Jul 232016


low tide at Good Harbor (with sun flare)
Good Harbor at Low Tide (with cool sun flare)

I’m quite fond of low tide, wide angle (see e.g. here, here, and here) and fisheye (here, here) beach photos, including those shot into the sun (herehere, here and here). So these recent shots from Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester are no surprise.

the other side of Good Harbor
The Other Side of Good Harbor (click to see large for full effect)

yet another wide angle Good Harbor shot
Yet Another Wide Angle Shot Into the Sun

And finally, here’s a wide-angle, long exposure photo of the southern end of Good Harbor shot with a ND (neutral density) filter about four years ago (the horizontal sky gradient is quite lovely):

good morning good harbor

Good Morning Good Harbor

Jul 172016

quarry and ocean
quarry and ocean

A bright summer weekend in Rockport and Halibut Point. Halibut Point State Park, owned and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Trustees of Reservations, includes a former quarry seen in the above photo. This Boston Globe article, Cape Ann Park Tells Ice Age Story, notes that the quarry was known for “particularly dense granite that was used to construct the Custom House Tower and Longfellow Bridge in Boston as well as New York’s Holland Tunnel and Brooklyn Bridge.” The depth of the quarry is evident by the water’s deep blue color. In a shallow pond not far away, we also saw three stages of tadpoles.

Halibut Point
Halibut Point



Here are two views of the Halibut Point State Park Visitor Center and Tower, a former World War Two artillery and fire control tower, which, according to wikipedia, was intended to assist in aiming the coastal weapons defending the harbors at Boston and Plymouth.

fortified lighthouse (with cloud)through the trees

This picturesque old shed begged to be processed in sepia (a color version may be seen here).

old shed_sepia
And finally, here’s a shot of Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse. According to Lighthouses of Cape Ann “Straitsmouth Light was built in 1835 to mark the entrance to nearby Rockport Harbor [and] is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, but the island itself is owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society as a bird and wildlife sanctuary.”

Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse

Jul 112016

Whoever Loves a Garden…

We had this memorial bench for my dad installed in the Tree Peony Garden within Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s 100+ acre botanical garden and center. Lauritzen Gardens is an “urban oasis of beauty and tranquility” and a “living museum of unique four-season plant displays maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship.” It also boasts the fairly new 17,500 square foot Daugherty Conservatory. Some shots of the Gardens and Conservatory may be seen in this set on Flickr.

The inscription on the bench reads “whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.”  This Chinese proverb is a fitting sentiment for the Tree Peony Garden (the Tree Peony is the national flower of China). It’s also a fitting inscription for my father, and leapt out at us when we were considering appropriate quotations last year.

Whoever loves a garden will find contentment within


The stone bench was designed to to complement the three large Kaneko ceramic sculptures that surround the Tree Peony Garden. Jun Kaneko is a renown ceramic and set design artist based in Omaha. As Kaneko says in this 5 minute CBS Sunday Morning news piece on his art, “I call it the spiritual scale. I am trying to make some piece strong enough to pull viewer into it. Then the physical scale is not the issue. You become one with it.”

Installed in November,  I first saw the bench in late December when I was home for the holidays. Here are a couple of shots from that trip:
Dormant Tree Peony Garden

Dormant (December) Tree Peony Garden

memorial bench with the river in the background

Memorial bench in December with the river in the background

behind the bench and Kanekos

Bench and river rocks
bench and river rocks


Full set may be seen here on Flickr.


Jul 062016

sunset over the midwest
Sunset on a Wing

The setting sun casts cool shadows on the wing. An iPhone photo shot while flying somewhere over the Midwest above Lake Michigan on the return flight from a trip to my hometown.  On the flight out of Boston a week earlier, we flew over Niagara Falls.  Here’s how the falls looked from the plane:

Flying Over Niagra Falls

The rapids on the Niagara River before the falls are easier to make out than the falls themselves. Lake Erie is in the background.  In the cropped version of the same shot, below, you can clearly see the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls, the rapids above the falls, and the rapids and Niagara Gorge below the falls.

Niagra Falls from the air

btw, the title of this post is taken from the album of the same name, which documented the 1982 European tour of The Durutti Column, Paul Haig, Richard Jobson and a couple other acts associated with Belgium label Les Disques du Crépuscule / Factory Benelux. Here’s the charming For Friends in Belgium by The Durutti Column from that release, which is a short sketch of a track written for the tour–subsequently fleshed out and recorded for DC’s Lotta Continua studio release–that went on to become a fairly well-known Durutti Column track, as DC tracks go. To my great surprise, the full track even appeared on the Washington Post website following the Brussels terrorist bombings in March. Peace.