White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

South Coast, Wareham, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

This peaceful inlet is at the town line between Wareham and Bourne. The southern coastal area of Massachusetts, generally speaking, is characterized by a series of irregular finger-like bays extending into the land mass from Buzzards Bay.

Fall leaves in Mattapoisett.

High-tech, low-tech, and no-tech near Ft. Taber Park in New Bedford.

Repositioning brought a more interesting array of light poles.

A favorite dream job of little boys everywhere - operating the lifting crane.

 Using the crane to replace the main beams on a waterfront dock in New Bedford.

A downtown New Bedford classic red block and brick building.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Boats at Dock, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

The boats at the State Pier in New Bedford offer great color, angles, lines, and light for a photographer.  In the mid-1800's, New Bedford was both the whaling capital of the world and one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. Although whaling is long gone, the town is still a vibrant working port city.  

Perhaps even more noteworthy than its whaling past, New Bedford was a safe haven on the "Underground Railroad" to provide protection to slaves escaping northward in the 1800's. The residents had big hearts and minds - slavery was wrong, they knew it, and many took action to help.

Unlike the generally smooth coastline of much of Massachusetts, the "South Coast" area is characterized by a series of irregular bays.

The 6th largest city in Massachusetts, New Bedford is home to a diverse population which includes a high concentration of Portuguese descendants.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wandering Around, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

This looks more like an angiogram than it does just a spooky tree silhouette on Halloween.  

A whimsical driveway marker accented with a flag to recognize Veteran's Day.

Every year, the owner of this tree lets them fall and mostly rot. I hope the outdoor critters get to enjoy them.

Fall on Bartlett Pond - sunset now arrives in late afternoon - about 4:15pm - way too early if you ask me.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fog, Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Generally, this isn't a very foggy place. This day, however, thick fog enveloped the Plymouth Harbor. The Pilgrim Belle, a harbor cruise boat, sits waiting at dockside. The fog, the paddle wheel, the lack of color, and the vignetting suggests an old-time Mississippi River feel perhaps a hundred years ago.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holmes Farm, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The active farming season at the Holmes Farm on Manomet Point Road is winding down. The farm serves as both a public farm stand and a membership CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  This past summer they also held a series of six outdoor concerts featuring local and regional musicians.

The late afternoon light gives the farm a nice warm orangey glow. The property is owned by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. (Panorama - click on image to view in full width).

Farmer Jen is getting the land ready for winter - and perhaps a nice white blanket of snow.
But for now, fall is still present.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fall, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

These first six similar images illustrate the idea that changing one's point of view a small amount can make a big difference.  That might be profound - I think it applies in real life, too.

Sandwich was established in 1637 and was the first town on Cape Cod. It was named for a town in England - not for the food item with stuff between slices of bread.

I have enjoyed this location for many years.  It seems to combine a number of appealing photographic elements in one scene, for example: train tracks receding into the distance, a crossing signal, a slightly rundown oddly-shaped building, blue sky with gentle clouds, and colorful mature trees. 

A head-on view accentuates the oddly-shaped building.

A tilted horizon and low angle of view provides a dog's perspective.

A shallow depth of field - only the foreground track is sharply focused, the trees are slightly blurred.

 Subtle difference but, a broader depth of field, the trees are in focus.

Barely a mile away from the railroad tracks, the Sandwich Boardwalk traverses the tidal marshlands. With the deepening of fall, the marsh has turned a reddish brown, much different from its summer colors below........

In July, it's warm and humid and, at high tide, the kids jump from the highest point into the cooling water.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Priscilla Beach Theatre Restoration, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The siding contractor has just completed the exterior work and is removing his scaffolding equipment on this raw late November afternoon with the wind blowing hard and the air temp about 34 degrees F.  (He is visible lying down on a ladder on the roof peak). Image made November 18 and shows the southeast front and southwest side.

Priscilla Beach Theatre, now in its 78th year, is the oldest barn theatre still in operation in the United States. The ongoing restoration work by owners and guardians Bob and Sandy Malone will be completed in time for next summer's performance season. "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Chicago" are already scheduled.

This update is the seventeenth part of a multi-part series which I began in May 2014 to chronicle this extraordinary project to restore a precious part of our American theatrical heritage. You can read my other blog posts about the construction progress and stage performances by typing "Priscilla Beach" in the search box in the right side column of this blog.

Southwest side. November 18.

Southwest side. November 18. Contractors are removing the tallest scaffold vertical support.

Northwest side - back of stage area. November 18.

Southeast front and northeast side. November 18.

And earlier in the week.................

Southeast front and southwest side. November 15.

These huge granite slabs will soon become the main steps up the grassy incline to the theatre entrance. November 15.  

Southeast front and northeast side. November 15.

Southwest side. November 15.

And even earlier in the week............

Southeast front and southwest side. November 13.

Southwest side. November 13.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cranberries, Manomet, Plymouth, Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA

This is one of those images that you might have to stare at for a few seconds to figure out what it is. It is a juice glass that belonged to my grandmother with a handful of cranberries dropped in. Morning low sunlight is slanting in from the right creating shadows of the etched glass on the left. The cranberries provided a splash of bright color.

Speaking of cranberries, knowing that they come from places like this makes them even prettier and tastier. Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and New Jersey (in that order) are the top-producing cranberry states in the United States.

These two similar images were made a few minutes apart at the Duxbury Bogs Conservation Area in Duxbury, Massachusetts. By the way, cranberries don't grow in water - the bogs are flooded to facilitate harvesting.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rabbit Pond, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I don't often walk by Rabbit Pond but on this day, I'm glad I did. It was displaying its finest fall colors and reflections.

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And sorry I could not travel both." So begins the Robert Frost poem, "The Road Not Taken." In this case, however, I traveled both since they circled Rabbit Pond. (Panorama - click on image to view in full width).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Into the Woods, Jr." Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Produced by Bob and Sandy Malone, owners and guardians of Priscilla Beach Theatre, and directed by Theresa Chiasson, this performance of "Into the Woods, Jr.," is the final children's workshop this fall at  Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT). Each workshop involves a couple weeks of rehearsals and then a few public performances. More information is available at the Priscilla Beach Theatre website or by calling 508-224-4888. 

Priscilla Beach Theatre isn't just for kids either. There are performances with young adult and adult casts, too. PBT is completing its 78th year bringing live theatre to our community! This first group of images was posed at the beginning of rehearsals.  The second group is from the final dress rehearsal.

This musical production and story is a combination of elements from "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rapunzel," "Cinderella," and "Jack and the Beanstalk" among others. These elements are connected by a story of a baker and his wife and their effort to have a family.

The following group of images were made at the final dress rehearsal (they are in chronological order through the performance).

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