Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Maudslay State Park ~ Newburyport, MA

"Well, the sun's not so hot in the sky today
and you know I can see summertime slipping on away.
A few more geese are gone, a few more leaves turning red,
but the grass is as soft as a feather in a feather bed.
So I'll be king and you'll be queen our kingdom's gonna be this little patch of green.
Won't you like down here right now in this September grass?
Won't you lie down with me now, September grass."
James Taylor

In the horse and carriage days,
these fields were home to the genteel.
Not kings or queens, mind you, but 18th century moneyed New Englanders.
Seasons came and went as generations of a wealthy family
played and rode and entertained here.
Perhaps the young wandered from the manicured lawns,
away from watching eyes,
and found recluse among the tall grass and wildflowers
on the wooded edge of the estate.

Today, this gorgeous property is open to all;
so any of us 'normal folk' can wander here.
Wander and imagine...

...and enjoy the crisp air as summertime slips away.

Joining Kathy for


  1. Oo that lighting! Love it! I need to go explore Newburyport!

  2. What a magical place that must be! I enjoyed visiting the marvellous estates in SC. You captured the beautiful light of a perfect day.

  3. so beautiful!! i will miss summer but autumn is my favorite time of year!!!

  4. Lovely words and photos - and memories of what might have been.

  5. Your words and pictures are always so peaceful. Like a breath of fresh air.

  6. Just love that 2nd shot - I could definitely get carried away there.

  7. What a delightful place to while away a few hours. Beautiful.

  8. I want to lay down and point my face upwards to soak in all that beautiful golden autumn light you captured. Truly exquisite. Thank you for joining in at Song-ography. And I am so sorry to be tardy in making my rounds and visiting this week.

  9. Makes me want to go and lay out in the autumn sun and enjoy the last little bit of warmth