ever so slightly, the colors of summer begin to give way to fall.

The Lobster Pound on Manomet Point, a popular seafood store for more than 50 years, glows brightly in the late afternoon light.

A walkway to White Horse Beach.

Sunset on the arc of the bay at White Horse Beach. Post processed into a black and white version with some edgy grainy detail added also.