A recent visit to Massachusetts included an excursion to a major historic site, Plymouth. After a travel day from hell with unreasonable wait times when first catching my flight I was ready for sunshine and great views.
My friend Glenna and I set out from her house for a short drive to the Plymouth Harbor area. Our first destination, to walk the break water. This 3/4 mile breakwater protects the harbor from storm surges and other weather affects.
We were not the only people navigating the rocks. Men with fishing rods, families, young couples and exercise enthusiasts all shared the popular landmark.
Contrasting colors and textures attracted me as always.
The Lobster Hut overlooking the harbor is a busy place. After Glenna made my mouth water with tales of great seafood and gourmet golden onion rings I just had to try this landmark restaurant.
Golden fried calamari with marinara sauce and gourmet onion rings – not the healthiest lunch, but delicious none the less. Well worth the stop!
The view did not disappoint either.
We soon continued on our walk exploring the water front.
Beautiful homes, hotels and B&Bs lined the road along the harbor wall.
A breath taking harbor view from the Mayflower dock presented another good photo opportunity to capture weathered wood, azure sky and calm water.
The next stop, Plymouth Rock which is protected by this important structure.
A patriotic National Park guide enlightened us with facts about Plymouth, the Mayflower, and the history of The Rock.
And there is was: Dappled with shadows, inscribed with the numbers 1620 to commemorate the year the Mayflower first anchored in the harbor – Plymouth Rock. Small and almost insignificant until we were informed that this was only a small fragment of the original rock.
The Mayflower II, a reproduction of the original ship is anchored only a short distance from The Rock. The original ship anchored a fair distance from today’s harbor and the early settlers known as Puritans navigated row boats to shore.
The Mayflower II is a replica of the original. Close up one becomes aware how small a ship it really was.
Close ups of ropes and pulleys added interest with the shadows created in the afternoon sunlight.
A study of contrast and line against the cloudless sky always make for a strong composition.
Beach Plums, also knows as Rose Hips, were a popular fruit harvested by the early settlers. They are found all along the beaches of Massachusetts and were just ripening when I visited.
These were just a few of my early impressions while shaking jet lag. Check back soon for more images and sightseeing tips in the Plymouth and Boston region. I was traveling with a new to me mirror-less camera, a Nikon 1AW. All images during this trip were captured with this camera.