Harkins Photo Blog

Sunset Dinner at the Newburyport Range Lighthouse

Posted in Architecture, Editorial, Food, Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on July 27, 2017


Thanks to a friends gift, Janet and I spent a wonderful evening with dinner and a sunset at the Newburyport Range Light House at 61 1/2 Water St. Newburyport MA.

We were first met by Lighthouse Preservation Society proprietor Jay Highland. We then proceeded five flights of stairs to the top of the lighthouse. After a little history lesson Jay took our dinner orders and we explored the view for the next few hours.

Enjoying my coffee and dessert we made our entry into the log book and relished the quiet and serenity of the night.

Homage to Women in Infrared

Posted in Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on July 20, 2017


After a recent Lowell Walks tour with Paul Marion I came across the sculpture Homage to Women by artist Mico Kaufman. The sculpture stands in a small park on Market St. in  Lowell, MA.

In just the right light and with my infrared camera the foliage in the background gave a vibrant look.

Ice Cream at Great Brook Farm Carlisle MA

Posted in Editorial, Food, Landscape, Portrait by harkinsphoto on July 17, 2017


Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle MA was the final location for my ice cream road trip.

Tamma Duffy gave me the full tour and I got my favorite coffee ice cream and a chance to see the state of the art automatic milking system.

Check out all the best ice cream locations in the valley in the latest issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine with the article ” Beyond the Cones and Cows” by writer Dean Johnson.


Favorite Views from the Past Year 2016

Posted in Architecture, Commerical, Editorial, Event, Fashion, Food, Interiors, Landscape, Personal, Portrait, Product by harkinsphoto on December 30, 2016

2016 is almost over and I’m looking forward to the New Year.

Some favorite views from blog postings from the past year and wishing you a Happy New Year 2017.

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The Search for Stars Hollow

Posted in Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on November 25, 2016

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If you know about the TV show Gilmore Girls you know Stars Hollow is the home of the Mother and Daughter team of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.

The town was loosely based on the the town of Washington Depot Connecticut and some of the surrounding area.

Way back in 2004 Janet and I were in Connecticut for a weekend away, she on interior design business and me just for the road trip.

We decided to take a side trip searching for the inspiration of the mythical town of Stars Hollow.

Washington Depot Connecticut was not what we expected.

I didn’t exactly find Luke’s Diner and there was no gazebo in the town common, but it was fun to visit and see what inspired one of my favorite TV shows.

We did find a little cafe and the post office, plus I had a nice conversation with the towns tree warden.

But the town at the time did not seem to be even aware of the notoriety from the show.

I learned all about it one night as I noticed my daughter watching the show and caught some of the banter and the quick repartee that ensued with the main characters.

It sounded like a script from the 1930’s movie episodes with Myrna Loy and William Powell in the Thin Man Movie series.

This was just the kind quick wit and humor I loved.

I became hooked.

Who were these Gilmore Girls and where is this Stars Hollow?

From then on I was a fan of the show.

It ran for seven seasons and has been off the air for almost 10 years.

But Netflix will bring about a new block of four episodes by the original writer Amy Sherman-Palladino.

The town of Washington Depot has recently had it’s own Gilmore Girls Festival with major media coverage and fans seem to be everywhere again.

I got a few shots back in 2004 still using film, black and white at that, and wanted to revive these images for the post.

But if you want to see the best research on finding the real Stars Hollow check out this blog Finding Stars Hollow .

Also check out her fantastic  artwork featuring Lukes Diner  and other moments from the show available on Etsy .


Super Moon over Lowell MA

Posted in Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on November 14, 2016

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Enjoying a Sunday night shoot with a shot at the Super Moon.

We shot some views from the UMASS campus as it came over Christian Hill and the Downtown Campus of Middlesex Community College in Lowell.


Merrimack Valley Golf Club Honors Veterans

Posted in Architecture, Editorial, Landscape, Portrait by harkinsphoto on November 10, 2016

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Near the 17th hole at Merrimack Valley Golf Club a new Veterans Memorial stands.

It provides a beautiful panoramic view and sunset was the perfect time to capture it’s elegance.

The Katter family who owns the club wanted to commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans.

Check out the article “Shots for Soldiers” by writer Scott Shurtleff in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Lighting Up Lowell

Posted in Event, Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on September 2, 2016

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Last night after a walking tour of the Lowell Canals with Richard Howe I enjoyed the lighting of the Canal ways in Lowell.

Part of the Lowell Waterways Vision project, several areas of the cities waterways were featured.

The presentation kicked off at the poorly named but historically significant Swamp Locks with a great crowd in attendance.

Highclere Castle and Bampton England

Posted in Architecture, Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on August 29, 2016

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The highlight of my recent trip to England was a tour to see the locations of the PBS Masterpiece Theater television show of Downton Abbey.

Janet and I got to view the town of Bampton and later that day Highclere Castle.

Bampton was the scene for much of the town, the church and hospital but it is actually about an hour away from Highclere.

Once at Highclere I knew I always wanted to get a view down the driveway but don’t miss out on the garden views and landscape for the whole Downton Abbey experience.

The only disappointment was that no photography is allowed of the castle interiors and Egyptian Exhibit, but there is plenty to view while you are there.


England Postcard 2016

Posted in Architecture, Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on August 22, 2016


Just back from my vacation and starting the first edit on my snapshots of England.

I spent about 10 days doing a tour from London to Cardiff and everything in between.

More views to come but here are some highlights.

We hit the usual like Stonehenge and the British Parliament along with St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Then a car and bus tour to some Victorian castles, in particular a tour of the Downton Abby location at Highclere Castle.