Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Fall brings a stiff breeze and a chill in the air to White Horse Beach. Too cold to go in the water (except for dogs), the beach becomes the preferred place for a beautiful walk along the lapping surf.

Recent storms have scoured much of the sand from the edge of the dunes. Hopefully, the coming winter storms will push it back in.

And nearby inland, splashes of color surround this local freshwater pond.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fall on Rabbit Pond, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Rabbit Pond in Manomet is always a favorite destination for the full palette of fall colors. Although homes line the unpaved road that circles the pond, the immediate vicinity of the shoreline to the road is designated town conservation land and thus protected.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Fall Colors Deepen, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

From these images a few weeks ago, the colors were just beginning on Rabbit Pond in Manomet........

..... and also nearby along the wooded lanes.

Soon, all the leaves will fall and so will the snow........another season of great natural beauty ahead!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Steps to the Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Nice shadow patterns on the steps to the beach......

....and always beautiful once you get there. (Note the pile of rocks and trucks at center right in the image - repair work to the seawall before the winter storms begin arriving).

I especially like low tide - more firm sand on which to walk.

Much as I dislike the cold winters here, it seems a fair price to pay for the other three seasons we get to enjoy.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Water Views, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Whether viewing Cape Cod Bay from Manomet bluff...... (and yes, the distant white speck is a lone sailboat out enjoying the blustery day).........

.... or inland on Rabbit Pond.......

....or in downtown Plymouth, water seems to be everywhere in this part of Massachusetts. That's a nice life-affirming feature.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Blue Sky, Bright Sun, Strong Wind, and Rough Surf, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

It's one of those beautiful fall days at Manomet Beach.

Yep, fall is a spectacular time in New England - and not just because of the colorful leaves.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A Fall Day to Wander About, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

This adventure into the big city began at the bus stop on Exit 5 in Plymouth. An hour later, I emerged from the South Station Transportation Center onto the Rose Kennedy Greenway on a perfect, warmish, New England fall day in Boston.

This stunning art installation presents a great contrast with the adjacent buildings. And the red chairs are free for anyone who wants to sit a spell and enjoy the warm sun.

The artist of this work is Shara Hughes.  The entire urban parkland is overseen by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.

The artist of this piece is Aakash Nihalani.

Consider the Rose Kennedy Greenway. It used to be that a multi-lane highway, both surface and elevated, raced through here dividing the city and making constant noise. Now, after burying the highway underground (the project was known locally as the "Big Dig") and replacing it with a surface park, it has brought a wonderful ambiance to this downtown area.

Using the Greenway as a focal point and compass, one can follow it for a mile or so, taking detours west or east to experience so many wonders and delights of downtown Boston: to name a few - the Harbor Walk, the North End, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the Old State House, hundreds of shops and eateries, and the richness of the local culture.

The old Custom House rises majestically in this part of town. Completed in 1849, it cost about a million bucks back then.

The park fountains were still turned on when I made these images a couple weeks ago - the first frost was yet to arrive.

The white tents were part of a weekend crafts fair on the Greenway.

There is something special about fountains that always enrich public spaces and attract humans.

And at nearby Quincy Market, a public piano was a great magnet for musicians of any age.

The food court in Quincy Market was mobbed with hungry diners. "Gluten Free and Vegan" - even the Mexican eateries are getting into attracting the Vegan market. Yes, we are intending to take over the world! No more animal killing and factory farm related environmental degradation is hopefully the future for our planet.

And outside the market, live music and other entertainers keep the crowds happy. Being a performer in this area of town is a highly coveted and auditioned opportunity for creative folks : music, art, jugglers, and other performance artisans.

And speaking of markets, the nearby Haymarket was in full swing on this perfect day. It's been here almost 300 years in one form or another.

It was one of those days - some folks were dressed for winter.....

...and some still in t-shirts - but all looking for great deals on fresh healthy food.

Of course, young children seem immune to the chill in the air as long as they can frolic in the fountains - built for just that purpose.

As the clouds overtook the sky, I made a last stop at Fan Pier for this popular view point. I was on the way back to the bus station for the one hour ride/nap back to Plymouth Exit 5.

It was a perfect fall day in an extraordinary city when the richness and variety of the simple pleasures of city life are on display for enjoyment. A smorgasbord of life on hand at a modern vibrant American city - a city both new and old with a history stretching back to the beginnings of our nation.

Ah! Boston - always a pleasure to visit and wander about.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

To the Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The better path begins on the right although it does look like there are two paths, one on each side of the little tree........ winds through the neighborhood......

.....eventually arriving at the breathtaking edge of the bluff that overlooks Manomet Beach and Cape Cod Bay.

Same view with black and white and infrared processing trickery.

The tide is out but few people are at the beach.

Instead, folks are getting their homes ready for the coming winter - and there are always things to do to prepare for the cold, wind, snow, ice, and short days.

But taking a walk at low tide seems a better idea no matter the season. It's a local version of, "stop and smell the roses." Life is short - enjoy it while you can.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Autumn, Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Mass Audubon, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary is, "A vast expanse of cold-water streams, ponds, forest, and woodlands, Tidmarsh is a 481-plus acre landscape permanently protected and open for all to enjoy. Once a working cranberry farm, this landscape underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration ever completed in the Northeast." (Source: Mass Audubon).

Miles and miles of..........

.... paths and lanes that pass by the splendor of fall color.

And always, Beaver Dam Brook meanders through the flat slowly draining toward the ocean just a few miles away to the east.

These images are a couple weeks old - I hope to catch another view there before the color peaks.

All this beauty is the reward in advance of the coming winter.

Tidmarsh is a class act and a wonderful space to spend a few hours wandering in nature.