Some of my favorite works of art from a Saturday afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, largely in the Asian and American art galleries.
See part 1 from last year for more arty goodness.
Big, beautiful, colorful orchids at The New York Botanical Garden.
On a chilly day with light snow and battleship gray skies, my children and I kicked off the holiday break with a visit to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA. The museum his home to the World War II era US ships USS Massachusetts, USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and the submarine USS Lionfish, as well as the Soviet/East German corvette Hiddensee, all afloat on the Taunton River. Turns out that one child really enjoyed Battleship Cove and one adamantly did not so we did not get to explore it as thoroughly as we might have hoped.
On Friday, we walked off our Thanksgiving dinner with a visit to Wave Hill, a botanical garden on a former estate overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx.
My daughter and I took advantage of the chilly holiday Friday to visit the New England Aquarium. The Giant Ocean Tank is always awe-inspiring and we got to see divers film the animals up close and listen to them answer questions. We also spent considerable time at the shark & ray touch pool, the tidepool touch tank, and with the penguins. As a novice photographer, I found that adjusting for white balance and shutter speed in the Aquarium was challenging, so there’s not so many great photographs, but still a record of our fun visit.
Related post: Photopost: Whale Watch
I got a new smartphone recently. Unlike the previous one which would notify me repeatedly that the memory was full if I took more than one photo, this one actually has space to save pictures. So here are some recent smartphone photos.
Also, although it’s about 10 years after it was cool, but I recently set up an Instagram account should you be interested in more photographs.
Last weekend my son & I made a whirlwind visit to my mother in New York and we stopped by to visit the American Museum of Natural History. Highlights include:
Related post: Photopost: American Museum of Natural History (2015)
We spent the long Labor Day weekend visiting Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park in Maine. It was our first visit in 10 years, and thus our first visit with the kids. I’ve been blogging long enough to have a full travelogue of our “babymoon” in 2007 still online.
We stayed at terrific vacation home in Bass Harbor on the “quiet side” of the island.
Highlights of the trip include:
Here is a small selection of my photos of this most photogenic island.
Last Thursday, my daughter and I attended the Oldtime Baseball Game in Cambridge, MA. This annual event features players wearing woolen baseball uniforms in the style of classic major and minor league teams of the past. The players are mostly college and high school players from across the country, plus a handful of celebrities. This year Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez returned to the mound and with him came big crowds.
I’d attended the Oldtime Baseball Game several times before, but not since I moved south of the river from Somerville to Jamaica Plain ten years ago. It’s good to see that the fundraiser is growing more popular even though it meant that we ended up having to sit 4 people deep behind the outfield fence. And it was a treat to see Pedro pitch again. I believe he allowed no baserunners in his two innings pitched, and he even came to bat (albeit striking out), something he didn’t do all too often in a Red Sox uniform.
Trying to take photos with a chainlink fence in the way and my daughter grabbing my arm at the wrong moment was challenging, but here are some of the photographs that came out ok.
Yesterday I participated in the Charles River Conservancy’s annual City Splash event at the Arthur Fiedler Pier just off the Esplanade. Jumping into Charles River may seem frightening to some, after all this is the river that inspired the song “Dirty Water.” But this event is partly to show that decades of work and investment into cleaning the river making it one of the cleanest urban rivers in America. I can’t tell you how exhilarating is is to drop into the river’s cool waters after a long day of work and float while looking up at the Back Bay skyline. This was my second City Splash, and I hope to do it again, maybe even more than once a year. The Charles River Conservancy is working to make Charles River swimming a permanent summer feature by building a swim park adjacent to North Point Park. This wouldn’t be the first time as the North End Beach allowed residents of local tenements a place to bathe over 100 years ago (although there was probably less concern for water quality back then).
I’ve lived in Boston for nearly 19 years and yesterday I finally made it to Castle Island in South Boston. We joined a group of families of my son’s baseball buddies and picked up lunch at the famous Sullivan’s (no known relation). Along with picnicking in a cool, shady spot, there were games of bocce and pickle, and a stroll along the promenade. Here are some photographs of the stunning views on a glorious day. I shan’t wait 19 years to return.
On Independence Day we went to the members’ party on the roof of the Museum of Science parking garage to watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The fireworks were actually a bit obstructed (damn you Royal Sonesta hotel!) but there were beautiful views of the surrounding cityscape as the sun set on the 4th of July.
I’ve posted many photos from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, so for a change of pace here’s a sampling of the art I saw in just a teeny portion of the massive Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Matisse exhibit paired many objects from his studio featured in his art with the art that captured the moods, shapes, and colors of those objects. The McCloskey exhibit is small but features delightful studies and sketched of illustrations for books such as Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, and Burt Dow: Deep Water Man. The Botticelli exhibit brings together many works of art rarely seen outside of Europe while in charming parochial way also celebrating “Boston Botticelli” by bringing in works from the MFA, Gardner Museum, and Harvard Art Museums. The exhibit also includes works by Filippo Lippi (Botticelli’s teacher) and Filippino Lippi (Filippo’s son and Botticelli’s student).
Here are some of my favorite works.