Wednesday – July 22, 2015

It’s Frisbee Wednesday again. I was cruising my cameras’ memory chips the other day and found pictures. “What a shock!” you cry. “How strange to find photographs on memory chips in cameras!”

Suburban Spring 21

Point taken. The thing is, I forgot I ever took this batch of pictures. It wasn’t all that long ago, around the third week in May. The weather had warmed up from the long, cold winter. The snow was gone. It was one of the first days after new leaves had popped.

Suburban Spring 9

Garry and I had driven down route 16 toward Milford looking for trees, fresh leaves, and flowering shrubs.

The sun was bright. The leaves had the golden green which heralds a new season. I love the way light filters through trees. I have taken thousands of pictures of sunlight on foliage. I had taken a couple of dozen on this day.

Suburban Spring 25

Until the neighbors came out to chase us away. It was an unpleasant surprise, but we weren’t interested in making a scene. We left. Puzzled. Was it because our car is old? Because we’re strangers? Because they live in the classy part of town? Not to put too fine a point on it, but it’s not all that classy.


They were apparently sure we were casing their houses. For what? Two senior citizens taking pictures are so suspicious they had to be rousted? Is their stuff as valuable as all that? Do they figure we are desperadoes? Or do they assume everyone is out to get them?

Suburban Spring 5

That’s the big difference between our towns — just four miles apart. Unless they see you putting their stuff in your pickup, our neighbors do not assume you’re there to steal their stuff. Please don’t trample the flowers.


In our local grocery, complete strangers jump into conversations as a matter of course. Which is fine. It makes shopping fun. Certainly more interesting. Being out and about in local stores isn’t just errands. It’s an opportunity to meet people, do a bit of casual socializing.

As a big plus, the people we meet are not usually buried in cell phones or disconnected from the world by headphones. They are open to chatting. Any excuse will do.

Suburban Spring 15

Is it because we have more than enough privacy and put more  value on connections? It’s curious how two towns can be so close — and so different.

I decided the photographs are lovely, even if the townspeople were not.


Categories: Anecdote, New England, Photography

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25 replies

  1. I can relate to your irritation against rude residents as it happened with me on several occasions while taking pictures of flowers and trees grown & hanging outside the hedges of owner’s house. They had a problem in that too. Did I open the gate and went inside without their permission to shoot ? NO. I was taking pictures of the flowers and creepers hanging outside, standing next to their outer wall and they sent their guard to convey their disapproval.
    If I were in their place I would’ve called the person in and let him click dozens of pics. I would’ve requested him to post me too on my e-mail.


    • It always makes me wonder what they are so afraid of. It’s weird, isn’t it? I’ve had people taking pictures around here. I go out and say hello, but unless I see some reason to worry about them, they are welcome. Why not? Hard to figure people out, isn’t it?

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  2. The photos are stunning. It is always a nice surprise to find photos you have forgotten about. I have been chased off by irate owners when I have gone around taking photos in the street. I know just go the the parks. Safer that way.


  3. The gentle, light green of early spring when the leaves first come out – how lovely.


  4. If I’m ever in that town I’ll keep a low profile. They’d probably think a Brit was there scouting possible invasion sites for recolonisation 🙂


  5. This reminds me of a member of my Millionaire message board who got put through the wringer several years ago for posting a complaint about people from the area wanting to use the fountain near the entrance to his subdivision as a place to take pictures for proms, weddings, etc. Apparently he and the other uppity ups of the “community” whose HOA dues paid for that fountain got their ascots in a bunch over the fact that common, unwashed folks were taking advantage of their beautiful scenery for free. And he seriously expected us to give him sympathy for it… boy did he totally not get that for such a privileged, snotty, attitude.

    I’m sure they have the same attitude with their squirrels, making them pack up and leave for the poor part of town…


    • The area is just a tiny bit more “tidy” and “fixed up” than our area. Neater lawns. Okay, lawns. WE don’t have lawns, we just have woods. But I’ve lived in nicer places and treated people better. It reminds me why I don’t want to live any place like that again ever. Dogs can’t bark, cats can’t wander. And at all costs, don’t take pictures of their flowers !!!



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