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 072016

Holiday Lights and Tree at Faneuil Hall_new final
Waiting for the Faneuil Hall Holiday Tree Light Show

The tree at Boston’s Faneuil Hall was lit before Thanksgiving. I stopped by to watch the Holiday Tree light show on my way down to Christopher Columbus Park to photograph the holiday lights on the trellis. Here are a few shots, all hand-held, of the Fanueil Hall Holiday Tree during the light show, which sees the tree’s lights cycle through multiple variations in sync with holiday music. I’m particularly fond of the lighting and composition of the top photo, shot before the light show started.


Blink light show on Fanieuall Hall Holiday TreeXmas Tree Light ShowChristmas Tree RedChristmas Tree Green

Faneuil Hall Holiday Tree

And finally, a couple of quick iPhone photos of the tree on Boston Common, with the State House and Park Street Church in the background.

Holiday Lights on Boston Common

Boston Common Tree with Park Street Church
Tree on Boston Common with Statehouse
Tree on Boston Common with State House

Aug 312016

Fire Island Light (illuminated by the late afternoon sun)
Fire Island Light illuminated by the late afternoon sun

A few photos from a week on Fire Island, New York, and various points along the Fire Island National Seashore.  This trip is an annual event going back a dozen years (although not all trips were memorialized with photos). As with most years, these shots document a trip to Fire Island Light, the iconic lighthouse on the Island’s western end, sunrise photos (on the ocean side), sunset photos (on the bay side), beach photos, and some shots with a trusty 7.5mm fisheye lens for my Olympus m4/3. Oh, and the daily ritual of gin and tonics on the Fair Harbor Dock or Bay walk is well documented.

sunrise with seagull
sunrise with seagull

setting sun illuminating the beach grass like fireflies
setting sun illuminating the beach grass like fireflies

the moon hanging on (on the other side of the sunrise)
moon hanging on (on the other side of the sunrise)


In past August visits to Fire Island, at least one day–if not two or three–have been rainy wash outs. But other than some overnight rain and stormy skies the next morning (see fisheye shot below, with bike), the weather was particularly lovely this year. The first few nights, however, it was quite cloudy in the evening, with rain and lightning visible in the distance over Long Island. We were spared the storms but had the benefit of spectacular, cloud-filled sunsets (see the two sunset Bay shots, below, with large dark clouds and boats).

Fire Island sunset number 2
big dark clouds at the blue hour (with boats)

stormy skies (with bike and spoon)_
stormy morning skies (with bike and spoon)

Fire Island Sunset number 1
Fair Harbor Sunset

And a few more shots:

Fire Island Sunset number 5 (on the dock with bike)_finalOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApink bike _croppedRust Never SleepsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAgin and tonic and sunset

walk the dog (in the hazy sunshine)
walk the dog (in the hazy sunshine)

The sun just rose over Fire Island
the sun just rose over Fire Island

Full set may be seen here, on Flickr.

Aug 122016

Eastern Point Light
Eastern Point Light

Gorgeous August day in Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts, including a visit to Gloucester Harbor, Eastern Point Light in Gloucester, and Long Beach in Rockport, with views of the Thatcher Island Twin Lighthouses (consisting of Cape Ann South Light and the Thatcher Island North Light).


Gloucester Gig RowersGloucester Gig Rowers

Here’s a shot, above, of the Gloucester Gig Rowers in Gloucester Harbor. The Gig Rowers sponsor races and offer regular rowing events for all skill levels.


Thacher Island Twin Lighthouses (with outboard motorboat)Thacher Island Twin Lighthouses (with outboard motorboat)

Gloucester Harbor Scene (boats and buoys)Gloucester Harbor Scene (boats and buoys)

Surf's Up on Long Beach (well, sorta)Surf’s Up on Long Beach (well, sorta)

pond and lily pad layers (with swan)pond and lily pad layers (with swan)

Eastern Point Light from the BreakwaterEastern Point Light from the Breakwater

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.

Jun 292016

Hi Hat
Hi Hat (with Sir Duke, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday)

The Hi Hat, once one of Boston’s premier jazz clubs, is part of the African-American Honor Roll mural by artist Jameel Parker on the Harriet Tubman House in Boston’s South End. As noted in this Boston Magazine article on public art in the South End, Parker “attended Boston Public Schools throughout his adolescence and later attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. ‘Honor Roll’ spans two sides of the Harriet Tubman House and honors various people of color relevant to Boston’s South End. Featuring everyone from musicians to activists, the energetic mural and the faces depicted are vibrant and celebratory.”

The honor roll also includes Harriet Tubman, Sir Duke, Miles, Charlie Parker, and Rosa Parks:
Harriet Tubman Mural

DUKE (with Miles and Charlie Parker)Rosa
Duke Ellington (with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker) |  Rosa Parks

For more information, see also: Harriet Tubman House, Boston’s African-American History Museum and African-American Meeting House.


Feb 062016

the sun breaks out at twilight as the snow tapers off
the sun breaks out at twilight before it stops snowing

A heavy, wet snow blanketed Boston on Friday. Late in the day, as the snow was tapering off, the sun broke out at twilight. A sunshower, but with snow (a sunsnowshower?). This iPhone shot was taken from my window at work. Given how wet the snow was, and given that it’s not at all uncommon to see rainbows from this window, I was hoping for “snowbow” to break across the sky. But no.

Walking home that evening was quite the stroll through a winter wonderland.  As you can see from the foreground of the above photo, the snow beautifully coated the trees. As I arrived home, I was greeted by this lovely scene outside my condo, just off the Southwest Corridor Park:

 in front of the condo after the snow_finalilluminated snow in front of my building after the snow

And here’s what I saw from my window when I got home (just a mediocre iPhone shot, but it conveys the magic of the snow-covered trees partially illuminated by the lamp-post lights outside):

out the window after the snow_B&Wthe magical view out my window upon arriving home after the snow

Oh, and more snow is on the way for Monday.


Dec 232015

Nutcraker Lights on the Boston Public Library (with umbrella)
Nutcracker Suite Music and Light Show Projected onto the Boston Public Library (with umbrella)

The City of Boston contracted with luminARTZ and artist Anthony Bastic (who produced the Vivid Sydney Light Walk and Lights of Christmas projections in Australia) to project a 3-D light show onto the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, with music. Despite the rain, I watched while the Twelve Days of Christmas and the Nutcracker Suite filled Copley Square with music while visions of light danced on the library facade on Saturday, the first of four performance nights.  I only had my iPhone but took a few decent shots, including the ones posted here.

More on this holiday show, titled “The Mayor’s Celebration of Lights,” in this Boston Globe article. According to the Globe:

Boston’s light show comes amid a United Nations proclamation declaring 2015 the International Year of Light. The UN is emphasizing the critical role light plays in people’s daily lives and the impact it has on the cutting edge of modern day science.

Boston Public Library Bathed in LightNutcracker on the BPL8 Maids a Milking

Happy Holidays  #iPhoneography