Sunday, November 13, 2016

Flood Tide


It's unusual to see the brackish water in the estuary at Black's Creek. Meadowbrook Road is in the background.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Heap of Clouds

The eel grass in Quincy's estuaries turns to gold in the autumn.  I like the arched branch of berries in the foreground of this scene and the exploding cumulus clouds filling the autumn sky.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Election Day 2016!


 I recently spotted these political symbols on one of my shopping excursions in the men's sock area.  The cartoonist, Thomas Nast, is responsible for making the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant famous in his published cartoons in the 1800s.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Varenna, Italy

What a beautiful place to stop in the afternoon, have some refreshment and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Blowin' In The Wind"

The questions that poet, songwriter, Bob Dylan posed over 50 years ago are just as relevant today to ask and worth our time to ponder the answers.  Perhaps this is why he was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What Floats Your Boat?

The summer-like weather conditions prompted me to post this peaceful scene leftover from this past summer.  Enjoy, because change is coming!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Fiumelatte, Italy

     Lake Como on a beautiful fall day!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Celebrate Our National Parks Centennial!

Congress established the National Park Service 100 years ago today!  Congress had great vision - I can't imagine our country without its National Parks.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Full Sail







Quincy's boating/sailing program
is a great way to beat the recent heat wave.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lush Green


You would never know that we are in the midst of a drought by this view of Blacks Creek.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Raspberry Lime Ricky Anyone?



This is one of my summer beverages of choice.  

What's yours?

I am having fun shooting with my camera phone.  

Looks like I need some more ice . . .

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Portsmouth, Rhode Island

This life size giraffe is one of the many creature creations in the Green Animals Topiary Garden.  This whimsical garden is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States and is the backdrop for Chris VanAllsburg's children's book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Take the book out of your local library and bring it with you to read to your children or grand children as you wander around the 7 acre garden finding all the animals in the story.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Down By The Creek

The Ryan Recreation area was quiet a few nights back.  I am trying out the camera on my new phone.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Daisy Drops

We're having a reprieve from the heat - cool misty days which are to my liking.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Sail Away

Summer at Black's Creek . . . doesn't get much better than this.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Boat Impression

I played around with yesterday's image using paint daub effect to achieve a painterly quality.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

One Oar Down

Blacks Creek recreational boating program begins in earnest this week.  I hope someone finds the other oar for this rowboat to work.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Fish + Tank

Image captured from the beach at Squantum Point Park.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Bridging the Gap

The steel vertical lift replacement of the temporary Fore River Bridge is taking shape at an estimated  cost of $244 million.  It is scheduled to open for traffic at the end of 2017.

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.