Monthly Archives: April 2021

Almost Normal

Our favorite place to go in spring and fall is Plum Island in Massachusetts. We park the car in downtown Newburyport and ride our bikes out to and across the causeway to the island. First we go south and ride into the wildlife sanctuary. It provides a habitate for a variety of bird species. Then we go back to the north of the causeway to an area of vacation homes crowded together on the little island. We stop to pick up some sandwiches and then have a picnic at the lighthgouse at the northern end of the island. When we get back to our car, we celebrate with iced Chai lattes and cookies from a local shop.

We didn’t go to Newburyport or Plum Island in 2020. There were significantly more cases of COVID in Massachusetts compared to where we lived. The area can be crowded. But, the numbers are no longer that much different. My wife is fully vaccinated. I’ve had my first shot of the vaccine and am waiting on the second dose.

I made these photos yesterday with my iPhone. It was our first visit there in twenty months. Nothing fancy. Just a fun outting. We still had to wear masks in the downtown are and the shop where i bought lunch. But it almost felt normal. It certainly felt good.


I found a location in East Boston with a great view of the airport runways.

The plane is now out over the harbor. Check out the ship below it. Look familiar?

By the time the planes are over Downtown Boston, they are well on their way up. It was a challenge to get the buildings and the plane in the frame.

Happy Easter

This image was made yesterday. The photo shoot was planned for last November, but Massachusetts enacted measures restricting people from New Hampshire from visiting without a negative COVID test or a 14-day quarantine. So, it was on the back burner. The order was rescinded two weeks ago.

This cross is on a hill in East Boston overlooking the road leading to the airport. It had been there for decades and was a local landmark but fell into disrepair. In 2013, a local resident, John Zirpolo, contacted the city and offered to fix it up. He replaced ninety light fixtures, rewired it, and installed new bulbs. He also got the local electric utility to donate energy-efficient bulbs to lower the cost of operating the light. It’s a good day when individuals work with local officials to make the community a better place.