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In search of the burrowing owls…

Ridiculously cropped from my first photo of the day. Now it’s all gravy for the rest of the shoot.
When they aren’t nice enough to be up on a stake keep looking…
Sometimes they are two by two…
And if you see four at once you might choose to backtrack and shoot lots of pictures.
But keep shooting…
And then there were three.
Such a serious look.
One foot at a time.
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The witches of Salem…

1692 was not a good year for witches, or people perceived to be witches, in Salem, MA.

This is the witch memorial. Each stone slab is engraved with the name and date of death of a person who was hanged for being a witch.
We did no homework ahead of time, so if these people have stories we didn’t learn them.
There were no crowds at the memorial on Tuesday. Possibly because the main stops were only open Friday-Monday at the moment. As was the Visitor Center, so we were without maps, and wandering on our own.
These murals caught my eye.
This was an interesting sign, and there were many opportunities to get your fortune read. I’ve always been afraid to do that, I guess I prefer to stumble along in the dark.
This shop in particular caught my eye, but we didn’t go in.
A chuckle at the front door.
The waterfront seemed like a good bet for photos.
Loved this figurehead.
The shoreline was quiet.
The sky was so pretty.
This is the home for aged women. I should have asked if they had an opening.
I love it when flowers spill over a fence like this.
Up one side.
Down the other.
A passerby told us to look up the oldest candy shop in America. The building wasn’t as old looking as others and I’m not sure that we would have gone in without a heads up. They told us that in 1802 a British woman was shipwrecked off the coast and was brought ashore penniless. But when the villagers learned that she had been a confectioner they bought her a barrel of sugar, and the business was born. Gibralters were the first candy made and sold in America.
200 year old candy remains in the glass jar in the case on the shelf. I liked the cash register.
I bought these to share with someone special, provided I can resist them for a few more days.
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An afternoon at the lake…

Lake Winnipesaukee was where we were headed. Saying the names of the places I left behind in New England is part of the fun of being here. Whenever I can I try to resurrect my MA accent, at least while I’m here. It makes me a little sentimental, but mostly I’m very happy to spend time just being comfortable with an old friend, in the place she loves, a place that now feels as comfortable as home to me…

Birch trees are so beautiful.
Geese in a perpetual journey across the sky.
Flowering trees.
The Indian who lives on the island in the lake.
I was going to take a picture of the dog sculpture anyhow, but when I saw this dog earlier I said it was Ozzie, and they stopped for me to pet him.
This little sweetie and her granny in their matching pink shirts.
It not that they are naked that I took so many pictures of this statue, it’s just that it was placed so that you could make so many different compositions. I might have chickened out on using the other shot of them as my feature photo, and it may just follow next. I don’t know at this moment.
It was a beautiful day to just sit and enjoy.
If I see a round hole I hold my breath while I see if I see if there is a view through it.
I imagine living nearby and walking to the water and waiting for the sunrise and/or sunset.
And another one.
A bridge between my favorite places perhaps.
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Driving Miss Daisy…

Of course I came here to spend time with Kathy, but I also wanted a photo of the forsythia before they disappear all together. They are past their prime, but I’ll forgive them because the lilacs are just starting to bloom. As we drove I told Kathy that it was like Driving Miss Daisy and she said that she hadn’t seen that movie. I can’t imagine how she missed it, so we came home and watched the movie while I worked on my pictures. The day that started at 37 degrees soon was 72 degrees and spectacular. A great day for two old (literally) friends to stop for an ice cream cone for lunch…

If only forsythia bloomed in Florida.
It already smelled wonderful!
This scenery warms my heart.
A closer look.
Such a beautiful day to check Highland Lake to see if we could find the Canada Geese chicks that call this place home.
Coffee Kahlua Brownie was the winner!
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Princess Place Estates…

The last of my stops in my East Coast of Florida tour was at Princess Place. Of course I hadn’t ever heard of it, but it’s a lovely park with many beautiful live oaks and a water view. There is even a lodge house sporting a porch decked out with rocking chairs for you to sit and enjoy that view. This is a venue for events, such as my cousin’s daughter’s wedding not too long ago.

Here is the lodge with it’s nice porch, and rockers to sit in while you enjoy the view.
I loved all the live oaks on the property, but what really caught my eye in this picture is that vine that is draped from on tree to the other.
A covered bridge was an unexpected, but fun, find.
There are stables on the property. My cousin’s daughter’s wedding party used one of the horse stalls to change clothes on the big day. Which is a while lot nicer than it might sound.
The stables also house this antique carriage.
Keeping up with this small person is what kept us from sitting and rocking on the porch for a little longer. That wasn’t what she had in mind.

Another nice day seeing the area and catching up with family. Or trying to, see above photo!

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Newhall Audubon Preserve…

My young cousin and I had a conversation the other day about taking the detours that you see along the highways of life. She says she always takes the detour if she is traveling with time on her hands. I always feel like I spotted them too late to take the turn, or I think I have nowhere to pull the car over safely. There are missed photo ops that have been living in my head for many, many years. And while I missed a great potential shot the other day, I later hung a right at Newhall Audubon Preserve, a quick but worthwhile stop. Stopping to smell the roses, so to speak. I need to do that more often…

I confess that heading down a path like this by myself doesn’t always feel safe. Other hikers are a welcome sight.
The views are often lovely.
I didn’t walk the path around the little lake.
There were no big fat bumble bees, just tiny little ones.
Oops, one fat bee.
Loblolly pines are amazing. So tall and straight, I’m sure they were prized for timber. But taking a picture is almost impossible, except from this angle.
So very tall.
This isn’t the butterfly I had in mind, but he’ll do.
I loved seeing this dragonfly’s shadow.

After a short while I got back on A1A, knowing that just beyond the beautiful houses I was seeing on my left as I drove south, there was the ocean. I passed up one beach access turn off, I guess I hadn’t quite learned my own lesson, but I took the second one. I was catching on…

The ocean has my heart.