Before they returned home we had a couple of outings with Mina. Mina and I went to visit the Festival Ballet Providence with the hope of seeing some dancers. Unfortunately, all the company dancers were in their summer break and the dance classes were over. Mina and I walked around, met Shana who showed Mina the collection of dancer costumes in the back room. We also entered one of the dance studios with bars on the walls and mirrors on the other side. Mina posed in front of the bars for a quick photo. After we left Festival Ballet Providence, we went to Newport Creamery and had lunch, just the two of us. Mina had a hotdog and a clown sundae and I had a veggie wrap and raspberry chocolate chip frozen yogurt. I noticed that we were sitting in the same booth when we went to the same place a few years back, you see the photos from both trips on the side. We both had fun that day.
The next afternoon we went to Salter Grove, a nearby cove where swans frequent. The place was unusually crowded, we found the last parking slot. There were swans but they were swimming quite far away. We walked on the path leading to the jetty, after half way down I decided to stay behind and let the girls go to the jetty. I photographed the beach grass, patterns created by dried stems, rocks, and at one point I saw something like sea lavender growing among the grass. They looked quite beautiful against the strong vertical stems surrounding them. I walked back to the car and took a few photographs of the swans at a distance, the small accumulation of water and reflections in it. When I turned back, I saw Mina coming back from the path. When she saw me, she started running towards me. I clicked a few shots which allowed me to make the animated image at the top of this post (also at the end of the photo gallery below).
In case you are wondering, I treated the photograph of the sea lavender in the midst of the grass to accentuate the lace-like appearance that runs from one corner to the other. It is an interpreted photograph rather than a recorded one.