This is the USS Consitution, affectionately known as Old Ironsides. It was built in 1797 as part of the original six frigates ordered by the fledgling U.S. Navy. It is still a part of our country’s Navy and the world’s oldest commisioned warship that is still afloat. It continues to be manned by a Navy crew and our National Park Service brings visitors through to tour the ship. These images were made on separate shoots; one in the morning and the other in the evening.
This is Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont last Friday during a rainstorm. It is not Christmas. They have lights up on this pedestrian mall even during the summer.
I did not post the last two day because we were away. We drove up to Burlington, Vermont on Friday and took the Green Mountain Railroad’s dinner train. This is a three-hour excursion into yesteryear. They play jazz and serve classic cocktails. You ride along Lake Champlain, past tiny villages, and by farm fields. Time just stops for three hours while you eat a wonderful meal. It was a great time. Cheers!
My wife hung a hummingbird feeder for the first time this year. It really works. I tried taking some photos of them with very little luck. My friend Hien posted some image that he made of hummingbirds on his blog. He is a master at making images of birds. You can see his hummingbird photos here. He was kind enough to give me some tips and with them, I was able to make these images the other morning.
Thank you, Hien!
The angles and lines of this aging shipyard crane mesmerized me. This crane is a leftover from when the Navy Yard shut down in the 1970s. I played with different shots and angles and this was my favorite. Below is an image from a couple of years ago to show you one of these cranes in a more typical orientation.
Last night, a good friend and I went to the annual block party at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Several months ago, we’d seen images from last years party and really wanted to attend this year’s event. The highlight was the Brooklyn Jumbies stilt dancers who figure prominently in these images. There were also other dancers and a steel band to provide the music. Guests could also visit the museum for free and try their hand at making art, including stone carving and printmaking. After, we had a rather adventurous late supper at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Cambridge that halfway through our meal converted into a dance club. While some diners may have been put off, we thought it was an amazing and amusing experience. Cheers!
I’ve seen these large metal dog sculpture before. The is one on the campus where I got my graduate degree. But the Charlestown section of Boston has taked it to a new level. They have a number of these sculptures decorated in various ways. Here is a very American patriotic dog and a rescue/service dog.