(The opening photograph above shows what I perceive as the typical texture of Cape Cod, pine needles and twigs)
Last July I received an invitation from Cape Cod Vievfinders Camera Club (CCVFCC) in Harwich to make a presentation to their members. After a few e-mail exchanges with Joe Hintz the vice president of the club, we settled on a date and the topic, Seeing in Multiples: Techniques for Impressionistic Photography. I had written a couple of posts on how to create the effect in Photoshop and Joe thought that would be of interest to their members, and he was right! The date was in the then distant future, yet I made the presentation to the CCVFCC members at the Brooks Free Library in Harwich, MA. The welcome we received was extremely warm and the level of attention was highly rewarding. After my main presentation, a member in the audience asked if I could show some of my stage work, referring to the ballet performances. Since Boundless Plotnikov was only a few weeks ago and I had a fresh post, I presented the audience photographs from Surrender and then Orchis. They were intrigued by the 29-minute long video I had prepared for Orchis and I shared with them a short clip that has been on my site. The response and feedback I received was very warm and excited, which in turn excited me of course. I hope my friends at the CCVFCC will visit my site and take a look at the photographs from the second piece in Boundless Plotnikov, Sharps and Flats. Thank you CCVFCC for your gracious hospitality. Our roads may cross again …
As I was looking forward to visiting the Cape, I wanted to take Jan with me so that she could enjoy the air of the Cape and smell the salt in the air. There was a little period we did not think it might happen, but thankfully everything worked out and we could have a mini vacation after all. As I was searching for a good B&B, I remembered that my friends in the Department of Marketing at Providence College gave us a retirement gift card that could be used at many B&B. As luck would have it, the Atlanta photographer Jim DiVitale came to visit our local camera club after spending a couple of days at the cape and making a presentation at the CCVFCC. He told me at the dinner before his presentation at PSRI that he stayed at a very nice B&B and gave me a card. I called Old Manse Inn and inquired if they participated in the bedandbreakfast.com and sure enough they did. I made the reservation for April 1-3 at their inn, and rushed to look up the word “manse“. I did not know that it meant the residence of a Presbyterian minister, or in informal use a person’s house or home. To all my friends in the marketing department, thank you for a good mini vacation at the Cape.
We arrived at Old Manse Inn around 3 PM on April 1 and Charlie, one of the innkeepers greeted us and helped with our bags to our room. It is a very pleasant, warm, clean, and well decorated B&B in a captain’s house built around 1804. The rooms are very good, the dining room is bright and cheery, the two parlors are very relaxing. If you are planning a trip to the Cape and looking for accommodations, give them a call:
Old Manse Inn
Brian Blair & Charlie Heintz
1861 Main Street, Route 6A
Brewster, MA 02631
Here are some photographs from Old Manse Inn and surrounds. B&W photographs I took with my infrared camera, my color photographs are done with Canon G1X and Jan’s are with Canon 60D. Our photographs are mixed but I marked Jan’s work in the title.
After we checked in, Jan and I drove around the area stopping when we felt like it. Luckily Jan knows the Cape well and we visited some interesting spots beginning with Rock Harbor where she spent many summers and other vacations in her childhood and youth. We wanted to have dinner at Bramble Inn, not too far from Old Manse but they were closed. So we dined at Lobster Claw in Orleans, a typical Cape Cod restaurant with a rich fish-based menu. Afterwards we returned to our room, relaxed, reviewed the presentation notes, watched a little TV and went to bed.
The next morning Charlie served breakfast in the very bright dining room, very tasty! After breakfast we continued our explorations, tried to find a lavender farm, but it was beyond a rocky road which we decided not to attempt (especially in our new wheels!) But we managed to stop at a couple of cranberry bogs and took some photographs. I need to understand how exactly they grow cranberries, maybe next time we are at the Cape I will ask Joe or Mike to give us a crush course on that. After lunch we found and visited an old glass workshop, Sydenstricker Glass on Rt 6A, looked at their interesting glass, and returned to our room to meet with Joe Hintz who promised to drive us around and show the points of interest. Around 2 PM, Joe arrived at the Manse and we took off. As the gracious host that he was, Joe drove us from one point of interest to the next for almost two hours. It was time to get back to the Manse, stretch the legs a little, have a quick bite to eat and head over to the Brooks Free Library to meet the friendly people of CCVFCC.
Below are some photographs from our travels around the Cape.