Friday, April 29, 2016

Nature's Gold

This American Goldfinch was basking in the sunshine high in some tree branches along the Neponset River.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Swim Lessons

Quintessential spring . . .

Friday, April 22, 2016

For the People

Renovations of old City Hall are almost complete.  Quincy residents can be proud to have this beautifully appointed space as our seat of government for many years to come.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Central Conversion

The conversion of the old Central Middle School into 46 condo units is well underway.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Narcissus In Snow

We'll see how many early spring blooms survive the early spring snowfall.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Spring Snow

We were treated to an early spring snowfall today with more snow expected tomorrow.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

Winter Pink Perennial

"Good neighbor award" goes out to Kay, for inviting me into her garden, showing me this enchanting Helleborus and inviting me to photograph this late winter/early spring beauty for QDP.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Transitioning

Three tender crocus shoots reach for the early morning sunlight above a blanket of new fallen snow.  

Friday, March 04, 2016

Make Way . . .

This handsome mallard was spotted dabbling in Blacks Creek.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Silhouette

The Wollaston Firehouse with a beautiful backdrop.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

A Ducky Day

A sure sign that spring is coming is this pair of American Black Ducks that were spotted on the Neponset River.  The male has the yellow bill.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Meet Me At the Station

It's dusk at the Wollaston train station.  

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Nature's Way

Pruning has already been done on these conifer trees, thanks to the wind and a heavy snowfall this winter.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Spring Sledding???

These sleds won't see any more action at Furnace Brook Golf Course, but will we?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Neponset Sentry

Stalking the shores of the Neponset River is this Great Blue Heron.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Icy Shores


The Houghs Neck shoreline on a cold winter day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Aruba

Alhambra Casino in Aruba is framed from the balcony of the Casa DelMar resort.  

Monday, February 22, 2016

Cool Vapor

This Arctic scene was captured from Houghs Neck about a week ago.  We are 40 degrees warmer this week!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Last Glow

Winter's last snowfall at Wollaston Congregational Church is a beautiful recorded memory.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Yin and yang


I captured this from my backyard and manipulated the scene to bring out the lines and contrasts of the Norway maples.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cold Commute

A Boston commuter boat cuts through the arctic fog as it passes Long Island as seen from Quincy shoreline a couple days ago.  The red checkered water tower on Long Island is used by the FAA to help planes navigate into Logan Airport.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Snow Chalet

The birds will have to shovel their way into their chalet or wait for a melt.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Aruba

Nice to flash back to warmer times.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Smokin'

The polar vortex swooped down from the Arctic and rolled out this sea smoke (fog) in Quincy Bay. This early morning shot was captured off Nut Island in Houghs Neck with air temperature around 10 below and water temperature around 40F degrees.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Arctic Freeze

The Boston Harbor Islands are poking through the sea smoke along the horizon.  This is an unusual look for this shot of the Atlantic Ocean from Adams Shore.

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!