Hiking to King Philip’s Cave

Everyday Life, Memories, Scenic Photography, Things that make me go Hmmm

King Phillip’s Cave is a cave in Norton, Massachusetts near Lake Winnecunnett.

The cave is so named because Metacomet, the Wampanoag sachem also known as “King Phillip”, is said to have hid here near the end of King Philip’s War before meeting his death in the Great Misery Swamp in Bristol, RI.

We happened to be in the area so we checked it out. Very cool rock formations. I think I need to read up on Philip a bit more, sounds like he got a pretty raw deal. I wouldn’t really call it a cave though, more like two boulders that crisscrossed on top of one another and provided a gap beneath them.

We also checked out a quick hike over in Taunton at a place called Boyden Wildlife Area. This area is beautiful and quite scenic with some nice overhangs overlooking a nearby river that parallels it. Definitely going back to this location again.

Can We Get Credit Where Credit is Due Please?

Everyday Life, Memories, Scenic Photography, Things that make me go Hmmm
An image depicting ocean waves and views.
Take me back! Ocean waves and views.

Little annoyed this morning that when I went to look in the weekly town newspaper there was an article about the town calendar. The annoying part was they listed the winner of the cover (I came in third so it wasn’t me) but they used the picture I TOOK and credited to that person. Now granted hers and mine were quite similar but mine was better and showed a greater panoramic view of the scene, but I’m biased. I thought about writing the editor to correct it but of course this particular week didn’t have that column so I don’t know where to write. Ah, it’s probably not worth it anyway since it doesn’t have a great distribution, and who really cares?

After writing the above paragraph to y’all, I did some digging, and was able to email the journalist of the article, asking for corrections and proper attribution. Whether they correct it not time will tell but there it is. BTW, if any of you want to purchase this calendar I can get you the details. Just contact me and I’ll let you know. Update: Heard back and a correction is coming!

Last night’s movie watch was The King of Staten Island, mostly because LD really, really needed a distraction. Although I felt it was really weird at the start it got better as it went along. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. I’m a little ashamed to admit this, but I did record something off the Lifetime channel after seeing that Killer Prom movie. Admittedly just because of it’s title – From Straight A’s to XXX – a college student endures cyberbullying and even death threats when it is revealed that she has chosen to become a porn star under a pseudonym to pay off her sizable tuition expenses, based on a true story! (Aren’t they all?) Now doesn’t that sound appealing!? Needless to say, it’s still on the DVR unwatched as of yet. Maybe tonight? It also has  Judd Nelson in it from the Breakfast Club so that’s another reason why I thought about looking at it. Stay tuned for my review.

Best Beach Find Treasure Ever!

Art, Everyday Life, Memories, Scenic Photography, Things that make me go Hmmm
Image of a heart shaped rock at the beach.
Finding this amazing heart shaped rock at the beach today was a high point.

Went to the beach this afternoon just to get some fresh air and some new surroundings for a little while. Walking along the shoreline looking for rocks I came upon this heart shaped rock and thought it was amazing. The little groove in the top was just perfect. I was so lucky to have seen it lying there in the sand among all the other rocks. As a plus it also looks like a whale if you tip it sideways. It was a great beach day, a little cloudy but not too cool, and the beach wasn’t busy at all. I thought taking a picture of it with the waves crashing in the background might make a cool shot and here it is.

Maybe this could be a sign, who knows, but even if not, I’m definitely keeping this one. For the longest time I told LD I could never find any decent heart shaped rocks at the beach, but then I find this!

Remember Me in 200 Years?

Everyday Life, Memories, Scenic Photography, Things that make me go Hmmm
Pemaquid Point

Playing around with some black and white photography. What do you think?

Saw the hummingbird again this morning flitting around on the back deck. Such a cool little bird – wild to watch it just hover. I’m hoping maybe someday I could photograph him. He stayed for a while this time too but never long enough.

I had an interesting thought yesterday as we strolled around a local cemetery (always looking for different places to walk and get a change of scenery). It occurred to me that unless you did something noteworthy and had some renown, most of us would be forgotten within a generation or two. The newer graves had flowers and other things left behind by loved ones, but the older graves had nothing. People who remembered them are probably gone now as well. I mean, I know nothing of my grandparent parents, who they were, what they were like, and same of their parents and so on up the line. I know, what an uplifting thought! But then I thought, well, as long as you made a difference, no matter how small, to the people around you now, perhaps that’s all that is needed and that’s enough for me.

Tonight’s movie watch was Patch Adams. Interesting role for Robin to play, in hindsight.

Standing with American Gothic

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Hanging with American Gothic inspired statues.

The story behind the photo: Back in 2014 took a trip to a place just out of Princeton, NJ called Grounds for Sculpture which has all these various famous artworks recreated as giant statues around the grounds. This one of American Gothic is right outside of the place. I’ll post more from the trip over the coming weeks, such as a famous WWII photo, Marilyn Monroe’s Seven Year Itch, the Mona Lisa, and a bunch of other ones. This was right in my wheelhouse, so to speak. Quite the roadside attraction.

Schools Reopening. Yeah, right.

Everyday Life, GameTime, Scenic Photography, Things that make me go Hmmm
Goofin’ around Scituate Light, 2017.

I just don’t see how kids going back to school in the fall can really be done. I’m just talking about K-12, never mind the university kids, which is a whole another ball of wax. Can they really deep clean every high-touch surface as much as may be needed? Most school buildings are old and the ventilation sucks. Paying the price now for not keeping up infrastructure. Can’t use fans to blow anything around either. Could try to teach outside but how many days aren’t going to be cold or inclement? Again, most places probably won’t have the space – especially in the metro-urban densely populated areas. Kids are going to wear masks all the time? Good luck. Don’t really have the space to social distance. A classroom is going hold, what, like 8 kids per class? Some elementary classes have 25 students. Who is teaching the students that are remote while others are in school? Also, how does this work with upper elementary, middle school and high school students who see multiple teachers for different subjects? Limiting interactions is almost impossible in some buildings, especially with limited bathrooms. Teachers don’t want to be exposed. School nurses cannot work remotely and some have small children or work in Boston hospitals, their hands are full. Group activities are out. What a depressing time to be a kid (adults too for that matter)! Sounds almost like prison. And what about transportation? Going to need a lot more buses or take the kid yourself, there goes the traffic counts. That’s even assuming it won’t affect the job you might have and need to get to or try to do. I’m not even taking into consideration the special-ed kids. School budgets for school needs will now need to be spent on PPE. Plus, there’s nothing coming from the Federal side, a real disgrace in my opinion. The whole thing is just one big mess. Finally, what happens when a teacher or student tests positive? Does the whole class quarantine? What about siblings, do they quarantine as well? What about teachers that have health conditions which deem them high risk? Do they risk it or are they forced into an unpaid leave?

Yes, we all want kids to go to school. They need the classroom, their friends, the social and emotional growth and development and structure that comes what all that. But it has to be safe, and I just don’t see it happening at this time, and that’s going to be very detrimental too. This year needs a do-over!

Gametime! Lifespan Candle – cute little game!

Thanks NECN for featuring another one of my seal photos!

I really like how this site looks on an iPad! Best way to view my photos on the web I’d say.

Where the dog at?

Things that make me go Hmmm

I was just thinking, I haven’t noticed their being any Doberman Pinschers around, or at least I don’t see them around anymore, though I imagine they must be. I used to see them all the time but now I don’t see them at all. Have you? I’m not really a dog person anyway having grown up with cats. I haven’t seen any poodles around anymore either now that I think of it, although I don’t know why anyone would want that kind of dog to begin with. Am I wrong with these assessments?

Things that make me go Hmmm (Part I)

Everyday Life, Memories, Things that make me go Hmmm

I never see Dodge K cars around on the roads or anywhere else really anymore. My grandfather had one of those. It was pretty much an old man car. Have they all been destroyed?

Question: Why does sour cream have an expiration date on it?

Why is it that if you have a candle lit, and you have a plain potato chip in hand, and hover the chip over the flame for a second or two so it turns black from the heat, and then smell that, it smells just like popcorn. Try it.

I remember awaking from a dream that I had insomnia and couldn’t sleep. In the dream! While I’m really sleeping! That was whack.

Things that all people can agree on: Pizza and Music. I’ve never heard of anyone saying they don’t like pizza or music. So there. Random things that pop into my head.

If the show “Hoarders” was in 3D it would be awesome. Just saying.

If I got a tattoo of a Rorschach inkblot, then when people ask me what it is, I could say it’s whatever you see it is? Might actually be a cool idea?

If Jimmy cracks corn, and nobody cares, then why does he keep doing it? We were discussing this with our other couple friends a while back, but now I forgot what conclusions we came to.

Ever notice you can turn any movie into a Broadway production just by adding an exclamation point on the end? Terminator! Better Off Dead! An Officer and a Gentleman!

When do oldies stop being oldies? Like, when you put on an oldies station and they play music from the 50s, well, when does that stop getting played and then it’d be music from a different decade? Or will they just always play 50s music and call it oldies? I seem to be having a hard time wording this but do y’all know what I’m getting at? Sham-a-lama-ding-dang.

Why is it that flies seem to have no problem flying into a door of the house that was opened for a second, but can’t seem to fly out of the house the same way? Maddening. These are the things that I think about.

Also, while watching Wheel of Fortune like old couples do, Vanna doesn’t appear to be necessary anymore since the letters are electronic now and no spinning of tiles is needed, so why is she still there? Eye candy? She still taps the letters to show them but when contestants solve the puzzle all letters appear without her touching them. .