Last week we celebrated the end of the school year with our somewhat annual stay at Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Camping in Freeport, Maine. We tented in the woods by Casco Bay, roasted marshmallows, biked nearly everywhere, shopped in Freeport, visited the Wolfe’s Neck Center farm, and most significantly, we went hiking with goats!
On Father’s Day, my kids celebrated a whale of a dad by taking me on a New England Aquarium Whale Watch. We were lucky enough to see majestic humpback whales, a mama and a baby, trying to catch a snooze on a clear and calm day. When we returned to Boston, the kids hadn’t reached their fill of nautical adventures, so we took the MBTA Ferry from Long Wharf to the Charlestown Navy Yard. There we saw lots of Big Dogs, steel sculptures by Dale Rogers, and played on the playground.
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.
Right Hand of Buddha, Northern Qi dynasty (550-77_
Head of a Bodhisattva, ca. 710
A Groom and a greatly agitated Horse from the Tang dynasty, 8th century
This is why we always get lost in the museum, confusing directions.
Lilly Martin Spencer shows a man mercilessly mocked in “Young Husband: First Marketing”
His spouse at home is also having problems in “Young Wife: First Stew”
Theodor Kaufmann’s “On to Liberty” shows women and children escaping slavery in the midst of a Civil War battle
A kiddo tries to interrupt her mother in “Young Mother Sewing” by Mary Cassatt
Diana draws her bow on a backdrop of flags.
A joyous “Girl Skating” by Abastenia St. Leger Eberle
See part 1 from last year for more arty goodness.
Some recent photographs from Boston and Vermont of a land encased in snow and ice. This time of year creates some interesting photo opportunities but with them the challenges of light and white balance.
Snow falling on my hill
One lane bridge
West River mostly frozen
Cracks in the ice.
Charles River with frozen waves.
Another view at sunset
Cold, yet sunny.
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.
Somehow had a worse perspective than last year, but here are some photos from the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Chase is on the case.
Radio City Red.
Clown, with a tack.
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.
Clownfish hide and seek.
A conclave of rays.
African penquins enjoy one another’s company.
“Hey, you got the new Jay-Z on there?”
A resident of the giant ocean tank.
Myrtle the magnificent.
Diver resting on the coral.
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:
- the 3-D movie Earthflight where it felt like birds flew threw the theater and included an exciting sequence of gannets, dolphin, and fish all interacting underwater.
- the mind-blowing comparisons of sizes of cosmic objects in the Rose Center of Earth and Space
- The Willamette Meteorite (my son still doesn’t believe it’s real)
- paleontoligical remains of dinosaurs and ancient mammals of unusual size
Jupiter & Saturn
The Willamette meteorite
The scary giant ground sloth.
The titanosaur does not fit in one room.
Knowing is half the battle.
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.
Another lobster boat.
A live lobster.
Sea kayaks and giant yacht in Frenchman Bay
Butterfly by Jordan Pond House.
Waves come into Thunder Hole.
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.
The baserunner here is Lindsay Berra, Yogi’s granddaughter.
Here is what the sun and the moon looked like from Bussey Hill in Arnold Arboretum this afternoon in Boston, MA.
NPS park rangers’ pinhole projection, 2:30 pm
2:47 pm, peak eclipse in Boston
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.
Aer Lingus landing
Sailboat and Spectacle Island
Boston in the haze
Imperial walkers take over the waterfront.
Don’t know what these things are but they’re photogenic.
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.
Jules Bastien-Lepage, Joan of Arc, 1879
Edgar Degas, The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, ca. 1880, cast 1922
Edgar Degas, The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, ca. 1880, cast 1922
Auguste Renoir, The Daughters of Catulle Mendes, 1888
Camille Pissarro, Two Young Peasant Women, 1891-1892
Vincent Van Gogh, First Steps, after Millet, 1890
Vincent Van Gogh, Irises, 1890
Vincent Van Gogh, Self Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887
Vincent Van Gogh, Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889
Berthe Morisot, Young Woman Seated on a Sofa, circa 1879
August Renoir, By the Seashore, 1883
August St. Gaudens, Diana, 1892-93, cast 1928
Temple of Dendur
Pool at the Temple of Dendur
Shelf of Egyptian antiquities
Some old photos burning a hole in my hard drive from my trip to New York City on Memorial Day weekend. Here are some highlights from the grounds of the New York Botanical Garden and CHIHULY Night.
We enjoyed a five-day whirlwind tour of the Sunshine State including visits to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom theme parks, a spring training game at the Red Sox JetBlue Park, beach-side activities in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and an airboat tour at Everglades Holiday Park.
Here are some photo highlights.