White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Allan Treman State Marine Park, Ithaca, New York, USA

Just outside downtown Ithaca at the south end of Lake Cayuga, the Allan Treman State Marine Park is a great place to wander on the trails, visit the fenced-in dog park, or keep your boat at a marina during the boating season. It is also immediately adjacent to the Hangar Theatre, a non-profit regional performing arts theatre. 

The last round of fall color is still present.

This trimaran sailboat was out enjoying a beautiful fall day voyage on the lake.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ithaca Falls, Ithaca, New York, USA

Remarkable for its in-town setting, Fall Creek cuts through the Cornell University campus in downtown Ithaca and flows over Ithaca Falls before reaching Cayuga Lake. (For scale, a human is in the water at left and, a human is standing at the lower right base of the falls).

It is a popular spot for visitors, students, and locals.

A few splashes of fall color still remained during my visit.

The falls are a short, easy walk from the parking area.

The falls serve as a popular background for group photographs.

Note to self - always have the short person stand on the rock rather than the tall one.

The view downstream from the falls toward Cayuga Lake. Ithaca Falls is one of many waterfalls in close proximity to the town of Ithaca and in the Finger Lakes region.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen, New York, USA

Located a stone's throw from downtown Watkins Glen, the Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York is always a popular destination - even on a gray, damp, cool fall day.

A spectacular series of waterfalls course through the gorge and stone steps and trails make visiting a wonderful outing.

Did I mention there are a lot of steps?

At this popular spot, the stream cascades over the trail with a deafening roar.

It's a nice spot to contemplate the world of water......

... or pose for a photo. 

A variety of cultures made up the tourist base.

The trail gets very wet in places.

 And the rush of the river is ever-present through the gorge.

Nearly everyone was taking pictures, mostly with cellphones.

There are also trails through the woods that parallel the gorge......

... like through this yellow forest.  

But on the drive back to Ithaca, I partially answered a lifelong question.........

.......all my life I've heard about "Podunk," what I thought was "an imaginary small town considered typical of placid dullness and lack of contact with the progress of the world." (source: Wikipedia). Now, I have found the road that maybe leads to it. Who would have thought.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fall, Ithaca, New York, USA

The fall colors in the forest around Ithaca are calling to me........

.... the yellow draws me in.......

....I follow it toward the light....

....I am not alone......a dog is taking his human for a run through the woods.......

....the trail widens into a power line right-of-way. I pause to marvel at the work of the people who strung these lines across the United States to deliver electricity to every nook and cranny. Yes, the poles and lines are unsightly but, I am addicted to the magic of living on the grid with modern-day electricity convenience.

Does life imitate art or, does art imitate life?.............

....sometimes, it is difficult to decide. 

Is the star refracted in the bottom of a wine glass life or art?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Outdoor Pavilion, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The newly restored Barn Stage at Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) stands regally as the crown jewel of the performing arts campus. The Barn Stage reopened this past summer to rave reviews and sold out all shows to each performance of "Fiddler on the Roof," "Chicago," "Breaking Up is Hard To Do," "The Odd Couple," and "Tribute to the Big Bands." The stage is dark until the 2016 performance season next spring but, that doesn't mean all is quiet on campus.

As I drove by recently, I noticed the beautiful stone perimeter wall was complete, enclosing the large property with a warm and traditional New England ambiance. But then, I saw the bright orange tractor sitting in the middle of disturbed ground. What new and wondrous thing is happening now?

Turns out it is the foundation preparation and footings for the new, permanent PBT Outdoor Pavilion! In recent years, PBT has erected a large tent on its campus to present their Summer Workshop performances. For the upcoming 2016 season, they will instead welcome the new permanent PBT Outdoor Pavilion as an additional venue. This latest improvement is the final link in the rebirth and restoration of the entire theatrical arts campus. The campus offers three separate performance venues: the Barn Stage, the GMO Black Box Theatre, and the new Outdoor Pavilion.

The PBT Outdoor Pavilion represents the final major project in the total restoration of the entire campus that owners and guardians Bob and Sandy Malone have undertaken in the past year. In addition to the performance areas, all other support function structures including actor and actress dorms for in-residence performers, executive and production offices, and the box office have been completed.

 Soon, these sturdy anchors will support the newest addition to the campus.

Above is the architect's rendering of the pavilion. While I will miss the casual informality of the former white circus-style tent, I will get over it quickly - this latest addition will round out the complete renovation/restoration/creation of the new Priscilla Beach Theatre experience - it promises to be fulfilling for audience and performers alike regardless which stage is in use!

The Summer 2016 schedule for the Barn Stage is filling in with "A Chorus Line" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" already confirmed and scheduled for the Barn Stage. Contact PBT at 508-224-4888 or online at http://www.pbtheatre.org for ticket information. When tickets go on sale soon, expect them to sell quickly - be ready to order.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

First Encounter Beach, Eastham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

There are very few days in a year at First Encounter Beach when the following events coincide: sunset, low tide, moonrise, no parking fee, not too cold, not too hot, not too late, not too many people. This was one of those days, so, I headed off to First Encounter Beach on Cape Cod.

Although the conditions were promising, the sunset was sadly flat and colorless.

I was seriously disappointed at the lack of a colorful sunset - and then I remembered the red umbrella in the trunk of my car...........

......so, all was not lost.

First Encounter Beach in Eastham is the location where in 1620, the Pilgrims had the first encounter with Native Americans while scouting the perimeter of Cape Cod Bay.

I tried a few different compositions.

A red umbrella to a photographer is like a chewed-up Frisbee to a dog. It can likely rescue any outing from disappointment.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Beach Walk, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I always approach the edge of the bluff with anticipation. Is the tide in or out? is the wind light or strong? is the wind cold or hot? is the visibility good or poor? Sometimes I'll sit a spell on the split log bench at right and consider.

Regardless the conditions, it is always dramatically beautiful. The sounds of the surf and the plaintive cries of gulls are occasionally interrupted by the bark of a distant seal lying on a rock.

But now, boats are out of the water and safely stowed on land until next spring/summer.

Sometimes the low tide is really low.

On this day, as the clouds rolled in, the gaps created a few spots where the sun's rays highlight and brighten the breaking waves.

Reflections at low tide on the flat beach - processed into a black and white only image.

Yes, it is starting to look and feel like winter is coming.