Saturday, February 13, 2016

Snow Blossoms

The steeple at Wollaston Congregational Church reaches into the blue sky above the snow blossoms from a recent snowfall.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Patches

This was taken from Squantum looking towards Boston before the "deep freeze."

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rocky Outcrop

Squaw Rock through the birches.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tower Island


Behind the Squantum tower is Conley Terminal in Boston which handles 1.5 metric tons of cargo a year.  Large container ships can be seen from many vantage points along Quincy's 26 miles of coastline.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Monday, February 08, 2016

Pastel Pink

                                                    We're bracing for more snow today.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Cloistered

Snow covered trees at sunset make for a pastel pink archway.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Winter Blossoms

The wet snow from yesterday stuck to vegetation like glue.  Wollaston Congregational Church is the backdrop for this young cherry tree.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Sugar Coating

It's beginning to look like winter today from my attic perch!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Bad Hair Day


This red breasted merganser's tufts of head feathers reminds me of my youngest son's untamed head of hair when he was little.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Cruising

This young Great Blue Heron silently passed by me on my walk along the Neponset River.  The light wasn't ideal but I couldn't resist grabbing a quick shot.  I like the tip of the heron's wing skimming the surface of the water.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Aruba

Winter weather has been conducive to beach-going in Quincy . . . but not quite like the beaches on the "happy island" of Aruba.

Monday, February 01, 2016

The Birches


Thompson's Island can be seen beyond the birches on the banks of Squantum Bay. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Boston Through The Birches


 This stand of birch trees in Squantum offers a quiet view of the Boston skyline.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Bevy Of Beauties

This bevy of (Mute) Swans, 4 adults and 1 juvenile, were spotted grazing in the marsh grass near Marina Bay. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Arctic Visitors

This raft of common eiders were spotted in the flooded marshes near Squantum causeway.  The males are white and black; the females are mottled brown.  I hope they hang around for a while and molt - my eider down quilt could use a few more downy feathers.  Have a ducky weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Flood Tide

This view of Squantum is taken from the flooded salt marsh near the Causeway. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Flood Tide


The next few posts were captured on the Squantum peninsula. The Causeway seen here is one of the main access roads to this part of Quincy.  It most likely got inundated on Saturday from the storm and astronomical high tides.   It is unusual to see the water this high in the estuary.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Aruba

Sending warm thoughts to the East Coast.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Calm After the Storm

Squantum Causeway offered nice reflections of Marina Bay towers and townhouses.  Happy Monochrome Monday!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Icing

The astronomical high tide accompanied by high winds and cold temperatures coated everything in its path at Wollaston Beach.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cruising

Some folks like to take a break from the Northeast winter . . .  cruising with 1000+ would not be my choice.  (Though it is nice to think about warmer places on a cold stormy day like today.)  I like the blue monochrome of this image.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Icy Flow

Winter has finally begun to place it's icy grip on Blacks Creek.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tail or Tale?

This squirrel was sitting on a big old maple tree in my backyard flicking its tail at me or so it seemed.  I wondered if the tale about bushy tails and tough winters will come to pass . . . we'll see.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fairytale?

We haven't been able to make any snowmen this winter - only one's that don't melt away.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pick & Peck

This adult female downy woodpecker is working this branch upside-down for a snack.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Restoration Almost Complete

The exterior granite of Quincy's Old City Hall (1844) has been cleaned and fitted with energy efficient windows and doors.  Workers inside are adding the finishing touches to this project that was started in 2013 and will open to the general public soon.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Sans Lace

Queen Ann looks a bit plain without her lace.  Here she is all fancied up in the summertime!

Friday, January 08, 2016

Looking Over The Marsh Menu

Spotted this red tail hawk looking for a meal.  I enjoy watching these predators glide on the wind currents. 

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Winter Tweet

This is one of the heartier American robins - a real "snowbird" to stick around Quincy during our first cold snap.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Winter's Pink Glow

The skim of ice on the creek last evening reflected the beautiful pink glow of the sky at dusk.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Aruba

This brown pelican is resting before the next dive for food.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Duck Drama


A pair of buffleheads (below) are challenged by an intruding male (above) at Blacks Creek.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Peace On Earth

May there be a surge of joy and kindness in the world going forward.  Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!  Weather in Quincy is expected to be unseasonably warm and may smash temperature records for Christmas Eve. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Peeking Through The Clouds

Caught some golden light on the Blacks Creek Estuary this past week.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Outfall

One of the stormwater outfall pipes is being repaired on Wollaston Beach.  This pipe helps prevent some flooding from coastal storms.  The Quantum peninsula can be seen in the background.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Dancing Clouds

Blacks Creek keeps giving new looks to this local traveler.  I played with some post processing to give this scene a more painterly quality.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Golden Glow

The late afternoon sunlight is gorgeous this time of year.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Bathed In Pastels

No snow or ice . . . just beautiful pastels at Blacks Creek.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Grateful Gifts

I am simply grateful that we pause and give thanks. 
These apples did not receive a pardon . . . they will be made into pie.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bare Branches

The leaves have mostly left the trees.  The changing of seasons is sweet as we anticipate the next one.  Will we see much snow this winter?  Time will reveal the answer.  Stay tuned!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fleeting Clouds


The Intercontinental Hotel in Boston has an ever-changing glass surface that is fun to photograph.
Happy Monochrome Monday!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

After A Storm

This marker was washed ashore in some rough waters at Wollaston Beach.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tool Or Toy?

These young men took their drone for a spin at Pageant Field on a warm fall day.  In skilled hands, a drone was used to fight a 3-alarm fire by giving the firefighters an aerial view of the fire.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Oaken Carpet

The oak trees are some of the last deciduous trees to drop their leaves in the fall.  Oak leaves are weaving together a beautiful brown carpet for this couple to walk on in Merrymount Park.