White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

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

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Those words from the Declaration of Independence, signed in 1776, constituted high treason and proponents, if caught, could be subject to execution for crimes against the British Crown.  239 years ago today - food for thought...........

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Rain, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Stuck inside during a recent summer downpour didn't mean that photographic subjects were not available.......

And after it stopped raining, the outdoor puddles were good for reflections.

The greens were greener after the downpour.

And then the sun came out again. Life is good in Manomet.

(Note: all images made with cellphone).

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Little League Baseball, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Basketball is the dominant sport in the United States among youth (both genders can play organized games), although it is Little League baseball that many people, including me, remember fondly from their youth. Little League, founded in 1939 by Carl Stotz, gets the kids outdoors and involved in an organized group activity. Soccer, (what the rest of the world calls football), continues to grow and is almost as popular as the baseball tradition.

This runner on third base looks for an opportunity to get to home plate and score a run.

This image shows the incoming ball for a split-second as the batter swings but, ............

.....I like this zoom-burst effect much better.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

More Beach Walkin,' Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I imagine that it must be challenging being a bee - needing to find a plant with perfectly ripe flowers full of pollen, spending a few days collecting it all, fighting with others who want the same thing, then, having to find another plant and do the same all over again. It would be like having to go to a different market everyday but not knowing where it is until you find it. 

A quiet day on the arc of the bay.

I added a texture overlay to this image in post-processing to achieve an ethereal feel - better luck next time.

An old tree, partially buried, bleached white by the cycles of storm and tide.

(Note: all images made with cellphone).

Monday, June 29, 2015

Walkin' and Thinkin,' Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I like to listen to the popular music radio stations - the 18-34-year-old target demographic. It keeps me young by staying in touch with the music of the current generation - it is the period of life when youth and optimism and possibility drive creative thought. The themes and ideas that resonate are what the musical stars write and sing about - mostly the same ideas of every generation: love, hope, beauty, dreams, dramas, heartbreak, all wrapped up in a clever lyric delivered by a catchy tune that makes me tap my foot, sing along badly, and imagine being "young" again.

Today's very calm sea makes for perfect kayak learning conditions.

A house perched on the bluff amidst the lush green of summer.

Steps to the beach.

My daily goal of walking 10,000 steps has added benefits - I am amazed how it opens my senses to the world around me.  Walking 10,000 steps is not a difficult movement - it's just repeated for a long time. Humans are, after all, either designed or evolved to walk (depending on your religious and/or scientific beliefs).

As a holdover from a lifetime of meetings and appointments, I still keep a daily agenda/list of things to do.  My past practice was to move from one item to the next if I finished the first one early.  Now, when I finish something early, I'd rather try to enjoy the "extra" time before I start the next item. I consider it new, free time that just fell from the sky. I'll take any extra time I can get since the clock seems to move faster as I get older.

(Note: all images made with cellphone).

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Summer Cottage, Bartlett Pond, White Horse Beach, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Common sights in New England are the many ponds and lakes and the thousands (millions?) of small cottages or camps for seasonal use that dot the shorelines.  Many have been in the same family for generations.

The warmth and growth of a New England summer contrasts nicely with........ 

.......the cold and dormancy of winter.

It's a land where ewoks are born and loved.

(Note: all images made with cellphone except the snow image).

Friday, June 26, 2015

"Peter Pan Jr.," Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Disney's "Peter Pan, Jr." is open now on the Outdoor Stage at Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT). It is the first of five Children's Workshops in the 2015 Summer Stock season.  It's a musical about the adventures of Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Mermaids, and Captain Hook. Produced by Bob and Sandy Malone, directed by Theresa Chiasson.

These images were made during the final dress rehearsal. Watching these youngsters is always a treat.  

Come out and support local, live theatre in our community at Priscilla Beach Theatre. Performances of  "Peter Pan Jr." are on 6/26, 6/27, and 7/3 on the PBT Outdoor Stage.

Barn Show, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Once again, Manomet gets to enjoy outdoor live music as the Barn Show Music Series presents its second season of outdoor concerts at Holmes Farm on Manomet Point Road. Co-presented by Hayley Sabella and Brewster Productions, the concert series features up-and-coming original music, with everything from folk to country to rock, and much more in between.  The Holmes Farm property is owned by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.

It's like a modern-day, small, down-home, civilized Woodstocky sort of event but, with no mud and a great sound system.

The kids can sit and listen or romp and roam relatively safely, climbing on the big rock or chasing chickens that wander the property.

This was the second of five shows this summer.  Future dates are: 7/25, 8/8, and 9/6. More info at this link.....http://barnshowmanomet.com/about/

(Note: all images made with cellphone).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Low Tide, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Wild roses grace this path to the beach. Originally an invasive, this plant is fairly common now.

Life is good today - and almost everyday - at low tide on the arc of the bay.

(Note: all images made with cellphone).

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

At the Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The air today is Atlantic fresh - nothing between me and Europe except thousands of miles of Atlantic Ocean. The tide is out, the air is warm, life is good.

I heard a song on the radio that evoked a strong memory and sense of place and time. It is remarkable the power of music to evoke a distant memory. In an instant, my mind transports me back 20+ years to driving through the early morning California coastal fog at 430 in the morning on the way to work. (Panorama - click on image to view full width).

The southeast Massachusetts coast is a rugged but civilized oceanfront.  Timeless, too.The tidal flats are nature's canvas, the daily tide cycles erasing all that happens below the high-water mark, a perfectly timed mechanism for daily re-creation.  Nature's do-over. I like that.

The beach is a special place. I enjoy seeing it every single time - young people, old people, and everyone in between - hanging out, laughing, partying, telling stories, enjoying nature and the beauty of the world.

(Note: all images made with cellphone).