Beautiful black iron gate that is open to the views of the ocean in Ipswich, MA USA. This area was a garden of some sort at the Crane Estate. It looks like Greece but only 20 minutes from where I work! :)
In 1910, Richard T. Crane, Jr., purchased 800 acres on and around Castle Hill – the first of many family land acquisitions that eventually formed the 2,100-acre Crane Estate. The showpiece is the 59-room Stuart-style mansion called the Great House on Castle Hill.
Following Mr. Crane’s death in 1945, the family gave 1,000 acres, comprising most of Crane Beach and the dunes of Castle Neck, to The Trustees of Reservations. When Richard’s wife Florence died in 1949, her bequest added another 350 acres, the Great House, and most of Castle Hill. A quarter-century later, her daughter-in-law, Miné S. Crane, added the 680-acre Crane Wildlife Refuge.
(The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.
Dedicated to a dear friend and colleague, Mary Ann Woodbury. I have worked with her for over 30 years and she is retiring this month (June 2011). Wishing MAW many years of good health, happiness and peace during this next chapter in her life! She is truly a unique and special person! Thank you for all you have done for CSE and the North!
192 views as of 6/1/11
Nikon D300, PSE 7, Photomatix and finished in Picasa (1 raw image), 200 ISO, 70×300, handheld.