Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Out On a Limb

This blue jay was spotted in an old maple tree near my porch.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Newport, Rhode Island

This gated mansion, known as "Orchard," is for sale for a mere $11,000,000.  Any takers?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Butler Canvas

Butler Pond provided a beautiful reflection with a layer of pollen to add some interest.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Alterations???

This storefront does not lend a prosperous look to downtown Wollaston and has looked like this for a many years.  At the very least, it could use some alterations to those windows.  I am sure some local artists could add interesting murals to the windows to make it a little more welcoming to the community.  Here is a picture of this building from 6 years ago.  I wonder why this has been vacant for so long?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Porch Music

"Sweet Haven" lived up to their name during Porchfest Quincy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Good Day Sunshine

Quincy's first Porchfest was a huge success with great music and neighborliness.  Chief Noda, from Brockton, Ma., serenaded folks with his unique finger picking guitar style of Beatles music and a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace.  He played on the stone "porch" of the Wollaston Congregational Church.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Newport, Rhode Island

Summer has officially arrived.  These sailboats are tied to their moorings, but not for long.

Monday, June 20, 2016

"Curtains" for the Wolly

The final stage of demo at the Wollaston Theater is the stage/screen area.  This theater was built in 1926 and originally staged vaudeville acts before changing to a film venue.  My friend's father was the manager and projectionist at the Wolly, so it was great fun going upstairs to the candy closet and helping ourselves.  Then we would head over to the trapeze swing, a leftover from vaudeville days, and try out our gymnastic skills.  Please share any memories you might have.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Just a Facade!

The Wollaston Theater marquee and facade are still standing.  I wonder if the 2 blue "Wollaston" neon signs will be available at the auction?  They used to be perched above the marquee in very distinctive script style.  One would work nicely in the Quincy Historical Museum.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lights Out at the Wolly

Many people are sad to see the Wollaston Theater, fondly known as "The Wolly," come crumbling down this week.  The demo crew told me that the fixtures will be auctioned off at some point.  Maybe the historical society or the mayor's office will talk Mr. Fang (the property owner) into donating one of the fixtures as a museum piece or perhaps the chandeliers could be repurposed somewhere in Wollaston.  I will post a short series on the WollyTheater in coming days.  I encourage people to comment and share your stories about this special Wollaston landmark that bit the dust this week.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Sweet Rose In Bloom

The coastal areas are very sweet-smelling these days from the pink and white rose hip plants blooming like crazy.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Paper Petals

The poppies have been particularly brilliant this year.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Triple-Play

This spring flower, Allium, means 'onion' in Latin.  This variety is appropriately named, Mount Everest.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Delicate balance


This painted turtle was spotted balancing on a discarded tire in Butler's Pond.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Saturday night's game with the Pawtucket Red Sox was all about the pitching.  The Paw Sox won the outing.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Not Forgotten

I remember and honor the men and women who have served my country so I may enjoy freedom.  John Griffiths grave marker is located in the Sailor's Home Cemetery along with the remains of 118 sailors and marines who served the U.S. Navy around the time of the Civil War.

Friday, May 20, 2016

New Residents

A young pair of osprey have appeared and have been adding materials to a nesting platform near Blacks Creek.  This is the first year the platform has had inhabitants.  I wonder if there be any chicks this year. I'll be scoping them out from time to time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Come Fly with Me

The herons are back feeding in Quincy's estuaries.  I counted 6 at close range yesterday at Blacks Creek.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Winning Profile

                            This male mallard let me get close to capture his striking profile.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Redbird

I have always enjoyed the song of the northern cardinal.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Fiber Art or Tiny House?

This is the really cool tiny house of a Baltimore Oriole that I captured on a bird walk in Merrymount Park last week.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Raindrops On Tulips

The color red really pops on a misty, rainy day.

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.