The images gathered here were taken in Massachusetts at the end of June. When we returned to the farm, after a brief time away, there was much that needed attention. Evidences of the distant passage of Hurricane Arthur were about; the wind and heavy rains had brought down several large limbs and there was vegetable flotsam on nearly every horizontal surface. Once all of that had been cleared away, other things, such as the hay harvest and our crop of spring lambs, called for attention. Although I did manage to post a few images taken during our trip, a number of others got lost in the shuffle of a busy summer. Having to play catchup on such a grand scale was, in retrospect, a small price to pay for having been able to enjoy a few days breathing in the salt air and warm breezes of our summer-home-away-from-home. Cataumet is a special place and followers may recall that I have posted images from there before. Enjoy this contribution to a growing collection.

20 thoughts on “Smörgåsbord

  1. From the title I concluded that this post described a trip to Scandinavia 🙂 … and oddly enough, the images here and in the linked post do actually remind of vacations I spent in summers in Northern Europe 🙂 So either this place is really similar to Nothern Germany, Denmark or Sweden – or you focus on the same details that were important for me, too!

  2. Lovely photos! I really want to sit in that rocking chair; the picture just emanates warmth and comfort.

    • Hi there Anonymous … thanks for the words of appreciated. There’s always something about the early morning light on Cape Cod that seems to set everything it illuminates aglow with warmth. Another in the series to which the chair image was a part showed a water glass on a nightstand. It too was glowing … but I liked the chair a bit more for, as you observed, it seemed to beckon. Glad you liked the collection. D

  3. Hello! I’m an aspiring photographer and I came by your blog and I have to say … it’s brilliant! Your photo’s are amazing. I’ve browsed a bit but I haven’t found which camera or lens(es) you’re using. Could you please tell me which camera you use? Or which ones if you’re using multiple?

    Greetings from Belgium!

    • Hey there Yannick … thanks very much for dropping in and for your very kind words. The camera used for most of these images is the Nikon D600, which I like very much. It is a full-framed (FX) DSLR and not nearly as expensive as Nikon’s higher-end units. As far as lenses go, I use four (all FX format, all Nikon) to varying degrees. My favorite is the 14-24mm/f2.8. My second favorite is the 105mm/f2.8 macro. For medium range I use the 24-70mm/f2.8 mm, and my long lens is the 70-200mm/f2.8. Together, the 14-24, the 24-70, and the 70-200 comprise a graded series that folks call the Holy Trinity! The other critical piece of equipment that I couldn’t do without is my tripod, I use a Gitzo Series 1 (#1531) with a Really Right Stuff (BH-40) Ball Head. I use Adobe Lightroom for all of my processing. Are you a WordPress blogger? If so, please pass along you URL. Thanks again for dropping in. If you’ve ever got any questions, just send them my way. Dave

  4. It’s always nice to get away for a while and especially when it is somewhere you are happy. Generally, I am not a fan of colorized black and white, but your shot of the sandals is quite enjoyable, David.
    We should get together on one of your trips through New England.

    • My extended family are all still living in the Boston area and we travel that way several times each year. Because our final destination is oftentimes the Cape, we take 84 into Connecticut and then pick up 95 through RI. If we are on our way to Boston, we’ll pick up the Pike east of Springfield. However, if you are serious about an invitation, our route could be easily altered. We’ll keep it in mind … and, thanks very much. As I think I have mentioned previously, your part of the world is one we seriously considered relocating to. We both enjoy Massachusetts and your area is rural enough and still within striking distance of Boston (which we all know is the center of the known Universe). D

  5. These speak to me very much. Here I am, sitting here in the teaching and learning commons. It’s 5:40 and I’ve been here since 9 (and will be until 7). It’s quiet as the last of the students have just gone for their last class. Now I find myself longing for a few more hours by the ocean.

    • You’re lucky … for all you’ve got to do is to determine to take yourself down to the shore this weekend … no excuses! And who knows, if its a warm seashore that you’d like to walk along, perhaps that too will be possible. We’ve been really hot and humid here lately. A friend of Joanna’s just reported that our recent Labor Day holiday was significantly warmer than our July Fourth. I would say our weather is beastly. The building I’m lecturing in this semester is older and not climate controlled, or at least it’s not air conditioned. I leave each class saturated in sweat (I mean the sort that drips from my forehead) – how embarrassing – but there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it. I’m looking forward to winter (I think). D

  6. You have captured the essence of the place well! Some of the panoramas look like you could just walk right into them and take a dip in the ocean. The jingle and scallop shells are my favorites. So simple and pure. Love the golden glow of the cane rocker in the sun. Perhaps there should have been a portrait of a certain little girl included in this smorgasbord!

    • I would have, but I’m always very sensitive to publishing photos of people. I know that there are folks whose specialty it is to photograph people, but not me. And I worry especially about posting photos of individuals without their permission. Anyway, a photo of you-know-who would certainly have been a good addition.

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