Monthly Archives: July 2021

An Evening in Boston

I made the image above from the top of a parking garage near Boston’s New England Aquarium. It was made with my Canon camera.

I’d bought a new iPhone app called NightMode for low-light pictures and decided to make the same image with the app. I had some issues with the app when it got darker but it may be due to my not fully understanding how to use it. The NightMode image is below.

How do you think the two images compare?

Manhole Covers as Art

On Instagram, I’ve seen a lot of images with manhole covers in the foreground in sharp focus and a city scape behind them out of focus. I tried my hand at this the other night in Boston. It was not as easy as it looks. I made the top shot with my Canon. The one below was done on my iPhone and was much easier.

Often, the manhold covers are wet which adds reflections. The one above was wet from an earlier rain shower. Many photographers bring water with them to wet their manhole cover is mother nature doesn’t do it for them.

Summer Writing Class

My work on a memoir about my time in El Salvador continues.  I’m a third of the way through a second draft.  The writing is better and clearer, but the word count is not going down as quickly as I’d hoped. 

On the 19th, I’m starting a four-week online class called Memoir in Progress: Revision.  It’s for people who have a partial or complete draft manuscript.  The goal is to provide the writers with feedback to aid them in developing their work.  It’s offered through Grub Street, a Boston-based creative writing center. 

A writer whom I met through a friend suggested Grub Street.  I was fortunate this was offered during the summer.  My teaching schedule makes it difficult to do anything at night during the school year.

At first, I resisted the idea of a summer class.  I didn’t want to give up any of my time after strictly following COVID precautions for a year.  I want to take advantage of every opportunity I can to get out and do things.

But this is another opportunity, though of a different type.  I hope it will lead me in a good direction with this project.


When I was on a spring shoot, I came across this battered door bearing the seal of the United States Geological Survey. It was on the stone building pictured below. I was able to peer in through a gap in the door. There wasn’t much in there. I saw a few chairs. With the USGS seal, I expected something more exotic.