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Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

Island Paradise

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Spring arrives this Friday – Yippee! But 10 days ago we were thrilled to be leaving the frigid cold and deep snows of Connecticut for a week on the island of Nevis in the West Indies.

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Please, please click on any image to see it in a larger and clearer size! Nevis is a lovely island, with gentle and friendly locals – many of whom said, “Welcome to our paradise!” This wasn’t just being nice to the tourists – you could tell they genuinely meant it.

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The weather was just about perfect – low 80’s in the daytime and about 70 at night.  We had a bit of rain each day, which bothered us not a bit.

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Do you see the bird in the sky in the image above? If not, click on the image and you likely will!

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The kids on this beach, like kids on all beaches all over the world, were happy to play and swim all day long. What do you imagine these girls are talking about?

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It was fun to see the boats that arrived at this pier or anchored offshore – ferries, ski-boats and fancy yachts. But for a photograph, I liked seeing the pier empty – and ready for the next boat.

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A week was just right – and we were ready to come home and wait for Spring in Connecticut, which is surely coming soon – we hope!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Blessing of the Hounds

 

 

 

 

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For Thanksgiving, we visited with family in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. One of the high points of the weekend is attending “The Blessing of the Hounds” on Thanksgiving morning.  This service has taken place every Thanksgiving for 86 years at Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick, Virginia.

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The church dates back to 1745. Thomas Jefferson was a parishioner and vestry member. The church is nestled in the heart of horse country.  Members of the Keswick Hunt Club come riding onto the church grounds at 9:30am. The dogs are American Foxhounds and have been bred over hundreds of years for local conditions – they are quite distinct from British Foxhounds. Of Course!

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There is a short service that begins with two of the best hymns going – “We Gather Together” and “Come Ye Thankful People.” These same hymns have been sung for 86 years.  Everyone feels connected to the history of this extraordinary church and this extraordinary country.

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The Rev. G. Miles Smith, rector of the church, leads the service.  There were several hundred in attendance on a chilly morning. The church served warm apple cider to us, which tasted wonderful!

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Here, a grandma takes a family picture before the service started. How hip is she, wielding her iPhone?

 

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I’ve been reading a terrific new book on photography, Jay Maisel’s “Light, Gesture and Color.” For Maisel, gesture is perceived in a very broad sense. I was drawn to much of the gesture in this scene – each of the rider’s hands, the turn of his head and expression on his face and even the horse’s face.

 

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The service is about blessing the riders, the horses, the hounds and even the fox. (Apparently the fox is spared these days.)

 

The blessing at the end of the service reads as follows:

“Bless, O Lord, these riders, horses and hounds and in their running shield them from danger.

Bless those over whose lands the hunt proceeds.

Bless the foxes who partake in the chase, that they may be elusive and fleet of foot.

And may all who participate today in the sport, ancient from time beyond reckoning, return refreshed and renewed in body, mind and spirit. Amen”

 

At the end of the service, the riders took off on the hunt. Many people drove to the adjacent farms and watched the action.

 

What a great way to begin our truly American holiday of Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Paris by Deaux Chevaux

by Blake Robinson

June 20th, 2014    2 Comments     Add Comment
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On our recent trip to France one of the most memorable things we did was to tour around Paris in this car, a “deaux chevaux” or 2CV, made by Citroen.  These cars are quintessentially French and were made from the late 1940’s to 1990.

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Our group had 18 people, so we had one couple in each of 9 cars. We buzzed all over town together, getting out from time to time to take pictures. Even the normally cool and sophisticated locals took note of our vehicles, as did this fellow walking his dog.

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Do you see the yellow ball suspended near the base of the tower? We wondered too. The French Open tennis tournament was going on during our trip. The ball said, “Roland Garrros 2014.”

Our driver, Antoinette, pictured below behind the wheel, was a graduate student in art and a terrific guide for us.

I have to admit, when I first heard about the deaux chevaux, I thought – why don’t they take us around in a Mercedes? But this turned out to be much more fun!

 

 

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

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“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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