Monthly Archives: June 2021

USS Constitution

I didn’t post yesterday because I had my niece, Liv for the day. We had a busy day seeing different sites around Boston and riding Boston’s Blue Bikes along the Charles River and then across the city.

We toured the USS Constitution. It was Liv’s first visit. Afterwards, we wanted to make a lens ball photoof the ship. It was hard to find a good spot. This was truly a collaborative effort. I balanced the ball on one a surface that threatened to move if I took my hands away. She took the picture on her phone.

Variations on Motif No. 1

The so called Motif Number 1 (see bottom image) is a classic that has been captured in many photographs, paintings, and other mediums. The top two shots are different angles on the same setting.

If you go back to yesterday’s post about the man fixing lobster traps, you’ll also see Motif Number 1 in the background. Sometimes, we need a different perspective.

The famous Motif Number 1

On the Pier

My wife and I ordered lunch at the takeout window then went around back to to find a table. She sat down. I wandered further down the fish pier. Rounding the corner, I found this man repairing lobster traps. Where the cage had separated, he installed a metal band to tie it back together. We said hello.

“Do they require a lot of maintenance,” I asked.

“These are wrecks,” he said. The younger guys don’t even bother to repair them anymore. They just throw them away. But at $130 a trap, I’d rather repair ’em and get more use out of them.”

Where Have the Gorillas Gone?

From the 1920s to the 1980s, Benson Wild Animal Farm hosted a private zoo and amusement park in Southern, NH. It closed in 1987 and fell into disrepair. The town acquired it twelve years ago and opened it as a public park.

Volunteers did much of the restoration work. The park was part of many Eagle Scout projects.A few buildings, including the gorilla house remain. I walked around and read the plaques that described the history of the park.

I found the gorilla house both interesting and sad. It reminded me of a time when zoos were just a collection of cages with animals. Like wildlife jail. The history of the park said that this was home to Collosus, a 500 pound silverback gorilla, one of the largetst ever held in captivity. This was way too small for such a magnifacent animal.

I hope that when the private zoo closed, Collosus found a good home somewhere. This is much nicer as a public park than as a zoo.

Update: He had a much better home at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cinncinati, OH. It has a naturalistic, rain forest habitat for gorillas.