away for the weekend: cape ann - "open"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

cape ann - "open"

There's a winter storm in Boston, and I'm thankful for a snow day
- one of those unexpected bonus days with no plans and no where to go
- time to leisurely sort through photos...

Last weekend - a very different scene
Greg and I took a ride along the coast of Cape Ann
I had spent the morning taking photos of "open" for a photography group I had joined
- four weeks late and trying to catch up...

Yeah - anyway
I took several shots of "open" flags outside the shops in my town (a bit obvious),
- and lots of open doors (again - obvious) - and this really wasn't working for me
until


This vast openness resonates
Gloucester Harbor - a hazy Boston skyline in the distance


Rockport Harbor


open for adventure - I used to love exploring the breakwater


and, somewhat unrelated
- Motif No. 1 - a favorite of photographers and artists


the seagull on Motif No. 1 caught my eye
 the setting sun casting a glow on the window

So - as I'm contemplating this scene - enjoying the cast of light
and deciding what my next shot should be,
a woman jumps out of a car, runs towards me with her camera
and frantically shoots off several photos -
as I take a step back - she quickly steps into my spot and takes several more photos,
runs to another spot doing the same
I stand there observing - I guess we're all trying to capture our own stories...

Tomorrow our storm will clear - back to work and reality
but I am so thankful for today

I'm joining Michelle for Thankful Thursday
and Tanya for Willy Nilly Friday Five

Thanks for dropping in!

26 comments:

  1. Oh I am so excited to see Rockport in your photos today as its on my list of "must see" places in MA! I'm compiling a list for a possible fall trip!

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  2. these are all beautiful!! i admire your dedication to these projects, better late than not at all!! i am laughing at the womans awkwardness, i would have spoken to you and been slightly less nervy!!!

    we got about 2 inches of snow today - we were suppose to get 10. those darn weather people, never get it right!!!

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  3. Nothing like the gift of a snow day. I love them. I also love the red building in the last two shots. What a gem. Thanks for linking up today and have a GREAT weekend!

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  4. Wonderful photos - brings back fond memories. Love the light captured in all of these. I might have been the lady with the camera on a few occasions...... Lol! Heard you are getting lots of snow. Join the club :) x K

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  5. your comment to me made me laugh about me being thankful for spring weather and you for bad weather haha...honestly, since today was so cold i would have loved to have snow! when the weather tricks me with warmth i am done with winter, then this happens and i just want snow lol...beautiful photos and great observation about the woman (and all of us) snapping photos! i really love the picture of the boston skyline, never seen it like that before! thanks so much for linking with me! have a super weekend :)

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  6. Love your shots...specially the ones of Motif 1....they would make great jigsaw puzzles.

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  7. Hello, beautiful captures of the water and coast. Snow days are great! Cape Ann is a beautiful place! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  8. Beautiful images! The last one is my favorite, I love the light and the bird on the chimney. I am partial to observing and contemplating a scene while taking pictures, but sometimes when I don't have the time I will run from spot to spot to just get a shot. :) Although when running from spot to spot I feel like I am taking snapshots not photographs. Stay warm!

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  9. I think the first one is my favorite because of that sky. I love the way the peach shades into blue - so beautiful. We got a foot of snow yesterday, and there's more in the forecast for Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. It was 6 degrees when I got up this morning. I guess Mother Nature decided to give us a "real" winter after all.

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  10. Love the red glow in the last shot. Happy Friday to ya

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  11. Seems that everyone wants to 'get in on the act'. Your shots are very nice. Wonder what her's look like?

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    1. I wondered that also! I tend to overthink things - which made me wonder if running from spot to spot was a better strategy...

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  12. Great choice for open. You hit it perfectly!

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  13. Perfect photo of "open". You know I love open water. That red building and that reflection in the upper window - amazing. That lady is a picture taker, stealing the life out of the scenes, you instead are a picture maker. Happy recovery from the storm.

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  14. love your "open" images. and that last shot is gorgeous. aren't people funny.

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  15. My goodness - such beautiful photo's!
    I'm here from Debbie, the purple fun lady.
    :)

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  16. Absolutely wonderful views at shoot and I simply love the sunlight helps getting pretty images on the Motif no. 1. I too like visiting breakwaters here and the waves crashing the rocks.
    Happy Weekend

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  17. Some people can be so rude, it's not like the scene was going anywhere, but apparently she was in a very big hurry. Liked Motif #1 with the seagulls and wreath.

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  18. Beautiful photos! What on earth was she thinking, jumping in your space like that? I don't get people. I go to the gym and walk on the track every day and I'm always amazed at the # of people who don't pay any attention to others. It's like driving--I have to be a defensive walker to avoid crashing!

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  19. The sea is the perfect visualization of 'open' in my mind! Just lovely pictures; what a wonderful place.

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  20. Open indeed. Perhaps, here in the Heartland it's why I like going a few miles west where Bluff country ends and the South Dakota border opens to the dry prairie land all the way to the Black Hills and the Rockies.

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  21. Oh, Karen, these are such beautiful photographs.
    Rockport is one of my very favorite places in MA.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  22. Pretty scene and I love that building. That woman sounds like me when I am in a hurry to get a few shots on my way somewhere else. Beautiful shots!

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  23. Beautiful photos! Living inland, I don't see vast bodies of water very often, but when I do they take my breath away. I used to be the lady running and clicking. In fact, if it weren't for Kim Manley Ort's classes I probably still would be that lady!

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