Maine Vacation: Wells Beach: Part 1

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Maine Vacation: Manchester by the Sea

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.

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Driving in was the view of the harbor and as you can see there were many boats moored in the harbor.

 

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Heading into town we passed the beautiful St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church

 

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We stopped alongside the waterfront and quickly snapped a few images

 

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This almost looks like one of those old selective color photo’s however this is full color photo of  bay harbor.

 

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What amazed me is how many Ice Cream shops I saw up north and had to wonder how they survive when the snow comes in.

 

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Some of the little amounts of color that we got to see that day.

 

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I loved this house sitting up on the hill with the fog whispering around the property.

 

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I got to see the beginnings of fall and was reminded of a large oak tree that we had in one of our South African properties that forced me to grab a rake each weekend and go out in the cold weather to rake up these leaves.  \

 

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Another beautiful house surrounded by a foggy environment.

 

 

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We headed down to the harbor mouth and stopped to grab a few images and chat to a local lady about the area.  I explained that we had watched the movie and decided to see where it had been made.  She smiled and said the movie was very depressing, however the folk of Manchester on the Sea are much happier.

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I love the eeriness that fog creates.  You will get to see a lot more of the fog in the coming days.

 

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A little more color in the harbor with the First Parish Congregational Church in the background

 

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A wider angle of the harbor.  Manchester by the Sea was definitely a beautiful harbor town.

 

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After negotiating the map (which I am reminded that I am not very good at doing) we made our way down to the foggy beach.

 

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What fascinated me was that there were people sitting on the beach in the fog.  I know I probably would have packed up and left.

 

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Richard was exploring in one area while I was exploring in another.

 

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We’re on the road again, heading up to our destination Wells Beach, Maine where we will be based for the next 7 days.

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.

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Share Six: October 2018: Shooting Through

The theme this month was {Shooting Through} and it was chosen by Lynne Grant Photography.  Last Christmas my son had brought me a triangular prism and it has sat for a while.  So the prism went on vacation to the Keys with us recently.  What I will say is that I did try.  Not very successfully.  I really wanted all the rainbows but I was just glad to get something after all.    Here is my first attempt at using a prism.  I know it requires more work 🙂

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Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six blog post.  This is a circle blog.  From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle.  Please take time to visit my friend and very talented artist Ceri Herd Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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Tell Me a Story: September 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.

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Bewitched Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery

The history behind this statue is that this is a depiction of the woman who starred as Samantha in the sitcom “Bewitched”.

 

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Nooks and cranny’s where you could stop to rest your weary feet and have a drink.

 

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Lady of Salem – there were a number of artist inspired ladies posted around the area.

 

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Lots of color around nightmare Gallery

 

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And talking nightmare gallery – this CVS is not on my list of places to visit.

 

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You will find a lot of pics of Richard walking ahead of me – I get easily distracted.  Love the cobble stone and the red brick pavers.

 

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I loved looking up at the amazing edgings along this building.

 

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I am not quiet sure what this is but it looks scary enough to be in Salem.

 

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Like all these historical cities you have many actors sharing their thoughts on city life.

 

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We walked around looking for a restaurant but never found one.  Finally found one at 7 pm that evening – first meal of the day and it wasn’t in Salem.

 

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I spotted this guy playing music from the top of the road and just zoomed in on him.  Only realized later that he was outside the Salem Museum.

 

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As I mentioned earlier I love old buildings and if you follow this series of blogs you will find a number of old churches that we came across.

 

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Tabernacle Congregational Church in Salem.

 

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We are on the road, leaving Salem and heading towards Manchester on the Sea.  Notice something different, yup we are heading into fog.

 

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”

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Share Six: August 2018: Gold

This month we switched out our theme – or rather postponed it.  The reason we did this is that this month highlights the Childhood Cancer.  “September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, so for all of September we’ve decided to team up and join forces with @thegoldhopeproject to help spread awareness!!

If you or your family have been affected by cancer then you know how hard it is to walk that journey.  I could not imagine having my child suffer from cancer.  It was hard enough watching my boy go through surgery after surgery for 9 years for a bone disorder, but at least I knew that, unless something went horribly wrong in surgery, he would be going home with me.  Yes, we had long recuperation periods but that boy is now 29 years old and I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to walk that journey with him.

For those of you that don’t know, The Gold Hope Project is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of photographers who aim to provide free portrait sessions to families battling pediatric cancer. As photographers, we understand how truly important it is to document our children’s lives, and what better gift to give to parents going through such a tremendously difficult time!

In addition to pairing young warriors with photographers, @TheGoldHopeProject also works to raise funds for pediatric cancer research! If you want to participate with us this month, here are just a few things you can consider:

1. Tag your gold photos with the #TeamUp4GoldKids (for features) and #theGoldHopeProject (to spread awareness). You will have a chance to be featured on one of the MANY participating hubs for the month of September!
2. Go to goldhopeproject.com and see how you can apply to be a registered photographer!
3. Donate! It DOES make a difference!

This month was perfect for me.  We had just spent a weekend down in the Keys.  On the first night we headed off to my favorite spot to capture the sunset.  We did did some walking around and then Richard wandered off and I sat down on a tree stump to wait for the setting sun.  I had an interesting companion that evening – a homeless man joined me and chatted with me for over an hour.  I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him.  I was too scared to ask him if I could take his photograph but next time I am down there, if he is there I will.  So here are my {Gold} images for this month.

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This last picture is a victory picture for this man.  You see, 18 months after we were married, he developed a melanoma.   It was a scary time for us.  He had to have a second surgery to remove additional areas as the cancer was sitting on the edges of the the flesh that they had cut out.  After they were happy that they had got everything out, he had to have a skin graft.  18 months later, they picked up cancer in his lymph nodes under his left arm.  More surgery to remove all the lymph nodes.  You have to know that by then I was in panic mode.  He is going to die!  Radiation came next and the waiting seemed endless.  30 years later his is still alive.  I am grateful that we were given this time together.  We do not know what tomorrow will bring but I am thankful that we have had an incredible journey together.

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Here are a few Childhood Cancer Facts

– Cancer is the #1 disease killer of kids in the US.

-Childhood Cancer is more than a dozen types of cancers combined including tumors, leukemia and lymphomas.

-The causes of most childhood cancer is unknown. Childhood cancer can not be prevented.

– Many childhood cancer treatments are the same that existed in the 1970s.

– 1 out of 8 children with cancer will not survive.

– Childhood cancer research receives 4% of the annual budget from the National Cancer Institute. That equals 195 million for all 12 types of childhood cancer. Adult cancers receive the renewing 96% of the budget.

– 9 children are diagnosed with a brain tumor everyday.

– 43 children are diagnosed with cancer each day.

So come and share your {Gold} images with us on our  our Facebook page and our Instagram Page  by tagging #sharesix_gold.

Help to be a part of highlighting Childhood Cancer Awareness and remember you can:

1. Tag your gold photos with the #TeamUp4GoldKids (for features) and #theGoldHopeProject (to spread awareness). You will have a chance to be featured on one of the MANY participating hubs for the month of September!
2. Go to goldhopeproject.com and see how you can apply to be a registered photographer!
3. Donate! It DOES make a difference!

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six blog post.  This is a circle blog.  From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle.  Please take time to visit my friend and very talented artist Ceri Herd Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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Tell me a Story: August 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.

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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.

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30 Minutes in the Life: August 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).

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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).

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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).

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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)

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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.

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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.

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