Boston College has a combination retreat center/conference center/villa house (in the summer) in Cohasset on the South Shore. I hadn't been there in at least twelve years until I recently drove a few of the men who were spending some time on villa (SJ term for vacation) there. I'd forgotten how beautiful the place was. During novitiate we went there one Wednesday a month for a day of recollection. The day was done in silence. The silence began shortly after arrival and continued for six or so hours until after Mass. Well, the silence began once we made coffee and ate the Dunkin' Donuts we'd purchased on the way down. Though I didn't have time to take any photos when I went to retrieve the men today I got some last week.
The Cohasset Yacht Club is at the bottom of the driveway leading to the house. Boats and water are great for pix. The scene changes moment by moment.
This is a cropped close up of the reflection below the boat in the middle. It was rotated ninety degrees clockwise and enhanced a bit. Aperture 3 is a coloring book for adults.
The view from the Adirondack chair is conducive of meditation and prayer.
There is a small stone boathouse also equipped with chairs.
The boathouse with some of the black and white filters pushed to the extreme.
The view from the balcony on the roof of the second story.
BC purchased the house forty or fifty years ago. One won't see this kind of woodwork today.
The grandfather clock reflects the scene on the water. I desaturated all the color and then replaced it only on the clock face and the mirror.
A photo of a fish pond from the balcony above. Two tall stories. Telephoto lenses are great.
Am very much looking forward to tomorrow morning. Will celebrate Mass in the large chapel with the twenty-two new Jesuit scholastics who are arriving at the theologate. Am hoping that a few of them (one is already strongly considering it) will be interested in coming out here for some of their work with the retired men.