Just a couple of iPhone shots (including a short video) of Boston’s 4th of July Fireworks over the Esplanade. Boom. 💥💥
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.
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.
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
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.
See the full set here, on Flickr.
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.
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.
The full set of photos may be seen here, on Flickr.
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.
Full set of photos may be seen here on Flickr.
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.
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.
Full set of my photos of the Boston Women’s March may be seen here on Flickr.