This past week I headed back home to visit my dad. He lives in the DC area and although he often comes to visit me up north I felt I was long overdue to visit him. My gf Jenny and I headed down there, her first trip there in a very long time. We got lucky with the weather the first couple days, but the next were pretty cold. Nonetheless, we powered on and explored quite a bit.
By the end of the trip we both agreed to visit again soon as there were tons of sights still to see. I also saw this as an opportunity to take some photos. I didn't take a ton, but a few here and there. It definitely re-energized me from the winter blues and makes me want to explore locally with my camera.
As I write this we have about 8 inches of snow on the ground and probably another 6-8 on the way. But, that's New England for you. One day it's 55 and sunny and the next you have to dust off your snow shovel. No matter, always happy to post some photos on here. I know I've been a tad distracted this winter and haven't posted much. I started another blog and a youtube channel on some of my interests and that's also kept me quite busy in the non-wedding season.
I'll be posting on here more regularly as the weather improves and can't wait for all the photo sessions and weddings I have lined up for this year.
But, I'm getting off topic. I'd like to share some photos from my trip and possibly a couple from a previous trip that I never posted.
These next ones are from my recent trip to DC.
Recognize any of these places?
All photos taken with a Fuji Xt1 and 23mm 1.4
If you live near Worcester or are planning to visit the area this is a place you need to visit. The Crompton Collective is a place where many local makers collaborate to showcase and sell their work. But, there is a waiting list and an approval process to be able to showcase your work. This means that you'll always have quality items to see and purchase, but you'll also be guaranteed a good variety of items. I've been there are a few times and its remarkable how many new things I see every time I go there. The Crompton Collective is located at 138 Green St in a classic mill building and is very easy to get to from the highway.
The Crompton Collective is great for:
Seeing local talent and a lot of unique pieces
Great place to showcase your work
Great for photographers looking for props and local items
Adding to your existing collection
Finding hard to find items
The Crompton Collective is not your average antique shop or collectors shop. You really have to go check it out for yourself to see that there is something in there for everyone.
As a photographer I could spend hours taking photos there. There is so much to see and at every turn you see something new.
To many Crompton Collective has quickly become a local landmark. Its easy to get to, looks amazing, has top notch items for sale and Amy, the owner, is super friendly and very passionate about what she does.
The second reason for my visit was to check out the White Room. As of 2015 the Crompton Collective will be hosting weddings in their White Room and I have the privilege to be one of the first photographers to cover a wedding there. I'll admit that I'm beyond a little excited about that. Amy was kind enough to show me around and also let me snap a few photos here and there.
Disclaimer: These are only a few quick photos I took today. You really have to visit to get the whole experience.
I can't wait to go back!!
I woke up this morning knowing I wanted to head out somewhere, but as soon as I saw that it was raining I knew my options were limited. Then, I remembered that I hadn't made a trip to Tower Hill in quite a while. I looked up their website: Tower Hill Botanic Garden website and noticed they had some fun activities going on this weekend.
They were having things like apple tasting, a couple exhibits, a vegetable garden tour as well as a vendor fair. So, I grab my camera and made my way over there. I also wanted to make sure I got at least one photo of the fall colors. For those of you in much warmer climates it truly is very impressive when all the leafs start to change.
By the way, don't be thrown off by the title. Tower Hill is a fantastic place to visit year round! There is always a lot to see and do there.
Of course I came for the apple tasting. I love fruit!
I then walked around to see what the local vendors were showing. I picked up some honey sticks which I chewed on as I explored some more.
And here's the tree I promised.
All photos taken with the Fuji X-T1 and 60mm 2.4 macro, 35mm 1.4
I ended up with some free time earlier today so I decided to venture out someplace I'd never been to before. I looked on some travel websites as well as local tourism sites and found a neat place in Framingham. I actually used to work about 10 minutes from Eastleigh Farm. It's located between Rt 20 and Rt 9 in Framingham.
Everyone was really nice and it had a family owned business vibe. They even let me visit with the cows during their feeding time. They produce raw milk, cheeses, locally produced ice cream (which I tried and it was so good!), yogurt, chocolate milk and many other seasonal items.
It is definitely worth a visit!
As I was about to enter I looked up and saw...
When you enter you will see this on the right.
And you will see this on the left.
And you enter to the common area, shop and ice cream area. I showed up just before lunch time, but that didn't stop me from ordering some ice cream.
Next I went to visit the cows who were busy eating.
It so happened that this was also when they'd be milking the cows. So they went around and wiped down the cow's udders before attaching the milking machine to them.
These are such pretty animals and quite honestly I don't think I've ever been this close to a cow before. Most of them were busy eating, but they'd look at me from time to time.
I didn't want to bother them too much while they were eating and giving milk so I thanked the employees for letting me watch and I headed back outside. This near the outside of that building. As you can see there were basically clear blue skies all day.
This is the building across the lot.
And I headed back in one more time to enjoy some ice cream. Peach in sugar cone. So good!!
I highly recommend you stop and visit Eastleigh Farm. Come for the ice cream, stay for the experience.