If you are interested in early American history, this is where it all began. Thomas Carter, one of my mother’s ancestors nine generations ago, arrived here ten years after the Mayflower arrived. He settled in Woburn, Massachusetts, where a painting of the Reverend Thomas Carter hangs in their library. I recently visited Cape Ann, Massachusetts, where I explored the towns of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Newburyport and Plum Island. While I was in the town of Newburyport, I got a close-up view of a full-size replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, Santa Maria. It was moored behind the Custom House Maritime Museum on Water Street. I got some dockside photos with a wide-angle lens. The same lens was useful for a walk through the narrow streets of Newburyport, my new favorite New England City. I found a historic New England inn in a very convenient location just one block from the Newburyport harbor. I left my rental car in their free parking lot and spent the rest of the day photographing this historic city and looking for a café with a view, that had lobster rolls on their menu. The whole Cape Ann trip was a great success, especially the last-minute motel selections and all the fresh lobster.
On the streets of Newburyport, I photographed dogs being walked on leash. My camera was down at their eye level. Auto focus helped and I got a few keepers, especially with small dogs, like Oliver, this longhair dachshund. Dogs always like a little attention.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.