The Mayflower II was in dry dock down in Mystic, CT all winter long for continuing repairs and was towed back to Plymouth a couple of weeks ago. I was monitoring the tug's progress on the Marine Tracker website and it looked pretty far away still, when I left the house. I thought I had time to do a couple of quick errands. But when I finally parked and was walking through the park, I saw the top of the masts going under the railroad bridge! I broke into a sprint, which is no easy feat for me (and let's face it, my boobs are just way too big for that nonsense) and this was as far as I got before it passed by. The tug was moving at breakneck speed and I'm guessing they had a tailwind and the current was flowing that way.
So I was disappointed that I didn't get some better shots, but at least I saw it come through in 2013.
I finally remembered to bring my camera to my mom's to shoot pictures of the rhododendrons because they are fabulous. When I was a kid, my dad kept the area across the driveway mowed, so as to have a 'nature trail'. It's pretty overgrown now but you can still get back there and the rhodies are still thriving. This one is ginormous. It's my favourite.
Another one along the driveway.
And another near the end of the driveway.
This one is kind of stunted cause a giant pine tree has grown around it but the few red flowers are still gorgeous.
This one is off the driveway in the old nature trail.
This is a very unusual rhodie in that it has a lovely fragrance to it, where all the others do not.
There's the back of the purple one that I featured first.
When I got home, my hot pink azalea was in it's glory so I took a few snappies of that as well.
Now if only the wretched green inchworms and pollen would go away!