Today I headed out again with my friend Mike. We decided to do a little hiking and visit Mt. Wachusett. Although I've been there before briefly it was more a passing by trip so this was my first time walking the trails. Mike insisted the trails were great to run on and I was more worried about my footing. Of course I also wanted to enjoy the paths and scenery. We passed several wood peckers, tons of mosquitos and some people with their dogs on our way up the mountain. For me the summit was the most interesting part. Although, the paths lead us up, down and through the woods.
This is the entrance/exit area.
This the visitor center. You can already see the interesting clouds formations building up.
Much of the path looked like this with a few areas steeper and others with more rocks.
I just liked the patch of color amongst the rocks.
At the top of the mountain there were some towers and even air traffic control type towers as well. This small pond was neat and was filled with Koi fish.
This building reminds me of an observatory.
This is the building on the opposite side of the pond. I made it black and white to make it a tad more dramatic.
Walking over to the summit you get to appreciate this kind of view. You can see the tops of the tree line and then rolling hills in the distance. Mike said Boston is in that direction, but I don't know anyone who can see that far.
I really liked the sky so I took this one in portrait mode to get some more in the frame.
This one is standing a little further back. You can see two sitting areas where you can sit, relax and enjoy the view.
This family arrived shortly after and thought this might make for an interesting photo.
To the left of that peaceful scene there was a small crew working on this antenna. This worker was easily 100 ft up. Smile for the camera!
If you walk around that antenna you'll arrive at this ski lift. I don't ski, but Mike was telling me about his times going down this mountain and dislocating his shoulder in the process.
At this point we were both pretty hungry so we took the shorter trail down to entrance. I plan on coming back and spending more time walking the trails slowly. I wish I had brought my macro lens as there were lots of small things to photograph along the way.
Earlier today I headed out to downtown Worcester again to get some more photos. My friend David Salo of David Salo Photography decided to come along. He recently picked up a Fuji camera as well and it had also re-ignited his need for photo walks. He lives in the Canton, MA area so he doesn't get out to Worcester too much. I was happy to show him around the downtown area. At times it got windy and even rainy, but it was a lot of fun walking around. He was using a longer lens while I was sticking to slightly wider angles.
But, for me, I wanted to capture slightly different photos to before. Luckily downtown is full of people and many interesting buildings.
I arrived a little earlier and was able to get some great shots of these window washers.
This is a different angle and you can really see how dramatic the sky is as well.
This is a photo of the courtyard area behind city hall.
This is the backend of the DCU center.
I really enjoy looking for patterns or textures so when I came upon this wall I knew I needed to find a way to take photo of it. If you've wandered around Worcester you probably recognize this wall. Its on the parking lot side of the Palladium.
At this point it started raining pretty good so we ducked under the Palladium veranda. So I got this photo of the adjoining cafe sign.
Further down the street I looked back and got this photo of main st and David getting a shot.
Across the street from the first photo is this really nice building. So nice to see trees in bloom! The sky was full of clouds so I decided on making this one black and white.
I really really enjoy finding good negative space.
This scene caught my attention.
This photo was taken at the TD Bank building in the underpass area.
This is probably my favorite street photo of the day.
Here you can see that a lot of the clouds had started to roll away.
The common theme of the day was reflections. I didn't get as many as David did, but all the reflections we found in a three block radius were amazing.
This is further down main street. As you can see the clouds came back!
As we headed back we passed this building.
I saw this couple about to cross the street with their dog. So I waited and got a nice shot of them.
We ended where we started in front of that tall building with the window washers. This is the Santander bank in front of it with all its windows as well. You can see the business across the street in the reflection.
It was a really good day walking around downtown Worcester. I'm already trying to plan where I'll be heading to for next week's photo walk.
Yesterday, a few us decided to head out to Providence and do a photo walk. The day started out very cloudy threatening to rain, but it didn't end up raining until we were long gone. We started at the Providence Place Mall by the canal and then made our way around. My last trip into Providence was almost a full yr ago so I was happy to be able to wander the streets.
This photo is just about the first photo I took. I was standing at street level looking down at the canal with my back to the Providence Place Mall. This is more of a skyline photo. You'll get to see more of the canal in a later photo.
This is a few blocks away as we start our walk.
This is the short building you see to the far right of the previous photo.
This is a couple blocks further down the street looking back. You can see the Biltmore building in the distance which is an easy landmark in this part of the city.
We continued our journey up some streets. I was told there were some famous hotdog carts up a head so we continued on to find them. This store front stood out to me.
This is one of the two meal trucks. Seems these are very popular. I tried the Knot Dog and I have to say, It was really good!
This is the second food truck. As you can probably tell they serve all kinds of tacos in this one. Initially we all wanted some nice Tacos, but the line was quite long. I'm going to have to remember for next time!
Having some good food in us we continued to walk along. I was told this was the first mall in the United States. So naturally I had to take a photo. There are some boutiques in there now, but I really liked the architecture.
A lot of the buildings in this area were just amazing. I could have sat and captured all of them, but I was also interested in seeing what else was around the next corner. This area is about two blocks away from the canal, but not from where we had started.
I was told we were in the financial district. Which made sense are there were multiple banks and firms along the way.
Its interesting seeing such an old building right next to a very modern one. I thought this perspective was quite cool.
The other guys stopped to grab some coffee so I just looked around. On the side of the building behind me I saw this. I think it acts as a water fountain, but I'm not sure. It just caught my eye.
On the other side of the intersection was this awesome building. To get a sense of how large the sculpture is compare it to the size of the car below.
This is a photo taken from below. Just wonderful architecture.
We continued walking and met with the canal again. This is looking back towards the mall. But, we continued on up the hill.
I found this alley pretty interesting.
This is what some of the houses looked like in this area.
This is a small patio in-between houses. I thought it was interesting with the canoe there.
After this we ended up looping back towards the canal.
I walked up the steps to the left of the previous photo turned around and saw this!
I took this photo as its really nice to see things blooming. This was to the left of where I was standing for the previous photo.
Behind this area there is a field where you tend to find people walking their dogs and is also used for city events throughout the year. So I took a photo of the mall on the right and some of the prominent buildings in the area.
Directly opposite to the mall you can see these office buildings.
This is a photo of the Rhode Island State House.
I really enjoyed visiting Providence again. Every time I visit I feel well taken care of and discover new places. One of my photographer friends lives there and says he'd like to meet up again next month. He says he has other areas to walk. I'm all for it!
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Earlier today I took a trip to the Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton, MA. This is a pretty large body of water, so I just stayed on the Clinton side near the dam. The weather was much cooler than it has been, but in the name of taking some photos I didn't mind at all.
I've been here before and have even done a portrait session or two here as there is a good contrast of greenery, water and the large dam of course. These are some a few photos from the short walk today. The buildings that you see are near downtown Clinton.
The Dam is very large so at street level you start at the very top.
This is a view looking across the top of the Dam. This area is restricted though so I took this photo through the gate which you can sort of see in the photo above.
Along the right side there is a path that takes you down to the lower area. Its a really pretty scene with Clinton in the background.
This is a photo looking back.
This next photo helps show you the sharp incline, Clinton in the background and the road on the far right of the scene.
Looking back towards the Dam I saw this tree and really liked the contrast.
Here is a slightly different perspective.
This is another photo looking towards Clinton from a slightly different position.
This the area below. There is a fountain in the middle which then leads to the body of water. You can see the trees surrounding the fountain and yes, it looks amazing when they are in full bloom.
And this is one photo taken from the opposite side of the Dam. In the distance you can see West Boylston, and Shrewsbury. Its really good to see that all the ice is gone. Spring and early Fall in Central MA are amazing.
Please continue to visit my blog as Spring has arrived and I'm excited to share with you more sites and photo destinations in the area. I plan to visit the Garden In The Woods, in Framingham tomorrow. So stay tuned for that blog post coming soon.
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