Today I travelled to Foxboro MA at Patriot Place. The usual Memorial Day displays have been cancelled due to the Pandemic I generally travel to Boston to photograph the Commons and to Newport RI to Boot on the Ground. Volunteers planted 2,552 flags, honoring all of the men and women from Foxboro that have lost their lives defending the country since the Revolutionary War. It was a great tribute and well worth the trip. Happy Memorial Day.
A day in the life of a gentlemen farmer and his wife.
On Thursday I went to shoot sunrise at my friends Brian and Connie Rose. They have created a great farm in just a few years. The Rose Farm has chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and guinea hens. Each has a name. They also rescued a horse River and her companion Jenny. Then there are Tango and Cash the tow burros. The group is rounded out by goats and sheep as well as a couple of dogs and cats.
When I arrived just before six am. Brian was up and had made me tea to get me started. It was an unexpected treat, but that is the way Brian works.
I made my way around the Farm shooting the moon disappearing behind the trees along the Moosup River.
The animals were all quietly waiting for the appearance of the gentleman farmer who would begin the task of feeding
and watering them.
As Brian made his appearance the yard came alive, with the horse and burros baying and the chickens crowing. As he made his way around the coops and enclosures Brian called all the animals by name and they responded.
Connie came out to help and went to visit River and Jenny to give them their morning treats. It was still dark and cold
even though the sun had begun to show on the horizon.
Finally the sun broke through and the official day had begun. Another day in the life of the Rose Farm.
My schedule was a little mixed up this week I ended up with Wednesday and Thursday off. So what to do? I decided that I would go to the Jenne Farm in Reading Vermont. I had not been there in a couple of years and the last time it was snowing. I got up at 3.00 am to get up to the Farm by 6:30 to try to catch the sun rising. When I arrived the sky was starting to lighten but the colors were still subdued. I set up with my three favorite camera and set out to shoot. There were no other photographers around so I could move around at will. I began to photograph the iconic Farm and the areas around it. The leaves were partially stripped from the trees due to the storm this week, but still a lot of color.I kept going until around 8. For the first time there were signs posted to keep people off the grassy area where most of us shot from. It is a shame that people cannot respect the property of others especially a working farm.The images that follow are a few that I captured. I hope that you enjoy.
Friday was a hectic day for me with several chores that had to be done. I was on a four day mini-vacation from work and trying to catch up. In the late afternoon after checking the forecast I decided to head down to Beavertail Light to shoot sunset and then the night skies.
The sky was slightly misty with a wispy look to the clouds
as I proceeded to capture some sunset images. Then I moved to the other side of the lighthouse to wait for the magic of Blue Hour.
Slowly the clouds began to clear and the stars appear. I began to work the camera trying different setting and compositions. I wanted to include the lighthouse but tried to minimize the impact of the beacon on the images.
Several vehicles were also driving through the perimeter road which raised havoc with my long exposure attempts.
As usual I don’t like to quit once I get started. The night was cool and there was a great breeze off the water which kept the bugs at bay. Here are some of the images that resulted.
Saturday night I returned to the Providence Riverwalk Bridge to photograph sunset. The new pedestrian bridge was loaded with people having a great time. Families and dog walkers, couples out for a walk, and photographers looking to shoot the sunset. Two Providence Police Officers were located at the entrance to the walkway to keep the scooters and bicyclists from riding into the crowds. There was a small musical group playing on the patio and everyone was having a great time.
The attraction was bringing more people into downtown Providence to eat at the restaurants and shop at the mall.
Several people were asking about the restaurants and pubs in the area. Visitors from out of town are great for the economy of the City.
This addition can only add to the appeal of Waterfire and
other cultural events. This will bring in more visitors and money into the State.
The following images were captured showing the crowds and the beauty of the Bridge. I will definitely return as the rest of the area is opened up.