New England USA ~ Whale Watching


Saturday 12 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

This is the second in a new ‘yesteryear look-back’ mini-series about New England, that nugget of beauty located in the sort of top right-hand corner of the continental United States. Based on some old snaps that lived in a box in the attic, I’m taking you on a trip down my memory lane…

In the last post were some shots of downtown Boston in the state of Massachusetts, and in this post we head due east… off the coast to do a spot of whale watching!

It was a Monday morning if I recall in mid October, cloudy and not that warm. The husband of one of my cousins had taken the day off to take me on this venture, one that turned out to be pretty memorable.


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Yet another case of ‘wow, imagine these shots with a decent camera!’


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These humpback whales seem to be quite at ease with the boat,
almost as if there just because they loved entertaining us.

Such graceful creatures


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So wish I had more shots.

Maybe one day I’ll be fortunate enough to go again.

Somehow doubt it, so I’ll just have to reminisce with these.


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We saw the whales breech many times, but this is probably the best image I managed to snap on my trusty little camera, loaded with free film from one of those postal print services.

… wow …


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And then I found this sunset shot

I remember some lovely sunsets back there;
taken close to the apartment of another of my cousins.


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Now, spookily enough, that very same cousin will hopefully be staying with us for one night in just a few weeks time, during a brief whistle-stop tour of Turkey, before heading back all the way to California. It’ll be our first meet for 26 years, or about 6 weeks after these shots were taken !!


P.S.:  As with all these ‘blast from the past’ series, please note, and excuse, the quality of the images. All are scans of low quality 6″x4″ (15x10cm) prints that were stored away in an attic for a long time.


17 thoughts on “New England USA ~ Whale Watching

  1. AnnaJ says:

    That’s a great breaching shot! I have similar whale breach shots… in my memory. 🙂


  2. vannillarock says:

    You have done a great job with these photographs. I agree, it’s a special part of the world and we are privaleged to witness those wonderful animals.

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Thank you… That was from back in the days of a crappy handheld camera running the cheapest film I could get, processed at discount stores and then stored in boxes for two decades before being scanned. I would love to revisit that day with my ever so slightly more grown-up camera 🙂


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  7. Wow! You are very lucky! We have been adventuring for years, but we’ve never seen an actual whale!


  8. Cindi says:

    Truly remarkable shots! And if they help nudge your memory, all the better. 🙂


  9. Those are fabulous shots. Such an awesome sight!


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