Here we are in a new month, and the year is now 1/6 over. Hard to believe! All of us in the Northeast are feeling ready for spring! There is a certain beauty to Maine in winter, however. To give you a glimpse of the Maine Coast in March, I dipped into the photographic archives and pulled these 3 images from March 2011. I was up the Coast at Reid State Park, and for the first time, I was there after dark. The occasion? The super moon! The park stayed open after sunset, and a small group of hearty folks turned out to see the moon rise from the sea. It was a wonderful sight! Unfortunately, I couldn't capture it with my camera, but here are a few shots I did manage before it got dark. Please click on each photo for a better look.
We've been having a bit of a rough winter here in Biddeford, but finally last Friday (January 10th) it was dry and not quite so cold (about 30 degrees, compared to the previous week's single digits). I decided I couldn't wait another day to see the ocean. It had been too long!
I stopped by the public beach at Biddeford Pool, where the lifeguard stands wait patiently for summer to come. The parking lot was covered in ice, but I gingerly made my way to the beach.
The nice thing about the off-season is I have the beach all to myself.
Of course, it's a bit too brisk to linger for very long.
But I did manage a short walk and a bit of picture-taking.
It was later in the afternoon, and the sun was low in the sky.
The sun sets early here at this time of year, about 4:30 p.m. or so.
I'm always intrigued by this building, formerly a hotel and now a retreat center. If you've ever read Anita Shreve, you may remember the house that was formerly a convent that appears in several of her books. I imagine it might look something like this building. And since Anita Shreve has summered in Biddeford Pool, who's to say she didn't draw on it for her inspiration?
After my walk on the beach, I drove around the area a bit and stopped to take a few quick shots of a field full of Canadian geese. Actually, that isn't a field; it's a golf course.
The geese took off about the same time I did.
I continued along to a road where I could view the open ocean.
As I said to my Facebook friends, we Mainers see a different sort of beauty in the winter, a beauty that summer visitors will never know.
As I wrote on my FB wall this morning, I have never been so glad to see the end of a year! Basically, 2013 SUCKED! It ranked as the second-worst year of my life, and I am so glad we are moving on into 2014....
I will say that many things became clear during the various crises I experienced this year. There is always good to be found in any situation if you look hard enough. I grew as a person, I was fortunate enough to be supported by many wonderful people, and I learned some difficult life lessons. So now, onward and upward in 2014!! I wish you a very Happy New Year! May it be filled with good health, good friends, and new adventures for all of us!
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus
I've been wanting to do a post on the store windows and displays I saw while in Manhattan last month, and I am finally getting to it. I have enough photos that I'm going to do two separate posts. (Click on each image for a better/bigger view.)
Today's post is all about ABC Carpet & Home, located on Broadway in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. ABC Carpet & Home is known for their wonderfully creative displays. Honestly, if you don't feel creatively inspired when you walk through this store, you've got to be half-dead.
I love the way they take items that we might not necessarily think of and turn them into intriguing tabletop displays, such as the religious statues. And their displays contain so many surfaces that catch the light.
I'm not positive, but I think those are geodes at the top of this table. And then there are little glass ornaments with sand inside at the bottom.
This display inspires me to get out my vintage perfume bottles to mix with glass votives for a regal dinner table.
I love the look of the matte, charcoal-gray plates with the shiny fuschia and purple ornaments.
This is an idea that could easily be duplicated. Simply take a small bunch of branches, spray them white, and add glass ornaments in jewel tones.
Did you spot the Mr. & Mrs. under the cloche? Cute idea for a wedding or bridal shower.
This was my favorite display: an old set of rusty bed springs from which they hung a number of disparate objects.
Side note: A few weeks ago, I was driving down my street and I spotted an old set of bed springs in a dumpster. I was so tempted to go to a new store we have in town, owned by a couple from Brooklyn, and tell them about these springs. They are clever enough that I think they could have turned them into a display like the one at ABC Carpet & Home. But when I returned from running my errand, the dumpster was gone.
These are not the best pictures -- I was trying to hurry since I felt pretty self-conscious about shooting in the crowded store (although I had asked for permission) -- but I hope they give you a feel for what it was like in this visual playland at Christmastime.
Stay tuned for more NYC store and window displays in my next post!
Beth is a creative Mainer, constant dreamer, retired writer, passionate photographer, positive thinker, and cancer survivor. "I am a woman who feels blessed to live in the great state of Maine. I'm passionate about photography, and almost all of the images on this blog are ones I've taken."