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 212016

saturday night snow
Saturday Night Snow

So, sometime last week two of my photos hit a milestone on Flickr.  The long exposure night shot, above, of Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue Mall in the snow (with the uninspiring name “Saturday Night Snow”) reached 20,000 Flickr views, while shot below from last year reached 30,000 views.

The Saturday Night Snow photo has long been one of my most popular. It’s available for licensing from Getty Images and is on sale as a fine art print at a custom frame shop in Boston’s South End. The only reason the much less remarkable shot, below, from last year now has more than 30,000 views is because it was featured on the Flickr blog last year in a post about Boston’s Snowmaggedon. The shot, taken along Boston’s Southwest Corridor park “greenway,” is from the first big snowstorm of Boston’s historic winter of 2015, which saw 110 inches of snow when it was all said and done.

snow bank along the path
Snow Bank Along the Path

More of my photos from last year’s historic winter may be seen here, including this shot of a cross-country skier along the Southwest Corridor:

the best way to get around

the best way to get around

#Flickr #FlickrViews

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! :)

Mar 172013

really piling up

The walk to work last week was beautiful down Commonwealth Ave.  More than a foot of snow fell in Boston on March 8th, creating a Back Bay (late) Winter Wonderland.  An example of the precept “the best camera is the one you have with you” (in this case, my iPhone).

UPDATE:  And just a week and a half after the above shot was taken, we had YET ANOTHER March snowstorm in Boston:

An iPhone photo shot while walking to work this morning, 3/19/13, through the Public Garden at Beacon, near Charles. About half a foot of snow fell overnight, but it started to turn to freezing rain during the morning commute.

btw, my prior tweet of this showed up on Right Now I/O Worldwide Breaking News

Feb 082013

Mood for a Day

Winter sun filtered through thin clouds, peaking through snow covered branches.  Elmwood Park, Omaha.  I went out in the snow and took a few photos when I was home over the holidays.  Elmwood park is just a couple blocks from the family homestead — my playground growing up.   I’ve also tossed in a couple other winter photos of the park taken during trips home the past few years.