Jun 272017
 

wing reflections and the seting sun_o
wing reflections and the setting sun

What started out as a frustrating flight delay–which nearly made me miss a connecting flight–paid off with a spectacular setting sun and cloud display. First waiting to board, then from the plane as the sun started to set.

heavenly cloud display_o
heavenly cloud display

rays of hope after weather delay_o
rays of hope after a weather delay

In addition to the dramatic, sun-lit clouds, we were treated (well, those who had window seats and bothered to pay attention, which did not appear to be a whole lot of folks on a full flight) to an amazing electrical display:

Jun 162017
 

umbrella illumintated steam & reflections_o
umbrella, illuminated steam, and street reflections

A few iPhone shots. First, a black and white shot of Beacon Street on rainy night on Beacon Hill. Despite the challenge of shooting a dark street punctuated by bright car and street lights, this hand-held iPhone shot turned out quite well indeed. I’m particularly fond of this photo, especially because it took some patience, despite the rain, to frame a passerby with an umbrella just right in the available light.

Although less challenging, the twilight shots from the Back Bay near Bay Village also turned out nicely.

Back Bay Twilight composition (with fence)
Twilight Back bay (with fence)

Valet
Valet (twilight Back Bay)

Jun 112017
 

Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow light bridge for Pride Week

A few photos, including some iPhone shots, during Boston’s Pride Week, including the Pride Parade on June 10th.

Orlando Pulse Survivors
Orlando Pulse Survivors

A nice surprise to see the colorful and jubilant float with survivors of the tragic mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub nearly a year ago to the day of Boston’s parade. The Pulse shooting, which claimed 50 lives, was the deadliest instance of violence against the LBGT community in U.S. history, and the countries’ deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11.


Pride flag draped over the old Hancock Building (with clouds)

Boston Pride
Boston Pride

May 262017
 

Boston Mourns Manchester as Union Jack fles at half mast over City Hall Plaza_o
Boston Mourns Manchester Victims

The Union Jack flies at half mast over City Hall Plaza as Boston mourns victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena. A couple of quick iPhone shots a couple of days after the bombing. #iPhoneography #ManchesterBombing

Boston Mourns Manchester victims_oThe Union Jack flies at half mast over City Hall Plaza

Apr 302017
 

Info Tables at the Boston Climate March
Big crowd at the Boston People’s Climate Mobilization

Thousands gathered on Boston Common for the Boston People’s Climate Mobilization on a beautiful April Day. And in Washington D.C., about 200,000 marched in “sweltering,” 90+ degree heat for the main People’s Climate March (including lots of Bostonians who made the trip). Sister marches were held in about 300 cites in the U.S. and 600 cites, total, worldwide. Which is all the more impressive as the Climate Marches took place just a week after the Marches for Science in D.C., Boston, and hundreds of cities around the world.

Big Crowd for the Boston Climate March

Oil Spills Kill

No Science, No Truth | Know Science,Know Truth

The Earth Does Not Have Four YearsNice Day at the Boston Climate March

Denial is DangerousLots of Kids at the Boston Climate March

Boston Climate March Panorama

At the Bandstand

Bethel AME Church Rev. Mariama White-Hammond at the Bandstand

See the full set here, on Flickr.

Apr 042017
 

The Durham (Omaha Union Station) at Twilight
Omaha Union Station at Twilight

On January 11, 2017, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Omaha Union Station (listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1971) a National Historic Landmark. Which is kind of a big deal: only about 2,500 of the more than 85,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places are designated National Historic Landmarks.

I’ve shot this magnificent example of Art Deco architecture before, but wanted to highlight its new status with this post. Interior’s January designation noted that the Station “is one of the most distinctive and complete examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation . . . [and] outstandingly expresses the style’s innovative and diverse surface ornamentation inspired by the machine age.” That surface ornamentation includes the heroic female and male railroad worker bas-relief sculptures seen in the photos below (and close up here and here). The station’s great hall boasts a 60 foot high, sculpted plaster ceiling with gold and silver leaf trim, a terrazzo floor including marvelous starbust patterns, and impressive 13-foot tall chandeliers. See here for more on the station’s history and architecture.

Omaha Union Station (10th Street entrance façade)
Omaha Union Station (south entrance)

Designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood in 1929, Omaha Union Station opened in 1931. In addition to other rail stations and federal buildings such as the San Francisco Mint, Underwood is known for designing landmark lodges and hotels in many National Parks, including Yellowstone, Bryce, Grand Teton, and Yosemite (there the famous Ahwahnee Hotel, currently embroiled in a trademark dispute over rights to its name, but that’s another story).

mimic and pose

Blue Hour at the Durham (Union Station)

The designated landmark is actually the third Omaha Union Station at the site and replaced the second Union Station built adjacent to the historic 10th Street bridge in 1899. Omaha Burlington Station—first opened in 1898 across the rail yard from Union Station—also served passengers in the busy Omaha rail hub of the first half of the 20th Century, the fourth largest in the country. Union Station alone served about 10,000 passengers per day in the 1940s. Passenger rail service declined drastically starting in the mid-1950s, and both Omaha Union Station and Burlington Station closed in the early 1970s when a new Amtrak station opened nearby.

Donated by Union Pacific to the City of Omaha, Union Station now houses the Durham Museum. As noted on the museum’s website, the Durham showcases everything from permanent exhibits highlighting the history of Omaha and its surrounding regions, to traveling exhibitions from the museum’s national partners including the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Field Museum.

 

To Trains

Inside Omaha Union Station

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

A full set of two dozen photos of Omaha Union Station I’ve shot over the years may be seen here, on Flickr.

 

Mar 152017
 

High Winds and Wintery Mix with Twig Litter
High Winds and Wintry Mix with Twig Litter

A snow day in March. The Nor’easter that hit the east cost only dumped several inches of snow on Boston before becoming a wintry mix when I ventured out, camera in tow. The wind-whipped, freezing rain gradually turned to just plain old rain and made for a camera-soaking (good thing for weather-sealed equipment), and not exactly pleasant, afternoon stroll. It was a lot more fun being out during the snow day in February.

I manged to get a few decent shots, however. Unfortunately, the slush and soggy snow will freeze overnight.

rain drops on the branches after the snow
rain drops on the branches after the snow (better large)

Christian Science Church in the Storm
Christian Science Church in the Storm (better large)

frozen rain drops
frozen rain drops

Taking cover from the freezing rain to change lenses
taking cover from the freezing rain to change lenses

Mar 102017
 

Meatpacking District Gentrification Reflections
Reflecting on Meatpacking District Gentrification

A second and final set of photos from a recent trip to New York City. The first set featured black and white images, while this set showcases NYC in all its many colors. Featured here, as before, are shots from a walk to and from Penn Station to the West Village via the High Line, and another post-brunch, Sunday walk through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea.

Not Scary
Not Scary

This framing isolating scary takes the piece of public art out of context, but I like the message (and composition) of the photo. Here’s the full piece of art on the High Line, shot last August:

Blind Idealism is Deadly

The High Line, which I’ve shot a couple of times before, is an urban greenway—-a former elevated freight rail line transformed into a park and trail that runs from the West Village and Meatpacking District through Chelsea, ending beyond Penn Station.

High Line and Hotel Rooftop Sunset Crowds
High Line and Hotel Rooftop Sunset Crowds

Magic Hour Behind Chelsea Market
Magic Hour Behind Chelsea Market

New York in all its colors
New York in All its Colors

like port holes
Like Port Holes

LEN(wich)

Dos Caminos

SushiSushi (and art on the High Line)

 

The full set may be seen here, on Flickr.

 

Mar 042017
 

the sun illuminates and the wind whips the flags_new final
the sun illuminates and the wind whips the flags

Some street and architecture photos from a President’s Day trip to New York, shot with the Olympus Pen F monochrome mode.  This set includes photos shot from three different walks, including to and from Penn Station to the West Village via the High Line, and another post-brunch, Sunday walk through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea.

 

The Dry Cleaning Company

 

Bond Paige & Lumas

Sun Dappled P. F. Collier & Son

I’ve also included a couple of iPhone photos from the train, looking toward a hazy Manhattan skyline from Queens. These turned out to be relatively striking shots, with the winter sun getting low in the sky.

hazy afternoon skyline

NYC Sykline from the Train

The High Line, which I’ve shot a couple of times before, is an urban greenway—-a former elevated freight rail line transformed into a park and trail that runs from the West Village and Meatpacking District through Chelsea, ending beyond Penn Station.

Milk

. . . Swift Completion of Their Appointed Rounds

MTA Rail YardGainsvort Constructionsez WiredHigh Line Cellist

empire state

The full set may be seen here, on Flickr.