Morris County

Two friends or ours took us on a lovely trip through Morris County, New Jersey, yesterday. First we stopped at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, next was lunch at the Publick House in Chester, then after lunch we stopped at Stony Hill farmer’s market. We took a scenic route home to NYC through Morristown NHP.

Dawn near Sienna

In 1986 my mother took the family on a vacation to Sienna, Italy. We stayed at a beautiful old rustic farmhouse outside of Sienna. The first morning there I woke up at dawn and went for a walk. The soft air and light sparkled. I knew I was someplace special. I left the road and explored down a path. I saw through the cypress trees and magnolias a ruin with a fresco. I was overwhelmed—tears sprang to my eyes. It was so beautiful; words can’t describe how I felt.

A ruin near Sienna, Italy 5/7/1986
A ruin near Sienna, Italy 5/7/1986
Near Sienna, Italy July 1986
Near Sienna, Italy July 1986

I have only a few pictures that I took with a point and shoot film camera.

Swallowtail Light Door

The Swallowtail Lighthouse on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada photographed in 2012. One viewer asked why is it called Swallowtail. I looked at a map and saw that of Grand Manan; the shape of North Head and Swallowtail point, that the lighthouse is on, resembles the point of a Swallowtail butterflies wing.

For Norm’s Thursday Doors 8/25/2016.

Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light Door, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light
Swallowtail Light on Grand Manan Island 9/4/2012
Swallowtail Light
Grand Manan Island by the Swallowtail Light 9/4/2012

About the lighthouse:

More inormation:

A great site for geology and maps of Grand Manan

Portsmouth NH

I like to stop at scenic places for lunch, so on the ride back from Maine we stopped at Portsmouth, New Hampshire to eat at a charming little lobster shack, Gino’s Chowder and Sandwich Shop, by the Piscataqua River. After lunch we stopped to look at the Wentworth Lear historic houses.

Friends near Solon

I have known my friend since the ‘60s. We were neighbors on Attorney Street in the Lower East Side, New York City. My friend is an artist and she always had a place up in Maine. In 1968 I stayed with her for a month or so while we were both pregnant. We went to visit her and her mate in 2012. They live in the countryside near Solon, Maine, and they each have studios. Their entire place is full of wonderful art and curiosities. We all drove to Skowhegan for lunch at a Thai place. After lunch we went to visit an artist friend of theirs. I wish I could see them more often.

Hallowell Maine

To add to the vacation at Grand Manan and to break up the long drive back to New York City I booked a night at the Maple Hill Farm Inn in Hallowell, Maine. Hallowell is a charming little old town on the banks of the Kennebec River. The Inn was gorgeous and the hospitality tops. I wish I could have stayed longer. At dawn we walked to Jimmie Pond nearby and I was able to photograph the early morning mist on the lake. A tearful rainy goodbye is the last shot.

Grand Manan

In September, 2012 we took a birding tour with Bob Duchesne to Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada. We stayed at the Marathon Inn. It was one of the best vacations of my life.

We started from Bangor, Maine, then next day met up with the small group and took a ferry from Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick, Canada to Grand Manan. A short trip to the marshes then back to the charming hotel.

My list of birds seen out of the expected species: Sherry’s Manan count

The trip included seeing parts of the Island, such as Dark Harbor where they farm kelp and fish.

One of the days was a pelagic trip to see birds and whales.