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Millway Beach sunset…

The trouble with finding that the sunset is going to be especially nice is that you are there with your camera, so you keep clicking away.  Look away for a second and when you look again you would swear that the colors are up a notch and it’s even more beautiful than you thought.  Though later on when you look at your photos in the computer that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Which one is the best?  Our fearless camera club leader says that if you really want to know how to choose between essentially equal photos then look at the metadata and choose the biggest file.  Bigger file means more detail.  Did I do that?  Of course not.

Sunday night I went out to Kalmus beach expecting to take the pictures I got last night.  Nope, I was way off.  And I wasn’t going to be able to find another vantage point in the amount of time available.Sundaysunset

Ah, but last night was a different story.  I should get a compass ap for my phone so I can find west when I need to.MillwaybeachboatMillwaysunset2Millwaysunset3Millwaysunset4Millwaysunset7MillwaysunsetphotographersMillwaysunsetclams

And just when you’ve already taken a million pictures and you think you’ll be heading home soon this happens.Millwaysunsetrings

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The Kancamagus Highway…

That was my goal Wednesday when I set out to take some pictures.  I think I just like to say Kancamagus, and it was too pretty out to stay home.  If you look at it on a map it looks like it goes in a diagonal line from where I am now, to Lincoln, NH.  That’s not true though.  You have to drive a bit to get to Rt. 112, and I discovered several distractions along the way that slowed me down and kept me from traveling the whole highway.  Which is okay because a friend of mine is most at home in the Lincoln area and I’m in hopes we’ll get back there together eventually.  This farm was a distraction along the way.  And when I stopped to take a picture this cow came over to say hi.farmagain6_12_19cowandbarn6_12_19cowandbarn26_12_19redbarnscene

Then the town of Bradford provided it’s own distraction.  Just a block long, but quaint, and good food.  A pastrami reuben at a little coffee shop called The Local Buzz.  What a great name, and a great sandwich.6_12_19waterfall1bradfordlibrary6_12_19townturretthelocalbuzzBuzzmap

Eventually I did make a run at the Kancamagus though, and I got there.  As promised by my cousin, the scenery is spectacular.  But pull-offs are too few and far between.  Which explains why I turned around after I passed the Beaver Pond scenic area and returned for photos there also.  But I turned out to be the main course for the black flies and mosquitos that were just hanging around waiting for an unsuspecting tourist to show up. When I told my cousin that I stopped at Beaver Pond he said that he and his wife hiked a trail there once and encountered a swarm of black flies that had them running to their car.  Glad to know it’s not just me being a wimp.  Nobody bothered my DEET infused legs, which was nice.  But too bad I didn’t think to spray my ears because they got gnawed on pretty fiercely.  Now my ears are burning, you aren’t talking about me are you?6_12_19beaverdamoverlook26_12_19beaverdamoverlook6_12_19beaverpondredux


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Innisfree Gardens…

Down the most innocuous looking one lane dirt road, looking as if you’ve gotten onto a service road rather than the road into a garden destination, you will find Innisfree Gardens.  If not for the 15 mph signs every so often I’d have tried to find a spot to turn around.  I thought to myself that the senior price was only $5 and I shouldn’t have expected much.  But then you are finally in the parking area with lots of other people.  Some are pulling coolers out of their cars, clearly planning to spend some time rather than just take some pictures.  This sign greets you, and explains the place better than I ever could.6_08_19sign

And yes, you roam the paths and on the grass, and at every turn there are lovely little scenes. 06-08-19gardenview16_08_19gardenview46_08_19gardenview56_08_19gardenview66_08_19gardenview706-08-19threechairs6_08_19gardenview96_08_19gardenview36_08_19gardenview86_08_19gardenview26_08_19chairs

And of course where there are flowers there are bees, and butterflies…6_08_19bee6_08_19butterfly26_08_19purpleflower

But this dragonfly provided the most fun moment.  I had been keeping pace with a family of several generations as they enjoyed the park.  One of their group was wearing a red ball cap and a dragonfly decided to perch on it, much to the delight of her family.  I had missed the moment but I told them that dragonflies always come back to the same spot, and I was going to add that I didn’t think that that would apply to the cap, except there he was again.  Both he and she were quite cooperative and I appreciated the chance to capture that moment.  I hope they have stuck with the blog for a couple of days because I told them I’d use the photo, but it has taken me since Saturday to do it.6_08_19dragonflyhat6_08_19dragonfly

The little woodpecker in the featured photo was quite a surprise.  I wasn’t fast enough to catch the exchange as one adult flew into the nest and the other flew out.  But I zoomed as much as I could and took a picture of the tree just in case, and I planned to explain that I could hear the babies in there chirping for food.  Because I did, but what I couldn’t see until I looked at the photos in the computer was that someone was keeping a watchful eye on things.  It was a small price to pay for such a lovely day.

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Go take a hike…

“Want to go hike to the waterfall?” my cousin asked me.  This was just as I was about to sit down in my new zero gravity recliner for the first time, and read my book a while.  ‘We’ had gotten my last couple of issues with the camper taken care of, I use the term ‘we’ loosely of course, and I decided that I was going to rest up.  But that was an offer I couldn’t refuse.  There are two ways to hike there, the steep hike and the easy hike, so we did the easy one and I’m glad we did because I was feeling it,  and because we had to do it a second time because my glasses were missing once we got back to the car.  I have to say the hike was easier the second time.  When I’m hiking with the camera I think I don’t balance myself as naturally because I’m trying to protect the camera.  Maybe I’ll keep it in the backpack even if it is a PITA to get it out and put it away when you want to take a picture.  I want my self as well as my camera to survive to hike another day…6_06_19waterfall16_06_19waterfall26_06_19waterfall3

I’m told that my cousin and his nephew have been swimming in that pool at the bottom of the biggest waterfall.  More power to ’em.  That’s an offer I’ll pass on…

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View from Rt. 10…

With blue skies and puffy white clouds the day was calling me to get out there and take some pictures.  So I set out for Ocean State to pick up a few more, yes more, things I decided I needed for this adventure.  And, if I remembered correctly, when I went there with my cousin the other day I was literally drooling over all the scenery along the way.  You seem to be on top of the world, looking out and down at other mountain tops, or maybe hilltops.  And this is why it’s a must to either be on your own doing this, or with another photographer, because I lost count of how many stops I made. Well, you’ll see.

I hadn’t even made it out of town when I stopped for a couple of shots this church.6_03_19Rt10church2

I hadn’t gotten to my destination when I spotted a sign that said covered bridge, so I had to turn around and check it out.  I had all day after all.  Traffic isn’t allowed over this covered bridge anymore.  I think the GPS gets annoyed with me when I spot something that causes me to turn the car around and go the ‘wrong’ way…


I’m getting a little fuzzy over exactly where I was or what order I took these pictures in, but it honestly doesn’t matter.  Every twist and turn of the road brings something you find as breathtaking as the last five stops you made.  No wonder they run together.6_03_19Rt10scenery6_03_19Rt10farm6_03_19Rt10bridge56_03_19Rt10choochoo6_03_19Rt10Mike's schoolscene36_03_19Rt10Mike's schoolscene4_16_03_19Rt10Mike's schoolscene

I couldn’t stop for the scene above so I took a left and pulled over and realized that I was back to another stop I’d made with my cousins.  He used to teach right in that area and the church I was looking at was too pretty not to take it’s picture.  And I was hearing church bells as I did.6_03_19Rt10Mike's school6_03_19Rt10Mike's schoolscene2

Tell me something, could you have resisted these cows?  Obviously I couldn’t.6_03_19Rt10cowsiesta16_03_19Rt10cowsiesta2

And a 1906 round red barn right across the street from a 1996 round red barn?6_03_19Rt10oldroundbarn6_03_19Rt10newroundbarnI can’t wait to get out again but it won’t be tonight.  There is a storm brewing out there.  It’s really cold when the wind whips, and then there are a few drops of rain.  I think I’m glad we haven’t gotten the awning out on the pop up yet.  But I did discover that it has little strip lights underneath it.  Soon…

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A little advice…

I have decided that it’s not a good idea to stand at the kitchen window here in my friend’s house in NH for fear that I’ll find myself heading out the door to take pictures. It was a blue jay on the bird feeder who got me out the door, and the sound of the nearby Blackwater river took care of the rest. I also found some neighbors I hadn’t met yet also. The bird feeders in the backyard were visited by a bear a few nights ago. Now that would have been a photo op…60984D68-C2A7-4184-AADF-82C74A5D070061DD5B14-DA9F-4739-8F19-03D1814E5ADDEB6801FC-8B88-472B-9130-4E42EE02C4A4ADF2FA81-C579-4CB6-901A-AE42EB9CB80C