Marcia Strykowski

Scenic New England

As most of you know, I was born, bred, and buttered (as they say around these parts) right here in New England and no matter where I travel, I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be. As is typical here in June, one day was warm and the next cool, however there were plenty of perfect weather days for sightseeing. I’ve been using my little point & shoot camera for years, nothing fancy, but still I can’t resist pulling it out wherever I go and where I’m drawn is usually to water. Here are a few quick shots from last month. First we’ll pop in on Ogunquit, Maine where the tulips were still going strong past Memorial Day.Then we’ll swing by Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.Can’t leave out Newburyport, MA. Boats of all sizes stop by this pretty little harbor.And last, but not least, it was quite a treat to see the Tall Ships in Boston. We even got to go onboard one of them.

So, that was June and I’m thankful for a bright start to the season. If only summer would slow way down, I’d be happy as a clam at high tide. 🙂

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  1. What a beautiful part of the world you live in Marcia! The pictures are splendid. I love tulips and to think they lasted all the way to June!! The tall ships are magnificent as well. No wonder you love it there. I must make it to New England one day.

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  2. I can see why you’re perfectly content where you’re at! I’d love to visit New England some day. And eat some delicious seafood! =)

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    • You’re right, there is a lot of great seafood here. I hope you’ll be able to visit someday!

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  3. Colleen

    Bred and buttered! I LOVE that! Tulips in June- awesome… Your photos are so lovely. I can quite understand why you love living where you do, Marcia! To say nothing of your wonderful library…Thank you for another beautiful post.

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  4. Wonderful

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  5. Your photographs are lovely, Marcia. Looks like you are having beautiful weather and all the great things that goes with it.

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  6. Gorgeous. I’m with you about slowing summer down.

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    • The more I think about it, spring is the problem. We seem to go from winter to summer pretty quickly. It’s spring that should be several weeks longer by starting when it should, in March. 🙂

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  7. Beautiful photos, Marcia. I was a New Englander for most of my life and just love everything about it. You captured so much of the beauty 🙂

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  8. Love the tulips!

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  9. So much history in New England. I have always loved visiting the New England states. Thanks for sharing these pictures. Happy summer!

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  10. Lovely pics and beautiful colors, Marcia! Blue and red so harmoniously together! I do hope I come and visit some day, every time I come to U.S.A, I get to know a new part!

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    • Blue and red do seem to go together nicely. I hope you’ll be able to visit New England some day, Agatha!

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  11. I enjoyed your photos, especially the ones with water. I hadn’t realized how much I miss Long Island’s waters, the smell of the salt air, and the call of sea gulls. We went into New England states a number of times and always enjoyed our trips there.

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    • Oh my gosh, you’ve really pegged it, Anne. I ❤ the smell of salt air and the call of seagulls! Every time I take a picture, I find myself waiting for a seagull to fly past my lens. 🙂

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  12. Great photos–the tulips are gorgeous!!

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  13. Michelle

    Great photos!

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  14. And blue skies in every one! Gorgeous.

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  15. Lovely pictures, made me homesick😊

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  16. Your photos are picture perfect, and I love the scenic sights of New England. Maine is so special. And, the tall ships were incredible. Thank you for your post!

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  17. Wow, what a so lovely place! Great photos Marcia, and thanks for sharing it. xoxox

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  18. Hi Marcia, born, bred, and buttered is a wonderful saying which I just might have to borrow!
    Your point & shoot camera hasn’t let you down these are lovely photographs. We’ve been enjoying some very high temperatures of late, but it’s raining again now (which always gives us Brits something to talk about). New England looks beautiful at any time of year, Terry and I would love to visit one day.

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    • I hope you and Terry can eventually travel out this way. Although between Great Britain and Australia, you’ve certainly got your pick of beautiful places. Someday I would like to return to England as I’m sure there were many areas I missed while there.

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      • We are only doing airport layovers this time because we are visiting New Zealand from Australia. We will spend a month in Oz, fly out from Adelaide to New Zealand for three weeks and then back to Adelaide for the final three weeks.
        We hope to see you in England one day. Tea and cream cakes on us!

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        • Oh, wouldn’t that be grand! And New Zealand, too, wow, that is definitely on my bucket list!

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  19. Bette Norton

    I love living in New England too! We live with the change of seasons each one bringing it’s own special beauty. My favorite spots are always near water too! I did not know about Prescott Park. What a beautiful place! I will have to look it up next time when traveling through Portsmouth NH. What a treat to visit the Tall Ships in Boston and to go aboard on one too! I think you are right our winters are way too long, a brief spring and then wham into summer and now we are almost half way through. I wish summer was about 4 months long like our winters are. These last few years though we do sometimes enjoy summer like weather well into fall!. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Thank you for a lovely post. 🙂

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    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on New England, Bette. I’m glad you enjoy the changing of the seasons here. Summer seems about 4 months to me, but it’s spring and fall that get short-changed because winter starts a bit early and then takes over the first month of spring, as well. Oh, well, it certainly makes us appreciate our good weather days! 🙂

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  20. mirkabreen

    Tulips! I never knew…
    My mother lived for many years near Boston, and I visited in the fall and in winter. Seems I missed a season.

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    • Oh, yes, lots of tulips here in springtime. You’ll have to come out this way during warmer weather. 🙂

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  21. Gorgeous photos. What glorious sunshine. Thanks for sharing. Happy Summer!

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  22. Love it Marcia!! Prescott Park looks like a place we’d love to wander. And those tall ships!! Are they all antiques or recently built in that old style?? Would be exciting to get to board one and feel what it’s really like to be a maritime sailor… Wishing I were closer to your end of the world. thanks friend. Hope you have more days out this summer– do you have any outings planned ahead?? hugs Marcia!

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    • Hi, Rhonda! I think some of the ships were replicas yet others were really old and refurnished. There were more than 50 and I would have loved to witness the parade of sails when they first arrived. I’m sure there’ll be many more outings ahead for me. I hope your summer is continuing to go well, too!

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      • Just beautiful Marcia!! Looking forward to see where you end up next… You live in such a historic place. So fun to see it all! hugs from here!!

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  23. Ashley

    These pictures are awesom!! I’m putting New England on my bucket list cept I think its already on there from your earlier pictures!!

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  24. Lovely! It’s on my list of places I want to go–the only part of the U.S. I haven’t lived in or traveled to. Thanks for the gorgeous photos, Marcia!

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  25. I’m not a New Englander, but I totally agree with the statement, “If only summer would slow way down, I’d be happy as a clam at high tide.” Summer goes way too fast. 🙂

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  26. Deborah Nolan

    Dear Marcia – absolutely gorgeous photos from Maine in June. Your tulips last much longer than ours in Ohio, The Tall Ships are such fun to see. So glad you got to visit them. Now let’s make a pack to get summer to slow down. :)!! Have a great weekend. Hugs

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    • Thanks, Debbie. I think early June is later than usual for tulips even in Maine. I hope you have a great weekend, too!

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  27. Wow, it looks absolutely stunning! 😍

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    • We’ve had some picture perfect days here lately. Thanks for your visit, Rhianna!

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  28. I am originally from Wisconsin but moved as a newlywed to Florida 46 years ago. When my husband retired 8 years ago, we started to travel and our first trip was to Boston. We have fallen in love with New England!! We will be making our third fall trip to Vermont at the end of October and I’m already working on a trip to Boston for the beginning of the year. I haven’t done a lot of traveling, but I’ll venture to say that New England must be the most beautiful part of the country.

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    • I’m happy to hear you’ve fallen for New England. 🙂 VT will be wonderful at that time of year. Thanks so much for getting in touch, Phyllis!

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