Saturday, August 02, 2014

Pastel Veil



QDP will pause on this Boston skyline scene taken from Wolly Beach. Take time to enjoy your surroundings and open your eyes to the beauty around you.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Chat With a View

Happy Skywatch Friday!  Enjoy the summertime view of Boston from Wollaston Beach.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Johnny Depp Was Here

This apartment building at 6 Gilson Road was recently turned into Whitey Bulger's 16-year hideaway in Southern California for the film, "Black Mass," which will be released in 2015. Johnny Depp stars as Whitey Bulger, the Boston-Irish crime boss and leader of the Winter Hill gang.  (The apartment building was built in 1963, for my Thursday Old House followers.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stay Together & Follow Me!

Mrs. Mallard took her four ducklings for a swim in the Squantum estuary.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Boylston, Massachusetts

Lettuce is ready to harvest at the Tower Hill Botanic Gardens.  This non-profit educational institution is a "must visit" for anyone interested in horticulture.  I like the blue stakes and red shed.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Doggone!

Daisy the dog goes for a dip in the creek to cool off while taking in the beautiful sky.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Days End

A young recreation worker secures the boats as the sun sets on the pristine Blacks Creek lagoon.  The William F. Ryan boating and sailing program operates not only during daytime but also in the evening and on weekends.   Happy Skywatch Friday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Not Red

 The rose bud appears so much darker than the variegated bloom.  What a marvel of nature!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Boston View

Happy Skywatch Friday!   Boston skyline seen from Squantum Point Park.  (I wonder where that plane is going ...)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tiger Season

This female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly was seen and captured flitting about in Squantum today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lone Clammer

You have to have a strong back to dig for clams during low tide hours.  These shellfish beds are located of Squantum Point Park.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Paris, France

The Louvre is reflected in this image of beautiful stonework.  That glass looks like it was just cleaned.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sun, Shade & Sand

Plenty of sand, shade and sun to go around at Wolly Beach on a weekday.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cats Rule . . .

and dogs drool, at least my dog drools over her feline neighbor,Tessie.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pink Jelly Moons

This female medusa (adult) moon jellyfish picked a colorful backdrop when the tide receded at Squantum Point Park.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Skyline Glow

The Boston skyline at sunset looks beautiful from Wolly Beach.  The setting sun is captured reflecting off the Hancock Tower. 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Rainbow Over Twin Peaks

I caught the rare sighting of a rainbow in my neighborhood during a summer shower.  Check out the beginning of a second rainbow in the upper right corner.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Delray Beach, Florida



Duck, turtle and fish were having quite a frolic at the Morikami Museum and Roji-en Japanese Gardens.  I added a little post processing to bring out the markings on the carp.  Carpe Diem!

Monday, July 07, 2014

High & Dry

Happy Monochrome Monday!  These sailboats road out the recent storm on the shore of Blacks Creek Lagoon.  I posted this in color a few days back but think I like the mono as well.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Stone Puzzle



Wollaston Congregational Church is almost ready for its stone stairway reveal.  The process of rebuilding the stairs is kind of like a big zigsaw puzzle.   The stone pieces you see here have been reused in the new staircase. 

Saturday, July 05, 2014

All Ashore For "Arthur"

All the sailboats were dragged ashore to ride out the storm yesterday at Blacks Creek Lagoon.

Friday, July 04, 2014

America's Independence Day, 2014

AJ is holding one of Montillio's special 4th of July cakes.  Montillios Bakery is located on Adams Street . . . hmmm . . . Adams . . . the bakery is located down the street from the Adams National Historic Site where John Adams, a leader of the independence movement, resided.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Thursday is "This Old House" Day

This multiple unit residence, located at 12 Muirhead Street, was built in 1895 (as you can see carved into the Quincy granite foundation).  Satellite dishes and air conditioning units spoil the outside aesthetic of older homes.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Barre, Vermont


Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont has some amazing monuments like this soccer ball dedicated to the memory of a young 13-year old soccer player who died 29 years ago.

Also engraved on the ball are the words: "There is no room for second place.  There's only one place and that's first place."  I'm sure this is the feeling of all the World Cup competitors.

 I was told by a local that each gravestone has a story behind it and that the stone carver usually had some kind of personal connection with the deceased.  The gravestones are all carved from Barre (light)
gray granite.

Some of the finest memorial designs and granite craftsmanship are on display here.  It's definitely worth a visit or three.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Learning To Ride

Wollaston Beach walkway is a great place for young ones to practice riding a bike.  The shadows caught my eye in this one.  Happy Monochrome Monday!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Waves Of Color

Wildflowers are providing waves of color in Squantum Point Park.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday is "This Old House" Day

This 1895 beauty, located at 56 Butler Road, has an inviting porch waiting for some good summer reads.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Green Mutant Ninja Turtle

Painted in pollen, this turtle at Butler's Pond gave me an opportunity for a close-up shot . . . ker-choo!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Barre, Vermont

Driving through the center of town you will see the "Youth Triumphant" soldiers' and sailors' memorial which was carved by local stoneworkers using Barre granite.  This sculpture became Barre's trademark and was adopted as their city seal.  

Monday, June 23, 2014

Rained Out

Monochrome works nicely on this rainy day image taken at Pageant Field.  (Thank you, Clueless, for working your monochrome magic on this.)  Happy Monochrome Monday!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Monet Tribute II

I added some Photoshop magic to this previously posted image.  What do you think?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bird Dog?

It's a good thing my dog Daisy is a feline fancier.   Happy Summer Solstice!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cool Bird

This adult male Black-crowned Night-Heron seemed to pose for me while perched on a branch over Butler's Pond.   This wading bird has a wing-span of about 4 feet and is a treat to see in flight.  (I would like to capture one of those flights.)  The adult male has long white plumes that aren't visible in this pose; the plumes are used as part of their courtship behavior.  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday is "This Old House" Day

This multi-family house, located at 24 Merrymount Road, was built in 1930.  My guess is that it was a single family home when first built.  This house recently sold for $554,000 and borders Butler's Pond.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Turtle Time

This turtle let me get pretty close to take it's picture at Butler's Pond.  A passerby told me that I was lucky the law enforcement people weren't practicing their shooting in the area (behind the old Central Middle School); the turtles pull their disappearing act (as would I) when target practice goes on.  What an odd place for a shooting range . . .

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Barre, Vermont


Quincy calls itself "Granite City" but Barre is the self-proclaimed "granite center of the world."  Barre's population is one tenth of Quincy's but also enjoys great diversity. The light grey columns on the library facade are good examples of Barre granite.  I will be sharing more stonework from Barre in weeks to come.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Butler Impression

 Another painterly image of Butler Pond.  If you look carefully in the upper left quadrant, you will see 2 painted turtles on a branch in the water, poking their heads around to catch some of the sun's warmth.




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bucolic

This view of Butler's Pond is captured in the vertical format to include not only the yellow irises and blue sky in the foreground but also a box turtle sunning itself by the edge of the pond.  What a celebration of nature in our city.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Step By Step

Cement has been poured for the stair restoration project at Wollaston Congregational Church.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Monet Tribute


 I captured this tranquil scene after hearing about the beauty of Butler Pond from my friend Susan, who lives in this neighborhood.  Besides the beautiful irises, this pond is teeming with turtles and other wildlife.  Many man-made changes are in store for properties on the perimeter of this sanctuary . . . let's hope none of the changes adversely impact this natural treasure, but help celebrate it.  Happy Skywatch Friday!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday is "This Old House" Day

The Josiah Quincy House, located on Muirhead Street, was built in 1770, by Revolutionary War soldier Col. Josiah Quincy I.  The Quincy family was a prominent American political family from mid-17th century to early 20th century and related to the Adams family through Abigail Adams. Our city gets it's name from this family.  The house belongs to Historic New England and you can read more about it here.  Restoration and preservation work are ongoing.  Tours are available throughout the summer on the first Saturday of each month.  You must don blue surgical booties to help preserve the newly restored floor canvases.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blues Clues

Today's post is a puzzler:
After donning blue surgical booties, and stepping onto this beautiful curved Quincy granite step you will enter this National Historic Landmark.  This country estate, built in 1770, overlooks Quincy Bay and a tour of it's interior will transport you back to the Revolutionary War Era. The puzzler will be revealed in tomorrow's "old house" post.  Got any answers?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Oahu, Hawaii

"With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swinging hot spot" are lyrics from the song, "Big Yellow Taxi"  that singer, songwriter, Joni Mitchell recorded in 1970.  Thanks to QDP follower, Andy,  for reminding me last Thursday of this great song.  I researched the lyrics and learned that the "pink hotel" in this song is most likely the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu. The romantic and legendary "Pink Palace", was built in 1927 is the landmark hotel on Waikiki Beach.  I captured this picture but didn't realize it's history and connection to Joni's hit song. 

Monday, June 09, 2014

Shades of Pink

These beautiful pink tree blossoms stopped me on a trail along Blacks Creek.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Rebuilding A Stairway

Restoration stair work continues at Wollaston Congregational Church. 

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Future Recalls?

These new cars at the former Fore River Shipyard site are awaiting owners.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Trapping the Sunshine

Blue sky returned to Town River.  Happy Skywatch Friday!