Feb 172017

Elmwood Park frost and mist
Elmwood Park frost and mist

I’m finally getting around to posting some photos from late December, the last set of shots from a holiday visit to my hometown.  Although I posted other photos from the trip a few weeks ago, this last set was delayed because of other photoblog post-worthy events (e.g. the yuuge Boston Women’s March, a large rally against Trump’s immigrant and travel ban and a recent snow day).

In any event, here are a few photos from a foggy Christmas morning walk. Covered in frost, Omaha’s Elmwood Park looked beautiful, even as the frost started to melt toward the end of the walk and the icy mist began to dissipate.

out for a walk in the icy mist
out for a walk in the icy mist

Frosty mist in Elmwood Park
Elmwood Park from the Jones Street footbridge

light fog across the parktrees and trail in the midst of the frosty mistpark bench and pavilionElmwood Park Frosted

pastoral noir
pastoral noir

Hiking Behind the Bridge in Elmwood Park
Hiking Behind the Bridge in Elmwood Park

the full set may be seen here on Flickr.

Feb 112017

Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe
Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe

First snow day of the winter.  A large storm pounded the east coast, creating blizzard conditions in Boston for about five hours.  Although the snowfall was very heavy at the height of the storm, we only ended up with about a foot of snow in the city.  And more snow is in store for this weekend, but it will likely change to rain.  Up until now, we’ve had very little snow and are far removed from the massive winter two years ago, the total snowfall for which was 110 inches.  And most of that fell in a relentless series of storms from late January through early March.

But back to this storm.  It was fun to be out in the height of the snowfall, walking around my neighborhood.  The streets were basically deserted but for snowplows.  Most shops, cafes and restaurants were closed.  Very few people were out and about, except for kids sledding in Sparrow Park a block away from my house, and a few souls out walking dogs or just enjoying the blizzard.

Snow Day Sledding in Titus Sparrow Park
Snow Day Sledding in Titus Sparrow Park

Snow on the block
snow piling up on the block

Stone Cold Harriet Tubman
Stone Cold Harriet Tubman (Harriet Tubman Memorial and Park)

snowing heavily outside my door
Southwest Corridor Park, steps from my door

out for a walk
out for a walk

The full set of photos may be seen here, on Flickr.

Jan 292017

Not this time
Not This Time

More than 20,000 people protested in Boston’s Copley Square against Trump’s immigrant ban on Sunday, January 30, 2017. This demonstration followed the large and spontaneous protest at Boston’s Logan Airport Saturday night. Late Saturday and very early Sunday morning (2:00AM) federal judges in New York and Boston, respectively, temporarily blocked Trump’s immigration ban, pending full hearing at later dates in February.

For more on Sunday’s demonstration in Copley Square, see this Boston Globe video and article.

Copley Square Protest Against Trump's Muslim Ban

The US was Founded by Immigrants & Protects Religious Freedom

Copley Square Sunday Jan 29th

We Demand Justice

First They Came for the Muslims and I Said NOT THIS TIMEFirst They Came for the Muslims and I Said NOT THIS TIME

Full set of photos may be seen here on Flickr.

Jan 282017

Eric Dolphy, 1964 © Chuck Stewart

Legendary photographer Chuck Stewart died last week, although the news of his death just became widely known yesterday. Stewart shot more than two thousand album covers and is best known for his work with jazz musicians. Many of his photos, like the shot of Eric Dolphy, above, are now among the best known and most iconic images of the artists depicted.

In 2014, Stewart donated 25 images of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, including several shot during the sessions for A Love Supreme. See this WBUR, Boston, story about Stewart’s photo donation to the Smithsonian, including this photo of John and Alice Coltrane:

John and Alice Coltrane, 1966 © Chuck Stewart

Quincy Jones © Chuck Stewart

Here are a just a few of his jazz album covers, courtesy of wikipedia commons:

Shepp4forTraneDear_John_CPSanders_TauhidLove_Crypharoahsanders-karmaAscensionArchie_Shepp_-_Attica_BluesThe Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson

More of Stewart’s photos may be seen here in this Jazz In Photo blog.


Jan 222017

looking toward the stage
Looking toward the stage at the Boston Women’s March

About 175,000 gathered on Boston Common to hear Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Attorney General Maura Healey, Mayor Walsh, other elected officials, activists and musicians before the Boston Women’s March. One of about 675 marches around the world, with nearly 5 million participants, the Boston Women’s March was an amazing phenomenon. Here’s an aerial video of the huge Boston crowd shot by a local news affiliate. Although the official estimate was 175,000, event organizers say more than 200,000 souls were at the Boston march.

I arrived about a half hour before the event was scheduled to start and found one of the last open perches on the benches ringing the monument on the hill looking toward the stage (down near the corner of Beacon and Charles).  Not a bad place for photos, the monument was approximately in the middle of the huge crowd filling much of Boston Common.

Love Not Hate Makes America Great
Love Not Hate Makes America Great

We the People
We the People

Boston Women's March pre-march speakers about to get underway
10:45AM, Waiting for the Event to Begin

Misogyny, Racism & Ignorance Are Not Family Values
Misogyny, Racism & Ignorance Are Not Family Values

DicktatorWomen's Rights Are Human RightsSeven in a TreeColorfulBefore the Boston Women's MarchMonumental

The event started at 11AM and the march began around 1PM (the progression from cloudy morning to sunny afternoon can be seen in the two photos of the monument, above). Although the march through the Common, past the Public Garden and down Commonwealth Ave and back was short, the last marchers didn’t finish until about 4PM given the size of the crowd.

Commonwealth Ave is Bursting at the Seams
Commonwealth Ave is Bursting at the Seams

Love Trumps Hate
Love Trumps Hate

Long Shadows
Late Afternoon Long Shadows

Marching Down Beacon StreetMarching Down Both Sides of Commonwealth Ave
Orange Trump Voodoo DollFull set of my photos of the Boston Women’s March may be seen here on Flickr.

Jan 192017

Setting Sun Illuminates Union Station Lights and Flags_final
Setting Sun Illuminates Union Station Lights and Flags

A few photos–shot as monochrome B&W with my Pen F–from a twilight walk down 10th Street while in my hometown of Omaha for the holidays. The walk started at the recently renovated Burlington Station and Omaha Union Station and continued down the 10th Street Viaduct toward the the Old Market.

I also shot a few color photos of Union Station, including this shot of the late afternoon sun illuminating the flags and Art Deco street lamps, as well as this sunset shot looking out over the Union Pacific yards and river into Iowa.  But most of the photos are of old warehouses under the 10th Street Viaduct over the rail yards by Union and Burlington Stations.  The warehouses, including the old Parlin Orendorff building, have all been renovated into residential lofts.

Butternut Coffee Building & 10th St Bridge in the Late Afternoon Sun_final

Parlin Orendorff Building & 10th St Viaduct in the Late Afternoon Sun

Old Market Lofts
Old Market Lofts

Ford's Warehouse No. 14 and couple on bridge with bouquet
Ford’s Warehouse No. 14 & Couple on Bridge with Bouquet

walkway connection

Walkway Connection

eleven lights and one flag
eleven lights and one flag

Jan 072017

Downtown Walk with Holiday Lights
Downtown Walk with Holiday Lights

I took a late evening walk through the Central Park Mall near the Old Market while I was in my hometown of Omaha for the Holidays. Here are a few photos (all hand-held).

Happy New Year.

Holiday Lights Along the Mall
Holiday Lights Along the Mall

Fashion Photo Shoot On the Steps at Twilight

Fashion Photo Shoot on the Mall

The Arch
The Arch

Mall Lit Up
Mall Lit Up

Dec 312016

joslyn art museum composition
Joslyn Composition

A few iPhone photos of Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. The museum boasts a great permanent collection, and the Art Deco architecture is worth a visit alone. As wikipedia notes, the building, opened in 1931, is constructed of “Georgia Pink marble, with 38 different marbles from all over the world in the interior.” Some of that marble is seen in these shots, including the gorgeous fountain court.

joslyn fountain court
fountain court at Joslyn Art Museum2
Looking towards the Fountain Court at Joslyn Art Museum

Dec 162016

lights like four fireflies_new final
Lights Like Four Fireflies

The above photo of the snow-covered Grotto in Omaha’s Elmwood Park is one of several photos of mine found in the 2017 Omaha “River City” Calendar. The calendar is one of five events calendars for Midwestern cities (Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Omaha) published by American City Calendars. Several of my Omaha photos were published in a previous (2012) ACC calendar and it is nice to again have a few shots selected. (Last time, my mom wiped out the stock of calendars at Barnes & Noble (well, they only had three left), but this time she left a decent stock on the shelves).

The use of my shots also helped justify my decision to update my old Olympus Pen E-P3 m4/3 camera with a new Pen F (and the sale paid for a big chunk on the Pen F, as I noted in a previous post).

Here are a couple of my other photos in the 2017 Omaha ACC calendar:

Joslyn Art Museum in the Summer
Joslyn Art Museum with Daffodils

Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. A beautiful piece of art deco architecture and a surprisingly good permanent art collection (for a city of Omaha’s size). It routinely gets great exhibits to boot. A few other photos I’ve shot of the art museum may be seen here.

Daugherty Conservatory and Visitor / Education Center
Daugherty Conservatory and Visitor & Education Center

The Daugherty Conservancy and Visitor and Education Center at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s 100 acre, public Botanical garden and center (more about the botanical garden here and here).

Have a great 2017.