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Monday, June 30, 2014

Getting (M)Bugged

The stars were aligned Friday. Our daughter had a hardly-ever-happens night off, no one had plans, and the weather was New England June, high blue and stunning.  So, the three of us decided to go out for a casual supper.  We tried for a place on the water, but half of Massachusetts had the same idea and after looking for a parking space in vain, we headed inland a bit to a burger joint we favor.   There, although there were plenty of open seats, the waitress couldn’t feed us fast enough, and barely three quarters of an hour later,  the check was on the table. I for one, wasn’t ready for the outing to end.
Thankfully, for us, inland is relative term.  We were about a quarter of a mile from a salt-marsh, where the river winds through from the ocean to a deep water marina.  I’d strolled the paths there once, my husband and daughter never, so as the sun dropped, we decided to explore.  I had in mind this blog post, and the thought that I’d display some pictures. 
Enter the midges.  Anyone who lives near the shore knows that without a breeze, sundown on the marshes can be lethal.  Husband and daughter high-tailed it toward the car.  But I wanted to capture it.  Click, click as the sun dropped.  Cough, cough as I swallowed a bug.  Then I hit the end of my memory card.  I wasn’t done yet and I had to be careful…there were pictures on it I hadn’t saved yet.  Desperate to capture the reflection of the rotting pilings on the still water, I deleted, swatted, clicked, deleted, swatted, clicked.  Not the best way to frame a great shot.  

Twelve hours later, I still feel like things are crawling on me.  But I got myself a blog post.  That's all I was asking for.


Old Kitty said...

I totally hate it when you go out for a nice meal and are rushed by the staff! :-( Especially when they're not busy! How rude! But I hope the food was good!

The midges were worth it! Look at these gorgeous pics! Take care

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The photos were worth it! Although I would've required half a can of OFF just to survive.

mshatch said...

Fabulous pics. Isn't the end of day just gorgeous?

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Ah, what we do for art! :)

Love the photos!

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Unknown said...

Love the photos. I hate being rushed during meal time. sounds like you had a great time with the fam, in spite of the rude staff.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for suffering so we could see those beautiful shots. We had some lovely evenings last week also.

Robin said...

Wow. Those pics are stunning.

Anne Gallagher said...

Ah, the midges. Can't wait.

I'm still figuring out the logistics of the vacation. We're leaving next week (I think -- I hope) but need to get a car. Mother is pretty stingy with hers. I might rent one for a couple of days so I can do my own thing.

I'll be in touch. Can't wait to get up there.

Tammy Theriault said...

regardless of the bug (gross!), these pics are beautiful!

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm sorry the bugs had you for dinner, but the photos are stunning, especially the reflections of the pilings. What we do for art :)

Tara Tyler said...

well, they're gorgeous pictures! so glad i got to see them (and hear the death-defying tale behind them! swat swat)

and thanks for commenting on my Broken Branch Falls blog tour!

Empty Nest Insider said...

All in the line of duty! Lovely photos! I hope that your itching has subsided.