away for the weekend: a seaside walk

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

a seaside walk

We were extremely lucky, last weekend, to enjoy beautiful Spring-like weather.
It was a much welcomed break from the cold that's rolled back in.
We also enjoyed Easter dinner with my family at my mom's home.
She lives in a beautiful seaside town outside Boston.

Dinner was so wonderful (yep - we all ate too much)
so a walk along the harbor before further indulgence in ice cream cake was in order.
Out we ventured - trusty Rebel with this weeks lens (100 mm) around my neck.
Fishing boats make their home here.

As do quaint little shops. This has long been one of my favorites -
nautical knicknacks, antiques, postcards.

It's difficult not to love a town with a quaint lighthouse.
Town residents fondly tell the story of Rebecca and Abigail Bates - daughters of the lighthouse keeper during the war of 1812. One afternoon, home alone, they spotted a British warship in the harbor.
While keeping out of sight, they took up a fife and drum, fooling the British into thinking the militia was headed towards them. They became known as the "army of two".

I remember the lighthouse more for the breakwater you see to the right. If you look closely, you can see someone venturing out. This was great fun when I was in high school.

I'm finding the 100 mm focal length extremely awkward - it seems everything is either too close or too far.
I'l be glad to move on in a couple days - it's all part of learning...

I am joining Madge for Rurality Blog Hop and

Have a great day!


  1. I would love to visit there . Beautiful. B

  2. Beautiful. You are a lucky one. Ready access to country and seaside is not something many can enjoy on a regular basis.

  3. I would love to be there and just sit for hours taking it all in :)

  4. gorgeous lighthouse. i need to see it in person. ( :
    we try to see most around these purdy states.
    glad you shared this trip. fun. i love postcards.

  5. what a beautiful area. glad you had a great easter sunday.

  6. great photos! Looks like a beautiful place.

  7. Glad you had a great weekend ~ Beautiful photos for WAC ~ ^_^

  8. i love to be near the water, it's home to me!! very cool story about the bates girls (i immediately thought of the bates motel, silly me)!!

    this looks like home for you as well!!

  9. I was wondering how you liked the 100mm. I think that is the way I would feel. I like my 50mm a lot, that seems to be a great focal distance for me. Love the lighthouse, and great story about the sisters :)

  10. What a lovely place! I'm kind of crazy about lighthouses so those would be my favorite shots, but that store front sure draws me in! I like your challenge of one lens at a time. I did that a while back and enjoyed it and learned a lot, too!

  11. That looks like such a beautiful town! I love all the shots of the water, especially the first one with the fishing boat. I have never used a 100mm lens before, but I bet it would be kind of awkward. I've read that some food photographers use 85mm or 100mm lenses.

  12. Sounds like you had a lovely Easter weekend! Oh, the scenery makes me long for 'home'.(I grew up 30 miles S. of Boston) I love the story of the two sisters in the lighthouse! The lighthouse is very nice and makes for wonderful photos, even with a 100mm lens! xx

  13. I love everything about this post...the water, the lighthouse, the quaint shop! It's my kind of place for a vacation.
    Glad you had such a nice Easter Sunday.

  14. It sounds like you had a great time. I really like the tour you took of the town while getting ready for cake and ice cream.

  15. I love the shot of the line of buoys leading up to the lighthouse.

  16. What a beautiful spot to spend Easter weekend - or any weekend.

  17. What beauty and gorgeous open spaces-your photo captured it all!

    Visiting from The View From Right Here


  18. You have all of the right reasons to visit your mother. The best thing to come out of the War Of 1812 is that our two countries ended up with 200 hundred years of peace between Canada and the USA.

  19. Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment in the Rurality Blog Hop. This looks like a wonderful place! I loved the story of the lighthouse keeper's daughters and the photos are so serene.
    Being new to your blog I wondered why you restrict yourself to one lens for a week? 100mm would be a tough one for me!

    ~Lynne @ a 'new' Jersey Girl

    1. Hi Lynne - it's a self-inflicted "challenge" to help me learn the strengths and weaknesses of the different focal lengths. By limiting what I can change with my camera, I am learning not only which focal length works best for what I want to shoot, but how it affects the lines in the photo, ways to recompose a shot.... It's meant as a learning experience. I'll only be doing for 2-3 more weeks.

  20. New England seaside towns are the best! Beautiful scenery and I can almost smell the salt air.

  21. Visiting from Kim's Pic Pro-Cess class. Love your blog!

  22. Such serene images! Makes me want to be there.
    I enjoyed the story of the brave girls. That could have gone so differently. I'm sure I wouldn't have been as brave.
    I'm not as brave as you in limiting my lens choice either. :)

  23. So peaceful looking. Visiting from Kim's Pro Pro-Cess class. You have a gorgeous blog.

  24. What a charming seaside town....and a beautiful job with your lens...I think I may just take up the challenge with different size lens myself...You have shown me what fun it can be....

    Are you getting a lot out of the class? I sure am....

  25. Your mom lives in a lovely town. Glad you could all spend time together.

  26. I love your seaside adventure. My favorite place to be is near water ... so what am I doing in Colorado!! Anyway, thanks so much for sharing the sailboat, lighthouse, and quaint little shop. I can at least enjoy vicariously. Thanks for sharing in Walk and Click Wednesday!


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