All Around No.2

Everyday Life, Memories, Scenic Photography
Looking out into Buzzards Bay

I bit the bullet and went to the barbershop this morning. My hair was getting to be a bit too much even for me. The process itself is pretty painless. They had a signup sheet out front where you give your name and number (to call you when you can come in and probably for contact tracing should the need occur). I didn’t have to wait though since I intentionally went early and it wasn’t busy. You have to wear a mask of course as do the barbers. There can only be so many people in the shop at any one time and every other chair remains empty to provide for the proper spacing. You can only get a cut, no shaves. I was in and out in under 20 minutes. I needed it bad – feel much better now with the short haircut. For the record, I always get a real basic cut – the “all-around No, 2”, as I like to call it.

Fairhaven

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Beach flowers along the Fairhaven coast.
Beach flowers along the Fairhaven coast. Full res version available for a limited time!

The story behind the photo: Took a ride down to the southern shores as sunset was nearing because I was itching to get some new material, and we had an invite to the area. As the sun was setting I found this patch among the shells and beach roses of these little vibrant yellow flowers that I had never seen before, anywhere. I don’t know what they are (come to find out, they are some kind of poppy) but I thought the foreground of them along with the setting sun might make a nice photo. I’m rather pleased with the way it turned out.

Last night’s movie watch was the Grease Sing-along, along with some recorded 20/20 and Dateline. Everyone around the neighborhood has been busy working on their homes, ourselves included, whether it be gardening as in our case, or more substantial improvements, by the neighbors. Finally finished reading The Power Broker, the story of Robert Moses of New York. (Here’s a great review by someone on Goodreads that’ll give you an idea of the scope of the thing). How could I have not ever heard of this guy before with all he had been involved in in NYC? It took me seeing Motherless Brooklyn with a character based on him played by Alec Baldwin to bring him to my attention. (I want to re watch the movie now knowing what I know after reading this tome of a book – over 1000 pages and winner of a Pulitzer Prize!)

Grilled some scallops and zucchinis on the grill tonight – delish! – while watching the fire pit burn the log away – very relaxing I must say.

Intruder Alert!

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Intruder Alert!

I woke up this morning and discovered this little guy causing a little ruckus up on the deck where it doesn’t belong. Don’t worry – I only photographed him and then he scurried out of their on his own. He did appear to take down one of the Borages we had planted in there though. After that I decided to watch a movie I had recorded last night titled Alita: Battle Angel. This effects were good but the story didn’t make that much sense. They all seem to want to get to this city in the sky but they never explain why. I guess it’s based on a manga which probably has more story and it’s set up for sequels but they’ll probably never get made. Kinda cool how they made her eyes like all anime.

Went down to Home Depot in the afternoon to get some more dirt, firewood, and some pots. The dirt was for another raised bed where we plan to transplant the squash and pumpkin seedlings which are starting to outgrow their little containers.

Tonight’s movie watch was the 1st two episodes of Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story. It’s actually pretty good.

The Storm

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Spring Lake, August 2019. Available for purchase for a limited time.

Put together a desk and office chair today – that kept me busy for a little while. My windshield got replaced the other day – looks good. Got a dentist appointment coming up in a couple of weeks – I asked and they have a bunch of procedures in place including temperature checks and contract tracing so that should be interesting. Tonight’s movie watch was Winter’s Bone starring Jennifer Lawrence – not a bad movie but not the most uplifting movie for sure.

The story behind the photo: This is from last summer in a little town known as Spring Lake that rests along the Jersey Shore. It’s a nice little burg of which you can read all about here but anyways as we arrived for a stay this monster storm was coming in, Thankfully it ended up mostly going out to sea but we were able to get this amazing picture of the clouds rolling in.

Low Key Friday

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Summer nights.

Well, the windshield repair guy came out this am to fix the windshield. It’s a lot better then it was but there’s still a little crack, the original hit was pretty bad. I suppose I could just go for a new windshield but I don’t know if it’s really worth it. I can live with the little mark the way it is.

Actually I changed my mind, I set up an appointment for them to come back on Monday and just replace the whole windshield.

Today a good part of the day I spent manicuring the front and back lawns with mowing and edging. Took a good part of the afternoon – the warm of the day didn’t bother me – it actually wasn’t all that bad. Also some folks are starting to get some of their photographic items and they sound very pleased with the result, so that makes me pretty happy. Please get the word out!

Bout time they arrested that cop in MN. Ridiculous it took so long, but I suppose that’s part of the systematic problem.

Smashing Time

Everyday Life, Gardening, Memories, Scenic Photography
Nubble again.

Kinda bummed that on a drive home a rock hit my windshield on the highway and left a nice chip with small cracks coming out of it. Guess I’m going to have to have that looked at. Balls!

I am pleased with the garden results thus far. The Butterfly Bush out front is growing kind of wild though, so I’d like to rein that in a little bit. My purple rosebush is starting to bud, which is nice which sits right next to the butterfly bush. The two sets of columbines are in bloom, one the usual baby blue and white, and also a purple variety which looks really nice. I noticed the clematis has purple and a red which I never saw before. The azaleas out back are in bloom, but the lilacs are starting to fade a little bit. The Fuchsia is in bloom along with the dianthus, dahlias and creeping buttercups. Speaking of dahlias, one of the strange varieties that we planted may be starting to break through the topsoil. Same thing with the butternut squash seedlings. Not sure why some of the lettuce is already flowering and possibly going to seed. Seems a bit too early. There’s a lot more other plants too but I’ll describe their status better as they come closer to fruition.

Another Day.

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Along the Newport Bluffs, circa 2018.

Too often life is merely a squalid succession of days; whereas in fact it can be a great, living adventure.

Nothing Earth-shattering to report at the moment. I did venture out to local grocery mart this morning, it wasn’t very busy and they have their act together. Wow, I’m pretty boring. I probably should be using the time a bit more constructively, and I will, but at this moment I’m just gliding through the day. I have been devoting some of the spare time to the gardening. I’m pleased to say that all seem to being well, and I think the butternut squashes my be starting to bud. I need to another survey, maybe later in the week, and share their statuses for posterity. The thing with as many plants as we are currently cultivating – it actually takes some time to water them all!

The story behind the photo: This was taken while driving around Newport, RI, just in an exploratory type of drive around – something we used to do quite a bit on the weekends. Anyways, although I don’t remember the exact location I do know it was along a tiny strip of road with a waterway on either side. We decided to pull over and I took the shot. I took notice of the water in the puddle which I thought would look cool, along with the sailboat and further away, the mansion on the hill. Side note: just around the rock in the front to the right was a little cove where I discovered a scrawny white egret searching for food. I took photos of him too. There was also a man in waders clamming around the water – I cropped him out of this shot but do have some of him doing this which I may share at a later date.

Walking on Seashells

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Fairhaven, MA

Someday I will pick up shells of every color, and probably even rob the sea of its wonder. Yet I won’t find a single piece that’d resemble the broken pieces I gathered years ago thinking those grains of sand were whole.

Had a really nice day yesterday – was good to be out on a deck facing the bay and just lapping up the sun and the ocean wind. Felt blessed to be able to have a chance to experience that. I did develop a little bit on sunburn on my arms however it’s not too bad – been a while since the sun had gotten me like that. Was also able to get some firewood while there for the fire pit which I definitely want to start using more and more. Also was given a lupine to plant and grow out front – she has amazing lupines, apparently they seem to like the salt air, but hopefully it’ll do okay here. It looked a bit wilted when I got it back home but I planted it and gave it a big drink so hopefully the little guy will bounce back. Everything else meanwhile is starting to do pretty well, so our green thumbs are actually somewhat green!

Stay Young

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Newport, RI

“Here, in some way, we are young forever.”

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In unrelated news, last night’s movie watch was Benny and Joon starring Johnny Depp and I have to say – it wasn’t bad in the least. Hard to believe it’s been so many years since it came out (1993). Interestingly I discovered that there’s much debate over what exactly kind of mental illness Joon is suffering from, possibly obsessive-compulsive schizophrenic.

Also finally getting around to reading The Power Broker by Robert Caro. It’s getting good now. Build those New York Parks and Parkways!

Experiments

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Kind of missing the Swan Boats these days.

Figured I’d play around with some editing on this one. The original is very green, I do like how I framed this one though with the real swan in front of the swan boat. And yes, this picture is from a couple years ago. I like to say this is from another timeline. One in which we should be in right now. Sci-fi geek in me.

But yesterday was a good day. Not only did we finally get the fire pit going, but we LD finished up some gardening and I got the BBQ going for some corn and turkey burgers.

Captain’s House

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The Captain’s House

“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”

Albert Einstein

The story behind the photo: This property lines Ocean Avenue in Cape Arundel, Maine, in the Summer Colony Historic District – just a bit down the road from the Bush Compound. Coming just around a bend I was greeted by this cool looking house sitting just above the rocky crags. I’ve heard tales that it was built by a prosperous sea captain back in the day and chose the location to retire. I mean, if that was me I’d do it too. I can only imagine what looking out into the sea from the back of this wonderful manse must be like.

Blind Owl

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Power Puffins

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Puffins fly and swim against the shore off of Egg Rock Island.

The story behind the photo: This one was really lucky, LD got us tickets aboard a puffin cruise that goes out of Maine near Booth Bay Harbor that circles a little island in the Gulf of Maine where scientists have been slowly getting the puffin population to return to nesting sites there. We thought this trip might be a bust but then all of a sudden a bunch of these birds just came flying out and all around us. It was one of the best experiences I can remember and a memory I will always treasure. Side note is that puffins are my favorite bird – I just love the fact that these little tiny fighters live in such a cold harsh and arctic environment for much of their lives. A true testament to the force of nature.

Social Distancing II

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Thanks for featuring another one of my photographs NECN (New England Cable News).

Today was a pretty good day – I installed both the firepit and put together a new metal planter for some more plants, a bunch of my accounts are starting to see some development, and the webstore where you can buy prints is up and running. I’m always adding pictures to that so keep checking it, or if there’s something you want that I took let me know and I’ll see about adding that as well.

Positive Vibes

Cape Cod, Everyday Life, Memories, Scenic Photography, Wildlife
Seals bask off the coast of Chatham, MA.

My mantra for today and moving forward: Letting go of negative thoughts. I highly recommend it. Here’s a shot I took a few years back of some seals lazing on a spit. It’s actually a much larger landscape shot with more seals and details but I cropped it for Instagram. I especially like the little baby in the background. I also have some cuter shots of him in other shots. I will probably make the large version available for purchase soon. Anyways my mantra appears to be paying dividends already as today we were able to set up some things and I put the fire pit (which I cannot wait to start using) together. Still more stuff to get done but it is happening little by little.