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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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Turning the page…

I’m not in Kansas anymore.  Florida either.  Lots of you, probably the majority of you, may look out your windows to a view like this.  But not me, not in Florida or Maryland either.  And I do spend a lot of time enjoying the beauty around me in Florida, but this scenery is just amazing to me.  A simple drive to run an errand and I’m looking at lovely vistas all around me.  It was an absolutely beautiful day yesterday.  Just seeing the sun was a treat after the rain that’s been following me around.  Starting the day talking with a friend over coffee, and then winding down the day with cribbage on the porch, plus a glass of wine, is very special.   As is this friendship, which began so long ago that it’s just always been there.  Long ago we talked of the future and anticipated the life that was waiting for us.  And now here we are, our stories have been written.  We’ve turned the page and are now facing challenges that we never thought of when we were young, but we are facing them together…05-20-19websterlakeview05-20-19websterlakeview205-20-19websterlakeview305-20-19websterlakeview405-20-19NH405-20-19NH505-20-19NH605-20-19websterlakecemetery05-20-19websterlakecemetery205-20-19websterlakechipmunk

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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

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Making do…

I stopped at a favorite hometown park on my way to NH yesterday.  It was a gorgeous day, even more gorgeous after nothing but rain for a week.  I met another photographer there and we had a nice chat as we took pictures.  It was a perfect day until I got a message that I’d left my laptop behind at a friend’s house.  And that news left me determined to learn to use this iPad to import the photos from the camera, and edit them, and then get this post written.  There probably was an easier way to accomplish all of the, but there is the easy way and there is my way.  I will retrieve my laptop soon, but this will do for today.

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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…