Here’s a view of moderately busy Harvard Square. Not the charming, rough edged place it once was, but still worth traversing. What is notable about this pic is that it was taken from the offices of Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe, a “law firm” that had a loose connection to Car Talk on NPR.
On this sunny fall afternoon I ascended to the 3rd floor of the building and found the “law office” occupied by an Ophthalmologist, who offered me an eye exam. He was kind enough to permit me to photograph the street below through his window.
Today I visited the seaport district of Boston. I have not found a good reason to go there until recently, when it struck me that the walls of green and blue glass might make some good images. Not long ago this chunk of the city was where you came to park your car for $5.00 per day — cash only. Several hundred acres of gravel dominated the landscape. You could eat locally harvested seafood at Jimmy’s Harborside, Anthony’s Pier 4, and the No-name restaurant. Fishermen off-loaded their catch on Fish Pier where it was promptly auctioned to restaurant buyers and re-sellers.
Yesterday my daughter and I took a short hike in The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary where we visit year-round. I was first introduced to this 2000 + acre mix of forest and wetland in the early 1980’s while working on photos for a book about country walks near Boston. Click image for full screen view
The Ipswich River before the tall green grasses appear. Topsfield, MA
Late fall, wetlands of the Ipswich River, Topsfield, MA. Subtle hues of brown and grey.
By mid-May the cattails have returned.
October colors along the Ipswich River Wildlife Refuge, Topsfield, Massachusetts
As part of my tour of instrument makers’ workshops, I made a late winter stop at The Violin Making & Repair program at the North Bennett Street School in Boston’s North End neighborhood. The program accommodates ten students in the three year program who are passionate about working with their hands, using techniques traceable back to the great Antonio Stradaveri.
Click here to see photographs taken at artisans’ studios making, guitars, brass, flutes, and pipe organs. I am actively searching for a magazine to run this story. Referrals appreciated!
Ryan Hamonds uses a small hand plane to create violin parts at the North Bennett Street School, Boston.
The classroom workshop of the Violin Making and Repair program at The North Bennett Street School, Boston.
Violin Making & repair Department Head Roman Barnas at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, refinishes an old violin
Student Chris Henderson of The Violin Making and Repair program at the North Bennett Street School uses an array of sharpening stones to maintain his carving and cutting tools.
Gabrielle Kramer is a full time student in The Violin Making & Repair program at the North Bennett Street School, Boston. She chisels the back piece of a violin.
Iceboat on Niles Pond, near the tip of Eastern Point in Gloucester, MA. Iceboats can reach speeds of 50 mph, sailing faster than the actual wind velocity.
Iceboats have been around since the mid 18th century. Today, lightweight racing craft like this one, are still sailed by lovers of speed, the wind, and sailing. Sailors wait for good windy days like today, before the ice has been discovered by skaters.
Last night I roamed around the city park beneath the dramatic Zakim Bridge connecting Boston and Charlestown.
The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge across the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a replacement for the Charlestown High Bridge, an older truss bridge constructed in the 1950s