Monday, September 5, 2016

5 on 5

The Standish, Maine, Grange Hall

To live in a place where there are still long stretches of roadsides rimmed with evergreens and lakes where fireflies linger well into the night--this makes me truly blessed.  I want to capture as much of what makes my state precious to me, so this month I snapped shots of grange halls and classic seaside spots as well as some quiet moments of late summer beauty from my garden.

The Mt. Cutler Grange Hall in Hiram, Maine


Zinnias from my garden.  Love.

Evening drinks on the porch at the incredibly beautiful Grey Havens Inn in Georgetown, Maine.

The latest in my Dark Flower Portraits, this one inspired by research I'm doing on Emily Dickinson.
I'm joining in with 5 on 5 again this month.  If you'd like to follow along with the other participants, take a peek here at Jennifer Brake's beautiful blog!

More soon, my wonderful chickadees!  xo Gigi

12 comments:

  1. A beautiful grouping of Maine photos. I agree, those of us who own property there are truly blessed.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl! It is truly a magical place.

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  2. It is good to treasure the places we live. I love those Grange Halls and the seaside porch can't be beat.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I have become obsessed with Grange Halls, lately. I feel a series coming on! ;)

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  3. The details that went into the building of those Grange halls is amazing. I love that you are capturing it all. What are Grange halls, Gigi? I could google it but I think your explanation will be far more intriguing. Your garden zinnias in that blue and white pottery are so lovely and the scene through that window onto the porch is heavenly. I love thinking of you all enjoying the peacefulness of an evening spent out there. Thanks so much for sharing such beauty with us! xo

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    1. Stephanie, Grange halls were built mostly in the late 19th century by the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. The Grange was a national organization that promoted the economic and social wellbeing of farmers and farming communities. There are still Grange halls all over the U.S., but I think they are most common in more rural states, so here in Maine they are still quite plentiful, and in some communities they are still active. I grew up going to auctions and bean suppers at Grange Halls. In many places, people still attend meetings, dances, lectures, and other community functions at them. I have become fascinated by the architecture of them, and I think I'm going to make it a new project to photograph them whenever I spot them!

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    2. Very interesting! I'll have to be on the look out around here! Great idea for a project. Can't wait to see more.

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  4. Your dreamy photos make me want to travel east. Beautiful dark floral photo too.

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  5. Such sweet beauty from your state, I've never visited so I really appreciate all that you share.

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  6. Your images make me miss the northeast! That inn looks absolutely lovely and I'd love to pass the time there!

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  7. Beautiful photos of your beautiful state. I'd love to see more..hint hint.....

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  8. beautiful writing with beautiful images -- from one of your chickadees

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