Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Travel Tueaday: Gloucester, Massachusetts

The only kind of travel I can do today is "cyber" travel.  There's a raging snow storm going on outside, complete with white-out conditions and coastal flooding.  I think it's best to stay inside and enjoy this tranquil scene hoping that the power stays on.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

"Juno" Is Coming . . .

The shovels at Curry Hardware were assembled and quickly handed off.  Most people bought in twos to ready themselves for the blizzard.

2 shovels????             or                2 sleds????

Over the Knoll

 I like the view of the State Street Office Park building from Pope Paul Park.  Happy Monochrome Monday!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


A flock of Canadian Geese are napping in the noonday sun while one of the flock keeps alert.  Perhaps watching for the upcoming blizzard . . .

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Light On The Horizon

Boston Scientific and Marina Bay are bathed in sunlight across the Neponset River.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

River View

View of State Street Office area from Neponset River.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Travel Tuesday: Gloucester, Massachusetts

I like the stone wall helping to protect this cozy cove during northeast gales.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dripping In Ice

The beautifully crafted railings along the walkway in Gloucester Harbor dripped with icicles during a recent cold snap. 

Happy Monochrome Monday!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

On The Hunt

Raptors are amazing animals that can be spotted all around Quincy.  I am working on my technical skills to better capture these majestic creatures.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Deep Freeze

The deep freeze is "on" again.  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Nature's Weaving

Happy Skywatch Friday from Pageant Field!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Travel Tuesday: Paris, France

The senseless violence that is happening in Paris and around the world evokes a great feeling of sadness.  "Night," a statue by the French Art Nouveau sculptor, Aristide Maillol, is located in Les Tuileries Gardens.  This work has taken on new meaning since I first encountered it.  May a new "day" dawn.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Eagle Has Landed

Yesterday, I was treated to a sighting of an adult bald eagle and two youngsters flying over Blacks Creek and landing in the trees along Furnace Brook Parkway. 

I was only able to get a record shot with my point and shoot before they took off over Merrymount.

The estuary is partially frozen so I don't think the eagles will be harvesting too many fish here.

I played around with some post processing to bring out the details.
    Happy Monochrome Monday!

Here's my record shot with two of the eagles catching some air along the tree line.  I have been scanning the sky for these magnificent creatures for a few decades.  I was thrilled to see my first bald eagle in my home town. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Golden Glow

The checkered-top water tower on Long Island is seen beyond Blacks Creek.  The water tower is useful to pilots flying into Logan Airport in Boston.  The late afternoon light paints a golden glow to this scene.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Travel Tuesday: Gloucester, Massachusetts

Waterfowl feed in the open water of Niles Pond in Gloucester.   I love the soft pink glow of winter's dusk.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Sink with Green Shelf

Happy (not quite) Monochrome Monday!  I originally took this with monochrome in mind but I like the subtle touch of color better.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Golden Limbs

I spotted this gnarled tree 
bathed in golden light 
as the moon was rising 
over Blacks Creek.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Lemon Raspberry Delight

A little something from my kitchen in Quincy . . .

Friday, January 02, 2015

Bushy Coat

This squirrel used it's tail to keep warm during a recent snow squall.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Looking Ahead to 2015

Happy New Year!  May you find something of worth in whatever comes your way . . .

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Winter's Warmth

It's been an unusual winter so far - no snow or ice on Blacks Creek.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Concord, New Hampshire

The Concord Public Library seen here, was erected at the end of the Art Deco movement or about 1940.  It is an unusual architectural style for Concord.  The main entrance is a magnificent.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Painting On Glass

Happy Monochrome Monday from my favorite creek.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Trees on Tree

From my house in Quincy,
to yours,
Merry Christmas!

May we all enjoy some peace
and calm during this
busy holiday season.

This is a hand painted ornament
that a good friend
gave me one Christmas.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Travel Tuesday: St. Andrews, New Brunswick

I caught this simply-made bed at Covenhoven, the once palatial summer home of Sir William VanHorne.  I would assume that the hired help stayed here - just off from the kitchen.  One way to get to Covenhoven is to wait for low tide and drive or walk onto Ministers Island where it is located.

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Ducky Day

Ducks are busy feeding in the estuary at Blacks Creek during an astronomical high tide.

Friday, December 05, 2014

A Cold December Day

Blacks Creek looks beautiful on this cold December day.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Daily Constitution

Happy Monochrome Monday from Pageant Field.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Let Us Eat Pie!

Making blueberry pie is part of my Thanksgiving tradition.  This year's version was particularly yummy (if I do say so myself).

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I've been under the weather lately and finally emerged to see this gorgeous spring-colored sky with a few leaves hanging on for their last hurrah before snow takes their place on the branches.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Boston, Massachusetts

This 15 foot sculpture entitled, "science," graces the entrance to the Franklin Park Zoo. Sculptor, Daniel Chester French, originally created this and a companion piece for the top of Boston's old post office. It was moved to this location around 1930, when the post office was razed.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Butler Etchings

Butler's Pond had it's first skim coat of ice yesterday.  Happy Monochrome Monday!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Light Beam

Happy Skywatch Friday from Wollaston Beach!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday is "This Old House" Day

This brick home, located at 72 Glendale Rd., was built in 1940.  There are only a small number of brick homes in the city.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Honoring Those Who Have Served

This anchor is beautifully rendered in stone (Quincy granite) at the Mount Wollaston Cemetery.  My father served on a mine sweeper in WWII and this post honors him and all who have served our country.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


The distinctive saltbox house where John Quincy Adams was born is getting a facelift.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Concord, New Hampshire

Today is the day to exercise your right to vote.  If you don't vote, then you have no right to complain later.  This campaign board was captured on a recent tour of New Hampshire's State House.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Looking To Put Roots Down

Perhaps these new trees will be planted when the stormy weather passes.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

A Good "Scout"

Isn't Scout the cutest?  
He wasn't even being bribed with a treat for this pose.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Is "This Old House" Day

This well-cared-for, 1900, single family house at 118 Merrymount Road has a couple of nice porches.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Numbers In Stone

This stone engraver is adding a date to the Barry family monument at Mount Wollaston Cemetery.  Engraving numbers and letters in stone is an exacting process with little room for error.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Concord, New Hampshire

This is our Nation's oldest State House (1819) in which the Legislature still occupies it's original chambers. 

House of Representatives chamber

Senate Chamber