Monday, November 30, 2009

Upstate New York

As a child I played in this meadow when the land was a working farm. Now the land in this field remains cleared as a lovely view. Left untended, the woods would encroach and this field will be covered with trees within 20 years. The mountain in the background belongs to this farm. The split rail fence is made from trees felled on this land. The fence is merely decorative.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Upstate New York

Saw this really neat old tree,

While walking across this field at dusk.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Upstate New York

Tramping across a field.

I came upon a gap in this rustic fence.

And found this gazebo with a panoramic view of the Adirondack Mountains.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Upstate New York

Farmhouse and barn dating from the late 19th and early 20th century. I used to play in this barn when once filled with hay. We would jump from the hayloft into the bales of hay kept on the lower level. There was a nasty old horse in those days called Nellie. There is a piece of old equipment in the foreground--probably unused since the Second World War, if not earlier. The family who owns this farm has built new homes throughout the property. These ancestorial buildings are maintained but not really occupied any more.

Upstate New York

Field in the late afternoon on a very cloudy day.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Upstate New York

Visiting in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York for Thanksgiving. View of the marsh at dawn. The reeds are covered with hoarfrost.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hancock Tower

View of the Hancock Tower with Copley Church in the foreground. Very rainy day with a low cloud obscuring the upper reaches of the skyscraper.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Marlborough Street

Street sign engraved into the brownstone of an apartment building.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Whale Chart

Saw this whale chart in the Boston Public Library. It is difficult to photograph because the colors are so faint and the print so small. Basically, it is a 19th c. water color of the whale highway in the Pacific Ocean. The different colors represent the breed of whale and their migration patterns and the time of year they were expected to arrive in those waters. The Cape of Massachusetts had many small towns on the coast where whalers would bring their catch in. Now these towns are very charming summer resorts.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

State Street Skyline

Skyline of state Street with the Custom House tower on the lower left corner and the steeple of the colonial State House in the foreground.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Autumn Light

Bench and vase flooded with lovely autumn light. This is to be found on Beacon Street in front of a rather nice apartment building.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

John Adams Courthouse

Facade of the John Adams Courthouse home of the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. This courthouse was built in the late 1800's which makes it quite old by American standards. Once fitted with gaslight. This courthouse was built to house the Boston Municipal Court which is perhaps the longest continually-sitting court in North America. Started sometime in the 1600's if I remember correctly. Since the renovation, the Boston Municipal Court has moved to a new location down the street. The Adams Courthouse is a remarkable building on the interior. One cannot photograph the interiors of courthouses in the Commonwealth. The recent renovation makes this courthouse one of the jewels in the crown of the state court system.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Last Roses

Last roses of fall found on Marlborough Street. Having been an exceptionally cold and wet summer, the roses did quite well. Usually roses bloom once and are finished because the weather is too warm to promote reblooming. This year the roses were abundant.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Saw this framed broadside in the Boston Public Library. Boston was a center for the abolitionist movement in the nineeteenth century. Although a Free State, Federal law imposed severe penalties on any person assisting a slave to reach Canada through the Underground Railroad. Bounty hunters lurked and even freemen of color would be kidnapped off the streets and transported back to the South to be sold into slavery.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Rainy Day

Tropical storm blowing through Boston today. View of the Mall on Commonwealth Avenue.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Buds on Schrubs

After week of unseasonably warm weather, I noticed these buds coming out on a schrub! However, presently the temperatures have dropped to the normal cold November weather.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Custom House

Example of the grey autumn days here where the leaves are falling from the trees.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

People Cut Outs

Saw these human form cut outs on Boylston Street at the Prudential Center. A campaign to raise donations of winter coats for the approximately 7,000 homeless persons in Boston.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

J.F.K. Building

J.F.K. Building in City Hall Plaza. An amazing, cloudless sky. A rare occurrence in New England!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fall Leaves

Leaves on a bench on Commonwealth Avenue. My computer crashed & I had to download my operating system again, therefore, I missed yesterday's post. And lost my entire weekend. Today was a particularly lovely day weather wise.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Carousel Horse

Saw this lovely carousel horse on a visit to Nantasket Beach which is a mere fourteen miles from the City of Boston but is directly on the Atlantic. This carousel dates from 1928 and was once in an amusement park called Paragon. Paragon Park closed in 1984 to make wasy foir beachfront condos. Only this carousel remains.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

South Station

South Station at twilight which comes early now since the clocks were turned back on Sunday. I do not like to use a flash because it flattens the images.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Nantasket Clams

Huge clams found on Nantasket Beach. This photo was taken by Victoria.

Sunday, November 1, 2009