Morning Drive

I’m home again. We’ve added putting together a pre-fab TV stand that we bought a few weeks ago but we’re planning on returning to my to do list.

The traffic was nuts out there today. I failed on one of my errands, but completed the other, and I got to see mom on her birthday. The visit was a bit on the rough side, emotionally speaking, but I’m glad it happened.

Obligatory Methuen Center pics, both coming and going…

Inside the Masonic building?

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.

Three Bodies of Water in One Morning Part Two: Forrest Lake

Part two of this morning’s photo adventure is Forrest Lake. I’ve been here a few times and the pictures always disappoint me. Not today. Not really, at least.

There were a lot of people at the boat launch area so I walked a little toward the closed beach to keep plenty of social distance. The mist coming off the lake made the stop worthwhile.


Dig how still the water was.


Is it really a lake, or is it more like a pond. Seems pond-esque to me, but what do I know?


The public beach closed at the end of August.


Dig that crazy mist.


I should have brought my polarizing filter but it doesn’t fit on the lens I was using.


Next stop is the final stop, at the Merrimack River.

Three Bodies of Water in One Morning Part One: The Mighty Spicket River

Did I go out shootin’ pitchers this morning? You know it babie! The air was cold but the sun was bright and the sky was perfectly clear. I thought about going to Tewksbury and checking on the Shawsheen River and Long Pond and maybe Ames Pond but we had people coming to pick up the couch we donated and I didn’t want to go that far from home. Instead I visited the three biggest bodies of water in Methuen. The Spicket River, Forrest Lake, and the mother of them all, the Merrimack River.

I took a few pictures at each location, going slightly overboard at the Merrimack, but we’ll get to that later. First, some shitty pictures of the muddy and gross looking Spicket. It’s super low, but not nearly as low as it was the last time I checked on her.


The Mighty Spicket has seen better days, but it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. This is on Hampshire Street, just a few minutes after the sun came up.


The sun wasn’t getting through the trees to the water, but it was pretty freakin’ glorious out on the road. Is this why they call it golden hour?


Crossing the road for a different view…


The next post will be Forrest Lake and after that will be the Merrimack (where I went a little overboard).

Two Stops This Morning – Color Edition

Part two of this morning’s visits to the Methuen Rail Trail and Canobie Lake. This time in color.

Can you see the ducks? There are a bunch of them.
I like this one, but I prefer the black and white version. No one is more surprised than I am.
So powerful.
I wanted to have a car in the shot and I didn’t have to wait long. By the time I left there was a traffic jam.
I don’t like rainy days, but we seriously need a bunch of them right now.

Two Stops This Morning – Black and White Edition

I brought cameras to two locations today. First was the Methuen Rail Trail, and later was a boat launch spot on Canobie Lake in Windham. Here are the monochrome pics in sort of reverse order.

This is officially pic 1/365 on the new photo-a-day project.
The drought is bad at Canobie Lake. It’s worse at the Spicket River, but those pics are still to come.
I have no idea where this bridge over the rail trail is. It looks like an old foot bridge. I might have to look for it on Google Maps or something.
Route 213 overpass
The Mighty Spicket River is almost gone.

I took color versions of all of these as well, so that will come later today. Most of them have film equivalents too. You’ll see those… someday.