Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Pumpkin

I found this wonderful pumpkin growing on the wall of a house in Marblehead which lies 17 miles north of Boston. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

South Station

Here is a view of the interior of South Station where the Amtrack trains come into Boston. Also there are many commuter rail lines.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Creepy Crawly Candy

Gearing up for Halloween, I saw this window display for fancy candies. High Street is reflected in the plate glass window.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Red Line

Here's a shot traveling on the Red Line. It's after rush hour so there are very few people.

Friday, October 17, 2008

No Gas

Saw this sign at the pumps on Southampton Steet in the New Market area. I will be away from October 17 to 28, and, therefore, will not be able to post.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


A view of a skyscraper under construction on High Street. I like the light reflected on the mirrored panes of glass.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bean and Leaf Cafe

I found this colorful mural in the window of the Bean & Leaf Cafe, 20 Custom Street. There are some reflections in the plate glass. I have never eaten there myself. Seems to cater to the office lunch crowd.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Here is a closeup of gourds I saw at the Famer's Market in Government Center. I thought this a nice image for fall.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Skating Prohibited

Walking through Government Center almost every day as I do, I see these J.F.K. Office Building towers in many different lights. I suppose many think this an ugly building. But watching the sunlight reflected on this building has changed my opinion. I like the juxtaposition of this sign in relation to the two towers. No skating is necessary here. Government Center is 7 acres of paved land. A skateboarder's dream.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Anti-War Graffiti

Walking in the Newmarket area on Southampton Street I saw this enormous graffiti on a billboard just above the Amtrack rails into South Station. This message is painted onto this billboard.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fall Colors

Walking along Lake Street in Brighton, I saw this maple tree in glorious color on the Boston College campus.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Morning Meeting

Quite often I pass this conference room on State Street and notice an early morning meeting. The room is behind a plate glass window. I took this shot very quickly so as not to draw their attention. One can see the street reflected in the glass.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mounted Police

This afternoon I was walking through Downtown Crossing, on Washington Street, and I saw these mounted police. I see them quite often there in the afternoons. I suppose they are there for crowd control. Afternoons can be quite crowded in this area. Many young people gather in Downtown Crossing after school. These horses may be big but they move very fast and seem oblivious to all the people. They are an attraction. These guys are being photographed all the time.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Salty Dog

Another beautiful day in Boston, crystal clear sky, fall is in the air. Walking through the Faneuil Hall area, I saw the waitstaff at the Salty Dog eating their lunch before the crowd. I think the days for the outdoor cafe are limited. Soon it will be too cold to sit outdoors.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Park Street Church

This morning around 10:30 a.m. I walked past the Park Street Church. The light was very pretty. Unfortunately the bright light can be too harsh for photography. The steps have some flowers for fall in urns. This church is a Conservative Congregational Church at the corner of Tremont & Park Street. The church was founded in 1809 by twenty-six, former members of the Unitarian congregation of the Old South Meeting House. The church is adjacent to the Granary Burying Ground & opposite the Boston Common.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Green Line: Boston College

I took this shot at rush hour on the Green Line going in the direction of Boston College, or known as the B-Line. The B-Line goes underground when downtown but at Kenmore Square becomes a street-level trolley car. The B-Line travels the length of Commonwealth Avenue where both Boston University and Boston College are located and is, therefore, often very crowded.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cats and Cows

I found these painted, wooden cats and cows outside a flower shop opposite Fanueil Hall. On their backs is a compartment for holding flower pots. All these little fellows looked very cute lined up there. But getting all of them into a shot became very cluttered.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Downtown Crossing

I was standing right in the center of Downtown Crossing with a view down Washington Street. Another grey and overcast afternoon with many people shopping and students hanging around after school. Not a beautiful picture. But gives a sense of the activity downtown.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Granary Burying Ground

Founded in 1660, the Granary Burying Ground is the third oldest cemetery in the City of Boston. Located on Tremont Street opposite the Suffolk Law School and next to the Park Street Church. Once there was a granary building located on the site of the Park Street Church, hence the name for the cemetery. There are 2,354 grave markers and some 5,000 bodies. Three signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here: Samuel Adams (of the beer fame); John Hancock; and, Robert Paine. Others of note include: Paul Revere, James Otis, members of Benjamin Frankin's family, and Mother Goose. Walking around Boston is so neat because I get to see all these old sites on a daily basis. Some of the stones in this cemetery are over 300 years old! In the U.S. that is old.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Bank of America

Another gray & overcast day. Here is the Bank of America building located at 100 Federal Street in the heart of Boston's financial district. Wonder what will happen given the present financial climate?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Utility Lines

Today is theme day in the City Daily Photo community. The theme is "lines." I immediately thought of the utility lines which traverse so many streets in Boston. And I am reminded of Vladimir Nabokov's famous line about these lines in his novel, Pnin: "It was a pity nobody saw the display in the empty street, where the auroral breeze wrinkled a large luminous puddle, making of the telephone wires reflected in it illegible lines of black zigzags." From 1942 to 1948 Nabokov lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the city just on the other side the Charles River from Boston, while teaching at Wellsley College. Sadly . . . this picture was taken not in the moonlight but in the blinding sunlight of a crystal clear day, a cloudless sky, and no puddles on the street. These utility lines are on Foster Street off of Brighton Center.

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