White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Local Sights, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

As spring continues to unfold, it was uncharacteristically above 90 degrees Fahrenheit on this particular day. In mid-May, that's unusual for New England. So sprawling out cozying up to the cool stone of an empty birdbath seems as good a place as any to chill out for this yard squirrel.

This red-shouldered hawk has been around almost daily this spring. He still spooks whenever he sees me move inside the house with camera or binos in hand but, I am getting better at seeing him first. Image from a distance through double-paned glass. Do you notice what looks odd about the hawk in this image?

What is odd is that in the first hawk photo, he is actually facing away from me and has turned his head around. In this one, he is facing towards me.

And once again, my dandelion crop this year turned out well. They look like hundreds of small fireworks explosions. I don't quite understand why dandelions have such a bad reputation.

Amy's Mother's Day lilies are almost done so I thought I'd blog one more image before the opportunity passes. And yes, I will concede they are prettier than dandelions. It's a big world though, and beauty can be found almost anywhere.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"A Man Called Ove," Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I came down with a bad cold recently and spent a few days taking it easy at home. Amy gave me a book she had just finished reading titled, "A Man Called Ove," written by a Swedish author named Fredrik Backman (in 2012).

What a wonderful and powerful read it was! If you like an off-beat love story that will make you laugh and cry, often simultaneously, then this book is for you! It is astounding how wise and mature beyond his years the author was when he wrote the story - a man barely in his thirties. To understand some of the nuances of aging and love and loss and weave them together into this story is truly remarkable.

He has written two other best sellers, "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry" (2013), and "Britt-Marie Was Here" (2014). I plan to read them both soon.

I think all of us have bits of "Ove" within us in various degrees - curmudgeon qualities - some folks, like me - have more than others........I hope you find a copy and enjoy it as much as did I!

Monday, May 22, 2017

"The Little Mermaid, Jr.," Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) recently opened the first young people's show of the season with two performances of "The Little Mermaid, Jr."

The theme of the show is: "In a magical underworld kingdom, the young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home behind and live in the world above. First she will have to defy King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's seeking. The show includes all the beloved characters of Sebastian, Flounder, King Triton, the Mersisters, Ursula, Tentacles, Flotsam, Jetsam, Scuttle and more!" Source: PBT

Producers: Bob and Sandy Malone
Director: Matt Torrance
Stage Manager: Tricia McGrath
Musical Director: Christina Fererra
Production Manager: Josh Patino
Lighting Designer: Ellie Rogers
Choreographer: Ashley Evans
Costumes: Ross Magnant

The following images were captured during the final dress rehearsal and are in order of occurrence in the performance. Click on an image to view a higher resolution version.

Come out and support our local youth at any or all of the following shows the young people will perform this summer. Contact PBT at 508-224-4888 or online at http://www.pbtheatre.org/

"Disney's Aladdin Jr. (Musical)"
"30 Reasons to NOT be in a Play"
"Dr. Dolittle"
"The Princess and the Pea"
"The Wizard of OZ (Musical)"

PBT's adult productions for the 2017 performance season are:

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" in May,
"Nunsense" in June,
"West Side Story" in July,
"The Producers" in August,
"All Shook Up" in September, and
"Little Shop of Horrors" in October.

Bob and Sandy Malone, owners and guardians of PBT,  have created and continue to inspire a magical place. It's a wonderful venue and production values are high - you'll be glad you came out to see and I'll bet you want to come back!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Windmill, Cherry, Azalea, and Birch, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

In the town of Sandwich, just across the canal on Cape Cod, this windmill is visible to passersby. Normally, I just drive by with barely a glance but today, it looked good enough with the nearby cherry tree blossoming to get me to stop.

The blades turn but, I think they are driven by electricity since there doesn't seem to be enough surface area to catch the wind.

It makes an interesting high-contrast black and white image also.

Elsewhere, the azaleas are following the cherry trees into full bloom.

They make a nice contrast with fallen birch logs.

If you look closely (and with imagination), this looks like the gentle curve of a human lower back. Okay, maybe that's a stretch.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lilies, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Just seeing this image, I can still recall the amazing aroma of these lilies. From fifteen feet away, the scent filled the room. But, they don't get so beautiful by accident.......

......it takes care and attention. Sometimes, if I'm really lucky and in the right place at the right time, I catch a glimpse of the flower person watering these wonders of nature.

It did take her longer than I expected though - her watering can doesn't hold but a few drops of water at a time! At least she is indoors and doesn't have to worry about bees.

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Dramatic Storm, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I chanced upon this great spring storm building north of the downtown Plymouth waterfront. (Panorama - click the image to view full width if your device supports that action).

I got a bit closer but stayed dry.

As the storm passed and the sun came out, I stopped by to see another of Plymouth's lobsters waving at the harbor and sea.

Out in the countryside of rural Plymouth, the village of Chiltonville in this case, the world turns greener every day.

A beautiful day along the highway as cumulus clouds begin building into another round of afternoon thunderstorms. Although we do have many other tree/forest species, this view of a pine and oak forest is a typical one in southeastern Massachusetts.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Signs of Spring, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Tulips blooming downtown in front of Pilgrim Hall.

A cherry tree in full bloom along Warren Avenue.

Cherry tree in bloom.

 Trees are beginning to leaf out.

A downtown view along Court Street - the spire at the Spire is visible in the distance.

The Captain John fleet ready at dock for sightseers.

A fresh spring breeze makes for good walking along the downtown waterfront.

The Plymouth lobsters seem to have weathered the winter just fine. There are "29 uniquely finished lobsters each measuring 5 feet tall in various locations around town. The fiberglass structures are sponsored by local businesses and organizations; each is custom designed and hand painted by local artists." Source: Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

If I wanted to make a bad joke I could call this a "rock lobster."

Perhaps this is the peace and love lobster.

Life is good in "America's Hometown."