Monday, August 25, 2008

New England: some of the beauty

First, for Valerie and me both, thanks to everyone for your help and input both on GPSes, and on where to go. As I mentioned, we got a Garmin 670, and really appreciated it. However, we weren't able to work in all the great suggestions for this trip — maybe in the future. Thanks, everyone!

My dear wife and I spent Friday, August 15 to Wednesday, August 20 in New England. To my modest list of states-visited I was able to add Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.

As I said, I'd pictured a crowded, overpopulated, burnt-out area. I'm sure there's that; but not where we were. Here's some visual proof; click on each picture to enlarge.

There was Fort Ticonderoga, with the plants growing from its stone walls.

(No pencils, though.)

The fort boasted a formidable fence.

Then there was this goose and goslings at Plimouth Plantation.

I kept seeing some of the most beautiful wildflowers, like this delightful little blue ones.

We also did a bit of the the Cliff Walk in Rhode Island. This gave me a chance to touch the Atlantic from this side. (I'd previously only touched it from the other side, off the island of Iona.)

These rose hips overlooked the Atlantic along the Cliff Walk. I loved the play of colors.

There were more lovely flowers in Old Sturbridge Village.

This ant may also have been a docent; not sure.

It rained as we arrived, so we brought our coats -- causing it to clear up and get sunny!

And last, we'll close out this round with a cool covered bridge. My dear wife had hoped to see one, and...voila!

Later I may feature some pictures from the other aspects of the trip.


Connie said...

Beautiful! Hope it was very refreshing for you both.

I noticed that the timbers in the fences of the Fort are shaped like pencils--does that count? :-)

DJP said...

Good point. So, if you painted the tips black....

Now wait, some vandal will do that, and you and I will be blamed.

Connie said...

...never mind. :-)

Ron B. said...

I'm told by a reliable source that the little blue flowers are "Forget-me-not".

Although they appear a darker blue that the typical variety.

Richard said...

What a beautiful trip! Looks very peaceful.

Stefan Ewing said...

I'm glad you had such a great trip. The closest I got to nature on my LA business trip was seeing a sunset at Venice Beach, made pretty because the light was refracted through the smog.

Kim said...

Looks like a great trip!