One of the brightest gems in the New England weather is the dazzling uncertainty of it. -- Mark Twain
1) As a photographer I learned quickly to dress in layers – even in summer – and take rain gear. Plus, put a jacket and boots in the trunk of your car. Trust me.
But why does the weather change so frequently? Here’s one answer. The jet stream. New England sits in the middle of it. The cold Artic air and the warmer Gulf air are battling it out. Another reason is that New England is on the ocean with a lot of moisture. (Info provided by Quora).
There’s two websites that I often check before venturing out: Skippysky.com. It projects the cloud cover. Cape Ann Weather is a busy-looking site with a lot of info on tides, webcams and just everything weather related.
2) I enjoy all four seasons of New England! The brilliance of the bright leaves in the autumn is legendary but spring brings some of my favorite subjects to shoot – flowers! During blizzards I write posts or edit photos, put a log on the fire, pour wine, and start the slow cooker. Then dig out, burning calories! Ice makes for a wonderful subject. Summer is festival season and all of the parks are open. There are plenty of photo opportunities year round.
3) The distance between places is short. Driving across Rhode Island – the entire state – takes 45 minutes. You can take day trips across state lines in a snap. Living in Los Angeles it took hours to get anywhere – a lot of it was due to traffic. Then in Santa Fe the closest border (Colorado) was a two hour or so drive through the mountains.
4) Every place is historic. You could spend a lifetime reading all of the plaques – and I am. (Disclaimer: history nerd). And nothing is level because it’s so old. There’s little point in leveling a tripod.
See a couple of examples:
First is an older shop on Main Street in Essex. Take a look at the enlargement.
Level with the ground – or the porch – or the roof?
Example two, found in Marblehead. I don't know how this shed is still standing.
I level my tripod every time I shoot. So if the subject is wonky, it's NOT on me.
5) The variety of landscapes, from seashore, rivers, mountains, fields, forests and small villages to urban cities. New England has them all.
Though I wasn’t born here, New England is my spiritual home.
Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable. -- Norman Rockwell