Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cape Escape 2013 - Provincetown

There is very little I need to say about Provincetown. It is a unique place. Pictures do a better job of describing it.

Pilgrim Monument

One of the many "unique" stores in P-Town
Party at Spiritus Pizza
Paintings on the wall were done by John Ferguson
They seemed happy to see us
Fun Place
Tall ship moored at MacMillan Pier

The cannons were fired when entering the harbor (minus ordnance)
A tradition

Adults, Children and Dogs

Newly renovated Town Hall

Welcome to Provincetown

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kite Surfing

It was a windy morning on July 24th 2013. The sea was churning and completely devoid of the usual crowd of morning surfers. I was surprised to see one of the lifeguards (Igmar I believe) attach himself to a kite and head out into the waves.

This is my first experience seeing the sport of Kitesurfing and it is an amazing sight to see. The wind was very brisk and to stabilize the kite prior to launch, Igmar dumped sand on a quarter of the sail to keep it from flying away. The lines were very fine and looked like fishing line, but I now realize they are made of specialized materials.

After the sand was shaken off the kite, Igmar fought the wind to walk to the shoreline. The video is recorded at 120fps, there is no sound.

The next step is carrying the wakeboard to the shoreline and taking off. Once Igmar was off, he sailed way out into the ocean.

It is about one mile between Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Beach, he cleared that distance in a matter of minutes. The record speed set by Kitesurfers is over 50 knots.

Several times he fell off but somehow managed to get back up. Not sure how that is accomplished. The battery was dying as I filmed this and I suspect it affected the autofocus. The video has sound but it is nothing but wind noise.

Morning at Nauset Light Beach

I don't have a wind filter for the camera so you'll need to imagine a much quieter sound.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

New Boston Fairgrounds - 4th of July Activities

After the parade the festivities continue on the New Boston Fairgrounds, with a chicken BBQ, mud volleyball, entertainment, horse events and more. The events start with the firing of the Molly Stark Cannon. Community Reporter Bill Wynne  posted this video.

Fair Attendee Daisy Carr has a wink for the folks enjoying the chicken BBQ.

The Little Red Wagon playhouse presents "Into the Grimm"
The Little Red Wagon is the longest running nonprofit, children's theatre tour in the United States. Since 1971, “The Wagon” has performed every summer at more than 70 locations throughout New England.

Couldn't resist a peek at the steering wheel of a antique. No air bags, no plastic, just wood and steel
Sarah Nelson plays fiddle with Rich Hamilton (video at end of this posting). The program listed the act as "Banjo and Old Lace"  which was incorrect. Sarah partners with another banjo player with a different repertoire

Maya "Butterfly" McCoy takes aim with a plunger.
Stunts, Acrobatics and more from "The Secret Circus"

General Silliness

Excellent Juggling

More Fire

A funny bit including sharp knives and a young boy (really)

Target for Plunger ("Butterfly" hit it on the first shot)

Impressive. "Honeymoon" was atop this holding the plunger target.

Audience participation. Jason was a good sport.

Mud Volleyball


Some videos of the Entertainment (sorry about the shakiness, I had no tripod)

The Secret Circus

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Giles Rhododendron and Children Gardens

The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden is Maine's first and only botanical garden. The land was purchased in 1991 in Boothbay, ME in an area slated for development.On our tour these were the areas we visited after seeing Lerner Garden of the Five Senses and the Haney Hillside Garden.

Pinecone sculpture

Interactive Garden in along the trail

Fairy House under construction

Fairy village renovation. It appears a table is being constructed for the "village"
Gazebo along the trail
Orchid survey

Ladyslippers  location are tagged. There was a field of these markers

Waterfall at the Giles Rhododendron Garden. Not many photos of the plantings. The photos didn't do it justice. This was the first garden created on the property and perhaps the most beautiful.

Another view of this great waterfall

One of the larger dragonflies seen on the trail

One of the whale sculptures at the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden

Tidal waterfront view of the Black River along the trail