Those of you that know me, know that I like to take a trip every weekend and shoot photos. It has been a while since I have been able to do that. I am preparing for knee replacement surgery in July. I also hurt my back working around the house.
As a result I have been unable to do any photo walks or trips.
I went down to S Water St and the Point St. Bridge in Providence yesterday. It was a location where I could park
close enough to limit my walking as well as carrying my
equipment. Here are the images that resulted from my effort.
Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday and for the second year Operation Stand Down RI has created a stunning tribute to the nearly 7,000 Service Members killed since September 11th. Boots on the Ground is a stark reminder that our freedom has a cost. Today I took time out to photograph this spectacle. I was deeply moved while observing Veterans from WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan moving among the rows of Boots and Flags in silent respect. These same Veterans spent countless hours creating this tribute and keeping all the American Flags upright. Every American should take the time to reflect on what Memorial Day really means. Anyone in the Providence
area should visit this creation at the Temple of Music in Roger Williams Park
Saturday afternoon I took my daughter Kellie and grandson Cole down to Pt. Judith in Narraganssett. Cole wanted to try fishing and I wanted to shoot the sunset. When we arrived we were surprised by the fishing area being fenced off for some reconstruction of the area to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy. It was a short walk on the public access path to the shoreline . I am looking forward to knee replacement surgery in June so my mobility is limited. While Cole and Kellie tried fishing, I managed to take a few images to share with you.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon, my wife and I headed to Logee’s Greenhouses in Killingly, CT. There was a feeling of Spring in the air and we wanted to acquire some new plants for our indoor garden. My wife picked up a couple of new African Violets as I apparently damaged some while she was away. Strolling through the Greenhouses was wonderful with smells of orange blossoms and honeysuckle. It was just refreshing to see all the various plants starting to grow and seeing all the new flowers. I took some images to share
On a rainy Saturday afternoon, I participated in a photo walk through Maudslay State Park in Newbury, MA.
It was overcast and drizzling, but our enthusiasm was never dampened. The foliage was not yet fully turned, but the vistas were impressive. After a three hour walk I was wet, but managed to capture several images, which I would like to share.
On Saturday I travelled to Jewett City to attend the annual Sunflower Make-A-Wish event at Buttonwoods Farm. It is always crowded with long lines to get farm-fresh ice cream, hayrides, and the cow train rides. I made my way to the walking paths in the large sunflower field. A large number of photographers from all over were present to photograph the beautiful field of sunflowers. The following images are my effort to document the event.
On a warm July evening I attended a photowalk sponsored by Hunt’s Photo on the Fan Pier in Boston. We traveled along the waterfront from the Barking Crab to the Liberty Ship where the Boston Tea Party occurred. We shot images from Fan Pier from sunset through dark. The walk finished up at the Fort Point Park at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Sculpture. The images were captured during my stroll.
I currently have two images on exhibit in the Newport Public Library which were taken during our summer photo walks. The photo of the MGTD was taken near the Jane Picken’s Theater in Newport and the Wickford Harbor shot was taken in Wickford.
Additionally I have two works in the Newport Art Museum Photo Guild Exhibit at the Museum starting September 29. The image of the Nauset Light in Fog and the Misty Fjords taken in Ketchikan Alaska. I hope you can view these works in person.
On Saturday August 31 our latest grandchild Grace Eleanor Varuolo was born in Vassar Brothers Hospital in New York. She weighed seven pounds eleven ounces and was twenty-two inches long. Grace had some issues with feeding which resulted in her staying in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for an extra week. All her problems were resolved and she has been home now for three weeks. On last Saturday we took my Father-in-law Reynaud to meet his new Great Granddaughter. As you can see, the meeting was a great success.
On our second day in Anchorage my granddaughter Livvie wanted to go horseback riding. I had never been on a horse in my sixty plus years and my wife had not been riding in years. I probably caused this request when I talked about my trip to Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park and seeing the horses trail riding. Denise went on line and contacted Megan Scott at Painted Mustangs. Megan agreed to take us out in the Park the next afternoon . We arrived at the Park and were greeted by Megan and her sister leading our mounts. I was assigned to K and Megan was very patient as was K as I attempted to mount the horse. After a few attempts I managed to get into the saddle. Denise and Livvie got mounted and off we went onto the trails of Chugach. The views were spectacular and after a short period of instruction I became very comfortable with my horse. We had a great two and half hour trail ride up the mountain and then back down. It was a great experience and all of us agreed that it was one of the highlights of our trip. I can hardly wait to try riding again. Here are some of the images I captured and one that Megan took of our group. Megan can be contacted at Painted Mustangs.com.