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 (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.

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

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 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.