Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snow Tower

                                The Squantum tower at high tide today. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter Diver

                           This female eider was spotted in Wollaston Bay after the ice melted.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Temporary Tundra

                          This landscape image is from the recent deep freeze of Blacks Creek.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Thaw

Wollaston Bay has thawed in just a couple days!  The next few 50+ degree days will transform this arctic scene once again.

Monday, January 08, 2018

A Man, A Boy & His Dog

                    Arctic scene at Wollaston Beach.  The color of that neon snowsuit warms me!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Frozen Waves

The Arctic has an icy grip on Wollaston Bay.  The waves from storm Grayson look frozen in time.  Moon and Long Island are in the background.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Eiderdown Time!

This common male eider will have no problem staying warm while floating in frigid Quincy Bay because of its feathers and the coatings on the feathers.  The downy feathers from the female of this species is used to line the nest of new offspring. Iceland is the biggest producer and exporter of eiderdown. The down is not plucked from the bird but gathered from the nests after the offspring leave which makes eiderdown a rare commodity and very expensive.  An eiderdown duvet may last 40 years and is considered an heirloom in many families.  Sleeping under one is like sleeping under a warm cloud which will be what I will be doing tonight as the temperature plunges below zero!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Frozen Creek

                         I had Blacks Creek to myself and my dog during the recent deep freeze.
                                                 Waiting out a winter storm today.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Deep Freeze

This chilly scene which looks across at the Great Hill section of Houghs Neck, was taken at high tide.  There was not much open water in Quincy Bay today.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Bed Head?

                      Caught this male red-breasted merganser between dives near Nut Island.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sugar Coating

The first snowfall coated the trees
on Grandview Avenue.  It was real pretty just after sunrise.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Where The Painted Fern Grows

This Japanese Painted Fern grows no longer in my yard.  The recent frost put it to bed for the winter.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Pink Knock Out

                              I  spotted many late-season blooms on my way to vote yesterday.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Calm Before The Storm

A late winter snowstorm named "Stella" is due to bear down on the Northeast Tuesday!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Purple Haze

After today's snowfall, the sky took on a watercolor glow of pink, purple and blue.  It was a winter wonderland once again.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Today Makes Fifty Dog Years!

Today's post depicts my favorite canine in Quincy who turns "7" today! 

Daisy is delighted with a sugar-coating of snow that got sprinkled on the grassy surfaces in the early morning hours.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Ladies Were Remembered

From atop Penn's Hill, Abigail Adams and her young son John, could have heard the women chanting in Boston today.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Storm #1

Happy New Year!
This image is part of a time-lapse series I took of our first snowstorm for 2017.

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


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.