Three Bodies of Water in One Morning Part Three: Merrimack River

Hello and welcome to the third and final post dealing with pictures I took this morning. This time we returned to Raymond J Martin Riverside Park on Riverside Drive in Methuen, MA. The last time I came here it was with my Nikon film camera, also known as the ebay camera. Today it was all digital, babie. Nikon D90 like a boss from 2010.

When I first arrived the water was perfectly still. It was like a mirror, except for the mist. I am so happy most of my shots came out okay. At first I couldn’t figure out what the two crossed lines in the water were, but then I realized they were reflections of the contrails in the sky. Awesome.


Dig that crazy mist!


This one is a little crooked. I was leaning over trying to get under the tree and I should have just used the LCD screen. Oh well.


Ducks! Even though they ruined the perfectly still water. Still, ducks!


Now we come to the lesson part of our journey. Using Manual mode instead of Auto means that when things come out of the blue you can’t just point and shoot. You have to set things up. When I suddenly saw a mist-spiral cruising along the top of the water I had to be quick, but in Manual I wasn’t quite quick enough and this is the best I could get. Had I been in Auto I would have nailed this before it hit the trees. This is the best I could do under the circumstances, I guess.


I was trying to get another misty shot but the birds flew in out of nowhere and it looks like they were the point all along.


Just look at that!


I wish I had the polarizing filter. I would have seen right through that glare to the bottom of the river.


I need to find out what that building across the water is. Pretty sure that’s Andover, MA.


Did Robert use exposure compensation on this puppy? Yes, Robert did use exposure compensation. Almost like he knows what he’s doing, babie!


Album cover?


No, this is the album cover.


I took a few of the park itself too, including some pics of the places I got all of the previous views.


Blurry background AND blurry foreground. Nice.


Gazebo pic #1.


Obligatory flag pole pic.


Gazebo pic #2.




And that, friendly readers, brings my three part post journey to an end for today. If the weather holds I might do my original idea of visiting three bodies of water in Tewksbury tomorrow. Long Pond, the Shawsheen River, and Ames pond. We’ll see. Tewksbury is only 15 minutes away but it seems like a long drive for some just-after-sunrise goofiness. I haven’t checked the weather since last night. If it holds, I might give it a shot. I’ll let you know.

One thought on “Three Bodies of Water in One Morning Part Three: Merrimack River

  1. I’ve always wanted to go to that park! It was built after I moved out of Mass. Those photos are terrific! BTW another good body of water not far from you would be Lake Cochickewick I think in West Andover, not 100% sure – and definitely not sure of the spelling. Look it up why don’t you.

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