Tag Archives: New England

My Favorite Things – Snapshots from Goose Pond, New Hampshire

It’s hard to believe that our vacation is coming to a close.  We’ve had spectacular weather, oh-so-many delicious meals, and lots of opportunities to just rest and play.  In fact, I’ve been spending so much time doing all of the above that I  pretty much forgot to pull out my camera.  Sometimes really being in the moment is the best medicine!

And when I’m back in the grind of work in the city, I plan to pull out these photos and give myself permission to dream again…


Leave a comment

Filed under My Favorite Things, nature, photography, travel photography

Celebrating the 2017 Solar Eclipse (Joana Style)


One of my favorite things to do when visiting my mom at her cottage in NH is to hike up Mt. Cardigan.  Only 20 minutes away by car, the 1.5 mile hike is very easily accessible and not too strenuous.

At 3156 feet, it’s certainly not the highest climb I’ve ever done, but I think you’ll agree that the view…

(and the 360 degree panorama views) are pretty special!

It occurred to me that hiking up Mt. Cardigan today might be a great way to see the solar eclipse, and I managed to persuade my husband and two neighbors from Goose Pond to come along.  We brought along the requisite supplies – sweatshirts, hats, water, snacks, and, of course, homemade pin-hole “cameras” with which to view the eclipse.

The eclipse in NH was only at about 62% coverage.  This was what it looked like (courtesy of our pin-hole contraption):

Though interesting, the pin-hole thingy was obviously not the most sophisticated way to experience the eclipse.  However, we lucked out since a fellow eclipse-viewing hiker gave us a pair of eclipse glasses to try out.

(Here I am happily rocking my new look…)

Viewing the eclipse through the glasses was totally amazing.  The glasses not only provided the necessary eye protection, but they also made it possible to see the moon over the sun as if it were in 3D.

I managed to photograph the eclipse, too, by placing the glasses over the lens of my camera.  


Filed under nature, photography

Sunday’s Thought – The Cycle of Life

“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.”

(George MacDonald)

1 Comment

Filed under nature, photography, travel, travel photography, wisdom, wise quotes

My Favorite Things – The Early Fruits of Summer

I’ve had a hectic two weeks – including playing 14 Wicked shows and a trio concert in Vermont – so tonight I am relishing having a teeny breather before we head off to Saratoga, NY for more fun with New York City Ballet.  Escaping the heat and noise of the Big Apple is quite welcome at this time of year.  Speaking of fruit, my appetite was piqued on my short stay last weekend with my mom in her cottage in New Hampshire.

Here’s what’s flourishing in her garden right now…

Leave a comment

Filed under My Favorite Things, nature, photography, travel photography

Friday’s Thought – Simple Truths


“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”

(Wallace Stevens)

Leave a comment

Filed under photography, travel photography, wisdom, wise quotes

My Favorite Things – A Late Fall Escape to New England

With the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater fall seasons wrapped up, my husband and I jumped at the chance to escape from the city for a few days.   We chose to head up to New England since we know and love the area, and getting there is fairly easy via Dartmouth Coach.

The views on the lake where my mom spends every summer were a wintry mix of hazy purples with dots of late fall orange foliage.


And the autumn light (seen here from a covered bridge in Woodstock, VT) bathed the landscape in a shimmery glow.

Photo taken on covered bridge in Woodstock, VT in the late fall by Joana MirandaFallen leaves and bare branches…


Made it seem like Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  (Or perhaps it was our TWO trips to the fabulous King Arthur Flour store in Norwich, VT that whet our appetite for holiday baking and celebrating!)


In any case, we certainly were very thankful for our little escape!


Filed under My Favorite Things, nature, photography, travel, travel photography

My Favorite Things – Winter Postcards from New Hampshire and Maine

cold harbor view in Kittery

Part of the beauty of escaping to Maine in the winter is that it’s too cold to do much else other than hibernate (and eat and play card games, of course!)  Fortunately, my mom’s humble rental in Kittery, Maine is just a few steps from Portsmouth, NH, so when we’ve finally gotten up the energy to come out of hibernation mode, there’s plenty to see and do.

Our late afternoon walk today took us across the Portsmouth bridge…

view from the Portsmouth bridge

And provided great views of the lobster shacks and fishing boats in the Kittery harbor below.

the harbor in Portsmouth, NH

House in Kittery, Maine with lobster lures

The fading light brought the lampposts, store signs and steeples of downtown Portsmouth into relief…

many signs in downtown Portsmouth, NH

White steeple in Portsmouth, NH

And left the streets seemingly dusted in a gold haze.

Sunlit lamps and wreath in Portsmouth, NH

After rewarding ourselves with a hot chocolate, cappuccino and a few cookies at Popovers Cafe

hot chocolate at Popovers cafe in Portsmouth, NH

We made our way home across the bridge.

cottage on stilts in Kittery, ME


Filed under Influences, My Favorite Things, nature, photography, travel, travel photography