Monthly Archives: August 2020

Road Trippin’ – Lakes Region

I recall the town where I grew up having a small local post office like this. It’s good to see they still exist.
I’m surprised I haven’t seen more cows in my travels. I’ve seen a few but this group was the most photogenic.
Cool sign; the top looks more vintage than the bottom.
Someone understands global warning and wants to get the word out.
Nothing says country like mailboxes on a dirt road.
This majestic church looks out over Meredith Bay which I will show you tomorrow.

Nobska Light

This lighthouse stands high on a bluff in Falmouth, MA. The past couple of weeks I’ve been spending some time on Cape Cod to help my parents with some things. It has slowed down my trips to make images of covered bridges quite a bit but the good news is that I can share views like this.

Saco River Bridge – Conway, NH

This was made from a sandy beach downstream from the bridge.

This bridge has had quite the life.  In 1850, Jacob Berry and Peter Paddleford built the first covered bridge on this site to replace a crudely framed log bridge that had collapsed.  The original cost was $4,000.

That bridge stood for nineteen years until flooding rains lifted the Swift River Covered Bridge off its foundation and sent it crashing into the bridge located here, destroying it.

The bridge gets a lot of traffic. A sidewalk on either side keeps pedestrians safe.

The Saco River Covered Bridge was rebuilt by Allen and Warren of Conway but was destroyed again by a tannery fire in 1890. The current bridge was built by Charles Broughton and his son Frank.

Just upstream of the bridge is the confluence of the Swift and Saco Rivers. 

This bridge gives a spider a home and probably dinner.

Road Trippin’ – Quissett Harbor

My neice and I were walking along the beach on the far side of the harbor and saw these five sail boats all lined up like this.

I’ve been spending some time at my parents house to help them with a few things. They live on a cove on Cape Cod. That’s about two and a half hours from home and for me this counts as a road trip. Last year, I discovered this little harbor full of wooden boats and sailing craft. I like it because it’s different from other harbors. My niece and I went there early one morning. While the day was a bit cloudy, we still made some nice photos.

Some buoys hanging outside the harbormaster’s shack.
This was one of several cairns we found across the harbor.
A large collection of dinghy’s ready for service.
The Quissett Harbor Boatyard. The cradle rides on these tracks to bring boats out of the water for repair work.
This is 180 degrees from the image above. I like how the tracks the tracks slowly go down into the water.

Coastal Sunrise – A Lensball Adventure

The past few days, I’ve been at the coast helping my parents with a few things. My niece was also there and we got up early one morning to cycle down to the beach to make some pictures. We had a lensball with us and tried making a few shots with it. My best shot is the one above. The image below was taken just a few minutes before without the lensball.

Disclaimer: This is not an ad for Lensball. To be honest, I have a glass sphere but it is not a brand name Lensball. Calling it that is just sounds better that “glass sphere” or “crystal ball” in my opinion.

Tractors

I passed a field filled with tractors in Tamworth, NH. and stopped just to make a few photos. These antique tractors harken back to a simpler time.

The way in which the front ends differ is interesting. Obviously, the one with the bucket on the front is different but if you notice the John Deere tractors’ front wheels are set close together while the Farmall’s are fairly wide apart. There are a couple of tractors here that I can’t tell the make from this image.

I’ve found getting a decent image of a spider web to be challenging. The light and background make a big difference. I found this web on one of the tractors.

Swift River Bridge – Conway, NH

While not open for vehicular traffic since 1974, it is a great place for a picnic.

The Swift River Bridge, built in 1870, replaced an earlier bridge that had a most interesting demise.   The first bridge was built by John Douglass in 1850.  In 1869, heavy rain caused the river to rise lifting the bridge off of its foundation.  The current turned the bridge and sent it downstream.

Unfortunately, the Saco River Bridge is only a short distance downstream from this bridge.  The Swift River Bridge careened downstream crashing into the Saco River Bridge, knocking it off its abutment.  Both bridges broke up in the current and came to rest two miles downstream.

People in New Hampshire are a frugal bunch.  They salvaged the broken-up pieces of wood and used them in re building this bridge.  The new bridge was built by Jacob Berry and his son Jacob.  Standing on the riverbank directly below this bridge, one can see the Swift River Bridge to one side and the Saco River Bridge on the other. 

Pop’s Clam Shell

Places like this are a guilty pleasure of mine in the summer. I try to eat healthy 95% of the time but every once in a while, I love to go to a place like this. I know fried food is not healthy but it tastes so good. Fried seafood or a good burger with onion rings are my favorites.

What’s your favorite summertime food? Is it healthy or a guilty pleasure?