Shooting With Some Vintage Prime Lenses Using Lens Adapters Is Fun

I strapped on the 135mm 2.8 and had a blast playing with depth of field shooting around at the dock this morning. Here are some of my favorites from the session. Everything manual focus. Very cool.

Rusty Shatford

These are some of the cool lenses from the 60s and 70s that are built like tanks and operate smooth as butter.


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Kate Swanson’s Lit up lobster to start the holiday season!

Hi Joey!

Here is my latest creation, originally built for the parade of lights (which didn’t happen this year).  GMG viewers can drive down Thurston Point Rd to see a giant lit-up lobster to help kickstart the holiday season. 

Hope you and GMG are having a wonderful & safe holiday season
Kate Swanson

Friends of The Blog Christmas Shopping Ideas: Beauport Hotel Group Gift Card Deals

Give the gift of Beauport on this Black Friday!

Give a BHG Gift Card to someone you love this holiday season and enjoy some extra holiday cheer for yourself.

For every $50 in Gift Card purchases, get a $10 Bonus Card, for $100 in Gift Card purchases, enjoy a $20 Bonus Card. Gift Cards never expire and can be redeemed at any BHG venue, and Bonus Cards may be redeemed 1/1/21-4/30/21.

Shark Tank Discovers Herb Tech Pharma

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Breaking Tradition

Well, I guess if ever there was a time to intentionally break tradition it is 2020. Unintentionally, we had a smaller Thanksgiving gathering than normal and we will NOT be cutting down our tree today….as we have for 10 years in a row….on the day after Thanksgiving at the Beverly Tree Farm. They have made the decision not to open this year. Normally, on Thanksgiving night, for as long as I can remember, we hunker down and watch the Polar Express with blankets, hot cocoa, and popcorn. At 13.5 and 11.5 years old, the boys decided that it might be time for a new movie. So, in keeping with 2020 new tradition of, in fact, breaking tradition, we scrolled through Netflix and found a new option.

We assumed our favorite positions on respective couches and found “The Christmas Chronicles.” It was really cute….and I won’t be surprised if 364 days from now we’re watching it again.

“The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.”

Be Thankful

Cape Ann Home

Thanksgiving this year will look different for most of us this year. After a long year of the pandemic, we have found ourselves still here. While many of us would love to gather with loved ones, and overindulge in Thanksgiving dinner, that’s not possible for everyone. It’s a hard truth. As we add the holiday season to the long list of things that won’t be the same, we can still be grateful for the home we have.

kitchen stove, viking range with subway tile

While not everyone has endured the same hardships, this year has been challenging for all of us. But we adapt. We can mourn the loss of our loud and chaotic holiday, and move forward. Not cooking a meal for 20 people this year might give you an opportunity to try some recipes or make room for new traditions. It also means you won’t have to pretend to enjoy the jello salad your great…

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We’re blending Black Friday & Cyber Monday for Our Biggest Serenitee Gift Card Sale of the Year!



In addition to extending our biggest gift card sale of the year, we’re going contactless withE-Gift Cards!

20% off E-GIFT CARDSonlinenow through11/30/20*


* 20% Off E-Gift Card offer valid until11:59 PM EST on 11/30/20

Offer valid on e-gift cards online ONLY, not valid at the restaurant

Cannot be combined with other offers

Limit $1,000 in Gift Cards per person ($800 paid)


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