Today my fiance and I headed out to Rockport, MA.
She'd visited there many years ago and wanted me to go visit as well. We got some Dunkin's on the way and made the journey to the coastal town.
I've been to some towns along the coast and each has its own feel. Luckily its not quite summer time yet, so there weren't massive crowds everywhere and we were able to walk very freely and explore at our own pace.
When we arrived we found prime parking near the water and at a very central location. We parked and started checking out the shore line and the immediate area.
We passed a lot of small shops along the way, some small restaurants and a ton of artist boutiques. We imagined how busy they probably get during the summer time and were thankful of the great day we were having.
We did end up walking on the wall of rocks even though there were winds and the sign said to "walk at your own risk".
Then we went up the street and got some good local seafood, what a treat!
All in all we had a wonderful trip and will definitely be visiting again maybe during their busier season.
Enjoy some photos!
Earlier today I headed out to Boston with a fellow photographer, Mike, of www.unitymike.com. We've know each other for a couple years now and as we both own mirrorless cameras we decided to walk around Boston with our new gear. The weather was very cold, but luckily the weather man was wrong and we got snow. We met up, got all our gear ready and hopped on the T.
I must say it was nice to walk around with someone who is just as passionate about photography as myself. We talked, mirrorless, new gear, Fuji, Canon, Nikon, and our businesses. We ate some good food, and then walked some more. And then stopped to eat, and then walked some more. And we even met up with another photographer friend of ours.
This is Mike playing with his camera. Actually I think he may have been taking a photo of me.
When we arrived in Boston we stopped to take a few photos in the station.
I'm by no means a street photographer, but I did try to take a few photos here and there trying not to be noticed, but I've decided its not really my thing. Fun to try it though, and I'll probably have to try some more in the future. When we left the station there was a fence with a lot of padlocks on it. I'm thinking it was some sort of memorial. Some had names on them and others were in pairs.
From there we made sure to have our gloves on as it got pretty windy. After a few blocks we decided to grab some breakfast. If you know me I never say no to food. So we stopped at The Pour House and enjoyed some breakfast.
The food was good, and the place had a nice vibe to it. I'd definitely go back if I'm in that part of Boston again.
After that we headed back out into the cold to walk around some more and take some more photos.
As we continued walking we reached Boylston st. We would continue on here to head towards the Commons. I saw this man cleaning up.
Its probably hard to tell from these photos, but up until this point it was very overcast. As we crossed the street to head up Boylston St. I turned around and saw this.
It was nice to see some blue out there. In the sun it definitely felt warmer even though there were still plenty of clouds out there. Walking a little further I saw this glass building reflecting the blue sky and had to try and capture it. Behind it it was still very overcast.
i found some other interesting looking buildings as well.
Walking a little further we reached the far end of the Boston Commons.
On the other side of the commons a group of bikes caught my eye.
We continued our walk and we found this neat looking alley. I could easily picture doing an urban themed photo session there.
A couple more block and we reached China Town. Here's my attempt at a street photo.
Two the right of the coffee house in the previous photo were these two phone booths. I have no idea if they were real, or not, but they were rather unique.
A block down the road we came across the entrance/exit to China Town.
So we continued walking. Here's another attempt at a street photo. To clarify this and the other photo I had taken before were taken "from the hip" and not by looking through the viewfinder.
As we continued on we came across a T stop that was under major construction. I think it was a stop on the Orange line.
This is another building that caught my eye.
As photographers we found and walked through many alleys exploring. In one of them we found this trash can and for some reason found it an interesting subject.
We then stopped at the South Street Diner to grab some food and to meet up with Chris, a photographer buddy of ours. I had a chicken and veggie quesadilla and some tea to warm up a little.
This is Chris. He's a wedding photographer based out of Revere, MA.
We left the diner and Chris and we continued the photo walk.
Our last stop took us to an italian bakery. I already forgot what I ordered, but it was quite good.
So the photo walk ended with a tasty treat. It was honestly a really fun day even though it was really cold out. At times the camera had to go back in the bag and gloves had to go back on to get warm temporarily to take more photos. A couple times it felt like we were taking the long way as well, but it was very enjoyable. I don't generally go to Boston to wander so it was nice to walk some new streets. We're planning another trip into Boston for next month and we're hoping it will be warmer then and to explore some other areas.
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- All photos were taken with the X-E2 and the 27mm lens.
Its been snowing a lot recently in Massachusetts and quite honestly has been limiting great photo opportunities. So I decided to see what kind of places would be nice to visit that were indoors.
I had heard of the Salisbury Mansion a while back, but had never visited. If you're local to Worcester its worth a visit. They offer a guided tour, at a good pace and they are very knowledgable. It was tough to keep track at first at it seems that with each generation the mansion changed a little. It was a store and home at one point, then an office building with living quarters, and then converted to a gentleman's club, and later to a full home again. And, it was originally located near where the Lincoln Plaza is today.
The last Salisbury ended up donating the majority of their wealth and belongings to the Worcester Art Museum. This museum was also founded by a Salisbury. The best pieces are split between the Mansion and the Worcester Art Museum.
Much of the Mansion has been renovated and re-arranged to help tell the story. Each room had significance and although their purpose changed over time it was put to good use. With the coming of road ways, trains and such its once ideal location in Worcester made it even less ideal. Over time Worcester, grew and grew and now is the second largest city in Massachusetts. And due to this, the Mansion is one of those easily overlooked locations. But, it holds plenty of significance to the history of Worcester and one of the most prominent families in the area.
So you walk in to a landing with stair case, a long hall a room on either side. This is where you meet the guide.
Next you are taken to the kitchen area where the tour officially begins. This is the store sign that used to hang out front of the building when it was a store.
The next room we visited was a sort of dining area for entertaining guests. There were some nice paintings there and furniture as well to see.
They had some nice pieces set up on the table as well. I always enjoy capturing these kinds of details.
The next room is a sort of library kept by Mrs. Salisbury. She would read her books there and write letters and things.
Then past this room you are back at the initial entry way. That leads to another room which was for social events. There is an adjoining room to the left that is separated by sliding doors which was often kept closed, but sometimes was opened up to entertain larger groups.
This chair is one of the prized pieces in the collection due to its custom nature. Notice the carvings of the swan. Throughout the house there were several pieces of furniture with animal carvings. These were a trademark of a furniture maker of that time.
The next room, which you can see behind the first chair photo held a few couches, a piano and a harp.
Then, its time to visit the second floor.
To the left is where the house staff would stay and straight ahead were a few of the bedrooms. Also, it was where the gentleman's club had their lounge which at some point had a bowling alley. This whole part of the house had been redone multiple times so each room had multiple uses at one point.
After visiting the master bedroom it was very obvious that this house had held a variety of families, served tons of purposes and had been redone, many times. Over time it had about 4 different exits, converted rooms to be made larger and more.
This is a kind of family room which was sometimes used for entertaining guests as well.
This is a view from the small staircase going down to one of the original entrances.
Then we headed back downstairs the same way we came. The guide was great and let me ask questions along the way. On the way down that initial corridor I saw these jars and got this photo.
It was really nice to be able to walk around the Mansion with the guide where I could go my pace, take some photos and ask questions. Being mid week there was no one else there which really helped. At some point I'll have to make sure to visit the Worcester Historical Museum as well which is affiliated with The Salisbury Mansion. And, another trip I'll have to head to the Worcester Art Museum to find some of the other original pieces from the Mansion.
Make sure to visit the Mansion if you're in the Worcester. These are only a few samples of everything I saw there. Lots more to see. Also, I hear they host small events from time to time as well as dressing it up for major holidays.
Hope you enjoyed my quick walk-through.
All photos were taken with the X-E2 and the 27mm lens.
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