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Tremendous Autumn Light at Rockport

Cold, sharp and naturally surreal; the incredible color redeeming this chilly and windy November day…

First at Bearskin Neck:

Bearskin_neck_in_late_fall

and later at Halibut Point:

Halibut_point_park_1

Halibut_point_park_2

Halibut_point_park_3

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Tremendous Autumn Light at Rockport

Cold, sharp and naturally surreal; the incredible color redeeming this chilly and windy November day…

First at Bearskin Neck:

Bearskin_neck_in_late_fall

and later at Halibut Point:

Halibut_point_park_1

Halibut_point_park_2

Halibut_point_park_3

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(originally written on 9/23/07)

Breakfast is to be taken seriously while on vacation, and we did our research, Cafe This Way being high on the list of many on Chowhound. So there we headed for our first breakfast in Bar Harbor – not completely unprepared as we had a dinner in Cafe This Way the night before and were quite pleased.

Cafe_this_way

The breakfast was nice too especially pancakes bursting with wild main blueberries…

The plan for the day was to take a rest from two days of riding and do some hiking instead. Cadillac Mountain South Ridge 7 miles trail seemed like a great idea, though sudden clouds on the sky looked suspicious. H. assured me that radar looked good and we got into the Island Explorer shuttle bus to Acadia exactly at the time when the rain started. The bus slowly proceeded through Acadia picking up rain-soaked people at each stop. We got off the bus at the Blackwoods Campground, rain not stopping We didn’t have a map but H. checked the web and seemed to know the location of the trail start. We got off the bus at the general store and bought a disposable raincoat-poncho. Then we trecked about half mile to the entrance of the campground. No signs of the trail so we asked the ranger.

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With that smell of wet leaves in the air it’s common for russian expats to get nostalgic about mushroom hunting. That’s why last Sun found us wandering through Cape Cod woods (in reality small patches of public land squeezed among private No Trespassing properties) . But the weather was beautiful, the foliage pretty and we even found some mushrooms, just enough for a pic.

Mossiness_mushroom

Called mohovik in russian and apparently mossiness in english, it’s not a particularly tasty mushroom. At this point we abandoned the idea of pick your own mushroom themed dinner and just continued walking and enjoying the warm afternoon.

Cape_cod_woods

And then we got back on a motorcycle and had a very nice long ride through Cape Cod, with a stop in Chatham to see the lighthouse and the beach.

Chatham_beach

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Reflecting the Trinity Church

Gorgeous afternoon in Boston – oh the splendor of indian summer. We actually came to the city to explore couple of craft galleries (I’ll post about it separately) but it was a shame to leave right away. "Btw can i finally see the Trinity Church? Do you know where it is?" "Oh sure" – my typical H. – often wrong never in doubt. He has a different building in mind but nonetheless we find the Trinity Church near by. And not only it is magnificent we have a not-to-be-missed photo setup.

Hancock_reflecting_trinity_church

Apparently we’re not the first to notice and make the shot as a quick search on flickr would reveal. But i still consider ours to be one of the best LOL.

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Riding to Mount Desert Island

Finally set aside some time to finish long ago started post on our motorcycle trip to Bar Harbor, Maine: to relive these several magical days in August.

Riding_to_maine

To beat the traffic we started Sat afternoon and made it to Portland, with a detour to Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery for lunch: terrific fried oysters.

Bobs_clam_hut

Nothing special to report from Portland – we got there pretty late and had a trouble to find a decent place for a dinner – every place suggested on Chowhound had a long wait so we crushed at Gritty McDuff’s brewpub for a so so burger and awful fries. The beer was not much better. Was too early to go back to hotel and we wandered a bit but there was nothing much to see – boutiques and galleries were already closed for the day. Fortunately we stumbled on Sebago pub, another brewing company in Portland. With no high expectations (had Sebago’s beer before and were not impressed) we ordered Frye’s Leap IPA, and it was ambrosial: A perfect wind up of the day…

Skipped breakfast at Portland in anticipation of a substantial lunch at Sea Basket, Wiscasset on the way to MTI. But the address on GPS brought us to the middle of nowhere. Back to Route 1 passing Red’s Eats, another notable shack w/o stopping turned off by a very long line. And then we noticed a road sign inviting to Glidden Point Oyster Farm just within several miles off Route 1. We pulled in and got some fresh oysters just to realize that not only they don’t shuck them, the farm doesn’t have any place outside for DIY. Refusing to give up we buy an oyster knife, and start riding around looking for a spot for an impromptu picnic. We end up in a small marina of some unknown town, and eat our oysters on a narrow stone beach pretty much on a parking lot. With a tiny bottle of tabasco as the only condiment, these are nonetheless the best oysters we ever had!

Shucking_oysters_at_glidden

Back on the motorcycle now to our final destination with a short stop to admire the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Penobscot_narrows_bridge

Stay tuned for the next installments…

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Shy Boy, She Devil, And Isis

We went to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to see couple of new craft exhibitions – on jewelry and fiber. Instead we spent all the time at just opened Shy Boy, She Devil, And Isis, Conceptual Craft from Wornick Collection. More than 100 objects, mostly three dimensional with some wall art. Wood pieces were especially eye opening… No wonder – it occurs that Wornicks were initially collecting what they would call "sculptural wood vessels" (the interview and some wood works from their collection are available at youtube here).

Art Knowledge News has some pictures and an excellent description of the exhibition (not so much so on the MFA site itself).

Japanese_dolls

Couldn’t resist getting the exhibition catalog – besides excellent photos of all presented objects it contains essays on several interesting subjects – craft vs art, the materialization of arts, the role of private collectors…

And i keep thinking that exhibitions like this seriously raise the bar for craft artists: it’s hard not to measure works we will encounter on the next arts and craft fair we visit against it. 

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