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

Nov 222016
 

The Whole Point (Edward Brooke Courthouse)
The Whole Point (Edward Brooke Courthouse)

I spent a sunny Sunday photographing the Government Service Center and a couple of nearby buildings in Boston’s Government Center area. I previously posted photos from this session featuring Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist masterpiece, the Government Service Center. This post features shots of the surrounding area.

Boston City Hall, designed by architects Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell, is one of the best known examples of Brutalist architecture in the United States. Completed in 1968, the new City Hall replaced old City Hall, “one of the first buildings in the French Second Empire Style to be built-in the United States and now one of the few that survive” (which I featured in a recent post).


City Hall Shadows

And here are a few shots of the area around the Government Service Center, including the adjacent Edward Brooke Courthouse, designed in the late 1990s by the same firm that designed Boston City Hall more than thirty years earlier (now Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood).

walk up out of the shadows
walk up out of the shadows

Hurley Walkway and Courtyard

Staniford Twilight

The full set may be seen here, on Flickr.

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

 

Oct 162015
 

When a rainbow appeared outside my window at work (magical start to a hectic day)

. . . when a rainbow appeared outside my window

Nice start to a hectic day . . . a magical rainbow greeted me just after I got to work.  Oh, and that’s Paul Rudolph’s brutalist masterpiece in the foreground (the most misunderstood building in Boston).

October is a great month for catching rainbows from my work window (although they typically appear following late afternoon thunderstorms or sun showers).  See this “it’s raining rainbows” post about October rainbows a couple years ago. And then there’s this shot from 2008 (same window, different view):

#iPhoneography

Sep 102015
 

Foggy Boston (Beacon Hill)
Foggy Boston and Soupy Charles River (with Beacon Hill)

I recently came across this old (2012) photo of a very foggy Boston night which I never got around to posting.  Using a tripod, I shot this from the Massachusetts Ave Bridge looking across the Charles River to Beacon Hill. I decided this dark and foggy shot could see the light of day, as it were.  Although the photo is not all that striking, the light illuminating the heavy, misty air, the  partially shrouded buildings, and the nearly glowing Statehouse Dome provide interest and make this shot a keeper.

Mar 042015
 

Snowy State House, Beacon Hill

Snowy State House, Beacon Hill

More snow for Boston! The second significant snowfall in this young month of March (on top of 100+ inches of snow for Boston thus far this winter).  A quick shot of the Massachusetts State House, aka the “new State House” (built 1795-1798, with many subsequent additions), while walking home in surprisingly heavy snow last night (after being stuck late at work).   This turned out pretty well for a nighttime iPhone shot.  #iPhoneography #neverendingwinter

 

Feb 142015
 

and so it starts again

. . . and snow it starts again.  The St. Valentine’s Blizzard of 2015 starts up in earnest. Boston is expecting at least another foot of snow by late tomorrow (on top of the 6+ feet of snow already on the ground, see here and here). Oh, and all T (subway and commuter rail) service will be shut down all day tomorrow. A quick iPhone shot, this.

 

Feb 132015
 

snow tunnels and huge icicles

So, this is what it looks like to get 6 feet of snow in less than 3 weeks.  I took this quick iPhone shot while walking home a couple of nights ago.  The street lights did a good job illuminating the snow mounds and huge (ice dam) icicle, while creating shadows among the path between the mounds.  Harcourt Street Back Bay/South End, Boston.

Oh, and about that 6 feet of snow:  Boston has received more than 6 feet of snow in the past month, AND another blizzard with heavy snow and a foot or more of accumulation is one its way tomorrow and Sunday.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

 

Feb 052015
 

snow bank along the path
one of the photos on the Flickr Blog post Snowmaggedon 2015

A nice surprise.  This shot along the Southwest Corridor Park in Boston was among the photos featured on the Flickr Blog post: Snowmaggedon 2015, New England Edition.  It’s one of the shots I took as mega snowstorm Juno was winding down (the storm dumped more than two feet of snow on Boston).  And make no mistake, being featured on the Flickr Blog results in a ton of page views to your Flickr site:  this photo received more than 24,000 views the day of the Flickr Blog post.  It now has more than  28,000 views.  Not bad! :)

Jan 302015
 

the best way to get around
Cross Country skiing along Boston’s Southwest Corridor Park during snowstorm Juno

Snowstorm Juno lived up to the hype in Boston, which got over 2 feet (26.1″) of snow and saw blizzard conditions. Parts of MetroWest Boston and central Massachusetts got 3 feet of snow, give or take a few inches. I went out for a stroll in my neighborhood at dusk, as the mega storm was winding down. Although there were not a whole lot of folks out and about, there were several kids and adults sledding in Titus Sparrow Park, or even on one of the huge mounds of plowed snow along the Southwest Corridor Park (as seen by two kids in one of the photos below).

This guy across the street was the first to dig out his car (a few hours before the storm started to wind down). It’s hard to tell, but there are cars behind him totally covered in snow.

first on the block to dig out