Posted on October 17, 2018
Wells Beach was our destination and would be out hub for the 6 days that we were in Maine. We were fortunate that a friend of mine offered us the use of their cottage and from there we traveled out – Portland, Bar Harbor and the Arcadia National Park, Orchard Beach, Kennebankport, Ogunuit, Portsmouth and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
But first off Wells Beach I had a long list of places to visit, but looking at my list, I am not sure that I saw all the things I wanted to see. Doing a little bit of exploring we headed off down some side streets and finally found the bay area between the mainland and the island. We still had fog this morning and I loved the peacefulness of the area. So little activity. This area is very marshy and there seemed to be a fair bit of bird life. On thing I really loved about Maine was where ever we went we seemed to find color in the form of beautiful potted flowers and gardens, along with the spectacular sight of fall beginning to show it’s colors in the the trees.
Wells Beach is the weekend destination from what it seemed. Saturday and Sunday were busy traffic days, but they quietened down on Monday. There is plenty of places to each and a huge variety, but we stuck to Seafood. Hey, when you are in seafood town, then you just have to get with it and enjoy the moments. Suffice to say we enjoyed calamari & Lobster Tails (best place was Testa – Bar Harbor), seafood pasta (In Wells Beach), stuffed clams (Billy’s Chowder Shack), crab cakes and Lobster bisque (Jackie Too in Ogunquit), Lobster rolls (in Portmouth) and shrimp wraps (in Portland). Food was so good, but more about that later.
Wells Beach is the home to the Bush family compound found at Walkers Point. There is also St Anne’s Church and St Anthony’s monastery. I did not see the Wedding Cake House. Day trips can be made to Vaughn Island Preserve and Goose Rocks Beach. Quick trips will get to to Ogunquit, a quaint little town.
There is more on Wells Beach, but I did not want to make each blog too long. Look out for the next blog to be completed in a few days. If you missed Salem and Manchester by the Sea take some time to stop by and check them out.
Posted on October 9, 2018
If you recall last we were in Salem, Massachusetts. We left there after a couple of hours and headed to Manchester by the Sea. Why there? Well Richard talked about going on to Rockport, MA. Apparently his Tuna Reality Series operates out of Rockport. Well I watched the movie “Manchester by the Sea” last year and decided that since we were going to pass by the town, we could at least stop and see what it was like.
Manchester by the Sea was a quaint little town with very interesting water front. Down side or maybe upside, the fog rolled in just before we arrived and so it lent to a very eerie looking pics of the town.
Vacations are always exciting. Traveling to places you have never been before is thrilling. I tend to plan and research before I travel and I have a schedule that is probably going to do us in but I am looking forward to seeing what Maine has to offer.
Look out for the next installation as we learn more about Maine.
Posted on September 30, 2018
Well the title this month seems apt to where I am going with my next few blogs. I am telling a story. On September 14, 2018, with just a single carry on bag and a camera bag each, we headed off on a whirlwind exploration of north east America. By chance we were offered the use of a cottage in Wells Beach, Maine. The discussion was quick, the answer was yes, and I began studying the surrounding areas and planning things to do and see. My friend said this vacation was going to kill us and she was not far off the mark. We did so much and saw so much. I was blown away by the beauty up north and yes we were lucky enough to see the start of the fall colors making their appearance in the area.
So on the Friday morning – bags packed and all ready to go we head off to the local airport at some crazy early hour, like 4:30 am. Our flight to Boston was via Atlanta. We had been watching Florence all week and wondering how that would impact us. Good news – no impact at all, not even a bump.
Arriving in Boston, I knew from my agenda that we were heading to Salem first, then on to Manchester by the Sea, and finally up to Wells Beach. I also knew that we did not have a lot of time in each place due to our check in time in Wells Beach.
Navigating through and out of Boston, came with a few choice words, and a good reminder never to do Amazing Race with Richard. I am a useless navigator and it is hard to follow a map when you have no clue where you are. Of course, it is even more annoying when your driver does not trust your navigation system 😦
That said we finally arrived in Salem, along with the 2000 other tourists. What I have learned over the years is that Richard has little patience with traffic and especially in places he does not know. So we whizzed down the main street of Salem, with me saying “mmm that looked interesting”. We found the main city center and after finding a parking we got out and walked around the town. There were some interesting sights to see in Salem.
First off, I love the old buildings. I love the cobblestones (although they are not that comfortable to walk on). A lot of the buildings are brown. All these towns have wonderful old churches.
Salem’s history dates back to around 1692 and the story of the the witch trials. If you want to read more about the witch trials click here.
The history behind this statue is that this is a depiction of the woman who starred as Samantha in the sitcom “Bewitched”.
This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month. Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger Beth of Beth Williams Photoblog has for you this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on her page.
Look out for the next installment of our road trip when we head to Manchester by the Sea, city of the 2017 film “Manchester by the Sea”
Posted on August 31, 2018
This month I have hardly picked up my camera but I did spend some time walking through Morikami Japanese Gardens and Museum. The walk is so pretty but in summer it is hot and humid, and the minute you sat down the mosquito’s feasted on you.
Of course, I chose to play in the shaded mosquito eating area. This month I decided to try freezing water. It was fun to experiment, and I will probably try this when I go up to Maine next month with the ocean. Hopefully I will have rocks to capture within the movement.
This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month. Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger Elizabeth Meachem Photography has for you this month, Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.
Posted on August 27, 2018
I have recently taken to photographing lizards, big and small, While out on my walk out the other day, I was mentally thinking I was a little disappointed that I had not come across any Iguana. Iguana are illegal aliens apparently to South Florida. To my mind they are incredibly beautiful lizards however, they do breed copiously and are inclined to take over. However, I was lucky enough to come across one along with a few other varieties of the lizard family.
So here are my takes for this month.
Brown Anole (I love it when they get all puffy and blow out their flap to try and intimidate you).
Northern Curly Tailed Lizard (I do love these chubby lizards. We have a few in the garden but one in particular that lives in the rainwater down pipe from the roof. You will often find it sunning itself on the driveway. Get to close and he is off to the down pipe).
Green Anole (I think) This was quite and interesting looking lizard and a first for me. I probably would have walked passed it if people had not stopped to look at it).
Northern Curly Tailed Lizard (I came across another one of these cubby little lizards. This one was not afraid of me and just kept it’s eye on my to make sure I did not get too close. The joys of a zoom lens)
Green Iguana (Last but definitely a favorite of mine. They vary in size going from small to pretty big. They are herbivores. They originate from central South America and from the Carribbean. However, they pretty much populate South Florida as well. They love warm climates and do not do well when we get extended cold weather. They have been know to freeze and fall off the branches they are perched on. We used to have one living on our back deck, but it disappeared on cold winter. They also wiggle their flap when you get to close.
Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 Minutes in Life. For the rest of the blog group, please take time to visit my friend and fellow blogger Liz Godfrey Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle of photographers to see what the other photographers, from the US and around the world, have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.