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A walk in the park…

Something about our inability to take a nice picture of the state house in Concord the other day had us back there yesterday.  Early, not sunrise early, but early enough that the golden dome was in the sunlight rather than shadow.  And on a holiday when there wouldn’t be parked cars and lots of people annoying you by just going about their business.  Of course festivities were planned for the day so we moved on to a couple of local parks to walk and see what we could see.  I think it all was just an excuse to go out for a huge breakfast at the Newel Post.  It was great, but it put me in a stupor for the rest of the day.  Note to self; more walking, less eating…05-27-19Statehouse05-27-19bicentennial05-27-19red-wing205-27-19whiteflowers05-27-19starflower05-27-19spider05-27-19whitepark

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More stops along the way…

Yesterday I stopped for photos at the Veteran’s Cemetery that I’ve been passing in my travels here in New Hampshire.  The row upon row of headstones are so moving, so many lives cut short, so many sacrifices made.  But when I noticed an elderly woman struggling up the curb with her walker, on her way to honor her husband, or father, or son, I felt ashamed to be thinking in terms of the nice pictures I hoped to take, so I cut that visit short…05-24-19NHVetscemeteryThen I decided to stop at Daniel Webster’s birthplace, having passed the turn-off several times without stopping.  He is a favorite son of New Hampshire, for good reason.05-24-19DanielWebster05-24-19DanielWebsterhouse205-24-19DanielWebsterhouse105-24-19DanielWebsterhouse305-24-19DanielWebsterbeeThere was no sign announcing a turn-off for the last place I stopped yesterday.  I had glimpsed this little structure soon after I arrived here but had no idea where it was that I’d seen it.  I was mad at myself for not stopping that day, so of course I had to stop when I spotted it this time.  I feel as if I’m intruding when I stop for pictures sometimes.  But when you put a sweet little structure like this one out by the side of the road I have to assume that you intended for it to be noticed and appreciated.  And I did both!05-24-19glasshouses305-24-19glasshouses05-24-19glasshouses2

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Try, try again…

I spotted this wheel the other day in my travels, but had forgotten about it until I was out shopping yesterday and saw it again.  I loved the wheel in the little park, and the flowers too, so I was happy to stop to take pictures yesterday.05-23-19franklin1.jpg05-23-19trestle205-23-19tretlegarden

I wanted a closer look at the bridge across the street also.  The river was quite loud as it pounded against the rocks and supports of the bridge.  The reverse of what I’ve been seeing since I have been taking note of the tranquil FL rivers and landscapes.   I could feel the colder air next to the river as I stood there trying to compose a picture.  But as I stood beside the river I noticed a sign that indicated that there was in upside-down covered bridge a quarter mile up the path.  And up the path I went.  And up some more.  I asked a family who were coming down the path if there was really a bridge up there, I needed confirmation.05-23-19trail05-23-19railtrail505-23-19throughthetrees

Do you see it there?  Barely visible through the trees?  That was pretty much as far as I got yesterday, a glimpse through the trees.  It wasn’t the covered bridge I was hoping to see.  And then I went home yesterday and mistakenly erased my SD card in the camera and lost all the pictures I’d taken. I had a senior moment.  Which means that the pictures you are seeing are from today, I went back to try again.  And I walked further up the path than I did yesterday and discovered a slight trail to the bridge itself.05-23-19railtrail05-23-19railtrail305-23-19railtrail205-23-19railtrail605-23-19railtrail4

The upside-down designation refers to the fact that the trains traveled on the top of the bridge rather than through the center.  I thought about walking out onto the bridge but I decided not to push my luck.  It wasn’t rickety, or didn’t seem to be, but standing up so high, with the river and rocks below, seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. My snowbird summer is off to a perfect start and I’d like it to stay that way…

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Concord, NH

The golden dome on the New Hampshire state house is visible as you pass Concord from the highway, looking like the perfect photo op.  I’d never stopped in Concord before, but last night Kathy had a favorite shop she wanted to visit so off we went.  But, sadly, I’ve decided that sunset isn’t the best time to be in Concord and wanting to see that dome in all it’s glory.  Nope, the sunset was behind the State House.  Sunrise would be perfect since the dome would be lit from the front and, I’m making an assumption here, there wouldn’t be parked cars to try to avoid in your shots.  But despite the challenges we still had fun roaming to see what we could find to photograph.  First the State House building…05-23-19concord805-23-19concord405-23-19concord2Then the library with the beautiful sky behind it…05-23-19concordAnd the iPhone only referred to this as the civic district, with it’s memorial garden…05-23-19concord7This Catholic Church has been converted to condos.  We saw the spires and had to walk to seek out what they belonged to.05-23-19concord10I really didn’t have to go to Concord to find lilacs in their full glory, but these were wonderful and I buried my face in them for a minute, or two…05-23-19concord9And Kathy found a friend…05-23-19concord6

 

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Hershey Gardens…

This is the last of my Hershey adventures from a few days ago.  I got so excited over the butterflies in the atrium that I hardly noticed the flowers in the garden at Hershey.  Not that I didn’t take pictures of them, I did.  But I did them first since it wasn’t raining at that point.  I took more of them than I realized actually, but once it started raining and I went inside I have to admit that I was quite overwhelmed with the butterflies.  I love when I happen to take tons of pictures in one day and I have a day or two when I can just process the ones I already have and take it easy.  It’s especially helpful at this exact moment while I sort out my computer storage issues.  Milton Hershey did amazing things for his community, and this is just one of them.  It was lovely. 05-12-19garden05-12-19garden105-12-19garden305-12-19garden405-12-19garden505-12-19garden605-12-19garden705-12-19garden805-12-19garden905-12-19garden1005-12-19garden1105-13-19garden1105-13-19garden1205-13-19garden1305-13-19garden1405-13-19garden15The only disappointment for me was the fact that the lilacs were a tease.  Not open enough to be pretty, and, more importantly, try as I might I couldn’t smell them.  I hope I find them again in my travels…

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Taking a break…

Why do I stress so much over packing for a trip?  Always, no matter where I’m going.  And I take too much.  Always, no matter where I’m going.  But this time I am heading north to pick up my new trailer, and I suddenly realized that it will be 100% empty when I arrive to take it.  So I started packing up all my extra spatulas, silverware, paper products, basic stuff that I have duplicates of anyhow.  Seemed like a no brainer.  A win-win.  Oh wait, towels, packed some of those. And laundry supplies since I have extra.  Cleaning supplies too, again, there is so much of that stuff in this place that I probably will never have to buy it again. Then I put the seats up in the Pacifica and found out that there is an incredible amount of storage space in that car.  Lots more than it seemed with the stow away seats stowed away.  I hadn’t had the seats up since I bought it, and all the bins that I had in the back were sliding around back there, and now they have now disappeared into the space behind the third row seat.   They won’t be sliding now, and they stack, two side-by-side, and three high.  Now I have empty bins and it’s tempting to fill them up, because I can.

This sort of thing makes me nuts, and I was stewing about it at 2:30 AM, which left me plenty of time to go out for the sunrise at Bayport this morning, just to give my brain a rest.  But it seemed that everyone had that same idea.  There was a traffic jam at the docks, a line up of cars with their boats behind them, all waiting to get on the water.  And multiple fishermen on the pier where I usually have full reign to compose shots.  I figured it out eventually.  It’s Saturday!  I’ll bet I worked just about every Saturday for 7 years.  That explains it.  The sunrise wasn’t much, but this heron decided it was time for a close up.  Now I’m back to packing, those empty bins are calling me…05-04-19bayportsunrise405-04-19bayportsunrise105-04-19bayportsunrise205-04-19bayportsunrise305-04-19greatblue1