Above The Farm

Verrill Farm
Aerial view of Verrill Farm, Concord, MA. Over 100 years of sustainable farming in a Boston suburb.

I’ve been shopping for superb, fresh, ripe, sustainably farmed produce at Verrill Farm in Concord, MA for over 20 years. Here is a late afternoon view from 200 feet.

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Harvard Square

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.

Harvard Square
Harvard Square is the best-known crossroads in the city of Cambridge, MA View from the office of Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe
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Autumn in Bridgton, Maine

This weekend I focused on photographing the subtler colors of the fall.

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Stevens Brook in Pondicherry Park, Bridgton, Maine
Stevens Brook in Pondicherry Park, Bridgton, Maine
Beech leaves in autumn color.
Beech leaves in autumn color.
Mushrooms adorn a rotting tree stump, Bridgton, Maine
Mushrooms adorn a rotting tree stump, Bridgton, Maine
Weathered barn with windows and flowers, Bridgton, Maine
Weathered barn with windows and flowers, Bridgton, Maine
Subtle colors of autumn during "peak foliage" time in Bridgton, Maine.
Subtle colors of autumn during "peak foliage" time in Bridgton, Maine.
Subtle colors of autumn during "peak foliage" time in Bridgton, Maine.
Subtle colors of autumn during "peak foliage" time in Bridgton, Maine.

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Axe Women Loggers of Maine

Women loggers competing at the 200th Topsfield Fair, in Topsfield, MA

Cutting slices of wood with large, loud, chainsaws

Axe throwing contest. – See the axe over the Stihl logo headed for the bullseye,

Slicing a log with a 2-person crosscut saw.

Undercut with a competition axe.

Log rolling

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Glass Towers: Boston’s Seaport District

seaport district

The seaport district of Boston

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.

That’s all gone now….

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Year-round photos at Ipswich River

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

Early spring near the Ipswich River.

The Ipswich River before the tall green grasses appear. Topsfield, MA

Late fall near the Ipswich River

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

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School For Violin Makers

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.

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