my photographs and random thoughts

Massachusetts

a sweet walk

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yesterday, 15 january 2013, i took my usual walk at lunch and actually experienced something that i wish i could do all the time: i left myself open to SEE anything!!! i usually have something in mind, or, more usually, i get frustrated during the week because i am in the same locale with a very limited time frame to get a shot (the light being what it is at night). but on my walk, which actually had a destination–Starbucks and a shot of pastry–i saw some beautiful red berries and i was in love! so that was the shot that i used for my 365!

ah but i still did go to Starbucks and i still did shoot some of the pastry so i just had to post this photo and make myself drool!!!

have a lovely wednesday everyone!!!


the twelfth of january with my love

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yesterday (12 january 2013) carl and i had some appointments to go to (including getting all our hairs cut). whilst carl was getting his hair cut by our friend and fab stylist, joyce, i went next door to cafe gusto and purchased a very decadent ghiradelli creation they make there called a “double chocolate frappe.” except it’s more than chocolate–it is also coffee and it is not something this very chubby body should be consuming–but oh, it is sooo good!!!!! and the people there are so lovely!!! the young barrista, who i boldly stated should be a model (sometimes i do need a muzzle), was lovely to me despite the fact that i probably embarrassed her!!!

i had to bring carl a taste of this fattening drink in joyce's salon and then i had to take the required selfie. of course.

i had to bring carl a taste of this fattening drink in joyce’s salon and then i had to take the required selfie. of course.

i roamed cabot street during carl’s cut and i am always warmed by the sight of a dog and their person walking down the street and i long for the day that i can do that as well!!!!

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i looked into windows, particularly those of a great store called “casa da moda” that has been here in beverly since the 1970s and has a great assortment of home gifts, gifts for children (especially little girls who want to be ballerinas), cards and jewelry.

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when carl was fully coiffed, i asked him to stand in front of this brick wall (part of casa da moda) and let me take a shot! it reminded me so very much of a shot i took whilst we were visiting Deirdre in Chatham, New York!!!

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after some errands in downtown salem we were driving back to our house when we started to pass collin’s cove and i asked carl to stop so i could take some photos. it was a very, very gray day but the tide was on it’s way out and the gulls were on the beach and it was calling to me.

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collin’s cove is a small, neighborhood beach that has crumbling walls (great for texture) and a very old feel to it. i love it!!! when my dogs were alive i brought them here all the time. when the tide is completely out you can practically walk to the willows!!!

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my babe walks the beach!!!

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while i was taking shots here with my hasselblad i took a step backwards and went down, hard, on my ass, but thankfully me and my cameras survived the crash!!!! i must be more careful!!!

after our little adventure we went back home and snuggled with our cats. that’s all!!! oh, then i decided to play with my signature for my photos and update it a little for 2013!!! and that was fun!!!

all shots taken with my canon 60d and 50mm f1.4 lens.


an october saturday in salem

(i know the date above says 21 october, but this is ALL from 20 october AND i am writing it on 20 october)

salem is in full halloween mode. i happen to adore halloween. i love the dress up, the candy, the scary stories and i, living in a tourist town like salem, welcome the people and delight in the child-like thrill in the visitors faces! this is a time in our town that is the great divider: those that love the season and all it brings and those who want to kick out everyone who doesn’t live here. i am of the first order: the more the merrier.

i moved to salem in 1987 and more than me choosing salem, it chose me. it drew me in and i am not even a witch (that’s a joke, folks. Pagans lighten up). i loved the atmosphere, the sea, the small city feel. i loved that everything was at my finger tips. i came from my hometown of boston, which may be small, but salem is much cozier and, though i couldn’t live on the shore or by the park in boston, i could do that here! so i drink in that honky tonk tourist season with pleasure and i welcome every one with open arms!!! just be prepared to drive around for a long time to find a parking space!!!

today i went downtown to meet up with my niece and to take some photos. the photos are a mixture of the fun of salem (costumed people) and the beauty:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

all photos shot with my canon 60d using my 100mm f2.8 lens. and a good time was had by all!