Monday, August 31, 2009

Trinity Church, New York City

Yesterday's photo was......candy-covered chocolate.

I have a habit of not finishing editing my vacation photos. I still have a whole bunch from New York City in April. Here are some of the interior of Trinity Church. It was so beautiful, and my photos don't come close to doing it justice. (My exterior photos are even worse.)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Night Macro

Can you guess what these are?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Look Out, World!

Cam passed his test and is a licensed driver as of today.

Another photo just because:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans:
Same shot, with texture:

Today was Cam's first day of 11th grade. His bus was scheduled to come at 6:51, and I set my alarm for 6:30 and toddled downstairs to find he had already left. This is the first year my kids have to go down to the main road to catch the bus instead of being picked up at the driveway, so I hopped in my car in my PJs and went down and snapped his photo through the car window while he waited for the bus. All I got was a bad photo with weird shadows all over his face so I'm not even going to post it, but at least I got my shot. It might also be his last bus day, because he's taking his road test for his driver's license tomorrow! Eeek! I don't think there's enough Xanax in the world to get me through this.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

After our five days in Canada, we headed across the bridge to Lubec, Maine and then back home. In Lubec we stopped to see West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, my favorite lighthouse of the trip and one I've wanted to visit for a long time. And I finally got some beautiful blue skies that day!

I was standing as far back against a fence as I could go on this side and couldn't fit the very top of the lighthouse in my frame with my 24-70mm lens at 24mm. I shouldn't have been too lazy to go back to the car for my fisheye; I bet that would have been cool.

I think this concludes my vacation photos. It took more days to post my photos than the whole trip took.
Today was Delaney's first day of 8th grade. I need to go back and recrop this since I chopped off her hands:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Scenes from a beach, Campobello Island

These were shot at Roosevelt Campobello International Park:

This rock reminds me of a map of Massachusetts:

Delaney on the beach. In the background you can see the bridge between Campobello Island and Lubec, Maine. It's just a short drive between Campobello and the U.S., but from the Canadian mainland you have to take two ferries to get to Campobello, which is part of Canada.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Roosevelt Cottage at Campobello

FDR's summer cottage on Campobello Island--his 34-room "cottage"--now part of Roosevelt Campobello International Park:
I love museum homes with their roped-off rooms and everything perfectly in its place:

The Roosevelt children's actual dominoes placed just so on the playroom floor to make them look casually abandoned:
Franklin Jr's room:
The pantry:
Another former summer home in the park, next door to the Roosevelt Cottage. We didn't get to go in because there was some type of conference being held that day.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

East Quoddy Lighthouse

This is the East Quoddy Lighthouse, also known as Harbour Head Light, at the northern tip of Campobello Island. One website I looked at said it's the most photographed lighthouse in the world, but I'm pretty sure I've seen that claim about other lighthouses too. I wish I'd had better skies to photograph it against.
That's my husband and daughter in the foreground in this photo:

A little closer view:

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Campobello and Passamaquoddy Bay

A few more from out on Passamaquoddy Bay while we were visiting Campobello Island.

In a book I read recently one of the characters calls gulls "nothing but rats with wings." (The book is Lottery by Patricia Wood, and I give it two thumbs up, by the way.) Yeah, they're gross when they're trash picking at the dump or stealing french fries out of your kid's hand on the beach, but I kinda like them out on the water.

Yay, another seal!
Ooh, scuba divers! I think they were harvesting rock weed. Or maybe salmon or sardines from the aquaculture cages we saw out on the bay. Or something. What the heck do I know; maybe they were recovering a body.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Scenes from a whale watch

Here are a few more shots from out on the boat during our whale watch.

To every season tern, tern, tern. When I get a song stuck in my head, I like to share. Sorry about the pun, but it was a song by The Byrds, after all.
Another whale-watching boat. It's a pretty sailboat, but look how crowded it looks. Our group was smaller, just 10 passengers and two crew, and I really liked that. The next morning when we went out fishing with them it was just the four of us and the two crew. I definitely recommend Captain Riddle's if you ever find yourself on Campobello:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Whale Watch and Eagles

On our whale watch off Campobello Island we saw a couple of bald eagles. Or maybe it was the same eagle in two different places. it is.
I shot these with my 70-300mm lens at 300mm from a moving boat and then cropped in, so they're not very good, but I wanted to show them anyway because I was excited to see an eagle and get the shots at all.

I was also excited to see an eagle and seals at the same time:
And we successfully saw whales on our whale watch. They weren't breeching or flapping their tales around or anything, so the photos aren't that exciting, but it was a thrill for me just to see them.
This one is from the next morning, when we went back out on the boat to fish. The weather was finally clear and sunny.
Boats in the harbor where we went out:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I hope you like seals.

I couldn't decide which photo to post, so I posted them all.
The first thing we did when we got to Campobello Island was go on a whale watch. We did see whales, porpoises, bald eagles (photos coming in the next day or two), and seals. I love seals. I'd love to have one living in my swimming pool, except for the whole poop thing.